An Emerging “Museum of The Future”?

A long period of relative peace, prosperity, and globalisation after the Cold War had lulled the museum field into complacency not only about its financial viability, but also about its relevance and credibility. The Covid-19 crisis—which coincided with a painful reckoning with the intertwined legacies of colonialism and racial injustice—has accelerated a push to adapt and innovate, in six principal ways. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Visual, 11.30.20

Objections To Giant Publishing Mega-Merger

In a statement on Wednesday, the Authors Guild laid out its opposition to the proposed deal. The sale “would mean that the combined publishing house would account for approximately 50% of all trade books published, creating a huge imbalance in the U.S. publishing industry,” the Guild said. – Publishers Weekly
Tags: Art, Words, Guild, Authors Guild, 11.30.20, Giant Publishing Mega Merger

Magazine Slammed For Performance Of Audio Narration

“The first line identifies the writer as a “southern Black woman who stands in the long shadow of the Civil Rights Movement.” The essay itself appeared in Fireside on Nov. 24 and an audio version was published alongside it. Despite the topic and its author, the person who narrated the audio recording was a young, White male voice actor who spoke in an accent that listeners interpreted as something that would appear in a minstrel show.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Words, Civil rights movement, White, 11.28.20

How Pittsburgh’s Arts Groups Adapted To COVID

“It’s bringing up the inequities that exist for folks who don’t have access to a laptop or all these technical tools or even technical literacy. For others in this time, it’s actually kind of equalized the stage. You just turn on your phone and there’s your stage.” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Tags: Art, Issues, Pittsburgh, 11.29.20

The Science Behind Gratitude

There is a strong correlation between gratitude and well-being. Researchers have found that individuals who report feeling and expressing gratitude more report a greater level of positive emotions such as happiness, optimism, and joy. At the same time, they have a lower level of negative emotions such as anger, distress, depression, and shame. They also report a higher level of life satisfaction. – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Ideas, 11.26.20

Cirque du Soleil Sells Itself To Creditors

As part of the transaction, former MGM Resorts International chief executive Jim Murren and Catalyst Capital managing director Gabriel de Alba were named as co-chairmen of the company’s board of directors. – CBC
Tags: Art, Theatre, MGM Resorts International, Jim Murren, Catalyst Capital, Gabriel de Alba, 11.25.20

America’s First Science-Fiction Novel Is Now 200 Years Old — But Who Wrote It?

Symzonia; Voyage of Discovery, published in 1820, follows a ship-captain/seal hunter to the South Pole (still undiscovered at the time), where there’s a portal to the interior of Earth (which is hollow), where lives a different race of beings. It’s a satire of colonialism and American self-regard, though a few newspaper writers at the time thought the book was non-fiction. But Symzonia was published anonymously — and here Paul Collins, with the help of JGAAP software, works out who the likely a...
Tags: Art, America, Earth, Words, Paul Collins, 11.28.20, Voyage of Discovery, Symzonia

London’s National Theatre Launches New Theatre Streaming Service

There will be two strands to the service: productions from National Theatre Live that were broadcast to cinemas; and a selection of plays from the NT’s archive being released online for the first time. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, London, Theatre, 11.30.20

Camilla Wicks, One Of World’s Leading Violinists In 1940s and ’50s, Dead At 92

She performed her first Mozart concert at age 7, debuted at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic at 18, and played the Sibelius concerto for the composert himself, who called her performance the best he’d heard. Her fame faded after she retired to raise five children, yet, wrote Henry Fogel in 2015, “Her technique is as close to flawless as humans get, and her intelligence and interpretive breadth are clearly those of a major artist.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Carnegie Hall, New York Philharmonic, Sibelius, 11.27.20, Camilla Wicks, Henry Fogel

‘Black Magic’ — Voguers Will Loom Over Times Square At Midnight

“Just before midnight every evening in December, some 70 digital billboards encircling the gaudy canyon of Times Square will be co-opted for three minutes by slow-motion images of Black voguers, performing dances of resistance, resilience and liberation. The video installation is the work of the multidisciplinary artist Rashaad Newsome, who has remixed footage from live performances of his 2019 piece Black Magic.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Times Square, Rashaad Newsome, 11.29.20

Why Do Rich Companies Sponsor Lit Prizes In Which They Get Criticized?

