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‘Dude’, ‘Grotesque’, And Other Words That Came From High-Culture History

Dude seems to have developed from a pejorative epithet for a man about as far as possible from Jeff Bridges’s character as one could get. Grotesque came from a hole in the ground in Rome. Picturesque originally referred to actual pictures — specifically, a particular style of painting. Silhouette started as Louis XV’s treasury secretary, became a snippy insult, and only then came to refer to framed side-views of a person, cut from black paper. – BBC
Tags: Art, Words, Jeff Bridges, Grotesque, Louis XV, 05.08.19, Rome Picturesque

The “Camp” Aesthetic: From Susan Sontag To The Met Gala

Sontag wrote her groundbreaking essay in 1963. In 58 paragraphs, she conducted an intuitive yet rigorous examination of a phenomenon that she defined as “a badge of identity among small urban cliques”. And this “private code” constituted a new mode of perception that collapsed traditional ideas of high and low culture, of elitism and mass appeal. Here was a new hierarchy of taste, no longer defined by the old gatekeepers. Camp was a “way of seeing the world as an aesthetic phenomenon”, she wro...
Tags: Art, Visual, 05.08.19

The Toxic 25-Year Afterlife of “The Bell Curve” On Our Debates On Race

For its defenders, much of the appeal of The Bell Curve resided in the deliberate challenge it posed to post-1960s racial liberalism. Advocates cheered how Herrnstein and Murray disobeyed cultural conventions and used what they said were empirical verities to debunk liberal orthodoxies.  – Boston Review
Tags: Art, Ideas, SJ, 05.08.19

Under Fyre: Woodstock 50 Festival Is One Enormous Mess. And Now It’s All In Court

Will the festival commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the iconic Woodstock Festival actually go on this August? The advance organization is a mess, the financing has been withdrawn, and now the lawsuits are flying. So we’re guessing… – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Woodstock, 05.08.19

Boston Ballet Is About To Play A Rock Festival

“This Memorial Day weekend, Boston’s hometown ballet company is joining a lineup of major music stars for Boston Calling, a festival dubbed by some an ‘East Coast Coachella.’ It’s the first time in Boston Calling’s 10-year run that dance will be featured — and possibly the first time ballet has ever been given major stage time at such a high profile music festival.” – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Boston, Dance, Boston Calling, Boston Ballet, 05.08.19

The Kid Who Exclaimed “Wow!”

It happened spontaneously at a concert in Boston’s Symphony Hall last Sunday. After a beat, as Ronan’s awe-filled “Wow!” echoed throughout the hall, the audience burst into laughter and cheers. So charmed were the Handel and Haydn Society by the child’s exclamation that they asked the public to help find him, hoping to reward the sweet sentiment with a trip to meet the artistic director. – WGBH
Tags: Art, Boston, People, Ronan, Handel, Haydn Society, Symphony Hall, 05.08.19

When The Old Soviet Union “Thawed” And Became Fascinated With Western Culture

Just as the CIA sponsored leftist magazines and abstract expressionism to assert American cultural supremacy (and to make censorship seem like something that only happened in communist countries), the Thaw mobilized the availability of Western art to combat the image of the Soviet Union as a repressive regime. Cultural exchange programs and film industry trade agreements were part and parcel of this. – The New Republic
Tags: Art, Cia, Issues, Soviet Union, Old Soviet Union, 05.08.19

Developers Who Worked On Violent Video Games Tell What It Did To Their Brains

Says one, who worked on Mortal Kombat 11 all through last year and came out of it with a PTSD diagnosis, “I’d have these extremely graphic dreams, very violent. I kind of just stopped wanting to go to sleep, so I’d just keep myself awake for days at a time, to avoid sleeping. … The scary part was always the point at which new people on the project got used to it.” – Kotaku
Tags: Art, Media, 05.08.19

New Deal: Italian Galleries Won’t Have To Pay Artist Resale Royalties

Primary market galleries in Italy no longer have to pay the artist’s resale right (ARR) when selling a work for the first time on behalf of an artist, meaning only works being resold are subject to royalties. – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Italy, Visual, ARR, 05.08.19

Scientists Are Exploring An Ancient Country North Of England That Was Submerged The Last Time The Seas Rose

