CBC Is Digitizing, Then Destroying Eight Decades Of Audio/Video Archives

The Canadian Broadcast Museum Foundation says the public broadcaster’s English service earlier this month began destroying acetate transcriptions, as well as audio and video recordings that span eight decades, after converting the master copies into a digital format. The foundation asked the CBC earlier this year for time to find a suitable space to archive […]
Tags: Art, Media, Cbc, 04.19.18, Broadcast Museum Foundation

Philip Glass Talks About His Life In Music

When I do concerts I often give talks to students. They get them together, and I talk to them in the afternoon, and we talk about music. Not too long ago one young fellow, he said, “Tell me one thing that I can take away from this talk that I’ll remember and that’s important.” And […]
Tags: Art, People, 04.20.18

Was The Orpheus Model Of Flattened Orchestra Hierarchy A Success?

Asked whether the principles of the Orpheus Process had any resonance these days, Stanford business professor Jeffrey Feffer replied in an email, “There are various movements that have tried to ‘democratize’ organizations. They mostly don’t work or don’t last. I am a huge believer in the advantages of the Orpheus approach, but it flies in […]
Tags: Art, Music, Stanford, 04.17.18, Jeffrey Feffer

Does Literature Matter?

Only in America do we ask our writers to believe they don’t matter as a condition of writing. It is time to end this. Much of my time as a student was spent doubting the importance of my work, doubting the power it had to reach anyone or to do anything of significance. I was […]
Tags: Art, America, Words, 04.19.18

The Technological Take On Expressing Ourselves

"More and more of us now express our emotions through the devices and software we rely on in our everyday lives. E-mail, text messages, social media, video chat—each platform demands of us different expressions of ourselves. And in the near future, we will have a new range of technologies at our disposal—sensors, monitors, and software […]
Tags: Art, Ideas, Audience, Spring 2018

'Albee Would Never Have Allowed This' - Joe Mantello Talks About Directing 'Three Tall Women'

"I also think that he was a playwright who was very confident in his interpretation of the play. I once heard him say, 'No actor or director has ever shown me anything in one of my plays that I didn't intend to be there.' I think what he meant by that was not that he […]
Tags: Art, Theatre, Albee, 04.19.18

Netflix Considers Buying A Movie Theatre Chain

Although no cinema deal has materialized, the idea of Netflix buying a theater chain would mark a new phase in the company's rapid ascent to become one of the most powerful players in the entertainment industry.
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, 04.18.18

Facebook Wants To Make Its User Data Available To Social Scientists. Should It?

In partnership with the non-profit Social Science Research Council, Facebook's social-science program will put out a call for university scientists to apply for grants to study the effects of social media on democracies and elections, potentially using proprietary Facebook data. The money will come from various foundations known to give to Democrats, Republicans, and journalists.
Tags: Art, Facebook, Media, 04.18.18, Social Science Research Council Facebook

In A Florid Suit, Collector Sues Jeff Koons For Not Delivering

In the 53-page complaint that includes lines that reference Shakespeare (“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”) and that are almost Dickensian, New York litigator Aaron Richard Golub charges, “Behind the ostensible façade of Jeff Koons’ art world triumphs and record-breaking auction prices . . . lurks a well-oiled machine, more specifically an established, archaic […]
Tags: Art, New York, Denmark, Shakespeare, Jeff Koons, Visual, Aaron Richard Golub, 04.19.18

How Liesl Tommy Carved Out A Career For Herself As Director, Tony Nominations And All

It was, in her words, "a fucking compulsion," says Tommy, a mixed-race native of Cape Town who came to Massachusetts with her family at age 15. "I believed the lie that the reason that there weren't more of us [directors of color] working was because they didn't believe we were qualified. So I was like, […]
Tags: Art, Massachusetts, Theatre, Cape Town, Tony, Tommy, Liesl Tommy, 04.18.18

Collecting All The Music Written In Nazi Concentration Camps

"Jewish Italian musicologist and pianist Francesco Lotoro has devoted his life to unearthing thousands of songs and scores written during the Holocaust. ... Lotoro has catalogued symphonies, operas, scores and songs written on everything from coal sacks to toilet paper and by anyone who composed it in the captivity of a concentration camp: Jews, gypsies, […]
Tags: Art, Music, Nazi Concentration Camps, Francesco Lotoro, 04.17.18, Lotoro

