Aziz Ansari, creator and star of the Netflix show Master of None, went directly at issues around the election. “They should do a second report about some other brown people that are just up to normal stuff — just to calm those people down. So the reports are like: ‘The suspects are considered armed and dangerous. Not armed and dangerous — these four other Muslim people that are eating nachos in Chicago. Let’s go to footage of them. Uh-oh, looks like Nasir just spilled a little cheese on his khakis!'”
All U.S. writers were American exceptionalists, even when they wrote about the terrible things the U.S. has done and is doing. “But that was in a greater cause, too. The absolute conviction, in the end, that I, too, was caught up in the great work; that I was helping us to get to some higher place and fulfill our promise.” And yet no.
Howard Sherman: “While there are those in the visual art community who have called for inauguration day, on January 20, to be met with an art strike, asking that institutions be closed in protest, I’m glad to say I’ve not seen the idea gain much traction in the performing arts community. Indeed, in addition to maintaining their performance schedules, some organizations are throwing open their doors, as places of respite and refuge.”
“There are several contenders for coolest neighborhood in New York, but the Upper East Side is usually not one of them.”
The report draws on the evidence submitted from people including outgoing Arts Council England chair Peter Bazalgette, who warned that unpaid internships were “the curse of the arts industry”. He said there was an expectation that young people will work for less than the minimum wage, which he added was a “major barrier for disadvantaged young people interested in accessing jobs in the creative industries”.
Phil Kennicott: “The loss of the NEA is mostly about symbolism. But along with the loss of the NEH and privatization of the CPB, these proposed budget cuts are part of a nascent but ominous larger movement to eliminate the last vestiges of a public realm free of the dictates of the market. Privatizing the social safety net and shifting tax dollars away from public schools are essential moves in a longer war on a social contract that preserves faith in the public realm. Academia is another target and is in the cross hairs as well.”
“In an announcement last week, the Education Department listed Harvard’s ART Institute among hundreds of college and university programs across the country that did not meet federal regulations governing the amount of debt students can accrue when measured against their expected earnings.”
“The Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized,” the Hill’s Alexander Bolton reports, “while the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities would be eliminated entirely.” In total, the administration aims to cut spending by $10.5 trillion over the next decade.
“The discussion around such efforts has shown some of the typical – if muddied – ways people talk about the arts intersecting with politics. On the right, a common theme is that celebrity protests are only going to ensure Trump’s re-election by making his supporters feel condescended to. On the left, cultural anti-Trump efforts are being taken as examples of the kind of bold truth-telling Democratic operatives should mimic. Both frames prize electoral impact – policy influence now, voter persuasion for 2018 or 2020 – over all else. Which is a strange way to think about art, a form of communication that exists to do what other forms – political, commercial, journalistic – can’t.”
“If there was one place where the Obama administration was consistently ahead of the curve, it was in the cultural sphere: over eight years, the White House served as a staging ground for countless artists, intellectuals and activists, especially those from communities of color, especially cultural producers from New York, long exiled from [institutional] Washington.” (includes audio)
The advice to owners of permanent seats, seen by the Guardian, is that they can “significantly improve income from unwanted tickets” by using secondary sites, which have become a haven for touts exploiting the most in-demand events. The author of the document, a seat owner who asked to remain anonymous, said: “Seat owners are entitled to optimise their returns.
“On an otherwise quiet Sunday at the [L.A.] museum in early June, an Australian man is chuckling with two middle school-aged kids over a pair of fake breasts from Serbia that the donor says her ex-boyfriend required her to wear during sex. … Around the corner, in a corridor in which objects recall loved ones who died, fell ill, or were abusive, a couple is ranking objects by their level of misery.”
Israel already does West Bank excavations, and lends artifacts found in them, without approval from Palestinian authorities. The new ruling permits digs done anonymously and lending artefacts without informing the Palestinians at all.
“Understanding Charlie Hebdo in context does not mean always liking it, but for those struggling to affirm their commitment to free speech in today’s climate, the paper’s example is worth exploring and, yes, celebrating.”
“What is a stake in Turkey today is not politics in any general manner; it’s a delusion that, under the banner of religion, is swallowing up the whole of reality. … Conversations with artists reveal a dark mood, and everyone across the class spectrum is focused on one topic: When to leave? Where to go? How to get a visa? What to do in the meantime?”
