Photograph © Artur Barrio   

Reina Sofia: Museo Nacional Centro De Arte   Brazilian artist Artur Barrio (winner of the Velázquez Prize for Plastic Arts in 2011) has been one the foremost figures of Action Art and conceptualisms in Latin America since he burst on to the Brazilian art scene in the late 1960s, at a time fraught with political tension and mounting repression under the military dictatorship. Interventions in public spaces and the search for a place of expression outside art institutions converge in this artist as a symbol of resistance to poeticise daily life, with the body of the artist the focal point of these actions in a critique of social coercion. 

Weaving together stories about affluence, beauty, body image, competition, corruption, fantasy, and excess, Greenfield’s sweeping project questions the distance between value and commodity in a globalized consumerist culture. Consisting of 25 years of work by Greenfield, who uses photography, oral history, and film to examine the pervasive influence of money, status and celebrity, the exhibition features nearly 200 photos, first-person interviews, and documentary film footage, forming an investigation of how the pursuit of wealth, and its elusive promises of happiness, has evolved since the late 1990s. At The ICP Museum  250 Bowery, New York, NY

"Not since the work of Josef Koudelka has this part of the world been rendered so intuitively and mysteriously. As the decisions and ramifications of realpolitik come bearing down on the lives of everyday people in Eastern Europe, the poetic reality of life is ignored; however, it flourishes for those brave enough to look into its shadows." — From the 'Passage' project. Fans of Fabio Sgroi can help to make his project a reality by visiting his crowdbooks.com page and making a donation: https://crowdbooks.com/it/projects/past-euphoria-post-europa/

How did the political thaw of 1953-68 feel to Russian capital? Find out through the prism of social life, science, cinema, literature, music and fine art. The exhibition includes canvas by Jury Zlotnikov, Alexander Labas, and other painters, "paper architecture” by NRE (New Resettlement Element—futuristic urban project), the World Exhibition 1967 samples, photos, jazz concerts records, first editions of collections by Evtushenko, Voznesensky, Sapgir, Rozhdestvensky, re-editions of works by Pasternak and Mandelstam, and many more. 

An American Season explores the themes of family, genealogy and identity in American photography, this collective exhibition presents intimate works by Richard Avedon, Harry Callahan, Elliot Erwitt, Robert Frank, Nan Goldin, Emmet Gowin, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Nicholas Nixon and W Eugene Smith. The photographs selected for the exhibition do not fit the traditional definition of ‘family pictures.' Rather, these are aesthetic representations of the complex interactions between the photographers and those close to them. At the Maison Européenne de la Photographie. 

Gypsies by Josef Koudelka, presented at The Museum of Photography in Seoul from December 17, 2016, to April 15, 2017, features the photographer’s stark images of Gypsy life. Taken between 1962 and 1971, Koudelka was drawn to the nomadic lifestyle, rituals and customs of the Romany Gypsies he encountered whilst taking on a nomadic lifestyle of his own, travelling through his native Czechoslovakia and beyond to rural Romania, Hungary, France and Spain. www.magnumphotos.com/events

Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection offers new perspectives on one of art’s oldest genres. Drawn entirely from the Museum’s holdings, the more than two hundred works in the exhibition show changing approaches to portraiture from the early 1900s until today. Portraits are one of the richest veins of the Whitney’s collection, a result of the Museum’s longstanding commitment to the figurative tradition, which was championed by its founder, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. 

A new exhibition on London’s Southbank features refugee crises past and present, bringing together 70 years of work by Magnum photographers. The exhibition is part of Amnesty’s I Welcome campaign which calls on the UK to share responsibility in responding to the refugee crisis, and marks the lead up to Magnum Photos’ 70th anniversary next year.

