“The virtually nonexistent relations between the United States and Iran extend to their copyright relations. While many countries have agreed to international standards such as the Berne Convention, which affords foreign artists the same copyright protections countries offer to their own artists, Iran has not. And this is how the Iranian director Dariush Mehrjui – one of the premier auteurs of Iran’s New Wave cinema – seized the opportunity that no Western filmmaker could. In 1995, Mehrjui released his film Pari, a composite of Franny and Zooey and ‘A Perfect Day for Bananafish,’ from Salinger’s Nine Stories.”
Scott Cantrell: “So who are the leading candidates? Don’t take my word as gospel, but, between personal observations and chats with musicians, I can hazard some guesses. At least on purely musical grounds, I’m guessing there are two leading candidates, although each has drawbacks.”
“[The Montreal Symphony will] receive a supplemental grant of $7.5 million over five years in addition to the $8.8 million it gets annually from the province … The Orchestre Métropolitain [du Grand Montréal] can look forward to an extra $2.5 million over five years – one-third of the money awarded to the OSM, but a formidable sum if viewed as a proportion of its modest budget of about $5 million … The Orchestre symphonique de Québec will get $3 million.”
Mr. Buck, who died March 30 at 79 after a battle with cancer, was an instrumental figure in Buffalo’s visual arts scene, both at the gallery and in the community. His decade-long stint as director at the Albright-Knox was defined by a bookish enthusiasm for the work of contemporary American artists and an involvement in Buffalo’s burgeoning avant garde art scene that set a precedent for future directors.
Well, they try to “modernize” it, for one thing. And the design! The Passover celebration – on a Monday, natch, when theatres are dark – “took place in a large downtown apartment in a prewar building, decorated with billowing scarves, bright pillows and hanging palm branches to replicate a Bedouin tent. The usual holiday prayers and songs, which commemorate the biblical exodus of Jews from slavery, were replaced by a high-caliber revue of poetic and musical performances from stars of some of the biggest current Broadway shows, including ‘Hamilton,’ ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ and ‘Frozen.'”
The details of the Academy of Motion Pictures’ restoration of the old May Company building, now the Saban building, are pretty cool: “Taking apart the steel windows uncovered a bit of architectural archeology. The original depression-era workers dumped plaster, wood, and construction debris inside the walls, and the windows were made watertight with sisal rope, a technique Fidler recognized from ships and buildings of the 18th century.”
Are Indiana Jones and Lara Croft really meant to inspire kids to go into archaeology? “Although the character of Indiana Jones arguably raised the profile of archaeology as a whole, and Lara Croft could inspire young women to go into the field, both figures have little regard for the cultures whose histories they collect.”
In total, 44 companies working in the performing arts reported the difference between men and women’s salaries, with a median hourly pay gap of 7% in favour of male employees. This means when comparing median hourly rates, women are paid 93p for every £1 paid to men. The median pay difference of the total 10,015 firms that published their figures was 9.7%, meaning arts companies came out more favourably than the average. The national median is 18.4%.
Google tells me that between 2000 and 2010, could revolutionize appeared on indexable websites fewer than fourteen thousand times. Since then, it’s seen what venture capitalists might call hockey-stick growth, increasing from six thousand instances in 2011 to thirteen thousand in 2014 to thirty thousand in 2017. Four months into 2018, could revolutionize has appeared on the internet nearly twenty thousand times. It’s possible that the sharp spike in popularity of could revolutionize mirrors Silicon Valley’s ascension in our collective consciousness. But which is the chicken, and which is the egg?
“With an impressive resume that includes training as a singer and experience as a stage manager and production director, [Ian Derrer] previously worked with Dallas Opera, between 2014 and 2016, as artistic administrator. Since then, he has been general director of Kentucky Opera. … The company moved quickly to fill the position, vacated in January by Keith Cerny, its head for the previous 7½ years.”
After the five teenagers spray-painted swastikas and graffiti on a 19th-century schoolhouse for black children, a judge ordered them to read books from a list that included (among others) Elie Wiesel’s Night, 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle, Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, and Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. Did the sentence have the hoped-for effect?
Apollo and Venus, painted between 1595 and 1600 by Otto van Veen (a teacher of Rubens), had been donated (with other works) to the Des Moines Women’s Club, which used the pieces as the nucleus of an art gallery. And why did this one end up in the closet? Well, it may have been a bit too risqué for these Iowa matrons.
“Mrs. Heinz, the British-born widow of Henry J. ‘Jack’ Heinz II, was a quiet but influential force in the literary and cultural life of the United States and Britain for decades. She endowed literary awards in both countries, supported quarterly journals and a publishing house, and bankrolled a major expansion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She and her husband devoted much of their philanthropy to Pittsburgh, the home base of the Heinz family’s enterprises, and were instrumental in the development of the city’s downtown cultural district in the 1970s.”
“Under the terms of the deal, the museum can sell all 40 works – but with one major caveat. Once the proceeds from the sale reach $55 million, it cannot sell any more art. Furthermore, Norman Rockwell’s celebrated Shuffleton’s Barbershop – perhaps the best-known work the Berkshire sought to sell – will be sold to an as-yet-unidentified nonprofit American museum.”
“He is probably best known for his first film at Ghibli, the critically acclaimed Grave of the Fireflies (1988), a tale of two children struggling to survive at the end of World War II. Takahata himself survived heavy U.S. bombing of Okayama City when he was 9 years old. … The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, Takahata’s fifth and final for Ghibli, was one of the most expensive Japanese films made, anime or live-action, with a budget of around $50 million.”
Historically informed performance: How does it translate into the real world?
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Deaccession Dejection: Court Allows Berkshire Museum Sales
Justice David Lowy of Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has just handed down a lamentable decision that rubber-stamps the devil’s bargain between the Attorney General and the trustees of the Berkshire Museum … read more
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Bill Kirchner: Two Views
Composer, saxophonist, bandleader and author Bill Kirchner is the subject of two new articles that recognize his decades of creativity. … read more
AJBlog: RiffTides Published 2018-04-05
The report concludes that “bullying and abuses of power were seen to be prevalent” and that inappropriate behaviour can be found at “all levels” across all areas of the industry and in all genders. “There can be a passive culture of endorsing bullying. Leaders may encourage new entrants not to challenge, perpetuating the culture with statements such as ‘That’s just how they are’ or ‘We have extreme characters in our industry’,” it states.
After a report last month by The New York Times detailing a pattern of sexual misconduct by Mr. Meier, more women have come forward to share their own upsetting encounters with him. But in recounting such experiences, these women said they had also been disturbed by a sense of helplessness that pervaded the firm. Mr. Meier’s behavior was common knowledge, they said, but no one seemed to have the power to stop it.