Artists (And Arts Organizations) Are Getting Priced Out Of Some Cities (What To Do?)


“The increasing difficulty in living and working in some major cities affects not just the artists, but the newer and the smaller and the mid-sized arts organizations housed in these cities. Increasingly they too are being priced out. Some of these organizations are finding it difficult to continue to stay in the very cities they might have helped create.”

Even Dadaism Had A Racial Subtext

Even Dadaism Had A Racial Subtext

Tzara composed what he termed “African poems,” and his girlfirend led a danse nègre at the Cabaret Voltaire. Grosz danced jigs while wearing a straw hat and blackface. Picabia painted two canvases he titled Negro Song. Clément Pansaers published a pamphlet titled Le Pan Pan au Cul du Nu Nègre. “Clearly, Norman Mailer did not invent the ‘white negro’.”

London’s Antiquities Buyers Are Making ISIS A Cash-Rich Terror Group


“Buyers are not getting the message that the purchase of such antiquities is enabling war and terror in the Middle East. ‘These are blood antiquities,’ says Altaweel, adding that attempts to make the cultural-heritage case for more action to stop trade in looted goods have not yielded results. ‘What might work more is to say that this is funding death.'”

Is AirBnB A Threat To Urban Artist Spaces?


“The end result of an AirBnB’d neighborhood is not a profitable artist collective. Rather, it’s an international bedroom community of “post-tourist” upwardly mobile workers, an intermittently empty complex of condos for creatives who can parachute in, patronize local cafes, and then escape as quickly as they arrived.”

What Is Lincoln Center’s Place In The Arts World?


“If a new generation of middle-class Americans chooses to move back into the inner cities, large-scale performing-arts centers might start to make fiscal and artistic sense. But even if that should happen, Lincoln Center will never again be culturally influential in the way that it was in the ’70s and ’80s.”

Measuring Hispanic Audience Clout In America


“The Hispanic market has grown from $1 trillion in buying power in 2010 to $1.5 trillion this year, according to Nielsen data. And Nielsen and Google surveys find members of that audience to be among both the heaviest viewers of TV and the earliest and most active users of new media technology.”

Network Bans “Dukes Of Hazzard” Reruns. Why?


“The flag will remain charged whether publicly visible or not, and so TV Land banning The Dukes of Hazzard is a banal gesture of how little we are prepared to confront the horror of Charleston, the continuing gritty day-to-day horror of all kinds of hatred aimed at all kinds of minorities.”

The Smithsonian’s Air And Space Museum Is Falling Apart (Here’s Why)


“The Air and Space Museum, designed by Hellmuth Obata and Kassabaum Architects (HOK), is marked by its four marble-clad pavilions, separated by three recessed steel-and-glass atria. Construction started in 1972 and continued until the museum opened on July 1, 1976. It has undergone basic repairs since, but the systems and materials are running on borrowed time in part because certain building components were “downgraded” as part of the original construction to reduce cost and hit the stunningly low $40 million budget.”

There’s Almost Never A Good Reason To Include A Rape Scene In Art


“Because rape is widely acknowledged as a Very Serious Topic, there’s also a tendency to treat rape scenes as a means to be edgy or shocking. You know, as a way of creating really serious, mature content. Most of the time, however, this approach radiates nothing so much as ignorance and immaturity.”

Those Awkward Animal Moments On Stage


“During a four-week run of “Gypsy,” a baby lamb from Living History Farms grew almost too big for the star to hold in her lap. Mice in “Cinderella” gave birth to a squirmy pink litter in the Playhouse costume shop, and a goat in “Mister Roberts” ate a hole in the dressing-room wall.”

Here’s What Happened When One Foundation Consolidated Its Giving And Focused On The Arts

DENVER, CO - JUNE 16: Gary P. Steuer, President and CEO of the Bonfils Stanton Foundation, has recently directed foundation funding to the arts, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver.  (Photo by Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post)

“Long a contributor to causes across the board, from homeless shelters to opera companies, the organization began steering all of its funding toward the arts. Culture needed the money, the thinking went, and by targeting one area, the foundation could set itself apart from its peers and become a real player in the community.”

