How To Look (In Detail) At A Durer Self-Portrait

By the end of the 15th century, the self-portrait has become an act of self-fashioning: how I present myself to you. Dürer’s self-portraits were not the very first, but he made himself his subject with uncommon frequency. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, 09.25.20

New book of synthesizer hand-drawn history

Oli Freke, the synthesizer and dance music aficionado behind the excellent hand-drawn Synth Evolution posters, has a new 'zine-like book out soon, Synthesizer Evolution: From Analogue To Digital (And Back). I really dig Freke's meticulous, yet still rough, sketches of each specimen. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Books, News, Synthesizers, Oli Freke, Freke

Is Requiring Ethnic Studies In Universities A Good Idea?

“In essence, the California state legislature has made it mandatory for the nearly 500,000 students in the Cal State system to take the classes that student activists and others fought for universities to implement decades ago. While these classes are not without controversy, as a scholar who studies racial dynamics on college campuses, I argue their benefits outweigh their liabilities.” – The Conversation
Tags: Art, California, Issues, Cal State, 11.03.20

How Archaeology Regards Layers And Order

Past use doesn’t determine what we mean by uttering a word on a particular occasion, but it does shape what a speaker can intend to get across. If I am being cooperative, and I intend to make a request that you pass something on the table, I won’t use a word I know you don’t know. To do so would be to violate a tacit commitment to a basic principle of cooperation, which Grice argues underpins all communication. – Psyche
Tags: Art, Ideas, Grice, 11.04.20

Dutch Museums Launch Comprehensive Van Gogh Database

A new database called Van Gogh Worldwide allows users to access provenances, technical information, archival materials, and more related to 1,000 works on paper and paintings by the famed Post-Impressionist. Launched on Thursday, the database is a collaboration between the Kröller-Müller Museum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the RKD–Netherlands Institute for Art History, along with the Cultural Heritage Laboratory of the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands. – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Netherlands, Van Gogh, Visual, Cultural Heritage Agency, 11.05.20, Kröller Müller Museum the Van Gogh Museum, Netherlands Institute for Art History, Cultural Heritage Laboratory

Don DeLillo And Martin Amis Were Literary Lions Of The 1980s. Now, Not So Much

“New novels from Don DeLillo and Martin Amis, two of the remaining dons of the literary scene of the 1980s, are out within a week of each other, like some last blast of “Remember when?” just before the 2020 election further propels us into a new realm of reality. Amis has written a novel so interested in Amis that its cover — a black-and-white portrait of, you guessed it, Amis — feels less like a postmodern joke and more like a warning sign. DeLillo, whose work is usually our national harbinger...
Tags: Art, Words, Martin Amis, Don DeLillo, AMIS, DeLillo, 10.16.20

The First Mughal Emperor Wrote One Of History’s Great Autobiographies

“Profoundly honest and unusually articulate, at once emotionally compelling and profoundly revealing, the Babur Nama is in many ways an oddly modern text, almost Proustian in its self-awareness. It presents the uncensored fullness of the man, a human life perfectly pinned to the page in simple, direct and unpretentious prose.” – Literary Hub
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Researchers Link Peak Music Moments To Brain Stimulation

From a neuroscience perspective, when a study participant experienced pleasurable musical chills, Chabin et al. observed an uptick of theta activity in the prefrontal cortex in conjunction with higher arousal and emotional-response ratings. – Psychology Today
Tags: Art, Music, 11.03.20, Chabin

Chicago Jazz Clubs Flounder Under New Shutdown

“The past few months have been picking up a little bit. We’ve been trying to meet our restricted quota. So people were starting to come out a little more now. Now that we have to close, that’s another nail in the coffin.” – Chicago Tribune
Tags: Art, Music, 11.02.20, Chicago Jazz Clubs

The Viral Video That Captures America Just Now Is A Snowball Fight In 1897 France

