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Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.16.18

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:50:26 +0000

Baby Steps Over the last eighteen months I have begun to put greater emphasis on the need for (and advantages of) simplicity and gradualism in beginning community engagement efforts. ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2018-01-16 Pay-to-Play? Maezawa Bankrolls Brooklyn Museum Show of His $110.5-Million Basquiat Should a museum accept money from a private collector to show […]



Reconstructing An Ancient Board Game (Now There's A Challenge For You)

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:01:01 +0000

(image) "Imagine you find a Monopoly board and a handful of street cards plus one little tin hat and a little tin shoe, nothing else," says game historian Ulrich Schädler. Reporter Natasha Frost looks at some games from the ancient world - and at the ways scholars try to figure them out.ancient board games


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Why Missy Mazzoli Is The Composer Of Her Generation

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:28:16 +0000

(image) "Seven or eight years ago, she started making waves with her chamber-ensemble-cum-girl-band, Victoire, a group with a funky alt-classical vibe that she formed as an outlet for performing her own music. Listening to the band’s post-minimalist drones overlaid with expressive spasms of melody in an electronic haze, playing at the Atlas on H Street in […]download


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Decline Of The Working-Class Actor

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:01:39 +0000

(image) "For British actors, ever-growing division is a fact of life. The erection of roadblocks for working-class actors now begins at state schools, where drama has been squeezed out by slashed teaching budgets and a narrowing curriculum. Then come rising fees at drama schools. Overcome those and you get to chase dwindling roles in soaps and […]3500


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Is Waterstone's Books For Sale? (It's Not A Good Time)

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:33:15 +0000

(image) “It’s not a good time to be trying to sell a UK High Street retailer in light of higher [business] rates, Brexit, and some tough leases. That worries me. It’s important that it’s bought by a good owner, but who? It could even be Amazon, which would be disastrous and one would hope for Competition […]710-Waterstones-Tottenham-Court-Road-ftw-710x470


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Art World Expresses Concern Over The Future Of Ailing Documenta

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:32:58 +0000

(image) The signatories of the letter expressed concern that recent decisions made by Documenta’s supervisory board “have considerably damaged one of Germany’s internationally active and influential cultural institutions, and thus also the image of Germany abroad.” They said the city is debating changes that will lead to the “restructuring of Documenta in the direction of a […]doculo


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What, Me Worry? Reading Robots Are Smart But Not Wise

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:58:52 +0000

(image) "Advances in word recognition and comprehension can only make AI better at handling those kinds of requests. Machines that can better understand our questions will give us better answers. That could mean a doctor getting more accurate and actionable information with which to base a diagnosis, or a teacher more clearly representing a concept to […]



For The First Time, Robots Can Now Read Better Than Humans

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:31:25 +0000

(image) "The AI algorithm, developed by Chinese retail giant Alibaba, outscored humans in the Stanford Question Answering Dataset—a global reading test consisting of more than 100,000 questions. Using natural-language processing, the machine-learning model developed by Alibaba’s Institute of Data Science of Technologies beat rival humans with a score of 82.44 versus 82.305, the company said."



Everyone's Talking About A Backlash Against Tech. It's More Complicated Than That

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:30:17 +0000

(image) "Our technological evolution is happening faster than most people ever imagined, and it is clearly happening faster than society is able to deal with it. How should we respond?"techlash3


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'Am I A Bad Feminist?' Margaret Atwood Worries About Fairness And Due Process In #MeToo, And About The Backlash She Suffered For Worrying

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:02:00 +0000

(image) "The #MeToo moment is a symptom of a broken legal system. All too frequently, women and other sexual-abuse complainants couldn't get a fair hearing through institutions - including corporate structures - so they used a new tool: the internet. ... [But] if the legal system is bypassed because it is seen as ineffectual, what will […]atwood


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How Podcasts Are Democratizing Learning

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:29:30 +0000

(image) "In a nation always on the go, it does seem as if the most serious intellectual production and consumption has been confined to the cloisters of higher education, where an elite professoriate soaks in high ideas in paneled seminar rooms safe from the hurly-burly of daily life. But what if a technology was able to […]download


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The Problem With One-Person Plays

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:03:43 +0000

(image) Michael Billington grants the genre its virtues - low cast, adaptability, the chance to spotlight an actor's skill - but wonders about its limits of perspective.1-person plays


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Study: Broadway Is Becoming More Diverse

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:32:44 +0000

(image) "The study, released Monday, examined the 2015-16 season and found it to be the most diverse the group has reviewed so far, with 35 percent of all roles going to minority actors, up from 30 percent the previous season and 24 percent the year before that. The coalition has now compiled 10 years of data […]07ECLIPSEDJP-master768


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The Biggest Questions Facing the Dance World About Sexual Harassment

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:04:34 +0000

(image) "What would dance-specific sexual harassment training and policies look like? How can we protect freelancers working outside an institutional setting?" Lauren Wingenroth spells out the issues.dance harassment