NYC Will Move "Fearless" Girl" Off Wall Street

The statue known as “Fearless Girl” will soon be moved from its spot at the southern tip of Broadway to a spot facing the New York Stock Exchange, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday. And if the city has its way, the bull will eventually go with her.
Tags: Art, Broadway, Bill De Blasio, New York Stock Exchange, Visual, 04.19.18

Solresol, The 19th-Century Invented Language Based On Music

"Jean-François Sudre, a music teacher in 19th-century France, ... [had a] vision of a universal language [that] transcended linguistic boundaries. From written and spoken word to melody, gesture, number, and even color, there are few ways that one can't express Solresol, the language that Sudre spent more than three decades developing. But after his death […]
Tags: Art, Music, France, 04.12.18, Jean François Sudre, Sudre

A New Boom In Ceramic Art

Call them potters, ceramicists, or clay sculptors, but there are getting to be more of them, amateur and professional - and their work is fetching higher prices. Reporter Amy Fleming looks at how the trend has developed and the reasons for it.
Tags: Art, Visual, Amy Fleming, 04.18.18

Ohio Arts Funding ED Steps Down In "Challenging" Climate

Cuyahoga Arts and Culture CEO and executive director Karen Gahl-Mills has resigned, effective June 7, according to a press release sent this morning, April 18.  In a challenging atmosphere of funding cuts, the leader of one of the nation’s largest public funders of the arts became embattled on several fronts: first in an attempt to […]
Tags: Art, Ohio, Issues, Karen Gahl Mills, 04.18.18, Cuyahoga Arts

'Disney For A Despot': How Saddam Hussein Turned The Ruins Of Babylon Into A Propaganda Vehicle

"For Saddam, the ruined city of Babylon had always held a special fascination. He ordered an ambitious reconstruction of the city's walls, costing millions of dollars at the height of the Iran-Iraq War. ... When archaeologists told him that ancient kings like Nebuchadnezzar had stamped their names on Babylon’s bricks, Saddam insisted that his own […]
Tags: Art, Iran, Saddam Hussein, Issues, Babylon, Saddam, Nebuchadnezzar, 04.20.18

Marcia Hafif, Painter Of Exuberant Monochromes, Dead At 89

"By the mid-1960s, it was assumed in some circles that all of the possibilities for painting were exhausted - that the medium had, more or less, died. But some painters pushed back against that idea, arguing that painting could reset itself, and one was Marcia Hafif. ... [She] was overlooked by many art institutions for […]
Tags: Art, People, 04.19.18, Marcia Hafif

The Difficult Birth Of The Tate Modern

"The Tate briefly flirted with the idea of splitting in two and setting up an entirely separate Museum of Modern Art, inspired by the success of MoMA in New York. This was in the early 1990s, before the gallery decided to remain a single institution with two London venues: Tate Britain and Tate Modern. The […]
Tags: Art, New York, London, Tate Britain, Visual, Moma, Tate, 04.18.18

Embattled Director Kirill Serebrennikov Gets A Film Into Cannes - So Russia Extends His House Arrest

The director of Moscow's acclaimed Gogol Center theater, Serebrennikov has been under house arrest since last August, awaiting trial on embezzlement charges that his allies call absurd and trumped-up. Seemingly in response to the news that Serebrennikov's latest film, Summer, will be screened in competition at the Cannes Festival next month, authorities in Moscow extended […]
Tags: Art, Russia, People, Moscow, Cannes Festival, Cannes, Kirill Serebrennikov, Gogol Center, Serebrennikov, 04.19.18

Russia Can't Let Go Of Fight Over Movie About Tsar Nicholas II And The Ballerina He Loved

"The reaction to Matilda represents, in microcosm, many of the contradictions of contemporary Russian culture. It should have been a flagship Russian movie, ... [and] originally had Oscar ambitions. Instead, the film's reception was derailed by religious purists. Part of Vladimir Putin's narrative is that he, too, is part of Russia's imperial legacy. Some think […]
Tags: Art, Media, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Nicholas, Matilda, 04.19.18

