This Artwork Changed My Life: Pestonji Bomanji’s “Feeding the Parrot”

Elephant and Artsy have come together to present This Artwork Changed My Life, a creative collaboration that shares the stories of life-changing encounters with art. A new piece will be published every two weeks on both Elephant and Artsy. Together, our publications want to celebrate the personal and transformative power of art. Article by Rhea Dhanbhoora Pestonji Bomanji, Feeding the Parrot, 1882. Image via Wikimedia Commons The artists of the 19th century often came alive for me in my grandm...
Tags: Art, Life, India, Johannes Vermeer, Delhi, Mumbai, Van Gogh, Bombay, Monet, Renoir, Manet, Cezanne, Degas, Wikimedia Commons, Parsi, National Gallery of Modern Art

Mondo Releasing Four Universal Monsters Puzzles for Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon

It’s going to be a graveyard smash over at Mondo, who are releasing four Universal Monsters puzzles this December. The puzzles, which feature Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Dracula, and Creature from the Black Lagoon, are designed by beloved poster artist Francesco Francavilla, whose classic designs have been transformed into gorgeous 1,000-piece puzzles. Mondo is putting on a monster mash — a Universal Monster mash, that is. The pop culture apparel company is debuting four Universal Monsters p...
Tags: Art, Movies, Universal, Cool Stuff, Mondo, Frankenstein, Dracula, Black Lagoon, Bela, Lon Chaney Jr, Universal Monsters, The-Wolf-Man, The Creature From the Black Lagoon, Francesco Francavilla, Wolf Man Dracula, Francavilla

British Columbia Scores Record Number Of TV, Movie Projects During COVID

B.C. has 61 entertainment projects in production this month, according to Creative B.C., which markets the province to Hollywood. That compares with around 40 projects that were shooting in B.C. just before the novel coronavirus pandemic. – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, 10.26.20, Columbia Scores Record Number Of TV

How Did We Come To Think Of History As A Coherent Narrative?

The idea of history as “something that equally comprises past and future as states of a continuous subject, so that we may speak of history as such” (as the philosopher Eckart Förster puts it), emerged only in the second half of the 18th century. – Chronicle of Higher Education
Tags: Art, Ideas, 10.23.20, Eckart Förster

Jazz And The Pondering Of Modernism

Jazz has always been a kind of extroverted modernism, and always allowed the atonality and experimentation of introverted modernism (see Coltrane’s later works). However, it has always rejected perverse modernism. That has much to do with religion and the Christianity of the black churches. – First Things
Tags: Art, Music, Coltrane, 10.22.20

Where We Went Wrong With The Meritocracy

Despite all efforts to try to talk them out of the notion, working-class parents were adamant that an academic education was the best kind of education and that it should be made available to all. – Los Angeles Review of Books
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Ideas, 10.08.20

‘Homiesexual’ — Young Straight Guys Getting Cuddly With Their Bros On TikTok Draw Big Audiences

“The youth-oriented social media platform is rife with videos showing ostensibly heterosexual young men spooning in cuddle-puddle formation, cruising each other on the street while walking with their girlfriends, sharing a bed, going in for a kiss, admiring each other’s chiseled physiques and engaging in countless other homoerotic situations served up for humor and, ultimately, views.” And the vast majority of the fans are female. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, 10.24.20

AAMD’s Failed Oversight: Murky “Clarification” of Its “Financial Flexibility” Resolutions

Better late than never (but not soon enough), the Association of Art Museum Directors is attempting to backpedal from its decision, six months ago, to temporarily loosen its tight strictures against the use of proceeds from art sales for anything other than acquisitions. – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Association of Art Museum Directors, AAMD, 10.27.20

Is Calling Beethoven By Only His Last Name Racist?

“On the one hand, then, initiatives toward diversity and inclusion are placing new names on concert programs, syllabi, and research papers, names that might not have been there 10 or 20 years ago—or even last year. But these names are appearing next to those that have been drilled deep into our brains by the forces of the inherited canon. This collision between increasing diversity and the mononyms of music history has created a hierarchical system that, whether or not you find it useful, can n...
Tags: Art, Music, 10.24.20

What All Those English-Language Schools In Japan Really Signify

There are more than 5,000 English-as-a-Foreign-Language schools in the country — about 20% more than in China, which has more than 10 times the population. And their lessons come on top of the English classes included in Japan’s public school curriculum. And yet the Japanese rank among the worst in Asia in English proficiency. So what purpose do all the EFL schools there serve? Several purposes, actually. – Metropolis (Tokyo)
Tags: Art, Asia, Japan, China, Words, EFL, 10.19.20

