When The Masses First Started To Read Widely…

“It has recently been argued that reading novels, especially epistolary novels, helped people in the 18th century to put themselves in other people’s shoes, and sensitized them to cruelty in everyday life, savage punishments and abuses of human rights: In reading, they empathized across traditional social boundaries between nobles and commoners, masters and servants, men and women, perhaps even adults and children. As a consequence, they came to see others—people they did not know personally—as...
Tags: Art, Words, 02.23.21

Land Rover Defender of the Faith

The Land Rover Defender, absent from the U.S. for a quarter of a century, has made its return in both a 90 and 110 super size. Available from 296 HP mild to 518 HP wild, there’s one available in just about any configuration you’d want. Looking at Land Rover’s current availabilities, their locator tells us […] The post Land Rover Defender of the Faith appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: UK, Design, SUV, Luxury, Autos, Land Rover, SUVs, Enthusiasm, News Blog, Defender 90, Defender 110, Defender V8

English National Opera Announces Return To Live Performances With A Bang

Some might say tackling Richard Wagner’s four-part Ring Cycle during a pandemic is folly. English National Opera, announcing the plan on Wednesday, believes the opposite and wants to return to live performance with a bang. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, Richard Wagner, 02.23.21

How The Indianapolis Museum Went Wrong (By The Guy Who Used To Run It)

“Every decision made by Charles Venable over the past decade seemed to be in service of remaking a museum founded in the 19th century into an income-generating attraction, when in fact it is a peer of other great Midwestern art museums that are open to the public for free and pursue an educational mission rather than masquerading as amusement parks.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Visual, Charles Venable, 02.23.21

A Time Of Reckoning For Cultural Organizations

“For institutions that have historically enjoyed a certain level of prestige, these calls for reexamination of (and accountability for) their charitable purposes may be disorienting. For some, the impulse might be to retreat further, to protect their reputations and their leadership, to ride this out.” – NonProfit Quarterly
Tags: Art, Issues, 02.23.21, Time Of Reckoning For Cultural Organizations

Big Publishing’s New Editors

“By the time that America’s reckoning on race reached a fever pitch last year, publishing was months into a messy upheaval of its own. On Twitter, publishing insiders railed against the blinding whiteness of the industry, while writers of color used #PublishingPaidMe to show that they often received far less money than their white peers. The resulting move by the big-five publishers to hire executives and editors of color has been viewed by some as a sea change for the industry.” – New York Mag...
Tags: Art, America, Words, 02.23.21

A maestro dips into nostalgia

Photographer Arif Mahmood’s Pestonjee, Silver Linings leave one in sweet melancholy KARACHI: As the pandemic makes us nostalgic, longing for the yesteryears when times were simpler, a studio-light setup and a little brown bench in front of a dimly lit Arif Mahmood photo helps in turning the bitter yearning into a sweet melancholy. This is precisely what makes Mahmood the maestro. Article by Tehreem M Alam |The Tribune Often associated with black and white photography, the Karachi-born artist h...
Tags: Art, Life, Tribune, KARACHI, Parsi, Mahmood, Silver Linings, The Express Tribune, Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, Sehwan, Pestonjee, Arif Mahmood, Pestonjee Silver Linings, Pestonjee Mahmood, Arif Mahmood Mahmood

How art and design can rebuild a community

In the spring of 2016, a striking art installation was constructed outside MIT's building E15. The work consisted of 20,000 small green plexiglass squares, with intricate holes cut in each one, depicting vanished or endangered pieces of global cultural heritage, including buildings, monuments, and sculptures. Attached to fencing about 40 feet high, the squares collectively formed an image of the Arch of Triumph from Palmyra, Syria, an ancient treasure destroyed by fundamentalists in 2015.Lit up ...
Tags: Art, Germany, Berlin, Toronto, History, War, Mit, Architecture, Prague, Austria, United States, Egypt, Harvard University, Islam, Innovation, Serbia

Jazz beats the virus online

Chicago presenters of jazz and new music, and journalists from Madrid to the Bay Area, vocalist Kurt Elling, trumpeter Orbert Davis and pianist Lafayette Gilchrist discussed how they’ve transcended coronavirus-restrictions on live performances in two Zoom panels I moderated last week. – Howard Mandel
Tags: Art, Chicago, Madrid, Bay Area, Ajblogs, Kurt Elling, Orbert Davis, Lafayette Gilchrist, 02.24.21

