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Sunday, October 2, 2016

AJ Week In Review: Two Big Orchestras Strike, Two Others Report Record Success by Douglas McLennan

This Week: Three orchestras now on strike as audience waits… Two other orchestras report record success… A museum raises $100 million in just three months… Bots are getting…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 03:26PM
Friday, September 30, 2016

“Art Is Good?” Not Much Of An Argument For Art Is It? by Douglas McLennan

I suggested in a post this week that, based on the lack of any arts business before the 114th US Congress, that it appears that lobbying for the arts seems to be failing. Yes, the NEA/NEH …

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 02:44AM
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Arts Congressional Report Card: Why The Arts Have No Political Clout by Douglas McLennan

Americans for the Arts Action Fund PAC has released its 2016 Congressional Arts Report Card rating members of Congress on their support for the arts. Many lobby groups do such rankings as a …

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 08:01AM
Sunday, September 25, 2016

Five Stories/Trends From This Week’s ArtsJournal: How The Arts Speak To Real Life by Douglas McLennan

This Week: Why is it so hard to tell if American theatre is thriving or not?… Have art and technology had a falling out?… Perhaps TV is the solution to our political polarizatio…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 07:07PM
Friday, September 23, 2016

Man Down! We’ve Lost Andrew Sullivan: The Battle For The Real World Is Coming For You by Douglas McLennan

Is reality just a construct of the online world or is the online world merely an overlay on reality? Every new technological advance that extends our reach also imposes previously unnecessar…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 12:22PM
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Some Of Our Orchestras Seem To Be Thriving – Is This A New Trend? by Douglas McLennan

There’s been a change in the news coming out of symphony orchestras over the past summer. Usually there’s a background drumbeat of struggle as orchestras fight to stay alive. But…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 11:39PM

What Neuroscientists Know About The Brain And Creativity: It’s Disruptive, Not Systematic by Douglas McLennan

It appears many of us want a formula for creativity. There are 11, 386 books on creativity for sale on Amazon, most of them promising to unlock the secrets of being creative. Scientists stud…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 05:26AM
Sunday, September 18, 2016

So What Exactly Is A “Quantitative” Measure Of The Arts? by Douglas McLennan

Arts Council England says it will use a standardized assessment system called Quality Metrics in evaluating the arts it it considers funding. The system has been developed over several year…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 11:09PM

Five ArtsTrending Stories From This Week’s AJ: Are The Arts Falling Into A Measurement Trap? by Douglas McLennan

This Week: The remarkable new National Mall museum that doesn’t look like the rest… An arts council’s risky change in standards… What scientists have learned about t…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 05:15PM
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Why Music And The Concert Experience Are On The Front Lines Of Virtual Reality by Douglas McLennan

Following on my post from yesterday about anticipating the kinds of experiences people will want from concerts comes this article from Wired about virtual reality and music. Evidently creat…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 03:57AM
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The New York Philharmonic’s New Hall Is An Opportunity To Rethink The Orchestra Experience (And Amplify It) by Douglas McLennan

Last week Michael Cooper made a plea in the NYT to the New York Philharmonic for some upgrades to the concert amenity experience when the orchestra overhauls Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fis…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 03:55AM
Sunday, September 11, 2016

This Week’s AJ Arts Highlights: Has Entertainment Made Art Irrelevant? by Douglas McLennan

This Week: Major shakeup in London’s museum world… Nobel laureate says entertainment has killed art… Latest study of Hollywood reaffirms cultural inequality… Why did …

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 03:22PM
Sunday, September 4, 2016

This Week’s Notable AJ Stories: An Artist Erased, A Cautionary Tale by Douglas McLennan

This Week: What exactly does cultural equity actually mean?… In our social media world everything is about images… A cautionary tale as an artist is erased from the internet̷…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 07:37PM

Artists Erased From The Web And Our Growing Problem With Facts by Douglas McLennan

Are we comfortable letting shareholder-driven companies - any private company - have absolute control over infrastructure that is increasingly essential for the functioning of civil society?…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 01:43PM
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

TV Dying, Video Streaming Surging – So This Is How People Are Getting Their News (Uh-Oh) by Douglas McLennan

A flood of stories this week show how TV is dying and video is on the rise. You think changing audience behavior is tough on arts organizations? Try it when you’re a multi-billion-doll…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 06:19PM
Monday, August 29, 2016

