Wednesday, April 24, 2019

World Music Is Changing (As A Genre) And So Is who’s Supporting It by Artsjournal

Recently Red Bull announced it would stop funding its music academy that promoted World Music. “These days, experimental art often views corporate largesse as necessary. The closing was a …

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New Research: Studying The Arts Boosts Self-Esteem (Even If You Don’t Excel) by Artsjournal

“Initiatives to promote arts engagement in children may provide a practical and efficient way to improve children’s self-esteem,” report Hei Wan Makand Daisy Fancourt of University …

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How “Go Down Moses” Became Part Of A Passover Tradition by Artsjournal

The song is thought to have been written by African-American slaves in about 1800, inspired by the story of Jewish slaves in the Bible. So a double cultural appropriation? – WBUR

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Herb Alpert Was A Helluva Trumpet Player. For 30 Years He’s Also Been A Brilliant Philanthropist by Artsjournal

He has been a consistent and articulate proponent of the arts at a time in which the field is under siege. His free-wheeling and improvisational approach belies a coherent underlying strateg…

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Many Rank-And-File Dancers Can’t Afford To Eat Properly — So This Organization Feeds Them by Artsjournal1

“Dancers will forego eating to take classes,” says Yvonne Chow. So, once a month, DanceMart, operated by H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory in New York City, will cook and serve a dinne…

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Study: The Twitter Universe Is Nothing Like Here In Real Life by Artsjournal

Pew Research Center recently conducted a survey of 2,791 adult American Twitter users, and the team’s findings paint a stark contrast between those who are extremely online and those who …

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As The Earth Warms, Long-Buried Objects Are Emerging. It’s Both Scary And Fascinating by Artsjournal

Water levels in the River Elbe dropped so far that “hunger stones” were revealed – carved boulders used since the 1400sto commemorate droughts and warn of their consequences. One of th…

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Ibsen Was A Hugely Influential Playwright And His Ideas Permeate Still. But… by Artsjournal

Terry Teachout writes that the ideas – groundbreaking and shocking in their times, are now so familiar that they’re boring. “To be sure, we live with their culture-changing consequence…

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James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ And The Politicians Who Love It (And Keep Telling Us So) by Artsjournal1

“In the current political environment, name-checking the writing of James Joyce may not seem like the canniest move. It’s a dog whistle, meant to appeal to refined impulses, to élite ra…

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Returning Cultural Items From Museums Is Complicated. Here’s A Primer by Artsjournal

David Shariatmadari does a good job taking his readers through the issues. – The Guardian

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La Jolla Playhouse And Goodman Theatre Co-Commission Plays By And For Artists With Disabilities by Artsjournal1

“National Disability Theatre has announced a partnership with La Jolla Playhouse and Goodman Theatre to commission two new works written, directed, and designed by artists with disabilitie…

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Playwright Lucas Hnath — A 21st Century George Bernard Shaw (Via Wallace Shawn) by Artsjournal1

“Hnath is a master of Socratic dialogue … In a Hnath play, you repeatedly find yourself agreeing with a pointed speech, then agreeing with its rebuttal. … Many playwrights promote the …

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What Will Art, And The Art World, Look Like In 2039? by Artsjournal1

“Devon Van Houten Maldonado asks artists and curators to imagine the changes and trends that will influence the art world in the next two decades.” – BBC

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Generosity? Noblesse Oblige? Or Reputation-Laundering? The Century-Old Bargain Behind Big-Ticket Philanthropy by Artsjournal1

The debate has arisen a lot over the past few years: BP, the Koch brothers, the Sacklers, that board member at the Whitney, Notre-Dame. Bob Garfield talks about the issue with Anand Giridhar…

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Medieval Monks Were A Distracted Lot. Here’s How They Focused by Artsjournal

It occurred to historian Jamie Kreiner that the monks she studied spent a lot of their time trying to figure out how to stay focused. And maybe their advice might be useful to the present-da…

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Is ‘Jeopardy!’ Winning Machine James Holzhauer Breaking The Game? If So, Does That Matter? by Artsjournal1

