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Mishkin Gallery: Screening + Talk: Sidewalk Stories (1989) and Tower XYZ (2016)

Family Community Culture Education Entertainment


6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Mishkin Gallery
Baruch College (CUNY)
135 E 22nd Street
New York, NY 10010

Screening introduced by Professor Hilary Botein, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College, CUNY.

Ayo Akingbade, Tower XYZ (2016), 3 min
Charles Lane, Sidewalk Stories (1989), 101 min

The films in this program occupy the fissures of class and race divides in the city, particularly in regard to housing. The New York City of Charles Lane’s Sidewalk Stories, rendered silent and black and white, is an often cruel, and occasionally kind, companion to the protagonist, an unhoused artist surviving by drawing portraits for passersby on the streets. The London of Ayo Akingbade’s Tower XYZ is a colorful and vibrant landscape punctuated by large concrete social housing blocks. Amid backdrops of gentrification and inequality, these films speak not only to the social and political forces of disinvestment in housing, but importantly, to the multiplicity of lived experiences in the city.

Presented as a part of the series The Right to the City: Public Space on Film.


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