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Historic portraits of black families from Charlottesville tell truths in plain sight

(03/11/19 4:35am)

Personal family photographs can serve as a powerful counter-narrative to established visual media, like Confederate monuments, that share a limited and often misconstrued version of history. The dignity of the individuals in these pictures hints at the resilience and boldness of black Americans in Charlottesville in spite of the extremely unequal and reinforced conditions of the Jim Crow era.

Titus Kaphar repaints history through torture and complexity

(03/01/19 3:48am)

“This needs to be a conversation, otherwise it isn’t going to work,” New Haven-based artist Titus Kaphar said as he began speaking to the lecture hall of the Special Collections Library during a University-sponsored event Tuesday. Questions and audience participation were more than welcome during Kaphar’s presentation, which made a large and relatively public space feel like an intimate setting.

Upcoming documentary screening continues the refugee conversation on Grounds

(02/21/19 4:27am)

In a turbulent and ever-changing news cycle, it is important not to lose track of systemic humanitarian issues like the global refugee crisis. Beyond government shutdowns, national political turmoil and other foreign developments, refugees from Syria, Venezuela, Somalia and many other nations still need accommodations and a platform on which to build their lives.

Rozana Montiel’s architecture tells stories and blurs boundaries

(02/01/19 5:07am)

For many, the term architecture brings to mind images of sleek, abstract buildings and elaborate schematics that serve as part engineering demonstrations, part aesthetic showcases. But for young design professionals like Rozana Montiel, lecturing this year for the A-School’s annual Michael Owen Jones Lectureship, architecture is not just a technical craft. It is fundamentally about human narrative. She strongly believes that “a project comes from a story.” Arts and Entertainment sat down with Montiel to explore her studio’s work and design principles.

‘In The Mindset of Martin’ embraces inclusivity through design

(01/23/19 3:15pm)

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 90th birthday, the University’s School of Architecture is hosting “In the Mindset of Martin,” an exhibition in Campbell Hall showcasing the work of both graduate and undergraduate teams tasked with designing and building community spaces in the inclusive spirit of King. Before the exhibition opened, Arts and Entertainment sat down with Arthur Brown, fourth-year Architecture student and the president of the University’s National Organization of Minority Architecture Students chapter.

‘Last Week Tonight’ ends season in signature, absurd fashion

(11/29/18 1:49am)

“One of their greatest appeals is making a complicated world simple,” said host John Oliver on the topic of authoritarian world leaders, the main story in tonight’s season five finale of the late-night news recap series. In a similar vein, one of “Last Week Tonight’s” greatest appeals is making a complicated world funny.

Technology, duality shape the architecture of tomorrow

(10/26/18 6:52pm)

As a University of California, Los Angeles professor and the founder of Murmur — a sustainable architecture firm — Heather Roberge has been on the frontline of some of architecture’s most modern advancements. She is responsible for award-winning concepts like “Succulent House,” which reimagines how a modern building can impact environmentally-conscious behavior by displaying water collection instead of hiding it behind walls. 

‘Better Call Saul’ soars while its good guys disappear

(10/12/18 12:56am)

Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) just cannot catch a break. The fourth season of “Better Call Saul” concluded this week, and for the show’s entire run, McGill has languished in the shadow of his deceased, more successful brother, the legendary lawyer Charles “Chuck” McGill (Michael McKean). Jimmy is such a compelling character in part because of the chip on his shoulder.

‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ is an alarmingly rational conspiracy

(10/04/18 2:49am)

Michael Moore’s latest documentary covers some of the most inflammatory conspiracy theories of 2016 politics — Gwen Stefani is the reason Donald Trump ran for president, Bernie Sanders was rigged out of the Democratic primary in 2016, The New York Times is deliberately stamping down the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, Obama handled the Flint Michigan crisis with as much cowardice as the infamous state governor, Rick Snyder. “Fahrenheit 11/9” is not only a takedown of the visible man in power but also the system that never took him seriously enough to realize how broken and vulnerable it was.

In ‘Sharp Objects,’ the past is present

(09/21/18 3:48am)

One wouldn’t be blamed for being out of the loop on HBO’s recent summer drama, “Sharp Objects.” While it is not exactly one of the network’s “Game of Thrones”-level mainstream sensations, it has garnered critical praise for its feminist themes and strong performances from lead actresses Amy Adams, Eliza Scanlen and Patricia Clarkson. Yet it also merits viewing in today’s sometimes backwards-seeming world — and specifically the community of embedded and complicated history at U.Va. — for its artful integration of past horrors with present experience.