The Confusing Messages From Our Screens

Less than two weeks before our quadrennial democratic experiment in terror, division, heartbreak and the art of the possible, our home screens are sending wildly mixed messages about democracy in action — how it was, how it is, how it should be and how we might save America from itself. – Chicago Tribune
Tags: Art, Media, America, 10.21.20

At Issue Over The Hirshhorn’s Plan To Remake Its Gardens

The opinion of Hirshhorn officials about whether the sculpture garden is a work of art is central to their stewardship and decision-making about the sculpture garden’s proposed redesign. – Cultural Landscape Foundation
Tags: Art, Visual, 10.19.20

Oh My But It’s Tempting To Hope Science Can Explain Life (Can It?)

By cracking the genetic code, we have become able to harness the machinery of living cells to do our bidding by assembling new macromolecules of our own devising. As we have gained an ever more accurate picture of how life’s tiniest and simplest building blocks fit together to form the whole, it has become increasingly tempting to imagine that biology’s toughest puzzles may only be solved once we figure out how to tackle them on physics’ terms. – Nautilus
Tags: Art, Ideas, 10.21.20

Shonda Rhimes On Leaving Disney/ABC: Her Disneyland Pass Didn’t Work

Rhimes proceeded to call a “high-ranking executive” at the company to figure out the issue, but he showed no interest in giving television’s most prominent showrunner a $154 ticket to the park. “Don’t you have enough?” he allegedly responded. Rhimes collected herself, hung up, and called her lawyer with a simple directive: She was going to move to Netflix, and she’d “find new representatives” if that couldn’t be accomplished. – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Shonda Rhimes, People, Netflix, Rhimes, 10.20.20

Adobe Is Using AI To “Fix” Video Of You Dancing (So You Look Better)

Like autotuning in music, which corrects your pitch, the dance AI adjusts your images in video so you’re actually keeping up with the beat. – Protocol
Tags: Art, Dance, 10.21.20

Don’t Miss: Our roundup of this week’s virtual and in-person events

From live music by the Reza Khota Quartet in Gugulethu to J.Bo’s live, online event, there’s plenty of culture to keep you entertained The post Don’t Miss: Our roundup of this week’s virtual and in-person events appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Art, Music, Theatre, Events, Friday, Gugulethu, Jefferson Tshabalala, Ayabola Kekere-Ekun, Dalisu Ndlazi, Inevitable Calling, J.Bobs, Reza Khota, Soweto Theatre, J Bo

Jony Ive Will Bring Accessible, Relevant, Incredibly Powerful, Personal, Fluid, and Refined Design Sensibilities to…Airbnb

Jony Ive is a mythic figure in gadget design. He’s the mastermind behind the aesthetic of Apple’s most iconic products, and is internet famous for his Gwyneth Paltrow-esque descriptive phrasing. He’s also got pretty good taste in shoes. Last year, he consciously uncoupled from Apple, and now, Ive is apparently…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Design, Airbnb, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jony Ive, Imagine The Fortune Cookies Ive Would Write

Carlos Acosta’s Genius Idea: Socially-Distanced Tutus

For Lazuli Sky, the first new work Acosta has presented at Birmingham Royal Ballet since becoming artistic director at the beginning of this year, “we wanted a piece where nobody would touch each other and so the dancers will be wearing elongated structures” — in this case, more than six feet wide — “that are not static but are constantly moving and creating different shapes, evoking your imagination.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Dance, Carlos Acosta, Acosta, Birmingham Royal Ballet, 10.22.20, Lazuli Sky

48 Artists Reimagine The “I Voted” Stickers

In addition to the New York Magazine covers, 500,000 stickers will be distributed for free at retail locations including Crate and Barrel and CB2, who, along with Warby Parker and EHE Health, are supporting the project’s printing costs. The sticker sheets will also be distributed by book stores and museums across the country, and at nonprofit organizations including the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, as well as official polling sites such as the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Brook...
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, New York Magazine, Warby Parker, Visual, Brooklyn Museum, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, EHE Health, 10.22.20

Marge Champion, Dancer, Choreographer, And Live Model For Disney’s Snow White, Dead At 101

“Fame arrived in the late 1940s, when she and Gower Champion began a professional dance partnership that continued through the next decade. … In television appearances and a slew of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie musicals including Show Boat (1951), they produced a chemistry that recalled for many viewers … the earlier performances of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.” And yes, as a young woman she modeled movement for Walt Disney’s animators, not only as Snow White but also as Dopey the dwarf and the...
Tags: Art, Disney, People, Walt Disney, Ginger Rogers, Goldwyn Mayer, Fred Astaire, 10.22.20

