How War And Progress Are Linked

This skeptical, Hobbesian view of human nature, in which war is an “integral part of human experience,” may be unflattering to our species, but it at least keeps us on our toes. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Issues, 11.14.20

Hollywood Regency Is That Glamorous Style You’ve Been Trying to Pinpoint

You’ve noticed it for years now: that style that mixes leopard print with glitzy chandeliers, mirrored finishes with curved velvet couches. It’s simultaneously Old World Hollywood and yet still of-the-moment, but you just haven’t been able to put your finger on what it is, exactly. Well, we’re here to tell you that you’ve been drooling […]
Tags: Design, Interior Design, Hollywood Regency, More Dirt

Why Our Brains Are Built To Forget

“We remember and we forget. Lots of people know that marijuana makes us forget, and researchers in the sixties and seventies wanted to understand how. They discovered that the human brain has special receptors that perfectly fit psychoactive chemicals like THC, the active agent in cannabis. But why, they wondered, would we have neuroreceptors for a foreign substance? We don’t. Those receptors are for substances produced in our own brains.” – Paris Review
Tags: Art, Ideas, Paris, 11.16.20

Produce Theatre? In A Pandemic? In Finland? Of Course – It’s “Essential”

“I shouldn’t have been so surprised. Art has played a major role in bringing this once poor and isolated country into the international arena, and the government subsidizes culture in a big way. That’s why artists continue to be employed — and why, even though socially distanced performances will never cover their costs, companies in Finland are putting them on, secure in the knowledge they have a financial cushion.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Finland, 11.18.20

How Linguistics And Evolution Are Joined

Linguists today aim to apply methods from other sciences to messy social phenomena. But the influence once ran the other way, with discoveries in linguistic history leaving a mark on evolutionary theory. – The Economist
Tags: Art, Words, 11.14.20

Report: Brexit Will Isolate UK Cultural Institutions For Two Years

Dr Charlotte Faucher, who oversaw the research, said the fear was that a lack of clarity on insurance, visas and travel restrictions, paired with potential complications caused by the global pandemic, would make European collaborations too risky. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Issues, 11.17.20, Charlotte Faucher

An Oral History Of Alex Trebek

“We talked to nearly 30 [Jeopardy!] contestants [from] over the past four decades — ranging from a player in the first episode to one whose winning moment went viral just earlier this month — about how Trebek became America’s most beloved game-show host.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, America, People, Alex Trebek, Trebek, 11.16.20

Donald Byrd On Making A Career As A Choreographer

“I think that caused me to be really clear for myself about why I was doing what I was doing. I could not take into consideration how people would respond. That included funders and audiences. Part of the risk, then, is that maybe nobody will show up. But when I tried to make things that I thought would please people, I thought those pieces were disasters.” – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Donald Byrd, 11.16.20

Dept. Of Who-Thought-Of-This?: Spike Lee Is Making A Movie Musical About Viagra

The screenplay is by Lee and Kwame Kwei-Armah, artistic director of London’s Young Vic theatre; the songs will be by Heidi Rodewald and Stew, who won a Tony and three Drama Desk Awards for Passing Strange; the project is based on an article in Esquire, “All Rise: The Untold Story of The Guys Who Launched Viagra” by David Kushner. There’s no title yet, but oh, the possibilities … – Deadline
Tags: Art, London, Media, Spike Lee, Lee, Tony, Vic, Kwame Kwei Armah, Heidi Rodewald, David Kushner, 11.17.20

How The Personal Productivity Revolution Backfired

The knowledge sector’s insistence that productivity is a personal issue seems to have created a so-called “tragedy of the commons” scenario, in which individuals making reasonable decisions for themselves insure a negative group outcome. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Ideas, 11.16.20

Report: Virtual Art Fairs Have Been A Failure

Given the extraordinary volume of resources dealers poured into online sales platforms, and the attention the web has garnered across the industry, the anemic returns on art e-commerce are all the more distressing. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.17.20

Creating A Museum Of Historical Smells

“Scientists, historians and experts in artificial intelligence across the UK and Europe have announced they are teaming up for a €2.8m project labelled ‘Odeuropa’ to identify and even recreate the aromas that would have assailed noses between the 16th and early 20th centuries.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Europe, UK, Issues, 11.17.20, Museum Of Historical Smells, Odeuropa

700 Pages, 120 Characters, One Actor Reading The Audiobook

“Around 90% of [William Gaddis’s] JR is in unattributed dialogue, with only dashes and ellipses to indicate when a character starts and stops speaking or, more accurately, is interrupted. [The novel] is a teeming operatic racket, an anarchic satire of US capitalism where the flailing voices of more than 120 characters – plus snatches of adverts, news bulletins and TV broadcasts – bellow over one other.” Actor Nick Sullivan’s 37-hour reading of JR has attracted a fanbase in the nine years since ...
Tags: Art, US, Words, William Gaddis, Nick Sullivan, 11.17.20

