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  • Jun 20, 2017John Avildsen, 81, Director Of ‘Rocky’ And ‘The Karate Kid’

    Sylvester Stallone in the first Rocky film, with Al Silvani (left) and Burgess Meredith as his cornermen. Initially sceptical about the script, Avildsen shot the film in 28 days for $1m. Photograph: Everett Collection/Rex The director John Avildsen, who has died aged 81, enjoyed his greatest success with two hit movies about sporting underdogs. Rocky (1976) launched the career of its writer,  Sylvester Stallone , who also starred as the down-at-heel Rocky Balboa, an amateur boxer with an unlikely shot at the world heavyweight title. Avildsen, who was initially sceptical...
  • Jun 20, 2017The Kennedy Center May Honor JFK, But It’s LBJ’s View Of The Arts That Prevailed

    Rendering of the new Kennedy Center expansion. (Courtesy Kennedy Center) To passionate arts lovers, the words of John F. Kennedy sound like Holy Writ. “I look forward to an America which will reward achievement in the arts as we reward achievement in business or statecraft,” reads one of the 35th president’s ringing exhortations, prominently chiseled on the walls overlooking the Kennedy Center terrace. Nearby is another: “This country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor.” When the Kennedy Center expansion project opens to the...
  • Jun 20, 2017Forger Arrested For Selling Fake Damien Hirst Prints – For The Third Time

    Damien Hirst in 2012 standing in front of one of his paintings at the Gagosian Gallery in New York. Photograph: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images Three men were charged in New York on Monday with making counterfeit  Damien Hirst  prints which they sold on for more than $400,000. The fake “limited-edition” Hirst prints were sold online to dozens of art buyers around the world, according to Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance. The group included a man who had been released from prison only 15 days earlier for a similar scheme. “The art...
  • Jun 13, 2017How Howard Shalwitz Led DC’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre From Madcap Hole-In-The-Wall To New Play Powerhouse

    Founding Artistic Director of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company Howard Shalwitz. (Keith Lane/For The Washington Post) Washington theater is a city of niches, and few brands are as indelible as Woolly Mammoth’s. A “Woolly play” is new, big, wild. The acting is hyper-real. The design might blow up. The whole thing can soar or splat. Howard Shalwitz laid down those markers when he created Woolly in 1980 with actor Roger Brady and manager Linda Reinisch. With a nutty-sounding play called “The Kramer” — a sinister office comedy that might be...
  • Jun 13, 2017Actress Glenne Headly Dead At 62

    Glenne Headly in 1997.   Credit via Photofest Glenne Headly, whose acting career took shape at the renowned Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago and found its biggest audience in Hollywood with films like “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “Dick Tracy,” died on Thursday in Santa Monica, Calif. She was 62. The cause was complications of a pulmonary embolism, her husband, Byron McCulloch, said. Ms. Headly moved easily from comedy to drama and from stage to screen. Not often cast in lead roles, she played her parts with a subtle, scene-stealing...
  • Jun 13, 2017National Museum Of American Jewish History Lays Off Nearly One-Quarter Of Its Staff

    (ED HILLE / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER) -  The National Museum of American Jewish History officially opened to the public Nov. 14, 2010 with a dedication ceremony on Independence Mall and a visit by Vice President Joe Biden. After running a string of annual deficits, the  National Museum of American Jewish History  has embarked on a major retrenchment, including layoffs, museum officials said this week. The institution, which opened a $150 million building on Independence Mall in 2010, laid off 12 staff members outright on Friday. Other positions, now empty, will...
  • Jun 5, 2017The Benefits Of Being An Older Ballerina (Yes, Even Into Their 40s)

