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Visual ArtsTue, 19 Sep 2017 19:27

Exhibition On Gender Identity Shut Down In Brazil After Protests

"Critics — some of whom had also demanded the impeachment of the president — accused the artists of promoting pedophilia and child pornography. Rowdy protesters harassed museumgoers outside and inside the exhibition and posted a video that was seen by more than 1.4 million viewers on Facebook. On Sunday, Santander Bank unexpectedly closed the exhibition, which is […]Source:

Visual ArtsTue, 19 Sep 2017 17:26

Artists Defend Documenta Over Charges Of Huge Deficits

More than 200 artists, including Nairy Baghramian and Nikhil Chopra, have subsequently backed the curatorial team in an open letter. “Criticisms of Documenta 14 have been expanded to suggest that a deficit in the operating budget is primarily due to the Athenian chapter of Documenta. We are concerned about this urge to put ticket sales […]Source:

Visual ArtsTue, 19 Sep 2017 15:04

What's So American About American Art?

Art historian Brian T. Allen: "Understanding American art doesn't necessarily require special training. There's lots of insider baseball and tons of nuance, to be sure. It's a big, complex country well into its third century. More than the art of most countries, though, it's accessible by instinct. Basically, it's about what makes Americans tick."Source:

Visual ArtsTue, 19 Sep 2017 13:03

Banksy Makes Graffiti Satirizing Barbican's Basquiat Show, And Barbican Wants To Keep It

"The Barbican Centre is 'in discussion' with the City of London Corporation about how to preserve the two murals by the British street artist Banksy that appeared near the gallerySunday. The works pay homage to Jean-Michel Basquiat, who was originally a graffiti artist and is the subject of a major show opening at the Barbican […]Source:

Visual ArtsTue, 19 Sep 2017 11:45

50,000 Candy-Colored Lights At Australia's Uluru

"Located on the grounds of the Ayers Rock Resort in the Northern Territory, this remarkable exhibition" - titled Field of Light Uluru in English and Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku ("looking at lots of beautiful lights") in the language of the indigenous Pitjantjatjara people, to whom Uluru is sacred - "from artist Bruce Munro has already […]Source:

BlogsWed, 20 Sep 2017 09:49

Top Posts From AJBlogs 09.19.17

Evaluating Engagement: Outcomes Evaluation of any kind is a challenge for nonprofit organizations generally and for nonprofit arts organizations in particular. Resource constraints and focus on mission, sometimes at the expense of critical management issues, make evaluation ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2017-09-19 The Maltese Icon–No, Not That One If you’re an art-lover (and writer) […]Source:

MediaTue, 19 Sep 2017 22:04

Imagine You'd Never Seen A Movie. How Would Your Brain Process Fast Clip Cuts?

"Before the emergence and rapid proliferation of film editing at the dawn of the 20th century, humans had never been exposed to anything quite like film cuts: quick flashes of images as people, objects and entire settings changed in an instant. But rather than reacting with confusion to edits, early filmgoers lined up in droves […]Source:

IssuesTue, 19 Sep 2017 21:31

Poll: Americans Are Losing Faith In Value Of College Degrees

Overall, a slim plurality of Americans, 49%, believes earning a four-year degree will lead to a good job and higher lifetime earnings, compared with 47% who don’t, according to the poll of 1,200 people taken Aug. 5-9. That two-point margin narrowed from 13 points when the same question was asked four years earlier.Source:

PeopleTue, 19 Sep 2017 21:01

Jasper Johns To Turn His Connecticut Home Into An Artists' Retreat

The artists would “live, eat and devote themselves to the private study, practice and development of their work. They would have communal meals, in the existing main house and shared common spaces that would foster a sense of community among the artists.”Source:

IssuesTue, 19 Sep 2017 20:28

UK National Lottery Sales Have Plummeted. Lottery Officials Warn Of Big Cuts In Arts Funding