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What We're Losing When Arts And Music Get Whittled Away In Schools

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:36:11 +0000

(image) After asking the 10- and 11-year-olds in her French class to make a picture book with their new sentences and having them tell her that none of them could draw at all (they'd never had an art class in their young lives), The Guardian's Secret Teacher argues that it's not just that arts education increases […]arts in schools


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England's Largest Medieval Stained-Glass Window Has Been Restored

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:05:03 +0000

(image) At York Minster, one of the great cathedrals of northern England, the Great East Window - completed 1405-1408 and roughly the size of a tennis court - has undergone a ten-year rehab costing nearly $15 million.york minster window


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Podcasting Has Something That Public Radio (Badly) Needs: Risk Tolerance

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:34:15 +0000

(image) Eric Nuzum, who spent two decades in public radio before moving into digital audio: "The unspoken groupthink at work ... is that an idea cannot have both merit and risk at the same time. Resources are precious. Time is limited. As guardians of public funds, it is imperative that public radio's decision-makers ensure that they […]podcasting public radio


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Artist Sells Off Space On Original Rauschenberg Piece To Advertisers

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:18:32 +0000

(image) "Artist Nikolas Bentel is on a mission to destroy an original Robert Rauschenberg in a project intended to emphasize how the art market is, in his words, 'a glorified stock market.' Beginning this week, the artist - who is part of the New Museum-led incubator New Inc. - is selling off sections of the artwork […]rausch


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How The Overseas Press Translated Trump's 'Shithole Countries' Remark Into Other Languages

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:03:56 +0000

(image) "It was a debate that many journalists likely never expected to face." The problem isn't just with the unaccustomed vulgarity: while the original term's individual components are easy to translate, the combination is not. Samantha Schmidt looks at some of the attempts international news outlets made.trump


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Is The Renovation Of The Old Corcoran Gallery Literally Making The Students There Sick?

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:47:10 +0000

(image) "When the Corcoran failed as an institution in 2014, George Washington University absorbed the school and its [120-year-old] building at 17th Street and New York Avenue NW. The university soon after launched an unprecedented renovation, and decided to keep the school open to studios and classes for the duration." The disruption caused by the construction […]Corcoran


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Ocean Vuong Wins £25,000 T.S. Eliot Prize For Poetry

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:32:29 +0000

(image) "Reflecting on the aftermath of war over three generations, 29-year-old Vuong's first collection, Night Sky With Exit Wounds, has already landed the Forward prize for best first collection, as well as the Whiting and the Thom Gunn awards."ocean vuong


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Tiny Art Town Of Marfa, Texas Loses One Of Its Main Spaces

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:16:44 +0000

(image) "Marfa Contemporary, ... [which] offers a year-round exhibition program, workshops, educational initiatives, and a residency program, ... is permanently closing its doors. The space has been led by curator, art historian, and educator Kate Green since 2017. Green will soon take up the post of curator at the El Paso Museum of Art."marfa contemporary


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Houston Symphony Names A New CEO

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:01:44 +0000

(image) "A California native, [John] Mangum comes to Houston from the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, where he worked as president and artistic director since 2014. He's also worked for the San Francisco Symphony and New York Philharmonic."houston so ceo


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Telenovela Actors At Telemundo, Facing Terrible Work Conditions, Finally Unionize

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:45:38 +0000

(image) Leading telenovela star Pablo Azar, who led the campaign to join SAG-AFTRA: "Sometimes you shoot 40 scenes in one single day. So it's very demanding. ... Usually you have better conditions in the US than in countries like Mexico, Colombia. But funny enough, for actors it's backwards. Actors have better working conditions in Mexico than […]telenovela actors


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Cirque Du Soleil Banned Critic Lyn Gardner - Here's What Happened Next

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:30:52 +0000

(image) "The critic Sanjoy Roy, who has never reviewed the company before, was approved for a press ticket for the show and The Guardian bought a ticket for me for £73, which offered a side view over the stage." Here's a review by both writers of Cirque's show Ovo - as Gardner writes, "I love the […]Cirque du Soleil


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Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.15.18

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:00:15 +0000

Museum Admissions, Deaccessions: Let's Get Real I have not waded into either of the debates that are raging across the art museum world at the moment. So far, I've avoided commenting on ... read more AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2018-01-15 Michael Gordon's Acquanetta: Backstage carnage amid on-screen horror Mystery is the canny substitute for substance. The […]



Watching (And Listening) To The Maria Callas Hologram Might Be A Bit Creepy

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:01:45 +0000

(image) "It was amazing, yet also absurd; strangely captivating, yet also campy and ridiculous. And in a way, it made the most sense of any of the musical holograms produced so far. More than rock or hip-hop fans — and even more, you could say, than fans of instrumental classical music — opera lovers dwell in […]16OPERA-HOLOGRAM3-superJumbo[1]


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