Call for Applications: Master of Science in Leadership for Creative Enterprises at Northwestern University

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Frick Will Show Its Collection In The Old Whitney Museum

The Frick’s two-year tenure in the Breuer — the 1966 Brutalist building owned by the Whitney Museum of American Art and recently occupied by the Metropolitan Museum of Art — will allow the Frick to continue exhibitions while its 1914 Gilded Age mansion on Fifth Avenue undergoes renovation. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Fifth Avenue, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Visual, Breuer, Frick, Whitney Museum of American Art, 09.30.20

PBS Is About To Turn 50

These resources are especially crucial to families without access to broadband internet, and it has been a huge boon during the Covid quarantines. It’s not too much to say that PBS was “built for the pandemic,” as the documentary filmmaker Ken Burns put it in a phone interview last week. “We had the materials. We had the relationships. We didn’t have to retool.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Ken Burns, Pbs, 09.29.20

Germany Announces $19 Million Aid To Commercial Galleries

As a part of its “New Start Culture” program, the country’s culture ministry will provide support to commercial galleries across the country in the form of grants that range between €5,000 ($5,837) and €35,000 ($41,000) for its early 2021 programs. In a statement to the press, culture minister Monika Grütters says her aim is to help “stabilize the art market,” citing its importance both to culture and the economy. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Germany, Visual, Monika Grütters, 09.29.20

A Manifesto To Activate Creative Workers

Americans for the Arts: “The next Administration must boldly activate the nation’s 5.1 million arts and cultural workers to address critical infrastructure, community development, innovation, and public health needs. Creative workers, and the hundreds of thousands of creative businesses they drive, have been devastated by Coronavirus more than almost any other sector —one study pegs the creative worker unemployment rate at 63% and a collective income loss of over $60 billion but stand ready to ...
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Study: Walking Together Builds Community

Many metaphors for conflict and resolution seem to revolve around walking or moving together. But maybe we shouldn’t be so surprised by this – research shows that moving in time together with another person can result in positive social consequences. – The Conversation
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Who Owns Public Radio’s Podcasts, The Stations Or The Creators? And Who Should?

“After controversies this year involving the intellectual property of podcasts owned by Spotify and BuzzFeed, some public media podcasters who have co-created podcasts or worked as driving voices behind them are asking whether they should have ownership stakes in their work.” – Current
Tags: Art, Spotify, Media, Public Radio, 09.28.20

Movie Theatres Are Retreating After Reopening

Many circuits, including AMC Theatres, Regal Cinemas and Cinemark — the country’s three largest chains — are beginning to limit the number of showtimes, as are scores of other chains and independent houses in order to reduce costs, sources say. Some, including Cinemark and Marcus Theatres, are going further and closing a small number of their cinemas on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Media, Marcus Theatres, Cinemark, AMC Theatres Regal Cinemas, 09.30.20

Event for Jasper

Happy 90th birthday, Jasper Johns! Many thanks for sharing your present with who knows how many thousands of people. It’s entirely appropriate that the “gift,” titled Event2 for Jasper Johns, began and ended with James Klosty’s 1969 photograph One Way to Dry a Leotard (Johns’s Flag painting with a leotard hooked over one of its corners). – Deborah Jowitt
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A Justification For A New LACMA?

LACMA’s buildings from the 1960s were pedestrian, vertical, confining, the mid-1980s addition looking from Wilshire Boulevard like a giant mausoleum. Zumthor and Govan are clearly attempting to place the art-going experience on a higher, newer plane, one that forsakes the normal strategies. Yes, the risks are great, but so are the possibilities. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Visual, LACMA, Govan, Wilshire Boulevard, Zumthor, 09.30.20


Crazy-making. So much so that, of course, it’s hard to concentrate on issues around community engagement. Even so, occasionally something bubbles up that returns me to my CE thinking. One such instance was a New York Times article, “How to Actually Talk to Anti-Maskers.” – Doug Borwick
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Sofiane Sylve Had Just Started Jobs Leading Two Ballet Companies When The Pandemic Hit

“Departing her post as a principal dancer at San Francisco Ballet, she embarked on a multifaceted, bicontinental career as ballet master and principal dancer at Dresden Semperoper Ballett, and artistic advisor and school director at Ballet San Antonio — and then COVID-19 hit, sidelining performances and administrative plans at both companies. But ballet dancers are nothing if not resilient. In her new leadership roles, Sylve is determined to help shepherd ballet through this challenging time — ...
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Disney Plans To Lay Off 28,000 Workers

Parks worldwide shuttered in March. Many are open now but at reduced capacity, including Disney World in Orlando, which resumed most operations in July. Disneyland in Anaheim, California remains closed. – Deadline
Tags: Art, Disney, Disneyland, Issues, Orlando, Disney World, Anaheim California, 09.30.20

What’s The Purpose Of Book Reviews? A Book Critic Speaks

Charles Finch: “For me, books evoke a feeling first, and then you have to try to feel lucidly in words. … That’s the art of criticism to me: trying to explain emotions, which, in a way, all art forms are trying to do through different means. … The best reviews often have an essayistic quality. They’re trying to say, what is this telling us about our moment of life?” – Slate
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Five activists on trial in France for trying to seize African funeral staff

