Why American Families Are Addicted On “The College Experience”

“That shocking stability is exposing a long-standing disconnect: Without the college experience, a college education alone seems insufficient. Quietly, higher education was always an excuse to justify the college lifestyle. But the pandemic has revealed that university life is far more embedded in the American idea than anyone thought. America is deeply committed to the dream of attending college. It’s far less interested in the education for which students supposedly attend.” – The Atlantic ...
Tags: Art, America, Issues, 10.20.20

Ethics And The Politics Of Deaccessioning

“Difficult times bring out the best in us, and sometimes, encourage the worst. The current manifestations around deaccessioning are beginning to be solved by the courts. Unfortunately, when ethics can no longer endure, we turn to the courts for resolution. The (museum) professionals are abrogating their authority to another group of professionals (lawyers).” – James Abruzzo
Tags: Art, Visual, 10.19.20

Why The Modern Office Looks Like It Does

In 1560, Cosimo I de’ Medici, who later became the grand duke of Tuscany, wanted a building in which both the administrative and judiciary offices of Florence could be under one roof. So he commissioned the building of the Uffizi, which in Italian means “offices.” – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Ideas, Florence, Tuscany, 10.15.20, Cosimo I de ' Medici

Knowledge Under Attack

Richard Ovenden’s thesis is that books can be destroyed literally, as they were by the Nazis, or symbolically, when their contents are either made unavailable or systematically robbed of their authority. As he states, in an era of fake news and “alternative facts”, it is hard not to conclude that “the truth itself is under attack”. – The Critic
Tags: Art, Ideas, 10.18.20, Richard Ovenden

Berlin: vandalism of museum artefacts 'linked to conspiracy theorists'

Use of oily substance across three galleries reportedly related to claims they are centre of ‘global satanism’At least 70 artworks and ancient artefacts across three galleries on Berlin’s museum island were vandalised with an oily substance earlier this month, German media has reported.Objects including Egyptian sarcophagi, stone sculptures and 19th-century paintings held at the Pergamon Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie and the Neues Museum sustained visible damage during the attack on 3 October...
Tags: Art, Europe, Germany, Berlin, World news, Culture, Art and design, Die Zeit, Deutschlandfunk, Neues Museum, Pergamon Museum

August Book Sales Down 30 Percent

Sales fell to $754 million compared to $1.09 billion in August 2019. The steep August drop put an end to a brief rally during which the rate of decline in bookstore sales had been slowing. – Publishers Weekly
Tags: Art, Words, Audience, 10.16.20

“Central to the Museum’s Collection”: Arnold Lehman Blasts the Baltimore Deaccessions

“The fiduciary responsibility of a museum’s board of trustees is not to use its institution’s collection as an ATM, but rather to search out all other means to secure the future, including important changing social dynamics, while protecting the collection.” – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Visual, Arnold Lehman, 10.20.20, Baltimore Deaccessions

Publisher Tom Maschler, Founder Of Booker Prize, Dead At 87

At the helm of the UK publishing house Jonathan Cape, “he discovered or helped advance the careers of such acclaimed authors as [Kurt] Vonnegut, [Gabriel] García Márquez, John Fowles, Thomas Pynchon, Ian McEwan, Edna O’Brien, Clive James, Martin Amis, Julian Barnes, Salman Rushdie and Bruce Chatwin.” In fact, 15 of his authors (so far) have won the Nobel Prize for Literature. – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, UK, People, Bruce Chatwin, Jonathan Cape, Tom Maschler, 10.17.20, Kurt -RSB- Vonnegut

Checking In With The Guerrilla Girls: Protesting For 35 Years

“We wanted to create the idea that we are everywhere, and we are listening. We could be working at the MoMA or even at Leo Castelli’s gallery. We wanted to create this idea that the art world was being watched, surveilled and scrutinized. Anonymity has protected us, but now I’m not sure anyone cares any more who we are. It has changed.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Visual, Moma, Leo Castelli, 10.19.20