“The footage was captured in Lyon, in 1897, by the Lumière brothers, who were among the world’s first filmmakers. It was originally black and white, of course, and herky-jerky because of the low frame rate. But this snowball fight has recently been colorized and smoothed, and the result is shockingly modern. The video shows 52 seconds of joyful carnage: a gaggle of antiquated French people hucking compacted snow at one another’s faces with terrifying ferocity.” – The New York Times Magazine ...
Tags: Art, Media, France, Lyon, Lumière, 11.05.20

Historical Interpreter At A Heritage Site Is One Of The Most Challenging Acting Jobs Around

These are the people you see in period dress portraying anyone from a Tudor monarch to an aristocrat’s cook “The work is underpinned by rigorous research, often drawing on primary-source material. The results, [one interpreter] says, have a different depth than a guidebook, or an audio guide.” – The Stage
Tags: Art, Theatre, 11.02.20

Choreographing Differently-Abled Dancers

“The choreographies are designed for the functionally diverse artists so that they can demonstrate their artistic qualities. As I create, I physically put myself in their place (wheelchair, etc.), testing and experiencing the choreography. I search for innovative ways someone with restricted movement can achieve the same intention, such as hitting the floor with the wheelchair to create what would be the percussion of footwork. – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, 11.04.20

Could VR Help Save Theatre?

Having long been one of the digital technologies heralded as being a game changer for theatre, we think VR has an important part to play now in engaging audiences during the coronavirus pandemic. This will be a vital test of how theatre might be delivered safely and innovatively in the short- to medium-term, and a taste of how theatre, and its audiences, may embrace digital in the long-term. – Arts Professional
Tags: Art, Theatre, 11.05.20

Choreographers Now Making Dance With A.I. And Robotics

“At the forefront of this growing field is Sydney Skybetter, a former dancer and a professor of what he calls choreographics at Brown University, where his students approach dance in a way that is heavily computational. … By the end of the 20th century, motion capture, wearable tech and virtual reality had arrived on the scene. Then came A.I.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Brown University, Dance, 11.05.20, Sydney Skybetter

George Condo: 'Change can’t just be an idea or a slogan – it has to get real'

The artist, who worked with Warhol, befriended Basquiat and painted for Kanye, talks about making art during a tumultuous year and why he left New York CityNew York City artist George Condo has become New York state artist George Condo, a surprising move for someone so intensely intertwined with the city’s culture. The Hamptons is his new normal, after he ditched Manhattan in March.Not that he is keeping track of time. “The month of May soon turned into August, which then turned into November,” ...
Tags: Art, New York, Painting, Culture, Art and design, Manhattan, Warhol, Kanye, Basquiat, Condo, George Condo, New York CityNew York City

Brevard Music Center – Marketing & Communications Manager

Brevard Music Center (BMC) is a summer institute and festival that trains over 500 high school and college-aged musicians each year and presents a ten-week public concert series throughout the summer. BMC is seeking a full-time Marketing & Communications Manager to coordinate marketing and public relations efforts across all departments and media. General Summary: Responsible for developing, implementing, and executing strategic marketing and public relations efforts across all media. Goals ...
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Lucas Museum of Narrative Art seeks Chief Strategy and Administration Officer

Reporting to the Director/CEO, the CSAO will work with Trustees, other senior leadership, and varied teams across the museum to develop and implement strategy, DEIAB, and people-centered policies and practices for a first-of-its-kind museum being built in Los Angeles. COMPANY DESCRIPTIONFounded by philanthropist and filmmaker George Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO and President of Ariel Investments, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (Lucas Museum) will inspire current and future g...
Tags: Art, Jobs, Los Angeles, George Lucas, Cross, Executive Management Team, Mellody Hobson, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Lucas Museum, Executive Team, Ma Yansong, CSAO, People Strategy Lead, Public Programs and Social Impact, Board Committees Developing, Phil DeBoerPrincipal

Alan Pierson On Rehearsing New Music With Conventional Orchestras Vs. Specialists

