Five Things I’ve Learned: Documenting the Lives I Admire Most

Join award-winning documentary filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland in this live, ninety-minute online class. Lisa Immordino Vreeland has been immersed in the world of fashion, art and culture for the past 25 years. Her first book was accompanied by her directorial debut of the documentary of the same name, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2012). Her second film, Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival (2015) and had its European premiere at Art Basel. Her s...
Tags: Art, Events, Diana Vreeland, Cecil, Telluride Film Festival, Lisa, Peggy Guggenheim, Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Penelope Tree, Art Basel Her

When Everything Is Seen Through A Screen, What Is Theatre?

“Digital performance has only exacerbated the definitional crises during this year of hard and soft quarantine. At a recent UCLA roundtable on the subject of the future of theater, I came to the conclusion that, even in this pioneering moment in which artists from different time zones can collaborate without ever coming into direct contact, place still matters.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Los Angeles, Ucla, 01.26.21

Proposed: Why The Art World Needs Populism

“On closer inspection, there is an asymmetric battle between a grassroots struggle to redistribute power, and those who place institutional preservation at the center. Ironically, Trump, by dint of his very nastiness, gave the upper hand to institutional preservationists, and not just by threats to defund sanctuary cities, which cast institutions as victims.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Visual, 01.22.21

Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museums Ponders A Name Change

After reporting in the Kansas City Star turned up evidence that William Rockhill Nelson, the Nelson in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art was a segregationist, the museum is reassessing being named after the real estate and newspaper magnate who helped found the museum. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Kansas City, Visual, Kansas City Star, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, 01.25.21, Nelson Atkins Museums, William Rockhill Nelson the Nelson

Native American Languages Could Become Another Casualty Of COVID

Jodi Archambault: “As COVID-19 takes a fearsome toll on our people, it also threatens the progress we have made to save our languages. The average age of our speakers — our treasured elders who have the greatest knowledge and depth of the language — is 70. They are also those who are at most risk of dying from COVID-19.” Three native speakers who taught the Lakota language on the Standing Rock Reservation have died in the pandemic so far — out of only 230 native speakers there in total; their a...
Tags: Art, Words, Standing Rock Reservation, 01.24.21, Jodi Archambault

Sculptor Barry Le Va Dead At 79

“[He] became part of the New York art scene during the late 1960s and went on to be associated with the Process art and Post-Minimalist movements. Unlike the best known adherents of those movements, including Richard Serra, Bruce Nauman, and Robert Morris, Le Va has remained a somewhat obscure figure, no doubt in part because his work is so formally rigorous and can be difficult to parse. But he has a set of devoted fans that include artists, critics, and historians spanning multiple generation...
Tags: Art, New York, People, 01.25.21, Barry Le Va, Richard Serra Bruce Nauman, Robert Morris Le Va

Hollywood Waits With Its Blockbusters. Streaming Is Still A Risky Path

Even as the studio insists that its streaming strategy is a one-off response to the pandemic, it might not be able to rebuild those bridges. Seeing the backlash is just another reason the rest of the industry’s major players continue to hold off from anything so drastic. Patience is hard, but it’s Hollywood’s surest path to profitability. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Audience, 01.25.21


An arts organization must come to matter to the community. When it matters, the community will support it. But how do arts organizations come to matter? The mindset that “We matter because we present great art.” does not cut it. It is only things that people see as important to their lives that fill this bill. – Doug Borwick
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 01.27.21

The New Elite: Those Who Have Been Vaccinated

“A leisure class of the newly vaccinated will mean that hotels, catering services and other businesses will be scrambling to employ bartenders, servers and other staff who are also vaccinated, the better to ensure the safety of all. A vaccination will begin to represent not only safety from the virus but also, for some, a leg up in the job market.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Issues, 01.23.21

Andreas Delfs Named Music Director Of Rochester Philharmonic

The 61-year-old conductor spent a dozen years as music director of the Milwaukee Symphony (1997-2009). “Once reportedly accustomed to a few sellout audiences a year, the orchestra reportedly sold out 30 shows within a year of his arrival.” – WXXI (Rochester, NY)
Tags: Art, Music, Andreas Delfs, Milwaukee Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, 01.26.21

Madrid feminist mural saved from removal attempt by far right

Artwork celebrating pioneering women saved after city councillors step in to stop Vox party motionA Madrid mural honouring the lives and achievements of 15 pioneering women, including Nina Simone, Rosa Parks and Frida Kahlo, has been saved from destruction after city councillors stepped in to thwart far right attempts to have it removed.The 60-metre (197ft) mural, emblazoned with the slogan “Your ability doesn’t depend on your gender”, was commissioned by the local council in the Ciudad Lineal n...
Tags: Art, Spain, World news, Madrid, Vox, Frida Kahlo, Ciudad Lineal, Nina Simone Rosa Parks