Despite COVID, Japan Has Record-Breaking Weekend At Movie Box Office

“The movie, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train, based on a smash-hit Japanese comic book, … outperformed all expectations, more than doubling the country’s record for the largest opening weekend, with over 3.4 million people shelling out nearly $44 million on tickets. In what may be a first for Japan, the movie had the biggest opening in the world last weekend — more than all other countries combined — despite having debuted only domestically.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Japan, Media, Movie Box Office, 10.20.20

What “The Normal Heart’ Meant To Those Living Through The Height Of The AIDS Crisis

“[Larry] Kramer’s portrait of what a generation of gay men suffered renders America akin to a warzone, where the corpses of victims are refused death certificates and left to collect dust in oversized refuse bags, and funerals become so frequent as to be social events. … The Normal Heart is a primal howl from the frontline, with all of its mud and viscera, expressive of the fact that when your friends are dying all around you, you have no choice but to act urgently.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Theatre, America, 10.19.20, Larry -RSB- Kramer

How to Spark Your Creativity When You're in a Rut

A global pandemic likely qualifies as one of the worst possible settings for honing creativity. Contrary to what the boldest of us may have claimed in the early weeks of COVID-19, more time doesn’t equal more inspiration. We’re tired, overwhelmed, and unmotivated, all peppered with random shocks of anxiety. At least I…Read more...
Tags: Motivation, Art, Writing, Inspiration, Creativity, Lifehacks

San Francisco Conservatory Acquires Opus 3 Artists

Under the terms of the agreement, which is effective immediately, Opus 3 will continue to operate as an independent, for-profit corporation under the leadership of President and CEO David V. Foster, while San Francisco Conservatory president David Stull will chair a management team overseeing the alliance between the two entities. – San Francisco Chronicle
Tags: Art, Music, San Francisco Conservatory, Opus, David Stull, 10.20.20, San Francisco Conservatory Acquires Opus, David V Foster

Is There Such A Thing As Contemporary Conservative Literature? Can There Be?

No, Atlas Shrugged doesn’t count as literature, and neither do Ann Coulter and Dinesh D’Souza. “To define Right-wing literature is to ask what literature is and what it’s for, but the most ready-to-hand answers (beauty, truth, empathy, expression) are incongruous to conservatism’s means, if not to the perverse utopianism of its final objectives.” – Aeon
Tags: Art, Words, Ann Coulter, Dinesh D Souza, 10.19.20

How The Louvre Became The Louvre

Ten million people visited the Louvre last year, before France’s lockdown in March, and no museum can become so crowded without cancelling its own purpose, or replacing it with another purpose—the purpose of a dutiful hajj, of having been there. There are too many people looking to allow anyone to see. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, France, Louvre, Visual, 10.19.20

Design Systems, Part 1 • Introduction

Series Introduction This is a series about Design Systems and Design System Initiatives. While User Interface (“UI”) Designers and User Experience (“UX”) Researchers may find this series beneficial, it’s been authored for a different audience—business leaders. People in leadership positions are generally those who green light a Design System Initiative. With that authority comes accountability for allocated resources, schedules, and results. The stakes are high for such leaders. They expe...
Tags: Design, Leadership, Blog, User Experience, User Interface, eLearning, Brad Frost, Object Partners Inc, Design System, Product Life-Cycle, Product Life Cycle PLC, Design System Initiatives Enterprises

Arts And STEM Require Same Type Of Creativity: Study

“According to study authors, the creativity toolkits used in the arts and in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are actually very similar. Fundamentally, both rely on being open to new ideas, employing divergent thinking, and maintaining a sense of flexibility, they say.” – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Issues, 10.15.20

Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Battered By Pandemic, May Have To Rework Its Entire Business Model

“Until its COVID-forced closure in March, the Kimmel was earning 93% of its income,” mainly from touring Broadway shows and rent from its resident groups, “leaving just the small remainder to be made up in donations — an unusually lopsided ratio among nonprofits. Now, though, with ticket sales gone, the Kimmel cannot lean on a list of loyal donors to the extent that some other groups can.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Broadway, Philadelphia, Issues, Kimmel Center, Kimmel, 10.17.20

