What’s Going On With High-Profile ‘Restructuring’ In Barcelona’s MACBA?

Accusations of xenophobia, and two more high-profile resignations, follow an email about “restructuring” that eliminated the positions of Tanya Barson, the English curator, and Pablo Martínez, the head of programs. – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Barcelona, Visual, Pablo Martinez, Tanya Barson, 07.25.21

How An Actress Known For Playing Dramatic, Troubled Roles Ended Up In Ted Lasso

Juno Temple didn’t even know how to act in a comedy, she says. Brendan Hunt, Lasso co-creator and colleague: “She’s just playing the truth of what the character’s going through, and it’s just hilarious. … Though there are certainly times where we have to be like: ‘OK, great, Juno. Now try it again. Without crying.'” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Ted Lasso, 07.22.21, Brendan Hunt Lasso

Musician And MacArthur Genius Rhiannon Giddens On Failure – And Success

Giddens, a singer, taught herself banjo after graduating from Oberlin. She says, “To suck at something is actually painful and we don’t really like that sensation. … [But] if you just throw yourself into it and are not afraid to fail, then that’s when you can learn things.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Music, Oberlin, Giddens, 07.25.21, MacArthur Genius Rhiannon Giddens

The Magic Of Chilean Photographer Sergio Larrain

Not to mention the magic of stumbling over the work of a great artist by accident. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, 07.23.21, Sergio Larrain

What Can Be Done To Protect Sacred Sites From Relentless Scientific Curiosity?

Apologies alone aren’t going to suffice. “Tribal representatives and archaeologists are demanding an accounting of protected cultural sites in order to identify damage caused by unpermitted research. They are also calling for researchers to be held accountable for such transgressions.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Visual, 07.25.21

American Ballet Theatre Predicts Massive Audiences In The Fall

Performance-starved audiences may flock to Lincoln Center after the ABT resumes indoor live performances this fall, the ED says. “There is so much pent-up demand for the performing arts, so much pent-up demand for collective activities and experiences and the joy of celebrating together.” – CNBC
Tags: Art, Dance, Lincoln Center, Abt, 07.23.21

DC Has Re-Emerged As A Broadway Tryout Town

The post-pandemic (and possibly post-45) change: “As theater returns to robust live-ness, Washington has been cast in a significant role once again, as a test-market locale with sophisticated theater tastes.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Washington, Theatre, Audience, 07.24.21

Shame On, And For, Both Liverpool And UNESCO

The citizens of Liverpool should be on the same side as UNESCO. “They have the same enemies: the shoddy and contemptuous treatment of the world heritage site, over years, both by the city’s government and private property companies.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Unesco, Liverpool, Visual, 07.25.21

Rebooting Old Series With A BIPOC Cast Might Actually Harm Diversity Initiatives

What about original stories developed by BIPOC creators? “Reboots take up so much bandwidth for the network, for the studio … that they have less to devote to newer features and maybe something that would be really original.” – CBC
Tags: Art, Media, BIPOC, 07.25.21

Arturo Schwarz, Refugee Who Became A Surrealism Tycoon, 97

Schwarz was expelled from Egypt in 1949, arrived penniless in Italy, and went on to found a prominent gallery devoted to Dadaist and Surrealist art in Milan and become probably the world’s greatest self-made collector and donor of work from those artistic movements.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Milan, People, Egypt, Italy, Schwarz, 07.23.21, Arturo Schwarz

Asian Composers Only Make Up Two Percent Of America’s Upcoming Concert Seasons

Asian and Asian America composers explain the ways they’ve had an impact on – and been affected by – the sometimes exoticizing world of classical music. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, America, Asian America, 07.23.21

Vice President of Advancement

Classification: Full-Time Exempt Description: In the past three years South Arts has tripled its budget ($3M – $9M). We want to continue this momentum and anticipate significantly increasing the program budget within the next 3 – 5 years. South Arts is seeking a dynamic individual with a proven track record that can accomplish that goal. This position reports to the President & CEO, is part of the executive management team, and will be expected to be a major contributor of vision and lea...
Tags: Art, Jobs, Atlanta, United States, Tennessee, South, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Margaret, National Endowment for the Arts, MS Office, South Arts, Cargill Philanthropies These, Knowledge Best

The Porch Concerts Of The Pandemic Are Here To Stay

They began as a safe way to unite (and maybe pay) artists – and now Brooklyn’s Ditmas Park is a music hub. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Brooklyn, Ditmas Park, 07.22.21

Little Free Library Tries To Break Free Of Its White, Wealthy Neighborhood Stereotype

LFLs are often criticized for their placement. A new program in Detroit aims to change that access, and the books behind the glass doors as well. – LitHub
Tags: Art, Words, Detroit, 07.23.21

How A Vacuum Cleaner Became An Icon

Henry wasn’t planned, but his beloved status even survived this: “Charles and Diana received one of the first models as a wedding present in 1981.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Diana, Charles, Visual, Henry, 07.24.21

Live Theatre Is Endangered Again, Still

On Friday, the Public Theater canceled its show for the third night in a row because of a positive COVID-19 test. Can we ever depend on live performances again? – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Public Theater, 07.23.21

Marvel Has All The Money In The World, But Can Its Actors Do Accents?

A dialect coach weighs in on the Russian accents of Black Widow. “In the ideal world, I invite the actors first to get into a Russian body.” – Slate
Tags: Art, Media, 07.24.21

When A Revered Musician Makes Very Bad Choices

Eric Clapton’s “dangerous stance on vaccines has forced yet another conversation about the importance of ‘separating the music from the man.'” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Eric Clapton, Issues, 07.23.21

England’s New Monument To Shopping And Instagram

Yikes: “Rearing up at the western end of Oxford Street as a faceted green shell … the 25-metre high Marble Arch Mound is one of the more unlikely strategies for stimulating our Covid-stricken high streets.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, England, Oxford Street, Visual, 07.23.21

The League Of Unfortunate Writers

When your book release happens the same week – or day – that most of your country locks down for a pandemic, well … that was 2020 for many writers. – NPR
Tags: Art, Words, Audience, 07.23.21

Overhauling ‘Traditional’ Monuments With An Indigenous Focus

In the wake of nationwide protests, Native artists are changing the way U.S. institutions see, and commission, public art. – FastCompany
Tags: Art, Visual, 07.21.21

Departures at high-profile Barcelona museum provoke anger in art world

Hundreds sign petition after the jobs of Tanya Barson and Pablo Martínez, two senior figures at Macba, are axedA row has broken out in the international art world over the departures of Tanya Barson, the English curator, and Pablo Martínez, the head of programmes, from the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (Macba).The pair departed on 16 July, the day after Elvira Dyangani Ose, the director of the Showroom in London, was appointed as the museum’s new director. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, London, Spain, Barcelona, World news, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Pablo Martinez, Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art MACBA, Tanya Barson, Elvira Dyangani Ose

The Art Deco Harbord Hotel in Sydney Finds New Life as an Arts & Crafts Inspired Bar-Restaurant

Taking its name from the inter-war pavilion that it occupies, Harbord Hotel in Freshwater, one of Sydney’s suburban, once blue-collar northern beaches, is a new all-day bar and restaurant that now breathes new life into the historic community landmark that had fallen into complete disrepair.
Tags: Art, Sydney, Harbord Hotel, Deco Harbord Hotel, Crafts Inspired Bar Restaurant

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