How Can Arts Orgs' Boards Help Combat Harassment? Talk To The Artists

Pia Catton: "For non-profits, misconduct can pose a real threat to funding. Foundations don't want molesters and predators operating with those they fund. Why should individual donors give to theatres turning a blind eye? If people act that way, a new level of board involvement in hiring and oversight is needed. One path to that […]
Tags: Art, Issues, 04.20.18, Pia Catton

NEA Forbids State Champion In High School Poetry Contest From Going To Nationals Because He's Not A US Citizen

Nineteen-year-old Allan Monga, who arrived (legally) in Portland last year as a refugee from Zambia, won the Maine state finals of the NEA's Poetry Out Loud contest last month. All state champions are supposed to get an all-expenses-paid trip to the national finals in DC next week - but the NEA says its rules permit […]
Tags: Art, US, Maine, Portland, Zambia, Words, Dc, Nea, Allan Monga, 04.18.18

'There Is No Going Back From Here': Saudi Arabia's First Female Filmmaker On The Kingdom's Lifting Of The Ban On Cinemas

"Five years ago, Haifaa al-Mansour made history with her moving and critically-acclaimed drama Wadjda, making her not just the first female Saudi filmmaker, but the first director to have shot a feature film in the kingdom. At the time, the idea of Wadjda being released on home soil was ludicrous: its cinema and theaters had […]
Tags: Art, Media, Saudi Arabia, Kingdom, Haifaa Al Mansour, Wadjda, 04.19.18

Bolshoi's Controversial 'Nureyev' Leads Nominations For Russia's Top Dance Awards

"Both the creators of the ballet and its performers have been nominated for the Benois de la Danse, nicknamed the ballet's Oscars, in four professional categories: Ilya Demutskiy for Best Composer, Yuri Possokhov for Best Choreographer, Kirill Serebrennikov for Best Stage Design, and dancer Vladislav Lantratov for Best Performance in the title role of the […]
Tags: Art, Russia, Dance, Nureyev, Kirill Serebrennikov, Yuri Possokhov, 04.19.18, Ilya Demutskiy, Vladislav Lantratov

Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.19.18

Breasting the Wave The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company Celebrates its 50th Anniversary Season ... read more AJBlog: Dancebeat Published 2018-04-19 Deaccession Dejection: La Salle's Sales Slide at Christie’s This is an I-told-you-so post. Some six of 16 old masters deaccessioned by the La Salle University Art Museum were left stranded on the auction block at Christie's this afternoon. ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2018-04-19 A shock from the wider world About Kendrick Lamar winning the ...
Tags: Art, Kendrick Lamar, Ajblogs, Christie, Sandow, La Salle University Art Museum, 04.19.18, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company

When You Win $1 Million To Make A Movie... There Are Expectations

“If someone hands you a million dollars, they expect you to turn out an amazing product. It’s a huge thing to carry on your shoulders.”
Tags: Art, Media, 04.19.18

It's Now Impossible To Make A Living As A Freelance Writer

"Based on my reporting, my own experience, and interviews with more than a dozen writers, the current median price for a freelancer’s work is between 25 and 50 cents per word (though, to be clear, most places no longer pay per word; they pay lump sums that work out to about $500 for a 1,000- […]
Tags: Art, Words, 04.16.18

Why We Need A New Age Of Romanticism

In our new era of Enlightenment, we need Romanticism again. In his speech ‘Politics and Conscience’ (1984), the Czech dissident Václav Havel, discussing factories and smokestacks on the horizon, explained just why: ‘People thought they could explain and conquer nature – yet … they destroyed it and disinherited themselves from it.’ Havel was not against […]
Tags: Art, Ideas, Václav Havel, Havel, 04.18.18

How Airline Ticket Pricing Could Be Applied To The Arts

The secret of an effective pricing strategy is differentiation and airlines do this on a number of levels, harnessing as many of the factors that affect demand for flights as they can.
Tags: Art, Issues, 04.19.18

Inside The Broadway Battle For "To Kill A Mockingbird"

The fight, being waged in the chambers of federal judges in New York and Alabama, offers an unusual glimpse into the vituperative backstage wrangling that can erupt over control of a celebrated work of literary fiction when it has been adapted for the stage.
Tags: Art, New York, Theatre, Alabama, 04.19.18