Dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts

The University of California, Irvine (UCI) is seeking a dean for its Claire Trevor School of the Arts (CTSA). The new dean will bring a strategic vision for the future of the School. The dean should also possess a knowledge of and an affinity for collaborative approaches to learning and research excellence. The dean will lead the School into its next chapter of growth by re-imagining creativity and responding to shifting trajectories in emergent disciplines in the arts. CTSA is a nationally-r...
Tags: Art, School, Jobs, University Of California, UCI, University of California Irvine, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, University of California Irvine UCI, Orange County and Southern California, CTSA, Claire Trevor School of the Arts CTSA, Orange County K, Zachary A Smith, Bree Liddell

Music Director, Greenville Symphony Orchestra

Position summary The Music Director reports directly to the Board and is responsible for the fulfillment of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra’s (GSO) artistic potential and its image in the community. The Music Director is responsible for the repertoire, programming, and artistic production. The Music Director participates in auditions and has a significant influence (higher percentage of the vote) when selecting new musicians. As the GSO’s artistic leader, she/he must build and sustain the ...
Tags: Art, Usa, Jobs, Board, Blue Ridge Mountains, GSO, Greenville South Carolina, Upstate South Carolina, Greenville Symphony, Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Greenville SC Greenville

Inside The NFT Hype Bubble

After “community,” the second-most used word at NFT.NYC is probably “rich.” As in, “Do you want to be rich?” The speakers ask the audience variations on that question a lot. –Artnet
Tags: Art, Ideas, NFT NYC

Non-fungible tokens take No 1 spot in influential art world power list

ERC-721’s topping of ArtReview’s Power 100 is first time a non-human entity has led listThe non-fungible token or NFT has taken the No 1 spot in the annual ranking of the contemporary art world’s most influential movers and shakers – marking the first time a non-human entity has topped the list.ERC-721, the specification for the “non-fungible token” on the Ethereum block-chain, tops the 20th Power 100 list published by ArtReview, after a year in which it upended the art market by bringing togeth...
Tags: Art, Technology, Culture, Art and design, NFT, Non-fungible tokens (NFTs

Australian PM Introduces New Laws To Unmask Online Trolls

“The online world should not be a wild west where bots and bigots and trolls and others are anonymously going around and can harm people. That is not what can happen in the real world, and there is no case for it to be able to be happening in the digital world.” – Reuters
Tags: Art, Media

Met Museum Gets $125 Million To Jumpstart Modern Wing

The gift represents an important leap forward for the Met project, which is now expected to cost about $500 million and calls for creating 80,000 square feet of galleries and public space with an architect to be announced this winter. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual

Looted Ancient Sculptures From Palmyra Returned To Syria

The sculptures dating from the second or third century were smuggled into Switzerland in 2009 or 2010, before the outbreak of the Syrian war. Customs officers discovered them, along with one looted piece from Libya and five from Yemen, during a routine check at the freeport in 2013. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Syria, Switzerland, Libya, Customs, Yemen, Palmyra, Visual

How The Arab Spring Changed Arab Literature

Tied to both the 2011 revolution and, to a lesser extent, the 1952 military coup that reshaped Egyptian society, the works reflect the ways in which those upheavals affected the imaginative lens through which people relate to themselves and each other. – LitHub
Tags: Art, Words

How The Salt Lake City Tribune Escaped A Hedgefund, Went Non-Profit, And Stabilized

It’s been quite the turnaround. Utah’s largest newspaper escaped the clutches of the hedge fund Alden Global Capital in 2016 only to see its local owner, Paul Huntsman, lay off a third of staff two years later in the face of plunging ad revenue. – NiemanLab
Tags: Art, Utah, Salt Lake City, Issues, Alden Global Capital, Paul Huntsman

How The Salt Lake City Tribune Escaped A Hedgefund, Went Non-Profit, And Stabalized

It’s been quite the turnaround. Utah’s largest newspaper escaped the clutches of the hedge fund Alden Global Capital in 2016 only to see its local owner, Paul Huntsman, lay off a third of staff two years later in the face of plunging ad revenue. – NiemanLab
Tags: Art, Utah, Salt Lake City, Issues, Alden Global Capital, Paul Huntsman

Dance Companies Rethink Asian Stereotypes In “Nutcracker”

The changes are the result of a yearslong effort by performers and activists to draw attention to Asian stereotypes in “Nutcracker.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance

Why Morocco Is Pouring Money Into Rabat’s Arts Scene

King Mohammed VI’s government says it’s making art accessible to more ordinary people and promoting Morocco as an island of stability; some artists and critics argue that it’s all just attempting to artwash the image of a repressive regime that keeps its censors busy. – Bloomberg CityLab
Tags: Art, Bloomberg, Morocco, Issues, Rabat, Mohammed VI

How The Guerilla Girls Got Their Groove

“We discovered early on that if you could make someone who disagreed with you laugh, then you had a hook inside their brain. Once you were in there, you just might be able to change their minds about things.” – Glass Tire
Tags: Art, Visual

David Gulpilil, Pioneering Indigenous Australian Actor, Dead At 68

He became a star in his home country playing the lead in Nicholas Roeg’s Walkabout and familiar internationally for his role in Crocodile Dundee. He won acclaim and awards for other film and TV performances and helped end the use of blackface in Australia. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Australia, People, Nicholas Roeg, David Gulpilil

This Year’s ArtBasel Stupid Art Trick: Cheetos Dust!

