DANCECleveland seeks an Executive Director

One of the oldest dance-only presenting organizations in the U.S.seeks an Executive Director possessing leadership, experience, and a passion for dance. Following the organization’s long-time leader as she retires, the successful candidate will step into a fiscally strong and well respected, and admired organization in the heart of Cleveland, Ohio. DANCEClevelandPosition Description: Executive DirectorJanuary 1, 2021 Title: Executive DirectorJob Status: Full Time; exemptReports to: Board o...
Tags: Art, Jobs, United States, Ohio, Cleveland, Northeast Ohio, Board, Board of Trustees, CLEVELAND Ohio, Education Outreach, Mission Vision, Board Relations and Governance Communicate, Cleveland Modern Dance Association, Board Trustee Committee, Engage Board, Programming Education Outreach Work

Patience & Esther Comes Next Week

Out January 26 is Patience & Esther: An Edwardian Romance, an adults-only graphic novel by S.W. Searle that’s absolutely adorable. I know, weird adjective for explicit erotica, but nevertheless… it’s the story of Patience, a servant girl finding love and herself in Edwardian England. Her partner, Esther, introduces her to pleasure and progressivism, as they encounter suffragettes and changing times.
Tags: Art, Comics, England, Esther, S W Searle

The Culture Of Nothing?

For years, an aesthetic mode of nothingness has been ascendant — a literally nihilistic attitude visible in all realms of culture, one intent on the destruction of extraneity in all its forms, up to and including noise, decoration, possessions, identities and face-to-face interaction. Over the past decade, American consumers have glamorized the pursuit of expensive nothing in the form of emptied-out spaces like the open-floor plans of start-up offices, austere loft-condo buildings and anonymous...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 01.19.21

What Critics Are About

Reviewing is not just about giving a thumbs-up or down and handing out generalised star ratings. It’s using experience of the art form to encourage readers to a more engaged understanding. For me, it’s about connecting the best work with the widest possible audience. – The Stage
Tags: Art, Issues, 01.19.21

On His Way Out, Trump Designates Heroes For His Garden Of American Greatness

The earlier order laid out a vision for a garden to “depict historically significant Americans” at a to-be-determined place with a target date for public access of July 4, 2026. The list of those Trump wants to honor is wide-ranging; it includes past politicians, musicians, artists, astronauts, movie stars, philosophers, athletes and other historical figures. Trump’s order says the garden would be paid for and maintained by the Department of the Interior. – NPR
Tags: Art, Issues, Trump, 01.20.21

We Need To Rethink The Music Ecosystem

“With the collapse of live revenues, the issues in how streaming pays (or doesn’t) is being discussed. Ingham calculates that 1% of all artists receive 90% of the revenue from streaming. That’s about 43,000 artists. Of that 1%, many have been significantly impacted by COVID, as their streaming income has not replaced their live income. The other 99%, around 3 million artists, earn the other 10%. And remember, the race to being the 1% can only be won by 1%. This isn’t fair, but it is business.” ...
Tags: Art, Music, Ingham, 01.19.21

Learn How to Forage Acorns From a Comic

Melanie Gillman has been talking about foraging, finding wild foods, on their Twitter recently. Now, they’ve assembled 18 pages of advice on one particular natural food source, acorns, into a pay-what-you-want PDF comic. Eating Acorns: A Foraging Guide is available via Gumroad. Even if you would never eat something you picked off the ground, it’s a fascinating source of information. In addition to a handful of recipes for acorn flour, Gillman has a wonderful, poetic section on why they forage [....
Tags: Art, Comics, Gillman, Melanie Gillman

Beethoven Through The Oppression Of An Anniversary Year

Alex Ross: “The most valuable recordings of the Beethoven Year—Igor Levit’s survey of the sonatas and the Quatuor Ébène’s cycle of the quartets—bring out those contrarian tones of wit, weirdness, irony, understatement, frenzy, stasis, and bittersweet release. Having created the single most potent persona in the history of music, Beethoven proceeded to engender another, more elusive self, which was perhaps the truer one.” – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Music, Beethoven, Alex Ross, Igor Levit, 01.19.21

