Ai Weiwei, “Life of Pi” Editor Tim Squyres, Photographer Jon Naar, and The Talking Band
“Life of Pi” editor and Maplewood resident Tim Squyres, thanks to technology, is able to do much of his Hollywood work at home. “Life of Pi” was his tenth film with director Ang Lee, and the first in 3D for both of them. State of the Arts talks to Squyres about his career as a major motion picture editor, and visits him on site in Nyack where he’s working on his current project, an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s “Master Builder” directed by Jonathan Demme.
Also on the show, meet 92-year-old photographer Jon Naar as the New Jersey State Museum mounts a retrospective of the Trenton resident's work. The show runs from January 19 to May 5, 2013. Before becoming a professional photographer at age 44, Naar was a British Secret Service agent in the Middle East during WWII and an international marketing executive. But in the early 1960s he met photographer André Kertész who encouraged him to follow his youthful passion and become a photographer. John Naar books include the first ever on solar power and a collection of photographs documenting New York Graffiti. His work is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has become an international celebrity. The Chinese government has revoked his passport, but through Twitter, his art exhibitions at museums like the Hirshhorn and the Tate, and now the documentary “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry”, he is reaching more people than ever before. The 2013 Princeton University Press book “Weiwei-isms” is an introduction to the artist through his tweets. State of the Arts talks to the editor of “Weiwei-isms” Larry Warsh, and to Cecilia Rouse, Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs about the political impact of Ai Weiwei’s work, and about the 12 monumental bronzes that make up Ai Weiwei’ s “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads,” on display at Princeton University through August 1, 2013.
The venue for this week’s show is the Puffin Cultural Forum in Teaneck. The Talking Band, an experimental theatre company that has been championed by New York critics since their first production in 1975, comes to the Puffin with their new project The Peripherals. “A travelling subterranean indie rock concert” that tells the story of musicians Sluice and Suzy Q as they tour with their band, The Peripherals has been called “a celebration of the impulse to make art on your own terms” by NYTheatre.com, and “rollicking and fun” by New York Theatre review. State of the Arts talks with founding Talking Band members Ellen Maddow and Paul Zimet, winners of fifteen Obie Awards.