Yale Historian Resigns Citing Inappropriate Donor Influence

Beverly Gage, a historian of 20th-century politics who has led the program since 2017, has resigned, saying the university failed to stand up for academic freedom amid inappropriate efforts by its donors to influence its curriculum and faculty hiring. – The New York Times
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What Harvard Learned From The Pandemic

Those 17 months—marked by the pandemic, remote teaching, protests against systemic racism and police brutality, and economic hardship for millions of people—made it clear to educators that their students will enter a changed world after graduation. – Harvard Magazine
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From Sistema To The Montreal Symphony’s New Music Director: Meet Rafael Parare

Winding up in the local El Sistema orchestra, he became a conductor almost by accident when handed a baton and told to conduct a piece: “I knew then that it was what I wanted to do.” – Toronto Star
Tags: Art, Music, El Sistema, Montreal Symphony, Rafael Parare

The Age Of The New Literary Memoir

The fantasy that you can say something so perfectly and with such absolute authority that it never needs another version told from another point of view, as my grandfather might have believed, is long over. – The New York Times
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Budget or Fudge It? Will NEA & NEH Actually Get Their “Historic Increase” in Federal Arts & Humanities Funds?

Just as Donald Trump was (thankfully) denied his repeatedly expressed wish to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for
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From Sistema To The Montreal Symphony’s New Music Director: Meet Rafael Payare

Winding up in the local El Sistema orchestra, he became a conductor almost by accident when handed a baton and told to conduct a piece: “I knew then that it was what I wanted to do.” – Toronto Star
Tags: Art, Music, El Sistema, Rafael Payare, Montreal Symphony

The Classics Versus Racism

The study of classics should not make anyone feel ashamed because Asia intersects there, India intersects there, Africa intersects there, the Middle East intersects there. The ancient writers don’t try to hide that so much as we do. – The Point
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When Virgin Voyages Wanted A Dance Show For Its Cruises, It Did Not Go For Vegas-Style Showgirls

No, Richard Branson’s grownups-only cruise line chose three choreographers from The Dance Cartel. The trio couldn’t believe that a cruise ship wanted their avant-garde-dance-meets-house-party aesthetic, which they didn’t water down for auditions. Now they’re doing on the high seas what they’d do in Brooklyn. – The New York Times
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How Public Radio Could Help Save Local News

With a vast network of local licensees spread across urban and small-town America, public media stations should serve local audiences and provide a window on issues and conflicts in democratic governance that are bubbling up across the country. – Current
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Translating Proteins Into Music

We’re computational biologists who believe that hearing the sound of life at the molecular level could help inspire people to learn more about biology and the computational sciences. – The Conversation
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Toni Morrison Thought This Woman Changed Black Literature Forever. She Left Public View 23 Years Ago.

In 1975, aged 25, Gayl Jones shook the American literary world with her novel Corregidora. After more books and a turbulent personal life, Jones assumed a Salinger-style public silence in 1998. Imani Perry examines Jones’s biography and writing to understand why. – The New York Times Magazine
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How Did Fox News’s Right-Wing Late-Night TV Host Beat Stephen Colbert In The Ratings?

Not only because Greg Gutfeld has no conservative competition in his time slot. “Right-wing comedy has become both a viable business strategy and a crucial element of conservative politics. … Whether or not this comedy is to your taste, it’s working for Gutfeld and his audience.” – The Conversation
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What Is The Solidarity Arts Economy?

Why should culture and economic innovation go together? Because, right now, we have a superstar system in which the winners take all and the rest are left with crumbs. Because, just like art, housing and dignified work are human rights. Because artists are the original gig workers. – Nonprofit Quarterly
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Your Seat is in Row X

Photo by Merch HÜSEY on Unsplash I’m thrilled to be starting this blog about the arts audience experience, Row X. I want to thank Lynne Conner who first gave me space to write about arts audiences during the pandemic as a guest editor on her ArtsJournal blog We the Audience in 2020. It was incredibly generous of her. And thank you to Doug McLennan for blessing the guest editorship of Lynne’s blog and later inviting me to have my own space on ArtsJournal. My professional bio and my scop...
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Seattle Art Museum Appoints Constance Rice As Board Chair

The museum believes she is the first Black woman to chair a board of a major art museum, besides ethnic art museums, in the U.S., though it doesn’t have definitive data on that. – Seattle Times
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He Acts And Directs In Four Languages. Actors Say He’s Gentle To A Fault. He’s Taking Over The Avignon Festival.

Says Tiago Rodrigues, who’s coming to Avignon from Portugal’s Teatro Nacional, “I really love to see what happens to a play when you did it in one language, and then you do it in another. … I’ve visited a lot of embassies in Portugal.” – The New York Times
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Revamping The Pops Orchestra For The 21st Century

The Boston Pops set the old template: so-called “light classics” (Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Leroy Anderson’s The Typewriter) and “Great American Songbook” standards. Now pops programs run from film scores to video game music to Looney Tunes suites to backing up jazz, rap, and gospel. – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Industrial Vacuum Cleaners, Traps, And Micro-Wasps: How Museums Fight The Bugs That Invade During Shutdowns

It’s a battle even in normal times, but when the pandemic closed museums, clothes moths, silverfish, and carpet beetle larvae were left with no obstacles to moving in and chowing down on the collections. Here’s how museums have been getting the vermin under control. – Artnet
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Tommy Kirk, Teen Star Of A String Of Disney Hits, Dead At 79

In the 1950s and ’60s, from ages 15 to 23, he starred in 11 Disney features, including The Shaggy Dog, Swiss Family Robinson, The Misadventures of Merlin Jones, The Absent-Minded Professor, and, most memorably, Old Yeller. Then Walt learned that Kirk was gay … – The Washington Post
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Why All Those Blobby Book Covers?