Here’s One Country Where Print Magazines Have Come Roaring Back From The Dead

Just a year ago, one of New Zealand’s largest magazine publishers decided to shut itself off and sell off its titles (if it could), portending doom for the industry. Not only were all the titles sold (and they’re still publishing), but a new wave of publications dedicated to New Zealand’s tradition of long-form feature journalism. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, New Zealand, Words, 01.16.21

Tokenism Versus Representation

“The complexity of the question “What qualifies as tokenism and what as representation?” rivals that of Blackness itself. There is often a conflation perhaps because representation is part and parcel of tokenism, making it difficult to discern one from the other, or at what point it shifts. What it looks like for the bystander may not be how it is experienced by the person in the situation.” – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Issues, 01.19.21

The Limitations Of Adding Video To Classical Music

“With more conventional classical music video where we watch musicians playing, I would argue that the visual experience actually constrains our mind’s eye and stultifies our creative imaginations. When we listen to a recording, our eyes can look anywhere and our imaginations are free to roam. True we are not watching the musicians, but we are not visually trapped by the images on the screen. When we watch a video, the decision about what to look at is made by someone else – generally a video e...
Tags: Art, Music, 01.19.21

A Concert Series Programmed For You To Stream While Going To Sleep

The Philadelphia new-music producer Bowerbird has planned a set of seven concerts, each timed for 10:00 or 11:00 pm, that aim to put listeners in that odd space between sleep and wakefulness — thus the series title, Liminal States. Says pianist Marilyn Nonken, who opens the set next Wednesday with Morton Feldman’s Triadic Memories, “Everybody is so traumatized and beat up that if a concert involves another state of awareness, that’s a very attractive prospect. … It’s a physically different plac...
Tags: Art, Music, Philadelphia, Morton Feldman, Marilyn Nonken, Bowerbird, 01.20.21, Triadic Memories Everybody

Border Wall SeeSaws Win Design Award

They were installed by Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello at the Anapra zone in Ciudad Juarez in Mexico. Even though they were only in place for 20 minutes, video footage of people using them went viral. – BBC
Tags: Art, Mexico, Visual, Ciudad Juarez, Ronald Rael, Virginia San Fratello, 01.19.21, Anapra

Remembering The Other Nijinsky — And How She Changed Dance

“The Nijinsky name, however, does not belong to [Vaslav] alone. In an era where static positions were the marrow of classical dance, [Bronislava] Nijinska envisioned a modernist ballet, one which saw focus shift towards the movement which connected these positions. Ultimately, she believed it was not the final posture that encapsulated the beauty of ballet, but the spaces in between.” – The Calvert Journal
Tags: Art, Dance, Nijinsky, Vaslav, 01.08.21, Bronislava, Nijinska

White House, dark mode: Biden admin refreshes presidency’s website, vows accessibility, the official website for all presidential actions and efforts, is among the first things to be changed up under the freshly inaugurated President Biden. A fashionable dark mode appeared, as well as a large text toggle for straining eyes, and the webmaster has committed to making the whole site conform to the latest accessibility guidelines. The look isn’t so very different from the previous administration’s site — they’re both fairly modern and minimal experiences, with big photo...
Tags: Apple, Design, Microsoft, Government, White House, Tech, Accessibility, Biden, Whitehouse, Matt Cutts, WCAG, Isaac Hepworth, Biden Administration, U S Digital Services

A Critic Ponders A Critical Interruption

Nate Chinen: “A disaster of this magnitude turns every critic into an advocate. For many of us, of course, that function was already part of the equation. But as I look back on our distorted timeline, I’m struck by how great a percentage of my energy was devoted to crisis response: detailing the collapse of an infrastructure; sounding the call for public support; spreading the word about everything from a relief fund to a Bandcamp Friday release. Everything felt pressurized by a desperate sense...
Tags: Art, Issues, Nate Chinen, 01.15.21

