“He helped found the Library of America in 1979, the culmination of a proposal by his fellow critic Edmund Wilson in the 1950s. The company has published 9.5 million copies of 279 moderately priced novels, memoirs, narrative histories, forgotten masterpieces and other classics.” In addition, he pioneered the academic discipline of American studies.
New York Times Published:05.04.16
Three New York Times theater writers talk about where the races will be, the omissions (where’s Audra?), and whether there are any categories in which Hamilton could be defeated (maybe).
New York Times Published:05.04.16
“Oblivious to the grim surroundings, young artists are hard at work inside the building, Suitland High School. Those artists are eager participants in a rigorous, four-year academic and arts program that has survived budget cuts, neighborhood violence and a constant shortage of art supplies.”
New York Times Published:05.04.16
“Dancer and choreographer Savion Glover and Judith Jamison, Artistic Director Emerita of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, talk about upcoming performances and about race, dance and the connection to African American communities.” (audio)
WNYC (New York) Published:05.03.16
“The theft occurred in the 1840s, when a German scholar visiting the university surreptitiously snipped a page from an 11th-century manuscript known as the ‘Cambridge Songs.'” The thief wasn’t busted until 1982, and the page turned out to be the key to the collection, without which the songs’ melodies probably couldn’t have been deciphered.
“The curvy, space-age design, initially commissioned by Magic Chef Building architect Harris Armstrong, had been covered up by a drop ceiling for decades.”
“The homeless Civil War Museum of Philadelphia, steward of what scholars regard as one of the finest collections of Civil War materials anywhere but possessing no place to display them, reached an agreement Monday to transfer ownership of its roughly 3,000 artifacts to the Gettysburg Foundation, the private, nonprofit partner of the National Park Service.”
Philadelphia Inquirer Published:05.04.16
“David Greig, the Royal Lyceum’s artistic director, has vowed to wake the ‘sleeping giant’ of Edinburgh’s culture scene outwith the summer festivals by staging work in different venues and unusual spaces, as well as embracing different art forms at its home.”
The Scotsman Published:05.03.16
“The surprising departure of Jed Bernstein last month after just 27 months as president of Lincoln Center was prompted not by a change in career plans, as announced, but by the discovery that he” – well, he did one of those things chief executives tend to lose their jobs for doing.
New York Times Published:05.04.16
“At an early age, Anthony Comstock felt he was destined for glory.” What he became is the leader of what suffragette Victoria Woodhull described as “the American Inquisition” – adding, “We should no more think of comparing Comstock … with Torquemada, than of contrasting a living skunk with a dead lion.”
Literary Hub Published:05.02.16
The dancer-choreographer-MacArthur ‘Genius’ talks with Leonard Lopate about renovating the genre and the world premiere of her piece ETM: Double Down. (audio)
WNYC (New York) Published:04.26.16
“The Work Will Do the Work” ??
“The work will do the work.”
Wait. Not so fast. … read more
AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2016-05-04
SF MoMA and Museum Architecture: Killing A Meme
Have you seen the new Snøhetta-designed expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art? I’ve seen only pictures, but it should in my opinion put to rest the line many museum directors have been using in recent years … read more
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2016-05-03
Lookback: my personal clichés
From 2006: One of the travails of writing a biography of a great artist is that you find yourself returning repeatedly to certain words and phrases – especially superlatives. The nice thing about word processing is that … read more
AJBlog: About Last Night Published 2016-05-03
“Five hundred people were asked to rank 150 city flags, and the association found that on a scale of 1 to 10, the average score was a 4.3. Three-quarters of all city flags scored below a 5.”
“Like many Zombie Symbols, there is a kernel of truth, but even that truth is based on a fiction. The horned helmet was basically invented (torn out of its limited historical context and radically repurposed) during the last quarter of the 19th century to flesh out a nascent sense of Nordic identity in Germany.”
Washington Post Published:05.01.16
In 1983, Michael Crichton told Merv Griffin that, “When you type, the words appear on the screen … you can move around on the screen, change what you’ve written, pull blocks of text, put them elsewhere. You have complete freedom.” His disbelieving glee was shared by many, but some writers reacted differently.
The New Republic Published:05.03.16
“During the theater season of 2014 to 2015, about 30 percent of roles at the city’s most prominent theaters went to minority actors, up from 24 percent the previous season, the organization said. That is the highest percentage in the nine years that the group has been studying the issue.”
