Los Angeles Is The United States’ Largest City-State

Or else it’s something else. But it’s no mere city. “Los Angeles fits the city-state frame well, certainly better than it does a lot of other possibilities—if we update the model a bit. In 2010, Forbes suggested that if the criteria for a place to be considered a city-state were modernized for the 21st century, certain global capitals might qualify thanks to a few key features: a big port to sustain trade; investors from overseas; money laundering; international museums worth visiting; multiple...
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Ideas, United States, Forbes, 05.31.21

Some Indoor Theatres Have Migrated Outside For Their First Reopening Season

The earliest decision-makers were not at all sure this was the direction to go. Ask then-newly installed interim director Shirley Serotsky at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca – proposing something “completely new, hugely ambitious, and hardly cost-neutral” to the board was a challenge. “It took some convincing … But I did believe that it was the only way we were going to produce in-person theatre and have our community—our artists and also the audiences—feel comfortable and safe. And even then, who...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Ithaca, 05.26.21, Shirley Serotsky

The Two Women Who Preserved The Stories Of The Tulsa Race Massacre

The first, Mary E. Jones Parrish, was a relative newcomer to Tulsa when the events of May 31, 1921, went down. She was an educator, but “the massacre compelled her to become a journalist and author, writing down her own experiences and collecting the accounts of many others. Her book Events of the Tulsa Disaster, published in 1923, was the first and most visceral long-form account of how Greenwood residents experienced the massacre.” – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Words, Tulsa, Greenwood, Mary E Jones Parrish, Tulsa Disaster

Ai Weiwei’s Thoughts On China, Colonialism, And Controversial Statues

On culture wars as a symbol of democracy: “It’s not only democracy, it’s about art as symbols of our existence. You know, whenever we talk about democracy, we’re never talking about a perfect state, but rather continuous questioning and argument. [Public monuments] are about us, about those questions, not about any authority.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, China, Visual, 05.29.21

Opera Singer Adrian Angelico Says The Art Form Helped Him Come Out As Trans

Angelico specializes in trousers (or pants, in the US) roles. He says that one day, he finished a rehearsal at covent Garden and realized that he couldn’t play the role of a woman offstage anymore. “The art of opera has always had an appreciation of gender fluidity – and it allowed Adrian to perform as a man onstage before he realised that this was how he wanted to live offstage too.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Garden, Music, US, Adrian, Adrian Angelico, 05.30.21

One Potential Fix For That Cecil Rhodes Statue At Oxford

Turn him to face the wall in shame. That way, those who demand the statue stay get their demand met, but the implication is obvious. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Oxford, Issues, Cecil Rhodes, 05.29.21

Newark’s Quirks: Examining the Museum’s (& Sotheby’s) Art Sale Shenanigans

In my previous post on the Newark Museum of Art’s dicey deaccessions, I didn’t analyze the overall sale totals, my customary practice when covering auctions. Here’s why: It took a while for me to assemble the information I needed, because Sotheby’s now intentionally withholds the figures that I’ve habitually relied upon to evaluate results. – Lee Rosenbaum
Tags: Art, Newark, Ajblogs, Sotheby, Newark Museum of Art, 05.28.21

Swiss Ballet School Fires Director And Manager, Suspends All Classes

An investigation reveals psychological abuse, abuse of power, nepotism, and “serious pedagogical dysfunctions” at the Rudra Béjart School, “leading the Board to terminate the contract of the director, Michel Gascard and his wife Valérie Lacaze, manager of the school.” (Article in French; translation available using Google Translate.) – FranceInfo
Tags: Art, Dance, 05.31.21, Rudra Béjart School, Michel Gascard, Valérie Lacaze

Hollywood Producers Want A Union, Too

Can a producers’ union ever work in the biz? They need it. “More than 100 feature film producers … recently ratified the constitution for a new union they hope will provide the kind of basic healthcare, pay and protections afforded by most other unionized Hollywood workers.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, 05.31.21, Hollywood Producers Want A Union Too

New Research Says That Sleep Evolved Before Brains

This is an entirely new concept for many researchers. “For more than a century, researchers who study sleep have looked for its purpose and structure in the brain. They have explored sleep’s connections to memory and learning. They have numbered the neural circuits that push us down into oblivious slumber and pull us back out of it. They have recorded the telltale changes in brain waves that mark our passage through different stages of sleep and tried to understand what drives them. Mountains o...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 05.30.21

Could Museums Become Like Libraries?

