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Visual ArtsWed, 26 Apr 2017 20:31

Can Berlin Really Afford A Dazzling New Museum Of Modern Art?

"The museum, set to be built in the center of the Kulturforum—a collection of museums that includes Mies van der Rohe’s New National Gallery, the Kunstbibliothek art library, and neighboring the Hans Scharoun-designed Philharmonic—has been controversial from the outset. Herzog & de Meuron won a second competition, after the initial one hailed no winner."Source:

Visual ArtsWed, 26 Apr 2017 20:02

Why The CIA Secretly Funded Arab Art For Years

Suspicions about the almost sudden spread and funding of American art movements such as Abstract Expressionism led critic Max Kozloff to describe it in a 1973 essay as"a form of benevolent propaganda." But while much is known about CIA funding for American art during the Cold War, their support for Arab art during the same […]Source:

Visual ArtsWed, 26 Apr 2017 15:03

'The Avant-Garde That Lost By Winning' (Jerry Saltz Goes To Glenn O'Brien's Funeral)

The wild man of art criticism/failed artist/Instagram auteur is haunted by the thoughts he had seeing the art-world stars gathered to mourn the '80s impresario: "I don't mean that these people and their ideals lost. On the contrary, these people represent a kind of total victory!"Source:

Visual ArtsWed, 26 Apr 2017 12:31

Pop Artist Marisol Leaves Entire Estate To Albright-Knox Art Gallery

The bequest from the artist, who died last May, is the largest gift of art in the history of the Buffalo museum, which made news last fall by raising $100 million in 12 weeks.Source:

Visual ArtsWed, 26 Apr 2017 11:45

Arachnid Art: Argentine Artist And 7,000 Spiders Create World's Largest Web

Tomás Saraceno and his eight-legged collaborators are displaying their installation, titled Quasi-Social Musical Instrument IC 342, at Buenos Aires's Museum of Modern Art.Source:

IdeasWed, 26 Apr 2017 22:03

A Museum Built For Failure (You'll Learn Something)

“The purpose of the museum is to show that innovation requires failure,” Dr. West said as he introduced some of the exhibits in a video posted this month on the YouTube channel of Fredrik Skavlan, a Scandinavian talk show host. “If you are afraid of failure, then we can't innovate.” He said he started the […]Source:

MediaWed, 26 Apr 2017 21:35

Stars Of 'The Handmaid's Tale' Decline To Describe The Story As Feminist, And The Audience Is Not Happy

Typical of the responses at a panel following the Tribeca Film Festival screening of the opening episode was this from Elisabeth Moss: "For me, it's not a feminist story. It's a human story because women's rights are human rights. ... So for me, you know, I never approach anything with any sort of, like, political […]Source:

MusicWed, 26 Apr 2017 21:01

Why Does Our Musical Taste Get Frozen In Our Youth?

"It’s simply not realistic to expect someone to respond to music with such life-defining fervour more than once. And it’s not realistic, either, to expect someone comfortable with his personality to be flailing about for new sensibilities to adopt. I’ve always been somewhat suspicious of those who truly do, as the overused phrase has it, […]Source:

MusicWed, 26 Apr 2017 20:44

Claire Chase Wins This Year's $100K Avery Fisher Prize

Chase, 38, became the first flutist to receive the Fisher Prize, which is awarded every few years to recognize musical excellence, vision and leadership (and whose payoff was increased this year from $75,000). The prize comes half a year after Ms. Chase stepped down from leading the International Contemporary Ensemble, the vital new-music collective commonly […]Source:

The WorldWed, 26 Apr 2017 19:48

Sales and Advertising Manager, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) is seeking an experienced and creative Sales and Advertising Manager to develop and implement marketing plans through a variety of media to ensure audience growth and retentionSource:

PeopleWed, 26 Apr 2017 19:44

Director Jonathan Demme, 73

Mob wives, CB radio buffs and AIDS victims; Hannibal Lecter, Howard Hughes and Jimmy Carter: Mr. Demme (pronounced DEM-ee) plucked his subjects and stories largely from the stew of contemporary American subcultures and iconography. He created a body of work — including fiction films and documentaries, dramas and comedies, original scripts, adaptations and remakes — […]Source:

IssuesWed, 26 Apr 2017 19:32

This Year's NFL Football Draft Is At The Philadelphia Museum Of Art (Huh?)

