The most pro-Brexit regions potentially have the most to lose in terms of culture funding, as EU per-capita investment in these regions averaged £13.02 between 2007 and 2016, compared with £6.11 in the regions where a lower proportion voted leave.
“[Jon Parrish] Peede, a scholar of Southern literature by training, was publisher of the Virginia Quarterly Review from 2011 to 2016, and has also worked in various capacities at the National Endowment for the Arts, the [National Endowment of the Humanities’] sister agency. He has been serving as the agency’s acting director since May.”
All five Best Actress nominees, and many other actors, skipped interviews with E!’s Ryan Seacrest, and The New York Times just straight-up asked other actors to talk about #MeToo. Some of them were ready, and some, well, were not.
Katori Hall says change won’t be easy: “That requires a lot of giving up. Giving up your seat to let people sit at the table who haven’t always been allowed to sit … that’s often not on the stage, but where the decisions are made. That’s on the board. How many black artistic directors does the UK theatre scene have? I’m always asking, are we performing inclusion, are we performing diversity? Or are we actually doing it. Let’s see if the acknowledgment phase shifts through into the action phase.”
If, indeed the paintings belong to them: “The heirs of Mondrian, the pioneering Dutch abstractionist, have staked a claim to the paintings [at the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum in Krefeld], asserting that he lent them to the museum almost 90 years ago and then left them behind when he fled Europe as World War II deepened.”
Even in the early 20th century, women weren’t allowed to study nude bodies at the Royal Academy – they had to travel to Rome or Paris to do that. But Annie Swynnerton persisted – even though she “faced prejudice not just for her gender but also for her realistic, unromanticised depiction of female bodies, which was dismissed by those who preferred unblemished classical fantasy.”
When she won for best actress in a motion picture, McDormand gave a short, fiery speech that ended with “I have two words for you: Inclusion rider.” Those two words sent millions to Google, but there wasn’t much there (at the time). An inclusion rider would be “something actors put into their contracts to ensure gender and racial equality in hiring on movie sets.”
Obviously, it would do that because it’s just a movie, not a life (and not even a biopic), but still: “The real Graham, who survived a poor-little-rich-girl childhood and an abusive marriage, was wracked for most of her life by self-doubt. Her actual life … oozed much more drama, and she lived through it with a mix of admirable qualities (guts, leadership) and ugly ones (insecurity, insensitivity).”
If you want the summary, all of the acting awards went as expected; Guillermo del Toro won Best Director; and Shape of Water won Best Picture. But here’s everything.
Sheen, whose major roles include roles in Frost/Nixon and The Queen, “said the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns showed that there is ‘clearly a moment happening’ but ‘we have to make sure that this doesn’t just remain a moment'”
‘Righteous Poles’ Make an Appeal
Following Ronald S. Lauder’s open letter (“It’s Time to Dial Back the Rhetoric”) about the Holocaust and recent anti-Semitic developments in Poland, another open letter has appeared (also in The New York Times) this time … read more
AJBlog: Straight|UpPublished 2018-03-03
Coltrane Could Leave You Breathless
Research on yet another extracurricular (i.e., non-Rifftides) project involving John Coltrane has led me into several byways that the great tenor saxophonist took in his pre-“Giant Steps” days of the 1950s. One … read more
AJBlog: RiffTidesPublished 2018-03-02
Take Another Trip! The Paston Treasure Beckons
I’ll bet most, if not all, of you have never heard of a large painting called The Paston Treasure, c. 1663. Neither had I, until I saw a little picture of this 8 feet by 5.4 … read more
AJBlog: Real Clear ArtsPublished 2018-03-01
This Week’s Audience Lessons: Oscars, The NEA And The Fraudulence Of “Trending”
This Week’s Insights: When the Oscars lose their audience… How audience drives Hollywood’s behavior… The NEA is really an audience diversifier… Reviews that don’t offer point of view lose their audience… “Trending” doesn’t measure … read more
AJBlog: AJ Arts AudiencePublished 2018-03-01
Yes, women have often sung tenor in church choirs or amateur operas, but now “female singers in professional companies, as well as in amateur operatic societies and choirs, are taking advantage of the end of traditional boundaries to call for women to have the opportunity of lengthening their performing careers.”