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Nico Pedrero-Setzer

Nico Pedrero-Setzer, Abroad Arts Editor

Nico Pedrero-Setzer is a junior majoring Journalism and Cinema Studies. He's from California by way of Chiapas, noting he spent the majority of his childhood criss-crossing between the United States and Mexico before attending a boarding school in Rhode Island. Nico is also a consumer of media: film, music, books — you name it! You can check out what he's reading at @nicopedrero on Instagram, stalk his Spotify @nicolaspsetzer, track his compulsive movie-watching habits via Letterboxd @nicolaspsetzer, or track his ramblings on Twitter at @NicoPSetzer.

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A portrait of Natalia Palacino and Susan Behrends Valenzuela reading a zine. Palacino is wearing a black leather coat while Behrends Valenzuela wears a mint-green long-sleeve shirt and a black skirt.

Art + Type Magazine stresses care in collectivism

Melding collective and community, the art magazine founded by two Steinhardt art majors emphasizes diversity, collaboration and family.
March 11, 2022

Collectives are often born on paper. When like-minded artists come together and put their shared ideas on the page, they sign their names to a mission that will drive their ambitions...

Donda, the tenth studio album by Kanye West, was released on August 29, 2021. This album is composed of twenty-seven tracks, approximating a two-hour runtime altogether. (Staff Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

Review: ‘Donda’ is a godsend

After several rounds of editing and an expected series of delays, Kanye West’s “Donda” is finally out.
August 31, 2021

Donda Donda Donda Donda Donda Donda Donda Donda Donda Donda Donda. Through mantric divination, Kanye West introduces us to “Donda,” a work of hard drums and heavy tears. Listening...

Alex Brown Church, better known as Sea Wolf, is an NYU alum and Los Angeles based indie folk musician. After 6 years since his last album “Song Spells, No. 1: Cedarsmoke, he has just released Through A Dark Wood, a record which is, in his word, catharsis. (Photo courtesy of Shane McCauley)

NYU Alum Previews Poignant New Album

Alex Brown Church, better known as Sea Wolf, takes us in and out of the dark forest in his latest artistic endeavor.
March 9, 2020

Lost in a Dantesque forest forged from the fires of breakup, anxiety about the state of the nation and absolute confusion about his life’s trajectory, Alex Brown Church confesses...

A still from Greener Grass. (via Youtube)

‘Greener Grass’: A Lackluster Attempt at Social Satire

The suburban soccer mom comedy falls short of social commentary but entertains with its bizarre premise.
November 8, 2019

Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe’s “Greener Grass” plays out like an over-extended SNL skit by David Lynch. Satirizing the preservation of the status quo in a listless suburban...

Yorgos Lanthimos’s 2005 solo debut comes to America for the first time. It follows three strangers in a strange alliance to recreate homicides. The writer explains how the film failed to reach its potential both in its aesthetics and character development. (via Haos Film)

‘Kinetta’: A Cornucopia of Wasted Potential

Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos’s 2005 drama makes its American debut 14 years later, but American audiences weren’t missing much.
November 1, 2019

Unseen by American eyes up until now, Yorgos Lanthimos’s 2005 solo debut has finally arrived in the U.S. courtesy of the Museum of the Moving Image. Following a photo-store clerk,...

The Cave, a Syria documentary directed by Feras Fayyad, screened in 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. (via Facebook)

‘The Cave’: A Dreary Ode to Hope

Feras Fayyad’s documentary on a makeshift hospital in the midst of the Syrian Civil War serves as a testament to human resolve and the efforts of one Dr. Amani Ballor and her team.
October 16, 2019

“Keep on smiling for the children, it’s the least we can do,” says Dr. Amani Ballor, as the walls of the Cave ring with the echoes of destruction from the warplanes bombing...