    Greta Hodgkinson (L), Sonia Rodriguez (C) and Xiao Nan Yu (R), and pose for a picture at a studio inside the Walter Carsen Centre at the National Ballet of Canada, in Toronto, Friday May 26, 2017. It might be one of Toronto’s most idiosyncratic spots, the stretch of road where the crumbling artery into the city’s downtown core runs alongside the National Ballet of Canada headquarters. In a window overlooking the Gardiner Expressway, the company’s three most senior ballerinas are quick with suggestions on how to pose. Time for a Globe and Mail photo shoot is...
  • Jun 5, 2017Banksy offers Bristol electorate free print if they vote against Tories

    Banksy’s Brexit mural, which appeared near the port of Dover in May. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Graffiti artist  Banksy  has offered voters a free limited edition print if they vote for anyone other than the Conservatives this Thursday. The anonymous artist made the offer to voters in the Bristol North West,  Bristol West, North Somerset, Thornbury and Yate, Kingswood, and Filton and Bradley Stoke constituencies. Banksy posted the offer on his  website  on Saturday. “Simply send in a photo of your ballot paper from...
  • Jun 5, 2017Terry Gilliam’s ‘Don Quixote’ Shoot Wraps After 17 Years and Multiple Setbacks

    After almost 20 years of pre-production, principal photography has wrapped on  Terry Gilliam ’s “The Man Who Killed  Don Quixote .” The shoot for the Don Quixote-inspired feature took place in Spain and Portugal. Gilliam teamed with Tony Grisoni on the screenplay, reuniting the pair who worked together on “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” among other titles. “ The Man Who Killed Don Quixote ” has been notoriously plagued by problems ranging from on-set disasters (including a flash flood) to production and funding issues....
  • Jun 1, 2017Report From Mongolia: What Has The Philadelphia Orchestra Gotten Itself Into?

    DAVID PATRICK STEARNS - Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia ULAANBAATAR – Coming in for a landing at Genghis Khan Airport this week, a group of Philadelphia Orchestra musicians will be literally dropped into a parallel world where familiarity feels eerie and the exotic is oddly reassuring. The brown hills, dry heat, and brilliant blue skies here seem strangely like Southern California – except that a herdsman with a small group of cows is making his way up a steep incline near the airport. Outside the small but modern terminal, a half dozen presumably wild horses are...
  • Jun 1, 2017Noose Found Inside African American Museum in Washington

    The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington. Credit Lexey Swall for The New York Times A noose was found Wednesday at an exhibition on segregation inside the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, the  Smithsonian Institution announced . Museum visitors found the noose on the floor in front of a display titled, “Democracy Abroad. Injustice at Home,” and it was reported to the United States Park Police. The permanent exhibition, “Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: Era of Segregation...
  • Jun 1, 2017Controversial Walker Art Center Sculpture Will Be Dismantled And Burned

    Dakota leaders will oversee the dismantling of the controversial sculpture "Scaffold," beginning Friday. The gallows-like work then will be burned in a ceremony in the Fort Snelling area. Dakota tribal elders will oversee the dismantling of the controversial sculpture “Scaffold” beginning Friday, then hold a ceremonial burning of the wooden timbers of what once was envisioned as a cornerstone of the renovated Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. That plan, proposed by a Dakota committee, was  announced Wednesday  after a three-hour meeting with Walker Art Center...
  • May 23, 2017New York Gets Its First Museum Devoted To Contemporary Islamic Art

    An installation view of  Exhibition 1  at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Art (all photos © Charles Benton unless otherwise noted) “It was inspired by my favorite mosque in the world … the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad,” he said. “Have you been there?” I asked. “No, no, but I’m dying to go,” he responded. Standing in the bookstore of  the Institute of Arab and Islamic Art  on a bright day in Soho, this was how Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Al-Thani explained the angular logo for his recently established...
  • May 23, 2017Ringling Bros. Circus Wasn’t Just A Show, It Was A Major Logistical Feat

    A Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's circus truck is unloaded as the "Out of this World" show is set up at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore. This was one of the last few stops on the circus's final tour. - Claire Harbage/NPR On the steps above the makeshift stables, the circus priest is getting nostalgic. "I did a baptism once in Fort Worth, Texas. ... I came in on an elephant carrying the baby, which was four weeks old," the Rev. Jerry Hogan says. "Now that baby is 15. I've married a lot of these kids and I've baptized their kids, and watched them grow." It's late...
  • May 23, 2017The Beatles’ ‘A Day In The Life’ – An Exegesis

