Behind The Scenes, Artists Confronted MoMA Leadership About Board Chair’s Iraq War Ties

And the confrontations – and revelations about who on MoMA’s board and who on MoMA PS1’s board are implicated in “security firms” in Iraq, not to mention ties to Jeffrey Epstein – are ongoing. Iraqi American art scholar Rijin Sahakian: “The denial of the artists’ right to peacefully protest through their work — on an active war actively accumulating profit for the museum’s lead funder — is as resounding as the museum’s refusal to comment on or rethink its commitments.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Iraq, Visual, Moma, Jeffrey Epstein, MoMA PS1, 03.18.21, Rijin Sahakian

Selling Books With Some Tears On TikTok

TikTok might not be the place we think of immediately for book reviews – but a lot of bookbuyers – that is, young women – do. “Miriam Parker, a vice president and associate publisher at Ecco, which released The Song of Achilles [in 2012], said the company saw sales spike on Aug. 9 but couldn’t figure out why. It eventually traced it to a TikTok video called ‘books that will make you sob,’ published on Aug. 8 by @moongirlreads_. Today, that video, which also includes We Were Liars, has been view...
Tags: Art, Words, Ecco, Miriam Parker, 03.20.21

The Gender-Based Lawsuit Against Disney Expands To Include Pay Secrecy

California labor law doesn’t allow for pay secrecy. Disney denies the claims by the plaintiffs that “Disney prohibits employees from disclosing their own wages, discussing the pay of others or inquiring about another employee’s compensation. … Some of the plaintiffs also claim to have been instructed multiple times not to talk about their compensation, with one alleging that another employee had been disciplined for sharing their pay information with others at the company.” – Los Angeles Times ...
Tags: Art, California, Disney, Issues, 03.18.21, Gender Based Lawsuit Against Disney

The Outsize Impact Of Celebrity Documentaries

The intense responses to the R. Kelly, Britney Spears (who, unlike the others on the list, is not portrayed a predator but rather a woman much preyed upon), Michael Jackson, and Woody Allen documentaries have surprised filmmakers – after all, most of the info was already part of the public record. One producer: “The loudest and most impactful documentaries … [have] something that can connect to the viewer on a personal level, which makes all the difference.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Media, Woody Allen, Michael Jackson, 03.19.21, Kelly Britney Spears

Reading Books By Black Authors Isn’t Some Kind Of Magical Medicine White People Can Take

And many Black authors resent the implication. Yaa Gyasi on her time touring the United States after her book Homegoing came out: “I was exhausted, not just by the travel but by something that is more difficult to articulate – the dissonance of the black spotlight, of being revered in one way and reviled in another, a revulsion that makes clear the hollowness of the reverence.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, United States, Words, Yaa Gyasi, 03.20.21

Indoor Dance In New York Goes On Delay Once Again

The plan: Audacious, but careful. The space: The Park Avenue Armory, with an extremely limited audience. The issue: “The eagerly anticipated performances, which were set to begin on Wednesday for a sold-out seven-day run, had to be postponed after several members of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company tested positive for the virus.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, Dance, Bill T Jones Arnie Zane Company, 03.20.21

Van Gogh Died Penniless, But His Paintings Paid For His Sister’s Mental Health Care Decades Later

Van Gogh died in 1890. By 1909, Anna, the oldest Van Gogh sister, “wrote of selling a picture that he had given Willemien, enabling her to pay for medical costs: ‘I remember when Wil got the painting from Vincent, but what a figure! Who would have thought that Vincent would contribute to Wil’s upkeep in this way?'” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Van Gogh, Vincent, Visual, Wil, Willemien, 03.21.21, Anna the oldest Van Gogh

How Libraries Are Dealing With, And Helping Solve, Digital Inequity

Pandemic-related shutdowns mean that the people who need help printing, filling out, and scanning documents – “There are lots of forms, which demand lots of one-on-one help from library staff to find and complete” – can’t get it directly, but there’s still Wi-Fi in the parking lots … and long lines of people each time the libraries re-open. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Ideas, 03.19.21

Cepillin, Clown Beloved Across Latin America, Has Died At 75

Cepillín, whose non-performing name was Ricardo González Gutiérrez, was a Mexican clown with a half-century-long career. He “hosted TV shows broadcast from Mexico, sold millions of copies of his albums of children’s songs, and later drew millions of viewers to his videos on TikTok and YouTube. And he toured Mexico and the United States with circus companies including his own and Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Mexico, People, United States, Latin America, Ringling Brothers, Barnum Bailey, Tiktok, 03.19.21, Cepillín, Ricardo González Gutiérrez