Black futures in the age of apocalypse

Curating the End of the World deploys Afrofuturism to respond to Covid-19, anti-black violence and capitalism The post Black futures in the age of apocalypse appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Art, Science, Technology, History, Culture, Philosophy, Friday, Apocalypse, Afrofuturism, Blackness, Google Arts And Culture, Red Spring, Stacey Robinson, Sheree Renée Thomas, pan-Africanism, Black Speculative Arts Movement

Don McLean Explains ‘American Pie’

That’s not to say he finally tells us what the lyrics mean: “Carly Simon’s still being coy about who ‘You’re So Vain’ was written about. So who cares, who gives a fuck?” But he does discuss the song’s structure as a fusion of folk, rock, and old-school popular song and about the roots of its inspiration in his suburban New York upbringing and family tragedies. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, New York, Carly Simon, Don Mclean, 10.22.20

Landscape Architects Unveil Plan To Save National Mall’s Tidal Basin

The Tidal Basin connects centuries of American history and includes memorials to Thomas Jefferson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr. Some 1.5 million people walk along the basin’s rim during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival each spring. But with increased car and foot traffic, the ground underneath is dipping. As sea levels rise, the walkways flood daily. – NPR
Tags: Art, Martin Luther King, Visual, Tidal Basin, Thomas Jefferson Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 10.21.20

Ruth Falcon, Soprano Who Became Leading Voice Teacher, Dead At 77

From the mid-1970s through the ’90s, she had a career at most of the world’s top opera houses, but in 1991 she began the job for which she’ll be remembered: teaching singing at the Mannes College of Music in Manhattan. Among her students, there and in her private studio, were Deborah Voigt, Sondra Radvanovsky, Nadine Sierra, Kate Lindsey, and Danielle de Niese. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Manhattan, Danielle De Niese, Mannes College of Music, 10.21.20, Ruth Falcon

Queen Arthur? 8-Year-Old Swedish Girl Pulls Ancient Viking Sword From Lake

“I felt something in the water and lifted it up. Then there was a handle and I went to tell my dad that it looked like a sword,” Saga told the broadcaster Sveriges Television. – BBC
Tags: Art, People, Lake, Arthur, 10.21.20

‘Its Idealism Is As Inspiring Its Naiveté Is Disquieting’: Philip Kennicott On Planet Word

“[It] inhabits essentially the same universe as most of the museums that preceded it a century ago: It hopes to raise up the discourse, and spread the blessings of the educated and elite to those who hope to be educated and elite. … Everything is up to date in this museum of video screens and touch panels except its founding principle, which is the old noblesse oblige.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Words, 10.21.20, Philip Kennicott On Planet Word

Theatres Remain Dark In The US – Some Are Blaming The Actors Union

“Some theater professionals say Equity’s lockdown could effectively kill off the entire industry — an industry that generated about $17 billion in ticket sales in 2017, according to a March study from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Endowment for the Arts.” – Fort Myers News-Press
Tags: Art, Theatre, US, U S Bureau of Economic Analysis, 10.21.20, Actors Union

Quibi’s Founders, Jeffrey Katzenberg And Meg Whitman, Explain Why And How It’s Closing

Katzenberg: “There was no question that keeping us going was not going to have a different outcome, it was just going to spend a whole lot more money without any value to show for it.” Whitman: “Most entrepreneurs just keep on going [until] they literally run out of money and we just didn’t think that was the right thing to do.” – Deadline
Tags: Art, Media, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Whitman, Meg Whitman, Katzenberg, Quibi, 10.21.20

Planet Word, New Museum Devoted To Language, Opens In D.C.

“The interactive museum fills three floors of the historic Franklin School with play spaces, games and videos screens — lots of video screens — that invite visitors to think about the origins and evolution of English, to explore the unique qualities of other languages and to play with words by reading, singing and speaking. … With a decidedly middle-school-students-on-spring-break vibe (most obvious in its bathroom humor), it is a descendant of science centers rather than the Smithsonian facili...
Tags: Art, Smithsonian, Words, Franklin School, 10.21.20

Piet Mondrian Heirs Sue German Museum In U.S. Court For $200 Million Worth Of Paintings

“The suit has been filed [in federal district court in D.C.] against the Kunstmuseen Krefeld, which is located in a western German city near Dusseldorf, by the three U.S.-based children of American abstract artist Harry Holtzman,” who was the sole inheritor of Mondrian’s estate. “The heirs are attempting to recover four paintings by Mondrian that are currently held by the museum and damages for an additional four Mondrian works which the museum no longer has.” – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Dusseldorf, Visual, Piet Mondrian, Mondrian, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Harry Holtzman

Books: British Gardens (2)

