Next Wave Back On Track

The Brooklyn Academy’s Next Wave Festival has “served to celebrate innovative work begun in Europe or in Manhattan lofts and museum spaces.” But its 20th anniversary festival last year was something of a disappointment for an enterprise that traditionally sought out the new and risky. This year’s installment, however, re-establishes Next Wave’s aesthetic direction, writes John Rockwell. And despite some financial hardships, the Brooklyn Academy takes the lead once again.