Lawrence Ferlinghetti Dies at 101; His Pictures of a Gone World Remain

A literary era passes. It was already past, yet it still has influence. My account is minimal in the scheme of things but here ‘tiz anyhow, excerpted from My Adventures in Fugitive Litrichur. – Jan Herman
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 02.24.21

The Relativity Switch

This story may sound like a metaphor. But it’s actually a case-in-point. – Andrew Taylor
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, 02.24.21

Cool Stuff: Mark Englert’s New ‘The Mandalorian’ Poster Focuses on Ahsoka Tano’s Pivotal Episode

We’ll be waiting awhile before we return to the story of The Mandalorian, but as we wait for the third season to arrive on Disney+, artist Mark Englert has some outstanding new artwork to keep our spirits up. Inspired by one of the pivotal episodes of the second season of The Mandalorian, this new poster features Mando meeting with Ahsoka Tano as she tests Grogu and his skills with The Force. But following in the footsteps of Mark Englert’s previous Star Wars artwork, the poster also features a...
Tags: Art, Television, Movies, Sci-fi, Sequels, Lucasfilm, Cool Stuff, Mark Englert, Mando, Rosario Dawson, Star-Wars, Disney/Pixar, Bottleneck Gallery, Elsbeth, Ahsoka Tano, Ahsoka

Why Should We Trust Smiles When They’re So Easy To Fake?

“The trouble is that smiling is easy to do. If flashing a smile can so easily convey good intent, it could be ‘hacked’ by unscrupulous individuals who want you to think that they’re trustworthy so they can exploit you. These kinds of ‘false smiles’ certainly happen in everyday life, yet we still generally trust smiles. In my research, I wanted to understand why.” – Psyche
Tags: Art, Ideas, 02.23.21

How To Increase Equity For Blacks In Dance? ‘Ask Different Questions’

Choreographer Robert Moses: “The notion of change is sophomoric. The idea is to give people honest opportunity to be part of whatever they’re intending to be a part of. … Should we have more representation? No, we should have more influence. More actual ability to exercise that influence and power. All those things will be happening for the better of everyone.” – San Francisco Classical Voice
Tags: Art, San Francisco, Dance, Robert Moses, 02.22.21

Why Librarians Have Been Unsuccessful At Fighting Misinformation

“This failure has many roots: The low social status of teachers and librarians relative to those in other professions, the lack of consistent instruction about information and media literacy across students’ educational experience, the diminishment of the humanities as a core element of general education, and the difficulty of keeping up with technological change and digital culture have all played a role. So has the fact that information literacy has no specific place in the curriculum.” – The ...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 02.22.21

Turkish Government Harasses Kurdish Theater, Accusing It Of ‘Terrorist Propaganda’

“In a country where Turkish is the only official language, speaking Kurdish is sometimes seen as an act of rebellion.” (It is the mother tongue of nearly 20 million people in the Turkish Republic and another 20 million in neighboring countries.) “Teatra Jiyana Nû, or New Life Theater, has struggled to find stages to perform its repertoire, which includes original works and classics by Bertolt Brecht and Neil Simon.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Theatre, Bertolt Brecht, Turkish Republic, 02.18.21, New Life Theater

Roberto Bedoya Talks About Place-Making

I was so surprised how “place-keeping” became such a sticky word across the country. I was offering a strong artist’s point of view about place, one in which artists weren’t being instrumentalized by the architect, or even the city planner, who wants a vibrant cultural district so that they can have sales; generate tax dollars. – Open Space
Tags: Art, Issues, Roberto Bedoya, 02.22.21

Critics Say The Prado Broke The Law When It Acquired A 20th-Century Painting

“The Prado paid €70,000 (around $85,000) for La Boulonnaise, a 1929 work by the Spanish painter María Blanchard. … But the move has riled some commentators, who point to a 1995 law dictating that any works created after 1881 belong in the collection of the Reina Sofia [Museum].” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Prado, Visual, Reina Sofia, 02.22.21, La Boulonnaise, María Blanchard

Native Arts & Cultures Foundation – Vice President of Development

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is dedicated to transforming communities through Native arts and cultures. The organization’s mission is to advance equity and cultural knowledge, focusing on the power of arts and collaboration to strengthen Native communities and promote positive social change with American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native peoples in the United States. OrganizationThe Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is dedicated to transforming communities ...
Tags: Art, Jobs, Intel, United States, Portland, Broadway, Willamette, Portland Oregon, Northwest, Ford Foundation, Powell, Armour, Native, Portland Art Museum, Alaska Native, NACF

