2020’s Most Powerless People In The Art World

“Considering it’s 2020, it was especially tough to compile since most of us have felt powerless this year as a deadly virus ravaged our communities by forcing businesses to close, upending daily life, and resulting in the illness and death of millions of people.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Issues, 12.29.20

The (Largely Untapped) Potential Of Reaching People With Physical Disabilities

“There is simply a lack of awareness of the need and a misunderstanding of the public benefit that could result from reaching out to this population, not to mention the financial benefit that might be gleaned from this untapped market. But fiscal considerations aside, there is simply no good reason why a person with a physical disability must also be culturally disadvantaged.” – Equal Entry
Tags: Art, Issues, Audience, 12.29.20

Our Robot Overlords Have Learned To Dance… (Better Than I Can)

The video sees Boston Dynamics’ entire lineup of robots — the humanoid Atlas, the dog-shaped Spot, and the box-juggling Handle — all come together in a bopping, coordinated dance routine set to The Contours’ “Do You Love Me.” – The Verge
Tags: Art, Dance, Boston Dynamics, 12.29.20

What “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” Teaches Us About Copyright Failings

The composer of the catchy tune, South African Solomon Linda, died destitute in 1962. While US artists were at loggerheads over the lucrative melody, he had been in and out of hospitals and suffering from kidney failure. – BBC
Tags: Art, Music, US, Solomon Linda, 12.28.20

What Happens When Independent Machines Make Mistakes (And They Will)?

“Products and services that make decisions autonomously will also need to resolve ethical dilemmas—a requirement that raises additional risks and regulatory and product development challenges. Scholars have now begun to frame these challenges as problems of responsible algorithm design. They include the puzzle of how to automate moral reasoning.” – Harvard Business Review
Tags: Art, Ideas, 01.21

A Family At The Heart Of The Hawaiian Language Revival

Kekoa and Pelehonuamea Harman fell in love while undergraduates in the first class of the Hawaiian-medium degree program at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Now they’re part of a new generation of instructors teaching the language, and the associated culture, to young people across the state, leading to the first increase in the number of fluent Hawaiian speakers in generations. – Smithsonian Magazine
Tags: Art, Words, University of Hawaii, Hilo, December 2020, Kekoa, Pelehonuamea Harman

How The COVID Relief Bill Will Help Performing Arts Venues

“The bill gives priority to those who have lost at least 90% of their revenue between April and December 2019 and the same period this year; they can apply for funding in the first two weeks that grants become available. Second priority goes to those who have lost at least 70% of their revenue in the same period; they can apply in the second two weeks. Administrators can allocate up to 80% of the funds during those first four weeks; after that, anyone can apply. Individual grants are capped at ...
Tags: Art, Issues, 12.29.20

When Boys Were Kidnapped And Forced To Sing

The Master of the Choristers at England’s Chapel Royal had the legal right to travel the land in search of the most talented young men and take them away to London to sing at the monarch’s religious services. This was, of course, a situation ripe for abuse, and in the days of Elizabeth I, Master Nathaniel Giles would conscript boys for his pal Henry Evans’s acting company at the Blackfriars Theatre — or they’d split the bribes from parents desperate to keep their families together. Then, one da...
Tags: Art, Music, England, London, Chapel Royal, Henry Evans, 12.17.20, Elizabeth I Master Nathaniel Giles

Are Museums An Education Or An Experience?

“It has made me unexpectedly nostalgic for an idea of museums as spaces where the individual can go and explore on their own without being told what to think; spaces to contemplate works of art which express and demonstrate a different set of ideas and beliefs from the present. I don’t want constantly to be badgered and made to feel guilty that my ancestors have travelled the world collecting objects in order better to understand and interpret the world. I don’t necessarily regard the ideas and...
Tags: Art, Visual, 01.21

What’s The Word Of The Year For 2020? In The U.S. Art World, It’s ‘Deaccession’

As the pandemic forced American museums to close their doors and give up all earned income, the Association of Art Museum Directors agreed to temporarily relax its strict rule that museums may sell their art only to fund the purchase of other art. A number of deaccessions (as the practice is euphemized) promptly ensued, followed swiftly by arguments over them and the cancellation of a few (notably in Baltimore). Matt Stromberg looks back at the year’s battles. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Baltimore, Visual, Association of Art Museum Directors, Matt Stromberg, 12.29.20

First Step: Scott Cantrell Admits His CD Problem

The Dallas music critic has thousands of CDs accumulated over a long career. Of course he’s not going to give them up. Is it just habit, or is there something better about listening to music on plastic discs. Well, the first step in recovery is admitting you have a problem… – Dallas Morning News
Tags: Art, Music, Dallas, Scott Cantrell, 12.29.20

A prayer without words: The story of the wanderer

A tale of silence, an icon of human solitude in the face of the forces of nature, or perhaps a memento of the great artist? I come down from the mountains,The valley dims, the sea roars.I wander silently and am somewhat unhappy,And my sighs always ask "Where?"This is the lamenting of the Wanderer from a song composed by 19-year-old Franz Schubert to the words of G.P. Schmidt. The stranger looks for a spiritual home everywhere, but is condemned to wander forever. Schubert's music was composed in ...
Tags: Art, Music, History, Nature, Innovation, Philosophy, Mind, Jesus Christ, Franz Schubert, SCHMIDT, Schubert, Greifswald, Friedrich Schiller, Friedrich, Der Spiegel, John Updike

Lamenting A Brave Little Theater And Its Big Shakespeare Cycle, Both Killed By COVID

Over the course of this year and next, Brave Spirits Theater in Alexandria, Va. was going to be “first professional American theater company to mount full productions of Shakespeare’s two history play tetralogies” — that’s Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 and Henry V, then Henry VI Parts 1, 2, and 3 and Richard III — “and perform them in repertory.” Maya Phillips was going to report on it all; as she begins her account, “I’ve written several versions of this story. …” – The New York Times ...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Shakespeare, Richard, Richard III, Henry V, Alexandria Va, COVID, Maya Phillips, 12.29.20, Henry VI Parts

Could The Arts Help Unify Our Fractures?

