Riesman on Public Performance

In "progressive schools", Above all, the walls change their look. The walls of the modern grade school are decorated with the paintings of the children or their montages from the class in social studies. Thus the competitive and contemporary problems of the children look down on them from walls which, like the teacher herself, are no longer impersonal. This looks progressive, looks like a salute to creativeness and individuality; but again we meet paradox. While the school de-emphasizes grades ...
Tags: Art, Education, Minneapolis, Creativity, Current Events, Jazz, Don, Allen, Mumford, Milo, Wexler, Northside, Gatto, Stefan Kac, School Band, Riesman

How Genre Fiction Can Help Literary Fiction Deal With Assault

Crime fiction is, roughly speaking, concerned with plot – and literary fiction (again, roughly speaking) with the interior of characters’ thoughts. Sometimes, that means literary fiction doesn’t deal well with the more plot-driven side of rape narratives, and crime fiction doesn’t deal well with the emotional effects. So: “Especially where complex stories about sexual assault are concerned, mixing genres can open up our storytelling capacities, giving writers—and readers—access to ever more emp...
Tags: Art, Words, 05.02.21

Reimagining Black Life And Death Onscreen

The Oscar-nominated short film A Love Song for Latasha, says filmmaker Sophia Nahli Allison, was one way of figuring how to deal with the aftermath of a violent death, from the people who best knew the murdered teen. “So often we hear from elders, adults, or community activists, and I’m always really curious as to how our children process this moment. How did the young Black girls, the young boys that knew Latasha—how were they affected by this? And I really believe in collaboration to inform t...
Tags: Art, Ideas, Black, Latasha, Sophia Nahli Allison, 05.01.21


I went for a walk on Promenade Planteé in our old neighborhood. It was a really good place to enjoy Spring. It is found on top of this row of shops which once was used for wine storage. There is a lot of art in the shops including a bear skin made of feathers. This church looks especially great against the sky. There were tulips everywhere. Even more tulips. Some fun art.
Tags: Travel, Photos, Art, Paris, Tulips, Promenade Plantee

The Pivot To YouTube

For Oscar-winner Brie Larson, who won for Room and has since played Captain Marvel in the eponymous movie and Avengers: Endgame, it’s not as if she needed a new revenue stream. But her weekly chats with herself, which now have hundreds of thousands of subscribers, are a form of self-care. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Brie Larson, 05.01.21

Asian American Choreographers And Dancers Demand Recognition

After the shootings in Atlanta, the already planned 10,000 Dreams Virtual Choreography Festival transformed into something that Asian American ballet dancers and choreographers have been missing and wanting for years – community. “There was a deep moment where we sort of were committing to building a network, building a community, taking up space, being loud, being bold. This festival really came out of that impetus of saying, ‘No, we’re going to take up space, we’re going to make some noise, a...
Tags: Art, Atlanta, Dance, 05.02.21

The Grammys Overhaul Again, Eliminating Secret Committees

The scandal-plagued Recording Academy is making the change after decades of complaints. Instituted in 1989, “the committees’ work began to be seen as evidence of a problematic system in which insiders rewarded their friends and punished their enemies. More recently, a number of high-profile Black artists — among them Drake, Frank Ocean and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs — have suggested that Grammy nominations are tainted by institutional racism.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Music, Recording Academy, Sean Diddy Combs, Drake Frank Ocean, 05.01.21

Move Over, Thomas Edison And The Lumiere Brothers

Britain may no longer have an empire, but at least it could have this: the title of the “true” father of cinema. “Film director and historian Peter Domankiewicz believes [Bristol inventor William] Friese-Greene will soon be reinstated as one of the great figures in the development of the moving image: the one who got there before Thomas Edison, the Lumière brothers and George Méliès, the Frenchman whose story was told by Martin Scorsese in the hit 2011 film Hugo.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Media, Britain, Bristol, Thomas Edison, Martin Scorsese, George Méliès, Lumiere Brothers, 05.02.21, Peter Domankiewicz, William -RSB- Friese Greene, Thomas Edison the Lumière

Evaluating Eli Broad In Los Angeles

He was a friend and foe to museums, writes Christopher Knight. And Carolina Miranda writes, “Over the course of his life, he helped bring to fruition — in whole or in part — designs by an array of award-winning international design stars, including Richard Meier, Renzo Piano, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and, most famously, Frank Gehry. Or perhaps most infamously.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Frank Gehry, Visual, Christopher Knight, Carolina Miranda, 05.01.21, Richard Meier Renzo Piano Diller Scofidio Renfro

The NY Phil Goes Traveling, In A Shipping Container

Last year it was a Ford F-250 pickup truck that saved the day, and the audiences around the city. “Bandwagon 2 will trade in the pickup truck for a 20-foot shipping container atop a semi truck, which will visit four parks around New York City for weekend-long residencies through May. … Tricked out with a foldout stage, video wall and integrated sound and lighting, the setup is now more arresting and theatrically attuned.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, New York City, Ford, Audience, Phil, 04.30.21

Jhumpa Lahiri On Living In Linguistic Exile, And Translating Her Own Work

That would be the book (Dove mi trovo, or Whereabouts) she wrote first in Italian and then translated into English – her first novel written that way since she began her decades-long love affair with the language, and with Rome. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Rome, Words, 05.01.21

Writing Mainstream TV Shows About Native American Families

It’s normal – but an exciting kind of normal – for Sydney Freeland. When she started film school, “I remember thinking, like, ‘OK, wait. I’m Native American and I’m transgender, but I want to be a film director? That’s insane. That isn’t going to happen.’ But I wanted to see what I could do anyway.” – HuffPost
Tags: Art, Media, Sydney, 04.29.21

