National Art News
Mary Beard: “The truth is that Roman history offers very few direct lessons for us, and no simple list of dos and don’ts. … Ancient Rome still matters for very different reasons – mainly because Roman debates have given us a template and a language that continue to define the way we understand our own world and think about ourselves.”
“The directors of the New-York Historical Society did not have to search hard for evidence that the role of women in history has long been underplayed.”
“Channels such as newly launched El Rey are targeting a young demographic that wants to see its bilingual and multicultural world reflected on screen.”
Ms. Bass, a well-known arts philanthropist who is currently a vice chairwoman of the boards of both Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera, was selected to step in following the end of the brief and contentious tenure of Ronald Perelman.
“The art media properties controlled by Peter Brant, including the century-old magazine Art in America and ARTnews, will be consolidated online at ARTnews.com by the end of the year.” The publications Antiques; Art & Business; Modern; and Skate’s Art Market Research are also included in the plan.
“After 33 years, Boston University and the Huntington Theatre Company are parting ways, and the university is putting the BU Theatre up for sale, effective immediately. For the highly regarded Huntington, which just two years ago won a Tony Award for regional theater, the dissolution of the partnership with BU ushers in a period of uncertainty.”
Before Frank died, “he asked his wife to sell his master recordings and get out of the music business, she has said. But, she noted, he never said what to do with his publishing catalog – the rights to his compositions – and so she defied his request and became the keeper of his musical empire. In 2002, she created the Zappa Family Trust to manage his intellectual property, including the rights to his image.”
“The love-fest for Lewis at Moving Image this Tuesday, like the one at the 92nd Street Y in 2012, had a remarkably young audience of a new generation of New York cinephiles … Lewis has become a central artistic reference point for the world of young cinema, and his interviewer on Tuesday night suggested why. That interviewer was none other than Martin Scorsese.”
“I think it needed to happen. Dancers in the past have talked about it, but they haven’t had the platform that I’ve had, which makes a huge difference. I think that it’s forcing the conversation to be had, and it’s a part of me, and it’s a part of my experience in my life and my struggles. … Just because I’m a principal dancer now doesn’t mean that all goes away.”
Kim Brandstrup: “Because I’m not from a ballet background, I often don’t use codified steps. First you need the trajectory through the room, then later you can shape it, detail it and make the picture.” Says NYCB principal Sara Mearns, “We couldn’t really get it [at first]. It was like, how big a jump would get you over here, or what kind of turn would work there? Then we realized, we are out of our comfort zone, but we are really free. He is directing us, but he will let us go where we want with the movement.”
“That his tenure at The Denver Post from 1966 to 1981, including the role of publisher, was only one of a dozen hats he wore over the decades speaks to the breadth of his life and times.”
“From Ben Shahn’s anti-H-Bomb design to the Guerrilla Girls’ campaign against gender inequality in art museums, posters have a long history of engaging and informing people through a mixture of artistry, wit, and economy. It would be easy to assume that posters have lost some of their impact in a hyper-connected landscape. But in many ways, the rise of social media has given protest and advocacy posters a bigger audience than ever before.”
“Depending on the staging, as many as 200 card moves are required over all. And if the wrong move happens during the wrong hand, the actors can easily find themselves in the middle of the wrong act. … Here are the memories and lamentations of some Gin Game survivors – and, in the case of Mr. Jones and Ms. Tyson, future survivors.”
“Most of all, Fiddler persists because it’s a beautifully built show that offers all the storybook satisfactions and memorable songs of the best mid-century musicals, while also advancing the form by taking it into some unusually dark realms: the first-act curtain comes down on a pogrom, the final one on a mass eviction.”
Flights of crazy fancy
Now my fourth — and next to last — post on changing the conservatory curriculum. … read more
AJBlog: Sandow Published 2015-10-08
Blank Space: What’s Missing from the Metropolitan Museum’s “Ancient Egypt” Show?
The Metropolitan Museum’s monumental Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom (Oct. 12-Jan. 24) displays some 230 objects, ranging from monumental stone sculptures to delicate jewelry — “the first comprehensive exhibition to be presented of Middle Kingdom art,” … read more
AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2015-10-08
Is it all about grit?
From a young age, we’re told that if you work hard and practice every day you can achieve your goals. This often requires focus on few or only one thing in order to reach a desired level of success … but for most – we’re just not wired that way. … read more
AJBlog: Field Notes Published 2015-10-08
Which path is the right path?
Informational interviews are one of the most beneficial ways to understanding what you need in order to get where you want to be. … read more
AJBlog: Field Notes Published 2015-10-08
How to Get Lucky (It’s Not What You Think)
We’ve talked about lots of different elements that factor into a career path. We’ve shared words of wisdom, scholarly articles, tools and frameworks. But I think we’ve yet to talk about what is arguably the biggest factor in one’s career – luck. … read more
AJBlog: Field Notes Published 2015-10-08
Mays & Company Revisit The Seasons
This weekend, The Seasons Performance Hall in Yakima, Washington, marks its 10th anniversary with two concerts by pianist Bill Mays, the hall’s first performer. In its first years the decommissioned Christian Science Church, an acoustic … read more
AJBlog: RiffTides Published 2015-10-08
And Tipu’s Tent Too — the stuff of India
What would your house look like if Indian textiles had never been exported? Mine would be bereft of cushions, chair covers, hand towels, tablecloths and napkins, wall hangings, garden parasols, … read more
AJBlog: Plain English Published 2015-10-08
Sweet enough for you?
Advance booking for the theatre can backfire. I saw Medea at London’s Almeida Theatre yesterday, so missed the UK’s major television event – the final of the Great British Bake-Off. Medea was, yeah, interesting … read more
AJBlog: Performance Monkey Published 2015-10-08
The Grand Both/And
For a long while, my teaching in arts management has emphasized “balance” … the nuanced navigation of opposing forces, the careful and reflective response to instability. … read more
AJBlog: The Artful Manager Published 2015-10-08
“There seems to be this cross-fertilisation going on that’s never happened before. The Royal Ballet and English National Ballet, our two biggest ballet companies, are commissioning contemporary choreographers more and more to work with them. Things are getting blurred in a way and and the dancers are having to be very versatile to take on those different movements.”
Like novels, box sets require an investment of time, attention and emotional energy. They are complex and subtle enough to repay rewatching – in the same way as good books repay re-reading. Also, some of them star Sean Bean in bearskins and leather, which is a plus even the greatest bookworm cannot deny.
“Good luck working out if you still have a right to use the music if Apple goes out of business. I’d have a hard time working it out, and I’ve been a copyright lawyer specializing in high-tech issues for 25 years.”
Roger McGough: ”People in other countries get very jealous that there is so much interest in poetry in this country. We should pat ourselves on the backs. In my day, poetry was seen as intellectual or dull.” He says in the past, “if people wrote poetry, they generally kept it to themselves. But these days, the profile of poetry is bigger.”
The Governor-General’s Literary Awards, which have been handed out since 1937, announced finalists in seven categories in both official languages on Wednesday. The winners, who each receive $25,000, will be revealed on Oct. 28.