Brooklyn Museum Gets A New President/COO

Trueblood, who starts early next year, previously served as chief of staff at the American Civil Liberties Union and as director of White House operations for the Obama Administration from 2013 to 2015. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Obama Administration, White House, Brooklyn, Visual, American Civil Liberties Union, Trueblood

Welcome To Selfie Wrld – Unique Pix That Aren’t

Selfie Wrld is a chain with 30 franchises from Anchorage to Tampa. Because the props encourage certain poses, your selfies might be identical to someone’s in Indianapolis or Boston or Denver. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Boston, Indianapolis, Tampa, Visual, Anchorage

San Jose Opera Picks A New General Director

Shawna Lucey has some 15 years of opera and theater experience, having worked at such companies as Santa Fe Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Bolshoi Theater, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City. – San Francisco Classical Voice
Tags: Art, Music, Chicago, Bolshoi Theater, San Jose Opera Picks, Shawna Lucey

How Translating Language Opens A Writer’s Mind

In translating, you pose yourself a question—or it is posed to you by the text; you have no satisfactory answer, though you put something down on paper, and then years later the answer may turn up. Certainly you never forget the question. – LitHub
Tags: Art, Words

Why Is A New Moscow Museum Recreating An American Soap Opera?

Every day through March 22, 2022, a team of 80 actors and technicians is carrying out the vision of the Icelandic performance artist Ragnar Kjartansson by re-creating, filming and editing episodes of that American soap opera in front of a live audience at the museum. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Ragnar Kjartansson

Literary Translators Are Finally Demanding The Recognition They Deserve — On The Book Cover

“For decades, translators in the U.S. have been … working in the back rooms of literature even as they play a central role in enriching Anglophone letters. … None of the past five years’ winners of the International Booker Prize credits the translator on the front cover.” – Vulture
Tags: Art, Words

The 13-Year-Old Who’s Become Famous For His Car Pictures

The Woodinville eighth-grader has made a name for himself in the art of “forced perspective” photography, a technique that creates an optical illusion by altering the perception between objects. Anthony takes photos of die-cast cars and makes them appear life-sized in retro settings. – Everett Herald
Tags: Art, Anthony, Visual, Woodinville

A Museum On The Border Between North And South Korea (What Could Go Wrong?)

Unimaru, as it’s called, opened in September in a former customs clearinghouse in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Visitors must get a permit from the South Korean government, and the curator wears a bulletproof vest. – CNN
Tags: Art, South Korea, Visual

Firefox plug-in to make Wikipedia nicer

Modern for Wikipedia is a browser extension that makes Wikipedia look nicer and gives it a more user-friendly interface. The basic typography and layout is subtly fancied-up a bit, but now there are various themes to apply, and more powerful history, search and discovery features. — Read the rest
Tags: Firefox, Post, Design, News, Wikipedia, Browser Plug-ins

Youth + Talent + Dedication Amélie, An Artist in Her Own Right

A precociously talented student artist — Amélie by name — drew our attention in 2020 with her studies of a Daumier drawing and again with studies of natural forms. Now 15, she has achieved such splendid results that it may be no exaggeration to say she is already an artist in her own right. Recent drawings and sculptures, made while studying with Mark Merer, testify to that. Have a look. Untitled drawings, approx. 29.7 cm x 42 cm, (2021). Curved wood and metal, approx. 60 cm (heig...
Tags: Art, Ajblogs, Daumier, Mark Merer

Download 215,000 Japanese Woodblock Prints by Masters Spanning the Tradition’s 350-Year History

If you enjoy Japanese woodblock prints, that appreciation puts you in good company: with Vincent van Gogh, for example, and perhaps even more flatteringly, with many of your fellow readers of Open Culture. So avid is the interest in ukiyo-e, the traditional Japanese “pictures of the floating world,” that you might even have missed one of the large, free online collections we’ve featured over the years. Take, for instance, the one made available by the Van Gogh Museum itself, which features the ...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Japan, London, College, Museums, Tokyo, Archives, Seoul, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, John Carpenter, Vincent Van Gogh, Mount Fuji, Kanazawa, Hokusai, Utagawa Hiroshige

Can Newly-Won Artistic Freedom In Sudan Survive Post-Coup?

