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An Evolving Landscape Of Creative Re-Use Rights

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:31:14 +0000

(image) So, what do you do if you want to use someone else’s work as a creative jumping off point? “Appropriation art” is in the news these days; just ask artist Richard Prince, who’s been sued multiple times for copyright infringement and won, based on the “fair use” principle.b_c_davis_photo2

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New California Law Requires IMDB To Remove Actors’ Ages If Requested

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:02:40 +0000

(image) “Their ages are already very public and easy to find. The law is designed for the working performer… who wanted the opportunity to be able just to be seen for the first time or to be able to go into a room when they’re not known and be able to show their work and not […]imgres

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Continuing Woes: Metropolitan Museum Lays Off 34 Employees

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:32:31 +0000

(image) As AJBlogger Judith Dobrzynski reported yesterday, the Met is cutting staff.  “The Met has been contending with a ballooning deficit even as it aims to raise money for a $600 million new wing dedicated to Modern and contemporary art and to sustain its eight-year lease at the Met Breuer at a cost of $17 million […]29metitem-master768

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Why Balanchine’s ‘Jewels’ Makes The Perfect Introduction To Ballet

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:02:49 +0000

(image) Alastair Macaulay: “Nobody can miss how vividly different its stage worlds are: the green romantic medieval French forest of ‘Emeralds’ (music by Fauré); the red Modernist high-energy American urban world of ‘Rubies’ (Stravinsky); the wintry white (both snowscape and palace) grand imperial Russian classicism of ‘Diamonds’ (Tchaikovsky). What other artist could conjure these three dissimilar […]jewels

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Gamers Get Re-energized By The Possibilities Of Virtual Reality

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:30:20 +0000

(image) “What makes virtual reality so potent is not only how it envelops players in a 360-degree visual experience, but also how it uses 3-D lenses, immersive audio and head-tracking technology to create a profound sense of physical presence that developers are just beginning to explore.”29vidgame-1-master768

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The Brilliant Astronomer Who Opposed Copernicus And Galilieo On The Grounds Of Science, Not Religion

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:00:16 +0000

(image) Johann Georg Locher “argued that Copernicus was wrong about Earth circling the Sun, and that Earth was fixed in place, at the centre of the Universe, like Ptolemy said. … Indeed, Locher even proposed a mechanism to explain how Earth could orbit the Sun (a sort of perpetual falling – this decades before Isaac Newton […]galileo

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Is The Future Of Americana Music In England?

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:31:42 +0000

(image) “While the Americana Music Festival and Conference, which wrapped on Sunday in Nashville, primarily focused on artists from the States, a good number were from Britain, where the genre is becoming better known and where artists are feeling more enabled to play music that appeals to their sensibilities for string-based music that harkens back to […]4128

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‘Kill Climate Deniers’: The Play That Infiltrated Australia’s Parliament And Became A Breitbart Target

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:00:34 +0000

(image) “Over ambient sound came the disembodied voice of the Canberra musician Reuben Ingall. ‘There are plain-clothed police officers patrolling every floor. You’ll be watched on camera for the whole trip and Australian federal police officers are armed with SR16 semi-automatic assault rifles,’ he said. ‘When you head through security, act as normal as possible. How […]kill-climate-deniers

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The Financialization Of American Education (Let The Debate Begin)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:31:03 +0000

(image) “Reconsidering and reforming our system of higher education should move beyond debates about whether STEM skills—those promoted by the study of science, technology, engineering, and math—trump liberal arts. We need both, not only because it’s impossible to predict exactly what the jobs of the future will be, but also because critical thinking in any field […]Donald Trump with Michael Sexton, the president of Trump University, at the announcement of its founding, New York City, May 2005

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The Eureka, The 19th-Century Proto-Computer That Generated Latin Poetry

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:01:23 +0000

(image) “In July 1845, British curiosity-seekers headed to London’s Egyptian Hall to try out the novelty of the summer. For the price of one shilling, they could stand in front of a wooden bureau, pull a lever, and look behind a panel where six drums, bristling with metal spokes, revolved. At the end of its ‘grinding,’ […]eureka

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Women Dominate This Year’s Giller Prize Shortlist

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:31:55 +0000

(image) Of the six finalists, five are women with Gary Barwin, author of Yiddish for Pirates, the sole male finalist for the prestigious prize.emma

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Where Will Chris Thile Take ‘A Prairie Home Companion’?