    The Beatles during a recording session at EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London, in 1967. From Left: George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr. It’s received wisdom that  Sgt. Pepper ’s Lonely Hearts Club Band , which arrived 50 years ago in the long record-breaking summer heat of 1967, is one of rock’s greatest albums. Inspired by Brian Wilson’s obsessive labor on the Beach Boys’ epic  Pet Sounds,  the  Sgt. Pepper  studio sessions were weeks of ideas tried, ideas rejected, and things tried anew....
  • May 16, 2017What Deborah Borda Told Curtis’s Graduating Class: Be ‘Soldiers For Music’

    Orchestra management veteran Deborah Borda, who takes over as president and CEO of the New York Philharmonic in the fall, gave the commencement speech Sat., May 15, 2017, at the Curtis Institute of Music. While the graduating scholars of Haverford College heard this year from author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Penn students from Sen. Cory Booker, the three dozen or so singers, pianists, violinists and other musicians taking degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music were implored by an industry leader to become “soldiers for music.” Deborah Borda, who leaves as...
  • May 16, 2017Enough With The Violence-Against-Women Scenes In Contemporary Ballet!

    Sterling Hyltin, thrown into the air by male dancers in a scene of violence on the opening night of “Odessa,” at New York City Ballet. Credit Andrea Mohin/The New York Times When the curtain went down on Alexei Ratmansky’s dense, complicated new work for New York City Ballet last weekend, the end of a long Sunday matinee, my friend and I turned to each other, not sure what to think. “What was with the gang rape scene?” I said. My friend shook his head, as unenthused as I was. We both had been struck by it: a scene in which the...
  • May 16, 2017Using X-Rays To Find The Palimpsests Of A Young French Impressionist

    Senior conservator of paintings, Ann Hoenigswald is interviewed in front of X-ray images of works by Frederic Bazille at the National Gallery of Art. Hoenigswald has been investigating some paintings by Bazille. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post) While visitors to the National Gallery of Art’s new Impressionist exhibit see lush landscapes and intimate portraits, conservator Ann Hoenigswald spots clues involving an artist fixing mistakes and evidence of earlier compositions hidden underneath. Like a detective, the National Gallery’s senior conservator of paintings...
  • May 9, 2017Stradivarius Violins Lose Yet Another Blind Test To New Instruments

    Violinist Mira Wang plays the Ames Stradivarius violin. In 2012,  Claudia Fritz  from Sorbonne University packed a small concert hall near Paris with 55 volunteers from the violin world, including musicians, violin makers, music critics, composers, and more. From the stage, she asked seven internationally renowned soloists to play six violins. Three of these were new. The other three were Stradivarius violins, built by Italian craftsman Antonio Stradivari during the 17th and 18th centuries. Stradivari reportedly made around 1,100 violins and violas. Around half of...
  • May 9, 2017Man Slashes $3 Million Painting In Aspen Gallery

    One of two cuts made in the "Untitled 2004" painting by Christopher Wool. The quiet of Aspen's offseason was punctured this week by a $3 million crime as unusual as it was bizarre. An unknown man wearing sunglasses, a hat and a full beard on Tuesday afternoon entered a high-end art gallery near the base of Aspen Mountain, made a beeline for a wall-sized painting by artist Christopher Wool and slashed the canvas twice with a knife or razor blade before running out. "It's crazy," Gregory Lahmi, owner of the Opera Gallery on Dean Street, said Wednesday. "First of all, I'm...
  • May 9, 2017Midgette And Kennicott Dish The Met Opera 50th Anniversary Gala (And The House Itself, And The State Of Singing)

