How Whitney Balliett Created A Blueprint For Writing About Jazz

He retained the enthusiasm of a fan, but it was married to the expressive virtuosity of a master writer who could extract from his typewriter something akin to what others drew from their saxophones and trumpets. It was almost as if he were a jazz musician himself, but one who wrote essays for The New Yorker instead of soloing over “I Got Rhythm” chords. – City Journal
Tags: Art, Music, Whitney Balliett, 09.20

Why India’s Government Is Trying To Demonize Bollywood

If you had switched on news television in India in the past two months, you would have found a country obsessed with a singular subject: the taming of Bollywood, supposedly a wild, drug-addled place where horrible things happen to outsiders; India’s Gomorrah, infested with vile liberals and Muslims. This hysterical campaign of vilification and the persecution of numerous actors is an attempt to distract people from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s failure to handle the coronavirus pandemic and a ...
Tags: Art, Media, India, Narendra Modi, 10.07.20

Why Is It So Hard to Make a Beautiful Smartwatch Band?

A couple of weeks ago, on a camping trip with a friend, I was describing my newfound obsession with wearing my smartwatch to track things—namely, about how it’d been the primary driver in helping me overcome my quarantine workout slump. But as she glanced at the thick band on my Apple Watch Series 6, she mentioned…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Design, Smart Watches, Applewatch, Come On

The Movie Problem: No Blockbusters, No Business

The top 50 best-performing films in the UK box office take nearly 90% of the total box office. With more than 700 films released every year, that leaves little space for smaller, foreign language and independent films. Cinemas have high fixed costs and need a certain number of hit films to keep afloat. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, UK, Media, 10.07.20

‘He Had A Ringside Seat For Many Of The Towering Works Of Postwar American Cinema’: Cinematographer Michael Chapman Dead At 84

He started as a camera operator for such landmarks as Klute, The Godfather, and Jaws; he went on to be cinematographer on movies ranging from Invasion of the Body Snatchers to Personal Best to Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid to All the Right Moves (one of three titles he directed) to the big-screen remake of The Fugitive (his second Oscar nomination). His most admired work, perhaps, was in four films by Martin Scorsese: American Boy, The Last Waltz, Taxi Driver, and (his first Oscar nomination) Ragin...
Tags: Art, People, Martin Scorsese, Michael Chapman, 10.04.20

How Museum Gallery Design Will Change Post-COVID

In the future, experts anticipate bigger galleries that will be purpose-built to allow for social distancing, with the option to divide up the space with partitions as needed. Adjustable gallery architecture “is going to be important”, says Bruce Davis, a partner with the New York architects Cooper Robertson. “You’ll want spaces that can easily be changed and can adapt to changing trends in the display of art as well as the pandemic.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, New York, Visual, Bruce Davis, Cooper Robertson, 10.06.20

The Little Piece Of Papyrus That Rewrote The History Of Christianity (Until It Didn’t)

Dr. Karen Leigh King had become a very rare thing: a theology professor whose speaking engagements could sell out a venue. Her work on the Gnostic Gospels, in particular a fragmentary Coptic manuscript called the Gospel of Mary (referring to Mary Magdalene), had brought to light the real possibility that women could real influence and authority in the earliest centuries of Christianity. Then, in 2010, she received an email with the subject line “Coptic gnostic gospels in my collection” … – Lite...
Tags: Art, Words, Mary, Mary Magdalene, Gnostic Gospels, 10.06.20, Karen Leigh King

Why The Mellon Foundation Is Investing In Rethinking Monuments

“This is not a Confederate monuments project; it is a monuments project,” says Mellon Foundation president Elizabeth Alexander. That means addressing the larger issue of what values and ideas about identity are embedded in this country’s public architecture of history and memory. What is preserved, what is forgotten and what is suppressed? – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Visual, Mellon Foundation, Elizabeth Alexander, 10.06.20

“Nothing Left to Lose” — My First Orchestra Job, etc.

Harvey Lichtenstein took me out to lunch and informed me that the Brooklyn Philharmonic had lost over two-thirds of its subscribers in two years. Would I be interested in taking over? I said yes, provided I could do what I wanted. And what is it you want? Harvey asked. Cross-disciplinary festival programming, I replied. Harvey said OK – he had nothing left to lose. – Joseph Horowitz
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Harvey, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Harvey Lichtenstein, 10.06.20

Deplorable in Baltimore: Careening Down the Slippery Slope of Collection Monetization

Call me Cassandra. The “slippery slope” of monetizing museum collections, which I previously prophesied would get more dangerous under the Association of Art Museum Directors’ temporarily relaxed guidelines, has just been greased. – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Baltimore, Ajblogs, Cassandra, Association of Art Museum Directors, 10.07.20


Arts and culture organizations that can learn to grow their audiences and leverage these connections into long-term financial stability may learn that a successful pivot is often one that turns toward their neighbors. – Doug Borwick
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 10.07.20

Theater Company SITI Will Disband After 2022

“After 30 seasons, Anne Bogart and Tadashi Suzuki’s famed experimental New York theater company, … the Saratoga International Theater Institute, better known as SITI, announced today that it will stop touring and performing shows after its 30th and final season, which it anticipates will run through Fall 2022.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, Theatre, Anne Bogart, SITI, 10.07.20, Theater Company SITI, Tadashi Suzuki, Saratoga International Theater Institute

Shop the Cricut Trick-or-Treat Sale! Get Supplies Up to 86% off!

