Repurposing New York's Aphorist Laureate for Very New York Purposes

When Yogi Berra plugged disability insurance, he could just as well have been talking about art: When you don't have it, that's when you need it. [Author: Stefan Kac]
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Poetry: The New Digital Divide

Online discussion has created a new landscape for the consumption and production of poetry. To outsiders, there is either a swarm of names or a narrow row of critically-touted volumes; to insiders, as in any subculture, the little differences are everything. – The Drift
Tags: Art, Words

Turnaround: Benin Artists Offer Contemporary Bronzes To British Museum

The Ahiamwen Guild of artists and bronze casters says it wants to change the terms of the debate by giving the British Museum contemporary artworks, untainted by any history of looting, that showcase Benin City’s modern-day culture. – Reuters
Tags: Art, British Museum, Benin, Visual, Benin City, Ahiamwen Guild

Twitter As A Critical Medium?

I learned a lot about myself as a critic while live-tweeting, and a lot about criticism: about how and when opinions are formed, and about the effort we critics often put into shaping our initial reaction into more polished and professional forms. – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Theatre

Big Changes In Theatre During The Pandemic, Right? Well…

In many interviews I’ve included a simple question: Apart from a pandemic-necessitated lockdown and now a tentative reopening, have you actually seen change in the industry over the past year? Too often the answer has been a simple “no.” – American Theatre
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Was An Exploding Space Rock The Inspiration For The Story Of Sodom And Gomorrah?

Archaeologists report that the destruction, circa 1650 BC, of the city of Tall el-Hammam was caused by a large meteor disintegrating in the atmosphere — a blast, 1,000 times larger than Hiroshima, that would have fit the Biblical description of fire raining on the evil cities. – Smithsonian Magazine
Tags: Art, Issues, Hiroshima, Hammam

French Pianist Colette Maze, 107, Releases Her Sixth Album

It’s that humor, a sense of optimism and her beloved piano that have buttressed and comforted this centenarian through an often difficult life. Maze has just released her sixth album at the age of 107. – NPR
Tags: Art, People, Colette Maze

How An Opera By A Black Composer Finally Made It To The Met

The company’s certainly had opportunities before: William Grant Still submitted scores in 1919 and 1935; both were casually dismissed. So Terence Blanchard was astounded to get a call from Peter Gelb asking to stage Fire Shut Up in My Bones after its 2019 premiere. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, William Grant, Terence Blanchard, Peter Gelb

New Metropolitan Opera Radio Host Named

Only the fifth person to serve in this capacity, Debra Lew Harder follows in the footsteps of former legendary voices of the Met, Milton Cross (1931-1975), Peter Allen (1975-2004), Margaret Juntwait (2004-2015), and, most recently, Mary Jo Heath (2016-2021). – Broadway World
Tags: Art, Music, Peter Allen, Met Milton Cross, Margaret Juntwait, Mary Jo Heath

How Jasper Johns Changed Modern Art — And My Life: Jerry Saltz

“Looking at Johns’s work, I sometimes almost no longer feel like a person. I wonder if I have died in the instants between synapses of looking, knowing, then not knowing again. I step outside myself and become more than one person seeing in different ways.” – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, Jasper Johns, Visual, Johns, Jerry Saltz

What’s Behind The Proliferation Of All Those Immersive Van Gogh Rooms?

At least five companies — including, controversially, one major museum — have stepped up with immersive exhibits based on the life and work of the famous Dutch painter. Nearly 40 different Van Gogh rooms have opened (or will soon) across the U.S. so far. – Bloomberg
Tags: Art, Van Gogh, Visual

Elia Kazan’s Annotated Script For The First Stage Production Of “A Streetcar Named Desire”

The script, along with 100 pages of unusually detailed notes for the actors, comes from the pre-Broadway New Haven tryout in the fall of 1947. – Gothamist
Tags: Art, Theatre, Elia Kazan, Broadway New Haven

Thirty Years Ago Nirvana Changed Seattle Music Forever

The album represents a moment in time when everything about Seattle culture changed. The very words “Seattle music” meant something different afterward, both in the Northwest and in the world. – Seattle Times
Tags: Art, Music, Seattle, Northwest

For the Second Time In Two Years, America’s Chinatowns Are In Danger

“(The delta variant surge has) worsened a host of additional issues, like technology and language barriers and pandemic-stoked xenophobia. Community organizations fear that the diminished patronage and insufficient government support will force many longstanding businesses to close, which could accelerate gentrification.” – Slate
Tags: Art, America, Issues

Somalia Gets Its First Public Movie Showing In 30 Years

“The event was held at the National Theatre of Somalia, whose history reflects the tumultuous journey of the African nation. It has been targeted by suicide bombers and used as a base by warlords – and until Wednesday it had never screened a Somali film.” – The Guardian (AFP)
Tags: Art, Media, Somalia, National Theatre

Dutch Police Arrest Suspect In Thefts Of Van Gogh And Frans Hals Paintings

DNA evidence at the crime scenes, museums in suburban Amsterdam (van Gogh’s The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring) and Leerdam (Hals’s Two Laughing Boys with a Mug of Beer) led investigators to a previously convicted thief. The artworks have not been recovered. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Amsterdam, Visual, Gogh, Nuenen, Parsonage Garden, Leerdam Hals

The Met Museum Is Selling Art To Raise Money. Should It?

