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Five Common Beliefs About The Brain That Are Simply Wrong

Arts Journal - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 9:50am

You know what? There’s no such thing as “left-brained people” and “right-brained people,” and we use way more than 10% of our brains.

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Mexico’s Modern-Day Diego Riveras

Arts Journal - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 9:15am

“In the 1920s and ’30s, Mexican muralists like Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco painted murals that powerfully illustrated the issues of their day. Today, street artists rule the nation’s walls, addressing its problems with an arsenal of wit and aerosol cans.”

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Yes, We *Should* Fact-Check Movies About History

Arts Journal - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 8:44am

Edward Rothstein: “The historian is starting to be perceived as a pedant. And the ‘Gotcha Game’ – as one critic has called efforts to call out film inaccuracies – is being portrayed as a culturally philistine enterprise. … Actually, if these films didn’t make such claims on history, they would get considerably less attention. History, they insist, matters. But some also claim its mantle disingenuously, in order to give authority to their manipulations. Fact-checking is important because it helps disclose what is being changed and why.”

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Top Chinese Director And Top Communist Party Newspaper Duke It Out Over Reality TV

Arts Journal - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 8:15am

“The spat began earlier this month, when director Feng Xiaogang lambasted the popularity of a spate of recent Chinese movies based on popular reality television shows. … That hurts genuine filmmaking, he argued, because it draws investor money away from more serious movies.” Arguing back was no less than the People’s Daily (sounding not unlike The Wall Street Journal, actually).

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Motivational Posters From Your Favorite Depressing Philosophers

Arts Journal - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 7:44am

Why stop at Werner Herzog? Here are more photos of adorable critters accompanying existential despair from the likes of Nietzche, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Foucault, and Camus. (At left: Sisyphus.)

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Wonder Woman Wins A History Book Prize

Arts Journal - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:03am

“America’s favorite female superhero has a new medal to pin on her Stars-and-Stripes bustier, thanks to the New-York Historical Society, which has awarded its annual American History Book Prize to Jill Lepore’s best-selling The Secret History of Wonder Woman.”

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Even The Cheap Seats On Broadway And The West End Aren’t Cheap Anymore, And That’s A Serious Problem

Arts Journal - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 12:55am

Mark Shenton: “Every single seat, regardless of where in the house it is, is becoming an investment. And if you have to pause before you even book a ticket in the balcony, why bother? … It’s the poorer, younger theatregoers – and the theatregoing habit we hope they will gain, as I did, in the upper circle and balcony – that I hope aren’t priced out of the equation.”

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Shakespeare’s Globe Faces Strike By Tour Guides

Arts Journal - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 12:43am

“Union BECTU is demanding a rise in the hourly rate that tour guides working at the venue receive, claiming that collectively the employees help make the Globe thousands of pounds. According to the Globe, tours generate a turnover of £3 million a year, and a net profit of £200,000 annually.”

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Being Guillaume Côté

Arts Journal - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 12:39am

The 33-year-old Quebecker is a principal and the National Ballet of Canada and arguably the nation’s biggest male ballet star. He also makes high-profile guest appearances, composes and performs music, runs a summer arts festival in the countryside north of Montreal, and is choreographing a full-length ballet based on one of the most beloved works in all of French literature (Le Petit Prince). And he’s a dad.

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Here’s Why Patricia Arquette Is Going To Win An Oscar

Arts Journal - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 12:37am

Slate film critic Dana Stevens takes a closer look at Arquette’s remarkable performance as Olivia, the doughty single mother in [Boyhood,] Richard Linklater’s 12-years-in-the-making coming-of-age story.” (video)

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Prison Design And Architects’ Professional Ethics

Arts Journal - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 12:20am

“The American Institute of Architects [has] rejected a petition to censure members who design solitary-confinement cells and death chambers.” Michael Kimmelman argues that AIA should reverse that decision.

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When A Pack Of Puppets United The TV Viewers Of America

Arts Journal - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 12:10am

“In 1951, NBC trimmed the show from a half hour to 15 minutes, and a national storm of protest erupted, a story that dominated headlines for days, even weeks. … When ABC canceled the show in 1957, viewers again responded passionately. Many threatened to throw their television sets out the windows.”

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Looking For The Langston Hughes He Himself Worked Hard To Conceal

Arts Journal - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 12:05am

Hilton Als: “One of the architects of black political correctness, he saw as threatening any attempt to expose black difference or weakness in front of a white audience. … Hughes’s reluctance to reveal the cracks in the black world – which is to say, his own world – curtailed not only what he was able to achieve as an artist but what he was able to express as a man.”

