How Distrust Of Science Grew In America

“As the 2020s dawn, it is crucial to understand the sources and contours of this skepticism toward science and scientists. We stand on the brink of revolutions in fields from biotechnology to robotics to computing, even as global warming accelerates. As a result, arguments over science underlie some of our most divisive and consequential policy debates.” – Boston Review
Tags: Art, America, Ideas, 12.08.20

Legislation For A New Federal Writers Project?

David Kipen started lobbying for a new Writers’ Project in opinion columns and letters to lawmakers. One US congressman—Rep. Ted Lieu, a California Democrat—wrote back to Kipen expressing interest in the idea, and now hopes to introduce a bill in the next Congress. The timing and exact details of the bill have yet to be finalized, but Lieu’s office says that a new project could be anchored within the Department of Labor or a cultural agency, and run as a grant program administered through exist...
Tags: Art, Congress, California, Uncategorized, US, Department of Labor, Ted Lieu, Kipen, David Kipen, 12.22.20

Auction Houses Surprised How Well Their Business Went Online

“Despite the technological challenges, Europe’s leading auction houses say they have weathered the crisis well as customers adapted quickly, in some cases making online purchases in the millions for art they had only viewed virtually.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Europe, Visual, 12.22.20

15 Objects That Symbolized 2020

Some of these objects are troubling, a few are ridiculous, many are ambiguous (though some, to be sure, are delightful). These are the objects that caused us to see the world in a new way this year — or the objects that this singular year forced us to consider anew. – Medium
Tags: Art, Ideas, 12.21.20

A workshop in Spain is using 3D-printing tech to make 'fake' versions of ancient masterpieces

A workshop in Spain uses 3D-printing technology to recreate priceless works of art.The digital techniques are giving new life to old masterpieces by repairing damage, rejuvenating long-lost color, and even piecing back together broken fragments.Some critics have accused the workshop, Factum Arte, of forgery, but the founder maintains the works are simply highly faithful facsimiles of the originals.View more episodes of Business Insider Today on Facebook. Adam Lowe saunters between the works of c...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Video, News, Saudi Arabia, Trends, Spain, 3d Printing, Paris, Brazil, Finland, Art Restoration, Venice, Madrid, Arctic Circle, Palermo

Trump Threatens To Veto COVID Funding If Funding For Cultural Institutions Isn’t Removed

He “reeled off items he deemed to be egregious, including foreign aid and wildlife research. Prominently featured on his list was “$40 million for the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, which is not even open for business; $1 billion for the Smithsonian, and an additional $154 million for the National Gallery of Art—likewise, these facilities are not open.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Washington Dc, Smithsonian, Kennedy Center, Issues, 12.22.20

Conan Doyle Estate Settles In Enola Holmes Copyright Case

“The Enola Holmes case hinged on Sherlock Holmes’ complicated copyright status. Most Holmes stories sit in the public domain, and stories like Enola Holmes — which reimagines Holmes (played by Henry Cavill) having a younger sister — can freely repurpose their elements. But 10 of Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories are still protected by copyright, and the Doyle estate argued that they depict a meaningfully different version of the character.” – The Verge
Tags: Art, Media, Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry Cavill, Holmes, Doyle, 12.22.20

How The Vienna Philharmonic Has Pushed Through The Pandemic

They went on a tour of Japan last month; since they got home, they’ve started a Bruckner symphony cycle under Christian Thielemann and played Strauss and Webern program under Zubin Mehta. Chairman Daniel Froschauer and general manager Michael Bladerer talk with a reporter about the orchestra’s commitment to playing together live and why it’s important. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Japan, Audience, Strauss, Zubin Mehta, Webern, Christian Thielemann, Daniel Froschauer, 12.23.20, Michael Bladerer

Tutus: A Brief History

“What is the history of this strange protruding skirt which allegedly gets its name from the French children’s word cucu, meaning ‘bottom’? Pointe took a look back at some important moments in innovation,” from Marie Taglioni’s bell-shaped skirt in the 1832 premiere of La Sylphide to the ten-foot-wide social-distancing tutu that the Dutch National Ballet developed this year. – Pointe Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, Pointe, La Sylphide, Dutch National Ballet, 12.22.20, Marie Taglioni

A James Baldwin Music Playlist

Ikechúkwú Onyewuenyi, a curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, hopes to rouse a new generation of writers with “Chez Baldwin,” a 478-track, 32-hour-long Spotify playlist based on Baldwin’s vinyl record collection. – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Music, Los Angeles, James Baldwin, Baldwin, Hammer Museum, 12.22.20, Chez Baldwin

Home startup Parachute sells more than sheets and towels - you can buy its handwoven, responsibly made rugs starting at $89

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Parachute Online home startup Parachute has expanded past its roots as a luxury sheets company with products ranging from bath to baby care, and now, to rugs.They're handwoven in Panipat, India, renowned for its mastery of textiles and craftsmanship. Each rug takes a few weeks to make and is made without chemicals or synthetic materials, resulting in an eco-friendly piece you can keep in your home ...
Tags: Reviews, Home, Home Decor, Trends, Startup, Bedroom, Home Office, Interior Design, Connie Chen, Insider Picks 2020, Home (Reviews, IP Roundup, Panipat India

New “Wonder Woman” Flops At the International Box Office

After months of delays, “Wonder Woman 1984” finally hit theaters over the weekend in 32 international markets. But the movie floundered at the box office. The Warner Bros. sequel earned just $38.5 million internationally over the weekend ahead of its debut in the US on Friday, when it will play in theaters and stream on HBO Max simultaneously. – Business Insider
Tags: Art, Hbo, Media, US, Warner Bros, Audience, International Box Office, 12.21.20