Why do the rich and powerful pay for this to happen? Do they not know that they are sponsoring people who are critical of the very structures and processes that enable their own wealth and power? Why help artists, writers, filmmakers gain new audiences? Why give them prizes? –Scroll In
Tags: Art, Words, 11.20.20

An Operatic Countertenor Is Now A Top Contender On ‘The Voice’

John Holiday, 35 and from metro Houston, “has long sung jazz as well as opera, and crossover success was in his sights even before the pandemic hit. He’s sung at the Apollo Theater, opened for Jason Mraz and told The New Yorker that gospel music and Cardi B influence his classical singing. His dream: perform to a sold-out Metropolitan Opera house one week and a sold-out Madison Square Garden the next.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Music, Houston, Voice, Madison Square Garden, Metropolitan Opera House, Cardi, Apollo Theater, Jason Mraz, John Holiday, 11.30.20

Bullet Point Alternatives

At Ethos3, we love to see a company represented well by their slide deck. Bullet points are an easy way to break apart content and make it digestable for the reader to understand. However, let’s be honest. Traditional bullet points aren’t sexy. When we approach a slide that would traditionally have bullet points, we find a way to make them interesting. Rather than using simple solid dots, open dots, or checkmarks, here are some strategies we have for bullet point alternatives that can add intere...
Tags: Design, Bullets, Presentation, Layouts, Speaking, Presentation Hacks, Presentation Design, Bullet Points, Bullet, Bulletpoints, Break-out, Build-up, Bulleted List, Death By Powerpoint

Canadian Opera Company Hires A New Leader

Over the course of his 36-year career, Perryn Leech has worked with the English National Opera, the Edinburgh International Festival, and the Glyndebourne Festival, and most recently as Managing Director of Houston Grand Opera (HGO). He first joined the HGO in 2007 and was later appointed Managing Director in 2011. – Ludwig Van
Tags: Art, Music, Houston Grand Opera, HGO, Perryn Leech, 11.30.20, Canadian Opera Company Hires

Here’s A Very Rare Thing: A Black Male Harpist Skilled In Both Classical And Jazz

A 26-year-old Bostonian, originally from Virginia, Charles Overton “wants to be both the Yo-Yo Ma and Herbie Hancock of the harp.” (Might one say he is pushing the Overton Window?) – Ozy
Tags: Art, Music, Virginia, Herbie Hancock, Overton Window, Yo Yo Ma, 11.09.20, Charles Overton

What Scientists Learned From Analyzing 24,000 Chess Matches

Over the last century or so, chess players, the study shows, have been getting better as well as younger. This parallels the so-called Flynn effect in intelligence, or a notable rise in raw cognitive scores. “Performance increased steadily over the course of the twentieth century,” the researchers write, “but the data also reveal a steepening of the performance increase during the 1990s.” – Nautilus
Tags: Art, Ideas, Flynn, 11.20.20

Russian museum director who exposed Soviets to hidden masterpieces dies at 98

Irina Antonova, head of Pushkin Museum for 52 years, brought Mona Lisa to Moscow despite cold warA longtime museum director dubbed the grande dame of the Russian art world has died at 98, prompting an outpouring of grief and admiration for the woman who brought the Mona Lisa to Moscow and returned masterpieces hidden for decades from the Soviet public to her museum’s exhibition halls.Irina Antonova, whose work at the Pushkin Museum began under Joseph Stalin and ended under Vladimir Putin, died o...
Tags: Art, Vladimir Putin, Russia, World news, Art and design, Moscow, Joseph Stalin, Mona Lisa, Pushkin Museum, Coronavirus, Irina Antonova

As United Citizens Brigade Falters, Alums Found New Improv Theater

“Per the theater’s mission statement on its website, the Squirrel’s goal is to become ‘New York’s premier destination for sketch and improv comedy, …” The guiding principles of the theater will be ‘community, representation, transparency, and equality,’ and the website notes that equality will begin with the theater ‘financially compensating its artists'” — a years-long matter of controversy at UCB. – Vulture
Tags: Art, New York, Theatre, Squirrel, 11.30.20

At A Crossroads, Second City Names New Creative Boss

Almost six months after co-owner Andrew Alexander left the company after accusations of , Jon Carr has been named to succeed him as executive producer. A longtime playwright and performer in Atlanta, Carr currently heads Dad’s Garage Theater in that city. He will oversee all creative matters at Second City’s theaters in Chicago, Toronto, and Los Angeles — but, with the company up for sale, he may or may not be there long. – Chicago Tribune
Tags: Art, Theatre, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Second City, Carr, Chicago Toronto, Andrew Alexander, 11.25.20, Jon Carr

Disney Is Teaching Robots How to Sculpt With Clay

Robots might have already taken over industries like manufacturing, but when it comes to more creative endeavors, like the arts, humans still hold a strong lead. But for how long? Disney’s researchers have created a system that allows human artists to teach aspiring robotic Michelangelos how to sculpt clay using tools…Read more...
Tags: Art, Science, Disney, Research, Robots, Disney Research, Eth Zurich, Sculpting

The Prom review – is Ryan Murphy's musical the first film of the Biden era?