Sales of UK National Lottery tickets have declined, so less money can be channelled to HLF. The fund’s share of lottery income fell from £385m in 2015/16 to an estimated £300m in the current financial year.Source:

MediaTue, 19 Sep 2017 20:01

2017 Emmy Ratings Weren't All-Time Low (But Close)

"The final tally for the 2017 Emmys, hosted by Stephen Colbert on CBS, avoids the all-time low 11.3 million viewers that tuned in last year. In the key demo of adults 18-49, this year's show did bottom out, slipping 10 percent from a 2.7 rating to a 2.5 rating. Overnight ratings are naturally below those of […]Source:

IdeasTue, 19 Sep 2017 19:01

Claim: Playing Video Games Can Teach Philosophy

On the grounds that “philosophy is about everything and games are about everything”, the authors of Ten Things Video Games Can Teach Us advance the thesis that gaming is a forum for learning about key subjects like the nature of consciousness, logic and ethics.Source:

IdeasTue, 19 Sep 2017 18:29

The Arts: Building People Who Can Have Bigger-Than-Me Experiences?

A survey of high-school students that has been repeated for the past 60 years presents a startling picture. In 1950, 12 percent of students agreed with the statement, "I am a very important person." By 1990 that had risen to 80 percent. Other scholars have found that student scores on an index of empathy have been going […]Source:

WordsTue, 19 Sep 2017 18:03

This Year's Longlist For The Giller Prize

A handful of writers on the longlist have been previously recognized by the Giller Prize: Eden Robinson was shortlisted in 2000 for Monkey Beach, Michael Redhill was shortlisted in 2001 for Martin Sloane, Rachel Cusk was shortlisted in 2015 for Outline and David Chariandy was longlisted in 2007 for his novel Soucouyant.Source:

PeopleTue, 19 Sep 2017 17:02

The Appalling Twilight Of Marlon Brando

Dalya Alberge interviews screenwriter Ron Hutchinson, who recounts the actor's bizarre behavior on the set of his last film, The Island of Dr. Moreau.Source:

IdeasTue, 19 Sep 2017 16:32

Is Artificial Intelligence About To Disrupt The News Business?

Over the past year, the CEOs of Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and other global tech giants have all said, in different ways, that they now run “AI-first” companies. I can’t remember a single senior news exec ever mentioning AI and machine learning at any industry keynote address over the same period. Of course, that’s not necessarily surprising.Source:

TheatreTue, 19 Sep 2017 16:03

At Kneehigh Theatre's HQ In Cornwall, Which Is Totally Not A Commune

"'We're not a bunch of bloody hippies,' Mike Shepherd growls by way of introduction. Turns out the last time a journalist paid Kneehigh a visit at its Cornish home, that was the verdict. The time before, the company wound up being compared to a cult, the rehearsal rooms a commune. Its artistic director has had […]Source:

MediaTue, 19 Sep 2017 15:31

On Netflix, It's Like Classic Movies Don't Exist

"Netflix’s selection of classic cinema is abominable—and it seems to shrink more every year or so. As of this month, the streaming platform offers just 43 movies made before 1970, and fewer than 25 from the pre-1950 era (several of which are World War II documentaries). It’s the sort of classics selection you’d expect to […]Source:

WordsTue, 19 Sep 2017 14:36

Hero Of 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory' Was Originally Supposed To Be Black, Says Roald Dahl's Widow

"The revelation about Dahl’s original wish for Charlie may surprise those who accused the author of racism in relation to the book. The allegation stemmed from the fact that the Oompa Loompas in the original version were black pygmies from Africa."Source:

WordsTue, 19 Sep 2017 14:05

On Eve Of Trial For 'Subliminal Messages', Leading Turkish Author Smuggles Essay Out Of Prison

"[Ahmet] Altan, the author of 10 acclaimed novels that have been translated around the world, as well as essays and journalism, was arrested last September following the attempted coup in Turkey in July 2016. Charges against him include 'giving subliminal messages in favour of a coup on television', 'membership of a terrorist organisation' and 'attempting […]Source:


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