If you thought for a moment that you would never need another book on Sissinghurst, well ... just think again. In this new book, Sissinghurst: The Dream Garden (Frances Lincoln, 2020), author Tim Richardson offers a fresh perspective and new insights into one of the most famous gardens in the... [Author: Jane Berger]
Tags: Books, Gardening, Design, Designers, Sissinghurst, Garden Design, Jane Berger, Garden Books, Frances Lincoln, Tim Richardson, Historic Landscapes & Preservation, British Gardens

5 Ways to Prepare for Your Next Zoom Call

Virtual meetings require a different kind of preparation. While an in-person meeting may require a simple pad of paper, a pen and a prompt arrival, the virtual aspect requires further consideration. Maybe you have found a groove that works for you and have nestled comfortably into your routine. However, if you find yourself scrambling with last minute arrangements before each call, perhaps it’s time to revisit your strategy. Let’s talk about some basic tips to ensure your baseline is set for suc...
Tags: Work From Home, Design, Preparation, Uncategorized, Communication, Home Office, Presentation, Zoom, Prepare, Speaking, Presentation Design, Preparedness, Virtual Meeting, Virtual Learning, Virtual Work, Communication Experts

Gertrude lampe à poser par Gabriele Panciera

« Bonjour Gertrude, enchanté !  » Les présentations maintenant faites, Gabriele Panciera, jeune designer italien basé du côté de Milan lève le voile sur l’histoire de son projet… Résolument rétro, ce modèle de lampe à poser, lampe de table ou de chevet nous transporte quelques années en arrières, au coeur de l’Italie en nous offrant certaines références religieuses… On remarque assez rapidement sa ligne, nous renvoyant à la silhouette des nonnes délicatement épurée… Pour être parfaitement exa...
Tags: Books, Design, Lamp, Italy, PLA, Productdesign, Italie, Gertrude, Monza, Alessandro Manzoni, Deco, Luminaire, 3dprinted, Gabriele Panciera, Gabriele Panciera Retrouvez

Australian Universities Are Axing Their Theatre Programs

“Among the wide staff and course cuts prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic, multiple theatre and performance degrees” — among them the Centre for Theatre and Performance at Monash University in Melbourne, considered by many to be the best in the country — “have been closed or suspended indefinitely in recent months. … The peak body of arts educators has warned that this could wipe out future generations of Australian entertainers and disproportionately affect regional students.” – The Guardian ...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Melbourne, Monash University, 10.22.20

Munich’s Entire Ballet Company Quarantined After Six Dancers Contract Coronavirus

“As part of the testing strategy at the National Theatre, … one person from the Bavarian State Ballet initially tested positive for the coronavirus and subsequent tests showed up five further cases. A spokesperson said, ‘The artistic staff are now in quarantine until further testing in the coming days.'” – Gramilano (Milan)
Tags: Art, Dance, Munich, State Ballet, 10.22.20, Entire Ballet Company

Arts Council England Gives Out Another £76 Million In COVID Relief

This round of money to 588 organizations, part of the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, “comes under a week after the council awarded £257 million ($333 million) to 1,385 organizations. … For the latest round of funding, institutions are eligible to receive up to £1 million in individual grants.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Issues, 10.20.20

What if good movies were old books

Designer Matt Stevens likes to render his favorite films as if they were old books: "Not a best of list, just movies I love. These illustrations are available in a self-published book for sale here. Individual prints can be purchased here. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Books, Design, News, Matt Stevens

Quibi Shuts Down After Six Months

“Quibi, the mobile-first streaming service to specialize in original shows with short five to 10-minute-long episodes, is shutting down its business operations and selling its assets little more than 6 months after launching. … It was an abrupt ending for a company founded by big names in entertainment and business worlds and seemed poised, at one point, to reinvent the streaming TV game.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Media, 10.21.20

Restaurant Culture Upended – Michelin, Beard Cancel Awards

The James Beard Foundation has halted its annual restaurant awards for at least another year and is in the midst of a messy foundation-wide reckoning. The World’s 50 Best has shifted its focus from restaurant ranking to industry recovery. And Michelin, the most storied name in the restaurant-awards game, announced that it has indefinitely delayed the release of its 2021 guides in America. – Grub Street
Tags: Art, World, Michelin, Issues, James Beard Foundation, 10.20.20

Airbnb recruits ex-Apple design honcho Jony Ive

Next time you stay in an Airbnb you better expect some aluminium sides, some polished and laminated leathers, and, potentially, the most innovative flat you’ve ever stayed in. That’s right people, Airbnb has brought on Jony Ive, the ex-Chief Head of Design at Apple. If you’re unfamiliar with Jony Ive, he’s the man behind lots of your favorite things. He left Apple last year after almost 30 years at the company. During that time, he oversaw the development of almost any modern Apple product or se...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Design, Airbnb, Jony Ive, Apple Stores, Plugged

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