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:02:32 +0000

(image) “Thile’s plan, as suggested by his musical-guest choices, is to invert the formula of Prairie Home. Music will take the lead; guest comics like John Hodgman will provide side banter … His challenge is to curate a musical show that’s as attractive for the Prairie Home faithful as it is for a yet-unrealized younger crowd.” […]prairie-home-chris

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What To Do With A Former Saddam Palace? A Museum Of Course

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:31:56 +0000

(image) “The Basrah Museum has been planned for eight years and will join the National Museum in Baghdad as one of the most important institutions in Iraq. For the first time in a generation, the people of southern Iraq will have their own museum—a great achievement under extremely difficult circumstances.”a0a615013afff20dc71799f686284871_7ed03ffd47531f28e83621b911c5cf131404x2000_quality99_o_1atbt4l801vv41h24ugb1rp613ik212

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The Best Foreign-Language Oscar Race: Here’s Some Early Handicapping

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:00:59 +0000

(image) “Frequent competitors – such as France, Spain, Iran, South Korea and Chile – have opted to bank on festival favorites from directors with significant art-house clout. As tried-and-tested as this method of attack sounds, it’s in fact not a given occurrence.”foreign-language-oscar

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Suzan-Lori Parks, Pultizer-Winning Playwright, On Backlash In The Age Of Obama (And Brexit)

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:30:24 +0000

(image) “All I can say is that after Emancipation, when the slaves were freed, there was Reconstruction, which was essentially a lot of blowback. So, after Obama’s eight years, there’s serious blowback. People in America are often encouraged not to think. The basis of politics is to heighten their fears and make them buy something. But, […]suzan-lori-parks

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Mac Wellman Isn’t Just An Unorthodox Playwright, He’s An Unorthodox, And Great, Playwriting Teacher

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:00:32 +0000

(image) Says one former student, Paul Ketchum, “He knows exactly where to put pressure to release the inner playwriting beast of his students. Mac would hate this, but he’s like a fucking dramaturgical acupressure neuromancer.” Wellman talks teaching, structure (he hates it) and gossip with another former student, Eliza Bent.mac_wellman

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The ‘Godfather Of Gore’, Filmmaker Herschell Gordon Lewis, Dead At 87

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:30:48 +0000

(image) “With his 1963 film Blood Feast, Lewis is widely credited with pioneering the splatter genre, despite it being considered ‘an insult even to the most puerile and salacious of audiences’ in a Variety review. A later critique described it as ‘one of the important releases in film history, ushering in a new acceptance of explicit […]godfather-of-gore

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San Francisco Museums’ Controversial Board Chair Keeps Position, Gives Up President’s Title

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:15:42 +0000

(image) “Embattled philanthropist Dede Wilsey, who waged an all-out campaign to stay on as head of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco amid probes into whether she improperly spent the institutions’ money, won approval Tuesday to extend her reign as the city’s queen of culture – although with a new title and possibly less power.”wilsey

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‘You Could Souse Herrings In Chords Like These’: London Critic Smacks Gergiev And The Mariinsky – Hard – For Underrehearsal

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:00:49 +0000

(image) Anna Picard: “Precision has never been part of the Gergiev-Mariinsky rough magic package. While not exactly sight-reading, the orchestra played as though rehearsing for the first time, without stopping to correct infelicities of articulation, intonation, blend, balance and ensemble. If authenticity is sounding like a mutinous scratch band in Cherepovets, this performance had plenty of […]gergiev

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Albright-Knox Gallery In Buffalo Raises $100 Million In 12 Weeks

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:45:21 +0000

(image) The feat was “spurred in large part by a $42.5 million pledge from billionaire bond-trader and Western New York native Jeffrey Gundlach. … [His] gift was designed to flush out millions in matching donations from Western New York foundations, corporations and individuals as well as state, county and city government. It did just that.”albright-knox-staircase

