Top Posts From AJBlogs 02.27.14

Scorning the Great American Novel, and Assessing Beck
AJBlog: CultureCrash | Published 2014-02-28

Fundraising Tactic Worked!
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts | Published 2014-02-27

Corcoran Confusion: Bungled Rollout of Its “Wonderful News”
AJBlog: CultureGrrl | Published 2014-02-27

Minimum Viable Product
AJBlog: The Artful Manager | Published 2014-02-27

Droit de suite
AJBlog: For What it’s Worth | Published 2014-02-27



Revitalizing Alvin Ailey (How Do You Make It Work?)


“Here was a company of astonishing dancers who continually circled the globe. But their repertoire did not always live up to their talent and range. The quandary? How do you maintain the Ailey’s identity, yet at the same time grow with the art form? How do you balance both the racial and “post-racial” nature of the world in dance terms?”

Guggenheim Responds: Our Security Guards Make More Than $10/hour


“The security officers employed by the Guggenheim, who comprise the majority of our front line security team, are paid competitively with their peers at other museums with comparable operating budgets and substantially more than the $10 quoted. As well, our Guggenheim security officers receive a benefits package that we offer to all our full time employees.”

Dying Art: Greece’s Last Movie Poster Painter


“When silent films took off in the 1920s, Hollywood studios employed graphic designers to convey the glamour and excitement of new releases, and handmade billboards came to adorn theaters around the world. The rise of the automobile helped spur a booming industry of painted highway billboards across America, Europe, Africa and in Asia. But in an era of mass-produced printing, the practice has been all but snuffed out.”

Injured ‘Spider-Man’ Dancer Discusses His Lawsuit

Spider-Man lawsuit

“It was a stunt that Daniel Curry had performed many times before in the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark: Plant himself firmly on a hydraulic lift in the pit beneath the stage, then remain steady as he rose a dozen feet to emerge for the start of Act II. … Then, in a split second, something solid pressed down against his right foot, then crushed it.”

Can These Guys Crowdfund a West End Musical?

Alexis Owen-Hobbs in The Pajama Game, which is seeking funders online for a West End transfer

“[John] Bant and his co-producer Gavin Kalin are seeking to raise £200,000 for The Pajama Game‘s West End transfer – about 14% of its total capitalisation costs – through the online crowdfunding platform Seedrs, which allows people to invest as little as £10. They hit £40,000 within 24 hours.”

Paco de Lucía, 66, Master of Flamenco Guitar

Paco de Lucia

He first became famous in the 1960s and ’70s, revitalizing flamenco music through his partnership with singer Camarón de la Isla. He went on to attract new fans by blending flamenco with jazz and Latin American music, and he was ultimately recognized as one of the world’s greatest guitarists.

Did West Point Make James Whistler the (Ornery) Man He Was?


“If anything betrays Whistler’s military background, it is his conception of the artist’s life as a series of frequent engagements with the enemy – hostile critics, backward-looking institutions, uncomprehending patrons, philistines in general. … Was Whistler just as belligerent toward his art as he was with the wider world into which he sent it? You might think so, judging from reports of how he went about making it.”

‘Chimerica’ Wins Top Women’s Playwriting Prize

Lucy Kirkwood playwright

“Another day, another major award for playwright Lucy Kirkwood. Her smash hit Chimerica has picked up the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn prize in the United States. Set up in 1978, the award is given annually to a female playwright working in English and it is deemed one of the most distinguished in America’s prize-heavy new writing culture.”