“In European nations, “save our cultural institutions” is widely regarded as a necessary cause. In the United States, the same cry is not heard. What is going on? Were the arts always a negligible component of the New World experience, insufficiently cultivated? Or did they become negligible? Are we as a nation simply too young to dig deep expressive roots? Too diverse? Too much crippled by our original sins of slavery and the Indian Wars?” – American Purpose
Tags: Art, Ideas, United States, 12.21.20

Evan Hopkins Turner, Former Director Of Philadelphia And Cleveland Museums Of Art, Dead At 93

Following a Ph.D. in art history at Harvard and five years at the helm of Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts, he came to the Philadelphia Museum (1964-78), where he created new departments for American and 20th-century art and for photography and hired several important curators (notably Anne d’Harnoncourt, who eventually became director herself). In Cleveland (1983-93), he transformed the museum from a respected but staid institution into a regional powerhouse that helped fuel cultural tourism in ...
Tags: Art, People, Harvard, Philadelphia, Montreal, Cleveland, 12.26.20, Evan Hopkins Turner, Cleveland Museums Of Art Dead, Anne d Harnoncourt

Knoxville Symphony Will Proceed With Spring 2021 Season

The musicians’ union and management have agreed on terms for rehearsing and performing from February to May, wth players receiving 80% of their previous salary for 20 weeks beginning Jan. 4. Management will have increased flexibility (compared to the previous contract) to change programming and personnel and to record and stream concerts. – Arts Knoxville
Tags: Art, Music, Knoxville, 12.28.20

Lamenting All The Wacky, Creative Stuff We’re Losing With The End Of Flash Animation

Yes, it isn’t really viable as software anymore: it’s been superseded technically and has too many security vulnerabilities. But a lot of delightfully oddball things were created with Flash, Carolina Miranda reminds us, and they’re worth celebrating and (where possible) saving. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, Los Angeles, Carolina Miranda, 12.28.20

Big Entertainment Versus Big Tech – The COVID Relief Bill And Its Copyright Bomb

“Passage of the measure is one of the clearest public signs yet of longstanding tensions between the tech and entertainment industries and who’s winning the battle for control. Big Entertainment (Disney et al) has benefited enormously from technology in producing content and getting it to consumers in new ways, but Big Tech (Google et al) has also given consumers (and upstart content producers) the means of accessing that content on their own terms, which Big E sees as a threat.” – Post Alley ...
Tags: Art, Issues, 12.29.20, Big Entertainment Disney, Big Tech Google

Despite New COVID Outbreak, Sydney Goes Ahead With Indoor Performances

What’s more, at two of the major ones — Rent and The Merry Widow at the Sydney Opera House — masks will not be mandatory. Audiences will be at 75% of capacity, with checkerboard seating and other distancing measures; masks are “strongly recommended.” Rules are similar for the presentations at the Sydney Festival’s main outdoor stage. Most other theatre companies in the city are performing as well, though they’re making the audience mask up. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Sydney, Issues, Audience, Sydney Opera House, 12.30.20

Fou Ts’ong, China’s First Internationally Known Classical Pianist, Dead Of COVID At 86

Born to a pair of French literature scholars who were later driven to suicide during the Cultural Revolution, Fou went to Warsaw to study at age 19 and two years later won a prize in the Chopin Competition. Not long after, he escaped to western Europe and eventually settled in London, where he taught and maintained an international concert career. – BBC
Tags: Art, Europe, London, China, People, Warsaw, 12.29.20

U.S. Book Publishers End This Godawful Year In Good Shape

“With so many people stuck at home and activities from concerts to movies off limits, people have been reading a lot — or at least buying a lot of books. Print sales by units are up almost 8 percent so far this year, according to NPD BookScan. E-books and audiobooks, which make up a smaller portion of the market, are up as well.” Says the CEO of Penguin Random House, “I expect that … when you look at the final numbers, it will have been the best year in a very long time.” – The New York Times ...
Tags: Art, Words, Penguin Random House, NPD, 12.29.20

10 Hairy Legs, All-Male Contemporary Dance Company, Goes Out Of Business

The New Jersey-based troupe, which presented seasons around the state and in New York City and toured abroad as well, commissioned and performed 17 new works over its eight-year history. The pandemic forced the group to go on hiatus as of April 1; with no performance fees or ticket income, its board decided to dissolve the company as of Dec. 31. –
Tags: Art, New York City, Dance, New Jersey, 12.28.20

Interlochen Center for the Arts – Director – Music Division

Founded in 1928, Interlochen Center for the Arts (Interlochen) is located in beautiful northwest lower Michigan. Each year, thousands of artists and arts patrons come to Interlochen to experience world-class educational and cultural opportunities. Interlochen produces more than 600 arts presentations annually by students, faculty, and world-renowned guest artists that attract more than 250,000 visitors and audience members to campus. Interlochen is distinctly multi-disciplinary, emphasizing the ...
Tags: Art, Jobs, US, America, United States, Michigan, IAC, Traverse City, Lake Michigan, Frederick, IAA, Lobdell, United States Forty, Northwestern Michigan College, ICCA, Reuter

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