John Berger calls himself “a storyteller” and longtime friend Tilda Swinton calls him “a radical humanist.” The soft-spoken Berger is, in fact, a brilliant polymath: painter, art critic/historian (The Success and Failure of Picasso), Booker Prize-winning novelist (G), television host (Ways of Seeing), screenwriter (LA SALAMANDRE), essayist (A SEVENTH MAN), poet...  As Swinton peels apples and Berger draws her portrait, they consider the effect of their fathers’ war experiences on their childhoods. The film is punctuated with excerpts from Berger’s television appearances. It is this seemingly casual talk in his rustic kitchen that allows us to be guests on intimate terms with his intellect.

The exhibition, organized in the framework of PHotoEspaña 2016 and curated by Laura Terré Alonso, brings together a collection of works and documents that portray the photographic panorama of the 50s and 60s in Spain, with special attention to materials related to Afal. Afal was one of the most significant photography collectives in Spain in the twentieth century. Its existence revolved around the magazine of the same name. Devoted to photography and cinema, Afal was published from 1956 until 1963, kept afloat by subscriptions, a little advertising and, above all, the selfless commitment of its founders José María Artero García and Carlos Pérez Siquier. 

"Not since the work of Josef Koudelka has this part of the world been rendered so intuitively and mysteriously. As the decisions and ramifications of realpolitik come bearing down on the lives of everyday people in Eastern Europe, the poetic reality of life is ignored; however, it flourishes for those brave enough to look into its shadows." — James Williamson. Fans of Fabio Sgroi can help to make his 'Passage' project a reality by visiting his kisskissbankbank.com page and making a donation toward the making of the book. Also see more of Passage by visiting Fabio's website at: www.fabiosgroiphoto.com. 

Every year in November, the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam becomes a mecca and paradise for lovers of documentaries. The IDFA is the largest documentary film festival in the world. More than 300 international documentaries can be seen which all give a unique perspective on the world . The viewer is taken to both the poorest and wealthiest places in the world, sometimes poetically, sometimes with a powerful statement or analysis. The topics are incredibly diverse, but the films have one thing in common: they incite thought and discussion. Rembrandtplein 1017 CV Amsterdam, Netherlands

Maria, a 17 year old Mayan woman, lives on the slopes of an active volcano in Guatemala. An arranged marriage awaits her. Although Maria dreams of seeing 'the city,' her status as an indigenous woman does not allow her to go out into that 'modern world'. Later, during a pregnancy complication, this modern world will save her life, but at what price. Santa Fe Independet Film Festival, Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Through 10 January 2016

Giacometti is widely regarded as one of the most important and distinctive artists of the 20th century. This exhibition is the first to focus on his portraiture and includes over sixty paintings, sculptures and drawings from international public and private collections. Giacometti was fascinated by the artistic complexities of evoking a human presence. His portraits are characterised by an intense scrutiny of his models, during which he endeavoured to record his constantly changing perceptions. The resulting images are among Giacometti’s most enigmatic and personal, central to his reputation as one of the giants of modern art. National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place  London 
 

Through 27 October 2015

Renowned documentarian Stanley Nelson masterfully assembles rare archival footage that contextualizes the history of the Panthers – begun in response to racism and police brutality. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of a Revolution does not hesitate to critique its subject, nor does it shy away from judging the corrupt activities of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI or the countless shoot-outs, raids and arrests that were the response of local police. It is a history that needs to be told to understand today’s incendiary racial landscape. Film Forum 209 West Houston St. west of 6th Ave. New York, NY

Destination is a word that sometimes sounds like fortune and misfortune of others. It is a word that invokes causes, and this is one of the most special of Fate, which brings together 35 photographs of the series most representative of the artist and photographer Roger Ballen (New York, 1950), which stresses in their work to portray the strange and almost monstrous reality of the inhabitants of rural areas and suburbs in South Africa.  — From: We come in the night by Natalia Castillo Verdugo

MUSEO DE MONTSERRAT 08199 Abadía de Montserrat 

Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Lisbon, Portugal - GAIA

Rua da Regueira 40, Alfama, Lisboa 25 September  2015 

Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series  In 1941, Jacob Lawrence, then just twenty-three years old, completed a series of sixty paintings about the Great Migration, the mass movement of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North. Lawrence’s work is a landmark in the history of modern art and a key example of the way that history painting was radically reimagined in the modern era. Explore the social and cultural nuances of each of the sixty panels in Lawrence’s series. The Museum of Modern Art 11 West 53 Street  New York, NY 10019

