“Bibliographical analysis, involving patient collation and comparison of printed texts, and the identification of the distinctive ornaments with which printers enlivened otherwise blank spaces, flourish. They remain the bedrock on which, over the last thirty years or more, a ponderous superstructure of interpretation has been erected. Local and national pride have sustained enquiries: a specific town or state is shown to have been in the vanguard of printing and book production; their products exhibit superlative skills in the quality of paper and type-faces, layout, design and binding; the titles are marked by intellectual precociousness or boldness.”
Distraction need not simply be another name for attention shifted (“I was looking at this, then I looked at that”). Attention is a form of “tension,” but the relaxation here — both that which creates the condition for the new perception and that which follows from it — is primarily conceived as passive (objects fall “upon the eye, are “carried to the heart”).
The first part of Don Quixote de la Mancha may not have been the first novel, but it was the first blockbuster. So some anonymous copycat tried to cash in with a bogus sequel. Cervantes, rightly thinking he had moral rights to the character he created responded with a sequel of his own – and he went meta, depicting the Don doing battle with his fake counterpart and visiting a print shop to find the counterfeit version of his story on the presses.
“The accusation that ‘society tends to favor privileged voices’ is, according to some, not only a political analysis but an economic one. “The fear,” one literary agent told me, “is that if a publisher takes on a book written by a successful white male writer about a disabled Native American lesbian, a real disabled Native American lesbian might have trouble placing a book about the same subject at the same house; the publisher already has one.” What this suggests is that books are being categorized—and judged—less on their literary merits than on the identity of their authors. This is particularly true with young adult fiction, whose readers are presumed to be more readily influenced by what they read.”
The play is Thomas and Sally, which is about the teenage Sally Hemings, and her owner and the father of her children, Thomas Jefferson. The play’s advertising earned it plenty of protest, and that was before it opened (it closed Oct. 29). It’s garnered much protest, including “an open letter … released by 13 black artists, calling for a public apology from MTC. The letter has received over 1,600 signatures, among them playwrights Dominique Morisseau and Lauren Gunderson (both of whom have affiliations with MTC).”
“All music exists on some kind of spectrum, from something that involves nothing you’ve ever heard before to music that sounds exactly like everything you’ve ever heard before. I think all great music exists somewhere along that. In music, you’re speaking a language of things heard already. You’re just rearranging it in a way that is unique. You use sonorities that have been heard before, like I use major chords. But even if you don’t use major chords, everything is along the lines of some kind of reference.”
“Last year at the annual computer graphics conference SIGGRAPH, they debuted a new version of the game, called I Am A Robot, that allowed groups of people to don headsets and become genderless robots at either a ballet recital, cocktail gathering, or dance party. The response from participants was surprising – men in suits who swore they wouldn’t dance became entirely different people when in the genderless VR world – but it was the experience of two volunteers that moved Daffy most: one had social anxiety and had struggled to enjoy herself at the conference until she put the headset on and, inhibitions gone, danced and laughed for the first time in days. Another said they felt comfortable being gender-free for the first time in their life.”
“Under an ‘alternative pricing model’ the company will pilot in several markets in 2018, Regal [Cinemas] will charge more for tickets to movies people want to see, and less for under-attended flops. … The thinking goes – especially in smaller markets where viewers don’t have other multiplex options – that customers will feel compelled to pay more to see a Marvel movie or Star Wars, the kind of experience audiences still flock to the theater for.” David Sims makes the case for why this won’t work for movies the way it does for Hamilton or airline tickets.
A summer trip to the UK as a teenager and visits to Shakespeare’s birthplace convinced Osama bin Laden that the west was “decadent”, the late leader of al-Qaida and architect of the 9/11 attacks wrote in his personal journal shortly before he was killed by US special forces in 2011.
“A 950-capacity pop-up open-air theatre modelled on Shakespeare’s Rose will rise next summer on a scruffy car park in York, to present a three-month season of [four] Shakespeare plays. … The theatre, which is claimed to be the first of its kind in Europe, will stand in a mock Tudor fairground, with themed food and entertainment including free performances from the back of carts.”
“Africa and Asia were excluded from the philosophical canon by the confluence of two interrelated factors. On the one hand, defenders of the philosophy of Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) consciously rewrote the history of philosophy to make it appear that his critical idealism was the culmination toward which all earlier philosophy was groping, more or less successfully. On the other hand, European intellectuals increasingly accepted and systematised views of white racial superiority that entailed that no non-Caucasian group could develop philosophy.”
The debate over the appropriateness of the redesign comes down to priorities. What’s more important: the integrity of an important work of architecture, or how well it functions as part of the contemporary city? Behind that question lurk others. How important is AT&T, really? (One scholar described it as “banal” and “a mediocre building” in 2015.) And how well can we assess a building’s role in architectural history at a remove of only 30-odd years?
“Like most great art, Benton’s murals require context and history,” said Lauren Robel, the school’s executive vice president and provost, in a statement, calling the works a national treasure. “Many well-meaning people, without having the opportunity to do that work, wrongly condemn the mural as racist simply because it depicts a racist organization and a hateful symbol.”
“[He] served the Cunningham company and school in various capacities for a half-century. … He began collecting dance ephemera in the late 1950s and was considered the first in-house archivist of an American dance company, a post he held officially from 1976 until the Cunningham troupe disbanded in 2012 after Cunningham died, in 2009.”
As with the many other sexual misconduct accusations working their way through the news — whether about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, film director James Toback, or former New Republic literary editor Leon Wieseltier — the Artforum allegations have laid bare the art world’s power structures and the inequities women face within them.
“A few years ago, photographer Takiyah Wallace was searching for a dance studio in Dallas for her 3-year-old daughter, who had expressed an interest in ballet, when she noticed something. ‘One of the first things that jumped out to me in visiting local studios here was that there were not any faces that looked like her,’ she says.”
“The central question of [Thomas] Bradshaw’s play – whether Sally Hemings, who as Jefferson’s slave was his legal property, could have loved her master, who fathered six of her children – has made Thomas and Sally the locus of a veritable firestorm of public protest and criticism. With that backlash have arisen questions of how sexual assault and slavery history can and should be portrayed onstage.”
“The Attorney General’s Office filed an emergency motion late Wednesday to bolster – or perhaps salvage – its effort to halt art sales by the Berkshire Museum. The office acted after participating in a two-hour hearing … that appeared to leave that quest on life support, as plaintiffs’ attorneys struggled to convince the judge their clients held necessary legal standing to challenge the museum’s planned sale.”
“The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association posted an operating deficit of $1.4 million for fiscal 2017, compared to deficit of $1.1 million the year prior.” It’s the CSO’s seventh consecutive year in the red. On the other hand, endowment and investments are up more than 6% to $373.4 million, and the subscription renewal rate is 90%. (For a more optimistic take on the same fiscal news, see the Chicago Tribune report here.)
“NPR’s senior management was aware of multiple harassment complaints by women against its top newsroom executive during the past two years but took no action to remove him from his job until news reports about his conduct appeared on Tuesday. … Oreskes’s behavior, and the organization’s response to it, has stirred a virtual rebellion in NPR’s newsroom, particularly among female employees.”
After Inconclusive Hearing, Attorney General Steps In as Possible Plaintiff in Berkshire Museum Case
After hearing more than two hours of arguments today (Wednesday) from two sets of lawyers for plaintiffs, as well as a response to the plaintiffs’ motion by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Judge John Agostini … read more
AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2017-11-01