“Modern Art and the Dictators, Part 1: Art for the People or for the Party?” Lenin saw the revolutionary potential of modernist art, architecture and design. Under Stalin, all art that could not be used as propaganda was banished. Eventually, most of Russia’s finest artists and designers emigrated to the West. Join Dennis Raverty, Associate Professor at New Jersey City University, for an illustrated lecture.
If You Don’t, I Will (2014-102 min.). Longtime couple Pomme and Pierre (Emmanuelle Devos, Mathieu Almaric) break up during a hike in the woods. He returns to their home but she remains in the forest and meditates on her life choices. Sophie Fillières directed this French production. Also, Manon (Pauline Etienne) must take her grandmother (Bella Wajnberg) with her to her driving lesson in Elodie Lelu’s Belgian short, Driving Lessons (2012-14 min.). In French with English subtitles.