How Social Media Has Rewired Our Cultural/Political Discourse

This expanding cornucopia of tech and entertainment has served as a compensatory narrative of progress and advancement for an empire in decline. The future seems more and more constrained, materially, but, on the flip side, you are freer and freer to build your own virtual worlds and get lost in them. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Ideas, 01.22.21

Twenty-One Young Composers For 2021

Michael Andor Brodeur: “There is really no playlist to match this unstable, uncertain moment. And, honestly, right now I’m less interested in rummaging through the past for reference points. I’m just trying to find my way forward. In that spirit — and since we’re feeling all inaugural — please find below the first-ever class of 21 for ’21.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Music, Michael Andor Brodeur, 01.21.21

The Case For Simpler Grant-Giving

“Are we giving to organizations that are actually doing the best work? Or are we giving to organizations that are giving us the best grants?” – WestWord
Tags: Art, Issues, 01.26.21

Amid Global Crisis, Healthcare Giant AmerisourceBergen Rebrands to Reflect ‘Optimism’

When it comes to healthcare marketing, most brands have traditionally relied on a more simple strategy that prioritizes professionalism over creativity. But consumers now have a heightened appreciation for the healthcare industry, and in turn, companies are reevaluating old practices and finding new ways to stand out. AmerisourceBergen, a global leader in pharmaceutical delivery and...
Tags: Design, Advertising, AmerisourceBergen, Rebrands

31 Visions of Hell, Satan, and Demons, according to a 1775 book obsessed with genitals

The Compendium rarissimum totius Artis Magicae sistematisatae per celeberrimos Artis hujus Magistros, or "A rare summary of the entire Magical Art by the most famous Masters of this Art," is a 1775 collection of 31 stunning watercolor paintings of demons, cabbalistic signs, magical sigils, and other supposedly awful evil things. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, News, Monsters, Paintings, Demons, Watercolor, Public Domain, Demonology, Sigils, Applied Demonology, Magical Experiences, Cabbalistic Signs, Horny Monsters, Visions Of Hell

Hari & Deepti's paper cut light boxes

Hari Panicker and Deepti Nair create paper cut light boxes that have captured the imagination of many children who came to know them through their book The Seekers. This post juxtaposing a National Geographic photo of last summer's west coast wildfires with one of the apocalyptic works they created for The Seekers years earlier is pretty remarkable. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Video, News, Illustration, Papercraft, National Geographic, Paper Craft, Hari, Deepti, Hari Panicker, Deepti Nair

Ford Design Exits and Entrances

  Ford design leader Moray Callum is taking his pen and going home. Callum will call it a day after 38 years as one of the auto industry’s preeminent designers. With more than half his career at Ford, Callum vacates his post as vice president, design, for Ford and Lincoln brand vehicles worldwide. His successor […] The post Ford Design Exits and Entrances appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Retirement, Global, Designer, Ford, Autos, Lincoln, Executive, Callum, Moray Callum, News Blog, Ford Design Exits, Ford Callum

City Of Austin Announced Major Overhaul Of Its Arts Funding Program, And Local Arts Community Is Saying “Whoa!”

“Staff with the city’s Cultural Arts Division unveiled an entirely new funding system in mid-December that, among other changes, lowers the funding cap for all funding programs, drops organizational support in favor of funding events, and allows for-profit businesses to apply for city arts funding. The new funding system also places top priority on ‘proposals that directly enhance cultural experiences for tourists and convention delegates, including projects that highlight underrepresented hist...
Tags: Art, Austin, Issues, 01.19.21

André Gregory: What I Learned From Brecht (And His Wife)

“As I was at the beginning of my education as a young director, as well as a nervous, nerdy intellectual, I asked Helene Weigel about the Verfremdungseffekt, Brecht’s famous ‘alienation effect’ theory. … Weigel laughed and said something like, ‘Don’t pay any attention to Bert’s bullshit and theoretical nonsense. Just look at the work. Look at the work, and see what you see.'” – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Theatre, Don, Weigel, Bert, André Gregory, 01.21.21, Helene Weigel, Verfremdungseffekt Brecht

The Playwright We Need To Snap Us Out Of The Past Four Years Is Brecht

“Telling a lie over and over can make it seem true. It can also remove agency from the viewer, ceding the individual’s judgement over to the expectations of the story being told. Brecht refused to let his audience lose themselves in the funhouse mirror of such representations. ‘Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it,’ he wrote.” – Zócalo Public Square
Tags: Art, Theatre, Brecht, 01.21.21

Cable TV Cord-Cutting Accelerates During Pandemic

In the interim, expect a flood of cable programming to start migrating over to streaming in anticipation for the day when cable is no longer a viable platform for networks to reach audiences. – Axios
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, 01.26.21

