“One of my frustrations with what happens on the stage a lot of the time when working class people are put up there, it’s like poverty porn. They’re laughed at, or they’re the villains, or they’re ridiculous. I think the struggles folks are going through are really real. It affects you physically and emotionally.”
“Colin Connor, a former soloist with Limón Dance Company who went on to a career in choreography and education, … [and will be] the first male director since Limón himself, is to take the helm of the 70-year-old modern dance company on July 1, succeeding Carla Maxwell, who has held the position since 1978.”
He’ll be following the very controversial installation last summer by Anish Kapoor, about which Eliasson said, “France has always been incredibly strong on the issue of freedom of expression. Culture is its cornerstone. The controversy surrounding Kapoor should not be given disproportionate importance.”
“It is a little disheartening that everybody, including “classical” musicians, has the need to grasp for terms like “classical,” “concert,” or worse, “art” music. Is there not a tacit air of aristocracy or bourgeoisie to the concert-going community? I know that what I do and with whom I do it are privileges, but our products ought to be more publicly digestible.”
We know about the poetry on subway ads and the short story vending machines. But now there’s poetry and prose on coffee-cup sleeves, poets in public spaces writing on-demand verse for $5, and classic novels that double as 10-ride transit passes.
“Back when he recorded his first tracks, studio musicians weren’t appreciated or even known by name outside the record industry. But Purdie was one of the foremost sidemen to advocate for his own visibility, and few others had his charisma or cockiness. Everywhere he goes, Purdie is called upon to play his defining creation, the Purdie Shuffle, a notoriously complex four-limb beat that he invented (and quickly named after himself) in his salad days.”
“Canned and frozen fruits and vegetables in winter eliminated the scurvy that had plagued the northern United States. Iodized salt did away with the goiter belt of the Midwest. More nutritious, safer food contributed to a taller population that lived longer. Life expectancy increased from under 50 years in 1900 to around 75 at the end of the 20th century.”
“The notion that jazz is or isn’t is actually antithetical to the spirit of this music and all of the artists who have pushed its boundaries. Trying to make this music fit into a neat little box just can’t happen. And that’s tough for some people. We crave definitions for our art, and when we can’t describe or compare it, many get frustrated. Hence, the Jazz Police.”
“In each country, the Concertgebouw will perform one opening work side by side with a local youth orchestra, and members will give masterclasses and tuition to young musicians. Daniele Gatti will conduct the first concerts of the tour.”
“I happen to be female and I’m also gay, another underrepresented minority, and yet, because I haven’t been hired on a film in the last 10 years, I am to be booted into the “emeritus” status and replaced by younger members who are being asked to join in order to help you deal with a publicity nightmare.”
“Stephan Jost is the director of the Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA), an institution that, while much smaller in scope and ambition than the AGO, has enjoyed significant growth and stabilized finances under his leadership over the past five years.”
He was in the first class of American art students to study glassblowing, and he went on to start programs at U.Cal. Berkeley and the California College of Arts. “In his own practice, he worked glass into small-scale biomorphic shapes with a dazzling array of surface textures produced by cutting, grinding, sandblasting, acid-washing or flocking.”
It irks the South Korean establishment that a nation as large and wealthy as theirs has won only one Nobel (the 2000 Peace Prize, to President Kim Dae-jung). So a huge effort is being made to translate and distribute the country’s literature to the rest of the world (including the Nobel committee). even though Koreans themselves aren’t big lit readers. (And there’s only one clear candidate.)
“Yvonne Chouteau, one of the ‘Five Moons,’ as they were anointed, died this past Sunday at the age of 86. Along with Moscelyne Larkin (Shawnee, 1925–2012), Rosella Hightower (Choctaw, 1920–2008), Marjorie Tallchief (Osage, b. 1926), and, most famously, Maria Tallchief (Osage, 1925–2013), she rose in the ranks of dance when ballet was still not widely appreciated in this country.”