After longtime dictator Omar al-Bashir was overthrown in 2019, the country saw “the flowering of an artistic community that had long been harassed, censored and forced into the shadows.” Now, says one artist, “we finally thought we were free and then this happened.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Sudan, Issues, Omar al Bashir

Why The Music They Play While You’re On Hold Is So Infuriating

So where did hold music, the most vanilla of genres, go wrong? When experts have spent decades crafting tinkling tones to placate us, why does our blood still boil? The answer is not so simple. – Wired
Tags: Art, Music

This home startup lets you order custom curtains and shades that are shockingly affordable

Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. If you want beautiful, high-quality curtains or shades, you've probably considered going custom — which is usually expensive.  Mesken is a home startup for custom curtains and shades at a fraction of traditional prices.  The easy-to-navigate site helps you make measurements and guides you through every step of the process. Mesken Custom Curtains $...
Tags: Reviews, Home, Home Decor, Home Improvement, New York City, Trends, Turkey, Bedroom, Home Office, Living Room, Interior Design, Mckinsey, Istanbul Turkey, Connie Chen, Insider Picks, Product Card

Greg Tate, Cultural Critic And Pioneering Writer On Hop-Hop, Dead At 64

He made his mark as a staff writer for The Village Voice, covering everything from rap to Black hardcore, African-American identity to Michael Jackson. (He got death threats for a piece about Jackson titled “I’m White!”) His essay collection Flyboy in the Buttermilk is considered a landmark. – NPR
Tags: Art, People, Village Voice, Jackson, Greg Tate, Michael Jackson He

The Sondheim Musical The Tributes Haven’t Been Mentioning Too Much

Assassins — “It wasn’t exactly a flop, but it’s not exactly celebrated, either. … The songs are just as catchy, melodic, and surprising as most Sondheim, … but is there ever a good time to mount a musical in America about assassins?” – Salon
Tags: Art, Theatre, America, Sondheim

Sondheim’s “Assassins” And American Gun Culture

“In Assassins, the gun serves not as a tool of self-defense … but as an instrument of self-expression and self-realization. The assassins, who saw themselves as the ‘good guys with guns,’ are, in a perverse way, the epitome of American individualism.” – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Theatre, Sondheim

Can Anna Wintour, The Very Avatar Of Old-Style Condé Nast, Remake Its Titles For The 21st Century?

This year she’s been focused on turning seven of Condé Nast’s biggest publications into global brands, each under one leader. She is also ensuring that there are unlikely to be any more Anna Wintours — imperial editors-in-chief each with their own fiefs. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Featured, Conde Nast, Words, Anna Wintour, Anna Wintours

The Sondheim Musical The Tributes Haven’t Been Mentioning

Assassins — “It wasn’t exactly a flop, but it’s not exactly celebrated, either. … The songs are just as catchy, melodic, and surprising as most Sondheim, … but is there ever a good time to mount a musical in America about assassins?” – Salon
Tags: Art, Theatre, America, Sondheim

A billionaire hedge fund manager is surrendering $70 million worth of illegally smuggled antiquities. See photos of the relics, including a sculpture that was loaned to the Met.

One of the artifacts surrendered by billionaire hedge fund manager Michael Steinhardt, the Ercolano Fresco, which was looted in 1995 from a Roman villa in the ruins of Herculaneum. Today the Fresco is valued at $1 million.New York District Attorney's Office Billionaire hedge fund manager Michael Steinhardt must return a collection of 180 stolen antiquities. The items are valued at $70 million and smuggled out of 11 countries by 12 criminal networks. A global team of 60 investigators worke...
Tags: Art, New York, News, Finance, Islamic State, Iraq, Trends, Retail, Manhattan, Crete, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Cyrus Vance, Trafficking, Vance, Brendan McDermid Reuters, Steinhardt

Have We Forgotten The Art Of Listening?