That is, welcoming to all, free, and more a central part of public life? There’s a little problem with this idea, which former Queens Museum president and executive director Laura Raicovich pitches in a new book about politics and museums. “Museums lack ‘public spirit’ because museums are capitalist institutions,” unlike public libraries. – The Nation
Tags: Art, Visual, Queens Museum, Laura Raicovich, 05.25.21

How Eataly Has Changed Our Understanding Of Italian Food

Eataly is not actually Italy, despite the advertising tagline. “Eataly celebrates agricultural life, but its urban stores feel miles away from a rural idyll. It champions hyper-local produce, while being wedded, not least through its name, to the idea of a national cuisine. Eataly presents itself as the whole nation in microcosm; the best of Italian cuisine, all conveniently collected under one roof – yet even if such a thing as the ‘essence’ of a nation or its cuisine existed, it would be impo...
Tags: Art, Ideas, Italy, 05.31.21

‘We have to laugh’: Brexit art show hits Paris

From remixed flags to a fishermen’s feast, more than 400 works by amateur artists exploring the new Franco-British relationship have gone on showWinners of a cross-Channel competition for amateur artists to shake off the Brexit blues have gone on display in Paris.I Love You, Moi Non Plus drew more than 400 entries including paintings, illustrations, photography, music and writing aimed at exploring the new British-French relationship. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, European Union, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Paris, Brexit

Art Historian Provides Hilarious & Surprisingly Efficient Art History Lessons on TikTok

@_theiconoclassIf youse come at me again for my Australian pronunciation I swear ? #arthistory #arthistorytiktok #baroque? original sound – AyseDeniz When a commenter on the Baroque TikTok took umbrage that she referred to Artemisia Gentileschi by first name only, McGillivray followed up with an educational video explaining the convention from the 17th-century perspective. @_theiconoclassReply to @rajendzzz her dad was hot, comment if you agree #baroque #artemisia #arthistoryclass? Guil...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Comedy, College, History, Bbc, White, Giotto, John Berger, Artemisia Gentileschi, Ayun Halliday, Dominic White, Sandro Botticelli, How to Learn for Free, McGillivray, Fra Angelico

Why A Photographer Asked Her Subjects To Pose In Victorian Dress

Zimbabwe-based photographer Tamary Kudita has her contemporary subjects pose in Victorian outfits – often made with contemporary fabric, by designers – to show links between present and past, to combine the two strands of her family’s history, and to immense visual effect. She says, “There are collective identities and there are also individual and incredibly diverse stories. All these together shape our self-perception.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Zimbabwe, Visual, Tamary Kudita, 05.31.21

The Food Design Of Mare Of Easttown

Honestly, among fans, the food is famous. “HBO is aware of the series’ reputation, and continues to tweet things like ‘The Mare of Easttown food pyramid: fries, peanut butter, spray cheese, vitamins, and beer’ while legions of fans have taken to kicking back on Sunday nights with Rolling Rock and cheesesteaks.” – Salon
Tags: Art, Hbo, Media, Easttown, 05.30.21

Barcelona’s City Council Rejects A Proposed Branch Of The Hermitage

It’s not a simple no, however: “The port authority, which owns the site of the proposed museum, gave the green light but the council has objected on the grounds of location and fears the scheme will provide little value to local residents.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Barcelona, City Council, Visual, 05.30.21

A Sound Check In Inglewood

How’d the dry run for the YOLA concert hall go? “It would be hard to imagine a less proper acoustic assessment, or a better real world one. The ensemble of student string players spent the pandemic practicing at home and taking instruction via Zoom. Yet their assignment, on only their third time back together, was the tricky first movement of Bach’s Fourth ‘Brandenburg’ Concerto. This also happened to be their introduction to a new hall with a startlingly lively presence unlike any venue they’d...
Tags: Art, Music, Audience, Inglewood, Bach, Yola, 05.30.21

The Specialized Bacteria Cleaning Michelangelo’s Masterpieces

A top-secret project made the Medici Chapel gleam anew: “In the months leading up to Italy’s Covid-19 epidemic and then in some of the darkest days of its second wave as the virus raged outside, restorers and scientists quietly unleashed microbes with good taste and an enormous appetite on the marbles, intentionally turning the chapel into a bacterial smorgasbord.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Italy, Visual, Michelangelo, Medici Chapel, 05.30.21

Forget Art And Gems, The Real Money’s In The Library

How many archives are being plundered for private profit? Probably quite a few – and only librarians and academics seem to care. – The Daily Beast
Tags: Art, Words, 05.30.21

Chi Modu, Photographer Who Shaped Rap’s Visual Identity, 5

“In the early and mid-1990s, working primarily for The Source magazine, at the time the definitive digest of hip-hop’s commercial and creative ascendance, Mr. Modu was the go-to photographer. An empathetic documentarian with a talent for capturing easeful moments in often extraordinary circumstances, he helped set the visual template for dozens of hip-hop stars. The Source was minting a new generation of superheroes, and Mr. Modu was capturing them as they took flight.” – The New York Times ...
Tags: Art, People, Chi Modu, Modu, 05.29.21, Mr Modu