The New York Times Published:05.02.16
Michael A. Jenkins, 74, a well-known figure who has been DSM president and managing director since 1994, spoke with emotion last week as he gave his version of the break and showed reporters a copy of the age discrimination complaint he filed March 22 with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Dallas Morning News Published:05.02.16
“An entire swath of startup enterprises have been based on the simple principle that what one group or storm destroys, an endless array of new technology can re-create, making copies that are more enduring, sustainable, and user friendly than the original antiquities that inspired them.”
Boston Globe Published:05.01.16
“The trial unearthed one of the greatest scandals the art world has ever seen and laid bare the chain of suspicious decisions that brought down what had once been a storied gallery. The details of Knoedler’s collapse offer a kind of clarity that is typically nonexistent in this business, raising all sorts of questions about whether the lack of transparency at the high end of the art market will be viable in the future.”
Adam Kirsch: What could be more cruel than Dante’s Inferno, with its sadistic vision of divine justice? … Art will always exceed ethics, including political ethics, in the same way that the possible exceeds the desirable.”
Zoë Heller: “If we couldn’t find anything to delight or instruct us in the works of sexists, racists, anti-Semites and people who believe in the divine right of kings, our literary canon would barely fill a medium-size handbag.”
New York Times Book Review Published:05.01.16
Nearly 50 years later, at a moment when words like “doxx” and “troll” have entered the cultural vernacular, books and movies are rehabilitating Arendt’s image for a new generation, and turning her into an unlikely pop cultural icon.
Pacific Standard Published:05.02.16
“A fire swept through the National Museum of Natural History in New Delhi early Tuesday, spreading downward from the top floor and possibly destroying the 160-million-year-old bones of a dinosaur … The building sustained major damage, and most of the museum’s exhibits were destroyed.”
New York Times Published:04.27.16
On Tuesday, the show was singled out in every category of theatermaking: acting, writing, directing, design. In a few categories, including lead actor and featured actor in a musical, performers from “Hamilton” will face off against one another.
The New York Times Published:05.03.16
“Her bright, boxy sculptures of people represent[ed] a range of American life – everyone from the Kennedys to a dustbowl farm family to the artist herself. The works, which combined painted and minimally carved wooden figures with found objects like shoes and doors, were funny but incisive, simple-looking but expertly made.”
“Today, it’s impossible to imagine contemporary musical theater without Rent‘s influence, but as with any new musical, its evolution was far from smooth. Here, the cast of characters who brought Rent to life recall the winding path that led to Broadway history.”
New York Magazine Published:05.02.16
“It was as if the city had been invaded by a horde of aliens with flamboyantly bad taste. The Moscow intelligentsia recoiled in horror.” Masha Gessen writes that “the aesthetic assault is a logical part of Moscow’s – and Russia’s – political progression.”
The New Yorker Published:04.29.16
Paramount has sued the makers of a crowdfunded Star Trek fanfic film titled Axanar, with the studio claiming intellectual property rights over (among other things) the entire Klingon language, which was created by linguist Marc Okrand for the Star Trek film series but has since caught on with tens of thousands of enthusiasts.
Stephen Lord, music director of Opera Theater of St. Louis talks about reviewing applications, resumes and headshots (recordings don’t help, he says); the thing that matters more than looks and size; and what’s not-negotiable in terms of voice and technique.
Kristina Driskill Published:04.29.16
“The Banff Centre is immediately eliminating 33 positions as part of an organization-wide restructuring. … In June 2015, the centre put on hold an ambitious $900 million expansion after former president and CEO Jeff Melanson suddenly left the organisation.”
While his contract to lead the company was not renewed, Sergei Filin was appointed to direct the Bolshoi’s new workshop for young choreographers. Yet, he says, he doesn’t feel safe there.
New York Times Published:05.03.16
Yes, perseverance in pursuit of a goal seems to be a crucial ingredient of success. But it has its disadvantages – not least that you probably shouldn’t let people see you exercising it.
The Atlantic Published:05.16
“Some researchers have viewed procrastination largely as a failure of self-regulation – like other bad behaviors that have to do with a lack of self-control, such as overeating, a gambling problem or overspending. Others say it’s not a matter of being lazy or poor time management, as many smart overachievers who procrastinate often can attest. They say it may actually be linked to how our brain works and to deeper perceptions of time and the self.”
Washington Post Published:04.27.16
“[He’s] Christopher Bedford, who at age 39 already has achieved art world coups.”
Baltimore Sun Published:05.02.16
Rachel Zar offers a five-point plan.
Dance Magazine Published:04.16.16
Producers called off Saturday’s matinee and evening performances of the Christopher Marlowe play, which stars Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), following floods at the venue, the Duke of York’s Theatre.
