Rembrandt’s ‘Night Watch’ To Get Major Restoration — And You Can Watch The Conservators At Work

“[The director of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam] said it was expected to be a slow and intricate project, which would take several years and cost millions of euros. … The public will be invited to watch the intimate conservation process, both up close in the gallery itself and via an internet livestream, in what is believed to be the biggest ever undertaking of its kind.”
Tags: Art, Amsterdam, Rembrandt, Visual, 10.16.18

Hit Film Inspires Hundreds Of Survivors Of Abuse By Polish Priests To Come Forward

“Based on real events, Kler (The Clergy), by the director Wojciech Smarzowski, which includes testimonies of survivors, features an alcoholic priest who encourages his lover to have an abortion, a priest accused of abusing a young boy, a senior cleric engaged in corruption and blackmail, and a grotesque, foul-mouthed archbishop cutting deals with politicians and mobsters, all operating with impunity.” Despite denunciations by conservative laypeople and churchmen, the film is breaking box office ...
Tags: Art, Media, Wojciech Smarzowski, 10.15.18

New York City Ballet Promotes Dancers To Begin Rebuilding After Scandal

“New York City Ballet, which forced out three male stars this year after a nude-photo-sharing scandal, is replenishing its ranks: The company announced Saturday that it was promoting seven dancers, including Joseph Gordon, who was named a principal dancer.”
Tags: Art, Dance, New York City Ballet, Joseph Gordon, 10.13.18

Lyric Opera Of Chicago Orchestra Strike Is Over — What Did The Strikers Get Out Of It?

Not that much. “In two major respects — fewer weeks of work and a smaller permanent orchestra — the agreement was in line with what management had been seeking. But the musicians noted that … further cancellations would be destructive for everyone involved; and that a long strike would hurt their colleagues in the company’s other unions, which had already agreed to new labor deals when the orchestra walked out.”
Tags: Art, Music, Chicago, 10.15.18

Greece Is Finally Crawling Out Of Its Economic Disaster — What’s Next For Its Art World?

“Since Greece officially ended its decade-long economic bailout this summer, its government has been tentatively moving forward with plans to ease austerity measures on its citizens. … We asked figures from Greece’s art world to reflect on the economic crisis and its effect on the arts, and to look towards the future.”
Tags: Art, Greece, Visual, 10.12.18

Arts Council of Indianapolis – President and CEO

The Arts Council of Indianapolis (ACI) fosters meaningful engagement in the arts by nurturing a culture where artists and arts organizations thrive. Serving as a collaborative leader and champion for arts across the city, the President and CEO will report to the board of directors and will be responsible for the implementation of ACI’s strategic vision, programs, grant making, and overall administration of the organization. Organization The Arts Council of Indianapolis (ACI) fosters meaningful e...
Tags: Art, Jobs, America, Indiana, Indianapolis, United States, Kennedy Center, Amtrak, Boston MA, ACI, Brown County, Newbury Street Suite, National Endowment of The Arts, Marion County Indianapolis, Indianapolis Public Schools, Ms Wyona Lynch McWhite

Cellist Gets Back The Cello That Took Bullets For Him

“They don’t love the music, because they told me this is haram (forbidden). [They said] you work with the U.S.A … this is [like the] Army,” recounted Tariq Abdul Razzac. The militants were armed, and as Razzac attempted to flee, they shot at him. His cello, strapped to his back, absorbed the shots. The bullets pierced through its hard case and passed through the cello — causing extreme damage and rendering it practically useless.
Tags: Art, People, Army, 10.13.18, Tariq Abdul Razzac, Razzac

Small UK Music Venues Are Shutting Down. Is It Because Of Robots?

“Music has become very open source. The channels in which you discover new artists have changed drastically. We can’t have our culture curated by robots; it has to be people who know what they’re talking about. We need cultural wayfinders who are willing to take risks.”
Tags: Art, Music, UK, 10.12.18

Could New EU Rules On Sharing Content Save The Arts’ Middle Classes?

“The reality is a lot of the profits go to a few super tech houses in Silicon Valley and the result is you lose entire segments of the cultural creation population,” says John Degen, executive director of The Writers’ Union of Canada and chair of the International Authors Forum. “You end up either with superstar authors, or a vast underclass wanting to be superstars and no middle class. It’s been completely hollowed out.”
Tags: Art, Silicon Valley, Issues, John Degen, 10.12.18, The Writers ' Union of Canada, International Authors Forum