How “The Lion King” Became A $9 Billion Blockbuster On Stage

“The musical, estimated at $20 million—at the time, likely the most expensive in Broadway history—opened at the Palace Theatre. The critics dismissed it as a theme park show. The Broadway crowd snubbed it too, giving the 1994 Tony for best musical to Stephen Sondheim’s short-lived Passion. But the family audience flocked to it. It became a blockbuster.” – Vanity Fair
Tags: Art, Theatre, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, Tony, 10.16.20

Feats Of Strength: Dancing ‘The Rite Of Spring’ As A 35-Minute Solo

For the Joyce Theater’s online season, choreographer Molissa Fenley has revived State of Darkness, her 1988 adaptation of the Stravinsky ballet for a single performer, with seven different dancers — as different as Sara Mearns, Annique Roberts, and Michael Trusnovec — giving their own interpretations. Gia Kourlas reports on how the project has come together. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Joyce Theater, Gia Kourlas, Michael Trusnovec, Molissa Fenley, 10.23.20, Sara Mearns Annique Roberts

NY Museums Reopened. But Are They Sustainable At 25 Percent?

Over a month after most of New York’s most prestigious museums reopened to the public, they are experiencing an existential crisis, fueled by the state-mandated reduced capacity of 25 percent. While the public face of New York City museums welcomes back these visitors with a smile and the promise of a safe experience, administrators behind the scenes anxiously wonder how long they can feasibly stay at that meager occupancy without making significant cuts to staffing or programming. – The New Yo...
Tags: Art, New York, New York City, Visual, 10.26.20

A jewelry designer created earrings that hold Apple's AirPods in place because she kept losing them while working from home

Misho AirPod earrings. Misho Designs A jewelry designer created earrings to keep AirPods in place while under stay at home orders. Suhani Parekh of Misho Designs was inspired by her own AirPod mishaps. The earrings come in three designs, and retail for between $60 and $125. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Suhani Parekh had Apple AirPods for a while, but she didn't find herself using them much."They would always slip out of my ears - I was often afraid that the AirPod wo...
Tags: Apple, Art, Jewelry, Design, Trends, Tech, Features, Parekh, Tech Insider, AirPods, AirPods Pro, Mary Meisenzahl, Misho, Suhani Parekh, Misho Designs, Pebble Pods

Five Years After Aneurysm, Joni Mitchell Still Struggling To Walk

In a Q&A with Cameron Crowe about a new disc of unreleased recordings, Mitchell said, “Polio didn’t grab me like that, but the aneurysm took away a lot more, really. Took away my speech and my ability to walk. And, you know, I got my speech back quickly, but the walking I’m still struggling with. But I mean, I’m a fighter. I’ve got Irish blood!” – BBC
Tags: Art, People, Joni Mitchell, Cameron Crowe, Mitchell, 10.27.20

Unpacking The New Stack Of Boxes At University Of Chicago

This is a bold building by, and for, bold thinkers — even if we don’t know yet whether it is truly meets the test of form that follows function. – Chicago Tribune
Tags: Art, University Of Chicago, Visual, 10.26.20

The Time When National Lampoon Parodied Mad Magazine: A Satire of Satire (1971)

I grew up on Mad Magazine. It was the one magazine I made sure my parents got me every month. I bought the Super Specials, the paperback reprints, the flexi discs, and even the board game. When we’d go to swap meets, I’d bring home older issues from the 1960s, and try to figure out the politics from a decade before I was born. It was why this eight-year old kid knew anything about politics, and knew that Nixon sucked, Ford sucked, Carter kind of sucked, and Reagan definitely sucked. And then, I...
Tags: Google, Art, College, Reagan, Fbi, Ford, Mad magazine, Kane, Nixon, Carter, Facebook Twitter, Gaines, KCRW, National Lampoon, Berg, Don Martin

Entire Hong Kong Philharmonic Trapped In Island Quarantine

Ever since the bass clarinetist tested positive for the coronavirus, “they have been placed in the same section of the 1,080-room camp [on Lantau Island], each minimally furnished room the size of a standard shipping container. Jamming and group rehearsals are banned, obviously, given that nobody can leave their own rooms.” Here’s how they’re getting through the days. – South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
Tags: Art, Hong Kong, Music, South China Morning Post, Lantau Island, 10.24.20

African Activist Arrested For Trying To Take Asian Artifact From Louvre

Just a week after he was given a fine but no jail time for attempting to take pieces of African art from another Paris museum, Mwazulu Diyabanza — who calls his acts political protests demanding the return to Africa of artworks looted by European colonizers — was stopped by Louvre guards after lifting and carrying off a sculpture. In a video of the incident, Diyabanza declares, “I came here … to take back what was pillaged from Africa.” The sculpture is from the Indonesian island of Flores. – A...
Tags: Art, Africa, Paris, Visual, Mwazulu Diyabanza, Diyabanza, 10.26.20