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Canadian Opera Company Shuts Down For 20/21 Season

“Earlier this summer, our team made a promise to ourselves — and to our audiences — to explore every possible option for going ahead with our season. Since then, however, the changing local health situation has made it clear that cancelling our original winter and spring programming is the only safe decision for our staff, artists, and audience members.” – Ludwig Van
Tags: Art, Music, 10.06.20, Canadian Opera Company Shuts Down For

Cool Stuff: ‘The Goonies’ Poster Signed by Drew Struzan is a Real Treasure That Can Be Yours

The Goonies is one of those beloved movies from the 1980s that remains powered by nostalgia. The treasure-hunting adventure from director Richard Donner, writer Chris Columbus, and executive producer Steven Spielberg has stood the test of time, and the ensemble cast including Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, and more have been endlessly asked about it for the past 35 years. Now, for the film’s 35th anniversary, you can celebrate The Goonies by getting your hands on the original poster. B...
Tags: Art, Movies, Steven Spielberg, Cool Stuff, Drew-Struzan, Richard Donner, Chris Columbus, Martha Plimpton, Action/Adventure, Bottleneck Gallery, Struzan, The-Goonies, Sean Astin Josh Brolin Corey Feldman

Gagosian Gallery Creates Virtual Openings With Celebrities

The new initiative was devised as a way to create buzz about Gagosian exhibitions even as the gallery faces an extended period with limited in-person attendance. The online celebrity programming also helps to keep artists from feeling shortchanged by the moratorium on glitzy opening parties and swanky artist dinners that traditionally help woo collectors. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Visual, Gagosian, 10.05.20

Fernanda Viégas puts people at the heart of AI

When Fernanda Viégas was in college, it took three years with three different majors before she decided she wanted to study graphic design and art history. And even then, she couldn’t have imagined the job she has today: building artificial intelligence and machine learning with fairness and transparency in mind to help people in their daily lives.  Today Fernanda, who grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is a senior researcher at Google. She’s based in London, where she co-leads the global People...
Tags: Google, New York, Design, London, Research, Mit, Brazil, Ibm, Ai, Museum of Modern Art, Google Doodle, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, Johann Sebastian Bach, Fernanda, Wattenberg, Google She

A Day In The Life Of India’s Dance Village, Still A Haven From Coronavirus

“‘We have been living our lives exactly as if nothing has happened,’ [said] Surupa Sen, Nrityagram’s artistic director of 23 years. … [The village] continues to be what it always has been, but more so: a dance haven, self-contained and single-minded in its focus, at a remove from a chaotic and sometimes frightening world. … For this piece, we asked the dancers to document their day, from dawn to dusk, capturing moments and places with disposable cameras.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, India, Dance, 10.07.20, Surupa Sen Nrityagram

Are Societies With Gendered Languages Really More Sexist?

With respect to grammatical gender, there are three kinds of languages: gendered (e.g., Spanish, Arabic), where virtually all nouns are designated masculine, feminine, or, in some cases, neuter; genderless (e.g., Chinese, Turkish), with no grammatical or lexical distinction between male and female; or “natural gender” (e.g., English, Swedish), where only people and animals who possess a biological gender get gendered nouns and pronouns. Do speakers of gendered and genderless languages tend to s...
Tags: Art, Words, 10.06.20, Nayantara Dutta

A Deacquisition Binge At American Museums?

“During the height of lockdown in April, the Association of Art Museum Directors … loosened its guidelines on how members could use the proceeds of art sold from their collections. Now, … museums in the United States are likely to make more than $100 million through the sale of art this fall, according to an analysis by Artnet News. Some welcome this result as a sign that institutions are taking practical steps to change systems that were long considered intractable; others say it is a troublin...
Tags: Art, United States, Visual, Artnet News, 10.05.20

Netflix Indicted By Rural Texas Grand Jury For ‘Cuties’

“The court filing [in Tyler County] claims Netflix knowingly promoted work that ‘depicts the lewd exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child … which appeals to the prurient interest in sex.'” The French film, which contains no nudity but shows some very suggestive dance moves which have attracted controversy, is about an 11-year-old Senegalese immigrant who joins a teen dance team. – The Texas Tribune
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, Tyler County, 10.06.20, Rural Texas Grand Jury For ` Cuties