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50 Essential African-American Independent Films

Arts Journal - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 12:01am

Now here’s a good way to celebrate Black History Month: four dozen-and-change movies to revisit or to discover, from all the way back in 1920 (Oscar Micheaux’s Within Our Gates), through the landmarks (Nothing But a Man, Sweet Sweetback, New Jack City, She’s Gotta Have It, Daughters of the Dust) to this decade (Fruitvale Station).

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Why Does The Idea Of Multiple Universes Get Any Credibility From Scientists Whatsoever?

Arts Journal - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 11:55pm

“[The hypothesis] is unlikely to be true, … [and] since no one knows how to test it, the idea is perhaps not truly scientific at all. Those are valid criticisms, but the main reason we should hold out is that it is incoherent, both philosophically and logically. There could be no better contender for Wolfgang Pauli’s famous put-down: it is not even wrong. And yet, it attracts both publicity and extraordinarily confident endorsement.”

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Werner Herzog Motivational Posters

Arts Journal - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 11:50pm

“Tired? Jaded? Lacking motivation and energy? Who better to provide you with a pep talk than cinema’s foremost exponent of positivity and general joie de vivre, Mr. Werner Herzog?!”

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Top Posts From AJBlogs 02.17.15

Arts Journal - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 10:29pm

Boldface names
(Greg Sandow on potential candidates for New York Phil music director)
AJBlog: Sandow Published 2015-02-17

Cubist Accumulation: How “Unrestricted” Are Leonard Lauder’s Metropolitan Museum Gifts?
AJBlog: CultureGrrl Published 2015-02-17

Stevie Wonder on Duke Ellington
AJBlog: CultureCrash Published 2015-02-17

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John Holden Argues The Arts As An Ecology

Arts Journal - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 11:53am

“It is more helpful to understand culture in terms of how it is organized, rather than simply stating what it does. The use of ecological metaphors creates a rich way of discussing culture, and different perspectives then emerge. New taxonomies, new visualisations, and fresh ways of thinking about how culture operates will help promote a rich, diverse and fruitful cultural ecology.”

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Clinical Assistant/Clinical Associate, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University

Arts Journal - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 10:50am

Applicants with professional experience and the ability to teach in the areas of fund development in the arts, marketing and audience development, and/or the leadership of performing arts organizations are encouraged to apply. The position will be filled at the rank of Clinical Assistant or Clinical Associate Professor depending on the qualifications of the successful applicant. You have 200 characters to tease your ad.

Faculty Position in Arts Administration

The School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University seeks applicants for a full-time non-tenure track clinical faculty position on the Bloomington campus in the area of arts administration. Applicants with professional experience and the ability to teach in the areas of fund development in the arts, marketing and audience development, and/or the leadership of performing arts organizations are encouraged to apply. The position will be filled at the rank of Clinical Assistant or Clinical Associate Professor depending on the qualifications of the successful applicant.

Qualified candidates will have an excellent academic record at or beyond the level of the Masters Degree or equivalent, significant professional experience in one or more of the indicated fields, and a commitment to high quality teaching and teaching-related service. Clinical faculty are practitioners who have achieved distinction in their chosen field of practice, and bring unique experiences and talents to SPEA and Indiana University. They are expected to focus on teaching, including developing and incorporating innovative teaching techniques and coordinating multi-section undergraduate courses. Other responsibilities include related service within the school such as student advising and course and curriculum development. The standard teaching load is six courses per year for Clinical faculty. The individual selected for this position will be able to teach undergraduate- and graduate-level courses.

SPEA-Bloomington is a world leader in arts administration and public affairs education. Arts administration students and faculty benefit from working in one of the largest and most highly ranked schools of public administration and public policy in the United States, and from a campus and community with a tremendously rich cultural life. SPEA offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in arts administration, and has achieved over the decades a very successful network of alumni working in arts organizations and the public sector around the globe.

Review of applications will begin March 15, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit a letter of application, a current vita that includes a history of professional experience, a statement of teaching interest, any evidence of teaching experience, and names and contact information for three persons who could provide letters of recommendation through our online application system If there are any questions, please submit to: Michael McGuire. Executive Associate Dean for Bloomington. SPEA Room 300, 1315 E. Tenth Street, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405-1701

Inquiries or questions about this job announcement can be forwarded to search committee chair Professor Michael Rushton (

For more information see:

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

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Here’s How Your Brain Lights Up On Celebrity Gossip

Arts Journal - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 10:31am

“While the students claimed there was nothing especially entertaining about the negative celebrity gossip, a part of their brain known to be involved in the experience of pleasure (the caudate nucleus) was extra active when they heard stories of movie stars doing naughty things.”

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