The ancient country, known as Doggerland, which could once have had great plains with rich soils, formed an important land bridge between Britain and northern Europe. It was long believed to have been hit by catastrophic flooding. Using seabed mapping data the team plans to produce a 3D chart revealing the rivers, lakes, hills and coastlines of the country. Specialist survey ships will take core sediment samples from selected areas to extract millions of fragments of DNA from the buried plants ...
Tags: Art, Europe, England, Britain, Issues, Doggerland, 05.08.19

‘We Are In The Early Stages Of A New Filmmaking Revolution’

“An array of rapidly developing technologies offer thrilling potential for the future of motion pictures – such as the rise of AR (augmented reality), AI (artificial intelligence) and the ever-increasing capacity for computers to power detailed digital worlds. What will films look like in 20 years’ time? And how will the cinematic stories of the future differ from the experiences available today?” Correspondent Luke Buckmaster asks some of the people working to make it all happen. – BBC
Tags: Art, Media, Luke Buckmaster, 05.08.19

Survey Of UK Musicians With Disabilities: 70 Percent Hide Their Disability So They Can Work

Seventy percent said they had kept their disability hidden because of worries it would damage a relationship with a venue, promoter or festival, while two thirds said they had to “compromise their health or wellbeing” to be able to perform live. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, UK, SJM, 05.08.19

Should You Be Afraid Of AI? First Let’s Pin Down What It Is…

The conversation about AI is full of confusion, misinformation, and people talking past each other — in large part because we use the word “AI” to refer to so many things. So here’s the big picture on how artificial intelligence might pose a catastrophic danger, in nine questions. – Vox
Tags: Art, Ideas, 05.08.19

The Shocking Number Of Americans Who Say They’re “Bothered” Hearing Someone Speak A Foreign Language

According to Pew Research Center, 47 percent of such Republicans say it would bother them “some” or “a lot” to “hear people speak a language other than English in a public place.” Eighteen percent of white Democrats said they would be similarly bothered. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Words, Pew Research Center, 05.08.19

This Guy’s Getting All Avant-Garde Hipster-y With The Renaissance’s Most Genteel Instrument

“Although Renaissance and Baroque repertoire remains his lodestar, [Liam] Byrne has taken the music — and audiences — to surprising places. In 2015, he squeezed into the belly of a plaster sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum and performed for one person at a time, Marina Abramović-style. Two years later, he participated in a site-specific reworking of Schumann’s song cycle Dichterliebe, holing up in the kitchen of a historic house with the performer Mara Carlyle, who sang and played the...
Tags: Art, Music, Victoria, Schumann, Albert Museum, 05.08.19, Liam -RSB- Byrne, Mara Carlyle

What “The Great Gatsby” Tells Us About Jazz In The 1920s

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s deployment of jazz imagery was as cutting-edge as it was conservative. He embraced the new music; he struggled more to embrace its practitioners and progenitors. He was willing to learn. Yet in the age when jazz was at its arguable peak of public visibility, he was still not able to see black people in the same way he saw white Americans and Europeans. – JSTOR
Tags: Art, Music, Scott Fitzgerald, 05.08.19

Woolly Mammoth’s Howard Shalwitz Checks Out Russia’s Contemporary Theatre Scene

The co-founder and recently retired director of DC’s famed theatre company reports from this year’s Golden Mask Festival, where selected companies from all over the vast country meet to show their best work. – HowlRound
Tags: Art, Russia, Theatre, Dc, Howard Shalwitz, 05.08.19

Philadelphia Begins Pilot Cultural Pass Program For Employees Of Two Major Local Institutions

“The Philadelphia Cultural Pass will provide free tickets to any of the roughly 40,000 Penn Medicine and 6,800 Drexel [University] employees working full-time or more than half-time. … At the moment the supporting institutions are Penn Medicine and Drexel, which will provide operating funds to the Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Kimmel Center. The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is also a partner.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer 05.08.19
Tags: Art, Philadelphia, Issues, Audience, Philadelphia Inquirer, Drexel, Penn Medicine, 05.08.19, Philadelphia Orchestra Philadelphia Museum of Art

Florida Man Returns Piece Of Stonehenge He Stole 60 Years Ago

The culprit was one Robert Phillips, an Englishman who had been a worker on a project to repair and stabilize one of the large stone arches at the site in 1958. He took a cylindrical core that had been drilled out of one of the stones and kept it with him everywhere he subsequently lived, including his Florida retirement home. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Florida, Visual, Robert Phillips, 05.08.19

