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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
Monday, August 1, 2016

Attention Deficit Disorder: Our Walled-Garden Problem by Douglas McLennan

As the digital world pummels us with more information and choice, many of us react by walling off the things we simply won’t pay attention to. It’s a survival strategy. We increa…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 03:31PM
Sunday, July 31, 2016

Editor’s Picks: Five Highlights From Last Week’s AJ – How To Define Art Edition by Douglas McLennan

This Week: In an age of artists what is the definition of being an artist?… Canadian study says arts workers are most at risk… What is R&D in the arts?… Edinburgh Festi…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 03:09PM
Sunday, July 24, 2016

Editor’s Picks: Five Stories You Shouldn’t Miss, Factually Challenged Edition by Douglas McLennan

This week: How did our culture get to the point we don’t trust facts?… Are artists actually detrimental to neighborhoods?… Our notions of “greatness” need an ov…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 07:09PM
Sunday, July 17, 2016

Our Don’t-Miss Stories From Last Week’s ArtsJournal: Musical Prime Minister Edition by Douglas McLennan

This week: A penetrating portrait of artist Chuck Close, a reality check on meritocracy as a concept, a look at anger and our access to visceral emotion in a media-saturated world, the endur…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 10:57PM
Monday, July 11, 2016

Do Artists Have A Vision For The Future? by Douglas McLennan

Around the beginning of the 20th Century, several French artists were asked to design a series of cards that would imagine what life would be like 100 years in the future in the year 2000. T…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 02:30AM
Sunday, July 10, 2016

Five Highlights From Last Week’s AJ: Ethics, Success, And Documentation Edition by Douglas McLennan

This week: What ethical responsibilities do funders and funded have to one another?… The gatekeeper problem is still a thing in the internet age… What should the measure of succ…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 02:25PM
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Five Highlights From Last Week’s AJ You Shouldn’t Miss by Douglas McLennan

This week: Alas, hard work probably doesn’t trump innate ability… It’s tempting to believe extravagant claims for technology, but there are limits… Yes, by all means …

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 12:55AM
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Last Week’s Don’t Miss Arts Stories: Brexit Edition by Douglas McLennan

Clearly Brexit is a cultural decision, and it will have a big impact… A new jazz scene emerges and re-energizes the art form… There’s a practical reason there are so few wo…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 04:25PM
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Five Stories From Last Week’s AJ You Shouldn’t Miss (Meaning Of Art Edition) by Douglas McLennan

Can computers help us better understand art? What the world thinks is creative. Why is it still okay to discriminate against stupid people? How gaming is taking over. And the “Rotten T…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 02:59AM
Sunday, June 12, 2016

This Week’s Top AJ Stories, When Blockbusters Fail Edition by Douglas McLennan

Maybe our biggest problem with teaching music in schools is the way we teach it. Hollywood thought making blockbusters would save it. Surprise! How charity auctions take advantage of artists…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 06:36PM
Monday, June 6, 2016

Sorry – A (Respectful) Dissent On A Well-Meaning Statement On Arts Equity by Douglas McLennan

I would say based on the thousands of stories we sift through every day at ArtsJournal, diversity and cultural equity (along with funding) are right now probably the biggest issues being tal…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 04:48PM
Sunday, June 5, 2016

Five Highlights From This Week’s ArtsJournal, College Crisis Edition by Douglas McLennan

A new music director for the Met Opera, and what it means. A looming college crisis and what it means. How art is changing politics. Is art driving ISIS? And flooding threatened the Louvre, …

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 04:30PM
Sunday, May 29, 2016

Five Highlights From Last Week’s AJ, Endless Arts Planning Edition by Douglas McLennan

When arts planning becomes the point rather than the process. Why your creativity may be dependent on being bored. Are MFA degrees a waste of time if you want to be an artist? Broadway break…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 02:18PM
Sunday, May 22, 2016

Five Stories From Last Week’s AJ: Likes And Dislikes Edition by Douglas McLennan

Why aren’t the arts something we can all get behind? Maybe it’s somewhere in the psychology of how we like what we like? Revealed: nobody reads arts reviews anymore (says an edit…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 06:15PM
Sunday, May 15, 2016

