Top AJBlogs Posts From 02.16.14

Bellowing about Bellows: Randolph College’s Maier Museum is “Not a Museum”
Source: CultureGrrl | Published on 2014-02-16

The Great Hibernation is Over
Source: Audience Wanted | Published on 2014-02-16

What would it cost Game of Thrones to play a live cello?
Source: Slipped Disc | Published on 2014-02-16

Replacing Gatekeeping with Cultivating
Source: We The Audience | Published on 2014-02-16

Refreshing Rigoletto? You must be joking
Source: Plain English | Published on 2014-02-15


Cute Infographics Have Been Saving Lives For More Than A Century


“The brutal message of [Florence Nightengale’s] ‘rose’ charts of mortality, constructed using data from the Crimean war, was both informative and highly influential, showing in stark, uncompromising terms that the numbers of soldiers dying from disease and squalor far outweighed those dying from battle injuries.”

Why Hasn’t The Minnesota Orchestra Board Brought Back Osmo Vanska Yet?


“Bringing Mr. Vanska back, if his demands are not unreasonable (and this outsider will not be the one to say whether jettisoning Mr. Henson would be reasonable), would go a long way toward rebuilding bridges to the players, to audiences and to, ahem, critics. The chemistry he obviously had with these musicians is rare, and some of them suggest that it could be even more potent if he were to return under these circumstances.”

New, Gorgeous Print Magazines Are On The Uptick – Why Now?

Magazines! In! Print!

“They’re beautiful objects, whose arrangement of content, photography and paper stocks convey a different view of the world. The design and textures are an invitation to be touched, flicked, handled. Most of all, in keeping with our age of Instagram, Pinterest and social network photo sharing, the content is visually driven.”

When Public Art Discussions Go Way Off The Rails

Henry Krokatsis

“The decision to abandon the £100,000 Hastings project, which was to have been a gift from local philanthropist David Kowitz, flies in the face of the current faith in using cultural investment to boost the image and economic prospects of areas in decline.”

Who Were Disney’s First Animators? [AUDIO]


Nancy Beiman: “One student had a poster, a nude one, of Suzanne Somers, and he put it over his desk. And Jack Hannah, the teacher, came in and said, ‘Oh, who is that?’ and the student said, ‘Oh, that’s Nancy.'”

It’s Time The Queen Had A Mistress (Of Music)


“A female composer has never held the post, but if ever there was a moment to redress that injustice, this is it – a chance to make musical history, like Marin Alsop’s being the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms last year, that it would be shameful to let pass.”

How Does An Opera Star Survive A Hanging?

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“Bonner stands on a wooden plank and is hoisted by six male performers who must coordinate their movements or risk having the star tumble onto the steeply raked set. They must then drop the plank from under his feet in unison at the moment of execution.”

What Happened To The Art After The Monuments Men Left?

Simon Goodman

“Claimants faced daunting obstacles, including property laws that gave no special consideration to things the Nazis had stolen. In some nations, families that had been forced to sell art to Nazi agents for a pittance were out of luck because the legal codes said a sale was a sale, never mind the circumstances.”

Internet Trolls Are Actually Pretty Terrible People (Shocker!)

E.E. Buckels et al, "Trolls just want to have fun," Personality

They often show all of the traits of the “Dark Tetrad: Machiavellianism (willingness to manipulate and deceive others), narcissism (egotism and self-obsession), psychopathy (the lack of remorse and empathy), and sadism (pleasure in the suffering of others).”