Una muestra sobre la primera revolución social documentada por fotógrafos, tanto profesionales como aficionados, locales y extranjeros, que permite al visitante reconocer el valor histórico y estético de imágenes inéditas o poco conocidas  de momentos coyunturales de la Revolución MexicanaUn escenario para la  reflexión  sobre el costo de la guerra y un homenaje a los héroes anónimos que lucharon y estuvieron dispuestos a morir por un futuro mejor. La exposición permanecerá en el Museo del Noreste hasta septiembre y fue curada por el historiador Miguel Ángel Berumen, uno de los más reconocidos especialistas en fotohistoria. 64000 Monterrey, NL Mexico

For a period of over six years, Federico Guzmán formed strong ties with the Sahara, sharing experiences with the native people in the region. The project devised for the Palacio de Cristal is the outcome of this personal experience and, on this occasion, he has erected a large Bedouin tent to enter into dialogue with the historic building. Guzmán has always viewed artistic practice as a commitment to one's environment. His time spent in Bogotá and New York at the end of the 1990s lead him to lay great emphasis on this idea as he became particularly aware of art as a tool for social change.

A pillar of the French New Wave, Hiroshima Mon Amour was awarded the International Critics’ prize at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival. Due to its harrowing anti-nuclear stance, it was kept out of the main competition to avoid offending the U.S.

Approx. 90 min. DCP. Film Forum  209 West Houston St., west of 6th Ave (nearer to 7th)

Carol Reed's The Third Man, with three Oscar nominations: for director Reed, editor Oswald Hafenrichter, and cinematographer Robert Krasker, with a win for the latter; the Grand Prize at Cannes; and the only film on both the AFI and BFI Top 100 lists of, respectively, the greatest American and British films (#1 for the Brits), as well as being named The Greatest Foreign Film of All Time… by the Japanese  Approx. 103 min. DCP restoration.  Film Forum  209 West Houston St., west of 6th Ave (nearer to 7th)

An American in Madras is a documentary that traces filmmaker Ellis R. Dungan’s journey to India where he became celebrated in the Tamil film industry. Hailing from Barton, Ohio, Dungan reached India on February of 1935 intending to stay for 6 months but ended up staying for 15 years making 13 feature films, 11 in Tamil and one each in Telugu and Hindi. During this period, he brought many technical innovations and infused a sense of professionalism in the industry. This film, directed by Karan Bali, traces Dungan's Indian connection right up to 1994, when on a return trip to India. DakshinaChitra Museum, East Coast Road, Muttukadu, Chengalpet District 

Joel Meyerowitz made photographic history as one of the central protagonists of the New Color Photography movement in America during the 1960s and 1970s, next to William Eggleston and Stephen Shore. The extensive retrospective presents the photographer and the major, multi-faceted oeuvre he created over the course of 50 years. KUNST HAUS WIEN  Museum Hundertwasser  Untere Weissgerberstraße 13  1030 Vienna

A wise-cracking, probing urban flaneur, Khalik Allah paints an impressionistic portrait of the loiterers and denizens in and around 125th Street and Lexington Avenue in Field Niggas. Beneath the bright lights of a corner convenience store, Allah wields his crystalline gaze on a series of faces and personalities as they ruminate on race, societal inequalities, family, drugs, homelessness, romance, police brutality, and, ultimately, their histories, in a collective chorus. Metrotech Commons, 5 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn

Winner of top prizes at the Venice and Mumbai Film Festivals. COURT’s understated yet profoundly moving drama unfolds within the Indian legal system where issues of caste, patriarchy and feudalism are all specific to that culture. But at least as important are the more universal issues of bureaucratic idiocy, the apathy of the haves regarding the lives of the have-nots, and the still-Dickensian nature of most judicial processes. Film Forum 
209 West Houston St., west of 6th Ave (nearer to 7th)