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Visual ArtsWed, 07 Oct 2015 14:57
New Director Of Detroit Institute Of Arts Lays Out A Vision

Salvador Salort-Pons: “I really see the DIA as playing a role in the city like town squares play a role in European cities. You go to Madrid, Rome, Barcelona or Paris, there are these main squares where people come and gather to talk, to drink coffee to read a newspaper. I see the DIA as […]Source: Detroit Free Press

Visual ArtsWed, 07 Oct 2015 08:47
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Marion True Does Not Deserve Our Sympathy, Says Archaeologist

“It’s worth stating again just a few of the things True admitted doing or is alleged to have done over a nearly 20-year career as curator. … She is no innocent scapegoat, nor is she a hero for calling attention to a problem she was helping to create.”Source: Hyperallergic

Visual ArtsWed, 07 Oct 2015 08:18
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Thousands Stand In Line To See ‘China’s Mona Lisa’

“Since an exhibition celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Palace Museum [in Beijing’s Forbidden City] opened in early September, people have been waiting for up to 10 hours to see this 17-foot-long masterpiece attributed to the painter Zhang Zeduan, an intricate ink-on-silk tableau of life in the Northern Song dynasty capital, Kaifeng. The best-known painting […]Source: New York Times

Visual ArtsTue, 06 Oct 2015 20:48
Can Artists Still Shock Or Surprise In The Age Of The Selfie?

“How can performance artists possibly compete in a world where a selfie-taking Canadian can make thousands of dollars after being inadvertently kicked in the head by a Peruvian train driver and posting an 11-second video of the event on his YouTube channel?”Source: The Atlantic

PeopleWed, 07 Oct 2015 18:42
James Patterson Wants To Give An Indie Bookstore Worker A Big Bonus

The bestselling author and benefactor of booksellers and libraries announced Wednesday that he will give away a total of $250,000 US, with payments ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Everyone from store owners and managers to authors and patrons are eligible to nominate a current employee by answering the question “Why does this bookseller deserve a […]Source: CBC

MediaWed, 07 Oct 2015 18:29
How Kickstarter Is Changing How (What) Movies Get Made

“While there’s a pretty diverse range of voices, the unifying factor we’re finding is that all these filmmakers have an independent spirit – these are directors who are making work in their own way, and always have. There’s also a real desire to engage with the audience.”Source: The Globe and Mail (Canada)

TheatreWed, 07 Oct 2015 18:20
“Translate” Shakespeare? Egads!

The outcry that has greeted this announcement has been as ferocious as you might imagine, or more. Though artistic director Bill Rauch and literary manager Lue Douthit have taken pains to say these aren’t replacements but companion pieces, and have preemptively assured critics that these new “translations” will not be the versions of the Bard […]Source: American Theatre

IdeasWed, 07 Oct 2015 18:18
Study: Male Anger Persuades. Female Anger? Not So Much

“Participants became more confident in their own opinion after learning they were in the majority. But (they) then started doubting their own opinion significantly after the male holdout expressed anger.” In contrast, “when a female holdout expressed anger, participants became significantly more confident in their own opinion over the course of deliberation.”Source: Pacific Standard

MusicWed, 07 Oct 2015 09:23
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Plan To Revive New York City Opera Has Creditors’ Backing

“More than two years have passed since New York City Opera filed for bankruptcy, leaving in its wake large debts and a legal battle between two rival groups hoping to revive it. Now one of them has won the backing of an important constituency: the creditors who are owed money in the bankruptcy case.”Source: New York Times

MusicWed, 07 Oct 2015 09:17
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As Musicians Grow Frustrated, Philadelphia Orchestra Hires Consultant Michael Kaiser

“As talks continue between the Philadelphia Orchestra Association and musicians over a new labor pact, management has agreed to hire consultant Michael M. Kaiser to assist in addressing chronic big-picture challenges like fund-raising and strategic direction. Musicians have been frustrated in contract talks – not only with the financial details of the deals management has […]Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

TheatreWed, 07 Oct 2015 09:11
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Updating Shakespeare’s Language? They Used To Do It All The Time