Director of Development

Music of the Baroque, one of Chicago’s most respected chorus and orchestras, seeks a Director of Development to help deliver its ambitious plans up to and beyond its 50th anniversary in the 2020-21 season. This is a newly created position in a dynamic and visionary organization. Music of the Baroque occupies a special place in the rich cultural life of Chicago. Under the artistic direction of internationally acclaimed British conductor Jane Glover, Music of the Baroque’s professional chorus and ...
Tags: Art, Jobs, Chicago, Baroque, Haydn, Millennium Park, Skokie, Harris Theater, North Shore Center, Jane Glover, Bach Handel Vivaldi Mozart

Deep Disagreements Over Facts And How We Form Beliefs

One particularly pernicious form of disagreement arises when we not only disagree about individuals facts… but also disagree about how best to form beliefs about those facts, that is, about how to gather and assess evidence in proper ways. This is deep disagreement, and it’s the form that most societal disagreements take. Understanding these disagreements will not inspire optimism about our ability to find consensus.
Tags: Art, Ideas, 10.15.18

Irish Arts Funding Up 10 Percent, To Highest In Ten Years

The figure falls short of an historic high of €83 million (£72.7 million) in 2007 but is being seen as a significant step towards Irish taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s 2017 commitment to doubling government support for the arts within seven years.
Tags: Art, Leo Varadkar, Issues, 10.12.18

M.I.T. Makes A Billion-Dollar Bet On AI, Starting A New College

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is taking a particularly ambitious step, creating a new college backed by a planned investment of $1 billion. Two-thirds of the funds have already been raised, M.I.T. said, in announcing the initiative on Monday. The linchpin gift of $350 million came from Stephen A. Schwarzman, chief executive of the Blackstone Group, the big private equity firm. The college, called the M.I.T. Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, will create 50 new faculty positions ...
Tags: Art, Ideas, Stephen, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Blackstone Group, Stephen A Schwarzman, New College, 10.15.18, Schwarzman College of Computing


My pal went into the Donmar’s Measure for Measure expecting a fight. She’d read that Josie Rourke’s production presents the cut-down text twice. The first, set at the time of Shakespeare’s 1604 premiere, where deputy governor Angelo attempts to coerce soon-to-be-nun Isabella into sex to save her brother’s life. The second, set today – same plot but with a female minister harassing a young man. Pal was having none of it.
Tags: Art, Shakespeare, Isabella, Ajblogs, Angelo, Josie Rourke, 10.15.18

Music That Explores What Gentrification “Sounds” Like

With an ensemble of six vocalists and 18 instrumentalists, the 80-minute “Place” obliquely yet obsessively mulls gentrification; displacement; the powers and limitations of white male privilege; and the intersection of shifts in communities and families, including the birth of Mr. Hearne’s children and the breakup of his marriage.
Tags: Art, Music, Hearne, 10.10.18

What Its Like To Read 171 Books To Judge The Booker Prize

I thought it’d be tough. I thought it’d be hard work. But I also thought I’d be able to do it. I mean, I read quickly. But it was a huge ask. It did just swallow up my year. I got to a point where I was actually dreaming mash-ups of the books I was reading. I would wake up in the morning and go, “Did that happen?”
Tags: Art, Words, 10.15.18

Have We Screwed Up The Balance Between Idleness Work?

Like Montaigne, who played a diffident but competent role in politics—he was mayor of Bordeaux—most of us forge a rotten compromise between idleness and industry. What else can we do? We see the flourishing of life in the little moments, as we see the scale of its shirked responsibilities. To manage our ambivalence is necessary work.
Tags: Art, Ideas, Bordeaux, 10.10.18

Have We Screwed Up The Balance Between Idleness And Work?

Like Montaigne, who played a diffident but competent role in politics—he was mayor of Bordeaux—most of us forge a rotten compromise between idleness and industry. What else can we do? We see the flourishing of life in the little moments, as we see the scale of its shirked responsibilities. To manage our ambivalence is necessary work.
Tags: Art, Ideas, Bordeaux, 10.10.18

Together in a Shrinking Space

Lucy Guerin Inc performs Guerin’s Split at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, October 13 through 15.
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Guerin, Baryshnikov Arts Center, 10.15.18, Lucy Guerin Inc

In The Instagram Age, What’s Next For Photography?

