Executive Director

Asheville Symphony seeks next Executive Director EXECUTIVE DIRECTORThe Asheville Symphony, one of North Carolina’s most innovative orchestras, is seeking a visionary leader who will build on its 60-year history of innovation, collaboration, and musical excellence as a signature cultural force in a diverse arts community.As a music organization, the Asheville Symphony consists of a professional symphony orchestra lead by Music Director Darko Butorac, four Youth Orchestras with over 200 student...
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The Amazing Japanese Rice Field Murals

There’s a village meeting each year to decide the theme. Village officials make a simple computer mockup and then ask art teachers to make more detailed drawings. Next, color-coded markers are staked into the watery field, and finally citizens are enlisted to fill in the spaces with the proper strain of rice plant. – Return to Now
Tags: Art, Visual, 01.25.21

A Lawsuit Over Schenkerian Music Theory And A Huge Debate Over How Music Theory Is Taught

At its best, music theory creates simplified models that help us understand how compositions are conceived and constructed while leaving space for the mystery of artistic intervention. At its worst, it reduces composition to a numbers game, and dismisses enigmatic moments—often the most powerful ones—as irrelevant. – Van
Tags: Art, Music, 01.28.21

Amanda Gorman Invited To Recite Poem At This Year’s SuperBowl

She will be reciting at the Super Bowl pre-show on Feb. 7, before the Kansas City Chiefs play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. – NPR
Tags: Art, Words, Kansas City Chiefs, Amanda Gorman, 01.29.21

Survey: When American Arts Organizations Plan To Resume Live Performances

The study surveyed 104 organizations, including 91 in the United States and 13 in Canada, from Dec. 12, 2020 through Jan. 12, 2021. The study found that, among U.S. organizations, companies in the Southeast, Southwest, and South are the most optimistic, with a majority planning a return before July. Companies in the Midwest, West, and Northeast mostly plan returns in the third and fourth quarters of 2021, with just 3 percent of Midwest and 5 percent of Northeast orgs anticipating a 2022 return....
Tags: Art, Canada, United States, Issues, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast Southwest, Midwest West, 01.29.21

Twitter Just Created a Custom Font to Better Reflect Its Brand Identity

Twitter is stepping into 2021 with two new themes to lead its marketing approach: complexity and imperfection. Leslie Berland, Twitter's CMO, announced the company's brand refresh in a Twitter thread this week, sharing that the goal is to accurately illustrate the depth of conversations happening on the platform through imagery and typography. As always, we...
Tags: Design, Advertising, CMO, Platforms, Leslie Berland Twitter, Better Reflect Its Brand Identity

A Difference in Color or Colour?

Car color preferences differ by nation or regions of the world, as we found in comparing our previous post on Axalta’s study, and BASF’s Color Report 2020, issued in the UK. BASF’s Color Report 2020 for automotive OEM coatings indicates there are more colorful cars being produced, as evidenced in Europe, the Middle East, and […] The post A Difference in Color or Colour? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, UK, Design, Marketing, Global, US, Color, Basf, Eu, Middle East, Autos, News Blog, Axalta, Color Preference

78s Were More Than Just Caruso, Ma Rainey, And Dixieland — They Were Used For Recording Music All Over The Globe

In fact, outside North America and Europe, 78s were the standard record format well into the 1960s, and they hold an enormous variety of music from the days before globalization. A new anthology titled An Alternate History of the World’s Music presents old recordings from places as disparate as Myanmar, Zanzibar, Ecuador, Albania, and Okinawa. –
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, North America, Globe, 01.26.21, Caruso Ma Rainey, Myanmar Zanzibar Ecuador Albania

A Trump Presidential Library? The Argument Against It

“The danger of Trump using a presidential library to burnish his image is far more serious, with the ex-president and his surrogates still promoting the idea that his electoral loss was somehow fraudulent. That creates an ongoing uncertainty in American public life, which Trump and even more unscrupulous actors will use to further division, inflame tension, exacerbate racism and delegitimize the American democratic system.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Words, Trump, Trump Presidential Library, 01.28.21

Simon Rattle’s Departure From London: Sign Of A Post-Brexit Musical Exodus?

“At the darkest hour, with concert halls shuttered and musicians facing visa hell, Rattle’s defection is being regarded, rightly or wrongly, as a loss of faith. I have heard the word ‘betrayal’ muttered by senior figures. His appearance last week at the head of a petition for renegotiating EU access for British musicians was greeted with hollow laughs. Not since Sir Thomas Beecham flitted off to America in the spring of 1940 has a conductor’s departure aroused such heated emotions.” – The Spect...
Tags: Art, Music, London, America, Eu, Simon Rattle, Thomas Beecham, 01.30.21

Australian Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Stepping Down After 22 Years

Garry Stewart took the helm at Adelaide-based ADT — which is the country’s oldest contemporary dance company — in 1999 and choreographed 20 original works there. – InDaily (Adelaide)
Tags: Art, Dance, Adelaide, Adt, Garry Stewart, 01.29.21

