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Top Posts From AJBlogs For The Weekend Of 02.19.17

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:45:27 +0000

2017 Portland Festival Report No. 1 The Branford Marsallis Quartet and singer Kurt Elling combined in the first major concert of the 2017 Portland, Oregon PDX Jazz Festival. A packed audience in the capacious Newmark Theater heard a ... read more AJBlog: RiffTidesPublished 2017-02-18 The Martha Graham Dance Company’s New Visions The Martha Graham Dance […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 02.16.17

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:22:30 +0000

Finally, A Botticelli Exhibition in the U.S. The Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary, in Williamsburg, Va., has pulled off another noteworthy show, again eliciting important loans from Italy that other, larger museums would covet. ... read more AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2017-02-16 Propwatch: the dummy in The Pitchfork […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 02.15.17

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:26:23 +0000

Is The Institutionalization Of Our Arts A Dead End? In his essay looking back on Lincoln Center on its 50th birthday, Joe Horowitz suggests that the cultural citadel built optimistically to be a launching pad for the American performing arts, might have turned out ... read more AJBlog: diacritical | Douglas McLennan Published 2017-02-16 Is artistic leadership at […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 02.14.17

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:43:45 +0000

Communities as Resources Too often (far, far too often), work that is thought of as engagement work views the arts organization or arts professional as the exclusive bearer of resources. ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2017-02-14 Merce in Nancy CCN – Ballet de Lorraine presents three works from its repertory at the Joyce […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 02.13.17

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:56:37 +0000

Paint, Hats and Degas–Really? Today the Saint Louis Art Museum opened a new exhibition called Degas, Impressionism and the Paris Millinery Trade. On the surface, it sounds like one of those cooked-up theses, a mix of fashion with art, ... A gimmick. Well, probably not. ... read more AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2017-02-12 Second […]

Top AJBlog Posts For The Weekend, 02.12.17

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 21:15:01 +0000

Meetings Across Space and Time Douglas Dunn + Dancers’ Antipodes comes to roost in Danspace St. Mark’s. Paul Singh supports Christopher Williams in Douglas Dunn’s Antipodes. Laura Brenneman at the piano, Mimi Gross’s woodpecker on the pillar. Photo: Ian Douglas ... read more AJBlog: DancebeatPublished 2017-02-12 Other Matters: Language, “Going Forward,” “Upcoming” Diplomats, politicians and […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 02.09.17

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 08:56:47 +0000

On “Artivism” – a conversation with Amy Hunter I met Amy Hunter in St. Louis in October 2014, less than 3 months after the shooting of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson.  At the time, she served as Director of Racial Justice for the YWCA of Metro St. Louis. ... read more AJBlog: Audience Wanted Published 2017-02-09 ICYMI: Matisse and […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 02.08.17

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 09:25:58 +0000

Svend Asmussen, RIP He was one of the handful of violinists who in the 1930s proved the instrument capable of swing and emotional expression at the highest jazz level. He may well have been the only man still alive in the new century who had played with Fats Waller, Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli, Stuff Smith, Benny […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 02.07.17

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:40:45 +0000

Universality/Particularity A view of the universality of an art (or any element of culture) is at odds with the reality of different cultures and different forms of cultural expression. ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2017-02-07 From London to New Jersey The Richard Alston Dance Company at Montclair State University’s Peak Performances, February 2 […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 02.06.17

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 09:00:33 +0000

American Art Benefits: A Little Noticed $100 Million Gift Everyone I know is reading more news these days – until they give up and decide to avoid news altogether. Either way, some good news in the art world is not getting enough attention. ... read more AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2017-02-06 Music and the […]

Top AJBlogs From The Weekend Of 02.05.17

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 20:15:35 +0000

Political Dispatches Caught the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) exhibition Dispatches this weekend.  Dispatches was mounted just before the 2016 election; in its own words it “includes a survey of works from 2010 – present and ... read more AJBlog: Infinite Curves Published 2017-02-05 When the Last is not the Last Batsheva Dance Company, live […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 02.02.17

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 09:33:00 +0000

Resilience: The Spirit of 9/12 We remember the fear and uncertainty of 9/11. ... But what do we remember of 9/12?  What do we remember of the long and arduous process that commenced the next day - the effort to restore calm, order and clarity?  How long did it take to achieve strategic thinking?... read […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.31.17

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 08:17:03 +0000

Privilege/Encumbrance: Part III This post is the last of a three-part series that is not strictly about community engagement. However, to engage with communities with which one is not familiar it is essential to understand the dynamics of privilege. ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2017-01-31 What is classical music? We need a new […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.30.17

