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Brooklyn Museum Strikes Gold with Ringgold (but misgivings dull the luster)

As you have probably by now heard, Faith Ringgold‘s panegyrical painting, titled: “For the Women’s House” (short for: “Women’s

Michele Fowlin shares the importance of a gospel choir at an arts presenter

Michele Fowlin, Artistic Director of the Children of the Gospel Choir at Washington Performing Arts, talks about the role of a gospel choir in an arts presenter.

Terry Teachout, 65

I regret to write that Terry Teachout, one of ArtsJournal’s original bloggers since 2003, has died unexpectedly at his home in New York at...

A Conversation with Novelist Andrew Krivak

Andrew Krivak’s novel The Bear, which is a recent NEA Big Read title, is a story about the last of humanity. Yet the book somehow...

Four Books That Recently Came Our Way

Here they are, with excerpts from each . . .

The Arts and Social Justice — Bedfellows?

Diego Rivera, Triumph of the Revolution (1926) Today’s online edition of The American Purpose – an indispensable centrist voice pondering the

Finagled Finances: A MetMuseum-ologist (me) Fleshes Out Our Premier Museum’s Anorexic Annual Report

The Metropolitan Museum’s pandemic-related “Emergency Relief Fund” (ERF), parsed by me in this post, was just one of several

Tammy Kernodle talks about developing the Harlem Renaissance Festival

Tammy Kernodle, Past-President of the Society for American Music and Faculty at Miami University in Musicology, shares her collaboration with the New World Symphony developing the Harlem Renaissance festival and how it is changing the way we program.

Dvorak’s Prophecy — A “Systematic Curatorial Effort”

The author most recently interviewed by Richard Aldous, in his always lively “Book Stack” series for The American

Gripping musical melodrama

In today’s Wall Street Journal I review the Irish Rep’s revival of The Streets of New York. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Theater lovers throughout America owe...

Replay: Somerset Maugham in 1965

Alan Pryce-Jones interviews Somerset Maugham at his villa on the Mediterranean in 1965: https://youtube.com/watch?v=35zdFvas0uQ (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos...

Snapshot: Richard Strauss conducts Till Eulenspiegel

Richard Strauss leads the Vienna Philharmonic in a 1944 performance of his Till Eulenspiegel. These are a series of single-camera views intended to be cut together....

Sharing Ownership of a National Research Agenda for the Arts

I am his Highness’ dog at Kew; Pray tell me, sir, whose dog are you? – Alexander Pope, “Epigram Engraved on the Collar of a Dog...

What a Stranger in the Family Ate

Pistachios, raw Nothing goes without saying, and I have said and written many times that my father, Harry Weinstein, was crucial to my cooking and...

Reflections on 2021 & Questions at the Top of 2022

In 2021 I took a hiatus from Jumper. I didn’t set out to do so; but 2021 was, to a great extent, a year...

Pedro de Jesus talks about DE&I in the arts and transforming lives

Pedro de Jesus, Manager of Data, Research and DE&I Initiative at Ravinia Festival, speaks about DE&I in the arts and sustainable initiatives that transform lives.

The Year in CultureGrrl, 2021 Edition: Searching for Signs of Intelligent Life in a Covid-Clouded Universe

Meet the New Year. Same as the Old Year. My riff on “Meet the New Boss. Same as the

Right around the corner

Hilary and I used to spend two or three weeks each winter on Florida’s Sanibel Island, our favorite place in the world. Alas, her...

“African Origin” Show’s Shortfalls at Metropolitan Museum: Facile Face-Offs, Repatriation Equivocations

The chief raison d’ètre for The African Origin of Civilization, the Metropolitan Museum’s homage to “cultural diversity” (as its

Taneshia Nash Laird shares the power of humanity in the arts

Taneshia Nash Laird, President and CEO of Newark Symphony Hall shares the power of humanity in leading arts organizations.

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