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Landscape Architect Who Rehabs Contaminated Sites Is Inaugural Winner Of Oberlander Prize

Julie Bargmann, whose firm is called D.I.R.T. (“Dump It Right There”) has been given the first Oberlander Prize, a $100,000 biennial award for landscape architecture. Justin Davidson explores how Bargmann’s approach leaves onsite as much as possible of what’s there and uses nature for cleanup. – Curbed
Tags: Art, Featured, Visual, Justin Davidson, Bargmann, Julie Bargmann

Inside The Rebuilding Of The New York Philharmonic’s Hall: Will The Acoustics Finally Be Good?

“Renovation is a weak term for this undertaking. … Acousticians scrutinized every block and beam in the auditorium and the architects bent their design to the properties of sound.” Justin Davidson looks into what made David Geffen Hall’s sound problematic and how it’s being fixed. – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, Music, Featured, New York Philharmonic, David Geffen Hall, Justin Davidson

“Fire Shut Up In My Bones” At The Met Isn’t Just A Landmark For Black Artists, It’s A Damn Fine Opera

Justin Davidson: “Librettist Kasi Lemmons and composer Terence Blanchard … haven’t blown up the genre or bent it to new purpose or smuggled anything subversive into a temple of tradition. For all its newsworthiness, Fire Shut Up in My Bones is an old-fashioned opera opera.” – Vulture
Tags: Art, Music, Terence Blanchard, Justin Davidson, Kasi Lemmons

It’s the Met’s First Opening Night Since The Pandemic And First Opera By A Black Composer. Meet The Man Who’s Singing The Lead

Justin Davidson profiles Will Livermore, a 33-year-old baritone who’d been specializing in comic parts such as Papageno and Figaro. Now he’s taking on the role of the furious Charles in composer Terence Blanchard’s adaptation of Charles Blow’s memoir Fire Shut Up in My Bones. – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, Music, Charles, Terence Blanchard, Charles Blow, Justin Davidson, Papageno, Will Livermore

The Real Problem With The New Architecture At The World Trade Center Site? Fear

Justin Davidson: “This is a landscape shaped by fear. It has been formed not only by the reasoned response to a documented threat but by an amorphous, open-ended anxiety. You can see that disquiet embedded in the architecture … a monument to overweening caution.” – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, Visual, Justin Davidson

Restarting The New York Phil, In A Cemetery

Justin Davidson, on the NY Phil’s Green-Wood Cemetery “Death of Classical” concert: “That might not seem like the obvious location to stage the revival of performance culture, but when Green-Wood opened in 1838, it was intended to be one of New York’s grandest, most verdant, and most romantic public parks. (Today, its permanent residents include the orchestra’s late music director Leonard Bernstein.)” And for the musicians who will take part, they will inevitably experience some emotions about ...
Tags: Art, Music, New York, Phil, Leonard Bernstein, New York Phil, Justin Davidson, Green Wood, 05.27.21, Green Wood Cemetery Death of Classical

Could New York Get A Really Good Penn Station?

Justin Davidson refuses to relinquish hope. “The MTA, Amtrak, and NJ Transit have jointly released not one but two possible visions for rebuilding the rest of the Dantesque complex. And, lo and behold, they are both aspirational and realistic. The design … amalgamates the jumble of bureaucratic fiefdoms, decades’ worth of duct-tape fixes, and a thicket of conflicting agendas into a rail hub that might one day be a thing of, if not quite beauty, at least satisfaction — maybe even pride.” – Curbe...
Tags: Art, New York, Visual, Justin Davidson, 05.05.21, MTA Amtrak

James Levine’s Complicated Legacy

Justin Davidson: “Levine made innumerable comebacks, and though he ended his career in bitterness and disgrace, he also avoided the punishment he deserved. The Met investigated allegations of sexual harassment and fired him … and then paid him millions to settle a lawsuit. His health would likely have prevented him from conducting much longer anyway.” – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, People, Levine, James Levine, Justin Davidson, 03.17.21

What Should A COVID Memorial Look Like?

Justin Davidson: “No memorial, no matter how grand or artful, can encompass the infinite varieties of pain, or comfort everyone who experienced a global pandemic. So we at New York and Curbed have taken a stab at reducing an event of unimaginable magnitude to a series of local and communal yet personal markers. At our request, and in a matter of days, 15 design firms and collaboratives interpreted 15 New Yorkers’ particular slices of the pandemic experience.” – Curbed
Tags: Art, New York, Visual, Justin Davidson, 03.15.21

What To Do With The Theatres And Concert Halls Now Sitting Empty? Use Them As Classrooms

Justin Davidson makes the case that New York City’s overburdened, underinvested-in school buildings simply can’t fit students in at a COVID-safe distance, but the currently-dark performance venues (and sports arenas and deserted malls, for that matter) can. – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, New York City, Issues, Justin Davidson, 07.07.20

What Are The Possibilities Of Socially Distanced Performance? We’ve Been Seeing Some Of Them For Years

