“Renouncing Woody Allen is painful for many of us, not just because we enjoy his work, but because it feels like renouncing a part of ourselves. It also feels cheap, because there’s no point in renouncing him if we can’t also renounce the part of us that finds his characters relatable. We need to take a closer look at the films that taught us to be this way, and to consider what else they taught us.”
“Wizards like Gandalf and Romans like Russell Crowe’s gladiator share a common trait: Hollywood’s insistence that all of its fantasy and epic heroes speak like a Brit. And it’s not just because the British accent sounds grandiose and glorious. Well, a little bit. The real answer is rooted in the obsession with Empire – and how accents were actively cultivated by society elites as signifiers of global power and stature.” (video)
“When reporter Nicholas von Hoffman joined The Washington Post in 1966, he brought with him a flair for controversy that eventually triggered a resignation threat from a top editor, a boycott from advertisers and, according to Post historian Chalmers M. Roberts, ‘produced more angry letters to the editor than the work of any other single reporter in the paper’s history.'”
Siobhan Burke: “I’ve often wanted to make a map tracing who mentored and influenced and studied with whom, to make some sense of the present — not to impose order on dance history, but to do justice to its sprawl. Where do generations begin and end? What little-known links connect them? How does one movement become another? Maybe the map would illuminate stories we hadn’t seen.
On Sunday morning, the artists jumped the wall at El Eco and proceeded to break windows, set off smoke bombs (an article on the Excelsior newspaper website suggested instead that they “activated the extinguishers to provoke clouds of smoke”), and damage a bronze work by artist Yolanda Paulsen. According to our source, the cops showed up about 15 minutes later but left shortly after, apparently because the officers felt there was no emergency after the protesters allegedly explained that they were undertaking an artistic action.
Alberto Manguel: “The unpacking of books, perhaps because it is essentially chaotic, is a creative act, and as in every creative act, the materials employed lose in the process their individual nature: they become part of something different, something that encompasses and at the same time transforms them.”
Canadian arts consultants are worried. “Especially in Ontario, where the largest of these organizations are located, the top job often goes to an international candidate. [British-born Julian] Cox was hired by AGO director Stephan Jost, a Swiss-American who joined the museum in 2016. Meanwhile, the Royal Ontario Museum, Luminato, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Shaw Festival have all hired British or American leaders in the past 2 1/2 years. It’s a pattern that has arts consultants worried.”
Poet Margaret Rhee writes of how she came to love the show, in which every episode is a mini-musical: “Perhaps it’s more productive then to think about Rebecca’s craziness as a source of sanity in a crazy world in which women are routinely disregarded. She is smart, successful, and yes, crazy.”
“I’m not against digital media, and I think it’s certainly a fine way to have access to your films without taking them with you. But when you become solely reliant on digital sources, you have fewer options than you think, and you’re certainly not getting the best version of the movie available. All of this is troubling because streaming is dominating the landscape.”
The letter, signed by over a dozen female execs, calls Neil Portnow’s comments “spectacularly wrong” and says he is “oblivious to the vast body of work created by and with women.” The letter goes on to list statistics of gender discrepancy in the recording industry, as well as at the Grammys themselves.
“Recently in the news again for a reported state abduction from a Chinese train, publisher and bookseller Gui Minhai has been named the recipient of the 2018 Prix Voltaire from the International Publishers Association. … The Prix Voltaire honors the struggles faced by those in international book publishing who have, in many cases, endured serious adversity for the sake of the freedom to publish.”
In her Golden Globes acceptance speech, Laura Dern said, “I urge all of us to not only support survivors and bystanders who are brave enough to tell their truth, but to promote restorative justice.” While many listeners might have found Dern’s call to be a mere bromide, Ann Hornaday explains that the term “has a very specific meaning, that happens to hold particular promise for an industry in the midst of intense self-examination, and equally intense avoidance thereof.”
“Mathieu Gallet, 41, was this week fired as chairman of Radio France by the Higher Audiovisual Council (CSA), the French broadcasting authority. Officially, he was dismissed after being convicted of corruption and fined €20,000 for giving a €400,000 contract to a consultancy owned by one of his friends.” But rumors – pushed by former president Sarkozy’s culture minister – claim that President Macron had Gallet fired to quash rumors that the two had had an affair.
“A truck driver in Peru damaged the 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines, after officials said he ignored warning signs and drove over a portion of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Nazca Lines are large designs that were scratched into the ground’s surface between 500 B.C. and A.D. 500 on a coastal plain south of Lima. UNESCO calls the site one of the ‘greatest enigmas’ of the archaeological world.”
Cole’s Roles at Metropolitan Museum: Hudson River School Progenitor, Environmentalist Precursor
The Metropolitan Museum’s just opened Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings (to May 13) is easy on the eyes and a balm to the spirit. But it also sounds a warning that gained new resonance with … read more
AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2018-02-01
Artist Dora De Larios, RIP
Undersung but widely respected, the sculptor Dora De Larios has been working in around Los Angeles for six decades now. … read more
AJBlog: CultureCrash Published 2018-02-01
Hostile design–whereby public spaces are modified to deter certain activities such as rough sleeping and skateboarding–is a “stealthy way of policing public space. These designs legitimise the point of view that homeless people are the enemy. Instead they need support, often with addiction or mental health.”
The center, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects and due to open in 2020, will present performances for people at Yale and the general public — from poetry readings to rock concerts. Located in the current freshman dining hall Commons (which will remain) and Memorial Hall, the center will also serve as a communal campus hub, with multiple gathering spaces, including a bistro and pub on the renovated basement level.