Being able to engage in the practice of mindful, aesthetic and critical listening is as important to democracy as literacy. Yet, in comparison to the time and money put into early childhood reading development or STEM, these three modalities of democratic listening receive scant attention. 3 Quarks Daily
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Marjorie Tallchief, Last Of The “Five Moon” Native American Ballerinas, Dead At 95

The younger sister of Maria Tallchief, Marjorie studied under Ernest Belcher and Bronislava Nijinska and was the first American to become an étoile at the Paris Opera Ballet. – The Oklahoman
Tags: Art, People, Bronislava Nijinska, Marjorie Tallchief, Maria Tallchief Marjorie, Ernest Belcher

Finally, African Medical Students Are Getting Textbook Drawings That Depict The Black Bodies They’ll Be Treating

“On November 24, [Chidiebere] Ibe posted a drawing of a Black fetus in utero on social media, calling for more diversity in medical illustration. The drawing struck a chord with viewers, many of whom had never realized they had never seen a Black figure in medical diagrams.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Visual, Ibe

Playing A Real Person In A Biopic Is Harder Than Ever

There are four major actresses in contention for an Oscar this year for biopics. While the Academy likes to reward such work, the denizens of social media often don’t — especially when the character lived during the TV era and comparison clips can be posted. – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Media, Academy

Justin Peck May Have Been The Perfect Person To Choreograph The Remake Of “West Side Story”

He grew up watching Jerome Robbins’s original choreography in the film, and he’s danced it himself in the West Side Story Suite Robbins created for New York City Ballet. So both Peck himself and the Robbins estate knew he could retain the original’s spirit. – The Seattle Times
Tags: Art, Dance, Robbins, Peck, New York City Ballet, Justin Peck, Jerome Robbins

Snapshot: Stephen Colbert interviews Stephen Sondheim

An extended version of Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” interview with Stephen Sondheim. This longer version aired on CBS after Sondheim’s recent death: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this space each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)
Tags: Art, Stephen Colbert, Stephen Sondheim, Cbs, Ajblogs, Sondheim

Penta 1970 : une nouvelle vie pour le mobilier pentagonal de Jean-Paul Barray

Jean-François Bellemère, épaulé par l’oeil de communicant de Philippe Noël, s’est lancé le défi de rééditer un fauteuil qui a tout d’un iconique, le fauteuil Penta. Conçu par le duo Jean-Paul Barray & Kim Moltzer, le fauteuil pentagonal a tout des années 70. La fulgurance esthétique côtoie ici le dépouillement technique, offrant les clés du succès pour une seconde vie bien méritée. Retour sur de grands personnages dont la rencontre à titre posthume n’aurait jamais pu avoir lieu…  Méconnu du ...
Tags: Books, Design, France, Table, Centre Pompidou, Penta, Le Corbusier, Mobilier, Roger Tallon, Jean Paul, Jean François, Caddie, Fauteuil, Philippe Noel, Jean-François Bellemère, Jean Paul Barray

Director of Development – Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE (PBT) invites qualified candidates to submit applications to become its next Director of Development (DoD). Under the direction of new Artistic Director Susan Jaffe, PBT is currently celebrating its 52nd year as renowned company and school. The next DoD will be responsible for planning and executing the organization’s fundraising strategy across all sources for annual giving, special projects, and capital campaigns. Reporting to the ED, the next DoD will build a...
Tags: Art, Jobs, Pittsburgh, PBT, Susan Jaffe, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

The Collapse Of NeoLiberalism

The challenge for the neoliberals was—how do you design institutions that safeguard the rights of property over borders, in an era when everyone is talking about national sovereignty, self-determination, and democracy in ways that might invalidate or cross out universal property rights? – Strelka
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