Afghanistan’s Cultural Sector Goes Underground

“In Afghanistan, work in the field of arts and culture is probably one of the hardest jobs.. but we did it because we loved it. We had finally reached a stage where we were established and recognised… But everything is destroyed and we are stuck.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Afghanistan, Issues

Every Time a Bells Rings...

I've been working on The Story of My Life for about six weeks, and I've been listening to the cast recording, now and then, for about ten years. And yet, every night I watch our production, I see and understand something new. Driving home in my car after performances, I'm often hit with a revelation about something in the show that had just then coalesced in my head.Jeff (who's playing Tom) and Chris (who's playing Alvin) have these surprising revelations as well. Just a few days before opening...
Tags: Theatre, Chicago, Live, Performing Arts, Broadway, Alvin, Jesus, Tom Tom, Chris, Broadway Musicals, Thomas, Tom, George, Hill, Jeff, George Bailey

Andras Szanto: The Permeability Of Ideas Versus Our Institutions

“To what extent does the artistic institutional system become distanced from primary creativity?  The system of scientific institutions is no less problematic. Sooner or later it will reflect its own institutional logic more than the needs of society.” – Designisso
Tags: Art, Ideas, Andras Szanto

Why The Oxford English Dictionary Has Added 6 Korean Words

“They show how Asians in different parts of the continent invent and exchange words within their own local contexts, then introduce these words to the rest of the English-speaking world, thus allowing the Korean wave to continue to ripple on the sea of English words.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Words

Composer Bright Sheng Removed At University Of Michigan After Showing Olivier Othello Film

“To show the film now, especially without substantial framing, content advisory and a focus on its inherent racism is in itself a racist act, regardless of the professor’s intentions. We need to acknowledge that as a community.” – Michigan Daily
Tags: Art, Issues, University Of Michigan

Holocaust Museum LA Plans To Transform Itself With Major Expansion

When it moved into its current location in 2010, the museum expected 15,000 visitors a year; by 2020, it was getting 65,000. Now, with an additional building by Belzberg Architects due to start construction next year, the museum plans to draw 500,000 annually by 2030. – MSN (Los Angeles Times)
Tags: Art, Visual, Belzberg Architects

Capturing The Movement Of Starlings As Art

Kathryn Cooper first films the starlings in 4K resolution. Then, working with clips that range in length from less than a second to more than a minute, she designs algorithms that help her select and splice together a compelling set of frames. – Nautilus
Tags: Art, Visual, Kathryn Cooper, Movement Of Starlings

How San Francisco’s Last Video Store Survives

“Part of why I work so hard doing this is that I believe people should have access to more than what’s just currently in print. They should have access to the history of cinema, in as broad a scope as possible.” – San Francisco Examiner
Tags: Art, Media, San Francisco

The Novels That Really Want To Change The World? Satires

“‘Satire … does not come with some kind of manifesto for a better world. It tells you what’s wrong; it doesn’t tell you what you should do.’ So political satire often sets out to do as much damage as possible, to sweep away.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Words

Hip-Hop Does Not Owe Anyone Political Consciousness Or Moral Virtue

“To generations of listeners, Public Enemy were the ideal of a hip-hop group: fiery and politically engaged, marching through the streets to demand change. In fact, Public Enemy were an anomaly. Explicit political commentary has played a consistent but relatively minor role in the genre’s evolution.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Public Enemy, Issues

How Three New York City Ballet Dancers Prepared Themselves For An Uncertain Return To The Stage

Gia Kourlas: “To get a better understanding of what this strange time has been like, I checked in with … a member of the corps de ballet, a soloist and a principal to track their experiences … as they made their way to opening night.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York City, Dance, Gia Kourlas

Performative Diversity?

The current emphasis on diversity and inclusivity, however warranted, endangers or distorts a cultural canon that we cannot (in fact, must not) wholly jettison. Indeed, the canon is newly pertinent. – American Purpose
Tags: Art, Featured, Ideas

A Wave Of Unionizing At US Museums, With Baltimore The Most Recent

“Workers at the Baltimore Museum of Art have announced plans to form a union, making the employees the latest in a nationwide push for better working conditions and higher pay at art museums, a field that suffers from drastic inequities.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, US, Baltimore, Visual, Baltimore Museum of Art

60-Hour Workweeks Are Regular In Film And TV All Over The World: Survey

“A global survey of working conditions has found long working hours are now the norm across the film and television industries worldwide, with 50- to 60-hour workweeks common among production crewmembers in the 20 countries surveyed.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Media

Protesters Picket Opening Night At Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre

“The protest is a revival of efforts this summer …(against) what they describe as a toxic culture. … Former employees passed out fliers decrying artistic director Bernard Havard’s $745,015 pay and spoke to patrons about the lack of racial representation at the theater.” – MSN (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Tags: Art, Theatre, Philadelphia, Msn, Bernard Havard

Are Audiobooks Superior To Paper?