Emily Yahr: “After all, we’re in an era where television is more fractured than ever. Big TV events are increasingly rare, and it’s refreshing to have one topic to discuss around the v…

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Rebuild Notre Dame, Of Course. But We Need More Sensitivity To What Can’t (Or Shouldn’t) Be by Artsjournal

This story takes up the cases of several high-profile fires that have damaged cultural icons and asks: 1. why do we not seem to be more careful in taking care of them, and 2. when contemplat…

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How The Roxane Gay-Christina Hoff Sommers #Feminist Debate Tour In Australia Turned Into An Ugly Mess by Artsjournal1

If it had happened in a radio or television studio, it might have gone well. But having an audience turns out to have been a bad idea. (And some ill-advised moves by either Gay or her manage…

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Academy Decides Not To Bar Streaming Movies From Oscars by Artsjournal1

The board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences “left intact Rule Two, the one that established that a film” — including one produced by Netflix or Amazon —…

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Modern Library To Release New Low-Cost Series Of Classics By Women Authors by Artsjournal1

“The Modern Library will launch a new trade paperback series, Modern Library Torchbearers, this May. The series, the publisher said, will ‘honor a more inclusive vision of classic books…

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Frank Almond Tells The Story Of His Stolen Stradivarius by Artsjournal1

In 2014, in a parking lot following a solo recital, the Milwaukee Symphony’s concertmaster got zaped with a Taser and had his violin ripped from his hands. (The culprit, it turned out, was…

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In China, Two Historical Soap Operas Go Viral, And The Communist Party Promptly Cancels Them by Artsjournal1

The Story of Yanxi Palace and Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace smashed viewing records for the streaming services that showed them. Then the journal Theory Weekly (a title only a Communist …

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In Case Of Counterfeit Rodins, French Court Sentences Businessman And Art Dealer by Artsjournal1

Last week a court of appeals in Paris handed septuagenarian U.S. businessman Gary Snell a suspended prison sentence of one year and Parisian art dealer Robert Crouzet a four-month suspended …

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Henry Wollman Bloch, Art Philanthropist And Co-Founder Of H&R Block, Dead At 96 by Artsjournal1

The primary beneficiary of Bloch’s largesse has been Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: he spent three years as its board chairman, he and his wife are the name donors on the mus…

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Notre-Dame’s Organ Is Almost Completely Undamaged By Fire by Artsjournal1

“Pascal Quoirin, a specialist who restored the Notre Dame organ in 2017, … said ‘after two hours spent examining the instrumental part, I did not notice any damage that could have been…

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Here’s The Problem With The Backlash Against The Millions Pledged For Notre-Dame by Artsjournal1

Kathy LeMay: “The problem with [the complaints] is this: they do not help fundraisers unlock donor giving. … Imagine if after giving to help a family in need, articles were written about…

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Snapshot: John Lennon meets Chuck Berry by Terry Teachout

John Lennon and Chuck Berry perform “Memphis, Tennessee” and “Johnny B. Goode” and are interviewed on a 1972 episode of The Mike Douglas Show: (This is the latest in a series of art…

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Almanac: Alfred Korzybski on doubt and belief by Terry Teachout

“There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything; both ways save us from thinking.” Alfred Korzybski, Manhood of Humanity

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Charity Tillemann-Dick, R.I.P. by Artsjournal1

Charity Tillemann-Dick, a coloratura soprano who suffered from pulmonary hypertension and who resumed her singing career after undergoing a double lung transplant, died this morning. – Ter…

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Getting It Backwards: The Shed’s Architects Came 1st, Its Artistic Director a Distant 2nd by Artsjournal1

When an ambitious new cultural institution chooses its architect six years before appointing an artistic director/CEO, you know its priorities are upside-down and backwards. – Lee Rosenbaum

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Presenter Engagement by Artsjournal1

I have spoken with staff members of presenting organizations interested in community engagement who lament the fact that they are not in a position to select specific works themselves; they …

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