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The words, "read, make, watch, listen," in a search bar against the background of ocean waves

A shortlist of cultural content for the week of November 16, 2020.


Image: LORRAINE O’GRADY, “Art Is…,” 1983/2009 (1 of 40 photographs, c-print on paper50.0 x 40.6 inches). | Courtesy the artist and Alexander Gray Associates, New York, NY.

“A new video produced by the Biden-Harris campaign, captures Americans from all walks of life at home and work, in bustling cities and expansive rural landscapes, from sea to shining sea. With the Ray Charles rendition of “America the Beautiful” serving as the soundtrack, the video depicts Americans holding up ornate gold picture frames, striking a pose, capturing the moment and their surroundings.
Individual Americans are unified by employing the artistic device, which symbolically represents the message of President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, who is poised to be the first woman, first Black, and first South Asian Vice President in the history of the United States. The unifying message of their campaign is visualized throughout the video and stated explicitly at the conclusion: ‘A Country for All Americans. A Future for All Americans. A President for All Americans.'”


“Join Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Youth Studio Educator, Mayzie Zechini, for this Virtual Arts Sparks on creating a self-portrait (geared toward ages 5-12). Using calligraphy techniques and more, create a portrait of yourself that expresses your unique personality.”


Monday, November 16, 2020
7:30 pm | RSVP
“Join the NYU LGBTQ+ Center and LGBTQ @ Columbia, Multicultural Affairs for the first ever joint Trans Awareness Week Opening Marquee, An Evening with Dominique Jackson from the hit television series POSE! The event will be a moderated conversation with NYU and Columbia students with Dominique speaking about the need to center the experiences, narratives, and leadership of Black Trans Womxn and Femmes, and the role that joy, self-care, and community-care play in the movement.”


“As the ramifications of the US election are set to continue for weeks, where do we stand in the art world? We look at the economics and the response of artists and art communities over the past four years and into the future. We talk to Felix Salmon, the chief financial correspondent at Axios, about the economic situation and its potential effects; Carolina Miranda of the Los Angeles Times reflects on individualism and collective action in the cultural sphere; and the Mexican artist Pedro Reyes talks about his project in New York City, Mañanaland, timed to coincide with the election. For this week’s Work of the Week, Martin Rowson, a cartoonist for the Guardian and the Daily Mirror, among others, talks about William Hogarth’s Gin Lane (1751), drawing US President Donald Trump, and the power of satire to address moments of crisis.”