Prof. Chuck Kinder, Inspiration For Michael Chabon’s ‘Wonder Boys’, Dead At 76

“For years, Mr. Kinder led the creative writing program at the University of Pittsburgh, where he became renowned for his generosity as a teacher and as a [party] host” as well as for a huge novel he just couldn’t finish. “Chabon, who was Mr. Kinder’s student in the 1980s, used him as the model for Grady Tripp, the narrator and central figure of the 1995 novel Wonder Boys.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, People, Michael Chabon, University of Pittsburgh, Kinder, Chabon, 05.08.19, Grady Tripp

Hong Kong’s Long-Delayed New Arts Mecca Is About To Start Hemorrhaging Executives

Five key high-level staffers of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority didn’t renew their contracts and are leaving between now and the fall. And one much-anticipated venue in the WKCD, a flexible theatre called The Box at Freespace, did not open as scheduled last month; another, the contemporary visual art center M+, was supposed to open two years ago and may not open for another two. – South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
Tags: Art, Hong Kong, Issues, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Freespace, 05.08.19

How Do You Bring Hong Kongers Back To Boring Old Cantonese Opera? Write One About Donald Trump, Zombies, And ‘The Sound Of Music’

Trump on Show, which ran for four days last month at the city’s last commercial Cantonese opera theater, “tells a story of Mr. Trump’s long-lost twin, Chuan Pu, who was raised in China and works at a crematory. There he meets the undead corpse of Liu Shaoqi, the Chinese leader who died during the Cultural Revolution. The opera includes a Ping-Pong game between Mao and Nixon, who later gets stumbling drunk at a state banquet; a visit to the White House by a scheming Kim Jong-un; the ghost of Lin...
Tags: Art, White House, China, Theatre, Lincoln, Donald Trump, Trump, Mao, Nixon, Kim Jong, 05.08.19, Chuan Pu, Liu Shaoqi

Engaging Young Professionals in Arts Leadership

Los Angeles Music and Art School (LAMusArt), the only multidisciplinary arts school in east Los Angeles, has offered discounted and tuition-free arts programs to youth for over 70 years. Jasmine Ako writes about how she helped found LAMusArt’s Young Professionals Advisory Board. – Americans for the Arts
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sj1, 05.08.19, Jasmine Ako

Want To Be Relevant? Create Cultural Currency In Your Organization. Recruiting Younger Board Members Can Help.

Most organizations are hyper aware of creating a well-balanced board, representing increasingly diverse communities. While we continue to actively address (and we must) race and gender diversity, age diversity is rarely considered. Leaving potential young board members out can be detrimental to an arts organization, and here’s why … – Americans for the Arts
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Sj1, 05.08.19

LA MoCA Announces A New Senior Curator, Says No To A New Chief Curator

The museum will announce Wednesday that its new senior curator and head of new initiatives will be Mia Locks, co-curator of the 2017 Whitney Biennial. She is an independent curator based in New York who had been an assistant curator at New York’s MoMA PS1, the Museum of Modern Art’s affiliate in Queens. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, New York, La, Visual, Mia Locks, 05.08.19, MoMA PS1 the Museum of Modern Art

Study: Participating In Arts Boosts Sense Of Wellbeing

Commissioned by BBC Arts, it represents the first time that researchers have explored how creative activities, such as acting in a play, singing in a choir, or playing an instrument or painting, can help manage emotions and mood. It found three main ways in which people use creativity as coping mechanisms to control emotions. – The Stage
Tags: Art, Issues, BBC Arts, 05.08.19

Nicholas Hytner To Open New 600-Seat Theatre In Kings Cross

Former National Theatre bosses Sir Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr will run the venue, which is under construction and is set to open in winter 2021. It will be based on the Bridge Theatre, which the pair opened in October 2017. – BBC
Tags: Art, Theatre, Kings Cross, Nicholas Hytner, Nick Starr, 05.08.19

Does What I’m Doing Right Now Count As Writing?

Making lists of ideas, reading novels, scheduling time to sit down at your computer, researching new coffee shops at which to work, and establishing weekly word goals may seem like parts of writing, but they are not. They are procrastination, which, if you think about it, is actually writing in its purest form. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Words, 05.08.19

Engaging In A Creative Activity Really Does Make You Feel Better: Report

“Almost 50,000 people took part in the BBC Arts Great British Creativity Test. It suggested that being creative can help avoid stress, free up mind space and improve self-development, which helps build self-esteem. The findings also said there are emotional benefits from taking part in even a single session of creativity.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Bbc, Issues, 05.08.19