A Foot in the Door

2020 was a stellar year for women in the independent film sector. According to a recent Indie Women study, female directors represented nearly 40 percent of those making narrative movies—that’s a historic high. And while the awards playing field is hardly level, select women are getting well-deserved industry recognition for their creative abilities. Chloe Zhao, writer, director, and editor of Nomadland, won a Golden Globe for best director; four BAFTAs

Patch Town an essay by Nancy Gendimencio

“Patch Town”

I can’t get a certain Franz Kline painting out of my head. Pennsylvania Street Scene, 1947, is of a row of shack-like houses huddled together on an empty street. They droop as if weighed down by the troubles of the people who live in them. Weather-beaten wood shingles are made with gray and white brushstrokes. Some windows are dark, like eyes peering out onto the unpaved road. An orange-red sky

“Heavenly Bodies”

Evening dresses by Versace and by Dolce & Gabbana with imagery of Catholic saints and the Madonna and Child are some of the many surprises at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Exhibition. Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination [May 10–October 8, 2018] features 150 ensembles by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Coco Chanel, Jeanne Lanvin, Elsa Schiaparelli, Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, and Gianni Versace. Current designers include Donatella Versace, John