Adams still gets standing ovations, and “Harmonielehre” is a staple of the symphonic literature, but his relevancy has tapered off over the last 15 years. How did this happen? When did this happen? The answers could only be in Adams’ heart and mind, if he indeed can step back to see the current state of his art.
With mainstream institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum diversifying to engage wider and more representative publics, what becomes the role of so-called culturally specific institutions—like El Museo, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art—that were born out of efforts to compensate for such museums’ deficiencies?
How the LA Phil became the envy of classical music may be what everyone wants to know. It’s maybe even more useful, though, to ask why as well. The story of the LA Phil feat is ultimately about a reason for being. Every great orchestra has had its heydays when it has been uniquely true to its place and population and purpose and art and era.
One creepy social media guy photoshopped smiles onto Brie Larson’s face in the promotional posters for Captain Marvel. The actor responded by photoshopping the same icky smile onto the other Marvel superheroes, like Ironman and Captain America.
Wait, is Daniel Craig really going to be James Bond again? What about that one Idris Elba tweet? And what’s the deal with Danny Boyle – wasn’t he supposed to direct? Find out more on Instagram, probably, if you didn’t already see it on an actor’s Snapchat (or maybe – old school! – a Facebook Story).
Teju Cole is a novelist, essayist, photographer and photography critic – so naturally he’d team up with composer and jazz pianist (and trained physicist) Vijay Iyer. Cole: “It’s a high-wire act. .. It doesn’t have a set text.”
This decade’s double-digit annual growth — with total sales doubling to $2.5 billon over the past five years — has a clear analog in the e-book boom that preceded it, and the same company has driven it: Audible.com owner Amazon.
Long before mobile phones or even photography, diaries were kept as a way to understand oneself and the world one inhabits. In the 18th and 19th centuries, as secular diaries became more popular, middle-class New Englanders, particularly white women, wrote about their everyday lives and the world around them. These diaries were not a place into which they poured their innermost thoughts and desires, but rather a place to chronicle the social world around them – what’s going on around the house, what they did today, who came to visit, who was born or who died.
“I would describe us now as being in a relatively stable space but also a very creative space, where we have good relationships, a good contract in place, good operations and we’re in the midst of a strategic planning process that will help us drive the direction for the next five years.”
“The challenge is to find an integrated approach that enlarges the number of people who are in our orbit,” he says. “As demographics change and people become more distracted, the notion of how you create compelling experiences on stage and how you build vast community around them is, I think, the next frontier. I don’t think we fully know how to do that yet.”
So if one of the benefits of podcasting was that they made good money, why are companies like BuzzFeed shutting down or downsizing their operations? One obvious answer is a glut of supply—in 2015, a list of the “must listen” podcasts was 200 items long. At some point, even podcasting aficionados started to wonder who had time to to listen to all those podcasts. A similar thing happened with video, after everyone pivoted to short-form video because Facebook said it wanted as much as possible.
Since the Ballet Company of Spokane shut down in 1993, only amateur and student dance performances have been available in the city. Vincas Greene is trying to fill that gap with his Vytal Movement Dance Company.
Says Precious Adams about her decision to wear brown tights henceforth, “It changes the aesthetic, you want there to be continuation between your upper and lower body and there’s a big disconnect if I put pink tights on. … I’m not colourblind and I think it ruins the line of my body.” She’s getting pushback from traditionalists, but her colleagues are entirely supportive.
“In many ways [he was] the last of the generation of French intellectuals that emerged from the new possibilities opened up after the events of May ’68. While not as famous (or infamous) as Foucault, Deleuze, Baudrillard and Derrida, Virilio leaves us with a body of work that seems to grow in importance in the 21st century as we deal with the ‘pace of change’ in technology and international politics.”
Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2 leads the list, well ahead of the runner-up, Lynn Nottage’s Sweat. Female playwrights lead males on the list by three to one, and, with Shakespeare and A Christmas Carol not included (by design), all of the titles are by living writers (though two are adapted from Pride and Prejudice).