Paris’s Pompidou Centre Will Close For Three-To-Four-Year Renovation

“‘We no longer have a choice, the building is in distress,’ Centre Pompidou president Serge Lasvignes told Le Figaro of the extensive upkeep needed for its Renzo Piano- and Richard Rogers-designed exterior of steel piping that was constructed in the 1970s.” The museum will close for the €200 million project at the end of 2023 and should reopen in 2027, its 50th anniversary year. – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Paris, Richard Rogers, Visual, Centre Pompidou, Le Figaro, Serge Lasvignes, 01.25.21

While Lockdown Keeps The Hordes Away, The Louvre Is Fixing Itself Up

“The world’s most visited museum — a record 10 million in 2019, mostly from overseas — is grappling with its longest closure since World War II, as pandemic restrictions keep its treasures under lock and key. But without crowds that can swell to as many as 40,000 people a day, museum officials are seizing a golden opportunity to finesse a grand refurbishment for when visitors return.” Said one senior curator, “For some projects, the lockdown has allowed us to do in five days what would have pre...
Tags: Art, Visual, Said, 01.26.21

The Broadway League – Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Founded in 1930, The Broadway League (League) is the national trade association for Broadway and commercial theatre. The League’s 700-plus members include theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers in North American cities, as well as suppliers of goods and services to the commercial theatre industry. These members bring Broadway to millions of people in New York and in more than 200 cities throughout the United States and Canada. OrganizationFounded in 1930, Th...
Tags: Art, New York, Jobs, New York City, Canada, United States, Broadway, The League, North America, League, Broadway League, Commercial Theater Institute, Broadway Bridges, Ms Wyona Lynch, Equity Diversity and Inclusion, Broadway League League

Five Things I’ve Learned: How to Love Opera Like an Insider

Join acclaimed classical music critic and opera insider Anne Midgette in this live, two-hour online class. Anne Midgette knows opera. The classical music critic of The Washington Post for 11 years, and a regular contributor of classical music and theater reviews to The New York Times for seven more, she has also written about music, the visual arts, dance, theater and film for The Wall Street Journal, Opera News, The Los Angeles Times, Town & Country, and many other publications. She’s re...
Tags: Art, Events, New York Times, Spike Lee, The Washington Post, Anne, Anne Midgette, Luciano Pavarotti, Los Angeles Times Town Country, Twyla Tharp Marina Abramovic

Milwaukee Ballet Plans Return To Mainstage Performance In June

As it did with its abbreviated Nutcracker in December, the company will do its first two productions of 2021 before an in-person audience of 10 people, with all other ticketholders watching online. But the season’s final production will be back (local regulations permitting) at Milwaukee Ballet’s usual venue, the Marcus Performing Arts Center, June 10-13. – Milwaukee Business Journal
Tags: Art, Dance, Milwaukee Ballet, 01.25.21

Metropolitan Opera Hires Harvard Law Dean As Chief Diversity Officer

“Marcia Sells — a former dancer who became an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn and the dean of students at Harvard Law School — has been hired as the first chief diversity officer of the Metropolitan Opera, the largest performing arts institution in the United States.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Brooklyn, United States, Harvard Law School, Metropolitan Opera, 01.25.21, Metropolitan Opera Hires Harvard Law, Marcia Sells

After Audition: Takashi Miike's rehearsal-room shocker Over Your Dead Body

Continuing our series on the best films about theatre, a 200-year-old Japanese ghost story takes centre stage in a movie merging reality and fantasyThe prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike is best known for his 1999 horror film Audition, in which a widower advertises a role in a fake movie production, intending to choose a wife from those who apply. The backdrop of the screen industry suggests that his casual misogyny is symptomatic of a wider social disease. Fifteen years later, Miike relea...
Tags: Japan, Film, Theatre, World news, Dance, Culture, Asia Pacific, Stage, Takashi Miike, Horror Films, Miike, Kosuke, Miyuki, Oiwa, Yotsuya Kaidan

'Cancer made me pull my life together': Zandra Rhodes on fun, fashion and Freddie Mercury

One of Britain’s greatest designers, she has dressed everyone from Princess Diana to Diana Ross. She discusses punk, pink hair and staying creative after serious illness Zandra Rhodes was doing a yoga session with a friend in the early weeks of the pandemic when she realised that something was wrong. “It’s a funny story,” she says. “We were lying on our lilac mats in my rainbow penthouse, and I was breathing deeply – and my stomach felt full. And I thought, why is it full? I haven’t had a meal t...
Tags: Health, Art, Fashion, London, Women, Life and style, UK News, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Museums, Diana, Diana Ross, Zandra Rhodes

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