Unique Wall Art from Fine Art America

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Fine Art America. I used to have an entire, large, blank wall above my couch. For years, it sat empty and looming simply because it was such a large space and I had NO idea how to fill it. I felt like what I chose to fill the space should be special, some sort of unique wall art that meant something to my family, and not just any generic print from a popular home goods store. I believe everything in your home is a reflection of you, and should bring you j...
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We’re Entering A New Frontier For Dance

It feels like dancemaking is entering a new era. By setting dancers loose in the open air, outdoor filmmaking paradoxically brings them even closer to us in stunning, intimate ways, using the unique strategies of the camera. – Washington Post
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Move Over Miami Beach, Stand Aside Hamptons — The Art World Moved To Aspen

There is a general sense that Aspen has become a center of the art world during this hot vax summer. – New York Magazine
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How Essay Collections Became A Hot Genre

When the century began, essays were considered box office poison; editors would sometimes disguise collections of the stuff by packaging them as theme-driven memoirs. All that has changed. Paris Review
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Goodbye Minimalism? More Is Now More

No Pythonesque general is demanding we choose between plain and patterned plates. But it does feel like the finger-wagging minimalism that informed the housewares and home design market for over a decade is losing relevance while its opposite is gaining currency. The Walrus
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Connected Wine Glasses

Linked wine glasses interconnected together to allow the liquid to flow freely between two glasses. Because the wine flows down to the lowest glass, two people need to learn how to cooperate to drink their wine. “My Other Half” glasses designed by Jim Rokos. Made by Jochen Holz. Also check out: Wine Carafes
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How Might We Redesign Higher Education?

Another way to ask this question is to start with how our universities are designed today and ask which elements support or conflict with the research on learning. – Inside Higher Ed
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“Hyperpop” And Defying Categorization

If mainstream pop is designed to make people feel as if they’re on common ground with all of humanity, this music made listeners feel like they were in on a very specific joke. – The New Yorker
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The Death Of The Author? Er, In Which Sense?

Kristen Roupenian (“Cat Person”) considers two superfans, Annie Wilkes in Misery and Harry in With a Friend Like Harry, who completely lose the distinction between the stories they love and the men who wrote them — and she draws a comparison with the abortion-rights debate. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Harry, Words, Annie Wilkes, Kristen Roupenian Cat Person

Members Of Pussy Riot Flee Russia And “Constant Arrests”

“Citing a campaign of sustained harassment by the Russian government, … Alexander Sofeyev, Anna Kuzminykh, and Veronika Nikulshina announced via Twitter that they left in order ‘to take a break from constant arrests for a second.'” – Artforum
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Is It Possible You Have Too Many Unread Books?

Unread books now exist in three states for me: Actual books, piled horizontally on a five-foot-wide bookcase; books listed in a tab on my reading spreadsheet, some sorted by category or interest; and the many books I’ve tagged “to-read” in my library app. – Tor
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The Gulf Stream may be near collapse

The ocean current commonly known as the Gulf Stream is hurtling towards a terrifying tipping point, according to scientists in an article published in the journal Nature Climate Change. Its collapse could threaten civilization as we know it. The strong current, which scientists call the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), has been compared to a conveyor belt bringing warm surface water from the Gulf of Mexico north into the Atlantic Ocean. It simultaneously sends cold, deep, low-...
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Garden City brings a breath of fresh air to urban Paris

The future of Paris will be focused on a greener, healthier future for the environment. Part of this plan focuses on the Bois de Vincennes, the city’s largest public park. It sits on the Lac des Minimes. The project, Garden City of the Crescent Moon, seeks to showcase what the design of the future can look like. How can environmentally-friendly concerns be integrated into urban design? Garden City seeks to provide the answers to that question. Related: Experimental, ecological home is inspired ...
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El Sistema Has A Labor Problem

“Too often, those who fund our programs are, in effect, asking our team members to do more with less. There is a combined scarcity/charity mindset that permeates the entirety of our programs, forcing teachers and staff to make difficult choices about their livelihoods and quality of life.” – Ensemble News
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Actor Arthur French, Founding Member Of Negro Ensemble Company, Dead At 89

He started studying acting when he happened to be in the building where Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler taught — and went on to a highly praised 50-year career as a supporting actor in theater, film and television. – The New York Times
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Bottled water's impact is 3,500 times higher than tap water

Research led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) has found that bottled water’s environmental impact is 3,500 times higher than tap water’s. In a study conducted to determine bottled water’s impact in Barcelona, it was established that it is more costly both financially and ecologically when people use bottled water instead of tap water. The study found that if all residents of Barcelona were to use bottled water, it would result in 3,500 times more resource extraction than t...
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Keeping a sacred vigil for internationally known artist John August Swanson

