Canada’s New Opera Champion Bob McPhee, 65

As head of Calgary Opera he was one of the most innovative champions of the art form. “I think he truly changed opera in Canada. I think there was Before Bob and there is After Bob.” – The Globe and Mail (Canada)
Tags: Art, People, Canada, Bob, Globe, Calgary Opera, Bob McPhee, 04.06.21

How American Theatre Marginalizes Asians

“Just as Asian shows are seen as exotic oddities rather than universal, Asian American theatres aren’t considered national theatres by funders, even though it is companies like Ma-Yi, Theater Mu, and East West Players that have historically nurtured Asian American artists when white theatres would not work with them, and told Asian American stories before there was a financial imperative.” – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Theatre, 04.06.21, Ma Yi Theater Mu

Diversity Lessons From The 1990s Culture Wars

“What David Lang wrote in 1989 was not wrong: no senators took to the floor to tear up scores by Philip Glass or John Cage. New music was ultimately collateral damage in the Culture Wars, not directly targeted by congressional Republicans but still subject to the same devastating public funding cuts that the controversies over Serrano and Mapplethorpe inaugurated. But the controversies over NYSCA’s funding of new-music organizations—relatively tame in comparison to what unfolded on the floor of...
Tags: Art, Music, Philip Glass, John Cage, David Lang, MAPPLETHORPE, Serrano, 04.07.21, NYSCA

Study Science, Fine. But Arts And Humanities Are The Future Of Work

With the rise of artificial intelligence, machine programming, and the ever more rapid automation of technical skills, many companies are seeking just the creative and humanist thinking that emerges from a study of the liberal arts. – Forbes
Tags: Art, Ideas, 04.06.21

Choreography With Water And Fire (This Is Not A Metaphor, This Is Actual Fluids And Flames)

Billy Bell, who is a visual spectacle designer and computer engineer as well as a dancer and choreographer, combines movement, architecture and computer code to create fire-and-fountain displays for the likes of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. “”When you’re choreographing on a fountain, the equipment itself is your dancer,” he says. “However, that dancer, that equipment, is fixed in space. It’s not going to move. It’s hundreds and hundreds of pounds and bolted to cement underneath eight feet of wate...
Tags: Art, Dance, Dubai, Burj Khalifa, 04.06.21, Billy Bell

Science: Turns Out Musical Taste Corresponds To Personality

It turns out that there is more to the question than appears on the surface, and multiple psychological studies have supported the idea that musical preferences are actually linked to our cognitive styles, or the way we think about, and react to, the world around us. – The Hill
Tags: Art, Music, 04.06.21

These dollhouses cost more than a typical home in Indiana

While $200,000 won't get you a single-family home in most parts of California, it can buy a very elaborate dollhouse on Instagram.
Tags: Design, Instagram, California, Lifestyle, Indiana, Radio, Luxury, Dollhouses, Architectural Digest, Cheap Old Houses, Chris Toledo, Nutshell News

Rock Musicians Are Getting Into NFTs. It’s Going To Be Messy.

“At the end of February, Grimes sold 10 pieces of digital artwork as NFTs for $6m, while Deadmau5 has offered bundles including music and collaborative artwork. The Weeknd generated $2.2m by selling digital artworks with clips of a new track. … Despite the clear traceability, there remains enormous uncertainty about just how the rights and ownership of the original creators – from songwriters and producers to session musicians – apply in an NFT sale that includes music.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, Grimes, NFT, 04.07.21

George W. Bush, Painter (What Does His Art Say About Him? About Us?)

“Bush’s painting style is inelegant: his subjects’ eyes are often misaligned, his colors are sometimes muddied, and even though he attempts to create depth and shadow, the facial features ultimately fail to convey anything resembling human warmth. The book, providing an honorific framing, bestows a dignity upon his subjects that his presidential policies did not.” – ARTnews
Tags: Art, People, George W Bush, Bush, 04.06.21

Why Wouldn’t Saudi Arabia Lend ‘Salvator Mundi’ To The Louvre? Spite, Basically

History’s most expensive artwork, purchased by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in 2017 for $450 million, was supposed to be part of the Louvre’s blockbuster Leonardo da Vinci exhibition in 2019 and then go on long-term loan to the new Louvre Abu Dhabi. But Salvator Mundi hasn’t been seen in public since its auction (and is rumored to be on a royal yacht). Why? It seems there was a battle of wills between His Royal Highness and the Louvre’s specialist curators over certifying the painting...
Tags: Art, Saudi Arabia, Visual, Mohammed bin Salman, Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, 04.07.21

Prices For NFTs Swoon (Collapse?)

