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Presidential Libraries As Political Monuments

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:31:14 +0000

(image) "The collections are of value to historians, but can self-aggrandizing presentations even be considered drafts of history? They are really ante-historical. Or anti-historical. They resemble the self-tributes that royalty once erected. Former presidents create monuments celebrating their own excellence, and the results are managed in perpetuity by the National Archives."

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Testing The Detroit Institute Of Arts' New Augmented Reality App

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:03:28 +0000

(image) "At a media preview on January 9," writes Sarah Rose Sharp, "the Detroit Institute of Arts introduced Lumin, a new interpretive guide developed in partnership with Google and an augmented reality (AR) platform creator called GuidiGO. Subsequently, a tempest of conflicting emotions was triggered in the soul of this arts writer."

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What Charlie Hebdo Teaches Us About Freedom Of Speech

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:31:59 +0000

(image) "Understanding Charlie Hebdo in context does not mean always liking it, but for those struggling to affirm their commitment to free speech in today’s climate, the paper’s example is worth exploring and, yes, celebrating."

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Portland's Disjecta Contemporary Art Center Fires Its Founder, And The Recriminations Fly

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:03:19 +0000

(image) "On New Year's Eve, the organization's founder and executive director, Bryan Suereth, was officially dismissed by Disjecta's board of directors, following disputes over his leadership and an eleventh-hour attempt by supporters to keep him at the helm." Said disputes over Suereth's leadership are by no means over, though even he and his supporters acknowledge that […]

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William Peter Blatty, Author Of 'The Exorcist', Dead At 89

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:33:45 +0000

(image) He sold vacuum cleaners, drove a beer truck, joined the Air Force and USIA, and spent the '60s writing comic novels and screenplays in L.A. before creating the book and film that changed the horror genre and conquered pop culture.

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Peter Gelb Cancels One Of Met Opera's New Productions For Next Season

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:02:31 +0000

(image) The company's general manager says that "postponing" the new Verdi Forza del destino staging, a co-production with English National Opera, by Calixto Bieito will save the financially troubled Met $1 million. (Gelb didn't mention that Bieito is probably the most controversial, not to say notorious, of the directors with new productions planned for 2016-17.)

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'Fun Home' Book/Lyrics Writer Lisa Kron Wins $100,000 Kleban Prize

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:33:38 +0000

(image) Kron, who took home two Tony Awards for Fun Home, received the 2017 Kleban for "most promising musical theater librettist"; the prize for "most promising musical theater lyricist" went to 36-year-old Daniel Zaitchik (Picnic at Hanging Rock).

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National Book Critics Circle Finalists Announced, And There's One Huge Snub

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:16:12 +0000

(image) Zadie Smith, Michael Chabon, Louise Erdrich, Ann Patchett, Jane Mayer, Robert Pinsky, Marion Coutts, and Peter Orner are there; Margaret Atwood's getting a lifetime achievement award - but conspicuously missing is one of 2016's biggest successes, a National Book Award winner and Oprah pick.

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Australia's Leading Baroque Music Festival Shuts Down, Owing Performers $400,000

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:01:39 +0000

(image) Brisbane Baroque was a huge hit with audiences, critics, and awards bodies (it won five Helpmann Awards including one for the best opera production in all of Australia), but musicians and creditors went months without getting paid and the festival's executive director checked himself into a psych ward.

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Hoard Of Gold Coins Found Inside Antique Broadwood Piano

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:48:30 +0000

(image) "The gold was recently discovered by a tuner inside a Broadwood upright piano which had originally been sold in 1906 by a musical instruments shop in Saffron Walden, Essex."

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Artist Who Nailed His Scrotum To Red Square Flees Russia After Rape Charge, Seeks Asylum

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:33:39 +0000

(image) Pyotr Pavlensky - the protest artist who not only fastened his junk to the pavement in front of the Kremlin but also physically sewed his lips together while Pussy Riot was in prison and set fire to the front door of Russia's secret service headquarters - has fled to France with his wife and children […]

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Dispatches From The Art World In A Turkey Gone Mad: 'It's Not Chaos, But The Atomization Of Life'

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:16:42 +0000

(image) "What is a stake in Turkey today is not politics in any general manner; it's a delusion that, under the banner of religion, is swallowing up the whole of reality. ... Conversations with artists reveal a dark mood, and everyone across the class spectrum is focused on one topic: When to leave? Where to go? […]

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One Of Europe's Last Professional Yiddish Theaters Hangs On In Bucharest

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:02:59 +0000

(image) These days many of the actors have to learn the language after they get cast, and they spent two years out of their building after the roof fell in, but the plays (now with titles in Romanian) keep coming, as they have since 1940 - and the company is now run by one of the […]

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Dance Classes For The Blind At The Royal Ballet

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:47:53 +0000

(image) "The participants range from young adults to senior citizens and have varying degrees of sight, but they all agree on the positive effects" - better balance, improved range of motion - "of the class. Sessions include a mix of barre and center work, as well as some weight-sharing and partnering exercises." (video)

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Indonesia's First Contemporary Art Museum To Open This Fall

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:32:32 +0000

(image) "The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum MACAN), the first institution of its kind in Indonesia, has announced that it will officially open to the public in Jakarta in November 2017 after delays in the construction of [its] landmark multi-purpose building."