Boris Johnson’s Government Prepares Law To Protect Public Monuments From ‘Baying Mobs’

“The legislation would require planning permission for any changes and a minister would be given the final veto. … The plans follow the toppling of a statue of slave trader Edward Colston last year and a wider discussion on the removal of controversial monuments.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Boris Johnson, Issues, Edward Colston, 01.17.21

Reasoning Behind Tories’ Protect-Monuments-From-Mobs Law Is Rubbish

Charlotte Higgins: “What is happening in reality – and to a greater or lesser extent has been happening for years – is a reappraisal of what and who is celebrated in Britain’s public realm, as Britain gradually, painfully, and often inadequately, examines its colonial and imperial past. … What the Conservatives doggedly refuse to acknowledge is that a community deciding – or even a pressure group demanding – that a figure should no longer be revered on a plinth in the public realm has nothing t...
Tags: Art, Britain, Issues, Visual, Charlotte Higgins, 01.21.21

The past is a strange country: The paintings of Katayun Saklat

Stained glass designer Katayun Saklat’s paintings, with their disconcerting details, give a dark twist to sweet nostalgia At first glance, Katayun Saklat is just another kindly, elderly lady with a thatch of grey hair. But she is much more than that. She is one of the most accomplished designers of stained glass in India, with her work included in several public and private collections. She is also a painter, working chiefly with oil and watercolour. At 83, Saklat is trying her hand at a new me...
Tags: Art, Europe, London, Life, India, Time, Mumbai, Kashmir, Kolkata, LAHORE, Parsi, Baroda, Katayun Saklat, Grant Lane, Metcalfe Street, Katayun

Trump Pardons Disgraced Art Dealer

“Helly Nahmad, a member of the Nahmad family dynasty and the son of art collector David Nahmad, was caught running an illegal gambling ring worth $100 million out of his apartment in Trump Tower in New York. He owns the entirety of the building’s 51st floor, which reportedly cost a collective $21 million.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, New York, People, Trump, Trump Tower, Nahmad, David Nahmad, Helly Nahmad, 01.20.21

Take It From A Times Theater Critic: The Trump-To-Shakespeare Analogies Really Don’t Work

Jesse Green: “I admit that I do it too. … But even these comparisons are reductive — in both directions. Shakespeare’s characters are much richer and more readable than someone as unforthcoming as Trump. At the same time, we’d be lucky if he were merely Shakespearean; no made-up villain, even Iago, is as alarming as someone for whom all the world is truly a stage.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Shakespeare, Trump, Jesse Green, 01.19.21

Egyptian Queen’s 4,200-Year-Old Tomb, 13-Foot Papyrus, And Even More Painted Coffins: The Latest Treasures Unearthed At Saqqara

“Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities has revealed details of the latest landmark discoveries to emerge from the Saqqara necropolis, south of Cairo. The vast burial grounds sit in what was once Memphis, the capital of ancient Egypt. … Among the biggest rewards for Egyptologists in this latest round of discoveries was the identity of a queen who died around 4,200 years ago.” – CBS News
Tags: Art, Egypt, Memphis, Cairo, Visual, Saqqara, Ministry of Antiquities, 01.19.21

The migrants Trump forced Mexico to stop: Ada Trillo's best photograph

‘Trump had threatened Mexico with tariffs if it let in this caravan from Honduras. Two hours after crossing this river, many were teargassed then deported’I had been following a migrant caravan north from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, for around 10 days. It was 23 January 2020, and this was the moment the group crossed the Suchiate river, which divides Guatemala from Mexico.The Mexican authorities had deployed the national guard to stop the caravan entering their country because Trump had threatened...
Tags: Art, Photography, Mexico, Americas, World news, Culture, United States, Art and design, Migration, US immigration, Honduras, Guatemala, Trump, San Pedro Sula Honduras, Suchiate, Ada Trillo