Producers, Actors, And Publicists Are Keeping Pressure On The HFPA

Even weeks after the Golden Globes, Hollywood isn’t relenting; this reckoning has been a long time coming. “Now, with the very survival of the Globes hanging in the balance, some in Hollywood remain unconvinced that the insular and notoriously fractious group has the capacity, or perhaps even the self-awareness, to undertake the sort of transformational reforms it has vowed.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Hfpa, Golden Globes Hollywood, 03.19.21

'A light at the end of the tunnel': Australian theatres launch 2021 seasons as the rest of the world stays dark

Sydney Theatre Company is the latest to launch this year’s season, as Broadway and the West End look to Australia as the pandemic pioneer“Australia has become a test case for the rest of the performing arts world,” the Washington Post proclaimed last month, as theatres across the country prepared to move to full capacity, while throughout most of Europe and the US they remain dark.So yeah, no pressure there, says Sydney Theatre Company’s artistic director Kip Williams, two days out from launchin...
Tags: Europe, Australia, Washington Post, Theatre, US, Australia news, Culture, Stage, Broadway, West End, STC, Sydney Theatre Company, Kip Williams

The Guy Who Possibly Found The Author Of Shakespeare’s Source Material For Hamlet

And other plays too. This isn’t a “Shakespeare didn’t write his own plays” theory; it’s a theory about an Elizabethan playwright named Thomas North – and Thomas North’s cousin George. – Boston Globe
Tags: Art, Words, Shakespeare, Hamlet, 03.19.21, Thomas North

'I have picked people up on the street': the secret life of architect Alvar Aalto

He built wild, magical buildings and furniture that is still thrilling today. But a new film suggests the celebrated Finn was also a domineering philanderer deeply indebted to his talented wivesWonky lumps of misshapen, scorched bricks burst from a block of student flats in Cambridge, Massachusetts, giving a warty look to the long wall that winds its way along the Charles River. “The lousiest bricks in the world,” is how Finnish architect Alvar Aalto described the local New England materials he ...
Tags: England, Design, Film, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Finland, Mit - Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Finn, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Alvar Aalto, Cambridge Massachusetts, Charles River, Documentary films, Baker House

We Know Amazon Is A Danger To Workers And Retail, But Do We Care?

Well, that’s … a good question. “We know how Amazon treats its workers, how it squeezes its sellers, how it devastates small businesses, and how it extorts money out of state and local governments (and let’s not even start talking about privacy). We know that our elected officials play along. We aren’t happy about it, yet we keep on buying.” – Washington Post
Tags: Amazon, Art, Issues, 03.19.21

Beloved New York Bookstore The Strand Has Become A Union Busting Stereotype

This is not great. “The past year … has laid bare just how perilous a job you like, or even love, can be when you’re working without the most basic of safety nets. This fragility is something that Strand employees have always known — they work in retail, after all. Before, though, the job had just enough perks, just enough meaning, to make it worth the struggle.” Now, it’s one long arbitration struggle, and certainly not enough money for the workers. (Or, perhaps, the ownership.) – Vulture
Tags: Art, Words, 03.19.21, New York Bookstore The Strand Has Become

A Return To Episodic TV

Is the binge better? Or is it OK to let episodes marinate for a week before returning to a story? When Netflix first dropped entire seasons, it blew everyone’s mind. But now, perhaps, the choices are simply “one more set of storytelling tools — like shooting in front of a studio audience, or not — creatively suited to different kinds of stories.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, 03.19.21

Molly Goddard: turning up the volume

Rihanna rocked hers, Villanelle killed in hers… Molly Goddard takes dressing up to new levels with her dainty-not-dainty dressesIt really is no time to be a fashion designer. No catwalk shows, no front rows, no parties, no awards ceremonies, no red carpets, no shops. Nowhere to show off your fabulous clobber, nowhere to watch someone showing off theirs. Molly Goddard, one of British fashion’s most lauded and fun young designers of the past decade, can’t go to her beloved market at Portobello Roa...
Tags: Fashion, Design, London, Rihanna, Life and style, Art and design, Lvmh, Haute couture shows, Portobello Road, British Fashion Council, Lockdown, Molly Goddard, Jodie Comer, Villanelle, Killing Eve

Marianne Carus, Founder Of Cricket Magazine, 92

Carus believed that children should read – and see – high-quality short stories, poetry, and art. In 1982, she said in an interview, “So many people talk down to children, but you have to respect their intelligence. … Parents give them the best clothes, the best food, the best toys, when what they should be giving them is food for their little brains.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Carus, 03.19.21, Marianne Carus

