“His presence is guaranteed to make anything go viral, whether it’s a literary festival, a TV miniseries, or one of the most frequently staged Shakespearean tragedies. … Combine photos of him looking intuitive or alluring with pictures of fuzzy kittens and it’s a wonder the Internet doesn’t implode.”
“What Martin actually gives us is a fantasy version of what the historian Alfred Crosby called the Post-Columbian exchange: the globalizing epoch of the 16th and 17th centuries. A world where merchants trade exotic drugs and spices between continents, where professional standing armies can number in the tens or hundreds of thousands, where scholars study the stars via telescopes.”
“I can see absolutely no reason why every arts organisation in this country cannot raise philanthropic funds. I think there are all sorts of cultural, institutional barriers to that. I think that too many arts organisations think, ‘well, we live in an area where rich people don’t live, so they’re not going to back the arts’. I think that is pathetic, frankly.”
“The New York-based Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has committed up to $10 million, and the J. Paul Getty Trust of Los Angeles has pledged $3 million to the federally mediated deal, … , which would protect the city-owned DIA from having to sell its treasures while easing cuts to city pensioners in Detroit’s bankruptcy.”
“Bounden works like this: two players hold the phone from opposite ends and guide a cursor through a sort of maze on the screen while music plays; the shape of the maze forces the players to twist, spin, and loop around and under each other, as in a dance. The underlying choreography was developed by Ernst Meisner of the Dutch National Ballet, and the app contains videos of company members performing the finished dances.”
“In this 1922 letter, the British Director of Public Prosecutions, Sir Archibald Bodkin, issued an official opinion on James Joyce’s book Ulysses: ‘In my opinion, there is more, and a great deal more than mere vulgarity or coarseness, there is a great deal of unmitigated filth and obscenity.'”
Museum-Going: Getting Even More Virtual
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts | Published 2014-06-13
Christopher Rouse: New music for existential terror
AJBlog: Condemned to Music | Published 2014-06-13
Frick Expansion Bonus: Opening the Upstairs Rooms
AJBlog: CultureGrrl | Published 2014-06-12
David Harding: The World’s First Town Artist
AJBlog: Aesthetic Grounds | Published 2014-06-12
Over a seven-decade career in theater, television and film, often in partnership with husband Ossie Davis, she greatly expanded the range of roles black actresses could play in the U.S.; gave landmark performances in Shakespeare and soap opera, Hansberry and Fugard and Spike Lee; picketed theaters that refused to cast her African-American colleagues; and played a high profile in the wider civil rights struggle.
“It’s an enormous laundry list of indiscretions,” said Councillor Pam McConnell, who recently joined the theatre’s board. Ms. McConnell said anyone who reads the report will understand why the city’s audit committee is recommending council take tighter control of the theatre by installing a temporary board.
“Staging a Ring cycle in Connecticut with a digital orchestra is the dream of Charles M. Goldstein, a musician and would-be impresario who was once an extra chorister at the Met, and who founded the Hartford Wagner Festival with the idea that one day Connecticut could become the only place outside of Bayreuth, Germany, to perform entire Ring cycles every year.” Not surprisingly, lots of people in the music world object.
“Charles Wright once said, ‘I want to be the anonymous author.’ But for 44 years this modest Southerner has been publishing poetry, and the accolades have kept arriving: a National Book Award, a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Critics Circle Award, a Bollingen Prize.” And now the biggest honor an American poet can have.