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.
For 25 years from her perch at The New Yorker, the legendary Pauline Kael extolled masterpieces, excoriated turkeys and started countless arguments. Rob Garver’s sweetly nostalgic documentary portrait of Kael—with appearances by Quentin Tarantino, Francis Ford Coppola, Camille Paglia and many others—recalls an era when movies were at the center of American culture, and when a diminutive, erudite woman who grew up on a chicken farm could become a literary celebrity.
95 minutes; NR
The race is on as Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch), George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) and Nikola Tesla (Nicholas Hoult) compete to light up the Chicago World’s Fair with that newfangled invention called electricity. Originally completed in 2017 but shelved after its studio went bankrupt, THE CURRENT WAR: DIRECTOR’S CUT can finally be seen as a smart, delightfully acted and indeed electric history lesson. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (ME EARL AND THE DYING GIRL).
101 minutes; PG-13