Fromm and Maccoby on Cultural Stimuli

In our discussion thus far we have paid little attention to the problem of the happiness of the peasant. In fact, we have stressed the economic advantage of the productive orientation, but said little of the subjective factor of satisfaction and contentment. In order to understand this problem better, we must have in mind the important fact, mentioned in Chapter 5, that the village is a cultural and spiritual desert. The values which existed for the precapitalistic peasant, and which Tawney ha...
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UK Artists Demand Action On Post-Brexit Touring Crisis

“We are extremely concerned by the lack of progress which has been achieved over the last three months to unravel the mountain of costly bureaucracy and red tape which now faces the creative industries,” the letter said. “With scheduling already under way for creative work later this year, you have a limited window of opportunity to resolve this crisis which is threatening our industry.” – BBC
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Bard Center Explores Connections Between Arts And Human Rights

The two-year, interdisciplinary MA plans to host in-person classes at Bard’s Annandale-on-Hudson campus and welcomes “current and aspiring activists, artists, and researchers” who are committed to “understanding, exploring, and furthering the growing encounter between human rights and the arts.” – Hyperallergic
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Theatre Festivals Are Reopening In The UK. But What Should Their Role Be?

Many will grapple with an uncertain theatre landscape and uncertainty over how audiences might behave as society opens up. And this is at a time when cities have been devastated by the pandemic, and many are still reeling from the loss to life and livelihoods. –
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Poetry Foundation Picks A New President

Michelle Boone’s appointment “may mark a turning point for the foundation, which has been criticized as insular and slow to respond to changing times. In addition to serving as commissioner for the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events under former Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Boone is wrapping up her tenure as chief program and civic engagement officer for Navy Pier.” – Chicago Tribune
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A $2 Billion Plan Would Transform LA’s Arts District

An Arts District cold-storage plant dating to the 1890s would be replaced with housing, offices, a hotel and shops in a proposal unveiled Thursday by Denver developers. With a price tag between $1.5 billion and $2 billion, the complex would rank among the largest L.A. commercial real estate developments in recent memory. – Los Angeles Times
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Is Music Universal Or Not? Depends On What You Mean

Kevin Berger: “In the past two years, the debate over whether music is universal, or even whether that debate has merit, has raged like a battle of the bands among scientists. The stage has expanded from musicology to evolutionary biology to cultural anthropology. … My recent adventures in the fields of music research have instilled in me … a new appreciation of what universality in music really means.” – Nautilus
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The Young Pipsqueak Professor Who Changed The Way Everyone Thought About Homer’s Epics

“Milman Parry was arguably the most important American classical scholar of the 20th century, by one reckoning ‘the Darwin of Homeric Studies.’ At age 26, this young man from California stepped into the world of Continental philologists and overturned some of their most deeply cherished notions of ancient literature. Homer, Parry showed, was no ‘writer’ at all. The Iliad and the Odyssey were not ‘written,’ but had been composed orally, drawing on traditional ways that went back centuries.” – Li...
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Getting In To A Concert Got A Lot More Complicated In The COVID Protocols

“Gone was the chance to rush to a concert after work and plop down into your seat as the curtain rose. Before they entered the Shed, concertgoers would need to check one of three boxes: show proof of full vaccination; demonstrate a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the event; or have taken a rapid antigen test, which is less reliable, within six hours of showtime.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Issues, 04.29.21

How Imagination Drives Answers

The sense of wonder we get when looking at a star-studded sky is a powerful one, even today an intense and even emotional experience, connecting us perhaps with an echo of that ancient amazement shared by thousands of generations before us. But perhaps too this feeling is not enough to understand the origin of this deep-seated, urgent, primordial, almost innate need to seek an answer to the big questions. – Nautilus
Tags: Art, Ideas, 04.28.21

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63S: Ready to Rock

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63 S SUV is the only V8, biturbo-powered, compact SUV. According to Mercedes, it’ll do 0–60 mph in 3.6 seconds, which makes for a quick dash to the mini-mart. Combine AMG performance with Mercedes’ GLC SUV and what do you get? A GLC 63 S SUV powered by an AMG […] The post 2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63S: Ready to Rock appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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Because Of COVID, TV Production Had To Change The Way It Works. Some Of Those Changes May Stick.

“It has been a year of struggle and experimentation for the television industry, which has had to learn on the fly while trying to create new diversions for an unusually captive home audience. … Some changes could outlast the pandemic. Just as the nature of schooling and office work has been transformed as millions have learned to function remotely, television has adapted as well, with showrunners, actors and crews all forced to innovate, tweak and change.” – The New York Times
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Ted Gioia On Finding Creative Success Outside The System

“For many of us in the creative economy, too much energy is spent on working the system. My response has been to operate in contexts where that isn’t such a time drain. I don’t work the system anymore, except as a last resort: I aim instead to bypass it. The better I have gotten at circumventing gatekeepers, the more successful my writing career has been. There’s a lesson in that, no?” – Arts Fuse
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Play Something, Netflix’s New Weapon Against Viewers’ Decision Fatigue

“Today, the company is launching Play Something, a new viewing mode designed to make it easier for the indecisive among us to quickly find something to watch. … The goal of this new shuffle feature is to eliminate, or at least ease, the Peak TV-era anxiety so many of us feel while trying to find something to watch” among the countless options available. – Vulture
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Inside James Turrell’s Roden Crater