Critics accuse the French state of not doing enough to restitute artefacts they feel were stolen Five activists have gone on trial in Paris for trying to remove a funeral staff from France’s pre-eminent indigenous art museum as part of a campaign to pressure the government into restituting items they claim were stolen.Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza, a 41-year-old Congolese, led the operation at the Quai Branly museum last June, condemning “the pillage of Africa”. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, Nigeria, Africa, Museums, Paris, Colonialism, Emmanuel Macron, Quai Branly Museum, Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza

The Art Of Musical Thinking: Using Melody As Metaphor For Moving Through Life

“The art of musical thinking offers a perspective and a context for composing our experiences. It provides a philosophical foundation that embraces dissonance alongside harmony, and casts sound and silence as equal protagonists in a democracy. … In the same way that we don’t have to practise botany to appreciate the lessons of balance and replication in the beauty of nature, we don’t have to be professional musicians or professors of theory to engage in the art of musical thinking.” – Psyche ...
Tags: Art, Music, Ideas, 09.30.20

A New Arts Vibrancy Index Report (Even Though The Arts Are Largely Shut Down)

At a moment of such considerable environmental hostility and uncertainty about the future, we offer this report as a celebration and reminder of the arts’ enduring importance, resiliency, and vibrancy. – SMU Cultural Data
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Theater Workers On What It’s Like To Be Back In The Theater (In Places Where They Can Do That)

“Cautiously, with six-inch cotton swabs and four-gallon drums of hand sanitizer, theater is creeping back — on the side of a cliff in Cornwall, England; on stoops in Montreal; even, in a few cases, in New York. … We asked artists and audiences — even an usher and a critic — to reflect on what it was like to return to shows across the world.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, Theatre, Montreal, Cornwall England, 09.29.20

One Fourth Of U.S. Adults Say They Get News From YouTube

“The study finds a news landscape on YouTube in which established news organizations and independent news creators thrive side by side – and consequently, one where established news organizations no longer have full control over the news Americans watch.” – Pew Research Center
Tags: Art, Media, Youtube, Audience, 09.28.20

Jeremy O. Harris, Katori Hall, And Matthew López On How Broadway Must Change And How Theater Can Change The World

Harris: “I’ve always felt this responsibility that if I was going to be in the theater, I had to do theater the way the Greeks did it. The theater of the Greeks was as much about civic responsibility as it was about anything else. It’s about people witnessing the world, responding to that world, and then maybe doing something to change it. That’s why the only people who could see it were people who could vote.” (video or audio) – Variety
Tags: Art, Theatre, World, HARRIS, Matthew Lopez, 09.29.20, Jeremy O Harris Katori Hall

National Museum of African American History and Culture Names A Poet As Its Next Director

Kevin Young, 49, the poetry editor of the New Yorker and the author of 11 books of poetry, said he is eager to continue Lonnie Bunch’s efforts to record, represent and interpret the stories of African Americans. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Visual, Kevin Young, National Museum of African American History, Lonnie Bunch, 09.30.20

Singer-Songwriter-Actor Mac Davis Dead At 78

“Davis became known as the songwriter behind the Elvis Presley hits ‘In the Ghetto,’ ‘A Little Less Conversation’ and ‘Memories’ before reaching No. 1 himself on the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me’ in 1971. He soon parlayed his pop success into a [larger] career … with his own NBC variety series, The Mac Davis Show, from 1974-76, followed by … a brief span as a leading man in feature films, [starting with] the 1979 football drama North Dallas Forty.” – Variety
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Performance Venues, Museums, Libraries Closed Again In Montreal And Quebec City

“As of 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, performance venues in Greater Montreal, Quebec City and Chaudière-Appalaches – regions now considered ‘red zones’ for the coronavirus – must close to audiences for 28 days as part of wide-ranging new measures announced by the provincial government on Monday [amidst a second wave of infections].” – The Globe and Mail (Canada)
Tags: Art, Montreal, Globe, Issues, Quebec City, 09.29.20, Greater Montreal Quebec City

Scientist Discovers Drawing Hidden Beneath Paint In ‘Mona Lisa’

“The faint traces of a charcoal underdrawing, visible thanks to multispectral analysis, are evidence of the spolvero technique, in which the artist pricks tiny holes along the outlines of the drawing and uses charcoal dust to transfer the cartoon to canvas. The discovery, published by scientist Pascal Cotte in the Journal of Cultural Heritage, was more than 15 years in the making.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Visual, 09.28.20, Pascal Cotte

V&A Museum In London To Lay Off 10% Of Staff

“The Victoria and Albert Museum is planning to make 103 retail and visitor experience staff redundant – approximately 10% of its overall workforce – with job losses in other departments set to follow. Staff were briefed on Tuesday about a process to reduce costs by £10m annually … ‘in order to secure the V&A’s survival’.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, London, Victoria, Visual, Albert Museum, 09.29.20

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