Justin Davidson: “There is a cohort of artists and presenters who, long before the great contagion, were already rethinking the physical relationships between performers, audience, and space. They rebelled against the tyranny of the proscenium, placed intimate shows in vast rooms, coaxed audiences to roam, and expanded their palette with electronics — all techniques that could now prove essential. … I can think of a dozen powerful experiences from the recent past that might seem suddenly timely...
Tags: Art, Issues, Audience, Justin Davidson, 05.14.20

L.A. Times Art Critic Christopher Knight Wins Pulitzer Prize

“The jury said Knight’s work demonstrated ‘extraordinary community service by a critic’ through the application of ‘his expertise and enterprise to critique a proposed overhaul of the L.A. County Museum of Art and its effect on the institution’s mission.’ … [The other finalists were] Justin Davidson of New York magazine, nominated in part for his writing on the Hudson Yards development in New York, and Soraya Nadia McDonald of The Undefeated, honored for her work exploring the intersection of f...
Tags: Art, New York, Visual, Davidson, Knight, Hudson Yards, Christopher Knight, Justin Davidson, Soraya Nadia McDonald, 05.04.20

How Fear Has Shaped (And Built) New York

Justin Davidson: “New York has been a scary place for most of the past 400 years. Fire, flood, attack, crime, rebellion, drugs, and disease have shaped it. I find that an oddly reassuring thought, because all through its litany of misfortunes and bouts of exodus, the city’s magnetic force field has strengthened. Fear and pain are crucial human responses — without them, we die. At every desperate juncture, New York has grown and transformed as it healed.” – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, New York, Ideas, Justin Davidson, 04.13.20

Cancel The Concerts And Close The Theatres Now, Says Leading Critic — This Virus Is Too Dangerous

Justin Davidson: “It’s easy for me to call for a shutdown. I’m not the one who’ll be hemorrhaging millions every night or facing months of unemployment. … [But] the evidence suggests that the choice is not between a shutdown and no shutdown; it’s between shutting things down now, when the disease is still relatively rare in our area, or waiting until more people have died, the virus has propagated further, and the medical system starts to be overburdened.” (Charles McNulty agrees.) – New York M...
Tags: Art, Issues, Audience, Justin Davidson, Charles McNulty, 03.11.20

New York Magazine Pits Justin Davidson and Jerry Saltz in Debate Over New MoMA

New York Magazine’s architecture critic Justin Davidson and art critic Jerry Saltz debate the new MoMA  building this week in the magazine, discussing its merits and drawbacks. “I love that for the first time ever, you can get lost at MoMA,” Saltz says. “As with the Met, we may begin to tell ourselves our stories rather […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Moma, Jerry Saltz, Justin Davidson, New MoMA, MoMA Saltz

The Real Test Of MoMA’s Expansion Will Be Traffic Flow: Justin Davidson

“MoMA is a machine for viewing art, and the success of this latest incarnation will be gauged by how many visitors the facility can process in any given day. … The 2004 expansion created escalator bottlenecks, Pollock and Picasso choke points, and the slightly desperate atmosphere of a shopping mall on Black Friday morn. This time, the architects … calculated [everything] to smooth the passage of humanity.” – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, Audience, Visual, Picasso, Moma, Pollock, Justin Davidson, 10.09.19

How Walt Disney Concert Hall Changed Both Its Orchestra And Its Neighborhood

Justin Davidson: “In 2003, [Frank] Gehry gave the Los Angeles Philharmonic its new home and showed that, every once in a while, a work of architecture can transform all it touches — in this case, the orchestra, the audience, music itself, the neighborhood, and the city beyond.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Music, Los Angeles, Issues, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Justin Davidson, Gehry, 05.22.19

Upon Further Consideration: Maybe New Plans For LACMA Aren’t So Bad

Justin Davidson: “I, too, joined the scoffer’s chorus when the latest designs emerged in March, but the longer I’ve spent studying these paltry materials and pacing the site, the more promise I feel the project has.” – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, Visual, LACMA, Justin Davidson, 05.20.19

Conditionally Loving Lili Boulanger – Time To Take Out The “Conditionally”

Justin Davidson: “The 24-year-old Lili Boulanger had died of Crohn’s disease, after years of physical pain and artistic glory. During her brief career and in the century since, she regularly received high, though conditional praise, which almost always boiled down to this: She was surprisingly accomplished for someone so young, ill, and female. It’s time to stop hedging.” –New York Magazine
Tags: Art, Music, Crohn, Justin Davidson, Lili Boulanger, 04.30.19

Shapeshifter: The Shed As Shell – Relevance TBD

Justin Davidson: “The idea of a building that could be dismantled, rearranged, and reassembled has not generally fared well in the world of building codes and construction trades. The Fire Department does not take kindly to the idea that a staircase that’s there today may vanish by tomorrow. The arts, too, have rigidities of their own. Impresarios may not care to pin down a work with a label like “theater,” but the stagehands’ union wants to know whether a show falls under its jurisdiction.” –...
Tags: Art, Shell, Issues, Justin Davidson, 04.08.19