Perhaps, according to recent figures published by, which show that the average price of NFTs plummeted almost 70% from a peak of around $4,000 in mid-February to around $1,400 earlier this week. Since Bloomberg first reported the price crash on 3 April, sales have continued to decline. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Bloomberg, Visual, 04.06.21

Wisconsin School Works To Save Ojibwe Languages Before Native-Speaker Elders Disappear

On the Lac Courte Oreilles reservation, near Lake Superior in the northwestern corner of the state, is a K-8 school called Waadookodaading (“a place where people help each other”), where Ojibwe children are taught, in their ancestral language, a curriculum that combines federal and state educational requirements with traditional culture. For instance, the kids study biology using fish they’ve speared, and the wild rice harvest becomes a way to learn how to measure volumes. But the COVID epidemi...
Tags: Art, Wisconsin, Words, Lake Superior, Lac Courte Oreilles, 04.07.21, Waadookodaading

Arkansas’s Crystal Bridges Anounces A Fifty Percent Expansion

The expansion would add nearly 100,000 sq. ft to the museum’s current 200,000 sq. ft pavilion complex, which features concrete walls, bands of red cedar and copper roofs that all react to light and moisture in a forested Ozark setting. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Arkansas, Visual, 04.06.21

Hong Kong’s New M+ Wants To Be One Of The World’s Great Contemporary Art Museums. Politics May Make That Impossible.

“The [West Kowloon Cultural District Authority] has set M+ the target of being the first museum of its kind in Asia and to be ranked among the top five museums in the world for visual culture. … To achieve such lofty ambitions, M+ needs international credibility. But given growing ideological tensions between China and the West, it is going to be hard for the museum to meet the expectations of its political master as well as an international art world based on the values of liberal democracies....
Tags: Art, Asia, Hong Kong, China, Visual, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, 04.07.21

Mondo Releases Steamy ‘The Handmaiden’ Poster From J.A.W. Cooper

Park Chan-wook‘s modern masterpiece The Handmaiden gets a properly steamy poster from Mondo, courtesy of artist J.A.W. Cooper. And by steamy, we mean literally — the poster depicts the famous bathtub scene from the film. But also, in the descriptive sense, because oh boy was Park’s 2016 erotic thriller something else. It’s only fitting that The Handmaiden, a dizzyingly seductive thriller from Oldboy director Park Chan-wook, would get an equally sensual poster from artist J.A.W. Cooper, which...
Tags: Art, Movies, Cool Stuff, Mondo, Cooper, Kim Min, Ha Jung, Ben Wa, The Handmaiden, Park Chan wook, Kim Tae, J A W Cooper

The Black Violinist Who Premiered Beethoven’s ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata

“Born in 1778, in Biała Podlaska, Poland, [George Polgreen] Bridgetower started playing the violin at an early age. His father John Frederick Bridgetower (probably of West Indian descent) was a servant of Joseph Haydn’s patron: the Hungarian Prince Esterházy. And the young Bridgetower was tutored by Haydn himself. … Later, Bridgetower went on to give the first public performance of Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 (‘Kreutzer’), which the composer originally dedicated to him. T...
Tags: Art, Music, Beethoven, Haydn, Joseph Haydn, Kreutzer, Bridgetower, 04.01.21, Biała Podlaska Poland, George Polgreen, John Frederick Bridgetower, Esterházy, Rudolphe Kreutzer

Lois Kirschenbaum, New York’s Most Beloved Opera Superfan, Dead At 88

Night after night, through multiple performances of a production’s run at the Met or New York City Opera, Lois (the city’s entire opera community referred to her as Lois) was in the audience, and more often than not went backstage afterwards to solicit autographs and talk to singers. “She could tell you anything going on in your performances on any given night — this or that particular phrase and what it meant,” says soprano Aprile Millo. “For a singer, it gave you the feeling that you were bei...
Tags: Art, New York, People, Lois, Aprile Millo, 04.07.21, Lois Kirschenbaum, New York City Opera Lois

‘They were survivors’: the Jewish cartoonists who fled the Nazis

A new exhibition celebrates the work of three Austrian artists who escaped their country as Nazis took over and created daring work in the years afterIn 1938, Nazi troops invaded Austria, subsuming the country into the Third Reich in an event known as the “Anschluss”, bringing official antisemitism, along with political violence, to the small, German-speaking nation.A new exhibition in New York features artworks by three Jewish artists who fled Vienna during the Anschluss, survived and flourishe...
Tags: Art, New York, Nazis, Culture, Austria, Vienna, Art and design, Drawing, Second world war

Painting that was nearly sold for €1,500 could be Caravaggio worth €50m

Spanish government imposes export ban on oil painting as experts study it to determine authorshipBefore it was pulled from sale, lot 229, a small but luminous oil painting of the scourged Christ attributed to the circle of the 17th-century Spanish artist José de Ribera, had been due to go under the hammer in Madrid on Thursday with a guide price of €1,500 (£1,300).Closer inspection, however, has raised suspicions that the Crowning with Thorns may be the rather more valuable work of the Italian m...
Tags: Art, Europe, Spain, World news, Culture, Art and design, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Madrid, Christ, Caravaggio, Michelangelo Merisi, José de Ribera

