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Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.26.17

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:00:28 +0000

A failure of SHIFT — there wasn’t much buzz Why I’m writing these posts about SHIFT, a festival featuring orchestras from around the U.S., coproduced in Washington by the Kennedy Center and Washington Performing Arts, with all tickets affordably priced at $25):  ... read more AJBlog: Sandow Published 2017-04-26 Out-of-Towner Downer: Metropolitan Museum Considers a Xenophobic Admission […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.25.17

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:19:22 +0000

Combining Cultures This year, Ballet Hispanico will celebrate its 47th anniversary. I know, I know. In the performing-arts world, we only go all out for a year that ends in zero or five. But what’s immodest about a company being proud of its achievements in other years? ... read more AJBlog: Dancebeat Published 2017-04-25 “Moral […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.24.17

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:17:31 +0000

Who Gets What? David Rockefeller’s Art Bequests Of all his art interests, we have long known that the Museum of Modern Art came first for David Rockefeller, who died last month. But there were in his will a few other bequests for museums. ... read more AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2017-04-24 Monday Recommendation: Krukowski, […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs For The Weekend Of 04.23.17

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 19:45:30 +0000

Metrics at the museum The Washington Post‘s Philip Kennicott decided to try visiting the popular Kusama exhibit at the Hirshhorn not as a critic, with all its special viewing privileges, but as an ordinary member of the public. The ... read more AJBlog: For What it’s WorthPublished 2017-04-23 Recent Listening: Cuong Vu Plays Michael Gibbs […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.20.17

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:42:05 +0000

Smart Move In Brooklyn A lot of people today are interested in “design.” Unless they are furnishing a home, not all that many are interested in “decorative arts.” They are, of course, fraternal if not identical twins. ... read more AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2017-04-20 Miles, Cleanhead, Sonny And “Four” “Four” is one of […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.18.17

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:30:59 +0000

Doin’ It: Performing Arts In my last three posts I have been exploring participatory experiences as being an important element in the work of arts organizations. This week I want to talk about participatory experiences in the performing arts. ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2017-04-18 Butch Morris’s workbook for spontaneous composition published The deathbed wish […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.17.17

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:04:48 +0000

The Met’s new Rosenkavalier: Hello Robert Carsen, goodbye (maybe) to Renée Fleming So personal is the relationship between Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier and its admirers that the arrival of a new production at the Metropolitan Opera is like having your living room redecorated: It has to happen every so often but disrupts your inner and outer […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs For The Weekend Of 04.16.17

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 20:45:23 +0000

What We Learned About Audience This Week: Is Streaming Good For The Arts? How About The Death Of Retail? This Week: Is streaming performances good for the arts?… Why Are we still allowing ticket surcharges?… Another study tells us how to build arts audiences… TV’s audience base is slipping away… How will the ... read […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.13.17

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 06:55:14 +0000

At The Met, A Most Timely Acquisition Maybe I should not admit this, but I never heard of Luisa Ignacia Roldán until a few weeks ago, when I learned that the Metropolitan Museum of Art had recently purchased a polychrome terracotta sculpture by her. ... read more AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2017-04-13  

Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.12.17

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 07:50:18 +0000

Plumbing Duchamp’s Urinal: How Erudite Art Historians Piss on Simplicity When pondering the meaning of enigmatic artworks, critics and scholars often mix factual knowledge with leaps of interpretive imagination, conveyed through highfalutin verbiage. Thus it was when ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2017-04-12  

Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.11.17

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:35:49 +0000

Doin’ It: Museums In my last couple of posts, I introduced the idea of participatory experiences as being a potentially critical element in the work of arts organizations ... In my next two posts I want to focus on examples of both the practice and practitioners of this type of work. ... read more AJBlog: Engaging […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.10.17

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 07:16:23 +0000

Cunningham Redivivus Compagnie CNDC Angers – Robert Swinston bring three dances by Merce Cunningham to New York. ... read more AJBlog: Dancebeat Published 2017-04-09 Entertaining Consent — Seriously Nina Raine’s new drama, Consent, can now be seen in a stunning in-the-round production at the National Theatre’s small Dorfman auditorium – but the play is so […]

Top Stories From AJBlogs For The Weekend 04.09.17

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 04:02:59 +0000

Lines For Mulligan, With Video The press of Art Pepper business distracted Rifftides from noting that yesterday was the birthday of Gerry Mulligan. He would have been 90. On the occasion, Franca Mulligan sent news about an ... read more AJBlog: RiffTidesPublished 2017-04-08 Become Wind I have a rare NYC performance next week, and, even […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.06.17

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 07:20:02 +0000

Accessible or hospitable We talk a lot in the arts about being “accessible” — which tends to mean open and available to many different people. The assumption (and often the experience) is that a lot of artistic work ... read more AJBlog: The Artful Manager Published 2017-04-06 Barratt’s Back: A Harbinger of the Met’s Administrative […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.05.17