Why “Our Town” Still Resonates 80 Years Later

With the country splintered, its institutions shaken, a book documenting a classic American play affirming shared life experiences and bedrock values seems especially timely. Published Jan. 28, “Another Day’s Begun: Thornton Wilder’s ‘Our Town’ in the 21st Century” is an oral history of a dozen or so recent productions of this famously stoical and spare play. It’s a drama so scrubbed of artifice that the first stage directions in the script are: “No curtain. No scenery.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Theatre, Thornton Wilder, 01.28.21

10 Biggest Product Design Trends for 2021

Here are the 10 biggest trends in product design in 2021 that you should know.
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Bouvier affair: Swiss prosecutors to close legal dispute over art

Case between dealer Yves Bouvier and oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev has been ongoing since 2015A long-running court case involving an art dealer who was accused of swindling $1bn from a Russian oligarch took a step closer to being resolved after Swiss prosecutors moved to close an action against him.The dispute between the dealer, Yves Bouvier, and the oligarch, Dmitry Rybolovlev – known as the Bouvier Affair – has been ongoing since 2015, but this week the Geneva prosecutor’s office confirmed it wa...
Tags: Art, Europe, Russia, Switzerland, Geneva, Bouvier, Dmitry Rybolovlev, Yves Bouvier

Playwright: We Need To Stop Cancel Culture

“I do not consent to being part of an arts community that engages in witch hunts of people who don’t think like me,” Carmen Aguirre says in the nearly 30-minute video, which she posted to YouTube. “If I am to argue with someone because I oppose their views or even find their views harmful, then I’d like the argument to state why I think that person is wrong, not why I think they’re evil,” she says. – The Globe and Mail (Canada)
Tags: Art, Globe, Issues, Carmen Aguirre, 01.27.21

Mike Birbiglia On Doing Comedy Over Zoom

“I’ve done about 18 of these virtual shows, and I’ve learned things from them that I thought I had long understood after 20 years of being a professional comedian. People need comedy. At very least, they need to laugh — particularly when life is most burdensome and unwieldy. People need to laugh to be reminded what laughter feels like and why anyone would have laughed in the first place. It’s the defibrillator that sends a shock to the heart to restore a normal rhythm.” – Vulture
Tags: Art, Theatre, Mike Birbiglia, 01.28.21

After 30 Years, Co-Founder/Editor Of London Review Of Books Retires

“Mary-Kay Wilmers … was one of the founders of the literary magazine in 1979, along with Karl Miller and Susannah Clapp, became co-editor in 1988, and has been its sole editor since 1992. In 2019, when the LRB celebrated its 40th anniversary, she was dubbed ‘Britain’s most influential editor’ by the New York Times.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Britain, New York Times, Words, LRB, Susannah Clapp, Karl Miller, Mary Kay Wilmers, 01.29.21

Apple’s Tim Cook: We Have To Say All Engagement Isn’t Good Engagement

“At a moment of rampant disinformation and conspiracy theories juiced by algorithms, we can no longer turn a blind eye to a theory of technology that says all engagement is good engagement — the longer the better — and all with the goal of collecting as much data as possible. Too many are still asking the question, ‘how much can we get away with?,’ when they need to be asking, ‘what are the consequences’?” – MacRumors
Tags: Apple, Art, Ideas, Tim Cook, 01.27.21

Public Radio And TV Face Looming Shortage Of Broadcast Engineers

“The workforce of broadcast engineers — those who know to fix broadcast transmitters, tubes and wires — is reaching retirement age. … Far fewer skilled young people are waiting in the wings to take on their roles. The apprenticeships that provided training to the engineers who are now approaching retirement are increasingly rare.” And perpetually strapped public broadcasting stations have trouble affording salaries high enough to attract what candidates are available. – Current
Tags: Art, Media, 01.26.21

The Improbable Story Of A Disney Movie That Almost Didn’t Get Made

“So, uh, how — and why — did all of this happen? Here is the oral history of The Emperor’s New Groove, an irreverent, pratfall-heavy, non sequitur of an animated movie that so defied Disney’s painstakingly deliberate traditions, it’s hard to believe it actually exists today.” – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, Media, Disney, 01.27.21

Hey, Joe And Kamala! You Know Who Can Help You Save America? Arts Researchers!

