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December 27, 2012

A Pier Paolo Pasolini Retrospective Comes to an End

By Erin Schumaker | Art


© Courtsey Museum of Modern Art

As part of a nearly month-long cinematic retrospective of Italian film director Pier Paolo Pasolini, New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will showcase Pasolini’s films through January 5, and an exhibit of 40 rarely seen paintings and drawings by the director will also continue through Saturday at Location One (26 Greene St.; 212-334-3347; location1.org). The director, who proclaimed allegiance to the Italian Communist Party in 1947, is considered one of the most provocative filmmakers of his time.

To supplement the film series at MoMA, the museum’s sister offshoot, Long Island City–based MoMA PS1, held a live performance series of contemporary artists inspired by Pasolini in mid-December, with the director’s films screening continuously in the background. Other events included a roundtable discussion at New York University addressing the artist’s legacy and a seminar hosted by the Italian Cultural Institute of New York. With many of his films recently restored, the social drama and controversy that surround his legacy are just as relevant now as they were in the beginning. 11 W. 53rd St.; 212-708-9400; moma.org.