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He Left The Directorship Of The Rijksmuseum To Open This New Institution – And Two Months Later, He’s Quitting

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:30:49 +0000

(image) “[Wim] Pijbes left the position of general director of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam over the summer to lead the Voorlinden, a private contemporary art museum in Wassenaar that was founded by the Dutch art collector and businessman Joop van Caldenborgh. ‘We both had the feeling that it was better for both of us and for […]wim-pijbes

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New Horizons In Merch: Britain’s National Theatre Brands Its Own Line Of Stage Equipment

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:15:31 +0000

(image) “National Theatre-approved backstage hardware products will be developed as part of a new relationship with theatrical goods supplier Flints. The tie-up means that props and carpentry departments at the NT will test new products for Flints, including paints and other prop-making tools, which will then be given an NT ‘stamp of approval’ and carried in […]national-theatre

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Ravi Shankar’s Only Opera To Get World Premiere, 4½ Years After His Death

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:00:50 +0000

(image) “Days before what was to be his final surgery, Shankar outlined his vision for the complete opera” – titled Sukanya – “to his longtime collaborator David Murphy, who, with the help of Shankar’s daughter Anoushka, has since brought the opera to fruition. ‘He’d written the whole piece in outline – the entire raga structure and […]ravi-shankar

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The Culture Wars Buffet France, And The Schools Are The Battleground

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:45:30 +0000

(image) “Changes to how Joan of Arc and other touchstone historical figures are taught in elementary school, as well as changes to how French, Latin and Greek are introduced, have sparked fierce arguments between right-leaning politicians and intellectuals, who believe schools should foster national pride, and the Socialist education minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem and her defenders, who […]culture-wars-buffet-france

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Iraq’s Newest Museum Opens – In Saddam’s Former Palace In The City He Tried To Strangle

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:31:57 +0000

(image) “The Basrah Museum has been planned for eight years and will join the National Museum in Baghdad as one of the most important institutions in Iraq. For the first time in a generation, the people of southern Iraq will have their own museum – a great achievement under extremely difficult circumstances.”basrah-museum

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Top Posts From AJBlogs 09.27.16

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:47:09 +0000

Arts Congressional Report Card: Why The Arts Have No Political Clout Americans for the Arts Action Fund PAC has released its 2016 Congressional Arts Report Card rating members of Congress on their support for the arts. Many lobby groups do such rankings as a way of … read more AJBlog: diacritical | Douglas McLennan Published […]

Brent Assink To Leave San Francisco Symphony

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:40:46 +0000

(image) Assink has been executive director for 17 years. “Running an organization presenting more than 220 concerts a year, with an operating budget close to $70 million (and including the crisis years of the Great Recession), Assink guided the orchestra through many challenges, saved it from going deeper into debt, even during the unusually expensive season […]Los Angeles and San Francisco Advertising Portrait Photographer Marc Olivier Le Blanc, Advertising, Editorial and Lifestyle.

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Want Creative Kids? Give Them Things That Will Bore Them

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:01:38 +0000

(image) “Boredom is where creativity is born. Boredom is not the enemy. Boredom is the friend. Boredom is what gives rise to ‘What happens when I take a picture between my fingers? What happens when I turn the camera sideways?’”gl2409_essay-simplicity-768×1024

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Why Is Tenure Important? It Changes What Professors Tell Us Is True

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:02:03 +0000

(image) “When researchers get the message that they better not produce data that might offend the powerful, they end up telling us not what is true, but what we want to hear. Policy separates from reality, and we end up with waste and poor outcomes in education, healthcare, economics, and the justice system. Good policy cannot […]idea_sized-phil-roeder-8027995469_9cf2a73cdc_o

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Teach The Three “R”s? That’s Not What Education Is For

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:31:39 +0000

(image) “Instruction is the least important part of education. Most information is accessible from books and the media. Basic literacy and numeracy are important, but many if not most skills used by adults in daily life are picked up on the job. The main objective of education in every enduring society is to transmit authoritative cultural, […]what-is-education-for-the-smart-set

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