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Artificial Intelligence Is Changing The Ways We Analyze Books

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:02:11 +0000

(image) "While critics and book reviewers may continue to be an essential part of public cultural life, literary theorists who do not embrace AI will be at risk of becoming an exotic species – like the librarians who once used index cards to search for information."


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Listening To Artists, National Arts Strategies Pulls Out Of Cleveland Area Arts Fellows Program

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:02:29 +0000

(image) "Artists objected to the fact that the NAS Creative Community Fellows program would have emphasized community engagement–which they view as the province of outreach programs administered by nonprofit organizations. It also placed substantial emphasis on training for more community engagement–an investment of time and energy many artists view as taking them away from the focus of […]


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Hardly A Conflict At All - Beethoven Score Expert Who Cried Fake Smelled A Bargain

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:32:50 +0000

(image) "Now it has emerged that one of the two experts who refused to authenticate the score later tried to persuade the owner of the piece to part with it for just €900 (£757), less than one per cent of the value put on it by the auction house."


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Occupy Museums Is Doing A Project About Artist Debt For Its Whitney Biennial Project

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:31:33 +0000

(image) “In the U.S., we’re citizens of our debt,” the collective, which grew out of the Occupy Wall Street movement, told me. “Almost everyone has some kind of debt. If artists don’t organize around it, [the debt] is going to gobble us up.”


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When 'Bibliomania' Was (Considered) A Real Illness

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:03:41 +0000

(image) "Symptoms included a frenzy for culling and hunting down first editions, rare copies, books of certain sizes or printed on specific paper."


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Tyler Cowen: Maybe Government Arts Policy Under Trump Might Get Better?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:31:43 +0000

(image) "Whatever problems you might have with the idea of a Trump administration, it opens up the prospect of a real improvement in American arts policy."


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When Japan Went Mad For Art Deco

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:02:37 +0000

(image) In the years between the 1925 Paris Exhibition (where the stye became famous) and World War II, Art Deco became as popular in Japan as it did in any other prosperous country. "The cultural hybridity was, in a way, a reversal of the one that emerged in Western Europe in the late-19th century, when Japonism […]


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The Ghostwriter's Dark Arts

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:28:34 +0000

(image) "She went from sort of daffy and inattentive to intimately involved with her client’s world. Her head cocked, her timbre lowered, and she understood everything. A client could have sat down and told her they were going to murder their parents and she would have said, “Well, they have been very mean to you.” With […]


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The American Sarah Bernhardt - Her Favorite Role Was A Barnyard Chicken

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:01:01 +0000

(image) A century ago, Maude Adams was such a renowned actress that one critic described her as "the most popular person in the United States." Peter Pan was the role that made her a superstar, and she was also famous for her Napoleon II. Yet the play she loved most was an adaptation of the old […]


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Conventional Wisdom Is That Orchestra Subscriptions Are Dead. But Are They?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:30:17 +0000

(image) "One positive story the classical music field has to tell is a multi-tiered membership approach developed by The Cleveland Orchestra. Instead of building a one-size fits all membership program, the Cleveland Orchestra team identified distinct audience segments that fell through the cracks of their existing loyalty programs. Then, they went about crafting a targeted membership […]


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How 'Crash' Got Made Against The Odds And Won The Best Picture Oscar Against Even Bigger Odds: An Oral History

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:03:03 +0000

(image) These folks don't think they beat Brokeback Mountain because of Academy voters' homophobia (or at least skittishness). But they made the movie, so they would say that, wouldn't they? Even so, they have quite a story to tell.


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A Lot Of Knowledge Has Been Hiding In Plain Sight. Intelligent Search Engines Are Changing That

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:29:30 +0000

(image) "With the ubiquity of the internet and the rise of machine learning, a new kind of solution is beginning to take shape. The infrastructure of the web, built to link one resource to the next, was the beginning. The next wave of information systems promises to more deeply establish links between people, ideas, and artifacts […]


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Publisher And Author Withdraw Children's-Book Parody After Too Many People Fail To See The Joke

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:01:51 +0000

(image) Some of the reaction seems to be Poe's Law in action (though you'd think the title - Bad Little Children's Books: KidLit Parodies, Shameless Spoofs, and Offensively Tweaked Covers - would clue folks in), and some seems to be indignant virtue-signaling.


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Lynn Nottage, Playwright Of 'Sweat', On Getting To Know Locked-Out Middle-Aged White Steelworkers In Reading, PA

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:33:15 +0000

(image) "I found that the way in which they spoke was really familiar to me, as an African-American woman who has struggled with marginalization throughout my entire life. For the first time, they were saying, 'We feel unseen, unheard, frustrated.' At the end of the meeting, I said, 'You guys sound like socialists.'" A Q&A with […]


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David Hallberg's Recovery Down Under Hasn't Been Easy

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:02:04 +0000

(image) "I came to Australia with a shaved head and a swollen foot. ... It's been extreme hard work, extreme dedication, and also extreme loneliness. This isn't my home. But it feels so comfortable and I've been made to feel so welcome."