As sloppy as AAMD’s new rule is, being born of a rattled, anxious moment, it’s clear who it’s intended to help, and it’s not the museums that house big modern and contemporary collections with hot brand names. – National Review
Tags: Art, Visual, AAMD

Choreographer Jan Fabre Will Stand Trial For Sexual Harassment And Assault

The case, to be tried next spring in Antwerp, “stems from complaints by 20 dancers from his company who in 2018 alleged … a toxic work environment where sexual acts became an exchange for performance time and where ‘humiliation was our daily bread’.” – Yahoo! (AFP)
Tags: Art, Dance, Antwerp

Melvin Van Peebles, Dead At 89, Was So Much More Than The Maker Of “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song”

Over 60 years, he was a master of self-reinvention: Air Force navigator; a cable-car operator in San Francisco; indie filmmaker; author (in English and French); playwright, composer, and TV writer (nine Tony nominations and an Emmy); the only Black floor trader at the American Stock Exchange. – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, San Francisco, People, Air Force, Tony, Melvin Van Peebles

Pennsylvania School Board Reverses Ban On Black Authors’ Books, Children’s Bios Of MLK And Rosa Parks

The vote by the Central York district board came after weeks of protests by students and unflattering reports in national media. The list of banned titles also included books by Jacqueline Woodson and Ibram X. Kendi, Malala Yousufzai’s autobiography, and a documentary about James Baldwin. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Words, Rosa Parks, Jacqueline Woodson, Central York, Ibram X Kendi Malala Yousufzai

Kerry James Marshall To Design Stained Glass Windows For Washington National Cathedral

The new work, which will replace windows depicting Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson which were removed in 2017, will be Marshall’s first in stained glass. The windows, accompanied by a poem by Elizabeth Alexander etched on stone tablets, will be installed in 2023. – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Visual, Marshall, Elizabeth Alexander, Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Kerry James Marshall

Behold the Newly-Discovered Sketch by Vincent van Gogh Sketch, “Study for Worn Out” (1882)

Having been dead for more than 130 years now, Vincent van Gogh seldom comes up with a new piece of work. But when he does, you can be sure it will draw the art world’s attention as few works by living artists could. Such has been the case with the newly discovered Study for Worn Out, an 1882 sketch that recently came into possession of the Van Gogh Museum, according to Margherita Cole at My Modern Met, “when a Dutch family requested that specialists take a look at their unsigned drawing.” The f...
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Forced from home: the humans and animals under threat – in pictures

Nick Brandt visited five animal sanctuaries in Africa to portray the people displaced by droughts and the creatures whose very existence is under threat Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Climate Change, Animals, Africa, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, Nick Brandt, Art and design books

Associate Director of Development Open Position

Title: Associate Director of DevelopmentReports To: Development Director Customary Schedule:40+ hours per week, Monday – FridayNights and weekends sometimes required About Alonzo King LINES Ballet: Alonzo King LINES Ballet is a celebrated contemporary ballet company that has been guided since 1982 by its uniquely global artistic vision. Collaborating with noted composers, musicians, and visual artists, Alonzo King creates works that draw on a diverse set of deeply rooted cultural trad...
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Betye Saar: the brilliant artist who reversed and radicalised racist stereotypes

In the 1970s, her art was so influential that Angela Davis credited it with launching the Black women’s movement. At 95, Saar is still creating work - and it is as arresting as everWhen the artist Betye Saar learned the Aunt Jemima brand was removing the mammy-like character that had been a fixture on its pancake mixes since 1889, she uttered two words: “Oh, finally.”Those familiar with Saar’s most famous work, The Liberation of Aunt Jemima, might have expected a more dramatic reaction. After al...
Tags: Art, Race, Society, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Angela Davis, Betye Saar, Saar, Jemima

The smart toilet era is here! Are you ready to share your analprint with big tech?

Loo design has barely changed in 150 years – until now. Will people trade their privacy for the chance to find out exactly what is in their waste?For the past 10 years, Sonia Grego has been thinking about toilets – and more specifically what we deposit into them. “We are laser-focused on the analysis of stool,” says the Duke University research professor, with all the unselfconsciousness of someone used to talking about bodily functions. “We think there is an incredible untapped opportunity for ...
Tags: Internet Of Things, Science, Design, Technology, Biology, Life and style, Architecture, Art and design, Smart Homes, Duke University, Grego, Sonia Grego, Coprata Grego

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