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December 8, 2013
What Can We Learn From Katy Perry?
"Perhaps Perry mimics geishas because she recognizes in them the same elaborate traditions of costume, makeup, dance, singing, and erotic performance, to a commercial end, of which she is a part."
Los Angeles Review of Books, 12/08/13
December 6, 2013
Los Angeles Times 12/04/13
December 5, 2013
Yahoo! (AP) 12/05/13
December 4, 2013
So Objectifying People Is Okay?
"If we view people as capable of feeling, but not capable of action, we're still failing to understand them as fully human. Someone who is incapable of thinking for herself, and yet feels very much, is essentially a puppy."
Figuring Out What's Excellent Used To Be Easier
"Defining quality used to be easy, although taste was always a mitigating factor. Now in our multicultural society, it is more complex. No longer can we calibrate merit solely through a Eurocentric framework."
Vermont Public Radio 12/03/13
One Of New York's Top Culturecrats To Step Up Campaign For Arts Education
Mary Schmidt Campbell: "It is a demonstrated fact that if you put well-designed arts programs into the schools - particularly in areas that are underserved - and you integrate them into the curriculum, you can raise the performance in reading, math and science. ... It drives me crazy that we are still struggling to make that case around the country."
The New York Times 12/02/13
Saint Nick's Evil Sidekick
"While Saint Nicholas may bring gifts to good boys and girls, ancient folklore in Europe's Alpine region also tells of Krampus, a frightening beast-like creature who emerges during the Yule season, looking for naughty children to punish in horrible ways - or possibly to drag back to his lair in a sack."
The Atlantic 12/03/13 (slide show)
Today In Irony: Banksy's "Destroy Capitalism" Print Being Sold By Walmart
"For that angsty high schooler in your life, Walmart is now selling a bunch of Banksy knockoffs. Most ironically, one print is titled, Destroy Capitalism
. Another print of a work by street artist Eddie Colla that Walmart mistook for a Banksy featured the words, 'If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission.'"
December 2, 2013
Ambitious (But Failed) New Orleans Arts Center To Be Sold
"Once built, it was supposed to become an instant Crescent City tourist attraction. But there was a costly redesign required to preserve an existing historic building and then the usual spate of construction complications. Then came Hurricane Katrina, and later, a national economic downturn. But those troubles were surmountable. The real trouble was intrinsic; ArtWorks, like Marie Antoinette, was doomed by grandiosity."
New Orleans Times-Picayune 11/29/13
December 1, 2013
The Atlantic 11/29/13
November 29, 2013
Artists Struggle In the Age Of The Blockbuster
"In fact, the blockbuster artistic product is dominating cultural consumption as at no other time in history. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on each successive Hunger Games, and the rep cinemas have closed. A few sports stars are paid more individually than entire publishing houses or record labels earn in a year."
The Globe & Mail (Canada) 11/29/13
Detroit, Art, And A City's Responsibilities
"The idea of a city having responsibilities to its citizens larger than simply running basic services isn't popular these days. The implications of this will seem to many socialist, and in Plato's dialogue they become terrifyingly authoritarian. But the notion that the city has in its care our intellectual and even spiritual (though not necessarily religious) wellbeing is deeply embedded in our contemporary culture of museums, parks, libraries and education-even if people who believe this don't feel comfortable simply saying it."
Washington Post 11/27/13
Rethinking The Value Of Interns
"Paid internships, properly conceived and administered, could bring a diversity of region, class and race to an industry where the elevators are full of people who look alike, talk alike and think alike. Pie in the sky? Not at Atlantic Media."
The New York Times 11/24/13
November 27, 2013
California Arts Council Tries Out Some New Programs To Win Support For Arts Support
"Nearly half the money allocated at the council meeting last week in Los Angeles will go to Creative California Communities, a new grants program that's patterned after two national grant-making efforts that use the arts to build a sense of community: Our Town, which is fully funded by the arts council's federal equivalent, the National Endowment for the Arts, and ArtPlace America, which uses private funding."
Los Angeles Times 11/27/13
The Hollywood Reporter 11/27/13
November 26, 2013
Why Is Philosophy So Dominated By Men?
"Philosophy remains the most male-dominated discipline in the humanities, both in its population and its combative methods. Instruction in philosophy often consists of being reprimanded for mistakes so small you need a magnifying glass to see them."
The Guardian (UK) 11/25/13
Funding The Arts - How?
"There is a view that the model of state funding for arts in the UK is bloated, London-centric and ripe for replacement by more generous private backing seen in places like the USA. Others, however, say public money keeps the arts vibrant and accessible."
Are Arts Funders Arts "Leaders"?
"An arts leader is expected to have a mission that ignites a community, motivates a staff and even effects social change. So how does giving away some portion of one's ample bank balance make you part of that club?"
Chicago Tribune 11/23/13
November 25, 2013
Creative Class Myths
"Less crime is a manufactured amenity. An improving neighborhood attracts intra-regional migrants. Talent streams into a bohemian neighborhood full of tolerant artists and musicians. Bam! The Rise of the Creative Class, just like that."
