A Trick To Get Beneath The Words

“On the first day of every month, I pick a poem, and then I read that poem every day that month.” – The New York Times Magazine
Tags: Art, Words

The Late Michael Thomas, 85, Cultural Curmudgeon (& Loyal CultureGrrl Donor)

Yesterday I had the sad task of deleting the late Michael Thomas (who died on Aug. 7) from my
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Michael Thomas

Francis Fukuyama Famously Declared The End Of History. Well…

For Fukuyama, the demise of the Soviet Union testified to the “total exhaustion of viable systemic alternatives” to––and thus, the “unabashed victory”––of “economic and political liberalism.” – Hedgehog Review
Tags: Art, Ideas, Soviet Union, Francis Fukuyama, Fukuyama

An Epic Battle For Control Of Hollywood

The bigger question facing studios, streaming services and talent agencies: How should stars and filmmakers be paid for movies and TV shows now that the business model is shifting quickly? – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, Control Of Hollywood

Time To Re-Question The Idea Of Cultural Appropriation?

The very concept of “cultural appropriation” is misbegotten. As I’ve previously argued, it wrongly casts cultural practices as something like corporate intellectual property, an issue of ownership. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Issues

National Company Of “Wicked” Hires “Director Of Social Responsibility”

Working closely with labor unions and other production partners, Christina Alexander will implement strategic procedures related to hiring practices to identify qualified candidates from underrepresented communities. – Playbill
Tags: Art, Theatre, Christina Alexander, National Company

Co-Founder Of Snopes Caught In Plagiarism Scandal

David Mikkelson and his then-wife started in 1994 in “a quest to debunk misinformation online.” But a BuzzFeed investigation has found that he plagiarized dozens of stories from news outlets, frequently under a pseudonymous byline. – BuzzFeed
Tags: Art, Words, David Mikkelson

July 2021 may be the hottest month in recorded history

Data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows that July 2021 was the hottest month in recorded history. Due to climate change, the average monthly temperatures for July have risen in recent years.  According to NOAA climatologist Ahira Sanchez-Lugo, the last seven Julys from 2015 to 2021 have been the hottest in the 142 years of record keeping. Rick Spinrad, NOAA administrator, said that the new record only adds to a disturbing trend that climate change has se...
Tags: Weather, Science, Design, Global Warming, European Union, Records, Paris, Noaa, Heat, Temperature, Sicily, Rising Temperatures, Rick Spinrad, Copernicus Climate Change Service, Ahira Sanchez Lugo, Zeke Hausfather

Director Of Salt Lake City’s Largest Theatre Company Resigns After Lies On His Résumé Are Caught

Christopher Massimine came to the Pioneer Theatre in 2019 after seven years at the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene, where he doubled the budget and oversaw the hit Yiddish production of Fiddler on the Roof. You’d think that would be enough — but Massimine did not. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Salt Lake City, Christopher Massimine, Massimine

Picture yourself on vacation at this floating eco-hotel

A new floating eco-hotel design by Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio (HAADS) boasts a zero-waste system and will generate its own electricity by slowly rotating. The studio envisions sitting the hotel off the coast of Qatar. It will take 24 hours for the round hotel to complete a full rotation. The revolving concept is based on dynamic positioning, the same computer-controlled system used to automatically maintain the position of ships. Related: Qatar to create 16 sustainable floating hote...
Tags: Design, Qatar, Istanbul, Hayri, VAWTAU, Hayri Atak, Kaan Kılıçdağ Büşra Köksal, Kübra Türk

We Process Historic Events With Images. Afghanistan Is A Complicated Image

Phil Kennicott: “Countries, like travelers, want to make sense of things, which is why we reach for an image — a quick metaphor, a ready-made analogy — that will seal history in amber, give it a moral, cast it as a fable.” – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Afghanistan, Visual, Phil Kennicott

Why Thinking Rationally Is Such A Challenge

It’s not that we don’t think—we are constantly reading, opining, debating—but that we seem to do it on the run, while squinting at trolls in our phones. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Ideas

Wildfire smoke linked to almost 20,000 COVID-19 cases last year

The coronavirus pandemic and raging wildfires were two heinous events of 2020. And in one of life’s unfair twists of evil synergy, a new study from Harvard says that smoke from West Coast wildfires increased the cases of COVID illnesses and deaths. The study, published in the journal Science Advances, attributed 19,742 additional COVID cases — and 748 deaths — to last year’s heavy blanket of wildfire smoke in Oregon, California and Washington. Tiny particulate matter, aka PM 2.5, was the culprit...
Tags: Science, Design, Washington, Oregon, Fire, Harvard, Wildfires, Fires, Wildfire, West Coast, Science Advances, San Bernardino California, California Washington, Oregon California, Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health, Whitman County Washington

My Conversations With Suzanne Farrell

“Farrell is the only dancer who could inflect solos with such a dense and bewildering array of ideas that I felt I needed at once to see that performance again to work out what I had seen.” – Alastair MaCaulay
Tags: Art, Dance, Farrell, Suzanne Farrell

Thomas Quasthoff Is Singing Again — But Only Jazz

The acclaimed bass-baritone experimented with the genre (including one album) before he made a surprise retirement announcement in 2012. Now, at age 62, he says: “It’s a different kind of singing, but I have now learned a new instrument – the microphone – and I love it.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, Thomas Quasthoff

Curtis Institute Lets Go Its Longtime Star Oboe Teacher

Richard Woodhams, who retired after 40 years as the Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal oboist in 2018, was told by the music school that his teaching contract will not be renewed. No reason has been given other than “Curtis has decided to move in a different direction.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tags: Art, Music, Philadelphia Orchestra, Curtis, Curtis Institute, Richard Woodhams

Barbara Kruger On Being An Artist, A Consumer (And Not Being A TikTok Star)

