What is it about opera in Chicago and a dollar bill? In the last year, two companies there have used the buck as a way to draw in people and raise some money at the same time. Last year, the Chicago Opera Theater set up a six-week "People's Opera" contest, asking people to choose the opera, out of three, that they wanted to see produced -- for $1 a vote. … [Read more...] about $1 Goes Far for Two Chicago Opera Companies
Archives for March 2009
The Unloved NEH? There’s more there than many know
The National Endowment for the Humanities gets far too little attention, imho. So I took some time this past weekend to look at its most recent round of grants, which were announced earlier this month. Nearly 200 awards worth a total of $20 million were made to cultural institutions, universities and libraries in 36 states and Washington, D.C., plus a … [Read more...] about The Unloved NEH? There’s more there than many know
The Fanjuls Win (a small) One
While "Chelsea Visits Havana," the first big group show of American art in Cuba was moving into place -- it opened on Friday at the 10th Havana Biennial -- there was other art news on the Cuban front that slipped below the radar. Credit my friend Georgina Adam, an editor-at-large at The Art Newspaper, who pointed me to it in an item in her regular Saturday column for … [Read more...] about The Fanjuls Win (a small) One
Is Google being evil?
Twenty-four hours after first reading Lynn Chu's op-ed in Saturday's Wall Street Journal on the proposed Google book settlement, it's still on my mind. I have not been following this issue as closely as I should be, and no doubt there are counter-arguments. But her analysis certainly disturbed me. Here are some key passages: There is nothing more individual in the … [Read more...] about Is Google being evil?
How collector Aby Rosen can become a real hero
Friday afternoon: waiting for callbacks for stories I'm working on, callbacks that rarely come on Fridays after about now. Unfortunately. Which set me to some Friday afternoon pipe-dreaming. The Frick Collection has been thinking about expansion since at least Sam Sachs was director there; current director Anne Poulet has echoed the call for "limited expansion," as she has … [Read more...] about How collector Aby Rosen can become a real hero