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Visual ArtsFri, 03 Dec 2021 21:01

Chicago Art Institute Fired Its Docents – A Struggle To Redefine American Museums

The ramifications of what happened at the Art Institute will play out for years. Depending who’s talking, it’s about diversity, gratitude or merely the future of museums. – MSN (Chicago Tribune)Source:

Visual ArtsFri, 03 Dec 2021 18:05

Spain’s “Scrap Cathedral”

Using bricks and wood scavenged from building sites, shards of stained glass, and stacked oil drums for pillars, former monk Justo Gallego spent six decades constructing a church of his own design in outer Madrid. He died last weekend, but a nonprofit will finish the building. – Yahoo! (AFP)Source:

Visual ArtsFri, 03 Dec 2021 14:02

Biggest-Ever Vermeer Show Is Coming, And It Could Be The Last

At least two dozen of the 35 surviving paintings of Johannes Vermeer will be on display in the spring of 2023 at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, whose director says he expects to borrow every Vermeer that isn’t too fragile to travel. – The GuardianSource:

Visual ArtsFri, 03 Dec 2021 13:30

Medieval Rock-Hewn Churches Of Lalibela Retaken By Ethiopian Government Forces

The UNESCO World Heritage Site and pilgrimage center has been one of the battlegrounds in the civil war between Ethiopia’s central government and rebels from Tigray province, whose forces captured the town in August. – Al JazeeraSource:

PeopleFri, 03 Dec 2021 22:32

Jane Campion’s Bones

“I’m an old dog in the game,” Campion says, smiling. “I’m careful about the bones I care to chew on. I want something with a deep enough scope, something that will hold up.” – Los Angeles TimesSource:

DanceFri, 03 Dec 2021 22:01

A Dancer Who Doesn’t Look Like The Others

The 23-year-old has returned to dance from injury and uses his wheelchair and crutches to perform. He said it should be easier for others like him to enter the profession in future. – BBCSource:

DanceFri, 03 Dec 2021 22:01

Florida School Called TikTok High, After Dance Videos

The videos featuring students – many of them uniformed athletes at Venice High School – dancing at the school with the staircase as their backdrop, as well as parody and reaction videos, have racked up millions of views in recent weeks. – PatchSource:

WordsFri, 03 Dec 2021 21:31

How Amazon Made Book Selling The Way We Read

The populist turn has put into question whether a comparatively very small group of authors—no matter how diverse—should really hog the scholarly limelight, especially when their productions constitute such an unrepresentative sample of all the imaginative or fictional texts. – BookForumSource:

WordsFri, 03 Dec 2021 20:28

Bookstore Lost 400,000 Books In A Fire. Then The Community Stepped Up

Thousands of books, filling two shipping containers, have been donated – and more are coming in all the time. – The LeaderSource:

BlogsFri, 03 Dec 2021 20:08

Oscar Tang Dynasty: Met Renames Wing for $125-Million Donor & Ups Its “Emergency Relief Fund” to $100 Million

At some cultural institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum, naming rights can have expiration dates. That famously happened with theSource:

WordsFri, 03 Dec 2021 20:01

The Diagram Prize For The Oddest Book Title Of 2021 Goes To —

Is Superman Circumcised?, which is, in fact, a serious study of the origins of the DC Comics character (subtitle: “The Complete Jewish History of the World’s Greatest Hero”). It won the public vote against five other finalists by 28 percentage points. – The Bookseller (UK)Source:

The WorldFri, 03 Dec 2021 19:32

Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professor in Choreography

The ideal candidate has an active choreographic profile, is committed to time-based performance as a form...Source:

IssuesFri, 03 Dec 2021 19:28

Why It’s So Difficult To Design Communities Resilient To Climate Change

The recent passage of a $1.2 trillion federal infrastructure bill is a big step toward tackling some of those problems, but as East River Park shows, even when money is at hand, our convoluted systems often make it difficult or impossible to find consensus and work at the speed and scale required. – The New York […]Source:

MusicFri, 03 Dec 2021 19:03

Mezzo Jamie Barton Intends To Dismantle The Patriarchy, Or At Least Its Standard Opera Repertory

“I’ve spent a lot of years doing roles where I’m the third person in a love triangle, … and the lead soprano almost always has to kill herself, and those stories are 1,000% created by the patriarchy, and I’m not interested in them anymore.” – The GuardianSource:

TheatreFri, 03 Dec 2021 18:29

NBC’s Live “Annie” Was “Pleasant”

You probably tuned in to NBC’s “Annie Live!” for one reason: to see if it would be a train wreck. – Washington PostSource:

MediaFri, 03 Dec 2021 17:29

It’s Not You: Why It’s Getting More Difficult To Understand Movie Dialogue

“It’s really a gumbo, an accumulation of problems that have been exacerbated over the last 10 years … that’s kind of this time span where all of us in the filmmaking community are noticing that dialogue is harder and harder to understand.” – Slash FilmSource:

DanceFri, 03 Dec 2021 17:02

The Pivot That Got One Of L.A.’s Biggest Dance Centers Through The Pandemic

“In August, the Los Angeles-area stalwart the Lab closed its dance space, a 12,000-square-foot location. … Instead, it has transformed from a dance studio into a ‘creative agency and lifestyle brand,’ as its website says — a feat of survival, and a strategic one.” – The New York TimesSource:

PeopleFri, 03 Dec 2021 16:31

Sondheim And The Art Of Mentoring

As a mentor, as a letter writer, as an audience member who showed up far beyond Broadway to witness new work, he quietly, faithfully nurtured generations of theater makers. – The New York TimesSource:

DanceFri, 03 Dec 2021 16:04

The Choreographer Who Designs Movement For People To Use Computers With

Lins Derry “is one of the world’s foremost experts on the design of choreographic interfaces: the practice of using carefully designed bodily motions (think: using ‘pinch-to-zoom’ or swiping right or left on your mobile device) to bring humans and computers into productive dialogue.” – Dance MagazineSource:

PeopleFri, 03 Dec 2021 15:33

Antony Sher, One Of Britain’s Great Stage Actors, Dead At 72

Though an accomplished writer and screen actor, he was most admired for theatre classics from Shakespeare to Pinter. In 1985, for Richard III and Torch Song Trilogy, he became, he said, “the first actor to win an [Olivier] for playing both a king and a queen.” – BBCSource:


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