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 08:15:25 +0000

In Philadelphia: Revolutionary Art In today’s New York Times, I wrote about the conservation and erection of George Washington’s surviving field headquarters tent - a fragile thing, as you may well imagine. ... read more AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2017-01-30 The Composition Program of My Dreams When I was an undergraduate student, I won […]

Top AJBlogs Posts For The Weekend 01.29.17

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 21:45:09 +0000

Glittering Athletes AJBlog: DancebeatPublished 2017-01-28 eighth blackbird AJBlog: Infinite CurvesPublished 2017-01-27 My new play AJBlog: About Last NightPublished 2017-01-27 Replay: Agnes Moorehead reads Proust on The Hollywood Palace AJBlog: About Last NightPublished 2017-01-27 Almanac: Jacques Maritain on love at first sight AJBlog: About Last NightPublished 2017-01-27

Today's AJBlog Highlights 01.27.17

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 06:49:41 +0000

eighth blackbird AJBlog: Infinite Curves Published 2017-01-27 My new play AJBlog: About Last Night Published 2017-01-27

Highlights From Today's AJBlogs 01.26.17

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 02:03:41 +0000

Cause for Cautious Optimism? NEA’s Statement on Continued Federal Funding Widespread reports that President Trump has decided to ax the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities may (or may not) be premature. The only hard information on this that I’ve seen is Alexander Bolton‘s ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2017-01-26 What our new audience wants Over […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.24.17

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 10:59:37 +0000

Days of tension, anger and (thank God) New York Polyphony Post-inauguration Saturday wasn’t the easiest time to be in New York City. Whatever side you were on politically, the streets in much of mid-town were closed off. Police were everywhere. Cars seemed not to know ... read more AJBlog: Condemned to Music Published 2017-01-24 What […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.23.17

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:15:49 +0000

Trump’s biggest first threat to the arts: Ending net neutrality Terrible as it will be for the Trump administration to kill the National Endowments of the Arts and Humanities, gutting net neutrality seems to me an even more damaging attack on the arts, independent and upstart media and America’s commons. ... read more AJBlog: Jazz Beyond Jazz […]

Top AJBlogs For The Weekend Of 01.22.17

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:30:54 +0000

Who’s responsible for The Donald? The Founding Fathers. My cousin Jonathan’s witty Protest Banner Last Friday Donald Trump was inaugurated as President of the United States. Across the world this weekend millions, mostly women, have marched to protest the event. It is already ... read more AJBlog: Plain English Published 2017-01-22 Reflections on a Half Century […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.19.17

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:53:23 +0000

Killing NEA, NEH And PBS Is Just Collateral Damage In The Commodification Of American Values So it begins. ... Zeroing out the culture budgets isn’t about money; together, the NEA, NEH and PBS account for barely 0.02 percent of the federal budget. Neither is it about art the Trumpsters think is offensive or artists they don’t […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.18.17

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:03:08 +0000

Context: Hollywood’s Political Bias? It’s Money Unquestionably, a majority of the people who work in Hollywood lean politically left. More than lean, in many cases. But how much of their politics makes it onto the big screen? ... read more AJBlog: diacritical | Douglas McLennan Published 2017-01-17 Privilege/Encumbrance: Part I For any person of color […]

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 […]

Top AJBlogs For The Weekend Of 01.15.17

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:00:51 +0000

  This Week in Audience: The Arts As A Lens On The World This Week: A philanthropic might make more sense for your audience… Should you feel guilty watching big-screen movies on your phone?… Seeing your art as a lens on the world… Does putting opera on ... read more AJBlog: AJ Arts AudiencePublished 2017-01-15 […]

Today's AJBlog Highlight 01.13.17

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 04:09:13 +0000

Art Errors: Steve Cohen Evades Not Only the Feds, But Also the New Yorker’s Fact-Checkers When I read the art-related passages in the New Yorker‘s Total Return: When the feds went after a hedge-fund legend (aka Steve Cohen, the mega-collector ), all I could think of was: Where are the ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2017-01-13

Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.12.17

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:29:22 +0000

Good News for the New Year: Reinstallation of the Getty Villa If you’re down in the dumps about Trump, or just coping with some post-holiday blues, I’m making an effort this month to perk you up with something atypical of the hypercritical CultureGrrl — good news. ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2017-01-12  

Top Posts From AJBlogs 01.11.17

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:57:20 +0000

California in New York Two of the many dance performances that the week in the wake of New Years Day. ... read more AJBlog: Dancebeat Published 2017-01-11