It is Turrell’s most ambitious project, but also his most personal. He has spent 45 years designing a series of tunnels and chambers inside to capture celestial light. Yet Turrell has rarely allowed anyone to visit the work in progress. Known as Roden Crater, it stands 580 feet tall and nearly two miles wide. One of the tunnels that Turrell has completed is 854 feet long. – Smithsonian
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‘Live Shows Are About To Come Roaring Back To Full Houses’, Says One Critic

Chris Jones: “There’s real evidence now of pent-up demand. Consider what is happening in Las Vegas. Cirque du Soleil, which has emerged from bankruptcy protection and put its famous productions of both Mystère and O on sale last week …, has seen colossal demand for tickets. … Comedian Dave Chappelle sold 13,000 tickets for his July 2 concert. The Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny had 45,000 people in his waiting room, all trying to buy tickets at once. Get the drift, Chicago entertainment peeps? Pe...
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Affinities, a Book of Images to Celebrate 10 Years of The Public Domain Review

In a similar way to how Open Culture aims to distill in one place the web’s high-quality free cultural and educational media, so The Public Domain Review aims to help readers explore the vast (and sometimes overwhelming!) sea of public domain works available online — like a small exhibition gallery at the entrance to an immense network of archives and storage rooms that lie beyond. Celebrating curious and beautiful public domain images is at the very heart of what we do, and so it seem...
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That Long-Awaited Final Sondheim Musical? It’s Not Coming

The show, titled Buñuel and based on that filmmaker’s The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and The Exterminating Angel, had been in development with playwright David Ives (Venus In Fur) and the Public Theater for about a decade, with a workshop held in 2016. Now the Public says that the 91-year-old composer told the theater last year that he had abandoned the piece. – The New York Times
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Even Square Dancing Has Gone Onto Zoom

“Contra and square dancing involve lots of other people, not just a single partner. Dancing involves live music, played with precision. It involves callers who stand with the musicians and direct the dancers’ moves. It involves a dance floor. These were all issues that had to be figured out. By the summer of 2020, they were.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Dance, 04.27.21

Microsoft Is Changing Its Default WORD Font… And A Billion People Will Read Differently

“A lot of customers, they really don’t even think about fonts or look at fonts. It’s only when they zoom in, that they see a g is different! It’s really [about], once you use them, what feels natural? Are there quirky characters that get in the way? Do the numerals feel right, and readable? I think we’re stretching what’s acceptable to the limits. But they do feel similar.” – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Microsoft, Words, 04.28.21

Medieval Treasures Stolen In 1989 Recovered In Sicily

“After being stolen more than 30 years ago from a village in Italy’s Tuscany region, a group of stolen medieval artifacts has been located by police in the home of an antiques collector in Sicily. In that house near Catania, the police discovered a pilfered reliquary that dates back to the 13th century, as well as other objects including a copper cross and six chalices.” – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Italy, Catania, Sicily, Tuscany, Visual, 04.28.21

As Western Museums Prepare To Return Benin Bronzes, Nigeria Prepares Their New Home

“The Legacy Restoration Trust … was set up by Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments, the Edo State government and the royal court of Benin to plan and build the Edo Museum of West African Art in Benin City. … Designed by David Adjaye, the museum will house artefacts from the kingdom of Benin, which British troops invaded in 1897, plundering the royal palace.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Nigeria, Benin, Visual, David Adjaye, Benin City, 04.29.21, Benin Bronzes Nigeria, National Commission for Museums

Paul Kellogg, Director Of Glimmerglass Opera And New York City Opera, Dead At 84

Over 27 years at the helm of the summer opera festival in Cooperstown, NY, Kellogg raised standards, doubled the productions per season, built a new theater, and earned the company a national reputation. In 1996, he took the reins at New York City Opera and began a very productive partnership between the two companies. Unable to fix City Opera’s longstanding financial troubles (and distracted by an ultimately fruitless attempt to find or build a new venue), he retired in 2007, and the company s...
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Giant statue of Roman emperor reunited with long-lost finger

Bronze finger found at Louvre is remounted onto Constantine’s hand at museum in RomeA giant statue of the hand of Constantine the Great in Rome has been reunited with its missing finger after more than 500 years.The 38cm-long bronze index finger, found in the Louvre in Paris in 2018, was remounted onto the statue at Rome’s Capitoline Museums on Wednesday. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Rome, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Sculpture, Paris, Italy, Archaeology, Louvre, Capitoline Museums, Constantine, Romea

Florida Boosts Arts Funding by 24%

“The 2021-22 budget plan agreed to by the Florida House and Senate and sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis includes $26.7 million in two of the four budget categories that provide allocations for arts and cultural organizations and individual artists. That marks a 24 percent boost over 2020, when the Legislature approved $20.2 million in three categories.” – Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Tags: Art, Florida, Senate, Issues, Legislature, Florida House, Ron DeSantis, 04.28.21

Poussin painting ‘copy’ to hang in main galleries with new label

The Triumph of Silenus was relegated to storerooms but new study casts it in a new lightIt was bought by the National Gallery in the 1820s as a painting by Nicolas Poussin, the 17th-century French master. But The Triumph of Silenus – a bacchanalian revel – has long been relegated to the storerooms, having been repeatedly rejected by some of the 20th-century’s foremost experts as a mere copy.Now doubts about the picture have been dispelled and it will hang in the main galleries with a new label b...
Tags: Art, UK News, Art and design, National Gallery, Nicolas Poussin, Poussin, SILENUS, Triumph of Silenus

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