Composer Hannah Peel Goes Deep Into The Trees, And Neuroscience

Peel’s star has been ascending, with work for TV and movies, and hosting a new, controversial BBC music show – and she managed, with the help of the cosmos, Barbara Hepworth, her grandfather’s voice, and nature, to compose a new album during pandemic lockdowns and restrictions and a lot of Zoom meetings. – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Music, Bbc, Barbara Hepworth, Hannah Peel, 03.20.21

A Paris Ballet Star Dances With Memories, And Anselm Kiefer Paintings

Hugo Marchand’s new memoir speaks of feelings that seem to beset nearly every dancer – of not belonging, of self-doubt, and of stage fright. And his newest pandemic project brought him into close contact with artist Anselm Kiefer. “I like the way [Steve Reich’s’Duet’] loops and matches Kiefer’s work which uses recycled and repeating materials. We were lucky to meet Anselm Kiefer, and I was very touched and moved by the paintings.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Paris, Steve Reich, Anselm Kiefer, Kiefer, 03.19.21, Hugo Marchand

The New Rules Of Moviegoing

Start with an “electrostatic disinfectant sprayer,” add in a seat buffering system, and don’t forget prepackaged condiments for your popcorn. (But … what about air flow and vaccine requirements? Hm.) – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, 03.19.21

Palm Springs Art Museum’s Executive Director Resigns Just Before Museum Reopens

Louis Grachos had a two-year stint, including a year of pandemic shutdown marred by controversy surrounding the museum’s response to George Floyd’s killing and by the deaccessioning and sale of a massive Helen Frankenthaler painting. Grachos is returning to New Mexico, where he’ll be ED of “the contemporary arts organization SITE Sante Fe, which he led from 1996 to 2003.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, New Mexico, Visual, Helen Frankenthaler, Palm Springs Art Museum, Louis Grachos, George Floyd, 03.20.21, Grachos

"In March last year I was sectioned and went to a psychiatric ward for six weeks, I had been diagnosed with suffering from a Psychotic episode...."

"It’s basically like an overspill of your brain’s 'stress bucket,' when your mind can’t handle it any more. In my case I went through a wave of hallucinations and delusions from thinking that I was speaking to God to being hired to doodle all over Donald Trump’s wall to believing that I had become the video game character Crash Bandicoot. In the psychiatric ward I believed I had met and become friends with Banksy and Kanye West and that we were destined to doodle the world together, in reality ...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Asia, London, Instagram, Law, Youtube, Kanye West, Banksy, Donald Trump, Jeff Koons, Doodle, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Cox, Waldo

How Van Gogh paid for his mentally ill sister's care decades after his death

The troubled artist’s paintings failed to make him a living but as a new book of letters shows, his legacy enabled his sibling to get the treatment he lackedVincent van Gogh remained penniless throughout his tragic life, which ended in suicide shortly after a stay in a mental asylum. Yet two decades later, paintings he had given to his sister were sold to pay for her stay in a psychiatric hospital, commanding such high prices that the proceeds funded years of treatment, according to letters publ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, Painting, UK News, World news, Mental Health, Culture, Art and design, Netherlands, Van Gogh, Gogh

Maryland’s State Song Has Been Booted By Lawmakers

The state legislature voted to scrap the state’s official song. Why? “The pro-Confederate Civil War-era tune features lyrics that denigrate Abraham Lincoln as a ‘tyrant’ and call on Maryland to join the South in fighting ‘the Northern scum.’ Penned in 1861 and set to the melody of ‘O Tannenbaum,’ it has been blasted by critics as racist and an embarrassment to the state.” – Baltimore Sun
Tags: Art, Music, Maryland, South, Abraham Lincoln, 03.20.21

Lockdown one year on: Hiran Abeysekera on how Covid nixed his West End debut

The Sri Lankan actor, who had wowed audiences in Sheffield in Life of Pi, was poised for West End fame when theatres shut up shop. He reflects on a career interruptedSee all our coronavirus coverage“I was scared that I might not be able to do Pi again,” says Hiran Abeysekera, who was preparing to transfer his rapturously received 2019 performance in Life of Pi to the West End when the pandemic hit. “We were joking that when theatres finally reopened, I’d have grey hair and a walking stick. Peopl...
Tags: Theatre, Bbc, Culture, Stage, Yann Martel, Sheffield, Pi, Peter Pan, West End, Russell T Davies, RSC, Patel, Rada, Life of Pi, Sheffield Crucible, Lolita Chakrabarti

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