“Flappy Bird is not difficult to challenge you, nor even to teach the institution of videogames a thing or two. Rather, Flappy Bird is difficult because that’s how it is. It is a game that is indifferent, like an iron gate rusted shut, like the ice that shuts down a city.”
“In Northampton County, Pennsylvania, a grand jury has declared in a 38-page report deemed ‘scathing’ that, due to negligence, the state should review and potentially dissolve the nonprofit group behind the National Museum of Industrial History. The museum has not yet opened despite spending $8 million in operating costs over the past decade.”
The parish father for three small villages near Granada says that the 17th-century canvas depicting the bound Christ is the first of painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s several treatments of the image, titled Ecce Homo. Experts are divided on the claim’s accuracy.
“The Ontological Argument is an infamously devilish a priori argument for God’s existence.” In a bit of theological jiujitsu, a pair of philosophers has used those exact premises to argue that the Devil must, of necessity, not exist – and “the Christian’s world just got a whole lot smaller.”
“I was so accustomed to the city’s absurd cult of money that it took me years to notice I didn’t have any artist friends left in Manhattan, and the artists and musicians I knew were slowly moving farther and farther east, with many parts of Brooklyn even becoming too pricey for aspiring or working artists.”
“Members of the visual arts communities of practice encounter copyright permissions issues in connection with virtually every aspect of fulfilling their professional responsibilities, ranging from an artist’s creation of work that references popular culture to an art historian’s focus on a contemporary artist, to a teacher’s compilation of curriculum materials, to a museum exhibition and catalogue, to scholarly and art publishing.”
Muti looks more and more these days for ways to connect past and present. He wonders if the current merging and melding of cultures and nationalities will produce a kind of music that “will be relevant to listeners today” while “exploring the many layers of the past, the many kinds of melody, harmony, chanting, rhythms of all of these societies throughout history.”
The prize will underwrite a production of Witness Uganda, by Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews, at the American Repertory Theater with Diane Paulus as director.
The 1948 work, called Footlights and thought to be the source of Chaplin’s 1952 film Limelight, was reconstructed from numerous manuscripts in his archives.
This was a huge deal. “‘Kiss him, Felix,’ urged thousands of viewers of Globo TV’s popular soap Amor à Vida … The campaign for it was partly led by a politician, and it took place online using Facebook and Twitter.”
“Hassan Blasim calculates that after several decades of dictatorship, economic sanctions and war, Iraqis have around 150 million horror stories to tell.”
No one yet knows what it was used for, but archaeologists are sure that it’s older than the great pyramids at Giza.
“In Washington and around the country, Mrs. Mondale became known as a tireless advocate for the cultivation of the arts. … She traveled around the country attending museum exhibitions, dedicating new works of art and otherwise directing national attention on artists, noted or undiscovered, whom she admired.”
“Muti has honed these winter season announcements into a sort of high-wire performance art. It is something he clearly enjoys and always proves entertaining for the assembled press, if nerve-wracking for CSO staff who never know what the irrepressible maestro is going to say next.”
He led orchestras in Denmark and Japan as well as in a number of German cities, and he spent a notable decade as music director of the Hamburg State Opera. Most famously, perhaps, he served a brief and stormy tenure as the first foreign chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic.
On Channel Four’s Big Ballet, former Royal Ballet soloist Wayne Sleep and Ballet Ireland founder Monica Loughman train a newly-assembled company of larger women (many of whom studied dance seriously) for a new staging of Swan Lake.
Reporting, the Digital Age, and the Disappearing Middle Class
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Curator Barry Bergdoll Explains MoMA’s “Frank Lloyd Wright and the City”
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“Suddenly we find ourselves living in an online realm where the old is just as easy to consume as the new. We’re approaching an odd sort of asymptote, as our past gets closer and closer to the present and the line separating our now from our then dissolves.”
“Both Sotheby’s and Christie’s now frequently coordinate with buyers, sellers, restitution lawyers and private art-loss databases to broker deals on art they discover was looted by the Nazis.”
“Together, the two controversies are this year’s contribution to an emerging insistence by many who watch the Oscar process, and some who participate in it, that Academy members should take into account moral, ethical and social factors when marking a ballot or enforcing the rules.”
“Authenticating art of all types has become more challenging in recent years as a widening circle of scholars and artists’ foundations refuse to offer opinions or publish a catalogue raisonné — the definitive compendium of an artist’s work — for fear of being sued by buyers or sellers unhappy with their conclusions.”
“Not everyone’s going to the strip clubs. Some people are actually, you know, writing poems when they’re at home or they’re working on a short story.”
“Scientific publishing is clearly in flux. Not that long ago, most colleagues I spoke with saw the push for open-access publishing as the quixotic crusade of a few enthusiasts. Today, open-access journals are major players who fill the scientific community’s growing demand for places to publish.”
“Towers will spring up in Bay Area greenfields, just like Detroit back in the day. Fifty years going forward, these hulking structures will be suburban ruin porn and people will be shocked that San Francisco used to be the wealthiest city in the United States.”
Daria Klimentova: “I have worked with some incredible people, who I will always remember. I have given my ballet life to English National Ballet, with all the ups and downs.”
“Because of financial issues the symphony says that its current season will be the final one in its current configuration.”
Sir Trevor Nunn, who has directed 30 of Shakespeare’s 37 plays: “I know exactly how I would do them and because there’s only a few left I think about them from time to time. I could start rehearsing any of them tomorrow.”
Peter Schjeldahl gives us the high points, low points, and odd points (he pulled a Van Gogh with his first boyfriend, was a practicing Scientologist for several years, and always made sure his home had an orgone accumulator).