Pathbreaking Set Designer Ming Cho Lee Dead At 90

As his biographer puts it, “In the 1960s and ’70s Lee radically and almost single-handedly transformed the American approach to stage design.” His work for spoken theater, dance, and opera won him numerous awards, including two Tonys and the National Medal of Arts; he had an equally great impact during his 48-year career teaching stage design at Yale. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Lee, 10.26.20, Ming Cho Lee

Strand Bookstore Puts Out SOS, Is Overwhelmed With Support

Owner Nancy Wyden said “the call for help produced a boom in business on Saturday: a single-day record of 10,000 online orders, so many that the website crashed. That day was also the best single day in the month of October that the flagship store, near Union Square, has ever had, and the best day ever at the Strand’s Upper West Side branch, which opened earlier this year. In the 48 hours since the plea went out, the store processed 25,000 online orders, compared with about 600 in a typical two...
Tags: Art, Words, Union Square, 10.26.20, Nancy Wyden, Strand 's Upper West Side

Viola Smith, Who Blazed A Path For Women Drummers In Big Band And Swing, 107

Smith was called a “hep girl” and billed as the “fastest girl drummer in the world.” In the formerly all-male preserve of the big band and swing eras, “Smith sat behind a giant drum set that included a double bass drum, an instrument that would years later become a tool for hard-hitting rock drummers.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, People, Smith, Viola Smith, 10.24.20

France Pledges Additional €115 Million For Arts Sector Crippled By Curfew

“As the 9pm to 6am curfew now covers roughly half of France, … culture minister Roselyne Bachelot unveiled a new €115 million support package, split between the cinema (€30 million) and the live performance sector (€85 million).” – The Local (France)
Tags: Art, France, Issues, Roselyne Bachelot, 10.23.20

Curator Of Hay Festival Abu Dhabi Accuses Royal of Sexual Assault

“Caitlin McNamara was the curator of the first sister festival in Abu Dhabi, which was feted as an opportunity to promote freedom of expression, human rights and women’s rights in the UAE. … She [has] accused Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan” — the Emirates’ minister of tolerance — “of sexually assaulting her on 14 February, 11 days before the festival began.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Words, Abu Dhabi, Uae, Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Caitlin McNamara, 10.20.20

The PS5 Is Big—Like Really Freaking Big

Up until now, the original Xbox has usually been the device people reference when talking about big-ass video game consoles. But with the arrival of the PS5, there’s a new sheriff in town.Read more...
Tags: Science, Design, Video Games, Playstation, Consoles, Consumer Tech, PS5, Check Out The Box, Ps5 Design

Italy Re-Closes Performance Venues And Cinemas As Coronavirus Roars Back

With the country setting new daily records for infections, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has ordered that movie theaters, concert halls, opera houses, live theaters, and gyms (which include dance schools) must shut down completely until at least November 24. – Variety
Tags: Art, Italy, Issues, Giuseppe Conte, 10.25.20

Cool Stuff: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Become Ukiyo-Inspired Artwork by Artist Attack Peter

This year, the creative production company, retail shop and art gallery known as iam8bit is celebrating its 15th anniversary, and as part of the celebration, they’re releasing some limited edition artwork from some of their favorite artists. This week, it’s Peter Santa-Maria, aka Attack Peter, who has delivered a set of four ukiyo-inspired prints of each of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Check them out below, and find out when and where you can get them. Attack Peter Teenage Mutant Ni...
Tags: Art, Movies, Tmnt, Cool Stuff, Peter, Comic Book/Superhero, Teenage-Mutant-Ninja-Turtles, Lotka, Attack Peter, Peter Santa Maria

Eight Small Theaters Sue New York State And City For Right To Reopen

“The lawsuit, filed Friday in Federal District Court in Manhattan, argues that the orders shutting down theaters ‘shock the conscience and interfere with plaintiffs’ deeply-rooted liberty and property rights, including the right to work, right to contract, and right to engage in commerce.’ The theaters filing suit … have 199 seats or fewer, and most of [them] are commercial operations.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Manhattan, Audience, Federal District Court, New York State and City, 10.26.20

Head of Exhibitions, KU Spencer Museum of Art– Apply by November 8!

The Spencer Museum of Art Head of Exhibitions is at the core of the Spencer Museum of Art’s work to advance teaching, learning, and research at the University of Kansas. Spencer Museum exhibitions stimulate learning for students in more than 40 academic departments and serve as a platform for generating new works and disseminating arts research conducted by the Museum’s academic staff, interns, and faculty, artists, and community partners. A key leadership position within the Museum, the Head of...
Tags: Art, Jobs, University, Museum, Kansas, Ada, State, Spencer, University of Kansas, HVAC, FLSA, Digital Initiatives, Spencer Museum of Art, Spencer Museum, Jennifer Talbott, KU Spencer Museum of Art

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