Because taping a goddamn banana to a wall was not enough, no, the art world needed to do something even more stupid involving food. At sea! – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Visual

Afghan TV And Radio Try To Hang On Under The Taliban

More than 250 media outlets have closed since the takeover; those that remain are losing their audience because people are scared of being caught listening to music or watching anything unapproved. A few brave TV stations are still employing women. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Media, Taliban

A Global Shortage Of Paint

The pandemic has created a labor shortage of plant workers and drivers that has clogged up supply chains in the face of rising demand for paint, especially for construction and home improvement projects. – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Visual

It’s A Minor Miracle No One Died On The Set Of “The Wizard Of Oz”

“The drama behind the scenes … would make several people’s heads melt like the Wicked Witch of the West.” Margaret Hamilton caught on fire, the Tin Man’s makeup sent Buddy Ebsen to the hospital (that’s why Jack Haley replaced him), and the snowflakes were pure asbestos. – /Film
Tags: Art, Media, Jack Haley, West Margaret Hamilton, Buddy Ebsen

How a Mosaic from Caligula’s Party Boat Became a Coffee Table in a New York City Apartment 50 Years Ago

Imagine owning Caligula’s coffee table — or, better yet, a coffee table made from the mosaic flooring that once covered the infamously cruel Roman Emperor’s party boats. Art dealer and Manhattanite Helen Fioratti owned such a table for 45 years, but she had no idea what it was until she happened to go to a 2013 book signing by author and Italian stone expert Dario Del Bufalo. There, a friend noticed her table in Del Bufalo’s coffee table book, Porphyry, “about the reddish-purple rock muc...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Asia, College, New York City, History, Rome, Italy, Brian Cox, Anderson Cooper, The New York Times, Benito Mussolini, Josh Jones, Park Avenue, Fioretti, Caligula

Yannick Nézet-Séguin To Take Four Weeks Off From Conducting

His sabbatical will run from Dec. 19 to Jan. 10; he has withdrawn from the Met’s January revival of The Marriage of Figaro and the Philadelphia Orchestra’s New Year’s concerts. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Philadelphia Orchestra, Marriage of Figaro, Yannick Nézet Séguin

The First NFTs Of Ballet (You Knew This Was Coming)

Natalia Osipova of London’s Royal Ballet is selling specially-filmed of three duets with fiancé Jason Kittelberger, who says they hope to fund a new dance company with the proceeds of the sales. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, London, Dance, Royal Ballet, Natalia Osipova, Jason Kittelberger

When Newspapers Die, What Happens To Their Archives?

There’s no established procedure, alas, so the fate of the archives depends on the particular location and owner. (We’re looking at you, News Corp.) But there are some defunct newspapers whose archives have been saved, an excellent example being Denver’s Rocky Mountain News. – Tedium
Tags: Art, Words, News Corp, Denver

Study: Year Into Pandemic, Audience Values Arts More

65% of respondents said they preferred in-person to online cultural activities. Only 9% favored online experiences, while a more significant 26% is defined as “digitally agnostic,” either preferring the two about equally or opting to make decisions based on content. – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Issues

Is Society Failing, Post-Pandemic?

Jill Lepore: Of course, there is such a thing as society. The question now is how the pandemic has changed it. Speculating about what might happen next requires first deciphering these statements, and where they came from. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Ideas, Jill Lepore

Germany’s New Government Appoints A High-Profile Culture Minister

Claudia Roth, one of the Green Party’s top leaders and vice president of the federal parliament, started her career as a theater worker and later managed a German rock band. The left-leaning three-party coalition now in charge plans to make culture a high priority. – Deutsche Welle
Tags: Art, Germany, Green Party, Issues, Claudia Roth

Ticket Sales For England’s Christmas Pantos Are Lagging, And Theatres Are Getting Nervous

Sales are down by a third from 2019, and research indicates that many audience members remain wary of attending while COVID case numbers are high. As with Nutcracker for American ballet companies, English theatres depend on panto income to help finance the rest of their seasons. – BBC
Tags: Art, England, Theatre, Audience

Merriam-Webster’s Word Of The Year For 2021 Is Something People Have Been Fighting About

“Vaccine” was the choice because of repeated spikes in traffic: searches of the word this year are up 601% from 2020 and 1,048% over 2019. Also, because of the new mRNA vaccines, the word’s definition was expanded. (The runner-up Word of the Year was “insurrection.”) – CNN
Tags: Art, Words, Merriam Webster

Mosque Dating To Earliest Decades Of Islam Uncovered In Iraq

The mud structure in the southern province of Dhi Qar is small, roughly 26 feet by 16 feet and has been dated to 679 CE, less than 50 years after the prophet Muhammad’s death. – Al Jazeera
Tags: Art, Iraq, Visual, Muhammad

From Olafur Eliasson to Gerhard Richter: the art show aiming to unite Europe

Diversity United is a travelling exhibition featuring work by 100 living artists from 34 countries – seeing this monument to liberal values moved our writer to tearsWhen it comes to outsized projects with geopolitical undertones, Walter Smerling has form. Between 2015 and 2017, the chairman of the Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur (Foundation for Art and Culture) in Bonn and a German art-world statesman of sorts organised the largest ever exhibitions of Chinese art in Germany and German art in China...
Tags: Art, Europe, China, Germany, Russia, Painting, World news, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Moscow, Bonn, Exhibitions, Venice, Anselm Kiefer, Brexit

Theater, on the record

Here are the Wall Street Journal drama columns I wrote during my hiatus from this blog: • To read my review of the off-Broadway revival of Paul Osborn’s Morning’s at Seven, go here. • To read my reviews of Alice Childress’ Trouble in Mind and the Broadway transfer of Diana, go here. • To read my review of Classic Stage Company’s off-Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, go here. • To read my review of the Broadway premiere of Lynn Nottage’s Clyde’s, go here. I also wrote an a...
Tags: Art, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, Diana, Wall Street Journal, Ajblogs, Clyde, Sondheim, Lynn Nottage, Classic Stage Company, Paul Osborn, Alice Childress

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