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Gavel Culture Guide: Issue No. One

The Gavel’s Culture Guides feature recommendations on music, film/television, books, etc. curated by the editorial staff.

Human Flow

Ai Weiwei’s groundbreaking documentary details the global refugee crisis over the span of one year, covering footage and experiences in 23 countries. Without minimizing the problem or compromising the subjects, Weiwei is able to effectively capture the crisis that has displaced over 65 million people through this stunning film.

The Florida Project

Sean Baker’s The Florida Project explores childhood honestly and colorfully. Set in a motel across the highway from Disney World, the film explores the upbringing of Moonee and her relationship with her mother, Halley, as they navigate the joys, trials, and dangers of their impoverished life. Starring Willem Dafoe, this film is warm and creative without being sentimental or contrived.

Sonder Son by Brent Faiyaz

Brent Faiyaz’s full-length debut project features modern R&B infused with 90s hip-hop influences. The album is contemplative and complex, portraying Faiyaz as both confident and confused about his identity, while always maintaining soulful authenticity. Faiyaz’s LP, a follow-up to his positively received EP A.M. Paradox, takes the listener on a rich journey in which the artist bares himself completely.

Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics at the MFA

Takashi Murakami’s installation at the MFA opened on Oct. 18, 2017, and features various pieces chosen in direct response to the MFA’s distinctive Japanese art collection. Back in 2007, Murakami designed Kanye West’s Graduation album cover. Often referred to as “Japan’s Andy Warhol,” the artist infuses historical Japanese influences with his designs, uniting history with pop culture in his colorful floral and cartoon pieces.