We call the photos “near famous,” snapshots of any family member with someone we admire. Usually we stand with our happiest grins next to favorite authors, Broadway stars or NBA players and coaches and players. I have a framed photo of me with Rosa Parks (she was visiting Pasadena City College to talk about her book), which is No. 1 in our “near famous” files. One photo I am thinking of today is of my family with John August Swanson, the half-Mexican and half-Swedish artist who grew up in Los An...
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Michael Tilson Thomas Has Emergency Brain Surgery

Thomas, 76, will now embark on a monthslong course of therapy and has canceled all his public appearances through the end of October. – San Francisco Chronicle
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In Cuba, Dance And Politics Have A Long History Together

“The history of dance in Cuba” — from the Alonsos’ national ballet company in 1948 to today’s protests — “shows us how artists not only negotiated with the state, but also related to and drew inspiration from their … imagined national community to express themselves.” – The Washington Post on MSN
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555 Greenwich office building aims for LEED Platinum in NYC

Often, high-rise buildings and sustainable building practices are on opposite ends of the environmentally friendly spectrum. But a recent groundbreaking at 555 Greenwich in the Hudson Square neighborhood of New York City sets out to change all that. In fact, the project sets the bar for sustainable architecture for NYC now and in the future. The completed project will address goals set by NYC, exceeding 2030 climate targets for office buildings by over 45%. It’s well ahead of schedule for meetin...
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Bringing India’s Folk Musicians Back Into The Mainstream — And Getting Them Paid

“Seventy percent of India’s musicians practice folk, but they earn only 2% of the industry’s revenues. … Many listeners today only hear the genre through movies, or adapted by indie bands,” something the nonprofit Anahad Foundation is working to change. – The Christian Science Monitor
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Scientists Use AI To Translate Ancient Text

Researchers at University of Notre Dame are developing an artificial neural network to read complex ancient handwriting based on human perception to improve capabilities of deep learning transcription. – Tech Xplore
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What Does US Theater Need? Shared Leadership, Salaried Jobs For Artists, Continued Digital Exploration: Study

The survey of 75 leaders also found a need to safely discuss big ideas. “Right now we do not have an ability to have a healthy conversation. … There’s fear and apprehension in the field, and we have to figure out how to talk to each other.” – Variety
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Traveling Talkies: India’s Itinerant Cinema Tents Are Fading Away

Starting in the 1950s, small companies would roam the village festival circuit, setting up tents and showing old films with aging projectors cast off from the cities. Yet, as cell phones and internet service reach rural India, the market for traveling talkies is disappearing. – Atlas Obscura
Tags: Art, Media, India, Audience

What the smart roads of the future might look like

Technology is advancing at lightning speed, setting us up to look like we live in a sci-fi film. While the first flying cars are actually achieving lift off already, nations around the world are investing in new infrastructure, with varying results that could be the new normal in our lifetime. Taking a look at the possibilities for future roadway innovations, Compare the Market, a consumer research company, has outlined some road technologies that are currently in development. Solar roads So...
Tags: Design, China, Electric Vehicles, Netherlands, Highways, Solar Roads, Solar Roadways, Electric Roads, Technological Advancements

Ethiopia’s Ancient Rock-Hewn Churches Captured By Tigrayan Rebels

Residents of Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage site that’s home to 11 landmark 13th-century churches and a major pilgrimage destination for Ethiopian Orthodox Christians, have fled — along with government troops — as soldiers from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front march in. – Yahoo! (AFP)
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Gotham Awards Eliminate Gendered Acting Categories

The ceremony honoring independent film “will replace its best actress and best actor categories with a single category for outstanding lead performance. For the first time, there will be a category for supporting roles: outstanding supporting performance.” – The New York Times
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UK Gov’t Announces $1 Billion Insurance Plan To Cover Performance Cancellations Due To COVID

The Live Events Reinsurance Scheme, a partnership with Lloyds, sets aside £750 million to offer cancellation insurance that private companies have been unwilling to provide during the pandemic. The plan will open in September and run for a year. – Variety
Tags: Art, UK, Lloyds, Issues

Greece Closes Acropolis As Wildfires Burn And Athens Chokes On Smoke

“Across southern Europe, large wildfires have so far killed eight people and caused mass evacuations while also threatening to damage ancient cultural sites. In Greece, authorities have partially closed the Acropolis and other major archaeological sites while battling with dozens of conflagrations around Athens.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Europe, Greece, Athens, Visual, Acropolis

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