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Sergei Polunin's Hollywood Career Begins

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:32:17 +0000

(image) "The 27-year-old Ukrainian ... has been cast in two hot upcoming titles: Kenneth Branagh's all-star adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express and the spy thriller Red Sparrow from Fox, appearing alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton."


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Indianapolis Symphony Posts Record Ticket Sales Income

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:16:04 +0000

(image) The figure for last season was up 15% over 2014-15 and is the fourth increase in a row. Total attendance was down slightly, and there was a $561,000 deficit after three years of surpluses; both decreases can be blamed on (yes, really) the weather.


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Sotheby's Buys Forensics Lab So It Can Catch Forgeries Before It Sells Them

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:02:04 +0000

(image) The auction house has acquired Orion Analytical and is folding the firm into its newly-created scientific research department. James Martin, the firm's founder (and now a Sotheby's exec), has helped the FBI in a number of art fraud cases, not least the Knoedler Gallary debacle.


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Louisville Orchestra Keeps Teddy Abrams Through 2019-20

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:47:31 +0000

(image) Executive director Andrew Kipe says that the 29-year-old music director has "really changed the conversation about the orchestra and its mission and direction. He has wanted the orchestra to do more than be in the concert hall giving concerts."


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Looted Antiquities From Palmyra And Yemen Seized In Geneva

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:32:54 +0000

(image) The artifacts, which range between roughly 1,800 and 2,400 years old, were stored at the Geneva Free Port in 2009-10, before the current Arab civil wars and the rise of ISIS.


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Actor Peter Vaughan, 93, Who Had An Impressive Career Long Before 'Game Of Thrones'

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:16:24 +0000

(image) He'd been acting professionally in British theatre, film, and television for seven decades when he was cast (at age 90) as Maester Aemon in HBO's juggernaut. "With his bulky figure, small eyes and prognathous jaw, he usually played the type of character you would not want to bump into on a dark night in a […]


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Nine Nations And Their Favorite Movies (And The Reasons Why)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:01:50 +0000

(image) These films rarely top critics' lists, but they've definitely captured their people's imaginations. Britain's The Great Escape, Russia's Irony of Fate, India's Sholay - plus titles for France, Germany, Mexico, Japan, Nigeria, and, of course, the U.S. (for which the choice may be arguable but is certainly credible, especially when you adjust its box-office figures […]


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Classical Grammy Nominations For 2017 Include Plenty Of Contemporary Music

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:45:54 +0000

(image) And not just in the contemporary category, either. Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain and John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles are up for best opera recording (Higdon's up for best new composition as well). Among other nominees are the Seattle Symphony doing Dutilleux, Leila Josefowicz acing John Adams, Salonen and the LA Phil zinging Zappa, Third […]


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Jazz Grammy Nominations Feature Familiar Faces (Yet Again)

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:30:51 +0000

(image) "In a year that lacked some of the breakout narratives that have marked the jazz category in recent years - see Gregory Porter, Cecile McLorin Salvant - Grammy voters once more leaned on veteran or otherwise familiar talents for the bulk of the nominations field."


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Director of Communications and Public Relations, Chicago Symphony

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:17:34 +0000

Responsible for creating/implementing communications strategies that help to achieve the CSOA’s overarching goal of growing awareness and support for the Orchestra and CSOA activities in Chicago and around the world.



Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art - The Boss

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:12:11 +0000

Start with an idea to engage with a full spectrum of contemporary performing and visual arts, creativity, and the human experience.



Misleading Headlines About Orchestras

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:08:26 +0000

The headline in this morning's ArtsJournal touted the "bombshell" report by the Toronto Symphony that it had avoided what looked like a likely $4-6 million deficit to instead post an $831,000 surplus AND reduce its long term accumulated debt of almost $12 million by about $5 million. Great news, right? But read down into the […]



NPR Critics Pick Their Favorite Music Of 2016

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:31:25 +0000

(image) Okay - so we don't quite know how Solange beats out Beyonce's Lemonade for best album of the year. But the bigger question is how this eclectic hodgepodge of styles and genres gets sorted out into a big list that features Barbara Hannigan, Miranda Lambert, Rihanna, Chopin mazurkas, Kaytranada and Christopher Rouse. Just what is […]


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All About The Flash: Why Museum Buildings Are Upscaling

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:03:20 +0000

(image) "The old world of museums as quiet, cavernous halls displaying collections of objects for those willing to make the trek is having to adapt. While perhaps branding was once sniffed at in cultural institutions as the dark arts of commercial witchery, today it is a key part of the show. In an age of flashy […]


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Ralph Ellison's 'Invisible Man' Is About More Than We Thought, As A High School Teacher Learns

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:28:40 +0000

(image) Clint Smith: "My classroom was filled with almost exclusively black and brown students, many of them undocumented immigrants. While Ellison wrote of invisibility as a black man caught in the discord of early-twentieth-century racism, this particular group of students read the idea of invisibility not as a metaphor but as a necessity, a way of […]


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