“For poets, playwrights, editors, and actors from the seventeenth century through much of the nineteenth, Shakespeare’s language wasn’t intoxicating so much as intoxicated: it needed a sobering intervention. … Shakespeare’s script was the first problem that a production had to remedy. … So what changed? How did Shakespeare’s original texts regain their popularity?”Source: The New Yorker

WordsWed, 07 Oct 2015 08:44
20 New Lines From The Epic Of Gilgamesh Discovered In Iraq, Adding New Details To The Story

“One of the oldest narratives in the world got a surprise update last month when the Sulaymaniyah Museum in the Kurdistan region of Iraq announced that it had discovered 20 new lines of the Babylonian-Era poem of gods, mortals, and monsters.”Source: Open Culture

WordsWed, 07 Oct 2015 08:34
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Iran Threatens To Boycott World’s Largest Book Fair Because Salman Rushdie Is Speaking There

Said the Islamic Republic’s deputy minister for culture and Islamic guidance, “This has been organised by the Frankfurt book fair and crosses one of our political system’s red lines. We consider this move as anti-cultural. Imam Khomeini’s fatwa on this issue is reflective of our religion and it will never fade away. We urge organisers […]Source: The Guardian

IssuesWed, 07 Oct 2015 08:11
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Duke University Gets $25 Million Donation For New Arts Center

“Duke University is expanding its arts programs with a new building and a $25 million gift from David Rubenstein, chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees and a nationally known arts benefactor.” The 71,000-square-foot arts center “will include a dance studio along with a dozen multi-use studios, a 200-seat performance theater, a 100-seat film theater, […]Source: The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC)

DanceWed, 07 Oct 2015 08:01
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South Carolina Ballet Company’s Home And School Destroyed In Floods

The Pavlovich Ballet School, headquarters for the Columbia Classical Ballet and “renovated just this summer, has been completely destroyed. During the flooding, water reached up to the ceiling of the studio. Costumes and music scores were ruined. … The entire building needs to be gutted.”Source: NPR

DanceWed, 07 Oct 2015 08:00
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Lost Materials From 1877 Premiere Of ‘Swan Lake’ Discovered At Bolshoi

“Most modern productions of Swan Lake are derived from the 1895 staging at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, which had its premiere after Tchaikovsky’s death and for which Tchaikovsky’s score was drastically reordered and rearranged by Riccardo Drigo. The original 1877 Bolshoi Swan Lake … has been […]Source: New York Times

IssuesWed, 07 Oct 2015 07:58
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Decrepit Old Bank Building, Bought For $1, Becomes Busy New Cultural Center On Chicago’s South Side

“In the past three years, [Theaster] Gates and Rebuild Foundation have created what opens to the public today as Stony Island Arts Bank, an exhibition space, lounge, bar, music venue, archive, program center, and library – with even more functions to come.”Source: Interview

IdeasWed, 07 Oct 2015 07:57
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The Three Dimensions Of Artificial Intelligence

MIT professor Frank Levy: “The first two are AI’s depth and breadth. The third is the media picture of AI that shapes public perception. … By depth I mean the extent to which AI equals or surpasses human intelligence – the development that worries Ray Kurzweil and Stephen Hawking. … By breadth of AI, I […]Source: Pacific Standard

MediaWed, 07 Oct 2015 07:55
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Advertising – Television’s Original Sin

“The question of how television fits together with advertising – and whether we should resist that relationship or embrace it – has haunted the medium since its origins. … When people called TV shows garbage, which they did all the time, until recently, commercialism was at the heart of the complaint. Even great TV could […]Source: The New Yorker

IdeasWed, 07 Oct 2015 07:54
stuff happens
Stuff Happens – And The Words We Choose To Talk About It Matter

“Psychologists and linguists have long been interested in the extent to which language affects thought, including whether and how different ways of communicating similar information can influence subsequent thinking. If Bush tells us that ‘stuff happens’ (rather than, say, that ‘people use guns to commit atrocities’), are we less inclined to seek stricter gun control? […]Source: NPR


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