Blockbuster Philip Guston Show Postponed Over Concerns About KKK Imagery

On Monday, the National Gallery quietly posted a joint statement signed by directors of all four museums set to host the show: Kaywin Feldman (National Gallery), Frances Morris (Tate Modern), Matthew Teitelbaum (MFA Boston), and Gary Tinterow (MFA Houston). The statement said the exhibition was being pushed “until a time at which we think that the powerful message of social and racial justice that is at the center of Philip Guston’s work can be more clearly interpreted.” – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Houston, National Gallery, Visual, Philip Guston, Gary Tinterow, 09.23.20

Our Consumption Of Music Is Largely Virtual Right Now. Is This A Threat?

“Are these experiences an authentic way of experiencing live music? Or do they indicate a transition towards a dystopian cultural milieu? In this scenario, we might end up losing sight of the multi-sensory and collective aspects of live music and experience it instead alone at home through a VR headset or a similar technological device.” – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Music, 09.24.20

IFAI – Director of Development

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas (Festival) celebrates and builds community, engages with vital issues, and promotes the arts. Each year, the Festival highlights the City of New Haven’s diverse and culturally rich community with events featuring world-class artists, thinkers, and leaders. Its additional programs include the annual Visionary Leadership Award and educational opportunities like the High School Fellows Program. The Festival was established in 1996 by Anne Calabresi, Jean M...
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Artistic Director – Magic Theatre

Magic Theatre invites qualified candidates to submit applications to become its next Artistic Director. With a history of advocating for important playwriting voices – Shepard, Fugard, Cruz, Solis – among many others, The Magic’s impact goes beyond the San Francisco Bay Area, with many dozens of its productions moving to other important theatres across the country. The Magic has impressive longevity and artistic accomplishments. Since its founding in 1967 by visionary John Lion, Magic Theatre...
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Hybrid Theatre – Virtual And In Person

“The Institute for Counterfeit Memory” cannily employs the devices it provides to bring you back to the feeling of being in a room with other spectators, even as it reminds you that you are alone. Its ministrations so impressed me that when I turned over the final cue card instructing me to applaud, I actually did. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Theatre, 09.25.20, The Institute for Counterfeit Memory

Is Restoration Versus Opportunity A False Choice For The Arts?

“One of the things we’re learning in the Covid-19 era is that is that community is not defined only by proximity, or space. It’s defined by interest, and I think a lot about the music that we have in our repertoire and the music that should be more a part of the traditional canon of our repertoire.” – Medium
Tags: Art, Issues, 09.24.20

Decision To Delay Guston Show Divides The Art World

“What those who criticize this decision do not understand is that in the past few months the context in the U.S. has fundamentally, profoundly changed on issues of incendiary and toxic racist imagery in art, regardless of the virtue or intention of the artist who created it.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, 09.25.20

Reconceiving Classical Music For The (COVID-Safe) Great Outdoors

Playing chamber music in a midtown Manhattan park? Sure, you can (especially if you’re playing Florence Price), but folks are getting way more creative these days. David Patrick Stearns reports on the Ellen Reid/New York Philharmonic app configured for Central Park, The Crossing dispersing its singers and a specially designed speaker system across a wildflower preserve, and a multi-composer “immersion” in Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery. – WQXR (New York City)
Tags: Art, Music, Brooklyn, Manhattan, New York Philharmonic, Florence Price, David Patrick Stearns, Ellen Reid, 09.24.20, Central Park The Crossing

A Kinder Gentler Social Medium?

In a landscape of social networks, Telepath stands out because it’s more about your interests than who you know, and it requires real names for the conversations. It’s also positioning itself as a kinder, more inclusive network by making a point to establish ground rules and moderation up front. – Protocol
Tags: Art, Media, 09.24.20

A Sculpture Park For Art From Burning Man

No, not all the art on the Playa goes up in flames. In fact, Burners face a real problem: how do they get these enormous sculptures out of the Black Rock Desert and what do they do with them afterward? Now one longtime Burner has provided an option in the desert just outside Las Vegas: Area15, where artworks from the festival are put on display and offered for sale. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Las Vegas, Burner, Visual, Playa, Black Rock Desert, 09.22.20

