The Modern presents Julie Bozzi’s American Food, 1980–92, acquired by the Museum for the permanent collection in 2019. Bozzi’s sculptural installation consists of an oak cabinet with 13 drawers, 12 of which contain miniature reproductions of American food products, each carefully handmade by the artist and displayed under glass, like scientific specimens from a natural history museum. The food items are categorized into distinct genres, including cereals, snack cakes, and breakfast meats, which are indexed in the 13th drawer.
Legendary director Pedro Almodovar (ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER, VOLVER) re-teams with longtime collaborators Antonio Banderas (winner of Best Actor at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival) and Penelope Cruz for this elegant and deeply affecting drama about a middle-aged film director taking stock of his life and career. There are echoes here of such autobiographical masterpieces as Fellini’s AMARCORD and Bergman’s WILD STRAWBERRIES, but the style and sensibility—lush, darkly comic, and rich with flashbacks and unexpected turns—is pure Almodovar.
Single mom Shelia, gifted with sometimes-prophetic dreams, moonlights as a paranormal investigator while working at a car-rental service counter and raising her teenage son, Owen. After her appearance on a local radio program, she’s contacted about Richard, a recent widower who thinks his wife may be haunting his East Tennessee farmhouse. LIGHT FROM LIGHT is a balm of a film, bathed in the atmosphere of the misty mountains surrounding the farmhouse and the nighttime soundtrack of the ever-present crickets’ song.