Andrew O’Hehir: “So what we’re talking about here … is not so much a failure of representation as a failure of perception and vision and imagination. By invoking [Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man], Abdul-Jabbar suggests that Oscar voters literally cannot see certain kinds of non-white performers and certain kinds of films.”
“‘Hello, I’m a fat person, fat, fat, fat.’ A 6-year-old girl giving voice for the first time to curvy Barbie sings in a testing room at Mattel’s headquarters. Her playmates erupt in laughter. When an adult comes into the room and asks her if she sees a difference between the dolls’ bodies, she modifies her language. ‘This one’s a little chubbier,’ she says.”
“The piers will connect the mainland to two islands in [northern Italy’s Lake Iseo]: Monte Isola, which Christo said was the tallest lake island in Italy, and the small, private Isola di San Paolo. The waters surrounding them are 300 feet deep; the 50-foot-wide piers, made of some 200,000 polyethylene cubes wrapped in yellow fabric, will barely rise above the surface.”
The Genoa-born conductor “has been named as the new music director designate of Florence’s Opera di Firenze and its annual spring festival, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, in what appears to be something of a shakeup at the Tuscan company. The position of music director is a new one within Opera di Firenze, and an office that was reportedly created especially for Luisi.”
Getty Abducts Another Gorgeous Woman: $30.5 Million for Danaë
When it comes to major acquisitions of drop-dead gorgeous women, no museum can compete with the deep-pocketed Getty. It has just abducted Danaë from the Metropolitan Museum, where she had been on loan from … read more
AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2016-01-28
Rondeau/Chicago: Veteran Curator Promoted to Art Institute’s Directorship
Once again, the Art Institute of Chicago has looked it its own staff to find its new president and director: James Rondeau, chair and curator of modern and contemporary art (departments that merged under his … read more
AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2016-01-28
Horace Silver In Antibes
Saxophonist Gary Foster sent a link to video from a Facebook post of a seldom seen or heard performance by Horace Silver. At the 1964 Antibes Jazz Festival in Juan les Pins, France, Silver … read more
AJBlog: RiffTides Published 2016-01-28
Broadway continues to have serious diversity problems in terms of audiences and artists. But what “Hamilton” and “Fun Home” spectacularly demonstrate is that making an investment in extremely talented artists from diverse backgrounds is still the best business plan for simultaneously growing prestige and revenue.
The survey found that New York City’s cultural work force is 61.8 percent white, 35.4 percent minority groups, and 53.1 percent female, while the city’s residents are 33 percent white and 52 percent female, according to the 2010 U.S. census.
James Rondeau, the highly regarded chair of the museum’s department of modern and contemporary art, will take over as president and Eloise W. Martin director Feb. 16, after a Thursday morning vote affirming his appointment by the institution’s board.
The city’s arts community has entered “its 2.0 phase,” says Catherine Cuellar, an official at the Communities Foundation of Texas and former CEO of the Dallas Arts District. The arrival of such energetic figures as van Zweden, 55, credited with transforming the Dallas orchestra into one of the best in the country, and Anderson, 59, who devised ambitious programming and reinstated free general admission at the DMA, proves the arts community has turned a corner, Cuellar said.
The highly anticipated new production of Harold Pinter’s “The Room” by The Wooster Group has run into difficulties after the licensing company for the play said that critics may not review the show when it has its world premiere in Los Angeles next month.
In his 34 years in the position, he oversaw the creation of an exhaustive database of the opera house’s entire performance history, “replacing record books and rows of index cards in a windowless subbasement office of the opera house adjoining a storeroom that houses rare documents and costumes. Mr. Tuggle persuaded the Met to make this encyclopedic database available free of charge.”
“Boulez fought harder than anyone for the cause of contemporary music, and even those who received his barbs benefitted in one way or another from his energy. No composer of the past hundred years achieved such worldly power: in Paris, IRCAM, the Cité de la Musique, and the new Philharmonie stand as his monuments. In more than one way, he resembled Wagner. He forced you to take sides; his rage was clarifying.”