Late-Night TV Writers Dish On The Hard Work Of Writing Jokes About Trump

“Ahead of Biden’s inauguration, Vulture spoke with multiple late-night writers who either still work or previously worked for Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Trevor Noah, Jimmy Kimmel, Samantha Bee, Jim Jefferies, and John Oliver about what it was like inside the Trump-joke trenches — and how they see the next administration affecting their jobs. … In every interview, two themes emerged: Writing Trump jokes sucks, and those who are still working in late night are exhausted.” – Vulture
Tags: Art, Media, John Oliver, Biden, Trump, 01.19.21

With New Contract, SoCal’s Pacific Symphony Can Start Playing Again

Last week the Orange County orchestra’s musicians and management agreed on a four-year contract, running through the 2023-24 season. “Crucially, the agreement lays out a way for the musicians to be performing together again, recording new programs from their home venue. … Some of the contract’s considerations: musicians’ pay, allowances for streaming programs, COVID safety protocols, and the possibility of fluctuating pandemic restrictions.” – San Francisco Classical Voice
Tags: Art, Music, San Francisco, Orange County, 01.19.21

BBC Faces ‘Financial Risk’ As Viewers’ Habits Change

The UK’s national broadcaster is funded by mandatory license fees, charged annually to every household that owns a television set. But as more and more Britons, especially younger ones, consume all their video via streaming on their computers and phones, fewer and fewer of them have televisions to pay license fees on. And so, says a report from the UK National Audit Office, the BBC “faces considerable uncertainty” in its future and needs to prepare “a long-term financial plan … as soon as possi...
Tags: Art, UK, Media, Bbc, Audience, 01.20.21, UK National Audit Office the BBC

Founders Of Belarus Free Theatre Get Death Threats From Lukashenko Government

“We will definitely find you … and we will hang you side by side.” So said a column in Sovietska Belarus, the more-or-less official newspaper of the post-Communist dictatorship. The targets were Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin, who fled to the UK as political refugees in 2011 but have continued to work long-distance with Belarus Free Theatre, which they founded in 2005 and which still produces and performs dissident drama in secret. – The Daily Mail (UK)
Tags: Art, UK, Theatre, Natalia Kaliada, Nicolai Khalezin, 01.12.21, Lukashenko Government, Sovietska Belarus

Trump’s NEA Chair Departs As Biden Administration Arrives

“National Endowment for the Arts chairwoman Mary Anne Carter has resigned as head of the federal agency, telling her staff in a letter sent Friday that ‘a new team should have a new leader.'” – MSN (Washington Post)
Tags: Art, People, Trump, National Endowment for the Arts, Mary Anne Carter, 01.19.21, NEA Chair Departs As Biden Administration Arrives

Rarely-Seen Illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy Are Now Free Online, Courtesy of the Uffizi Gallery

We know Dante’s Divine Comedy—especially its famous first third, Inferno—as an extended theological treatise, epic love poem, and vicious satire of church hypocrisy and the Florentine political faction that exiled Dante from the city of his birth in 1302. Most of us don’t know it the way its first readers did (and as Dante scholars do): a compendium in which “a number of medieval literary genres are digested and combined,” as Robert M. Durling writes in his translation of the Inferno. These lit...
Tags: Google, Art, College, Spain, The Guardian, Literature, Khan Academy, Provence, Dante, Robert Rauschenberg, Yale University, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Medici, Uffizi Gallery, Orsini

Brâncuși Captures His Sculpture & Life on Film: Watch Rare Footage Shot Between 1923-1939

Here in the early 21st century, even the non-artists among us carry digital video cameras in our pockets. Back in the early 20th century, the ability to film your own life and work, or that of your coterie, wasn’t so close at hand — unless, of course, you ran with the avant-garde. Constantin Brâncu?i did, having been brought into the artistic and intellectual scene of the Paris of the 1910s, to which he’d made his way from his native Romania. He eventually counted among his friends the like...
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