With his A Doll’s House, Part 2 the most-produced play, Lucas Hnath leads the list (excluding Shakespeare, of course) with 33 productions, edging out last season’s leader, Lauren Gunderson, who has 29. This year’s list is the most diverse in its 25-year history, with 11 female playwrights and six nonwhite ones. 17 of the 20 are American (including one immigrant), and all but three (August Wilson, Tennessee Williams, and Sam Shepard) are living.
Tim Smith reports on the lawsuit filed by principal oboist Katherine Needleman against the orchestra and concertmaster Jonathan Carney and on an attorney’s investigation into sexual harassment and the workenvironment at the BSO. “The two documents brim with details of unprofessional behavior inside the orchestra, onstage and off – propositioning in a hotel room and a women’s restroom, discussion of ‘pesones‘ (Spanish for nipples), making faces and mocking gestures during rehearsals or concerts.”
Times daily books editor John Williams: “To help fill the void of conversation around the prize itself, I recently spoke with The New York Times‘s staff book critics — Dwight Garner, Parul Sehgal and Jennifer Szalai — about what the prize has meant (or not meant) to their own reading habits; their opinions of past winners (and past snubs); and whom they would bestow the honor upon this year if they could.”
“It’s been a roller-coaster three years for [the Museum of Contemporary Art], amid setbacks, leaps ahead and everything in between. But the long-mothballed museum is finally, actually, happening this weekend. … What do the final few days before opening look like? Let’s let five of [MOCA’s key figures] talk about persisting through a long, sometimes messy journey.”
“MOCA — or the Art Gallery of North York, or MOCCA, all of which figure into the plucky museum’s patchwork history — has covered miles and years from Mel Lastman Square all the way, finally, to its stately, spanking new home on Sterling Road. … Here it is, [that history,] step by step.”
“Eyellusion, the hologram entertainment company behind tours for Frank Zappa and Ronnie James Dio, is working with Gould’s rights holder, Primary Wave Music Publishing, on a Glenn Gould Hologram Tour with dates expected to be announced in late 2019. “
Perhaps the two most notable names on the longlist, Michael Ondaatje (who won the 50th anniversary ‘Golden Man Booker’ earlier this year for The English Patient) for Warlight and Nick Drnaso for Sabrina (the first graphic novel ever to be considered for the award), did not make the final cut. Among those who did are Esi Edugyan for Washington Black, Robin Robertson for The Long Take (written largely in verse), and, for Everything Under, 27-year-old Daisy Johnson, the youngest writer ever to make the shortlist.
The volunteer-run museum in the city of Yoshar-Ola (roughly 100 miles from Kazan) was located in the erstwhile local headquarters — including the torture chamber — of the OGPU, an early Soviet predecessor of the KGB. The founder claims that a new regional governor wants to appease the Kremlin; a group of Russian museum professionals who visited in June argued that the museum needed to be professionalized, with one describing it as “a grandmother’s trunk.”
In preparing for my recent interview with Max Hollein, the Metropolitan Museum’s tech-savvy new director, I decided to revisit the museum’s app, much ballyhooed four years ago, but disappointing when I recently applied it in the galleries. To my surprise, I discovered that the app’s been zapped.
This is the birthday of Monica Zetterlund (1937-2005). It may have been too long since you have seen the Swedish singer performing one of Bill Evans’ most beloved songs. We can help.
“Shakespeare gave Queen Margaret more lines than any other female character, and more lines than King Lear. Now, she’s finally been given her own play” — one assembled from her scenes in the Henry VI plays and Richard III.
“No, [the publisher] did not fire me. But he made clear to me that university publishers … were threatening a boycott. They are afraid of the reactions on the campuses, where this is an inflammatory topic. Because of this, I feel forced to resign — in fact it is a capitulation to social media and university presses.” Even so, he says, “I still stand behind my decision to publish.”