Fast-Rising Artist Sven Sachsalber Dead At 33

“[He] developed a rich, singular voice and worked across media, bouncing seamlessly through performance, video, book projects, and paintings. This past year was a breakout moment for the artist.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, People, 12.21.20

Music As Advocacy Storytelling

“The way Ian Urbina tells it, musicians and journalists are both storytellers — one using sound, the other leveraging words. That kindred connection is part of what led the 48-year-old to launch, about a year ago, his venture The Outlaw Ocean Music Project. As of early November 2020, over 400 musicians from more than 60 countries have translated his stories into music that is heard by millions globally on more than 200 music streaming platforms, including Spotify and Pandora, according to Urbin...
Tags: Art, Spotify, Music, Pandora, Ian Urbina, 12.17.20, Outlaw Ocean Music Project

Dürer May Not Really Have Written That Famous Lament On Martin Luther’s Arrest

“Considered one of Dürer’s best-known writings, the Lament on Luther could instead have been the work of a contemporary monk that was slipped into the artist’s diary, possibly for political reasons, according to what the National Gallery describes as ‘very convincing evidence’.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Words, National Gallery, Martin Luther, 12.23.20

How Hollywood Negotiated The Pandemic, Studio By Studio

“One studio’s delayed theatrical title became another studio’s new original streaming film. While some focused on remounting pipeline productions, others fast-tracked new productions that allowed for contained stories with minimal casts. Big-ticket packages were purchased with the hope of a future return to theaters and franchise films rejiggered to allow for back-to-back production of installments. Ahead of 2021, The Hollywood Reporter takes a closer look at how each studio’s film division is ...
Tags: Art, Media, 12.22.20

What I Learned From Spending 2020 Working, Learning, And Entertaining On The Same Screen

Alissa Wilkinson: “In a strange, unexpected way, this year made me appreciate the richness of experience we’ve normally enjoyed both offscreen and on and, along with it, the importance of context in those experiences. Reality seemed to collapse because the context for everything was the same: a brightly lit rectangle in my house.” – Vox
Tags: Art, Issues, Alissa Wilkinson, 12.22.20

What Drama Teachers Can Still Teach Over Zoom

William Church, director of theatre at Interlochen Center for the Arts, writes about the perhaps-unexpected opportunities and opportunities that online-only pedagogy offered in this year of quarantine and social distancing. – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Theatre, Interlochen Center for the Arts, William Church, 12.21.20

For First Time, Ruins From Era Of Jesus Found At Garden Of Gethsemane

“Archaeological excavations by the Antiquities Authority ahead of construction unearthed a 2000-year-old ritual bath near the modern church at Gethsemane, together with the remains of a church from the Byzantine period (ca. 1500 years ago).” – The Jerusalem Post
Tags: Art, Visual, Antiquities Authority, Gethsemane, Garden of Gethsemane, 12.21.20

For First Time, Ruins From Time Of Jesus Found At Garden Of Gethsemane

“Archaeological excavations by the Antiquities Authority ahead of construction unearthed a 2000-year-old ritual bath near the modern church at Gethsemane, together with the remains of a church from the Byzantine period (ca. 1500 years ago).” – The Jerusalem Post
Tags: Art, Visual, Antiquities Authority, Gethsemane, 12.21.20

New Device Beams Music Directly To Your Ears Without Headphones

The technology uses a 3-D sensing module and locates and tracks the ear position sending audio via ultrasonic waves to create sound pockets by the user’s ears. Sound can be heard in stereo or a spatial 3-D mode that creates 360-degree sound around the listener, the company said. – Times of Israel
Tags: Art, Music, 11.13.20

Christian Lawyers’ Group Sues Director Of Madrid’s Reina Sofia Museum For Blasphemy

Last week the institution opened a major retrospective of the iconoclastic Argentine artist León Ferrari, whose work often riffs subversively on Christian imagery. Within a few days, the Asociación Española de Abogados Cristianos filed a legal action against Manuel Borja-Villel, the museum’s director, arguing that the show “insult[s] Jesus” and “mocks the Gospel.” – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Jesus, Visual, 12.22.20, Christian Lawyers ' Group Sues Director Of Madrid, Reina Sofia Museum For Blasphemy, León Ferrari, Asociación Española de Abogados Cristianos, Manuel Borja Villel

Gender-Neutral -e Ending In Spanish Is Starting To Catch On (Except At The Royal Spanish Academy)

‘Latinx” may seem ungainly in English, but it’s very awkward in Spanish. But use of latine as an alternative to latino/a, a formulation which started in Argentina (where even some universities, politicians and judges have started using it), is spreading among young people in Latin America and Spain, as is the -e ending more generally. Yet the Real Academia Española, the official arbiter of the language of Cervantes, will have nothing to do with it. That may not matter so much: as one Ecuadorian...
Tags: Art, Spain, Argentina, Words, Latin America, Cervantes, Royal Spanish Academy, 12.21.20

This New Company Of Men Dancing On Pointe Is Not Like The Trocks

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, as skillful as its members are, basically performs affectionate parodies of classical ballet, and the dancers all have drag names (including the ones taking male roles). The men in the new San Francisco troupe Ballet22 may sometimes wear tutus, but they dance as themselves and the choreography is serious. – San Francisco Chronicle
Tags: Art, San Francisco, Dance, Trocks, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, 12.17.20

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