Why Literary Canons Are Important

“For those who view the very notion of the canon as inherently elitist, it’s worth noting that the phenomena mostly clearly implicated in its formation were the democratizing processes of the late 19th and early 20th century: the massive extension of free education—not just to little white proto-patriarchs, but to girls, and children from diverse communities as well—together with the technological improvements in the replication and dissemination of literary texts.” – LitHub
Tags: Art, Words, 02.19.21

Gérard Depardieu Formally Charged With Rape And Sexual Assault

“An actor in her 20s … accuses Depardieu of having raped and assaulted her at his Parisian home on two separate occasions in August 2018. … An initial investigation into the rape accusations against the 72-year old was dropped in 2019 for lack of evidence. It was reopened last summer, leading to criminal charges being filed in December.” – Yahoo! (AFP)
Tags: Art, People, Gerard Depardieu, Depardieu, 02.23.21

Ikea is selling tiny homes now — and, phew, no assembly required

In a partnership with Vox Creative and Wisconsin-based tiny home and RV builder ESCAPE, the furniture giant revealed a 187-square-foot tiny home.
Tags: Design, Technology, Lifestyle, Radio, Ikea, Wisconsin, Escape, News Brief, Tiny Home Project, Vox Creative

What Is Native American Comedy?

“I’ve debated different scenarios in my life about “What is Native?” And that is like the million-dollar question, at least within Indigenous communities at this moment. There doesn’t seem to be a consensus, and I love that, because it just demonstrates how diverse we are — that there is no singular definition — and that’s okay.” – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, Theatre, 02.19.21

Slate Suspends Podcast Host Mike Pesca After Internal Slack Chat About N-Word

Pesca, a public radio veteran who has been hosting Slate‘s daily news podcast, The Gist, since 2012, was suspended indefinitely without pay this week in the wake of a debate among staffers on the company’s Slack channel about whether it is ever acceptable for a white journalist to use the n-word itself in a discussion of the slur’s use or history. While Pesca argued that referential or descriptive use should be allowed under certain circumstances, he did not use the word in that chat; he had, ho...
Tags: Art, Media, Slack, Mike Pesca, Pesca, 02.22.21

Pandemic Has Knocked Out Oscar Campaign Season, So Awards May Get Weird

“The process [of campaign events] helps winnow the field of competing films for upcoming awards shows, a kind of hive mind forming around the season’s leading contenders. This year, that mind is looking blank.” As the former editor of The Hollywood Reporter recently tweeted, “The usual consensus-building is gone, and voters are left to what they actually think.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Media, 02.23.21

UK Museum Workers’ Unions Fear Boris Johnson’s Government Wants To ‘Airbrush’ British History

“Prospect, the FDA union and PCS union wrote that their members were ‘deeply worried’ that the government was challenging the independence of museums and galleries to provoke an unnecessary ‘culture war’ over the portrayal of historical figures” following a meeting between culture secretary Oliver Dowden and the directors of a number of the country’s major museums. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, UK, Boris Johnson, Fda, Issues, Oliver Dowden, 02.23.21

Can you spot all the perspective mistakes in this satirical engraving from 1754?

Nearly 150 years before M. C. Escher was even born, English satirist and social critic William Hogarth was already screwing with our sense of perspective. While Hogarth, like Escher, was interested in the mind-melting mathematics of visual art, the point of his "Satire on Perspective" from 1754 was more about reading comprehension. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, News, Satire, Perspective, Visual Art, Hogarth, Engraving, Art History, Escher, MC Escher, William Hogarth, Public Domain Review

USPS's new trucks deemed adorable

The USPS has unveiled its new delivery trucks, and they are adorable. The odd but obviously practical design evokes something from an old-timey cartoon, squashing and stretching as it putters along.
Tags: Post, Design, News, Usps, Autos, Dejoybox

Spotify Is About To Open In 85 More Countries

The move adds a billion more potential customers to the market for the audio streaming giant, which will now be available in 178 countries and will support more than 60 languages. – Variety
Tags: Art, Music, Audience, 02.22.21

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Backbone Of San Francisco’s Literary Scene, Dead At 101

A poet in his own right as well as proprietor of the bookstore and publishing house City Lights, Ferlinghetti became famous in 1957 when he was arrested, tried, and acquitted of obscenity charges after publishing Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl.” Ultimately, he became “a fixture at the center of the whirling counterculture, … the bearded guru of San Francisco’s art scene, as closely identified with the city as summer fog and the Golden Gate.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, San Francisco, People, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti, 02.23.21

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