A Choreographer Finds Her Voice

Leslie Cuyjet has recently created a dance “so conceptual and personal. Moriah Evans and Yve Laris Cohen — who curate Dance and Process, an incubator that affords choreographers the space and time to develop work — were impressed. Evans said she admired the nuances of seemingly simple gestures in the piece, as well as its ‘delicate shifts,’ which ‘contain all the complexity that I think is within Leslie as a person and as a performer: the subtlety, the control, but also the anger, the rage, the...
Tags: Art, Dance, Evans, Leslie, Moriah Evans, 05.30.21, Leslie Cuyjet, Yve Laris Cohen

Can The Movies Recover From The Pandemic?

Well, A Quiet Place II‘s boffo box office seems to indicate that people are sick of their living rooms and, one hopes, fully vaccinated and ready to go to the movies. – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, 05.30.21

People In Cars Scream Racial Epithets At Ballet West Dancers

And this didn’t happen once, bad as that would have been. The company says “two black dancers had people scream racial epithets at them while driving by, and it happened on two separate occasions last week.” – KSL
Tags: Art, Dance, 05.29.21

Call My Agent’s Liliane Rovere Explains How Her Life Created Her Character

Rovère’s character “Arlette has struck a chord as everyone’s ideal disreputable aunt with a repertoire of outrageous stories that she just might tell if the burgundy is flowing. She is the sly, sharp-tongued doyenne of top Paris talent agency ASK, who knows where the bodies are buried, and just when to dig them up.” But her character is more than a little bit made of the 88-year-old actress: “The writers decanted a lot of Rovère into the character – her love of jazz and movies, her partiality t...
Tags: Art, People, Paris, Rovere, Arlette, Liliane Rovère, 05.30.21, Chet -RSB- Baker

The Art of Balancing Stones: How Artists Use Simple Materials to Make Impossible Sculptures in Nature

Not so long ago, a wave of long-form entreaties rolled through social media insisting that we stop building rock cairns. Like many who scrolled past them, I couldn’t quite imagine the offending structures they meant, let alone recall constructing one myself. The cairns in question turned out, mundanely, to be those little stacks of flat rocks seen in parks, alongside trails and streams. They’re as common in South Korea, where I live, as they seem to be in the United States. Both countrie...
Tags: Art, Facebook, South Korea, College, Nature, United States, Seoul, China Japan, Colin Marshall, Michael Grab, 21st Century Los Angeles, Jonna Jinton, Jinton, Prehistoric Times Watch

How Italy’s Art Police Turned The Tide On Tomb Raiders

It takes extraordinary measures to deal with the thieves. “Looters have been plundering Italy’s cultural sites for decades, but since 2012 their trade has not been as fruitful, owing to an intensified crackdown by Italy’s art police. … In 2020, the squad found 24 illegal digs, arrested 68 thieves and recuperated 17,503 archaeological artefacts. The unit carries out controls of archaeological sites on the ground or above by helicopter. A scuba-diving team also patrols archaeological sites along ...
Tags: Art, Italy, Visual, 05.28.21

The Washington State Choir Whose Rehearsal Proved Singing Can Be A Superspreader Event Wants To Sing Again

To be fair, the Skagit Valley Chorale (the one where 52 of 61 singers eventually got COVID from a single rehearsal in March 2020) is singing together now – over Zoom. But a planned return in the fall looks bumpy, thanks to politics around vaccine requirements. – NPR
Tags: Art, Music, Skagit Valley Chorale, 05.30.21, Washington State Choir

What real estate agents need to know about slab foundations

Most houses in the U.S. are built on foundations below grade, but agents should be educated on all types of foundations, including slabs, to be able to answer any buyer questions. Let's break down what a slab foundation is and why it can be a smart choice.
Tags: Design, Service, Radio, Agent, Select, New Construction, Foundations, Gerard Splendore, Building Basics, Slab Foundations

Is that a surrealist masterpiece by the draining board? Inside Leonora Carrington’s sculpture-filled home

The great British artist’s home in Mexico has been turned into a wonderful museum, full of her sculptures, books, diaries and unsmoked cigarettes. Our writer, Carrington’s cousin, takes an emotional tourIn October 2010, a few months before her death, I said my last goodbye to my cousin Leonora Carrington. As I left her home in Mexico City, she stood waving on the doorstep. Today, I’m back for the first time – to see Leonora’s house recreated as a visitor attraction. It feels surreal, but the sur...
Tags: Art, New York, Mexico, Painting, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Sculpture, Paris, Mexico City, Moma, Carrington, Leonora, Max Ernst

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