“We live in this digital universe. Digital life has been emancipating and liberatory but at the same time it’s haunting and damaging and punishing and everything in between. It’s enabled the best and the worst of us.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, People, Barbara Kruger, TikTok Star

House in the Dunes modernizes an original Gwathmey design

Charles Gwathmey was an influential architect for many decades in the 1900s, so when one of his works showed up in need of renovation in Amagansett, New York, architecture and design studio Worrell Yeung enthusiastically jumped on board. The home, originally known as the Haupt Residence, was constructed in the 1970s and has remained unchanged, standing as an example of Gwathmey’s work. The team at Worrell Yeung approached the project with reverence. Max Worrell, co-founder of Worrell Yeung said...
Tags: Design, Architecture, House, Homes, Wood, Natural Light, Timber, Pine, Cedar, Worrell, Dunes, Amagansett New York, David Hertz Architects, Charles Gwathmey, Worrell Yeung, Gwathmey

Robber Steals A Monet, Then Drops It As He Tries To Escape

The thief grabbed Monet’s The Voorzaan and Westerhem Island (1871) from the Zaans Museum, just north of Amsterdam, on Sunday morning. When a passerby tried to stop the culprit and his accomplice from escaping, a shot was fired but both hero and painting were unharmed. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Amsterdam, Monet, Visual, Westerhem Island

Deepfakes Are Now Being Used In Business Presentations

Some bigwigs at EY (formerly Ernst & Young) have started using AI-assisted videos of themselves to impress customers. One partner, for instance, used the software’s translation function to make a video of his avatar speaking fluent Japanese for a client there. – Wired
Tags: Art, Media, Ernst Young

Another Glass Ceiling Breaks As Black Female Leaders Arrive At Dance Companies

Sarah Kaufman talks with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago artistic director Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell; Dionne Figgins, Eliot Feld’s successor at Ballet Tech; UNDC School of the Arts dean of dance Endalyn Taylor; and Carolyn Adams, the Paul Taylor Dance Foundation’s new director of education. – The Washington Post on MSN
Tags: Art, Dance, The Washington Post, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Sarah Kaufman, Ballet Tech, Carolyn Adams, Linda Denise Fisher Harrell, Dionne Figgins Eliot Feld, UNDC School of the Arts, Endalyn Taylor, Paul Taylor Dance Foundation

4ocean and Poralu Marine present BeBot, the beach cleaning robot

Plastic in the environment has become a circular problem. It’s wasteful during production, often has a limited life-cycle in single-use products and ends up in waterways and food supplies. That process brings microplastics right back to our table inside seafood and field-grown crops. Determined to battle the plastic problem, 4ocean and Poralu Marine have joined forces in the fight.  4ocean has a mission to aid in the elimination of plastic from oceans and coastlines. The business model allows t...
Tags: Design, Environmental Solutions, Poralu Marine, Alex Schulze, Claire Touvier

Theatre’s Employment Problems

The harsh reality of layoffs and rehiring has sparked much confusion and pain among theatre workers, especially the technicians whose shops have sat empty for over a year and a half but now need to be filled with skilled practitioners. – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Theatre

How Napoleon Systematically Plundered Europe’s Art

These were not smash-and-grab operations. He sought out experts to advise him on which cultural treasures to ship back to Paris. Napoleon wanted to expand the art collection in the Louvre palace. – Christian Science Monitor
Tags: Art, Europe, Paris, Napoleon, Visual

New Zealand Goes Into Full Lockdown

After months with no restrictions and no locally transmitted cases of COVID, the appearance of one new patient has prompted Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to close all performances, museums, film and TV production, and most businesses for three days (seven in Auckland). – AP
Tags: Art, New Zealand, Auckland, Issues, Jacinda Ardern

Hachette Will Pay $240 Million To Buy Leading Indie Publisher

No, they’re not spending that kind of money for a literary press. Workman Publishing is the company behind the Page-a-Day calendars and the Brain Quest and What To Expect When … series of informational books. – Publishers Weekly
Tags: Art, Hachette, Words, Workman Publishing

R. Murray Schafer, Canada’s Leading 20th-Century Composer, Dead At 88

“(He) composed a large body of music in all genres — symphonic, chamber, opera, choral and oratorio — and was best known for his groundbreaking creations that were performed outdoors and incorporated sounds from nature into his music.” (It was Schafer who gave us the term “soundscape.”) – CBC
Tags: Art, People, Canada, Schafer, Murray Schafer

‘My theatre went dark’: Amanda Kloots on loving and losing actor Nick Cordero

The Broadway favourite, who died of complications from Covid last summer, is remembered by his wife and co-starWhen you’re on Broadway and suddenly find out that your show is closing, you feel this wave of sadness. As a cast member, there was nothing you could have done to save it. You didn’t write the script; you didn’t call the shots. You just had to show up, and smile, and dance, and perform, and give it your all every day. Your cast has become like your family, the theatre like your home, an...
Tags: Theatre, Culture, Stage, Death and dying, Broadway, Nick Cordero, Amanda Kloots, COVID

UC San Diego – Stuart Collection – Director

Organization Stuart CollectionAn important factor in creating a sense of belonging and a vibrant, welcoming campus for students, faculty, and staff is the use of physical space, including the activation of outdoor spaces through culturally diverse art. In addition to the 21 existing installations, the newest project, Concordance, by artist Ann Hamilton is well underway. Embedded in a prominent campus walkway, Hamilton’s work features the writings of authors and scholars from diverse backgrou...
Tags: Art, California, Uncategorized, United States, San Diego, Arthur C Clarke, Pacific Ocean, University Of California, Hamilton, Tijuana, University Of California San Diego, Kiki Smith, La Jolla, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, National Endowment

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