Audiobooks aren’t cheating. They aren’t a just-add-water shortcut to cheap intellectualism. For so many titles in this heyday of audio entertainment, it’s not crazy to ask the opposite: Compared to the depth that can be conveyed via audio, does the flat text version count? – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words

Nobel Prize For Literature 2021 Goes To Tanzanian Novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah

The author of ten novels, born and raised on Zanzibar and resettled in England as a refugee in the 1960s, was cited by the Swedish Academy for “his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, England, Featured, Words, Zanzibar, Swedish Academy, Abdulrazak Gurnah

Biden Names Nominees To Chair National Endowments For The Arts And Humanities

“Both selections are historic: (Shelly) Lowe will be the first Native American nominated to lead the federal humanities agency and (Maria Rosario) Jackson will be the first African American and Mexican American nominated to run the arts endowment.” – MSN (The Washington Post)
Tags: Art, Featured, People, Biden, the Arts and Humanities, Maria Rosario Jackson, Shelly Lowe

Seeing is Believing But Should We Believe What We See?

Earlier this week I came across a fun article about how old art pieces appeared to show evidence of time travel and I thought about the work we do as lawyers. Let me explain. Take a look at this piece of art from the mid 1800s. Courtesy Wikipedia Commons From a distance, it looks like a girl looking at an iPhone! There’s that tell tale glow. But let’s blow it up even further. It’s an iPhone, right? Well, as the author of the post that originally talked about this noted, it is actually a pic...
Tags: Art, Law, Theory, Trial, Employment law, Evidence, Pareidolia, Litigation, Featured Content, Apophenia, Wikipedia Commons From

Plagued By Internal Turmoil, American Shakespeare Center Cancels Fall Season

“(With) the Staunton, Va.-based troupe, known for its Elizabethan-style, no-frills approach to the classics, … convulsed by defections and division, it has abruptly canceled its entire fall slate of in-person productions.” – MSN (The Washington Post)
Tags: Art, Featured, Theatre, Staunton Va

The creator economy needs a Universal Basic Income — here’s why

The internet — and now Web3 — has created an environment where anyone can share their creations with people worldwide. Digital technology has also enabled professionals to work remotely without being tied down by an office job. The creator economy encompasses the new generation of creators and innovators who are not limited by the 9–5. This trend has been emerging for years, but it’s only recently been given a name. It’s an economy where creative entrepreneurs can work from anywhere they please,...
Tags: Startups, Design, Digital, Entrepreneur, Social Media, Creativity, House of Talent

Houston Symphony And Musicians Sign Longest Contract In Their History

“The contract went into effect Oct. 1 and runs through Oct. 3, 2026. The deal includes matters of health care, restoration of the musicians’ pre-pandemic salaries by October 2022 through incremental increases. Musicians also negotiated for additional leave for birth and adoption of a child.” – Houston Chronicle
Tags: Art, Music, Houston

How to Make Comics: A Four-Part Series from the Museum of Modern Art

A painting? “Moving. Spiritually enriching. Sublime. ‘High’ art.” The comic strip? “Vapid. Juvenile. Commercial hack work. ‘Low’ art.” A painting of a comic strip panel? “Sophisticated irony. Philosophically challenging. ‘High’ art.” So says Calvin of Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes, whose ten-year run constitutes one of the greatest artistic achievements in the history of the newspaper comic strip. The larger medium of comics goes well beyond the funny pages, as any number of trend pieces h...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Education, College, Museums, Andy Warhol, Museum of Modern Art, Seoul, Calvin, Moma, Bill Watterson, Hobbes, California College, Lynda Barry, Colin Marshall, Comics/Cartoons

Unseen Van Gogh sketches that rework scorned masterpiece to go on display

Preparatory work for ‘redoing’ of The Potato Eaters – savaged in his lifetime – to feature in exhibitionA collection of Vincent van Gogh’s preparatory drawings sketched ahead of a planned “redoing” of The Potato Eaters, a masterpiece brutally slated by buyers, friends and family at the time of its painting, are being exhibited for what is believed to be first time.The Dutch artist considered his depiction of a peasant family from the village of Nuenen in Brabant eating a meal of potatoes as one ...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Drawing, Museums, Netherlands, Exhibitions, Van Gogh, Vincent Van Gogh, Nuenen, Brabant, Bedroom Sunflowers

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