WhatsOnStage (UK) Published:04.30.16
Five Notable Stories From Last Week’s ArtsJournal: Alternative Reality Edition
AJBlog: diacritical/Douglas McLennan Published 2016-05-02
This Week In Audience 05.01.16
What are the boundaries in artist/audience relationships these days? Do you have a problem with inclusiveness if you can’t define what it is? … read more
AJBlog: AJ Arts Audience Published 2016-05-02
Bedford in Baltimore: Christopher is Third Contemporary Expert Recently Tapped to Lead a Major Art Museum
Are we seeing a trend here? Anne Pasternak at the Brooklyn Museum; James Rondeau at the Art Institute of Chicago; now Christopher Bedford at the Baltimore Museum of Art. In all three recent cases, … read more
AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2016-05-02
McNeill & Burroughs: Art Meets Occult
Hieronymous Bosch had nothing on Malcolm McNeill. And that’s not even counting the underlying theories McNeill has about time travel, biological mutation, and evolutionary transition … read more
AJBlog: Straight|Up Published 2016-05-02
What are the boundaries in artist/audience relationships these days? Do you have a problem with inclusiveness if you can’t define what it is? Do we lose an essential part of the audience experience when movies go in-home? And what is to be learned about what audiences want from the big new insta-culture districts?
Although the report doesn’t pull its punches in exposing how few of the assumptions we make about the wider benefits of the arts are backed up by empirical evidence or the way policymakers have attempted to place a “cash value” on culture, it is far from being negative or cynical.
The Telegraph (UK) Published:04.28.16
When an arts center stumbles over its definition of inclusivity. Arts as a bridge between cultures? Lessons from mega-culture projects. The mega-gallery mogul. And a dogged poet who spent decades trying to get her work in The New Yorker.
diacritical | Douglas McLennan Published:05.02.16
“At a time when orchestra audiences nationwide are growing smaller and grayer, nearly 30 percent of BSO concertgoers this season have been under the age of 40. And while ticket sales at nonprofit and regional theaters across the country have been falling for a decade, the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) and the Huntington Theatre Company have posted record single-ticket and subscription sales the past two seasons.”
“Listen for this phrase and you’ll hear it everywhere, inside and outside politics. This reflex to hedge every statement as a feeling or a hunch is most common among millennials. But I hear it almost as often among Generation Xers and my own colleagues in academia. As in so many things, the young are early carriers of a broad cultural contagion.”
The New York Times Published:04.30.16
“Coming up with how many people were born after that is certainly based on informed speculation. Plagued by low life expectancy (up to 10 years during the Iron Age) thanks to lack of medicine, food supply issues, climate changes, killing each other and other problems, human population grew at a slow rate. Early infant mortality was as high as 500 infant deaths per 1,000 births or higher.”
Big Think Published:05.01.16
“The marketing and sales techniques pioneered in the 1960s by Philip Kives, who died on Thursday at the age of 87, might seem crude and simplistic viewed from a half-century’s distance. But they remain part of the DNA of record label marketing departments today.”
The Guardian (UK) Published:04.29.16
“With preferences substantially tilting towards electronic instruments such as keyboards, electric guitars and recorded sounds at processions and devotional functions, Suresh says its future is bleak. ‘Nobody likes to work in this field now. From about 12 shops in 1940 of dhol-tasha makers in Lalbaug, just three or four remain.'”
The Indian Express (Mumbai) Published:05.02.16
“Unlike last year, when ‘Hamilton’ took home 10 awards for its production at the Public Theater, this year’s prizes were more evenly divided.”
The New York Times Published:05.01.16
“We’re in an age where there’s a lot of fire, there’s a lot of confrontation around identity. … We’re looking at what we’re putting (on) the table and looking at who’s accepting it and who’s not, so I think this conversation is really timely.”
San Antonio Express-News Published:04.29.16
The Guy Who Makes Such Amazing Noises With His Mouth And Nose That People Consider Him A Spiritual Guru
“Mr. Tkachenko-Papizh, for his part, allows that ‘angels speak to me’ while he is performing. Still, he is very much human, he said, and is thus now dealing with the aftereffects of becoming an overnight web sensation.”
The New York Times Published:05.02.16
“Last year saw a resurgence of outright offensive images of LGBT people; more films relied on gay panic and defamatory stereotypes for giggles.”
Los Angeles Times Published:05.02.16
“Like sixty years ago, much of the public rhetoric about race is devoted to explaining to an incurious white public, in rudimentary terms, the contours of institutional racism.”
The New York Review of Books Published:05.12.16