Meet The New York Dance World’s Bubble Doctor

“Bubbling has gained traction in the dance world as companies and organizations try to find ways of bringing artists together to create work in a safe environment. That involves rules, medical protocols, tests and vigilance, and it requires a presiding authority to decide what those should be. Enter Dr. Wendy Ziecheck, a Manhattan internist, who trained with George Balanchine’s doctor and was the medical director for the Rockettes before taking this unlikely new career path.” – The New York Tim...
Tags: Art, Dance, Manhattan, George Balanchine, Rockettes, 10.19.20, Wendy Ziecheck

Google Now Lets You Search For A Song By Singing It

The update, a new feature called ‘Hum to Search’, was announced at Google’s Search On event and is available from today. It allows you to search for a piece of music which either has no lyrics, or whose lyrics you can’t remember. – Classic FM
Tags: Google, Art, Music, 10.16.20

This off-grid office under construction in Europe is designed to float in case sea levels rise, completely negating the effects of climate change

Powerhouse Company floating office. Powerhouse Company A design studio created the world's largest floating office in Rotterdam. The office is made of wood and uses solar panels for energy. Designers call it "climate resilient," because it is designed to float in case of rising sea levels.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Dutch design studio Powerhouse Company is creating a massive floating office for a Rotterdam NGO. The office is a way for the Global Center on Adaptat...
Tags: Google, Europe, Design, Microsoft, Climate Change, Trends, Tech, Sustainability, Features, Architecture, Bill Gates, Clean Energy, San Jose, Solar Power, Rotterdam, Rijnhaven

China Is Now Officially The World’s Most Lucrative Movie Market

“Movie ticket sales in China for 2020 climbed to $1.988 billion on Sunday, surpassing North America’s total of $1.937 billion. … Analysts have long predicted that the world’s most populous country would one day top the global charts. But the results still represent a historic sea change: North America has been the global box office’s center of gravity since the dawn of the motion picture business.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Media, China, North America, Audience, 10.18.20

2,000-Year-Old, 120-Foot-Long Etching Of Cat Found In Peruvian Desert

“The newly identified likeness is a Nazca Line — one of hundreds of ancient drawings created in the Peruvian desert by removing rock and soil to produce a ‘negative’ image in the sand. … Dated to between 200 and 100 B.C., the geoglyph is thought to be older than any others previously discovered in the region.” – Smithsonian Magazine
Tags: Art, Visual, 10.19.20

Understanding Negative Space

When designing a slide, negative space is one of those elements that are critical to consider. But what is negative space, and how does it impact a slide? Understanding how the elements of spatial awareness impact user experience can be challenging. Ultimately, the trick is to naturally draw the eye toward an element of choice. There are three important factors to keep in mind when designing: 1- Teach your eye to see the negative space just as much as the subject matter. Let’s first define neg...
Tags: Design, Uncategorized, Tutorial, Balance, How-to, Presentation, Speaking, Presentation Design, Negative Space, Timothy Samara, Balanced Images, Balanced Slides, Breathing Room, tutorial Tuesday

For Its First Post-Lockdown Show, Prado Walks Straight Into Controversy Over Art World’s Sexism

“The exhibition, whose English title is ‘Uninvited Guests’, explores how artworks bought and celebrated by the Spanish state between 1833 and 1931 treated women as people and artists. … [The show has] faced criticism from some female artists and academics, who have accused the museum of echoing the very misogyny it has sought to expose by focusing on many works by men rather than celebrating those by women.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Visual, 10.19.20

Meet One Of America’s Most Promising Young Black Conductors

Roderick Cox, 33, had been associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra for two years when, in 2018, he won the Georg Solti Conducting Award. He then relocated to Europe, and his career has been on the rise ever since. – The Dallas Morning News
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, America, Minnesota Orchestra, Roderick Cox, Georg Solti, 10.15.20

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