Holbein Left A Clever Clue In A Portrait Of Henry VII’s Wife

Which wife? Well, for centuries, everyone thought it was Catherine Howard (the second of the beheadeds in the old rhyme). Instead, thanks to Hans Holbein’s clue (and an art historian’s tenacity), we now think the portrait is of Anne of Cleves (the second of the divorced wives, or in this case, annulled). – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Visual, Anne, Hans Holbein, Henry VII, Holbein, Catherine Howard, 05.01.21

Holbein Left A Clever Clue In A Portrait Of Henry VIII’s Wife

Which wife? Well, for centuries, everyone thought it was Catherine Howard (the second of the beheadeds in the old rhyme). Instead, thanks to Hans Holbein’s clue (and an art historian’s tenacity), we now think the portrait is of Anne of Cleves (the second of the divorced wives, or in this case, annulled). – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Visual, Henry Viii, Anne, Hans Holbein, Holbein, Catherine Howard, 05.01.21

Rotten Tomatoes Added A 1941 Review That Wrecked Citizen Kane’s Perfect Rating

Citizen Kane used to have a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Then things changed. “The writer, credited as Mae Tinee (a play on ‘matinee’) comments: ‘It’s interesting. It’s different. In fact, it’s bizarre enough to become a museum piece. But its sacrifice of simplicity to eccentricity robs it of distinction and general entertainment value,’ adding: ‘I only know it gives one the creeps and that I kept wishing they’d let a little sunshine in.'” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Media, Kane, 04.29.21, Mae Tinee

Directing Isn’t Easy At The Best Of Times

But for an Asian American director during the pandemic, kicking off Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month via an online platform, it’s a whole new (basket)ball game. – Oregon Artswatch
Tags: Art, Theatre, Best of Times, Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 05.01.21

Olympia Dukakis obituary

American stage and screen actor who won an Oscar for her role in the 1987 film MoonstruckAfter more than two decades of distinguished work in the US theatre as an actor, director and teacher, and appearances in a dozen or so films, Olympia Dukakis, who has died aged 89, became hugely famous overnight by winning the best supporting actress Oscar in 1988 for her performance as Cher’s mother in the romantic film Moonstruck (1987).The course of her career suggests that her ambitions never lay in the...
Tags: Hollywood, Film, Theatre, US, World news, US news, Culture, Democrats, Stage, US television, LGBT rights, Broadway, Cher, Tennessee Williams, Olympia Dukakis

The Grim, Open Secret Of College Bone Collections

In recent weeks, revelations that both Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania used the bones of teenaged victims of the city of Philadelphia’s bombing of a house in 1985 have shook the world outside of college forensic anthropology. But inside those worlds? It’s not a surprise that the bones of Black children would be used for teaching. “Museums and universities’ brutal habit of collecting human remains without family consent, proper identification, or public knowledge is far from a relic...
Tags: Art, Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Issues, 04.30.21

Europe Has A Banksy Of Potholes

The Lyon-based artist Em Emem (a pseudonym, of course) uses mosaics to fill in gaps in street infrastructure, but also to make them gorgeous. “‘I’m just a sidewalk poet, a son of bitumen,’ he says. His work involves filling potholes and cracked walls on city streets with beautiful mosaic designs, a process he calls ‘flacking’ – a play on the French word flaque, meaning puddle or patch.”- The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Europe, Lyon, Visual, 05.01.21, Banksy Of Potholes

MoMA Blocks Demonstrators From Entering Museum

“‘We want to take over these institutions; they do not belong to the oligarchs,’ Amin Husain, one of the demonstration’s organizers, told a crowd of about 40 activists before marching from Columbus Circle to the museum.” The institution, and the NYPD, disagree. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Columbus Circle, Amin Husain, 04.30.21

Motherhood Can Be Radical

Just ask Adrienne Rich. “Rich’s predicament, as a mother who was also an artist, remains a predicament today. And what she did with that predicament, what she did with her rage and frustration, remains deeply instructive. Of Woman Born lays bare the cultural and medical and economic practices that define motherhood, and exposes how our everyday experience of mothering is shaped by this enduring institution.” – LitHub
Tags: Art, Words, 04.30.21, Adrienne Rich Rich

Eli Broad, Who Spent Billions To Reshape Los Angeles’ Art, Architecture, And Education, 87

Broad, whose money came from homebuilding and insurance empires, truly changed L.A. “Dogged, determined and often unyielding, he helped push and prod majestic institutions such as Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Museum of Contemporary Art into existence, and then, that done, he created his own namesake museum in the heart of Los Angeles.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, People, LOS ANGELES Los Angeles, Walt Disney Concert Hall, 04.30.21

Olympia Dukakis, 89, Star Of Screen And Stage

Dukakis was well-known as a working actress in the theatre when she took a role as the mom in Moonstruck. Then she won an Oscar for that role, and then she was in Steel Magnolias, Tales of the City (four series over several decades), and so much more. She never gave up theatre, though, and even played the (lightly renamed) Prospera in The Tempest in 2014. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Dukakis, Olympia Dukakis, Prospera, 05.01.21

Rafe Spall: ‘Madonna came up and started grinding me. A circle formed’

For all the standing ovations, Hollywood roles and parties with stars, nothing beats the rough and tumble of real life for actor Rafe SpallThe play was going well. It was going very well, a Broadway production of Pinter’s Betrayal, starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz as a married couple and Rafe Spall as her lover – the last thing Mike Nichols directed before he died. It was a hit; so much so that one night Madonna invited the cast round for dinner. “So I went to dinner,” says Spall.He is tel...
Tags: Hollywood, London, Television, Theatre, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Broadway, Madonna, Daniel Craig, Rafe Spall, Mike Nichols, Rachel Weisz, Stroud, Lourdes, Rafe

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