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:37:39 +0000

Doin’ It: Vocabulary Last fall (in ABCD and Community Engagement) I floated a label - Community Based Artistic Development - for this work. CBAD implies, rightly, that participatory projects can be important to the health of the arts and to arts organizations. But in order to craft participatory experiences, it helps to have language that guides […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.04.17

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 05:53:35 +0000

More productive, less destructive One of my favorite moments in any planning or strategy meeting is when someone looks suddenly resolute, and says something like: “You know what the problem is? The problem is that we don’t have a system ... read more AJBlog: The Artful Manager Published 2017-04-04 Acknowledging the Past, Moving On The […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 04.03.17

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 09:26:10 +0000

The Prado Goes To Santa Fe In recent years, the Prado has gotten more and more ambitious, and good for it – especially with international activities, ... read more AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2017-04-03 “Inappropriate Relationship”: Tom Campbell Must Go; Metropolitan Museum’s Board Must Reform Two weeks ago, I had suggested that the increasing […]

Top AJBlog Posts From The Weekend 04.02.17

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 19:45:48 +0000

A Museum Exhibit That Keeps Moving Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Work/Travail/Arbeid at the Museum of Modern Art, March 29-April 2. Members of Rosas in Work/Travail/Arbeid/. Counter-clockwise from bottom left: Igor Shyshko, Carlos Garbin, Böstjan Antončič, Julien Monty, Samantha van Wissen, Marie ... read more AJBlog: DancebeatPublished 2017-04-01 Aretha Franklin’s got it at 75 I saw Aretha […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.30.17

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 07:56:34 +0000

Bonding with Bondil: Montreal MFA’s Head on Succeeding as a (Female) Museum Director “In the end, I’d say that I’d hope I had been chosen for what I had between my two ears and not because of what I don’t have between my two legs,” Nathalie Bondil, director ... read more AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2017-03-30 […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.29.17

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:33:56 +0000

The Mesmerizing Art of Ran Hwang New York City is home to thousands of working artists, including many good ones who rarely receive the publicity they deserve – even when they have galleries and have had museum exhibitions. So I was pleased to ... read more AJBlog: Real Clear Arts Published 2017-03-29  

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.28.17

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:55:02 +0000

Doin’ It After almost two generations of declining emphasis on the arts in public schools we face communities largely made up of people who have little or no experience participating in the arts. Where once large percentages ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters Published 2017-03-28 “Emet” & Emmett: Why Truth-Telling (like Schutz’s) about Till’s Murder […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.27.17

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:01:36 +0000

Max Hollein, Monet And Baseball When baseball fans go to a game, they usually come prepared: they know the players, their records and their statistics. They know all about batting order strategy. The same for, say, horse-racing – even more so, because good bettors study the odds. But when people go to art museums, they […]

Top AJ Blog Posts For The Weekend Of 03.26.17

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:41:32 +0000

Squatting at The Bunker in London ‘Home Truths: An Incomplete History of Housing Told in Nine Plays.’ The play cycle runs from April 17 through May 13. ... read more AJBlog: Straight|UpPublished 2017-03-26 Mr. P.C. Found You must have been wondering—haven’t we all?—what happened to Mr. P.C.’s Guide To Jazz Etiquette And Bandstand Decorum. The […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.23.17

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:52:56 +0000

I know you won’t judge me This Arts Advocacy Day, the stakes are much higher. As we work to make the case for the arts, we wonder, is our data keeping pace? We’re using love (or breakup) letters as a creative and fun design research method to get powerful insight into the perceptions of our stakeholders. ... […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.22.17

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:52:11 +0000

You’re the best This Arts Advocacy Day, the stakes are much higher. As we work to make the case for the arts, we wonder, is our data keeping pace? We’re using love (or breakup) letters as a creative and fun design research method to get powerful insight into the perceptions of our stakeholders. ... read more AJBlog: […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.21.17

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:31:38 +0000

The NEA (and Other Things) The NEA, along with the NEH, the IMLS, the CPB, etc., etc., is very important for both symbolic and practical reasons. ... The other thing that concerns me is that, in general, attacks on public funding of the arts are not about money or the arts. ... read more AJBlog: Engaging Matters […]

Top Posts From AJBlogs 03.20.17

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 02:46:49 +0000

Love, Hate and Design Research Sigh. We live in interesting times. Increasingly folks are driven further apart, retreating into factions that love one thing/person or hate another. Naturally, we are right and they are wrong. ... read more AJBlog: Field Notes Published 2017-03-19 Operas That Dance The Brooklyn Academy of Music presents Mark Morris: Two […]