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Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.16.17

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:07:29 +0000

Art Is As Art Does A recent dinner conversation with friends rolled around to the question:  “What is art?” A long conversation ensued.  Someone offered up Wikipedia’s definition ... This group of arts administrators was unsatisfied. ... read more AJBlog: Audience Wanted Published 2017-01-16 Monday Recommendation: John Coltrane John Coltrane, Live At Birdland (Impulse) On this […]

Walker Art Center Artistic Director Fionn Meade Resigns

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:55:30 +0000

(image) "Meade had served since March 2015 as the Walker’s artistic director, a newly created role at the museum. Prior to that, he had served for ten months as the Walker’s senior curator of cross-disciplinary platforms, another newly created role. He effectively took over as chief curator after Darsie Alexander left the institution to become director […]

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Bankrupt Big Apple Circus For Sale

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:31:23 +0000

(image) "The circus said its debts amounted to $8.3 million, against assets of $3.8 million, in its Chapter 11 filing. The Big Apple Circus began in 1977 and at its height staged more than 300 shows per year."

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After 146 Years Ringling Brothers Circus To Fold Its Tents

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:30:47 +0000

(image) “Ringling Bros. ticket sales have been declining, but following the transition of the elephants off the road, we saw an even more dramatic drop. This, coupled with high operating costs, made the circus an unsustainable business for the company.”

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Toronto Symphony Launches National Project To Make A Case For Canadian Composers

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:02:59 +0000

(image) "The list of partners includes virtually every major and many minor orchestras, with commissioned composers including Andrew Balfour, Chan Ka Nin, Kevin Lau, Nicole Lizée and John Rea among others. The orchestras themselves have been invited to choose the composers with whom they would like to work, with the TSO agreeing to perform the full […]

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What If The Future Is As Real As The Past?

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:31:00 +0000

(image) Physicists have been suggesting as much since Einstein. It’s all just the space-time continuum. “So in the future, the sister of the past,” thinks young Stephen Dedalus in Ulysses, “I may see myself as I sit here now but by reflection from that which then I shall be.” Twisty!

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Literature In The Time Of Obama (Is It A Thing?)

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:02:06 +0000

(image) What will we mean when someday we refer to Obama Lit? I think we’ll be discussing novels about authenticity, or about “problems of authenticity.” What does that mean?

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How Money Changes What (And How) Writers Write

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:26:14 +0000

(image) "Money taints everything, why not writing too? Once its value is determined by the marketplace rather than the writer or the reader, our relationship to literature becomes estranged. From bloated celebrity advances to rejected masterpieces, the market is more than just a poor arbiter of lasting quality: it tends to obscure that quality behind purely […]

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What Works? US Symphony Orchestras Are Programming Live Music Movie Nights

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:02:23 +0000

(image) "The allure of this programming from an orchestra’s perspective is easy to see. In their never-ending quest to bring in new audiences — particularly patrons for whom the standard classical repertoire is less familiar terrain than it was to their parents and grandparents — the San Francisco Symphony and similar organizations have found a product […]

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Architect Of The US Capitol Orders Painting Removed

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:31:38 +0000

(image) "Critics of the painting said the officers were depicted as pigs, which sparked outrage among Republican lawmakers and some police groups. Supporters said it was an example of free expression that deserved to be displayed. The dispute led to a bizarre back-and-forth as GOP lawmakers unilaterally ripped the painting from the wall and returned it […]

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How I Learned Systematically To Adore Classical Music

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:03:47 +0000

(image) "I stood like a tourist at the foot of Everest. The tower of music loomed forebodingly before me. I began with baby steps, playing piano records in the background as I went about the day, letting the tunes seep in by osmosis, not getting too close in case I scared myself off. Over the next […]

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The Eiffel Tower To Get A €300 Million Refurbishment Over 15 Years

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:31:33 +0000

(image) "The landmark, which receives more paying tourists—around seven million a year—than any other monument in the world, was built as the centerpiece of the 1889 Universal Exposition. The planned refurbishment is intended to bolster the French capital’s bids to host another World’s Fair in 2025 and, before that, the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic games, according […]

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Six Female Artists At The Top Of The Auction Charts

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:02:46 +0000

(image) Auction prices are a terrible way of judging the value of an artist. But they do tell you something about the demand for their work. Male artists command higher prices generally, but these six women are rising in the auction market.

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Dev Patel On Being A Young Actor 'Hungry To Show Emotional Range'

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:30:22 +0000

(image) The star of Slumdog Millionaire and the new film Lion moved directly into acting from being a teenager in school. "Everything I’ve learned, I’ve learned from great directors and my co-stars. Acting is about honesty. When I began, I was trying to squeeze as much emotion out of roles as I could and get big […]

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What Will Help Marines Prepare For Future Wars? Why, Science Fiction, Of Course

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:00:02 +0000

(image) That's right, the U.S. Marine Corps hired science fiction writers to come up with ideas for future scenarios. "The stories share common themes of political chaos, a rising China, a less-powerful and more inward-looking United States, conflicts over environmental resources, and the growth of megacities in the developing world. For Marines, who are the first […]

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