How Zoning Laws Change The Course Of Cities

How? Michael Kimmelman takes a tour of 42nd Street in New York City to understand how the street became what it is. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York City, Visual, Michael Kimmelman, 09.24.20

Even Rio’s Carnival Has Been Ruined By The Pandemic

“Rio’s League of Samba Schools, LIESA, announced Thursday night that the spread of the coronavirus has made it impossible to safely hold the traditional parades that are a cultural mainstay and, for many, a source of livelihood. … And while the decision is being characterized as a postponement of the event, no new date has been set.” – AP
Tags: Art, Issues, Rio, 09.25.20, Rio s League of Samba Schools LIESA


An exceptional leadership opportunity. American Composers Orchestra (ACO) is the only orchestra in the world dedicated to the legacy and future of orchestral music by American composers. Through concerts, readings, professional development and education programs ACO identifies today’s brightest emerging composers and champions prominent established composers. ACO increases regional, national and international awareness of the infinite variety of American orchestral music, reflecting gender, ethn...
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Choir Practice In Spain Infects 30 Of 41 Members

After one member of the chorus tested positive following the Sept. 13 performance, more than 40 other members and their close contacts went into isolation, the chorus said. Since then, at least 30 singers have tested positive, the Sallent municipal government said. – Seattle Times (AP)
Tags: Art, Music, Spain, 09.24.20

Uncertainty Can Be A Good Thing

The examined human life reflects, we suggest, a new kind of relationship with our own expectations and uncertainty. Yet it is one that we have somehow constructed within the inviolable bounds of a biologically bedrock drive to minimise long-term prediction error. How is this neat trick possible? – Aeon
Tags: Art, Ideas, 09.24.20

It’s A Horrible Time For British Theatre, But It Could Be Great For Circuses

“With many circuses sustained by performers and backstage crew from outside the UK, Brexit is a cause for concern. But as the UK’s leading circus directors tell Douglas McPherson, it is also a chance for them to make their mark.” Why? “Circuses thrive in a recession.” – The Stage
Tags: Art, UK, Theatre, UK Brexit, 09.22.20, Douglas McPherson

Fire Destroys Moldova’s National Philharmonic Hall

“Firefighters worked for seven hours to put out the fire on Thursday afternoon and were still there on Friday morning. According to the Emergency Situations Inspectorate, the flames burned an area of about 3,500 square metres, reducing much of the interior to ashes.” – Balkan Insight
Tags: Art, Music, Moldova, 09.25.20, National Philharmonic Hall

F. Scott Fitzgerald In 1920 Was The Prophet Of 2020

“We should look anew at 1920 not because centenaries have magical properties but because Fitzgerald’s remarkably sensitive inner ear helped him register, before almost anyone else, when America started losing its balance.” – The New York Review of Books
Tags: Art, America, Words, Scott Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald, 10.08.20

Fifty Years Too Early: This 1970 Flop Is Just The Satire For 2020

The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer, a British film that featured Peter Cook, Graham Chapman and John Cleese of Monty Python, and Harold Pinter (as a vicious talk-show host), ended up coming out about six months too late for the British election it was meant to skewer. “[But] for today, the film’s observations on the intersection of media and politics seem uncannily prescient, anticipating the triumph of two populists on opposite sides of the pond: Donald J. Trump and Boris Johnson.” – The New ...
Tags: Art, Media, John Cleese, Monty Python, Boris Johnson, Harold Pinter, Donald J Trump, Michael Rimmer, 09.25.20, Peter Cook Graham Chapman

Not Some Vow Of Poverty – Getting Paid In The Arts

The money being made in the cultural sector isn’t being made by artists. It is being made by digital platforms and corporate conglomerates. These are deliberate transfers of wealth, not unintended consequences. – ArtsFuse
Tags: Art, Issues, 09.23.20

At 86, Sophia Loren Is Returning To The Screen

“[She] stars in upcoming Netflix drama The Life Ahead, which is directed by her son, Edoardo Ponti. In the film, Loren plays Madame Rosa, a Jewish Holocaust survivor who helps raise the children of deceased sex workers with whom she once walked the streets. She then strikes up an enduring friendship with Momo, a 12-year-old Senegalese orphan who tries to steal her candlesticks.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, People, Netflix, Sophia Loren, Momo, Edoardo Ponti, Madame Rosa, 09.23.20

