Assistant Curator – Glenstone Museum

As a member of a small, agile, and high producing team, the Assistant Curator role is a rich opportunity for a results-driven collaborator and artist-centered steward who thrives while producing publication-ready deliverables with speed and accuracy. Guided by the vision and decisive leadership of the Co-Founder & Director, they will join this vibrant institution alongside the Senior Director of Collections, a fellow Assistant Curator, and the Curatorial Assistant. Reporting to the Senior Dir...
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How Twitter Distorts Intimacy (And Context)

The frequency of context-destruction is no accident. Twitter rewards high-context speech, and then gives us the perfect tool to decontextualize that speech. Twitter is designed to invite our vulnerability, and then punish it.  – Raven
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The Further Adventures In Testing Whether Hybrid Performances Of Theatre Draw Audiences

“The show sold a bit below their historical average—which the company anticipated, not least because of the rising concern around yet another COVID variant—but streaming tickets wound up accounting for 28 percent of their box office revenue and 33 percent of the overall number of tickets sold. – American Theatre
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Apple Streaming Has Been Crap For Classical Music. So It Bought An Expert

With a view to improving that experience, presumably, Apple acquired dedicated classical music streaming service Primephonic in August 2021. In a press release, the company promises Apple Music subscribers “a significantly improved classical music experience.” – Ludwig Van
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Is The Sackler Disgrace A Warning To Other Potential Museum Funders?

The resulting glare is sure to have a dampening effect on future donations from individuals or families whose wealth derives from practices today considered unethical or otherwise problematic. Museums and boards with ties to fossil-fuel companies, for instance, have long been targets of criticism. – Apollo
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The Problem With Grand Narrative Histories Of Humanity

By producing an overarching story of life, Big History is meant to fill the void that was left by the processes of secularisation that have dismantled the holistic narratives that were provided by traditional religious systems. – Aeon
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San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge Has Been Singing Since June. Now A Fix

“After studying this phenomenon extensively, we’ve determined that the sound comes from new and more aerodynamic railing that we installed on the west sidewalk. It was part of a Golden Gate Bridge retrofit designed to protect the bridge for future generations.” – The Guardian
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Movie Musicals Flopped This Year. Is The Genre Dead?

Studio executives and box-office pundits expected audiences to show up for In the Heights, Dear Evan Hansen and West Side Story, and not just fans of the movie musical but general audiences, as well. After a year without movies, audiences would crave the spectacle. It didn’t happen. – The Guardian
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Images of India: from courtesans and colonial rule to a child’s-eye view – in pictures

Since its invention in the 1840s, photography has played an integral part in Indian art history. Although it is often said that India is the most photographed country in the world, the history of its representation is more complicated, and more political, than initially meets the eye. Visions of India: From the Colonial to the Contemporary is the first major survey of Indian photography in Australia and will be on show at the Monash Gallery of Art in Melbourne until 20 March 2022Illuminating Ind...
Tags: Art, Photography, Australia, India, US news, Culture, South and Central Asia, Art and design, Colonialism, Indigenous Peoples, Melbourne, Monash Gallery of Art

Did You Know Charles Dickens Wrote A Successor To “A Christmas Carol”?

Mind, it’s not a sequel. Dickens published a series of five Christmas novellas; A Christmas Carol was the first. London’s Dickens Museum hopes to get some attention for the third, The Cricket on the Hearth, with an exhibition of the original illustrations. – The Guardian
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Metropolitan Museum’s Rockefeller Wing Keeps Its Name, Refreshes Its Approach

As a NYC cultural journalist and critic for more than five decades, I’ve covered many landmark events at the
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Consider The Velvet Painting

“They are the ultimate kitsch, and in this era of hipster aesthetic, they lend themselves well to some ironic display. But does dark velvet truly hold the power of rendering the most masterful stroke into scoffworthy scribblings?” – Quartz
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How David Hallberg’s Australian Ballet Put Together A Gala Program In Four Days

The return-from-lockdown galas the company did in Sydney and Melbourne were different: each city got to see pieces which were cancelled there before. But closing night in Sydney was less than a week before opening night in Melbourne, where the stage is 40% bigger. – The Age (Melbourne)
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Health Care, Hospitals And Design Choices

The basic trajectory of hospital design has, so far, been toward buildings that are ever bigger, more complex and more sealed off from the world. The trajectory of dignity is less linear, and more improvisatory, with a lot of circling back to old ideas. – Washington Post
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Was Modernist Architecture Really The Product Of Brain Damage?

Why should it matter that the people who gave us modern architecture in the 20th century had traumatic brain damage and disorders? For one, the information reframes our understanding of how modern architecture came to be. – ArchDaily
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New Art Museums Are Opening All Across Australia

“An injection of more than $2.4 billion has already resulted in five major openings since late 2020, with another half-dozen projects well under way. Now … the recipients of all this dosh finally have a chance to show us how it is being spent.” – Australian Financial Review
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"In a fast-moving world of first impressions, where conversations have been replaced by 'likes,' our relations with others are governed by the skin."

