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American Museums Versus Looted Art — They’re Failing

“In 2008, the AAM admirably pledged to fight the trade in looted antiquities by passing a set of guidelines for its member institutions that own or acquire archeological material and ancient art. We recently put AAM member museums to the test to see whether they were actually complying with these guidelines. What we found is gravely concerning, not just for these museums, but for the United States’ ability to fight the global black market in looted art.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, United States, Visual, 03.28.21

What Good Is Criticism After Something Bad Happens?

Every day I’m thankful for the work I get to do. I am paid to watch, to think, to write. But this week, like so many others recently, it has felt pointless, even silly, to analyze fictional stories when real people are dying.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Issues, 03.28.21

Leavers Are Raising Funds For A Museum Of Brexit

“Although all those involved in the project are keen Brexit supporters and the museum has had no public endorsements from pro-Europeans, the trustees said they were only able to secure charitable status by persuading the Charity Commission that it would be neutral.” (No doubt that’s why it’s no longer called the Museum of Sovereignty.) Organisers are also asking the public to provide the objects for the collection. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Issues, Charity Commission, 03.28.21, Museum Of Brexit, Museum of Sovereignty Organisers

Paul Theroux At (Almost) 80

“I was once a hot shot, I was once the punk,” Theroux said. “And anyone who has once been a punk, eventually you’re older, and you see the turning of the years as it is. We all feel it, every writer. They might deny it. But they do, they all feel it.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Paul Theroux, Theroux, 03.28.21

Karen Kain On Turning 70 And Steering The National Ballet Of Canada Through COVID

“Planning and executing a virtual season in the midst of a pandemic presents many challenges, not least how to stream or record original programming at a technically polished standard without going beyond the confines of the studio. That problem has now been solved with the retrofitting of the largest studio, called Prima, as, in effect, a well-equipped television studio.” – Toronto Star
Tags: Art, Dance, Prima, Karen Kain, 03.28.21, National Ballet Of Canada Through COVID

Merry Clayton’s Unstoppable Voice

Mere months after her star turn in 20 Feet from Stardom, the singer was in a car accident so terrible that she spent five months in the hospital and years undergoing rehab. “Clayton said her family sat by her bedside crying profusely while a team of doctors came into the room. ‘I wondered, ‘What the heck is going on?’’ she said. The doctor delivered the news about her legs. ‘They thought I was just going to fall out at that point. But I just asked them, ‘Did anything happen to my voice?’ When t...
Tags: Art, Music, Clayton, 03.28.21

Scholastic Stops Distribution Of A Graphic Novel By The ‘Captain Underpants’ Author

That’s because, well, look at the image of the cover. Author Dav Pilkey said of The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung Fu Cavemen From The Future, “It was brought to my attention that this book also contains harmful racial stereotypes and passively racist imagery. … I wanted to take this opportunity to publicly apologize for this. It was and is wrong and harmful to my Asian readers, friends, and family, and to all Asian people.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, Dav Pilkey, 03.28.21

Idea: Put London’s Bandstands To Good, Musical Use

Small-scale, outdoor productions could take place in nearly every park that has a bandstand. They just need some attention, and the concerts need some intention. “They are structures unlike any others: halfway between the outside world we crave and the domestic interior to which we have been urged to retreat. They are often beautiful – flashing their finials – and often neglected, with mossy roofs and scuzzy floors.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Music, London, 03.28.21

An Online Museum Brings Home The Sights And Sounds Of War Letters

The Museum of American War Letters is offering not just glimpses of the letters, but audio of tapes and other communications sent back home by soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. Right now, it’s mostly focused on Vietnam, but it plans to expand, and it’s open to anyone who wants to visit, virtually. “The institution has no street address — it’s a virtual, interactive museum that was designed to give visitors the sense of traveling through a physical building with a floor, ceiling and walls.”...
Tags: Art, Vietnam, Visual, 03.28.21, Museum of American War Letters

When Real Tragedy Strikes, What Can Criticism Do?

A critic wonders, in the wake of two mass shootings after a year of mass death and destruction. “Every day I’m thankful for the work I get to do. I am paid to watch, to think, to write. But this week, like so many others recently, it has felt pointless, even silly, to analyze fictional stories when real people are dying.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Ideas, 03.28.21

Tunisian Police Target A Feminist, Queer Artist

Rania Andouni was targeted for her gender expression – and when she went to the police station to file a complaint, the police not only harassed her further, but charged her. A Tunisian “sentenced Amdouni to six months in prison on the charge of ‘insulting a public officer during the performance of his duty,’ which is punishable by up to one year in prison.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Visual, 03.28.21, Rania Andouni

Who’s In Charge Of Reviving London’s Neglected Caribbean Cultural Hub?

“The West Indian Cultural Centre (WICC) in Wood Green was constructed in the 1980s, becoming a vibrant hub for cultural events and debates on subjects such as the struggle for racial equality. It drew huge numbers of visitors who came to hear speakers including the Nobel prize-winning poet Derek Walcott, the American civil rights activist Al Sharpton and the MP Bernie Grant. Decades on, though, people have stopped coming.” But who should repair and replace it? It’s a private developer – whose p...
Tags: Art, London, Al Sharpton, Issues, Derek Walcott, 03.28.21, Bernie Grant

How Will Machines Choose To Tell Stories?

Sure, Gmail offers to fill in text on your messages – but things are getting more complicated. “AI’s capacity for creativity—one of those supposedly sacrosanct human attributes—is becoming more and more of an existential sticking point as humans learn to live alongside intelligent machines.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Words, 03.28.21