Setenay Mufti is an arts editor at the Tufts Daily. She is a senior majoring in classics. She can be reached at

‘Mapplethorpe’ is an intriguing but tame film on the legendary provocative artist

“Mapplethorpe” (2018) is the newest biopic starring Matt Smith (of “Doctor Who” fame) as Robert Mapplethorpe, an iconic photographer of the 1970s whose subjects ranged from flowers to friends to an underground BDSM club. The movie follows Mapplethorpe from his early years as a starving artist with Patti Smith (Marianne Rendón), to his growing prominence […]

Form and flow: Conversations with Harry Dodge

On Wednesday, artist Harry Dodge came to the Tufts University Art Gallery to give a tour of his current exhibit “Harry Dodge: Works of Love.” In this collection of Dodge’s work from largely the past 10 years, Dodge goes from room to room, choosing pieces from the exhibit to explore physicality, space and the metaphysical […]

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ is an overly sweet adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel

“If Beale Street Could Talk” (2018) is the newest film by Barry Jenkins, the writer and director of “Moonlight” (2016) and the movie is an adaptation of the James Baldwin novel by the same name, which follows the trials and triumphs of a young black couple in New York. It is a slice-of-life story that shows […]

Graciela Iturbide’s ‘Mexico’ offers a touching, intimate look at Mexico and its people

For the last couple of months, the “Ansel Adams: In Our Time” exhibit has been the buzz of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), but there is a second, smaller but arguably more impressive and impactful, photography exhibit at the MFA right now. It is Graciela Iturbide’s “Mexico:” an intimate and stunning collection of Graciela […]

‘The Favourite’ is pity, fear, hilarity all in one

“The Favourite,” the newest dark comedy by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, also known for “The Lobster” (2015) and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (2017), is best walked into blind. Although the film’s concept is simple enough, a power struggle between a maid and her cousin in an 18th century English court, Lanthimos brings his distinctive style and […]

Humanitarian conductor discusses Beethoven, empathy at music department event

Music is an art form that exists across cultures. Be it religious hymns or national anthems, music always has the ability to bring people together. This is the key philosophy behind Music for Life International, a nonprofit that organizes classical music concerts to raise money and promote dialogue about humanitarian crises around the world. One […]

‘Election’ proves eerily relevant 20 years after its release

Content warning: This article mentions sexual harassment. In the original trailer of “Election” (1999), the narrator speaks the words, “if you are one of the millions of Americans who still believes that honesty, integrity and fidelity are the cornerstones of our democracy, we suggest you wait for another preview before getting your popcorn.” If the lessons in […]

‘Halloween’ gives iconic slasher franchise a softer edge

Content warning: This article discusses violence. The most underrated quote from NBC’s “The Office” (2005–13) comes from Robert California, as he muses on Halloween: “Fear plays an interesting role in our lives. How dare we let it motivate us? How dare we let it into our decision-making, into our livelihoods, into our relationships? It’s funny isn’t it? […]

Harvard’s Carpenter Center explores James Baldwin’s world in photography exhibition

Harvard University’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts is currently showing “Time is Now: Photography and Social Change in James Baldwin’s America,” a multi-artist photography exhibit running through Dec. 30. The exhibition highlights facets of African-American life in the north and south from the 1930s to the 1960s, providing a visual context to the stories of […]

‘Colette’ aims to honor scandalous novelist, but comes short

“Colette,” starring Keira Knightley as Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954), follows the French novelist and actress whose husband took credit for her work for years until she asserted herself as a writer and began to publish under her own name, famously taking up a string of female lovers along the way. The movie follows Colette from her marriage through her […]