As The Recent Met Show Proves, Museums Need To Step It Up Around Native Art


“That a show of that size and scope wouldn’t include Native American curatorial partners is indicative of a museum system that has for centuries seen Indigenous people as subjects. In the United States, where most of the large encyclopedic art museums were formed in the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries, legacies of putting Native cultures on display are deep-rooted and not so easily given up.”

Happy Pride, And Here’s Some History Of Censorship Of LGBTQ Art


“The artist’s digital print was included in the 2001 show ‘CyberArte: Tradition Meets Technology’ at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, but religious activists fervently called for its removal. The print, which visually referenced queer Chicana culture, was also censored in exhibitions in Cork, Ireland, and Oakland.”

Why A Massive Trade Partnership Could Endanger Culture In Europe


“European artists are concerned that a model like the one that exists in the US — with artists catering to the market, taking second jobs, and relying on grants from private foundations — could become the standard across all TTIP countries, while the inverse transmission of cultural funding models — with the US adopting a more European system and increasing the level of public funding to the arts — seems utterly improbable.”

Kennedy Center Gets An Artistic Planner (Its First)


“In the newly-created role of Senior Vice President of Artistic Planning, Robert van Leer will coordinate the programming of the arts center and its resident companies, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Washington National Opera. The managers who previously reported to the president will now report to him.”

Taylor Swift Versus The Concert Photographers – What’s Rights For The Singer Is Right For The Photographer?


“On the one hand, I know a band has to protect its image. The problem with that is that we are living in an age where everyone literally has a camera in their pocket at all times. You can’t control all the fans who are posting terrible photos that they took with their phones all over the Internet. So it makes no sense to me to try to control the professionals—the ones out there to do a job, who are there to make you look good, to make your concert seem like one they just can’t miss.”

Docents Gone Wild

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“More arts-loving baby boomers – educated, experienced and recently retired – are hustling to become museum tour guides. … [Yet] behind closed doors some museum staffers are growing impatient with docents flouting their supervisors, misstating facts, touching the art, and other infractions.”

What Should We Do With The US’s Many Confederate Monuments?

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“Memorials are how we recount and publicly value our history (although how we tell that history is often distorted by political correctness and who can afford to build them). Dismantling all of these Confederate monuments and simply pretending nothing ever happened – continues to happen 1 would serve no one.”

Uprooting The Confederate Flag From American Pop Culture Ain’t Gonna Be Easy

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It’s not just all the bumper stickers and belt buckles and shower curtains and other merch: it’s motorcycle clubs and Lynyrd Skynyrd albums and Dukes of Hazzard reruns. “How do you deal with a symbol that means so many different things, to so many different people? How do you ‘take down’ a flag that has ceased to be a flag at all?”

A Liberal Arts Education? Not Worth A Dime (And That’s Okay)

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“Even the shrinking pool of champions of liberal education try to argue for its workplace utility, pointing out that employers actually do want their employees to ‘write clearly,’ ‘argue persuasively,’ and ‘possess critical thinking skills,’ … It has not compelled anyone. … This tactic may win some battles, but it will ultimately lose the war.”

If The Internet Was Once An Egalitarian Utopia, Have Corporations Paved Paradise?

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“In the early days of the web, much more of what we encountered was home-made by people who shared those values and that vision. … But then Facebook happened. … Blogs were ours. Facebook is not ours.” Nevertheless, argues David Weinberger, if they’ve turned paradise into a parking lot, there’s still a lot of grass growing through the pavement.

The UK Is About To Commit To Protecting Cultural Artefacts During Wars


“The 1954 Hague Convention was set up after World War Two but has never been adopted into law by the government. Culture Secretary John Whittingdale says destruction and looting in Syria and Iraq by Islamic State militants shows it is now essential. The UK is the only major nation not to have endorsed the convention.”