Survey: How Students Attitudes About Arts Education Are Changing In The COVID Era

Student responses show that their biggest concerns are the high cost of tuition for remote classes and the changes to their social lives on campus. But students interested in the arts say they have embraced the difficulties of virtual arts learning by pivoting to digital showcases, as well as platforms like Instagram and TikTok. – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Instagram, Issues, 04.06.21

Kennedy Center Turns 50 (And Unveils Celebrations)

The 50th anniversary celebration is part of 1,110 dance, theater, jazz, comedy and musical concerts and events in the 2021-2022 season. The total represents a 25 percent cut from pre-pandemic averages, Rutter said, and many of the special performances have been scheduled for 2022 as a hedge that vaccines would by then be widely available. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Issues, Rutter, 04.06.21, Kennedy Center Turns

The Transitory Influence Of Hemingway

So what can Hemingway tell us about what American writers owe to Hemingway? Whatever that debt is, it’s a lot, according to the various writers and literary scholars who appear as talking heads in the documentary, but they (Edna O’Brien, Tobias Wolff, Mario Vargas Llosa) are fairly long in the tooth, and few young fiction writers would now claim him as a star to steer by. In comparison, the influence of William Faulkner, transfigured in the crucible of Toni Morrison’s genius and legacy, can be ...
Tags: Art, Words, Toni Morrison, Hemingway, William Faulkner, 04.05.21, Edna O'Brien Tobias Wolff Mario Vargas Llosa

Live Theatre Returns To Live Theatre In NY — And It’s… Different

The line of people he came to greet waiting to see the first performance of Blindness at the Daryl Roth Theatre off Union Square was collectively, properly masked, but still a line, still packed closely together, reminding this critic that whatever measures being taken inside theaters, the line outside a theater right now remains just as it always was—an expectant, kettled huddle. – The Daily Beast
Tags: Art, Theatre, Ny, Union Square, 04.07.21

A Computer Code Written In Cree

My desired output for this language is graphical based. I originally envisioned it as a kind of “Processing for Indigenous Languages”. Where the output is generative and graphic. The generative aspect is crucial in the representation of the Indigenous worldview, because when the program ends whatever display was generated is destroyed (comes to end of life). – Esoteric Codes
Tags: Art, Cree, Words, 03.30.21

Video Game Technology Helps Recreate Sound Of 16th-Century Scotland’s Chapel Royal

“Researchers have captured how they believe choral music would have sounded when played and sung in the now-ruined chapel at Linlithgow Palace, west Lothian, which was the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and where James IV visited for Easter celebrations around 1512. … Gaming technology … allow[s] specialists to model how acoustics would have been affected by long-destroyed interior details, such as the curve of an alabaster sculpture or an oak roof beam.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, Scotland, Mary Queen of Scots, James IV, Linlithgow Palace, 04.05.21

How Reporters Are Fighting To Save The Storied Tribune Newspapers From A Hedge Fund

The worried reporters would need to recruit community allies. Hire a public relations firm to sway public opinion. And most crucially: Figure out how to find rich people who might be persuaded to finance a rescue plan. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Music, 04.05.21

Join the Conversation

I have said before here that the time for talk is long past and that figuring out a way to prod real action on DEI issues is essential. This Conversation, hosted by the Community Engagement Network, is an attempt to lay groundwork for actual movement. – Doug Borwick
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Community Engagement Network, 04.07.21

Behold The World’s Largest Collection Of Magazines

“[James] Hyman’s collection now stands at around 150,000 editions of roughly 5,000 titles. They form the bulk of HYMAG, a dedicated magazine library housed in a former factory in Woolwich, south-east London. It’s an overwhelming sight. … It is not just the words that are important, Mr. Hyman stresses, but what surrounds them: the advertisements, the page layouts, the typography and all the other marginalia that have been lost as text has transitioned to the internet.” – The Economist
Tags: Art, London, World, Words, Woolwich, Hyman, 04.06.21, James -RSB- Hyman, HYMAG

Art At Scale: Putting All Of The UK’s National Collections Online

Art UK brings together over 3,000 public collections on one shared, economically efficient platform, allowing them all to reap the benefits of scale and technology in one of the largest arts partnerships put together in the UK. Art UK’s Partner Collections have access to the Art UK Shop, enabling them to generate income without making any capital investment or taking any risk. – ArtUK
Tags: Art, UK, Visual, 04.07.21, Art UK Shop

As Performances In Italy Remain Banned, Competitive Ballroom Dancing Waltzes On

“[Competitors] are preparing for the Italian Championships in Rimini in July and as such are allowed to keep practicing, given that the government considers their activity in the national interest. It’s the same allowance that has enabled other federally recognized competitive athletes to keep training in Italy even during the latest round of virus-related closures.” – AP
Tags: Art, Dance, Italy, RIMINI, 04.05.21

Are Virtues Of The Past Casualties Of Progress?