Pacific Standard 11/23/13
Gentrification Of New York, A Lament (Version 162)
"On the old dirty waterfront, Dubai on the Hudson is rising, which fills me with equal amounts of awe and revulsion. This is not a New York City I know or understand or could ever love. But I also see a possible bright side, a way that Dubai on the Hudson could revive the Manhattan I do love -- by acting like a giant magnet to attract all the Hot Money."
New York Times Magazine 11/24/13
Monty Python Reunion Show Sells Out In Less Than A Minute
the promoters were clearly prepared for the huge demand that saw £65 tickets offered on re-sale websites for £1,600 ($2,600, 1,900 euros) within 15 minutes of the sale opening. "The first show sold out in 43.5 seconds. Four further shows immediately went on sale: 2-5 July," a spokesman for Monty Python told AFP."
Yahoo! AFP) 11/25/13
The Banff Center's Audacious Plan To Become A Cultural Powerhouse
The "ambitious strategy includes radio stations, a TV channel, a publishing venture, more website offerings and eventually - 2017 sounds good, being Canada's 150th anniversary - moving the performance spaces into downtown Banff, giving the Centre badly needed new venues, and the town a cultural injection and architectural facelift."
The Globe and Mail (Canada) 11/24/13
November 24, 2013
The New York Times 11/24/13
Deutsche Welle 11/22/13
November 22, 2013
What Bill Gates Doesn't Get About Arts Philanthropy
Gates recently told an interviewer that donating money to a museum rather than to the treatment and prevention of blindness was morally equivalent to taking 1% of the visitors to a museum and blinding them. Terry Teachout takes the argument on.
The Wall Street Journal 11/21/13
November 21, 2013
Michael Kaiser To Leave Kennedy Center Early
"Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser is leaving his contract four months early and taking his arts management institute with him. The University of Maryland announced Wednesday that the Kennedy Center's DeVos Institute of Arts Management will join the University of Maryland in September, cutting ties with the country's busiest performing arts center."
Washington Post 11/21/13
JFK's Influence On The Arts
"Taking advantage of artists to inspire national optimism, the Kennedy White House made art glamorous. In return, art became a crucial factor in the new Camelot. But it is hardly surprising that this aspect of the Kennedy administration is being overlooked."
Los Angeles Times 11/21/13
Defending A Role For Philosophy
"It is our obligation as philosophers and citizens to celebrate this day by defending the role and the meaning philosophy has for society, in order to overcome the ideology behind these conservative politicians, who seem so ready to restrict young people's opportunities to learn philosophy or to make philosophical research more available to the general public."
Here's Just How Difficult The Issue Of Racial Diversity Is
"I believe that the sooner we as a field start framing our efforts not around "what can we do as artists and arts administrators to promote diversity?" but rather "how does racial injustice manifest today, what are its root causes, and how can we as human beings most effectively be part of the solution?", the sooner we'll actually have something to be proud of."
Philly's Kimmel Center Opens New 200-Seat Studio Space
"With a new entrance on Spruce Street," the SEI Innovation Studio "is readied to play host to a rotating installation of fine art (care of the West Collection) and studio space that will cultivate new talent and performance pieces."
November 20, 2013
How Facebook Is Changing How We Tell Stories
"The alleged cultural democratization of social media has only made us hungrier for judgment. So hungry, we care more about the act than the judges. No wonder journalists run away from this, preferring a place where there are zoning restrictions on the new carnival of life."
Chicago Tribune 11/20/13
British Drive To Create 50,000 New Arts Jobs For Young People
"The national strategy, called Building a Creative Nation, is calling upon the UK's 107,000 creative sector employers to each recruit a person aged 16 to 24 by 2016. The initiative is designed to ensure that young people are able to gain paid jobs in arts organisations."
The Stage (UK) 11/19/13
November 19, 2013
Should Charitable Foundations Throw Money At Detroit To Save DIA Art?
"The federal mediator in the Detroit bankruptcy is asking a group of at least eight local and national foundations to consider collectively contributing hundreds of millions of dollars to solve two of the most contentious issues in the case: municipal pensions on the chopping block and Detroit Institute of Arts paintings on the auction block."
Detroit Free Press 11/18/13
Bloomberg News Slashes Arts Coverage, Shutters Muse
"Bloomberg, the New York-based financial news giant, is shutting down its Muse brand of cultural journalism and has laid off its theater critic" as well as its books editor. "The shake-up was part of a company-wide reorganization that came down on Monday and resulted in layoffs around the newsroom."
Los Angeles Times 11/18/13
November 18, 2013
Art That Defines An Age - Do We Have Any?
"What, then, from our own era, will be remembered as the art that defined our age? Will the explosion in production be reflected in a boom in epochal works? Or will it all pass through a sieve so coarse that only one nugget remains? And if so, which one?"
November 17, 2013
The Observer (UK) 11/16/13
Europe's Flailing Capital Of Kitsch
"Jets of water spurt into the air in front of the warriors: red, yellow, blue, violet. The eight bronze men stare fiercely through the spray of the fountain, while far above their heads, Alexander the Great sits enthroned, raising one sword up at the sky. Wagner and Tchaikovsky blare out of the speakers and the water shoots more or less in time with the music."
Der Spiegel 11/12/13