"We speak with the skin: We get tattoos, we sit in the sun for a nice, deep tan, we cover up or show ourselves off, we get piercings or smear ourselves with expensive creams or go for Botox treatments in an attempt to remain eternally young. ...  And yet, at the same time, we pretend we don’t care about it. Skin-related issues — apart from those that affect politics, like racism — aren’t generally deemed worthy of writerly reflection.... Nobody cares about the feelings of shame experienced by th...
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The Last-Minute Saviors Of The Paris Opera Ballet

“When Valentine Colasante was called up to replace an injured dancer in the Paris Opera’s Don Quixote, a three-hour ballet that she had performed exactly once before, she didn’t even have time to be nervous.” And she was lucky: she had three days’ notice. – Yahoo! (AFP)
Tags: Art, Music, Paris, Don Quixote, Paris Opera Ballet, Valentine Colasante

A Bunch Of Public Radio Stations Are About To Get Additional Frequencies

This fall FCC offered a rare opportunity to apply for new non-commercial signals. Public radio networks in New England, the South, and especially the Intermountain West plan to use the new frequencies to expand coverage in rural areas they haven’t yet reached. – Current
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Sydney’s Arts Venues Are Getting Very, Very Worried About Omicron

As summer arrives, COVID is spreading again in New South Wales; experts expect 25,000 new cases per day in the state by late January. Administrators are looking nervously at London and New York, where performances or even runs get cancelled when company members get infected. – The Guardian
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China Cracks Down On The Dancing Grannies

Under legislation to update China’s noise pollution ordinances, to be sent to lawmakers next week, dance enthusiasts will face limits on the volume of their music and times that they are allowed to occupy public spaces. – Washington Post
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Limited edition color-shifting turntable designed by Brian Eno

It's already too late to sign up for Brian Eno's colorful, glowing turntable: the limited edition sold out almost as soon as it became available. No price was made public, but Eno prints offered by the same gallery were 1,440 euros ($1,630) a pop. — Read the rest
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Clarice Smith, Beloved DC-Area Painter And Philanthropist, Dead At 88

She and her late husband donated many millions to humanities endeavors in greater Washington — notably to the National Gallery of Art, George Washington University, and the University of Maryland, where she gave $15 million for the performing arts center popularly called “The Clarice”. – MSN (The Washington Post)
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Philadelphia Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Steps Down

After five years, Paige Price will depart at the end of this season, having led the company through a difficult period that included a financial crisis and temporary shutdown even before the COVID crisis. – American Theatre
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Juilliard School Gets $50 Million To Expand Program For Young Black And Hispanic Schoolkids

The gift from the California foundation Crankstart will enable Juilliard to increase enrollment in its Music Advancement Program from 70 to 100 students, provide free tuition to all of them, and help pay for musical instruments. – The New York Times
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Anthony Tommasini’s Farewell Essay As New York Times Chief Classical Critic

While he can’t help mentioning some things that he believes mustn’t remain as they are now, the title of this piece is “What Shouldn’t Change About Classical Music”, and it’s something of a gratitude list. – The New York Times
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An Origami Samurai Made from a Single Sheet of Rice Paper, Without Any Cutting

Origami artist Juho Könkkölä spent 50 hours folding an origami samurai from a single square sheet of paper, with no cutting or ripping used in the process. He describes his process on Reddit: Folded from a single square sheet of 95cm x 95cm Wenzhou rice paper without any cutting. The finished size of the work is 28cm x 16cm x 19cm. Only dry and wet folding techniques were used to fold the model. It took 2 months to design and 1 month to fold, although I was working on few other projects ...
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Replay: Bing Crosby and the Mills Brothers in 1966

Bing Crosby and the Mills Brothers perform “Dinah” on a 1966 episode of ABC’s The Hollywood Palace: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this space each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)
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Cary in the sky (with Aldous and Clare)

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review Lincoln Center Theater’s premiere production of Flying Over Sunset. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * I didn’t know what to make of LSD. It was illegal, of course, and Sgt. Joe Friday assured me on “Dragnet” that taking it was the first step down a short road to psychotic hippiedom. Yet the radio was simultaneously full of trippy hit singles like the Byrds’ “Eight Miles High” and the Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” that seductively begged to diff...
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From Bruegel’s boozers to Hirst’s horrific ashtray: what are the wildest parties in art?

Summon some Flemish yokels. Send for some Venetian aristocrats. Then open the ale and party to the sound of bagpipes … if you can’t get to a Christmas bash this year, come to art’s best knees-ups insteadHas your Christmas party been cancelled? Or perhaps you never got an invitation in the first place. Fear not. However socially distanced this festive season becomes, you can always soak up some fun from the great party scenes in art.Would you rather dance in the village square with beered-up peas...
Tags: Art, Painting, Art and design, Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Hirst, Bruegel, Titian, Pieter Bruegel, Stephen Shore, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Europe Titian

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