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Visual ArtsWed, 10 Feb 2016 22:53
Art Institute Of Chicago Recreates Van Gogh’s Bedroom, Rents It Out On AirBnB

“Visitors will experience an immersive journey back to Van Gogh’s Yellow House, which is located outside of the museum’s campus in Chicago’s neighborhood of River North. The bedroom runs for just $10 a night and is part of a larger apartment. Dates will be released through the posting monthly and fill up quickly.”Source: ThisIsColossal

Visual ArtsWed, 10 Feb 2016 14:45
Now You Can Buy Art With Your Venti Latte At Starbucks

“Starbucks has started selling art from a new coffee bar in Chelsea, amid some of the biggest galleries in New York. The Fortune 500 company opened a branch in the neighbourhood in late November with an exhibition of paintings and drawings by the young US artist Robert Otto Epstein, each of which was on sale […]Source: The Art Newspaper

WordsThu, 11 Feb 2016 00:23
A Definition Of Modernism Not By Artists But The Bureaucrats Who Used It As A Weapon In The Cold War

“Cold War modernism,” then, doesn’t refer to experimental artwork produced between the end of World War II and the Reagan administration, but to “the deployment of modernist art as a weapon of Cold War propaganda by both governmental and unofficial actors as well as to the implicit and explicit understanding of modernism underpinning that deployment.Source: Los Angeles Review of Books

IssuesWed, 10 Feb 2016 21:30
What’s Wrong With Our Debates About Cultural Appropriation

When well-meaning white people say, “Help me define cultural appropriation so I know what to do and not to do,” what they are actually saying, even if they aren’t aware, is, “Help me understand how to continue in this system of privilege and oppression without feeling bad.”Source: The Establishment

IssuesWed, 10 Feb 2016 21:03
Why Academic Researchers Are Supporting The Mass “Theft” Of Their Work

“Websites like Sci-Hub and Library Genesis have a lot of support from the academic community, including from the authors whose work is being traded for free in shadowy corners of the Internet.”Source: The Atlantic

WordsWed, 10 Feb 2016 20:30
The Scientist Who Liberated (Stole?) The World’s Research Papers For The Greater Good

Before September 2011, there was no way for people to freely access paywalled research en masse; researchers like Elbakyan were out in the cold. Sci-Hub is the first website to offer this service and now makes the process as simple as the click of a single button.Source: BigThink

TheatreWed, 10 Feb 2016 20:00
Lynn Nottage, Pulitzer-Winning Playwright, Talks Research, Collaboration, And The Fracturing Of America

“One of my frustrations with what happens on the stage a lot of the time when working class people are put up there, it’s like poverty porn. They’re laughed at, or they’re the villains, or they’re ridiculous. I think the struggles folks are going through are really real. It affects you physically and emotionally.”Source: HowlRound

WordsWed, 10 Feb 2016 19:30
Remember That Time When Google Was Buddying Up To Librarians? (Long Gone)

“Don’t get me wrong, we’re doing pretty great on our own, better than ever really. We’ve gotten a bit more independent, not putting all of our eggs into any one basket, gotten better at establishing boundaries. Still not sure, after all that, how we got this all so wrong. Didn’t we both want the same […]Source: Medium

MusicWed, 10 Feb 2016 19:00
tbilisi opera house
Opera House That’s Been Shot Up, Burned Down (Twice), Gone Broke, And Used As Political Tool Gets Restored And Reopened

The Georgian National Opera House in Tbilisi has survived tsars, commissars, civil war and economic shock over its 165 years. Now, after a six-year, $40.5 million renovation paid for by the country’s richest man (a former prime minister), it’s open again.Source: The Guardian

PeopleWed, 10 Feb 2016 18:48
Onward And Upward In The Arts: Ted Cruz’s Choice As His National Security Advisor? An Art Historian, Of Course

“Who is behind this rise from art historian at the Cleveland Museum of Art to being the National Security Advisor to one of the presidential front-runners for the Republican Party? It appears to have begun with Donald Rumsfeld.”Source: Esquire

IssuesWed, 10 Feb 2016 18:39
Bill Introduced In Congress To Help With Visas For Foreign Artists

Legislation to make the artist visa process more reliable and affordable was introduced in the U.S. Senate today by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT). The Arts Require Timely Service (ARTS) Act, S. 2510, would improve opportunities for international cultural activity by ensuring that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) processes artist […]Source: League of American Orchestras

PeopleWed, 10 Feb 2016 18:00
Intizar Hussain, Pakistan’s ‘Greatest Fiction Writer’, Dead At 92

“The prolific author was known for his novels, short stories, columns and poetry and belatedly saw worldwide recognition when he was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in 2013 and was awarded France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres a year later.”Source: The Telegraph (UK)

IdeasWed, 10 Feb 2016 17:52
Zebel: How The Arts Could Have Greater Impact On Our Culture

“We have an opportunity right now, to really change how our culture values art, creativity and artists themselves. I believe we can do it by being an integral part of building new, more equitable and sustainable structures and systems that work for not only artists, but for lots of other people as well. To capture […]Source: Creativz

MusicWed, 10 Feb 2016 17:49
Scientists Have Figured Out Exactly Where Music Works On The Brain

“By mathematically analyzing scans of the auditory cortex and grouping clusters of brain cells with similar activation patterns, the scientists have identified neural pathways that react almost exclusively to the sound of music — any music.”Source: The New York Times

PeopleWed, 10 Feb 2016 17:39
Lisa Lucas Will Be National Book Foundation’s New Head

Lucas, 36, was previously the publisher of Guernica, an arts magazine with an international and often political focus. Before that, she had worked at other nonprofit cultural institutions, including the Tribeca Film Festival and the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago.Source: The New York Times

TheatreWed, 10 Feb 2016 17:30
“Hamilton” Is Being Used By Teachers All Over America

Yes, it takes creative liberties—the Founding Fathers didn’t really spit rhymes or use phrases like “John Adams shat the bed”—but the story is historically sound.Source: Newsweek

IssuesWed, 10 Feb 2016 17:00
London Gets Twice As Much Arts Funding As Rest Of England: Report

“[That’s] despite accounting for just a third of the country’s cultural offering. … The report also reveals that the average funding per London organisation is £2.1 million, compared with £495,000 for organisations outside the city.”Source: The Stage (UK)

DanceWed, 10 Feb 2016 16:00
Turning Weakness Into Strength: The Royal Ballet’s Steven McRae On Injury

“Being forced to step off stage gave me time to learn more about the profession. I watched so many performances, rehearsals, classes as well as taught a number of classes myself. This gave me a moment to genuinely slow down and take everything back to basics.”Source: Gramilano (Milan)

IdeasWed, 10 Feb 2016 15:00
High Five! On The Nature Of Awesomeness And Suckiness

In an essay that makes actual sense of phrases like “the ethics of awesomeness” and “[the] existential disposition to suck,” philosopher Nick Riggle explains why being awesome doesn’t simply mean excellence and someone or something isn’t merely bad when it sucks.Source: Aeon

IdeasWed, 10 Feb 2016 14:30
In Defence Of Pretentiousness

“Pretentiousness is always someone else’s crime. It’s never a felony in the first person. … The pretentious flaws of others affirm your own intellectual or aesthetic expertise. Simultaneously, their fakery highlights the contours of your down-to-earth character and virtuous ordinariness. … It is axiomatic that pretentiousness makes no one look good. But pretension is measured […]Source: The Guardian


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