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Notions of Land

For Indigenous artists, can photographs provide a space of visual sovereignty?

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Bad Cop

Heji Shin aims her penetrating gaze at newborn babies and gay policemen.

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In Film, Are Millennials Having a Moment?

A series at BAM attempts to make a canon of cinema for a generation more interested in dismantling them.

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Paolo Di Paolo’s Paradise Found

Paolo Di Paolo, Anna Magnani at her villa in San Felice Circeo, Rome, 1955. Beautiful woman lying in the sun with a dog next to her.
Paolo Di Paolo, Anna Magnani at her villa in San Felice Circeo, Rome, 1955. Beautiful woman lying in the sun with a dog next to her.

An Italian photographer of Hollywood stars, now in his 90s, finally makes his debut.

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Can this Young Photographer Dissolve the Drama of Gender?

With his queer, neoclassical portraits, Michael Bailey-Gates wants to start a revolution.

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Barbara Ess is Always Watching

An artist investigates the aesthetics of surveillance at home and on the U.S.-Mexico Border.

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The Enduring Legacy of Frederick Douglass

Isaac Julien’s latest film explores the life and work of a man who believed in the power of photographs to transform American society.

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The Woman Behind the First-Ever Photograph of DNA

Under-appreciated during her lifetime, physical chemist Rosalind E. Franklin’s mysterious and ground-breaking photograph helped transform the science of genetics.

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Let Us Now Praise David Lebe

A long-overdue exhibition expands the canon of gay photography.

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