Doug’s List: Last Week’s Eye-Catching AJ Stories, Playing God Edition by Douglas McLennan

Disrupting the orchestra model, doing away with artistic directors, a cure for what ails the Met Opera, how our ideas about knowledge are changing, and recreating Leonardo (no kidding!) What…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 10:14PM
Monday, May 9, 2016

Doug’s List: Highlights From This Week’s AJ, Cautionary Tale Edition by Douglas McLennan

This week: a great example of the de-monetization of audience, the deadening burden of being a critic, some contradictions about how we use data in the arts, why technology is complicating o…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 01:57AM
Monday, May 2, 2016

Five Notable Stories From Last Week’s ArtsJournal: Alternative Reality Edition by Douglas McLennan

What Does “Inclusive” Mean To A Performing Arts Center? The Kennedy Center held an event to talk about inclusiveness of its offerings. But no one seemed to be able to define exac…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 05:51PM
Sunday, April 24, 2016

Money, Diversity And Power: This Week’s Top AJ Stories (04.24.16) by Douglas McLennan

This week: Do the Met Museum’s financial woes say anything about today’s museum business? Who wants to see art in mobbed museums anyway? Prince’s career as a control freak.…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 03:02PM
Sunday, April 17, 2016

Ballet Brawl In Romania – This Week’s Biggest AJ Arts Stories (04.17.16) by Douglas McLennan

This week, a groundbreaking deal for Broadway actors and dancers, James Levine finally decides to retire from the Met Opera, a debacle at the National Ballet of Romania that quickly escalat…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 06:33PM
Sunday, April 10, 2016

Art-Is-Always-Messy Edition: Five Highlights From This Week’s ArtsJournal 04.10.16 by Douglas McLennan

What business success in theatre looks like, our over-obsession with creativity as a catch-all answer to success, how the art markets really work, how taste gets confused with pretension, an…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 09:49PM
Monday, April 4, 2016

What Is Greatness? – Six Highlights From This Week’s ArtsJournal 04.03.16 by Douglas McLennan

A number of stories this week tackled the meaning of greatness in art (even if they didn’t explicitly frame it that way). A changing culture requires changing definitions of greatness,…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 01:14AM
Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Existential Arts – This Week’s Best Reads On ArtsJournal (03.27.16) by Douglas McLennan

This week’s best reads hover around existential questions. What arts organizations should exist? Does truth exist? Can theatre really change anything, and should it even try? Canada…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 04:57PM
Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Five Most-Interesting Stories We Collected On ArtsJournal This Week 03.20.16 by Douglas McLennan

My picks for the five most interesting stories we gathered this week. The Arts’ Existential Challenge Arts organizations, along with every business sector trying to cope with sweeping …

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 09:15PM
Sunday, March 13, 2016

Five Highlights From Last Week’s ArtsJournal by Douglas McLennan

Researchers find links between what you watch and how you behave, how women are changing classical music, fascinating fights over who owns Picasso, a Golden Age for New York theatre, and con…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 07:39PM
Sunday, March 6, 2016

Five Highlights From This Week’s ArtsJournal by Douglas McLennan

New York gets its first new major museum in decades. English National Opera continues its slow-motion implosion. The relationship between art and critics frays. Some counter-intuitive findin…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 05:46PM
Sunday, February 28, 2016

This Week’s Top AJ Stories 2.28.16 by Douglas McLennan

Arguably, the dominant cultural issue of our time is the changes in how people are finding and getting culture.  In response, business models supporting culture and the kinds of culture bei…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 08:31PM
Sunday, February 21, 2016

Five ArtsJournal Stories From This Week You Shouldn’t Miss (2.21.16) by Douglas McLennan

1. Is Funding Really The Top Issue In The Arts?  Doug Borwick says no. “Insufficiency of funds will never go away. It’s a state of being in the nonprofit sector. Overfocus on this a…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 04:22PM

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