“You have to listen. It’s not just about following me, you have to know how what you’re doing relates to what other people are doing. Have your ears out. … Another [issue] is time: With a group like Alarm Will Sound, it’s in everyone’s DNA that the default is: We’re going to play in a steady pulse. … That’s not necessarily the ground that people walk on in the orchestral world.” – Van
Tags: Art, Music, Alan Pierson, 11.03.20

Betty Dodson, Evangelist Of Female Sexual Pleasure, Dead At 91

An artist who turned to leading workshops and writing when her art career faltered, “[she] taught generations of women how to masturbate in workshops, books and videos, seeing the do-it-yourself climax as a liberating social force.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Betty Dodson, 11.03.20

A Brief History Of The Ballpoint Pen (It’s Older Than You Think)

“Its evolution is, in many ways, an example of a game-changing design waiting until outside factors – in this case the rise of plastics and mass-production infrastructure, and a brilliant marketeer – allowed it to achieve its full potential.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Words, 10.29.20

What The American Election Means For The Art Market

“What’s the difference between the government bond that pays 0% and a Rothko painting that pays 0%? They’re both things that have some kind of value and they can go up in value over time or down in value over time. And you’re not going to be able to live off either of them, but at least the Rothko makes you feel cultured.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Visual, Rothko, 11.05.20

For Sale: the Only John Lautner-Designed House in Alaska

This 6,165-square-foot structure has all of the features you’d expect from a house designed by renowned midcentury architect John Lautner: profuse amounts of wood, unusual forms and angles, dramatic design —  except, of course, for the fact that it’s located more than 3,000 miles north of his usual Californian haunts, in the blustery Alaskan city […]
Tags: Design, Alaska, John Lautner, More Dirt, Real Estate Listings, John Lautner Designed House

Where Was Commercial Radio In Britain Born? In Biscuit Factories

Back in 1970, the United Biscuits Network was created for workers mass-producing Jaffa Cakes and McVitie’s Digestives who had gotten fed up with the Muzak bosses piped to the factory floor. With daring programming inspired by the pirate radio stations that used to broadcast from ships offshore, UBN was the first legal non-BBC radio in the UK and the first to operate 24 hours a day. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, UK, Media, BBC Radio, McVitie, Jaffa Cakes, United Biscuits Network, UBN, 11.05.20, Britain Born

Sinkholes Threaten To Swallow Historic Churches In Naples

No, not the city in Florida, America’s sinkhole hub. “Many of the historic cathedrals, churches and chapels of Naples, Italy are at risk of vanishing into the earth, according to new research published in the Journal of Cultural Heritage. … Nine [churches] are built over subterranean cavities, on ground affected by ‘ongoing deformation’, making these areas highly susceptible to sudden collapse … [while] a further 57 places of worship lie above ‘potential future cavity collapses’.” – The Art New...
Tags: Art, Naples, Visual, Naples Italy, Florida America, 11.05.20

French Senate Approves Return Of Artworks To Benin And Senegal

The legislation, required for museums to release the items and ratified unanimously by the senators, concerns 26 statues in the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris that were taken from Benin by French soldiers in 1892 as well as a ceremonial sword that came from Senegal and is currently on loan to a museum there. – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Senate, Senegal, Paris, Benin, Visual, Musée du quai Branly, 11.05.20

For Arts Workers In Europe, This Second COVID Lockdown Feels Different

“To understand how people are feeling about the situation, we spoke to six cultural figures, including an Italian opera star, a renowned Parisian bookseller and the head of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Here are edited excerpts from those conversations.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Europe, London, Victoria, Issues, 11.05.20, Albert Museum Here

SOTD 6.11.2020

Perfume PosseSOTD 6.11.2020 A SOTD (Scent Of The Day) thread is a really good conversation generator. The idea is you’ll chime in through the week with whatever scent you are wearing. You don’t need to be super knowledgable, have high faluting tastes or… Continue Reading → Perfume PosseSOTD 6.11.2020
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