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Visual ArtsFri, 29 Aug 2014 20:25
LA’s MoCA Seems To Be Turning Itself Around Under New Director

“After five years of financial and managerial turmoil, the museum finally is poised on the brink of a bright new era, and community anticipation and goodwill are high.”Source: LAWeekly

Visual ArtsFri, 29 Aug 2014 14:10
Stolen Matisse Returned To Venezuelan Museum

“The Venezuelan museum, which had bought the Henri Matisse painting for about $500,000 from a New York gallery in 1981, reported that it had been stolen in December 2002 — apparently swapped for a forgery after it was lent to an exhibit in Spain. But a Miami FBI agent who has led the investigation to […]Source: Miami Herald

Visual ArtsFri, 29 Aug 2014 08:20
Six Steps To Restore People’s Faith In The (Divvied-Up) Corcoran Gallery

“There’s no rescuing the institution known as the Corcoran from this final crisis. And neither the National Gallery nor George Washington is obligated to try, truthfully. But under the new dispensation, leaders at the college and gallery can restore and even improve upon the things that the old Corc got right. Here are six suggestions […]Source: Washington City Paper

Visual ArtsFri, 29 Aug 2014 07:57
Spiraling Tensions At Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture School

The board of the Wright Foundation has decided not to incorporate its school at Taliesin as a separate entity – an organizational decision that, thanks to a change in the Higher Learning Commission’s rules, means the school will lose its accreditation in 2017. The school’s governors and faculty are, unsurprisingly, unhappy about this, amd they’ve […]Source: The New York Times

Visual ArtsFri, 29 Aug 2014 07:54
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Shigeru Ban And The Limits Of Virtuous Architecture

Dana Goodyear considers the tension between the Pritzker Prize winner’s very-high-profile designs for quick, inexpensive temporary structures for use after natural disasters and his very-high-priced work for wealthy clients like the Aspen Art Museum.Source: The New Yorker

Visual ArtsThu, 28 Aug 2014 23:27
How Art Could Revitalize Outdoor Advertising?

“Besides prompting a conversation about the role of art in our daily lives and promoting the names of the five participating institutions—the Dallas Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New […]Source: Pacific Standard

TheatreFri, 29 Aug 2014 18:44
Why Isn’t Portland’s Diversity Reflected In Its Theatres?

“A movement to create theater that reflects the changing demographics of Portland has been picking up steam for years now, and by some measure appears to be working. So is Portland theater in good shape? Does it have a ways to go? Where are culturally specific theater groups in the mix?”Source: Portland Mercury

MusicFri, 29 Aug 2014 18:32
Ominous: More Top Management At Chicago Symphony Jump Ship

“Whenever the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association finds a successor to former president Deborah F. Rutter, about to take leadership of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., that person will start with a clean slate in senior artistic management.”Source: Chicago Sun-Times

MediaFri, 29 Aug 2014 17:15
MPAA’s Movie Ratings Are Capricious And Odd (The Latest Example)

“MPAA ratings administrators have always resisted strict rules and regulations when determining what instances and degrees of rough language, nudity and violence can lead to a PG, or PG-13, or R, or the supremely rare NC-17. Narrowing this to the language question, these variances nonetheless are chaotic at best.”Source: Chicago Tribune

MusicFri, 29 Aug 2014 14:32
Did Peter Gelb Exaggerate The Met’s Budget Issues?

“Either Mr. Gelb exaggerated the company’s plight as a negotiating tactic, or the unions ate his lunch. If he was exaggerating, then he’s made a fatal mistake.”Source: The Wall Street Journal

MusicFri, 29 Aug 2014 08:22
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New Opera Cancelled In Russia After Venues Refuse To Host It, Composer Gets Beaten Up, And Death Threats Are Made

Ilya Demutsky’s New Jerusalem is about a vigilante who tracks down and kills pedophiles. Once a video trailer for the premiere was made and word got around, all hell started breaking loose.Source: The St. Petersburg Times (Russia)

MusicFri, 29 Aug 2014 08:20
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Did Someone Just Try To Start A Classical Music Critics’ War In Dallas?

In a 1,274-word online column titled “Classical Music Criticism in Dallas: It’s Time for a Makeover”, D Magazine’s Catherine Womack goes after The Dallas Morning News‘s Scott Cantrell for a 55-word blog post – a quick little kvetch about the word maestro – that Womack calls “insulting and condescending towards both enthusiastic audience members and […]Source: D Magazine (Dallas)

IdeasFri, 29 Aug 2014 08:18
What People Cured Of Blindness See

A 17th-century thought experiment asks “about a person, blind from birth, who could tell apart a cube and a sphere by touch: If his vision were restored and he was presented with the same cube and sphere, would he be able to tell which was which by sight alone?” Dr. Pawan Sinha, who has organized […]Source: The New Yorker

TheatreFri, 29 Aug 2014 08:18
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Syrian Refugee Take On “The Trojan Women” Scuttled As U.S. Denies Performers Visas

“It had the potential to be one of the most galvanizing cultural events of the season: a dozen Syrian women, refugees from that besieged country, performing in Washington a version of a 2,500-year-old Greek tragedy revised to include their own harrowing stories. But now the … State Department rejected the women’s applications for entertainers’ visas […]Source: The Washington Post

IdeasFri, 29 Aug 2014 08:16
What We Really Get From Learning History

Adam Gopnik: “The best argument for reading history is not that it will show us the right thing to do in one case or the other, but rather that it will show us why even doing the right thing rarely works out. … What history generally ‘teaches’ is how hard it is for anyone to […]Source: The New Yorker

IdeasFri, 29 Aug 2014 08:14
“The Procrastination Doom Loop” – Can Science Help Us Break It?

“When scientists have studied procrastination, they’ve typically focused on how people are miserable at weighing costs and benefits across time. … In the last few years, however, scientists have begun to think that procrastination might have less to do with time than emotion.” As one researcher says, “To tell the chronic procrastinator to just do […]Source: The Atlantic

WordsFri, 29 Aug 2014 08:12
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The Man Who Made Off With John Updike’s Trash

“[Paul] Moran has kept thousands of pieces of Updike’s garbage – a trove that he says includes photographs, discarded drafts of stories, canceled checks, White House invitations, Christmas cards, love letters, floppy disks, a Mickey Mouse flip book, and a pair of brown tasseled loafers. It is a collection he calls ‘the other John Updike […]Source: The Atlantic

MediaFri, 29 Aug 2014 08:10
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California To Raise Film And TV Production Tax Credits To $330 Million

“In a last-minute compromise reached Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown said he would approve legislation that would more than triple the annual tax credits available for movies and TV shows produced in California. The bill is aimed at reversing the loss of location shoots to other states that offer rich incentives to studios and producers.”Source: Los Angeles Times

MediaFri, 29 Aug 2014 08:03
Ellen Burstyn, Aged 80, To Direct Her First Feature Film

The Oscar- and Emmy-winner “will star in and direct Bathing Flo, … a New York-set story that centers on a man in need of a place to live, who’s given the chance to house-sit in exchange for free rent. He discovers the house is occupied by the man’s elderly mother Flo, who is part of […]Source: Deadline

PeopleFri, 29 Aug 2014 07:39
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William Greaves, 87, Pioneering African-American Documentarian

“Greaves made hundreds of movies, and in the 1960s, he served as co-host and executive producer of Black Journal, among the first TV news programs designed for a black audience.”Source: Yahoo! (AP)


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