This design trend, well into its third or fourth year in the major publishing houses, has attracted plenty of nicknames and attendant discourse online—culture critic Jeva Lange calls it “blobs of suggestive colors,” while writer Alana Pockros calls it the “unicorn frappuccino cover.” – Print
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England Launches New £20 Million Arts Fund For Capital Projects

Over the next two years, Arts Council England’s Capital Investment Fund will issue grants from £100,000 to £750,000 to cultural organizations to make improvements to their buildings such as upgrading equipment, improving ventilation, or increasing access for the disabled. – The Stage
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Spain Finally Approves Money For Expansion Of Prado

The €36 million ($42 million) allocation, delayed by six years, will fund the renovation of the neighboring Salón de Reinos (Hall of Realms), which the Prado acquired in 2012. Projected completion is in 2024. – Artforum
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Carlisle Floyd, Dean Of American Opera Composers, Dead At 95

“Floyd’s operas, more than a dozen, were steeped in southern culture, examining the post-Civil War South, the Great Depression and small-town life. Works such as Susannah, Of Mice and Men and Cold Sassy Tree opened opera houses to a distinctly American repertoire. He also wrote his own librettos.” – NPR
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Scarlett Johansson And Disney Settle Lawsuit Over “Black Widow” Pay

“Johansson had accused Disney of reneging on its promise to do a traditional theatrical release for Black Widow in favor of a simultaneous release on Disney Plus” — thus reducing the box office take and the bonuses based on that take provided for in her contract. – Variety
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Fruit sculptures in Hackney honour Windrush generation

Veronica Ryan creates UK’s first permanent artwork dedicated to people affected by the scandalThe first permanent artwork to honour the Windrush generation in the UK has been unveiled in the east London borough of Hackney, as councils across the country kick off the first day of Black History Month.The work, created by the artist Veronica Ryan, is one of two permanent sculptures that symbolise the council’s respect and commitment to the Windrush generation and their legacy and contribution to th...
Tags: Art, UK, London, Race, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Sculpture, Home Office, Hackney, Black History Month, Windrush, Commonwealth immigration, Windrush scandal, Thomas J Price, Veronica Ryan

Bored of your wardrobe? Try wearing one colour at a time

Dress in ‘monoclo’, says artist Pascal Anson, and you’ll rethink your relationship with clothes for ever. Jess Cartner-Morley gives it a goIt started when Pascal Anson’s mum bought him a yellow jumper for his birthday. “I already had a pair of yellow trousers, yellow socks and a yellow belt. So I thought I’d wear them all together, as an experiment.” He enjoyed the experiment so much he gave it a name – “monoclo” – and turned it into an event at Kingston University, London, where he was a senior...
Tags: Fashion, Design, London, Life and style, Bbc, Culture, Art and design, Fashion industry, Men's Fashion, Royal College of Art, Kingston University, Anson, Jess Cartner Morley, Vintage Fashion, Pascal Anson, Monoclo

Japanese Guided Tours of the Louvre, Versailles, the Marais & Other Famous French Places (English Subtitles Included)

“As tourist season here in Paris winds to a close and the air once again becomes crisp, fresh, and new,” writes The Atlantic‘s Chelsea Fagan, “we must unfortunately acknowledge that it does not end without a few casualties.” That piece was published at this time of year, albeit a decade ago, when “tourist season” anywhere had a bit more bustle. But the worldwide downturn in travel hasn’t done away with the object of her concern: Paris Syndrome, “a collection of physical and psychological...
Tags: Travel, Art, Facebook, Japan, College, France, Atlantic, Paris, Eiffel Tower, Seoul, Louis Vuitton, Versailles, United States Europe, Fagan, Vincent Van Gogh, Nakamura

Embracing vitiligo: Ugandan artist dispels skin stigma with portraits

People with the condition can face being seen as ‘cursed’ in the east African country, says Martin Senkubuge, whose art aims to make them proud of their skinIt was a confrontation with a female Michael Jackson fan that first drew Martin Senkubuge’s attention to the skin condition vitiligo.Senkubuge, a Ugandan artist, was describing his tattoo of the musician to the woman at an art exhibition in Kampala in 2019, when he accused the pop star of bleaching his skin. Continue reading...
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A new start after 60: ‘I started sketching at 72 – and graduated with a fine art degree at 96’

Archie White was a keen teenage artist, but gave it up for five decades as a solicitor. Now he is starting a new student charity and painting furiouslyArchie White says he would like to retire, but I’m not sure I believe him. This summer he made headlines when he graduated with a fine art degree from East Sussex College. He was 96 years and 56 days old – a few months short of setting a new world record for the oldest graduate.Graduation was only the beginning. “I’m pretty busy all the time,” he ...
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