The official line is that it’s just like the lobbying that goes on with any governmental switch. Also, there’s a shiny new nighttime kids’ lineup: “As the broadcaster explored what a new service would look like, it heard from caregivers who bemoaned a dearth of kids’ programming in the evening hours.”
Designers, like many artists, have widely varying views on the question, but it’s complex: “Critics of those designers who’ve voiced their reluctance to dress the new first lady have maintained that it’s a designer’s job to simply make clothes — that they should keep personal opinions out of it and not pass judgment on people who wear their clothes. But over time, society has demanded much more from the fashion industry.”
Yep. Rep. John Lewis, an icon of the Civil Rights Movement, said he wouldn’t go to the Inauguration – which earned him, and his town, Atlanta, harsh tweets from the president-elect. Amazon rapidly sold out of his memoir, and his graphic novels suddenly topped the bestseller lists on the data-hungry behemoth’s site. And Lewis isn’t alone – this has happened to magazines, books, even news hosts.
The bad news: More than 9,000 cultural figures were barred from any government support and sometimes harassed.
The good news: Three of President Park Geun-hye’s aides have been arrested over the blacklist.
“Manchester’s proposed £110m arts centre, the Factory, has moved a step closer to being built after city councillors gave planning permission for the Rem Koolhaas-designed building.” The project is part of a larger plan to make Manchester and northern England “a genuine cultural counterbalance to London.”
“Children in early childhood may be particularly at risk for the negative effects of media violence exposure when the superhero medium is emphasized,” concludes a research team led by psychologist Sarah Coyne of Brigham Young University. “It appears to be difficult for young children to disentangle aggression and pro-social behavior when they are combined, as is common in the superhero genre.”
“Trumpism – a blanket term I’ll use in this piece to reference the election of the former Apprentice host, the struggle to come to grips with [the] election, and the ever-expanding list of concerns raised by his impending presidency – is such an overwhelming phenomenon that it’s … hard to ignore in a way that’s so massive, it needs to be broken down into categories to be properly understood.” So Jen Chaney does.
The president of a historically black college whose marching band will be there says, “We feel the inauguration of a new president is not a political event but a civil ceremony celebrating the transfer of power.” Alyssa Rosenberg takes apart the premises behind that position.
Nicholas Shaw of Harrods Estates said it was “the most expensive box we have ever offered for sale”. The box is on the western side of the auditorium and has approximately 849 years remaining on its lease.
The term first appeared in the mid-16th century, and it acquired its current meaning (a young girl interested in what are seen as “boyish” pursuits) by the 1590s. Elizabeth King follows the (stereo-) type through the age of slavery and emancipation and the Victorian era to late 20th-century feminism – and she considers whether the tomboy figure has outlived its usefulness.
“The creative industries are and will be at the heart of this government’s work on industrial strategy. It’s one of the major growth areas in the country and I want to assure you that I, Greg, the prime minister and others understand just how important our industries are to the UK economy.” She emphasised the 1.9 million jobs in the creative sectors and the £87.4 billion the industries generate.
Mark Harris, responding to Meryl at the Golden Globes: “I sympathize with anyone in showbiz currently trying to figure out whether the job is to make art for Trump’s America, or about Trump’s America, or about an America that Trump fails to see or to appreciate, or about an America that is not defined by the word ‘Trump’s’ or any other possessory modifier. In the first month of the Trump years, ‘Where do we go from here?’ feels like the right question for artists to ask.”
They’ve been called the world’s largest nation without a state: roughly 30 million or more souls in the mountains where modern-day Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran meet. And of course there’s not yet any official museum to document the Kurds’ long history. Architect Daniel Libeskind and journalist Gwynne Roberts are working with the regional government of Iraqi Kurdistan to develop just such an institution – an even more challenging task than you’d think. (audio)
“Ten years ago, two-thirds of population increase was courtesy of immigration. By 2030, it is projected to be 100%. The economic benefits are also self-evident, especially if full citizenship is the agreed goal. All that “settlers” – ie, Canadians who are not indigenous to the land – need do is look in the mirror to recognize the generally happy ending of an immigrant saga. Our government repeats it, our statistics confirm it, our own eyes and ears register it: diversity fuels, not undermines, prosperity.”
“Critics at newspapers are dying off even faster than print journalism. Theatre critics, film reviewers, A&E editors, and arts writers of every kind have been stripped from dailies and weeklies around the country.”