How One Regional Foundation Smartly Diversified Its Support

Seven years into its “racial equity journey,” support for BIPOC organizations has increased 670%, from $75,000 in 2013 to $578,000 in 2020. The foundation’s rapid evolution is an illuminating case study of a regional funder closing the funding equity gap while providing what Foundation president Gary Steuer referred to as “continued support and respect for the largest institutions that have sucked up the largest share of the philanthropic pie—mostly Eurocentric arts groups.” – Inside Philanthro...
Tags: Art, Issues, Foundation, 10.05.20, Gary Steuer

Ancient Villa With Mosaics Unearthed Under Apartment Block In Rome

“The remains of the series of ornately decorated rooms were discovered when engineers were carrying out the earthquake-proofing of the 1950s residential building in 2014. Archaeologists were called in to undertake €3 million excavations funded by BNP Paribas Real Estate, the company that owns the apartment block. The archaeologists found a complex of lavish rooms with black and white mosaic flooring. The site will soon be accessible to the public as a subterranean museum.” – Forbes
Tags: Art, Rome, Visual, 10.07.20, BNP Paribas Real Estate

Gramophone’s Record Of The Year Is Mirga’s Weinberg Symphonies Disc; Igor Levit Is Artist Of The Year

The English-speaking world’s most prestigious classical recording prize goes to DG’s release of Mieczysław Weinberg’s Symphonies No. 2 and No. 21, with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conducting the City of Birmingham SO and Kremerata Baltica and Gidon Kremer playing the violin solos. Notable among the other awards is the rehabilitation of the Philadelphia Orchestra: 12 years after being pointedly left off the magazine’s list of the world’s 20 greatest symphonic ensembles, the band has been named Orchestr...
Tags: Art, Music, Birmingham, Philadelphia Orchestra, Mirga Gražinytė Tyla, Igor Levit, Gidon Kremer, Kremerata Baltica, Mieczysław Weinberg, David Patrick Stearns, 10.06.20, Weinberg Symphonies Disc

British Gov’t Considers Selling Off Channel 4

Said minister John Whittingdale, “Unlike the BBC, Channel 4 survives as an advertising-funded model. … We do need to think about Channel 4 and whether there is still a need for a second publicly owned public service broadcaster, or what function it should fulfill.” Founded in 1982 as a home for risky and experimental programming commissioned from independent producers, the station is currently best known for The Great British Bake-Off. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Media, John Whittingdale, 10.06.20, BBC Channel 4

Second City Has Put Itself Up For Sale

The announcement comes toward the end of a difficult year for (arguably) the world’s most famous improv comedy institution: in addition to the crippling effect of the COVID-19 epidemic (which saw two-thirds of the company’s staff laid off), The Second City has been shaken by accusations of institutionalized racial discrimination which saw co-owner and executive producer Andrew Alexander resign in June. – Variety
Tags: Art, Theatre, Second City, Andrew Alexander, 10.06.20

Shogun raises $35M to help brands take on Amazon with faster and better sites of their own

E-commerce has boomed this year, with more businesses and shoppers than ever before turning to websites and apps as a safer, socially distanced alternative during the current global health pandemic. Today, a startup that has built a platform to help individual companies and brands design better websites is announcing a round of growth funding to help them step up to that challenge with faster and better designed interfaces. Shogun, which lets companies build sites that sit on top of e-commerce b...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Design, Instagram, Scotland, Tech, Glasgow, Websites, Taylor, NICK, Shopify, Accel, Magento, SVP

Marina Abramović: ‘I’m an artist, not a satanist!’

The world’s most famous performance artist has spent almost 50 years facing down ridicule, death threats and conspiracy theories. Will the pandemic finally defeat her? Every morning, Marina Abramović gets out of bed and puts on a pair of slippers. One reads “fuck” and the other “negativity”. “That is how to start the morning with a smile on your face,” she says. Then she will make breakfast to tango music. Sometimes, she will retreat to a hut in the woods by her house in upstate New York, for si...
Tags: Art, New York, Bbc, Culture, Art and design, Royal Academy of Arts, Museum of Modern Art, Performance art, Marina Abramovic, Abramović, Yorkshire Gold

Amazing Christmas Centerpiece Decorations Plans

Catch up these cute classic Santa Claus decor ideas that looking so gorgeous even the design was use the thought of small and simple. That decoration can be applied for our house space especially for the small space. We can try the whole ideas of these centerpiece ideas that completed with the decorative look even the theme that the designer use was classic and vintage. The components that the designer use was the thought of combination between modern and still looking simple. Furthermore, throu...
Tags: Books, Holidays, Christmas, Santa Claus, Christmas Decorations, Interior Design, Warm Atmosphere, Flower Pot, Christmas Centerpiece Ideas

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