Uffizi Gallery Says TikTok Has Doubled The Number Of Its Young Visitors

“Since moving onto multiple social media channels, including TikTok, during the lockdown, the Uffizi’s online presence has exploded. In an apparently related trend, young visitors (as a proportion of the total) have nearly doubled since the museum [in Florence] reopened over the summer.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Florence, Audience, Visual, 09.24.20

BAFTA Overhauls Its Awards System To Make It More Diverse

“[The package of changes] includes adding 1,000 new members to its committee and limiting the amount that studios can spend campaigning for nominations, in a bid to recognise more diverse talent. The wide-ranging changes … are the result of a seven-month review process, which was triggered by heavy criticism over the lack of diversity in its major awards earlier this year.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Media, BAFTA, 09.24.20

Things Seem Genuinely Hopeful At Baltimore Symphony For First Time In Years

Only a year ago, musicians and management were just ending a very bitter lockdown-turned-strike, and unflattering details of the orchestra’s severe money troubles had been splashed across the media. Now, despite the pandemic, there’s a new five-year contract in place and a spirit of cooperation. “It’s an astonishing reversal of fortune,” says the co-chairman of the players’ committee; “We’re working together in ways we haven’t in many, many years,” says the CEO. – Baltimore Magazine
Tags: Art, Music, Baltimore, 09.21.20

Ford Foundation: Record $160 Million Lifeline For The Arts

The Ford Foundation this week is announcing an unprecedented $160 million-and-growing initiative called America’s Cultural Treasures, with substantial grants going to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) organizations across the country. The grants are, in most cases, the largest ever for the 20 recipients in the first round. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, America, Issues, Ford Foundation, 09.24.20, Cultural Treasures

Christgau: Remembering The Volatile Stanley Crouch

“Crouch was a fervent American who was an even more fervent African American. He loved to perturb all comers by arguing that in the end the Middle Passage was good for Africans, but nowhere near as much as he loved to praise the richness and diversity of the Black cultures that the horrors of slavery made possible. For him, the peak of these cultures was jazz — from Armstrong to bebop, please, post-’60s not so much.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, People, Armstrong, Crouch, Stanley Crouch, Christgau, 09.23.20

This Fall’s University Enrollments Are Down

Although the enrollment declines were steepest at community colleges (-7.5 percent), undergraduate enrollment fell at all types of colleges, including private nonprofit four-year colleges (-3.8 percent) and private for-profit four-year colleges (-1.9 percent). The decline was more modest at public four-year colleges (-0.4 percent), although there were differences across public four-year institutions according to location, with rural institutions seeing the biggest decline (-4 percent) and urban...
Tags: Art, Issues, 09.23.20, University Enrollments Are Down

The Pervasive Toxicity Of Online Misinformation

Today, those wishing to sow discord don’t need bots to post and spread their falsehoods and distortions. They have plenty of unwitting people to do that, their beliefs and actions warped by a “behavioral modification system. That mistrust has destabilized democracy around the world. – Wired
Tags: Art, Ideas, 09.22.20

Behind Americans’ Addiction To Crap

It’s not just that these goods are shoddily constructed and add to the world’s clutter. Often, they’re actively harmful. The labor exploitation crap relies on dates back as far as crap itself. Many of the “decorative knickknacks” we consumed in the nineteenth century, for example, were produced in British factories where thousands of people, including young boys, worked with materials that contained lead and arsenic for a couple of shillings a week. – The Baffler
Tags: Art, Ideas, 09.23.20

The Hidden Environmental Costs Of Streaming Music

Kyle Devine writes, “The environmental cost of music is now greater than at any time during recorded music’s previous eras.” He supports that claim with a chart of his own devising, using data culled from various sources, which suggests that, in 2016, streaming and downloading music generated around a hundred and ninety-four million kilograms of greenhouse-gas emissions—some forty million more than the emissions associated with all music formats in 2000.” – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Music, Kyle Devine, 09.23.20