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Top Posts From AJBlogs 06.28.17

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 07:11:56 +0000

Four functions/dysfunctions of managers A former professor of mine used to say that there are two kinds of people in the world: those who divide the world into kinds of people, and those who don’t. Now, as a professor myself, I would add a third kind: ... read more AJBlog: The Artful Manager Published 2017-06-28 […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 06.27.17

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:19:19 +0000

Communities as Data Points? Sometimes a blog post derives from seeing something that only tangentially relates to its point. Such is the case with this one. A while ago I saw an article on the Wallace Foundation’s support of ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2017-06-27 Geri Allen Gone At 60 Geri Allen died […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 06.26.17

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:24:59 +0000

Art for ____________'s sake. What would you fill in? A few weeks back I was in NYC and had the opportunity to attend a Public Forum event featuring the brilliant Jeremy McCarter ... Toward the end of the evening McCarter turned to the rather large panel of activists and artists he had assembled and asked them to […]

Top AJBlog Posts For The Weekend Of 06.25.17

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:15:59 +0000

Four Companies, Six Dances Karole Armitage, Jaqulyn Buglisi, Elisa Monte, and Jennifer Muller join forces. Elisa Monte’s Day’s Residue. Left rear: Clymene Baugher. Jumping (foreground): Scott Willits. Plus Thomas Varvaro, Wade Watson, and Alrick Thomas. Photo: Darial Sneed As ... read more AJBlog: DancebeatPublished 2017-06-24 Lloyd Cole and All the Poets YOUR humble blogger has […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 06.22.17

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:40:52 +0000

Dancing into Summer Jacob’s Pillow opens its season with a Gala performance. ... read more AJBlog: Dancebeat Published 2017-06-22 Propwatch – all the stuff in Hir ‘No good ever came from things.’ This line from Hir by Taylor Mac is guaranteed to strike fear into propwatchers. For what is this series but an act of […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 06.21.17

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:29:30 +0000

Artifacts Reinvented Sally Silvers’ three new works at Roulette, June 15 through 17. I love pondering the palimpsest that is New York City. Sometimes when a building’s skeleton is all that’s left, ... read more AJBlog: Dancebeat Published 2017-06-21  

Top Posts From AJBlogs 06.20.17

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:20:18 +0000

Engagement Terminology Since I got into the weeds of defining development terms last week (Development Terminology), I thought it was time to present the latest in my thinking about terminology related to community engagement. ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2017-06-20 Great new jazz photography: Marc PoKempner portfolio from New Orleans Photos of musicians […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 06.19.17

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:15:12 +0000

On “looky-loos” and the institutions who are desperate for them and desperate for them to behave Reading [Dave] Hickey’s memoir this past week I was suddenly struck by the way arts organizations have set themselves up for this very situation.. ... read more AJBlog: Jumper Published 2017-06-19 Disinterest, distance, and the artist-manager One of the […]

Top AJBlog Posts From The Weekend Of 06.18.17

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 20:45:51 +0000

Jan Swafford and Classical Music YOUR humble blogger is a longtime fan of the classical music writer Jan Swafford, ever since friend gave me his lucid and wise Vintage guide. Swafford, who’s known for biographies of Beethoven, Brahms, and ... read more AJBlog: CultureCrashPublished 2017-06-18 Uncle Vanya Meets Porgy and Bess What did the legendary […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 06.15.17

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 07:37:31 +0000

NEA supports jazz and US arts nationwide The National Endowment of the Arts, arguably the most misunderstood and beleaguered doing-good office of the federal gov’t (excluding the NEH, EPA, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Civil Rights Division of the Justice Dept., and a few others) has issued its 2017 funding report, highlighting that its monies (monies […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 06.14.17

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 07:53:37 +0000

Metropolitan Museum as Renegade: Reorganization Defies AAMD’s Professional Standards The Metropolitan Museum has become a renegade. Its decision to rejigger its organizational chart — elevating the finance-oriented CEO (now President Daniel Weiss) above its (as yet unnamed) new art-centric director — runs contrary to common wisdom about ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2017-06-14 The […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 06.13.17

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:33:36 +0000

Development Terminology Fools rush in ... I may just be a glutton for punishment. However, over the (many) years I taught arts management and the many more in which I have engaged with colleagues ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2017-06-13 Dan Weiss Announced As Met’s CEO: Initial Thoughts My initial reaction to this […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 06.12.17

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 08:37:11 +0000

A Masterpiece That Needs More Attention On Saturday, The Wall Street Journal published my latest entry in its Saturday Masterpiece column, about Enguerrand Quarton’s Pietà of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, ... Many people have told me that they've never noticed the work in the Louvre. Yet is it a large work, more than 5 by 7 feet. ... read more AJBlog: […]

