The Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Initiative, founded by documentary filmmaker Michael Miner, plans to start with a 1911 park pavilion (demolished) that Wright designed for Banff in the Canadian Rockies. But is this a good idea?
“Cousins remembers one of his teachers saying: ‘If you can incorporate some emotion into what you do, there’ll be no stopping you.’ But at that point he wasn’t sure how.” As he tells Judith Mackrell, he had a revelation while being mentored by Matthew Bourne: “I was making a solo and Matt suggested that I played with the focus of the dancer’s eyes …”
Around this time last year, Dan Nosowitz told us about the City of Brotherly
Shove Love’s all-purpose word, jawn, which can stand in for any noun, abstract or concrete, proper or common. Since then, readers have alerted him to an even more flexible term, one that can function as noun, verb, adjective or adverb: da kine.
With an audience that’s “polarized as f***,” Nashville has an attitude summed up by one country DJ like this: “Politics is the hottest potato around right now. I think a lot of artists are saying, ‘You know what, I’d rather not catch this son of a bitch; I’ll pass it to somebody else.'”
It’s not just that those mirrored, carefully lit Infinity Rooms are tricky to put together. There was the matter of carefully training guides and volunteers, crowd control on a scale unprecedented for this museum, and logistics for an all-white room that visitors are meant to cover with colored dots (it has to be white again by the next morning).
“Driven by an ever-deepening dearth of funding, against a background of economic uncertainty, global political turmoil, and ever-shortening time cycles, research criteria are becoming dangerously skewed toward conservative short-term goals that may address more immediate problems but miss out on the huge advances that human imagination can bring in the long term. Just as in Flexner’s time, the progress of our modern age, and of the world of tomorrow, depends not only on technical expertise, but also on unobstructed curiosity and the benefits — and pleasures — of traveling far upstream, against the current of practical considerations.”
Open a book about Brahms and get a lot more Clara than you bargained for: “Like many celebrity power couples, the woman is often more notable than the man. For a long time, it was easy to overlook Clara Schumann; Robert was the composer of them, really, and she was just the performer. But that’s wrong! It’s extremely wrong! She composed too! She performed all the time!”
“While we understood the importance of focusing on infrastructure, job creation and public safety, we also knew that in order to spur resurgence in the city, we needed to embrace creative placemaking – using the arts to improve design and management of public places — to transform the city’s image among residents and outside entities. We quickly recognized the importance of public-private partnerships, and the investment of non-profit partners.”
Just $35 a month gets you six accounts and access to live TV from more than 40 providers including the big broadcast networks, ESPN, regional sports networks and dozens of popular cable networks. Subscriptions include cloud DVR with unlimited storage, AI-powered search and personalization, and access to YouTube Red programming. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki calls it the evolution of television, and a bid to “give the younger generation the content that they love with the flexibility they expect.”
The timing of Tuesday’s announcement felt pointed, landing, as it did, during the kickoff to a week in which no less than a dozen art fairs open in New York City, trailing the power players of the international art world in their wake. (It’s known to insiders as “Armory Week,” not for the A.D.A.A.’s event at the actual Armory but for another fair, held at the western edge of Manhattan, on Piers 92 and 94, and named after the 1913 Armory Show, which famously scandalized viewers with Marcel Duchamp’s painting “Nude Descending a Staircase.”)
“The spectacular progress of the physical sciences since the seventeenth century was made possible by the exclusion of the mental from their purview. To say that there is more to reality than physics can account for is not a piece of mysticism: it is an acknowledgment that we are nowhere near a theory of everything, and that science will have to expand to accommodate facts of a kind fundamentally different from those that physics is designed to explain.”
“Showcasing a broad array of styles, from avant-jazz to contemporary classical, the Stone has operated as a nonprofit and is largely run by volunteers. Its vibe is informal but focused and a bit austere: No food or drink is served, and there is hardly room inside for socializing before or after performances. Artists, who have generally appeared in weeklong residencies, have been given wide programming latitude and receive all of the ticket revenue from their shows.”
“Yeah, see, this always drove me crazy. Not that in particular, but just the parsing of what you had to say and when. I don’t like to be told what to do. … I didn’t come out to my parents. I didn’t accept or embrace that trope, and say, ‘Oh, this is a thing one must do.’ Instead, I introduced them to the guy I love and he ended up being part of the family.” From a long Q&A with E. Alex Jung.
Liza Oliver, an assistant professor at Wellesley: “As a woman who works at a leading liberal arts college driven by female leadership broadly and by African-American women particularly, I can attest that there is no shortage of women who would be up for the task of director from both within and beyond the Met’s walls.”
“Syrian government troops have retaken Palmyra from Islamic State forces, with help from Russian air support, the Syrian army said in a statement on Thursday.” (ISIS had been driven from the ruined city around this time last year, though the extremist militia retook it in December.) Few [eyewitness] details have emerged about the condition of the ancient site, where [ISIS] has previously wreaked large-scale destruction.”
“Mr. Metzger developed his concept of auto-destructive art in 1959, defining it as ‘art which triggers its own destruction.’ He saw it as … an instrument to strike back at authoritarianism, nuclear weapons, commercialism and modern media.” And yes, as Matt Schudel explains, Metzger was responsible for developing two iconic facets of ’60s rock culture. (Pete Townshend studied art with Metzger.)
The Met, What Happens Next, Part Two
As I indicated in yesterday’s post, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is in for a bit of a rough patch – but let’s not overdo it (as some people have). … But the Met has gone wrong in not playing to its strengths. … read more
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2017-03-02
I realized the problem began with the fact that adjectives are mostly required of the less powerful. Thus, there are “novelists” and “female novelists,” “African-American doctors” but not “European- American doctors,” “gay soldiers” but not “heterosexual soldiers,” “transgender activists” but not “cisgender activists.” As has been true forever, the person with the power takes the noun — and the norm — while the less powerful requires an adjective.
In Boston, the five-year partnership will feature an annual program known as “Leipzig Week in Boston,” a celebration that includes lectures, archival exhibitions, musician visits, and orchestra and chamber music concerts devoted to the history and repertoire of the Gewandhaus Orchestra, one of Europe’s most storied ensembles. The BSO will be similarly featured during “Boston Week in Leipzig.”
“Part of the problem is that too much was done simultaneously, and too quickly. Even though the Met is a wealthy institution, this led to certain things being done less well and to a financial crunch. Nevertheless, it still remains difficult to understand how an institution with a large endowment, excellent attendance and large revenue could have so suddenly found itself in a crippling financial position.”