In The Church Of Big Data, Artistic Judgment Is Just A Data Point by Douglas McLennan

A piece by Yuval Noah Harari in the Financial Times this weekend delves into our fascination with Big Data. The tech industry has made so many billions of dollars being able to track, quanti…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 11:56PM

What Happens When Critical Opinion Separates From The Audience? by Douglas McLennan

Three stories this week get to the heart of the question. First, the BBC polled critics worldwide and asked them what were the best 100 movies made so far in the 21st Century. Look at the li…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 05:44AM
Sunday, August 28, 2016

This Week’s AJ Highlights: That Time Ballet Superstars Nureyev And Fonteyn Got Arrested In A “Hippie Raid” by Douglas McLennan

This Week: Earthquake Devastates Historic Italian Towns… Has the audience deserted blockbuster movies?… The best new beautiful library of 2016… Is it a good idea to pay you…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 05:38PM
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Is Naked Trump Bad Satire? (And Do We Care?) by Douglas McLennan

In this week’s AJ highlights I included some of the stories we found about the naked Donald Trump statues that appeared in five American cities last week. One reader was unhappy: Vile …

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 04:50AM
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Why Aren’t We Driving Self-Driving Cars Yet? It’s All About The Culture by Douglas McLennan

Driverless cars are here and they work and by all accounts they make driving safer than when humans are piloting. So why aren’t they already in showrooms? Not so fast. It’s not j…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 04:27PM

How Dance Will Help Teach Us About The Next Transformative Technology by Douglas McLennan

Dance is the most physical art. Bodies moving, yes, but physical also because of how bodies relate to the spaces they’re in. Much of the energy in tech innovation right now is explori…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 04:26AM
Monday, August 22, 2016

Who’s Telling Your Story? (Storytellers Are Leaders) by Douglas McLennan

Last week the Brooklyn artist space National Sawdust announced it had hired away Steve Smith from the Boston Globe to start an ambitious new culture journal. Smith is a former NYTimeser, a …

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 03:57AM
Sunday, August 21, 2016

This Week In Culture – Some ArtsJournal Highlights by Douglas McLennan

This Week: An artist collective skewers Trump… How Florence’s Uffizi is dramatically addressing its problems… Our fetishizing of “authenticity” doesn’t ri…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 09:53PM
Monday, August 15, 2016

When All The Culture Around Us Starts To Look The Same by Douglas McLennan

One of the biggest comforts of fast food is its familiarity. Generic from location to location, you know not only what the food will be and how it will taste, but that the ritual of the expe…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 08:09PM
Sunday, August 14, 2016

Culture Trends: Five Stories From The Week’s ArtsJournal That You Shouldn’t Miss by Douglas McLennan

This Week: Is the music industry’s piracy war really about higher royalty payments?… There are signs the Golden Age of TV might be ending… Theatre’s emotional toll o…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 07:57PM
Friday, August 12, 2016

How Do You Test For The Arts? by Douglas McLennan

It’s a more difficult question than you might think. There’s a maxim in the education world that only subjects that are tested are funded. Thus the imperative for arts education …

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 07:03AM
Sunday, August 7, 2016

Five Essential Stories From Last Week’s ArtsJournal Haul, Context Edition by Douglas McLennan

This Week: The ways in which we experience art are about to change in big ways… Auction houses are becoming shadow banks for the super-wealthy with money to stash… The Met Museum…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 05:39PM
Friday, August 5, 2016

When We Allow Technology To Police Our Culture… by Douglas McLennan

Last year I was producing the live streaming of the Ojai Music Festival and we decided to use YouTube to carry the streams. In a small outdoor venue, the number of seats is limited to a few …

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 04:54PM
Thursday, August 4, 2016

Trump, The Tenor, And Fascism by Douglas McLennan

Over on Slate this week Brian Wise posted a piece about Donald Trump and his playing of Puccini’s Nussun Dorma at campaign events. Trump had been using a recording of Pavarotti singing…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 10:25AM
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Are We Building Artistic Leadership? by Douglas McLennan

Are the arts about selling tickets to shows or about art? Of course performances and exhibitions don’t happen if they don’t have money to be produced, but – as evidenced at…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 10:22PM
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Is Opera The Real 21st Century Art Form? by Douglas McLennan

A 2015 survey by blogger Mae Mai reported that 260 new opera companies started since 2000 in the United States. There are 80 opera companies now working in New York alone. Over the past co…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 09:46PM

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