Top AJBlog Posts For The Weekend Of 06.11.17

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 20:15:33 +0000

Propwatch: the facepaint pots in An Octoroon There are knives and flames and even a tomahawk in An Octoroon. But the most hazardous, incendiary objects are three small pots of make-up. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ delirious date with an antebellum melodrama from 1859 ... read more AJBlog: Performance MonkeyPublished 2017-06-11 More About Bengt Hallberg’s “Dinah” Rifftides readers […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 06.07.17

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 08:12:31 +0000

The problem with problems If you work in the arts in higher education (or any education, for that matter), you are likely talking or hearing more about “complex problems,” or perhaps “wicked problems.” These are shorthand for ... read more AJBlog: The Artful Manager Published 2017-06-07 Old world order It’s hard to dismiss someone who […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 06.06.17

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 09:26:21 +0000

Riverside Art Museum In conversations with staff members of the Riverside Art Museum, I learned that their initial work in fostering relationships with Riverside’s Latino communities had resulted in donations to purchase art. But the “hot off the press” revelation came ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2017-06-06 Lost and Found Long ago, I heard […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 06.05.17

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 04:40:48 +0000

Discovery At The National Gallery While I was in London recently (returning before the latest terror attack, thank God), I stopped in at the National Gallery to see its marvelous exhibition, Michelangelo & Sebastiano,  ... read more AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2017-06-05 A Call to Action At least since 1600 leaders have been most afraid […]

Top AJBlog Posts For The Weekend Of 06.04.17

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 20:45:38 +0000

Bud Shank, Just Because… …because you feel like hearing Shank play something you’ve never heard him do. You look around on the internet and see what you can find. There he is in Sao Paulo in ... read more AJBlog: RiffTidesPublished 2017-06-02   Sgt Pepper’s at 50 SO, you may have heard that a famous […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 06.01.17

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 07:49:40 +0000

Belonging gone bad The idea of “belonging” has long been a key point of aspiration and advocacy for the arts. Art builds empathy. Art builds community. Art infuses a sense of belonging into a world so desperate for ... read more AJBlog: The Artful Manager Published 2017-06-01 Other Matters: Meet The Stamps Quartet As I […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 05.31.17

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 09:22:04 +0000

The Impermanent Permanent-Collection Display: LACMA Follows MoMA’s Dicey Example Memo to LA Times art critic Christopher Knight: You were mistaken when you wrote last week that “an impermanent permanent collection” - such as what is being proposed by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2017-05-31 Arcangelo I’ve always […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 05.30.17

Wed, 31 May 2017 07:48:34 +0000

A new lens on ‘excellence’ Arts initiatives that seek social change often face an identity crisis: They are driven by passion, purpose, meaning, and making, but they are generally described and evaluated by more traditional measures. Worse than the challenge ... read more AJBlog: The Artful Manager Published 2017-05-30 Paul Desmond, Gone 40 Years Several […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 05.29.17

Tue, 30 May 2017 07:42:09 +0000

The Enduring Memory Of A Friend A friend from the military chapter of my life asked if I would republish a story that first ran on Memorial Day weekend five years ago. Presented with pleasure at the memory of an ... read more AJBlog: RiffTides Published 2017-05-28

Top AJBlogs For The Weekend Of 05.28.17

Sun, 28 May 2017 20:15:58 +0000

All the Poets: Rhiannon Giddens The second installment of my Los Angeles Review of Books — All the Poets, in which musicians discuss their literary influences — went up the other day: Rhiannon Giddens, who earned her reputation with ... read more AJBlog: CultureCrashPublished 2017-05-28 How to Talk about Saving the NEA The President’s 2018 […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 05.24.17

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:04:08 +0000

Pillow Talk I had planned this post before Trevor O’Donnell wrote this: Is Marketing about the Consumer or the Product? Really I had. ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2017-05-23 Claudia Quintet In Action As pointed out in a Rifftides review earlier this year, drummer John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet ... has unity of thought, purpose […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 05.23.17

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:59:46 +0000

Doomsday Scenario: President Trump’s Bludgeoned Budgets for NEA, NEH, IMLS William “Bro” Adams, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and an Obama appointee, clearly knew what was coming when he precipitously resigned his position yesterday, effective today. Short notice, Bro! ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2017-05-23 The hole story Georg Büchner died […]

Top AJBlogs Stories For The Weekend Of 05.21.17

Sun, 21 May 2017 20:25:42 +0000

Deleting the Formal at Classical Concerts Start with the music. It’s such a simple idea. Last night I went to a symphony choral concert: the Cincinnati May Festival with the symphony and the huge chorus and some soloists. As we took ... read more AJBlog: The Bright RidePublished 2017-05-21 Can art corrupt our politics? At […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 05.18.17

Fri, 19 May 2017 08:40:26 +0000

Some Home Thoughts about Angels from Abroad Paul Levy on Tony Kushner's Angels in America at the National Theatre in London. ... read more AJBlog: Plain English Published 2017-05-18 That Feast of St. Roch? It’s A Milestone in Contemporary Art Tipped off by none other than Philippe de Montebello, who read my review of Eyewitness Views: Making History […]