"Standing on those steps and seeing that this is such a heroic moment, this is a culmination for these [draft picks], we set out on, 'Could we create a theater? Could we build a theater here?' " said Peter O'Reilly, the NFL's senior vice president of events. "We know it's going to be complicated. We […]Source:

PeopleWed, 26 Apr 2017 19:04

John Waters Is Hosting A Summer Camp For Grown-Ups

Sure, there will be campfires and s'mores, but there will also be burlesque lessons, Hairspray karaoke, scotch and cigars, and Bloody Mary Bingo - not to mention a movie marathon, a costume contest, and the national treasure's own one-man show. Also arts-and-crafts and archery, which seem pretty kinky in this context.Source:

MusicWed, 26 Apr 2017 18:31

Do We Really Need To Dress Up When We Go To The Opera?

"Americans might say that their freedom of self-expression is being denied if they are told how to dress. I think we can learn that self-expression and respect for certain traditions are not mutually exclusive. I have seen many of my fellow citizens dressed in attire more suited to a workout at the gym or for […]Source:

MediaWed, 26 Apr 2017 18:03

What Do The Residents Of The S-Town Make Of 'S-Town'? Wellllll ...

Connor Towne O'Neill travels to Woodstock, Alabama to ask the folks there about finding themselves the subject of a record-smashing podcast - and finds some fair-mindedness, some defensiveness, plenty of ambivalence and even more awkwardness. After all, they really do all know each other. (Warning: includes spoilers)Source:

TheatreWed, 26 Apr 2017 17:31

The Extraordinary Steppenwolf Theatre Leader Martha Lavey Dies At 60

An indefatigable, unstinting and intellectually voracious artistic director who reinvented Chicago’s most audacious and aggressive theater for a new era, Martha Lavey wrestled the Steppenwolf Theatre Company — kicking and screaming — into the 21st century. And in her cajoling, bullying, flattering, outwitting and otherwise leading its hugely talented but famously passionate and opinionated ensemble […]Source:

IssuesWed, 26 Apr 2017 17:01

We Need To Split The 'Millennials' Into Two Separate Generations

"Old Millennials, as I'll call them, who were born around 1988 or earlier (meaning they're 29 and older today), really have lived substantively different lives than Young Millennials, who were born around 1989 or later, as a result of two epochal events that occurred around the time when members of the older group were mostly […]Source:

MediaWed, 26 Apr 2017 16:31

NPR Pioneer Robert Siegel To Retire After 40 Years

"This is a decision long in the making and not an easy one. I've had the greatest job I can think of, working with the finest colleagues anyone could ask for, for as long a stretch as I could imagine. But, looking ahead to my seventies (which start all too soon) I feel that it […]Source:

IssuesWed, 26 Apr 2017 15:31

Some Numbers On America's Culture Economy (And California's Place In It)

The data, which look at the economic role of the arts at the federal level, show that the arts and cultural sector contributed nearly $730 billion to the U.S. economy in 2014, the year for which the agencies evaluated data. That is roughly 4.2% of the U.S. economy for that year. (The NEA’s annual budget, […]Source:

IssuesWed, 26 Apr 2017 14:28

How To Attract New Audiences To The Arts? Report Says Focus On Fun

Key to the success of projects is promoting “the ‘fun’ and ‘social’ aspects of participation as opposed to focusing on the artistic aspects of activities”. The report notes that using “exclusive ‘arts’ language and jargon” acts as a barrier to encouraging local communities to get involved.Source:


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