Julian Rosefeldt’s “Manifesto” is a collage of artistic declarations from the past century reinterpreted as poetic monologues to provoke timeless questions about the gendered, social, and political contexts that shape the artist’s role in society. These angry, youthful, and powerful texts are brought to life in a tour-de-force of acting by Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett, who creates a kaleidoscopic series of characterizations ranging from a TV anchorwoman to a corporate CEO to a homeless man. Presented simultaneously on 13 massive screens, the scenes draw from more than 50 manifestos by artists, architects, choreographers, and filmmakers at early points in their career, woven together into dramatic soliloquies that highlight specific movements or schools of thought.

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