Yes, museums do have codes of ethics that cover the professional conducts of their staffs. Erich Hatala Matthes argues that that isn’t anough, as controversies from the fate of looted antiquities in collections to this summer’s outcries over Dana Schutz’s Open Casket at the Whitney Biennial and Sam Durant’s Scaffold at the Walker Art Center to the culture war over Confederate monuments demonstrate.
“Located 50 miles south of Indianapolis, Columbus owns dozens of architectural masterworks by internationally renowned designers from the era. Eliel and Eero Saarinen, and more than a handful of Pritzker Prize Laureates, including I.M. Pei, Richard Meier, and Robert Venturi, began developing projects there with sudden regularity in the mid-1950s.” Why were all these heavyweight architects making buildings there? Because of the owner of this company town’s company.
“[She] stood apart from her generation in being both the only female ballet choreographer in France and the only leading French ballet choreographer not to have emerged from the Paris Opera academy. Jean Cocteau called her a ‘solitary wanderer who goes beyond the stars’.” Yet she was best known for the 1961 incident when, during a television taping, her costume caught fire and she was severely burned. She was back at work in four months.
Salzburg maintains that the $75 million spent on the festival generates four times as much in revenue for the city. The final report of this summer’s six-week festival, which ended Wednesday, said 97% of all tickets were sold. Attendance was 261,500, more than double the capacity of the Coachella music festival.
“This is the crux of the problem: nation-states rely on control. If they can’t control information, crime, businesses, borders or the money supply, then they will cease to deliver what citizens demand of them. In the end, nation-states are nothing but agreed-upon myths: we give up certain freedoms in order to secure others. But if that transaction no longer works, and we stop agreeing on the myth, it ceases to have power over us. So what might replace it? The city-state increasingly looks like the best contender.”
“Steely Dan sold more than 40m copies of nine studio albums, won four Grammy awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Their music – slick and catchy, with wry, observational lyrics – was all-pervasive for much of the group’s first period of activity, between 1972 and 1981.”
Tim Carroll is “preaching the gospel of ‘two-way theatre'” – expanding the company’s repertoire well beyond George Bernard Shaw and plays that debuted during his lifetime, presenting $5 late-night shows, doing “Secret Theatre” pop-up performances to which audiences are alerted by email on short notice.
In Harvey’s Wake: An Update on Houston MFA and the Menil Collection
Updates to my previous post on the effects of Hurricane Harvey on two of Houston’s premier art museums: … read more
AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2017-09-01
Walter Becker, R.I.P.
Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, the creative nucleus of Steely Dan, were the Stephen Sondheims of rock, ironic, disillusioned, and musically and lyrically sophisticated to the highest possible degree. I first heard their music (not … read more
AJBlog: About Last Night Published 2017-09-03
All Fall Down
We’ve got a packed fall season in the Composition Department of the UNC School of the Arts. For those who aren’t familiar with it, this is a campus of about 1200 students, all artists, from … read more
AJBlog: Infinite Curves Published 2017-09-04
“It’s a simple argument: a world that is complex requires a poetry that is complex; a world that is somewhat incoherent may actually demand a poetry that is itself incoherent; a world in which no conclusions apply may even revel in its inconclusiveness. To read a John Ashbery poem is to be scrutinized by it. It is less a recording than a recording device, a CCTV screen taking us in.”
“A 2015 Pew Research Center poll reported that 40 percent of millennials think the government should be able to suppress speech deemed offensive to minority groups, as compared to only 12 percent of those born between 1928 and 1945. Young people today voice far less faith in free speech than do their grandparents. And Europe, where racist speech is not protected, has shown that democracies can reasonably differ about this issue.”
“The openness that was said to bring about a democratic revolution instead seems to have torn a hole in the social fabric. Today, online misinformation, hate speech, and propaganda are seen as the front line of a reactionary populist upsurge threatening liberal democracy. Once held back by democratic institutions, the bad stuff is now sluicing through a digital breach with the help of irresponsible tech companies. Stanching the torrent of fake news has become a trial by which the digital giants can prove their commitment to democracy. The effort has reignited a debate over the role of mass communication that goes back to the early days of radio.”