Author Kit de Waal says that when she grew up, “The only writers I knew were dead. And apart from Enid Blyton, they were dead men. And white. And posh. Even when I began to read widely in my 20s, it was still a case of: if you can’t see it, you can’t be it. No one from my background – poor, black and Irish – wrote books. It just wasn’t an option.” And things haven’t changed much, she says.
Purchase brands focus on the “moments of truth” that happen before the transaction, such as researching, shopping, and buying the product. By contrast, usage brands focus on the moments of truth that happen after the transaction, whether in delivery, service, education, or sharing.
“The survey, which is targeted at art industry workers of all genders, asks for information on compensation, job title, what types of tasks and responsibilities workers engage in, and benefits and other job-related data. There is also a section for demographic information, such as age, gender, and race.”
The Brooklyn Academy of Music, the hippest of New York’s major performing arts venues, has chosen David Binder, a theater and arts festival producer best known for shepherding Hedwig and the Angry Inch from its nightclub origins all the way through its Tony-winning Broadway run. Binder replaces Joseph Melillo, who worked at BAM for 35 years and helped make it into the major institution it has become.
“The JoycePass gives registered dance professionals the opportunity to buy $10 tickets to any performance this season. The Pay What You Decide initiative invites patrons to watch selected shows and then decide what they would like to pay.”
“Titled ‘Prelude to the Shed’, the free event” – a 12-day festival this May – “will include a mix of art, dance and live music performances, including a work by the artist Tino Sehgal. plus talks and an experimental school. The events will all be housed in a temporary structure at 10th Avenue and 30th Street, a block away from The Shed’s $500m home at the centre of the Hudson Yards development.”
Creative Scotland “has raided £2.6 million from other budgets to pay for the climbdown, which has been announced in the wake of widespread criticism online and an intervention from the Scottish Government.” Two of the five groups whose funding was restored after the outcry are children’s theatre companies; two more work with disabled artists; the fifth, the Dunedin Consort, has racked up many international awards for its recordings of Bach and Handel vocal works. Still among the zeroed-out is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Describing the funder as “a family at war with many of those it seeks to serve,” Ruth Wishart, who joined the inaugural board over seven years ago, said board members had not been given sufficient time to make decisions and that she no longer wanted to back the funder’s “flawed” choices.
The study of around 430,000 people aged between 38 and 73 and living in 22 UK cities found significant associations between the increased walkability of a neighbourhood, lower blood pressure and reduced hypertension risk among its residents.
With rents having risen by 70% or more this decade, “San Francisco’s city government has launched an online census in an effort to find out how many artists and arts professionals have left the city.”
“The arts could become invisible everywhere except arts organisations if they don’t make themselves more relevant and more job-focused in schools. We need the whole arts sector to engage with education. If we stay in the bubble surrounding the arts, we get marginalised.”
Bevin has spent two years trying to undermine the Arts Council and its work. In addition to his 2016 board reorganization, he forced out veteran executive director Lori Meadows. Her successor, Lydia Bailey Brown, lasted nine months. Since Brown quit five months ago, there has been little apparent effort to find a new director. The annual Governor’s Awards in the Arts, which the Arts Council manages for the governor’s office, also has gotten weird.
“A misconception abounds that feminists who want to bring abusers to account don’t accept Roland Barthes’s “death of the author” principle. This is not really true, at least for me. I consider Woody Allen and Roman Polanski’s movies gifts, to me and to the culture—even when they’re bad—and I’m never giving them back. I don’t want Allen and Polanski to have control over their own legacies or even over their own works. If they don’t get to dictate how I interpret their films, then they don’t get to control anything about the film industry. We, the viewers, do.”
Thanks, big tech companies. “Digital helpmeets like Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana are fitted with nonthreatening feminine voices and programmed to respond to sexist comments with cutesy repartee. … With the help of machine learning, a community of Redditors are creating highly realistic fake porn that melds famous actresses’ faces onto porn performers’ bodies.”
Canadian arts consultants are worried. “Especially in Ontario, where the largest of these organizations are located, the top job often goes to an international candidate. [British-born Julian] Cox was hired by AGO director Stephan Jost, a Swiss-American who joined the museum in 2016. Meanwhile, the Royal Ontario Museum, Luminato, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Shaw Festival have all hired British or American leaders in the past 2 1/2 years. It’s a pattern that has arts consultants worried.”
Quentin Tarantino doesn’t come off very well, either. Thurman says, “I went from being a creative contributor and performer to being like a broken tool.”
Matthew van Besien: “When we step back and remember that one person’s provocation may be another person’s reality, we are also reminded that it behooves all of us to move out of the echo chamber and expose ourselves to environments where people may disagree with us.”
From the status of Pocahontas and Squanto as quasi-mythical figures in the nation’s founding, through the use of Sitting Bull as an attraction in Buffalo Bill’s show, to the use of generic Indian figures as branding symbols for everything from cigarettes to baking powder to sports teams, Carolina Miranda looks at a “wildly complicated” history.
“On Thursday, Poland’s Senate pushed through a measure that would make it illegal to accuse Poles of complicity in the Holocaust or any other crimes associated with the Nazi era. Offenders could find themselves imprisoned for three years once the law, which is awaiting the signature of the Polish president, comes into effect.”
The center, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects and due to open in 2020, will present performances for people at Yale and the general public — from poetry readings to rock concerts. Located in the current freshman dining hall Commons (which will remain) and Memorial Hall, the center will also serve as a communal campus hub, with multiple gathering spaces, including a bistro and pub on the renovated basement level.
We have our little ways, we cockeyed critics — tips and techniques picked up over years of writing reviews, sometimes at leisure and sometimes under extreme deadline pressure, responding to something familiar (Beethoven again, or Meryl Streep) or to something barely identifiable flying in from left field.
Not only are phone calls unstable, but even when they connect and stay connected in a technical sense, you still can’t hear well enough to feel connected in a social one. By their very nature, mobile phones make telephony seem unreliable.
“We are writing to affirm the leadership role of cultural institutions in advancing cultural and social as well as political public discourse. As stewards and advocates of contemporary and historical cultural expressions, we directors, curators, and staff members of cultural institutions, as well as the board members to whom we are accountable, have a particular obligation to facilitate the free and safe exchange of ideas about our contemporary world with art as the catalyst.”
“As robots take over routine jobs, we will need people who can think creatively, imaginatively, logically and laterally. Acquiring a narrow “skillset” of the kind society increasingly demands will, in fact, leave students not equipped for the future, but vulnerable to it.”
Only go if you are interested in art history. I love history, but I couldn’t stay here for more than an hour, as its pictures doesn’t make sense to me.
“City officials [in Berea, Kentucky] count 40 galleries in total, and three new restaurants and a gallery-cafe have opened in the past two years – not a bad showing of entrepreneurship in a city of fewer than 20,000 people. … But it wasn’t always like this.” Ivy Brashear reports on how it got to be like this.
Nine of the country’s ten largest passenger carriers have donated a total of $28 million for a makeover of the exhibition on the history of commercial aviation at the Smithsonian’s most popular museum.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the city’s King’s and Festival theatres and the body that promotes its Unesco “City of Literature” status have had their funding stripped by Creative Scotland. Creative Scotland has dropped 20 organisations from its three-year funding programme, but added 19 following a shake-up of how its £99 million budget is spent.