If we cannot slow down and grow cautiously, evenly, gradually into our new technological and political possibilities and responsibilities—even the potentially liberating ones—the last recognizably individual men and women may give place, before too many more generations, to the simultaneously sub- and super-human civilization of the hive. – Commonweal
Tags: Art, Ideas, 03.25.21

Recreating A 2,000-Year-Old South Indian Lyre

The yazh is a seven- or 14-stringed harp, built over a wooden bowl resonator covered with hide like a drum, that’s referenced in Tamil scriptures dating back to the Sangam period (6th century BCE to 3rd century CE). There are replicas of the yazh in museums, but none are playable. In a Q&A, Chennai-based instrument maker Tharun Sekar talks about how he researched and then crafted a playable model. – Atlas Obscura
Tags: Art, Music, Chennai, 04.05.21

Producer Scott Rudin, “Monster” Boss

Even as others have been canceled or have dialed back their aggression, Rudin’s behavior has continued unabated, leaving a trail of splintered objects and traumatized employees in his path. – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Hollywood, People, Scott Rudin, Rudin, 04.07.21

Right-Wing Populists In Europe Are Going After Public Broadcasters

“In some countries, such as Hungary and Poland, illiberal governments are turning them into mouthpieces for the ruling party. In others, such as Germany and Sweden, populist movements accuse them of bias in favour of the establishment and the left. Modelled on Britain’s BBC (now facing political pressures of its own), Europe’s public media were set up to anchor democracy by providing citizens with objective reporting. But in an age of polarisation and disinformation, that is getting harder to d...
Tags: Art, Europe, Sweden, Media, Germany, Bbc, Hungary, Britain, Poland, 04.06.21

Manfred Fischbeck, Who Built Audience For Avant-Garde Dance In Philadelphia, Dead At 80

“For more than 50 years, [he] was an indefatigable contributor to the contemporary experimental dance scene in Philadelphia and around the world. … Mr. Fischbeck; his former wife, Brigitta Herrmann; and fellow innovator Hellmut Gottschild founded and directed Group Motion Multimedia Dance Theater in 1968. The Philadelphia dance troupe, internationally known for its avant-garde performances and outreach to enthusiasts, is celebrated locally for its continuing Friday night workshops [for] nondanc...
Tags: Art, People, Philadelphia, Fischbeck, 04.01.21, Brigitta Herrmann, Hellmut Gottschild, Group Motion Multimedia Dance Theater

A paradox revealed through portraiture

A photograph taken seven years before her passing says much about the life, times and character of the trailblazing Meherbai Tata The much-loved wife of Dorabji Tata and daughter in-law of Jamsetji Tata, the founder of the Tata group, Meherbai Tata was a woman of personality. A participant in the ornamental theatrics of being imperial within Empire, one finds her name regularly among the maharajas, nawabs and begums in royal chronicles. And deservedly so. Meherbai was honoured with the ‘Comm...
Tags: Art, London, Life, India, History, Heritage, Paris, Buckingham Palace, Victoria, Lafayette, Rembrandt, Mumbai, Queen Victoria, Tata, Reed, George V

‘What If Shakespeare Wrote Shakespeare, But Someone Else Wrote Him First?’

That’s how one scholar summarizes the theory that the plays of William Shakespeare were written, yes, by the glover’s son from Stratford-upon-Avon — but adapted from scripts and prose works by the courtier and Latin translator Sir Thomas North. Here’s a look at the evidence. – Smithsonian Magazine
Tags: Art, Theatre, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Stratford, Thomas North, 04.06.21

The Tensions Between Meritocracy And Equity

“Between those who see meritocratic admissions as giving fair rewards to hard work and ability, and those who demand that schools focus on students’ identities rather than individual performance, there appears little room for compromise. But the two positions have unexamined common ground, coexisting in the consciousness of students and teachers.” – Tablet
Tags: Art, Ideas, 04.04.21

India Eliminates Appeals Of Film Censorship Board’s Decisions

“The Indian federal government has passed an order that scraps the Information and Broadcasting ministry’s Film Certification Appellate Tribunal, the first avenue of appeal if a filmmaker disagrees with a certification decision. Instead, filmmakers will have to go to court.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, 04.07.21, India Eliminates Appeals Of Film Censorship Board

Suspect Arrested For Theft Of Van Gogh And Hals Paintings In Netherlands

“The police announced on Tuesday morning that they had arrested a 58-year-old man on suspicion of stealing both Vincent Van Gogh’s The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring (1884) and Frans Hals’s Two Laughing Boys with a Mug of Beer from two museums in the Netherlands.” The thefts occurred last year in March and August, respectively, from museums that were closed due to the pandemic. The paintings have not yet been located. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Netherlands, Van Gogh, Visual, Vincent Van Gogh, Frans Hals, Nuenen, Parsonage Garden, 04.07.21

Bayeux Tapestry May Be Too Damaged To Travel To UK

There was quite some excitement in January of 2018 when President Emmanuel Macron announced that the 950-year-old, 2,300-foot-long needlework depicting the Norman Conquest would be lent to Great Britain in 2023, when its home museum would be closed for renovation. But a report following examination of the Tapestry finds that (as curators warned when the loan was announced) the artwork is in worse condition than anticipated and should probably not be moved except for conservation. – Museums Jour...
Tags: Art, UK, Great Britain, Visual, Emmanuel Macron, Norman Conquest, 04.06.21

California’s Arts Institutions Will Reopen June 15 (Won’t They?)

“California officials shocked the performing arts community Tuesday when they announced plans to fully reopen the economy June 15 if certain vaccination and hospitalization benchmarks are met, leaving leaders of theaters, music groups and more scrambling to revisit plans for spring and answer a long list of questions.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, California, Issues, 04.06.21

The horror safari: why was Francis Bacon so triggered by dead elephants?

When the great painter died, 200 macabre photographs of elephant carcasses were found in his studio. They were by Peter Beard – and they propelled the artist into the heart of darknessIf you look into the eyes of a portrait, especially a self-portrait, by Rembrandt, you seem to see a “soul”. Such religious ideas and readings have shaped the story of art from its very beginnings and continue to seduce us today. But Francis Bacon was the first artist to paint people as animals. His subjects are re...
Tags: Art, Photography, London, Animals, Africa, Environment, Painting, Culture, Wildlife, Art and design, Kenya, Exhibitions, Francis Bacon, Bacon, Rembrandt, Peter Beard

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