Valery Gergiev, Politics and Putin

By arranging himself with the powers that be, Gergiev has maneuvered his way to a singular position in Russian cultural politics. On January 30, 2018, he led a performance at the Russian National Defense Control Centre, viewing with Putin the weapons systems deployed by Russian forces in Syria. – Van
Tags: Art, Putin, Syria, People, Valery Gergiev, Gergiev

Protestors Occupying French Theatres Carefully Dance Through A Minefield

“After trade union representatives in Paris entered the shuttered Odéon Theater, a movement to occupy playhouses spread rapidly. … Yet with the infection rate rising, the movement finds itself facing difficult options. Protesters can’t be seen to flout restrictions or draw large crowds, so there have been no impromptu plays or theatrical tableaux. … Yet public actions are needed to rally support. As a result, the occupiers have walked a fine, often awkward line amid art, safety and their politi...
Tags: Art, Paris, Issues, Odéon Theater, 04.08.21

It’s 2021, And Italy Is Finally Abolishing Film Censorship

“It will now no longer be possible to block the release of a new film or demand edits for moral or religious reasons. Filmmakers will instead classify their own movies based on the age of the audience. Their decisions will be verified by a new commission made up of 49 members chosen from the film industry, but will be experts in education and animal rights.” – Yahoo! (AFP)
Tags: Art, Media, Italy, 04.06.21

Enormous Golden Modernist Mobile Removed From Lincoln Center Will Be Installed At LaGuardia Airport

There was a minor uproar in December when Lincoln Center announced that Richard Lippold’s Orpheus and Apollo, which had dangled in the multi-story upper atrium of Philharmonic Avery Fisher David Geffen Hall since the 1960s, had been removed as part of the venue’s renovation and would not be returning. Following a suggestion by former New York Times and New Yorker architecture critic Paul Goldberger, the work will have a new home in the newly renovated Terminal B at LGA. – Gothamist
Tags: Art, New York Times, Lincoln Center, Laguardia Airport, Visual, Paul Goldberger, 04.07.21, Richard Lippold, Philharmonic Avery Fisher David Geffen Hall

What Killed L.A. Stage Alliance? It Wasn’t That One Dumb Mistake

Los Angeles sound designer and playwright Howard Ho — the boyfriend of actress Jully Lee, who was the subject of the dumb mistake at LASA’s Ovation Awards — writes that the last thing he and Lee expected was for the organization to shut itself down (they initially laughed off the mistake, which wasn’t even the only error that night, and were surprised that it got so much attention) and goes on to look at how the controversy unfolded inside Southern California’s Asian-American theater community....
Tags: Art, Theatre, Los Angeles, Southern California, Lee, Lasa, Howard Ho, Jully Lee, 04.07.21

The Letterform Archive Launches a New Online Archive of Graphic Design, Featuring 9,000 Hi-Fi Images

An online design museum made by and for designers? The concept seems obvious, but has taken decades in internet years for the reality to fully emerge in the Letterform Archive. Now that it has, we can see why. Good design may look simple, but no one should be fooled into thinking it’s easy. “After years of development and months of feedback,” write the creators of the Letterform Archive online design museum, “we’re opening up the Online Archive to everyone. This project is a labor of love from ...
Tags: Google, Art, Design, College, San Francisco, Archives, Facebook Twitter, Dada, Josh Jones, Yusef, Olivetti, Durham NC Follow, Emory Douglas

Communications Director, New Music USA

New Music USA is seeking an exceptional Communications Director who will join our organization during an exciting phase of our development. This year we are delivering a new strategic plan and furthering our implementation of new artist development programs. We will also begin celebrating the 10th anniversary of the merger between Meet the Composer and American Music Center, which established New Music USA. The Communications Director will play an active role in these transformative activities, ...
Tags: Art, Usa, Jobs, Digital, US, New Music USA, American Music Center, NewMusicBox, BIPOC, New Music USA The Communications, Organization Development Monitors, Board Program and Advisory Councils, Required Skills, New Music USAAbility, Ricky Tyler [email protected]

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Artistic Director, Ailey II

Founded in 1958 by the pioneering dancer, choreographer, and cultural leader Alvin Ailey, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) has grown to become one of the world’s premier dance companies and the largest modern dance company in the country. OrganizationFounded in 1958 by the pioneering dancer, choreographer, and cultural leader Alvin Ailey, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) has grown to become one of the world’s premier dance companies and the largest modern dance company in ...
Tags: Art, Jobs, New York City, United States, Manhattan, Foundation, Horton, Bennett, Alvin Ailey, Melanie, Thibodeau, Robert Battle, United States Senate, Ailey, Ailey II, Judith Jamison

Atlanta Ballet – Executive Director

Atlanta Ballet is one of the premier and oldest dance companies in America and the official state ballet of Georgia. OrganizationAtlanta Ballet is one of the premier and oldest dance companies in America and the official state ballet of Georgia. Established in 1929 by dance visionary Dorothy Moses Alexander, Atlanta Ballet is currently led by Artistic Director Gennadi Nedvigin. A Bolshoi trained former principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet, Nedvigin was recruited to Atlanta Ballet in 201...
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