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Protesters Demand That ICA Boston Cancel Dana Schutz Show Because Of 'Open Casket' (Which Is Not In The Show)

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:02:44 +0000

(image) Evidently believing that Schutz hasn't been punished enough for having shown her painting of the murdered Emmett Till at the Whitney Biennial, a group of activists wrote in an open letter, "The institution will be participating in condoning the coopting of Black pain and showing the art world and beyond that people can co-opt sacred […]dana schutz


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Anger At Black Actor Getting Booted From 'Great Comet' To Make Room For Mandy Patinkin

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 12:46:38 +0000

(image) This week it was announced that Patinkin would make a now-rare appearance on Broadway, starring for three weeks in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. To accommodate Patinkin's schedule, the producers cut short the contract of the actor currently playing Pierre, Hamilton alumnus Okieriete Onaodowan ("Oak"). Some fellow minority actors are denouncing the […]oak


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Mariinsky Ballet Names Xander Parish Principal Dancer

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 12:31:54 +0000

(image) The 31-year-old Briton "was confirmed last night as only the second foreigner [ever] to be promoted to the top tier of the company, which was previously known as the Kirov."Xander-Parish


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Ousted Met Museum Director Thomas Campbell Lands Next Gig: Getty Rothschild Fellowship

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 12:15:31 +0000

(image) "Thomas P. Campbell, who last month ended his tumultuous tenure as chief executive of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has been chosen as the second recipient of the Getty Rothschild Fellowship ... The fellowship supports scholarship in art history, collecting and conservation, offering art historians, museum professionals or conservators up to eight months of research […]thomas campbell


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Michiko Kakutani, New York Times Book Critic, Steps Down After 38 Years

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 12:00:31 +0000

(image) "Sources familiar with her decision, which comes a year after the Times restructured its books coverage, [said] that last year's election had triggered a desire to branch out and write more essays about culture and politics in Trump's America."michiko-kakutani-nytimes


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The Essential Michiko Kakutani Reader

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 11:59:03 +0000

(image) "Below are highlights from Kakutani's tenure at the Times - her reviews of major novels and autobiographies, her obituaries and appreciations, her profiles and essays. Together they represent a vigorously led life of the mind, a crash course in contemporary literature and a tour through the zeitgeist of the turn of the millennium."michiko kakutani reader


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Six Ex-Officials In South Korea Sentenced To Prison For Blacklisting Artists

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 11:44:18 +0000

(image) The six, including former President Park Geun-hye's chief of staff and culture minister, were convicted of perjury, abuse of power, and related charges for having drawn up a list of cultural figures and denied them state funding and access to programs because they were seen as political opponents of Park.south korea


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Turin's Big New Tate Modern-Style Arts Complex Set To Open With William Kentridge And Tino Sehgal

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 11:29:23 +0000

(image) "After Berlin's Hamburger Bahnhof and London's Tate Modern, the trend for converting industrial buildings into contemporary art spaces looks set to continue in the northern Italian city of Turin. The Officine Grandi Riparazioni (OGR), an H-shaped complex of 19th-century railway repair workshops covering an area of 35,000 sq. m, is due to reopen as a […]turin


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Why Is Hollywood Making Movies ABout Emojis And Video Games And Legos?

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:02:24 +0000

(image) This trend toward I.P.-­based movies has been profound. In 1996, of the top 20 grossing films, nine were live-­action movies based on wholly original screenplays. In 2016, just one of the top 20 grossing movies, ‘‘La La Land,’’ fit that bill. Just about everything else was part of the Marvel universe or the DC Comics […]30fruitninja1-superJumbo


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Are Working Class Actors Returning To The Theatre? Jim Cartwright Says Yes

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 21:32:58 +0000

(image) "The working class thing is an attitude. It's a burning, it's a feeling inside," Cartwright says. "That's what came in the '50s. It wasn't just that they were from a particular area or a particular economic strata. They carried with them a certain fire. That's what we're building in the classes. We're not just classes […]_97057864_dsc_0250


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Report: Creative Industry Jobs Are Fastest-Growing Sector In The UK

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 20:59:59 +0000

(image) "The latest employment statistics from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport found that almost two million people worked in the creative industries in 2016, a 5% increase on the previous year. Across the UK, employment grew by 1.2% year on year. The overall number of creative industries employees has grown from 1.5 million […]Creative-sector-report-shutterstock_ZaryaMaximAleandrovich


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Are Trigger Warnings Censorship (Or A Good Idea?)

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 20:32:03 +0000

(image) If you search for” books with trigger warnings” you will hit an interminable list of titles which include, and are not restricted to, suicide; self-harm; eating disorders; grief; miscarriage; addiction; racism; rape; sexual violence; incest. Where do you draw the line?image


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Sven Birkerts Found It More And More Difficult To Write. Then The Impulse Returned

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 20:02:46 +0000

(image) "The change did not come overnight, but I did start to notice a while back that I was having fewer of these word surges interrupting whatever I was doing. Less and less often was I waking up wanting to strategize — plotting out paragraph transitions like a traveler marking a route on a map, except […]phpThumb_generated_thumbnail


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Eric Booth: Here's What Democratization Of The Arts Really Means

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 19:32:11 +0000

(image) "For a very long time, the criteria for excellence in the arts have been owned by a particular body of experts who generally have a condescending view of the quality of art developed in community-based and social change programs and projects. These credentialed “experts” hold to a definition of quality largely based in an “art […]booth, image of teachig artist Karis


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The Strange Tastes Of Bookstore Shoplifters (Kierkegaard And Wittgenstein?)