A ‘Restrained Homage To Over-The-Top Art’: The Museum Of The International Baroque

Justin Davidson: “There’s a certain slyly subversive quality to the displays of manuscripts, ceiling frescoes, foods, scientific instruments, silverware, home furnishings, and scenes of Monteverdi opera and Shakespeare performed in Spanish. Here [in Puebla, Mexico], a formerly colonized people have placed the colonists’ culture on display, as if to acknowledge with a hint of surprise that Europe such an advanced civilization in the 17th and 18th century.” – New York Magazine
Tags: Art, Europe, Shakespeare, Visual, Puebla Mexico, Justin Davidson, 03.04.19

My Brilliant Friend’s Neapolitan Dialect.

My wife and I loved Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels (as I wrote a couple of years ago), and we’re very much looking forward to the TV series, which has gotten great reviews; I of course am especially pleased that it’s done in Italian, and a reader sent me a link to Justin Davidson’s fascinating discussion of the details at Vulture: Italy is a 19th-century invention unified by an official language that, until the 20th century, most Italians didn’t speak. Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend, t...
Tags: Hbo, Uncategorized, Italy, Linguistics, Naples, Elena Ferrante, Lampedusa, Elena, Lila, Huckleberry Finn, Ferrante, Costanzo, Justin Davidson, Saverio Costanzo, Elena Greco, Massimo Troisi

Heidi Waleson And Justin Davidson: Why New York City Opera Failed

City Opera faced two major problems. First, by the mid-1990s, the audience that had sustained the company in its early years had gotten considerably older. Younger people were coming in — a thrill-seeking audience, interested in unusual works — but not enough of them. Which brings us to the financial problem. Ticket sales were flat and costs were going up because of inflexible labor contracts. These trends affect companies everywhere.
Tags: Art, Music, Justin Davidson, Heidi Waleson, 10.03.18, New York City Opera Failed

Justin Davidson's Brilliant Personal History Of New York's New Music Scene

"I sometimes wonder why New York still has a new music scene at all, now that composers can go hunting for influences by meandering through YouTube and form a social circle on Twitter. And yet they continue to rely on the happenstance and physical proximity that only a major city can provide. Many do what […]
Tags: Art, Music, New York, Youtube, Justin Davidson, 06.08.18

Long List Of Questions For The Met Opera About James Levine

Justin Davidson: "These questions matter because the company’s future depends on its prestige and the goodwill of all those who buy tickets, perform there, or give it money. The company and its chief conductor were intertwined for decades, and each boosted the glory of the other. It’s simply not enough for the Met to say, We […]
Tags: Art, Music, James Levine, Justin Davidson, 03.13.18

Justin Davidson: I'm Not Sure The Met Can Survive Levine's Disgrace

"The company is an outgrowth from, and a uniquely regressive example of, the 19th-century commercial opera houses that flourished through specialization, activity, and growth. August companies erected massive buildings, mounted expensive shows, packed in audiences, and concentrated prestige in the hands of very few gatekeepers, all of them men. That power structure produced a century […]
Tags: Art, Music, Levine, Justin Davidson, 12.03.17

"For decades, the Met was essentially the Levine Company. Its identity was intertwined with his. His taste in composers..."

"... his relationships with singers, his hires, orchestra, conducting style... Audiences burst into applause as soon as his corona of springy curls bobbed into the spotlight... His cheery, seemingly eternal presence thrilled the board and helped keep the spigot of donations open. I’m not sure the Met can survive Levine’s disgrace. The company is an outgrowth from, and a uniquely regressive example of, the 19th-century commercial opera houses that flourished through specialization, activity, and ...
Tags: Law, Opera, Sexual Harassment, Davidson, Levine, Metropolitan Opera, James Levine, Justin Davidson, Ann Althouse, Levine Company, NY Magazine How

NY's ATT&T Building Makeover Provokes Argument Between Pragmatism And Design Theory

Justin Davidson: "Widely mocked and grudgingly admired, the emblematic tower of the postmodern age made its pop-culture debut as a scale model that its maker held aloft like a trophy on the cover of Time in 1979."
Tags: Art, Visual, Justin Davidson, 11.13.17

Why Do Dystopian Science Fiction Cities Look So Much Like The Cities We Already Have?

Justin Davidson: "Most of us can imagine only what we already know, and even the fantasies of visionary filmmakers can be astonishingly earthbound. The inventors of nonexistent cities don’t have to worry about building codes, zoning, financing regulations, or even the need to make their structures stand up. Rather than use that freedom to unleash […]
Tags: Art, Visual, Justin Davidson, 08.01.17

Liquid city: A New York waterfront walking tour

Explore New York's ever-changing waterfront with architecture critic Justin Davidson, author of "Magnetic City: A Walking Companion to New York."
Tags: New York, Cnn, Justin Davidson