Maybe photographers have been too worried about photography losing relevance. Indeed, it’s highly relevant. “One could argue from this evidence that it is the medium of our time, not just defining our globally connected digital image culture, but propelling it. Even a decade ago, no one could have predicted the seismic shift that has occurred in our relationship with – and use of – the photographic image.”
Tags: Art, Audience, Visual, 10.14.18

The ABT Dancers Taking On Harvard Business School

Last year, Crossover Into Business program director and HBS professor Anita Elberse was developing a case study on ABT, and reached out to the company executive director Kara Medoff Barnett, an alumna of HBS. “Anita mentioned the Crossover Program as an experience that has been transformative for professional athletes,” says Barnett. “We looked at each other and had the same idea: How about inviting the ABT dancers to sit next to the NBA players?”
Tags: Art, Dance, Nba, Barnett, Kara Medoff Barnett, HBS, Harvard Business School, Anita Elberse, 10.11.18, HBS Anita

After Furious Debate, A Place Is Found In Paris For Jeff Koons Tulips

There was an uproar from critics who argued that the gesture was clumsy and opportunistic, if not cynical, as Mr. Koons didn’t have a direct connection to the terrorist attacks. “The general outcry was in part caused by a form of outdated anti-Americanism, but it was also a sincere, offended one,” said Guillaume Piens, the director of the Art Paris Art Fair. “Whenever artists touch on memory and victims, it’s hard to see an uninterested, mere artistic act only.”
Tags: Art, Paris, 18, Jeff Koons, Visual, Koons, 10.12, Guillaume Piens, Art Paris Art Fair

The Roald Dahl Museum Was Massively Flooded This Year, But It’s Reopening

Appropriately punny for a museum that celebrates the author of The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and James and the Giant Peach (not to mention Matilda), “Isabelle Reynolds, from the museum, said: ‘We hope the closure hasn’t put a dampener on things.'”
Tags: Art, Roald Dahl, James, Visual, Giant Peach, 10.11.18, Matilda Isabelle Reynolds

The ‘French Scorsese’ Is Trying His Hand At A Western

French director Jacques Audiard won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival for directing The Sisters Brothers. How did one of France’s greatest filmmakers, who consistently discusses and urges more gender equality in film, wind up with a hypermasculine Western?
Tags: Art, Media, France, Scorsese, Jacques Audiard, 10.11.18

Judges Overturn Public Vote In The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize

Democracy shamocracy, right? “Sweet Fruit, Sour Land by Rebecca Ley is the winner of the 2018 Not the Booker Prize. Our three judges have taken the brave decision to overrule the public vote and put their weight behind this dark dystopian novel in the place of Ariel Kahn’s optimistic and gentle Raising Sparks.”
Tags: Art, Words, Audience, 10.15.18, Rebecca Ley, Ariel Kahn

Sometimes, Theatre Can Feel A Bit Too Topical (Even When It’s About 1977, Or 1897)

What it’s like to go to the theatre and see a play about the Constitution right now: “The play’s concerns could hardly have felt more viscerally urgent. In the row behind me, a woman wept deep, grieving tears — a kind of crying so suffused with pain that we’re not used to hearing it in public, even in a darkened theater. But this is not an ordinary time.”
Tags: Art, Theatre, 10.12.18

How Children’s TV Has Become Globalized

The new children’s media look nothing like what we adults would have expected. They are exuberant, cheap, weird, and multicultural. YouTube’s content for young kids—what I think of as Toddler YouTube—is a mishmash, a bricolage, a trash fire, an explosion of creativity. It’s a largely unregulated, data-driven grab for toddlers’ attention, and, as we’ve seen with the rest of social media, its ramifications may be deeper and wider than you’d initially think.
Tags: Art, Media, 11.18

It’s Very Serious To Stick Something To A Statue, And You Should Not Do It Ever, But These Googly Eyes Are Hilarious Anyway

The world came to knew Nathanael Greene as the Revolutionary War general whom Alexander Hamilton didn’t want to serve as secretary, but now? Well, now he’s the googly-eyed statue dude. (And the police of Savannah, Georgia, would like us all to know it’s not funny. Not funny at all.)
Tags: Art, Visual, Alexander Hamilton, Savannah Georgia, Nathanael Greene

Carol Hall, Who Wrote The Music And Lyrics For ‘The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas,’ Has Died At 82

This is how it all began: “Ms. Hall was enjoying moderate success as a singer and songwriter when, developing an idea first hatched during a dinner party conversation, she, Peter Masterson and Larry L. King created Best Little Whorehouse, a comedy based on an article Mr. King had written in 1974 for Playboy. It concerned the moralistic efforts to close down a real-life Texas brothel known as the Chicken Ranch (because some customers paid in chickens) that had operated for years.”
Tags: Art, Texas, People, Hall, Carol Hall, Peter Masterson, 10.12.18, Larry L King

What’s The Behind-The-Scenes Story On The Da Vinci Painting Restoration And Its Cancelled Showing?

Jonathan Jones rounds up all of the scuttlebutt – and there’s a lot. “A crucial piece of evidence that Leonardo painted Salvator Mundi also suggests that its restoration has been excessive and has muffled its power. Ironically, this seems to make the work both an original and, in my view, a kind of kitsch concoction.”
Tags: Art, Visual, Da Vinci, Leonardo, Jonathan Jones, Salvator Mundi, 10.14.18