Report: Thousands Of American Museums Could Close For Good

The average museum has lost $850,000 to date, though the figure is much higher for large institutions. The Museum of Fine Art, Boston expected a $14 million loss through July alone, and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has projected a $150 million shortfall. – Artnet
Tags: Art, New York, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Visual, 11.18.20, The Museum of Fine Art Boston

Sydney Production Of ‘Hedwig And The Angry Inch’ Called Off After Trans People Protest Casting Of Queer Cis Male

The musical, which was to be one of the centerpieces of the Sydney Festival in January, was postponed and withdrawn from the festival by the producer after a trans non-binary actor launched a social media campaign saying the casting of Hugh Sheridan in the title role “is offensive and damaging to the trans community.” (John Cameron Mitchell, who created and co-wrote the show and originated the part, has said that Hedwig is not a trans character and can be played by anyone.) – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Theatre, Sydney, John Cameron Mitchell, Hugh Sheridan, 11.18.20

Discover the Cyanometer, the Device Invented in 1789 Just to Measure the Blueness of the Sky

English astronomer and physicist James Jeans’ 1931 essay “ ” has become a classic of concise expository writing since it was first published in a series of talks. In only four paragraphs and one strikingly detailed, yet simple analogy, Jeans gave millions of students a grasp of celestial blueness in prose that does not substitute nature’s poetry for scientific jargon and diagrams. Over a hundred years earlier, another scientist created a similarly poetic device; in this case, one which attempte...
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The ‘School of Embodiment’: This Is How To Do Good Sex Writing

“[Garth Greenwell] is, a practitioner, with [Lidia] Yuknavitch and a few others, of what we might call the School of Embodiment: a kind of close tracking of sensation and response that we typically assign to poets or sensory neurologists. This doesn’t mean that work by these writers is stylistically similar, only that it seeks meaning in and through the body.” – The Point
Tags: Art, Words, Garth Greenwell, 11.09.20, Lidia -RSB- Yuknavitch

James Conlon To Fill In At Baltimore Symphony After Marin Alsop’s Departure

Conlon — music director of Los Angeles Opera since 2006 and previously music director or principal conductor of the Paris Opera, the Cincinnati May Festival, the Ravinia Festival, the RAI National Symphony Orchestra in Turin, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and the city of Cologne in Germany — will become the Baltimore Symphony’s Artistic Adviser in September of 2021, when Alsop ends her 14-year tenure as music director. Conlon will not be a candidate for the permanent music director post. – Baltim...
Tags: Art, Music, Germany, Cologne, Paris, Baltimore, Turin, Cincinnati, Marin Alsop, Conlon, Alsop, Los Angeles Opera, Baltimore Symphony, James Conlon, Rotterdam Philharmonic, 11.18.20

Michael Riedel’s Broadway History

Reading Michael Riedel has long been mandatory for theater insiders. They may complain about his journalistic practices, his tendency to sensationalize and distort, his refusal to let a fair review of the facts get in the way of a good scoop, his speculative and often erroneous conclusions. But his copy is sinfully entertaining, full of dish and drama and delivered with the wicked wit Broadway pros can’t help but admire. – Los Angeles
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway, Michael Riedel, 11.17.20

Yikes, What A Time To Be Taking Over The Paris Opera

“There should have been no better time to start than this, the company’s 350th anniversary, which was to have culminated this fall with a splashy new production of Wagner’s epic Ring cycle. Instead, [Alexander] Neef … walked straight into an annus horribilis.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Alexander, Wagner, Paris Opera, Neef, 11.18.20

Three Suspects Arrested In $1.2 Billion Dresden Jewel Theft

A team of roughly 1,600 police officers raided 18 buildings in Berlin and arrested three suspects from a notorious crime family, the Remmo clan, in connection with the robbery of historic jewels from the Green Vault museum in Dresden last November. – Yahoo! (AFP)
Tags: Art, Berlin, Dresden, Visual, Green Vault, 11.17.20

Theater At Jacob’s Pillow Burns Down

“‘It looked like what a bomb must look like when it goes off,’ said Pamela Tatge, the executive and artistic director of [the summer dance mecca], who saw the damage [to the Doris Duke Theater] firsthand. ‘It was just a pile of steel and wood. There’s amazingly one wall and one staircase that remained.'” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Jacob, Pamela Tatge, 11.17.20, Doris Duke Theater

For The First Time, An NBA Team Engages A Blue-Chip Artist As Creative Director

“In an unprecedented move, multi-hyphenate artist Daniel Arsham will become the creative director of the Cleveland Cavaliers. … His mandate will ultimately include everything from the imagery on the team’s jerseys and home court, to key aspects of its social-media presence, to collaborative initiatives with Cleveland-based artists and other [local] organizations.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland, Visual, Daniel Arsham, 11.17.20, First Time An NBA

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