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 19:04:34 +0000

(image) Sure, thieves make off with expensive coffee-table books and textbooks, but, says the manager of the London Review Bookshop, "Our most-stolen authors, in order, are Baudrillard, Freud, Nietzsche, Graham Greene, Lacan, Camus, and whoever puts together the Wisden [Cricketers'] Almanack." One booklifter who got caught said as he was escorted from the store, "I hope […]booklifting


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How The Trump Era Is Changing The Nature Of Comedy

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:31:51 +0000

(image) "Comedy is not dead, but it is changing. And comedy’s association with honesty is far more recent than we might think. You and I just happen to have grown up during an unusual period in the history of comedy, one in which it became strangely bound up with truth and virtue. Trump, thank God, has […]1560x1040_CS_ComedyIsDead_2@2x


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Is T.J. Miller Doing A Joaquin Phoenix/James Franco-Style Weirdo Act? Or Is He Really This Weird?

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:01:40 +0000

(image) That's the question fans of the now-former Silicon Valley star (and concerned onlookers) are considering following this, er, exceptional profile by David Marchese.tj miller


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Paul Jacobs: Classical Musicians Are Not So Much Advocates For Their Art But Apologists

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:32:49 +0000

(image) "So much of our understanding of the arts in this country is bound up with the individual tastes of the listener or consumer. The primacy of classical music as an artful or superior genre has gradually diminished. Increasingly, classical musicians are not so much advocates for their art as apologists. This is not a trend […]screenshot2-1501081613-100


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Economists Predicted Progress Would Lead To Lives Of Leisure. But Indigenous Tribes Had Figured That Out Long Ago

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:32:11 +0000

(image) "Convinced that mankind had been on a journey of unrelenting progress since we emerged from the swamp, he believed the 15-hour week to be the culmination of hundreds of generations’ collective ingenuity and effort. Perhaps Keynes would have had a different view had he known that the 15-hour week was a reality for some of […]24stoneWeb-master768


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He Launched The Careers Of David Lynch, The Coen Brothers, And John Sayles - And Now (At Last) He's Directed A Movie Himself

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:02:13 +0000

(image) "He was sometimes a producer, more often a distributor and exhibitor. He decided to buy Mr. Lynch's Eraserhead (1977) after seeing only half of it and made it a cult hit. Before that, he invented the phenomenon of the midnight movie, with El Topo (1970), selling out the Elgin for six months, followed by Pink […]Ben Barenholtz


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Should Serious Dancers Really Go To College?

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:31:53 +0000

(image) Although schools like Juilliard and Bennington College have made degrees acceptable for modern dancers for decades, the competitive ballet world (which often follows a philosophy of "the younger the better") tends to discourage higher education.980x


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Not With A Pop, But With A Hiss, The Higher-Education Price Bubble Is Deflating

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:03:53 +0000

(image) Derek Thompson: "Altogether, the numbers paint a clear picture: The higher-education market is not bursting, like a popped soap bubble; but it is leaking, like a pierced balloon. What's going on? The explanation is a little bit of weak demand, a little bit of over-supply, a big crackdown on for-profit colleges, and, perhaps, a subtle […]higher ed bubble


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Arundhati Roy Leads This Year's Booker Man Longlist

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:31:35 +0000

(image) On a longlist thronged with literary titans, whose combined trophy cabinet would include the Pulitzer, the Costa, the Baileys, the Folio, the Impac and the Goldsmiths prizes, Roy – the only author to have won the Booker before – is listed for her novel about an Indian transgender woman, which judges called a “rich and […]3279


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Menil Collection's New Drawing Institute Will Not Be Opening This Fall

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:04:21 +0000

(image) "The public opening of the MDI, originally scheduled for Oct. 7, has been postponed until sometime next year. Three planned exhibitions for the space are also being shuffled. Menil Collection director Rebecca Rabinow said the organization's earlier move-in plan was 'probably a little too aggressive.'"menil drawing inst


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We're Approaching A Major Turning Point In Trump-Era Pop Culture

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:36:24 +0000

(image) Mark Harris writes about how audiences are finding current-day resonance in properties like The Handmaid's Tale, The Americans, The Big Sick, and Dunkirk that were planned and written well before the 2016 election. However, "this moment is coming into focus just as it's about to end. ... With the advent of autumn we'll move into […]trump-parallels


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What The Hell Does Michael Moore Want Now? To Go On Broadway And Change People's Minds

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:05:36 +0000

(image) "Now Mr. Moore, this willfully disheveled, 63-year-old hybrid of Noam Chomsky and P. T. Barnum, expects theatergoers to pay Broadway ticket prices to watch him in a one-man show, The Terms of My Surrender. After his previous documentaries, books and television shows, does he have anything left to say, and does he really believe it […]michael moore


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Auschwitz Artifacts To Go On Tour, Very Carefully

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:18:26 +0000

(image) "More than 72 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, the first traveling exhibition about the Nazi death camp will begin a journey later this year to 14 cities across Europe and North America, taking heartbreaking artifacts to multitudes who have never seen such horror up close."auschwitz a


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