Taste the treacle as Nicole Kidman’s Broadway liberals rebuke a rural high school – and learn a few things about themselvesLike High School Musical on some sort of absinthe/Xanax cocktail, The Prom is an outrageous work of steroidal show tune madness, directed by the dark master himself, Ryan “Glee” Murphy, who is to jazz-hands musical theatre what Nancy Meyers is to upscale romcom or Friedrich Nietzsche to classical philology.Meryl Streep and James Corden play Dee Dee Allen and Barry Glickman, ...
Tags: Musicals, Kerry Washington, Film, Theatre, Indiana, Culture, Nicole Kidman, Television & radio, Meryl Streep, Stage, Broadway, Biden, James Corden, Barry, Ryan Murphy, Elisabeth Moss

€2.1 Billion-With-A-B: Germany’s Culture Budget For 2021

It’s the federal government’s largest-ever package for supporting the arts, €155 million more than for this year, at a time of unprecedented need as the resurgent pandemic wipes out earned income. Among the notable line items is €85 million for renovating Wagner’s opera house at Bayreuth. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Germany, Issues, Wagner, 11.30.20

BBC Requires Inclusion Rider For All New Commissions

Effective Immediately, “twenty percent of all on-screen talent and production teams must come from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background; have a lived experience of a disability; or be from a low-income background.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Media, Bbc, 11.30.20

Hegra, Petra’s Sister City And Saudi Arabia’s First Secular Tourist Attraction, Is Now Open For Business

“Once a thriving international trade hub, the archeological site of Hegra (also known as Mada’in Saleh) has been left practically undisturbed for almost 2,000 years. … Hegra was the second city of the Nabataean kingdom, but Hegra does much more than simply play second fiddle to Petra: it could hold the key to unlocking the secrets of an almost-forgotten ancient civilization.” – Smithsonian Magazine
Tags: Art, Petra, Visual, Saleh, Mada, Hegra, 11.23.20, Hegra Petra, Sister City And Saudi Arabia, Nabataean kingdom

COVID May Have Changed Arts Criticism For Good — And For The Better

Philip Kennicott: “Freed from the obligation of keeping up with a regular calendar of exhibition openings, or a concert schedule or a weekly march of theatrical premieres, critics have written more about the personal experience of art rather than the specific content of art in particular. … This more reflective, more personal [approach] may widen the audience for arts writing. Because critics deal with art on a daily basis, they sometimes fail to communicate something more fundamental: the dail...
Tags: Art, Issues, Philip Kennicott, 11.29.20

Hannibal Lecter striking the Sonic Adventure pose

Marcos Lopez (artstation) was struck by the "very simple question" of "What if NBC Hannibal did the Sonic Adventure pose?" Here is the outcome: Yesterday, I posed myself a question. A very simple question. And that question was: "What if NBC Hannibal did the Sonic Adventure pose?" — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Games, News, Hannibal Lecter, Sonic the Hedgehog, Marcos Lopez, NBC Hannibal

Salvador Dalí Gets Surreal with 1950s America: Watch His Appearances on What’s My Line? (1952) and The Mike Wallace Interview (1958) When was the last time you saw a Surrealist (or even just a surrealist) painter appear on national television? If such a figure did appear on national television today, for that matter, who would know? Perhaps surrealist painting does not, in our time, make the impact it once did, but nor does national television. So imagine what a spectacle it must have been in 1950s America, cradle of the “mass media” as we once knew them, when Salvador Dalí ...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Television, College, America, Cbs, Salvador Dalí, Dick Cavett, Seoul, Frank Lloyd Wright, Eleanor Roosevelt, Facebook Twitter, Wallace, Mike Wallace, Dali

'The Aids epidemic is not yet over': inside a project with a vital message

For World Aids Day, a new audio project will play important speeches and clips that catalogue the ongoing fight against HIV/Aids“Hey Hey! Ho Ho! Homophobia has got to go!”This was a chant from New York’s ACT-UP demonstration in 1989. Now the audio clip of this protest will echo throughout Greenwich Village in the coming month. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, New York, Culture, Art and design, Aids and HIV, Greenwich Village

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