“In addition to being creative thinkers and makers, many artists, designers and architects are also researchers whose work reveals new insights and approaches to solving some of the most complex challenges facing our world. … It is vital that our federal government includes art researchers so that their unique perspectives and voices can help catalyse change for a better tomorrow.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, America, Issues, 01.28.21, Joe And Kamala

New Design For COVID-Safe Pop-Up Theatre

The Vertical Theatre, as it’s called, will be modular, with a capacity of 1,200 to 2,400, seated in small groups separated (if necessary) by clear screens. The structure has a roof, but the sides are open to allow airflow. The UK-based creators hope to have at least one Vertical Theatre hosting shows later this year. – WhatsOnStage (London)
Tags: Art, UK, Theatre, Audience, 01.28.21

Eva Coutaz, Longtime Director Of Classical Label Harmonia Mundi, Dead At 77

“Having started her career with Harmonia Mundi in 1972 as a press officer, she went on to produce more than 800 recordings with artists including Philippe Herreweghe, [William Christie], Jean-Guihen Queyras, Isabelle Faust and Paul Lewis. She retired from the classical music label in 2016 following a career spanning nearly 30 years. When her husband Bernard Coutaz, Harmonia Mundi’s founder, died in 2010, she became the chairman and CEO of the label until its acquisition by PIAS, a family of ind...
Tags: Art, People, Paul Lewis, William Christie, PIAS, Harmonia Mundi, Philippe Herreweghe, 01.27.21, Eva Coutaz, Classical Label Harmonia Mundi, Jean Guihen Queyras Isabelle Faust, Bernard Coutaz Harmonia Mundi

Botticelli Portrait Is Now Most Expensive Old Master Painting Ever Sold (Except For ‘Salvator Mundi’)

“A sterling 550-year-old portrait by the Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli that was the star lot of Sotheby’s Old Masters sale has sold for $92.2 million, making it the second-most-expensive Old Master artwork to sell at auction, according to the company. The artwork, Young Man Holding a Roundel (circa 1444/5–1510), is one of only three portraits by Botticelli left in private hands.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Visual, Sotheby, Botticelli, Salvator Mundi, Sandro Botticelli, 01.28.21

Museum Of The Bible Gives 5,000 Artifacts Back To Egypt

“The collection” — which, the museum says, has “insufficient reliable provenance” — “includes manuscripts and papyrus fragments with texts written in Coptic, hieratic and demotic scripts, and Greek. Some of the papyri feature Christian prayers written in Arabic and Coptic or Arabic only.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Egypt, Visual, 01.28.21

"Nearly a year of being disheartened by the online garishness and promotional smarm of digitized images has set me up to rediscover the pungency of direct aesthetic experience."

"There can be no meaningful discourse about art divorced from that. Intellectual appreciation starves for want of it. The less you see, the dumber you get."  Writes Peter Schjeldahl in "The Revelations of an Unlikely Pairing/In a show at Zwirner, the soft cosmos of Giorgio Morandi’s domestic tableaux is relieved and refreshed by the architectonics of Josef Albers’s squares" (The New Yorker).  How awful is it not to be looking directly at paintings? Schjeldahl takes a strong position. [Author...
Tags: Art, Law, Computers, Josef Albers, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Peter Schjeldahl, Giorgio Morandi, Schjeldahl

Did Stock-Trading Redditors Just Save Live Cinema?

Or, if not the entire movie-theater business, at least AMC. The pandemic had made the already-difficult financial situation of the world’s largest cinema chain disastrous. But the same amateur stock-traders on the subreddit r/wallstreetbets who put GameStop in the news this week bought lots of stock in AMC as well. As a Bloomberg columnist put it, “Six hundred million dollars in debt, vaporized by Reddit enthusiasm.” – Slate
Tags: Art, Media, Amc, Bloomberg, Reddit, Gamestop, 01.28.21

YInMn Blue, the First Shade of Blue Discovered in 200 Years, Is Now Available for Artists

Photo via Oregon State University “Color is part of a spectrum, so you can’t discover a color,” says Professor Mas Subramanian, a solid-state chemist at Oregon State University. “You can only discover a material that is a particular color”—or, more precisely, a material that reflects light in such a way that we perceive it as a color. Scientific modesty aside, Subramanian actually has been credited with discovering a color—the first inorganic shade of blue in 200 years. Named “YInMn blue” —and ...
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YInMn Blue, the First Shade of Blue Discovered in 200 Years, Now Available for Artists

Photo via Oregon State University “Color is part of a spectrum, so you can’t discover a color,” says Professor Mas Subramanian, a solid-state chemist at Oregon State University. “You can only discover a material that is a particular color”—or, more precisely, a material that reflects light in such a way that we perceive it as a color. Scientific modesty aside, Subramanian actually has been credited with discovering a color—the first inorganic shade of blue in 200 years. Named “YInMn blue” —and ...
Tags: Google, Art, Science, College, US, Chemistry, Smithsonian, Charles Darwin, Npr, Oregon State, Osu, U S Environmental Protection Agency, Facebook Twitter, Oregon State University, Josh Jones, Golden

The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre – Executive Director

The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre (Civic) is one of the country’s preeminent community theatres and has been center stage in the Kalamazoo community for 91 years. One of the nation’s oldest and largest non-Equity community theatres, the Civic serves as a training ground for young performers and theatrical designers. For more than nine decades, the Civic has personified its mission to produce a diverse spectrum of theater of the highest quality and to provide hands-on learning experiences in all aspect...
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