    The Metropolitan Opera Chorus in a scene from Barber's Antony and Cleopatra during the 50th Anniversary at Lincoln Center Gala. (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera) NEW YORK —  On Sunday, the Metropolitan Opera, America’s leading opera house, celebrated the 50th anniversary of its home at Lincoln Center. Two Washington Post critics trade thoughts about the gala, opera, and the buildings that house it. Anne Midgette:  The Metropolitan Opera gala offered a cross-section of today’s opera world, from an opening aria by the venerable Plácido Domingo...
  • Apr 25, 2017That Ballerina Fired For Being Too Tall? She’s Headlining A New Ballet Company That’s Making Diversity Its Focus

    Pennsylvania Ballet principal dancer Sara Michelle Murawski will be dancing next season for the American National Ballet in Charleston, S.C. Sara Michelle Murawski, the ballerina fired from the Pennsylvania Ballet in December  because she was too tall , has been hired by a new company -- one that plans to highlight diversity. The American National Ballet will open its first season in the fall in Charleston, S.C., and Murawski was its first dancer announced. The Pennsylvania Ballet had notified her on the day after her final performance as the Sugar Plum Fairy that...
  • Apr 25, 2017The Art World Has Gone To War With Trump – But Will It Shoot Itself In The Foot?

    Courtesy of the artist and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York The protests started almost immediately after the presidential election. An artist named Annette Lemieux emailed the Whitney Museum and asked that her installation  Left Right Left Right  — a series of life-size photographs of raised fists turned into protest signs — be turned upside down. The artist Jonathan Horowitz and some friends started an   Instagram feed called  @dear_ivanka , attempting to directly appeal to the soon-to-be First Daughter and shame her into pushing her...
  • Apr 25, 2017A New Tool To Fight Art Forgery And Fraud: Online Bots Trolling The Dark Web

    Water Lilies by Claude Monet (1919). Copies of works by the French Impressionist are often passed off as genuine by criminals. Image: Metropolitan Museum of Art A new platform launching this month from Art Fraud Insights seeks to clean up the unregulated online art marketplace by hunting down fakes, forgeries and copyright infringement. The Art and Artistic Legacy Protection (AALP) service will work with artists and artist-endowed foundations to scour the darkest corners of the internet for bogus sale listings and unauthorised copies.  “There is a vast network of highly...
  • Apr 18, 2017Christine Goerke – How A Mozart Soprano Overcame A Vocal Crisis And Became Everyone’s New Favorite Brünnhilde

    Christine Goerke blowing a kiss to the crowd during a curtain call in February after her performance as Brünnhilde in “Götterdämmerung” at the Canadian Opera Company.   Credit Cole Burston for The New York Times TORONTO — She had just immolated herself onstage in one of the most demanding roles in opera: Brünnhilde, the Valkyrie who becomes mortal and redeems the world in Wagner’s epic “Ring” cycle. But as the soprano Christine Goerke basked in a standing ovation in February with the Canadian Opera Company here,...
  • Apr 18, 2017Michael Ballhaus, 81, Cinematographer For Scorsese And Fassbinder

    Michael Ballhaus, left, with the director Martin Scorsese on the set of The Departed, the 2006 Oscar winner. ‘It was Michael who really gave me back my sense of excitement in making movies,’ Scorsese said. Photograph: Allstar/Warner Bros The cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, who has died aged 81, helped to realise the work of two visionaries:  Rainer Werner Fassbinder , with whom he made 15 films, and  Martin Scorsese , for whom he shot seven, including the gruesome gangster drama  Goodfellas  (1990), which tested this exceedingly gentle man’s...
  • Apr 18, 2017Misty Copeland And Justin Peck Curate Ballet Series At Kennedy Center

    Misty Copeland (Bebeto Matthews) Since his career as a dance maker took off just five years ago, New York City Ballet resident choreographer Justin Peck has traveled the country creating works for companies large and small. Personally, professionally and artistically, he’s been deeply involved in ballet across America. Fittingly, having lived its moniker, Peck curated part of the “Ballet Across America” series at the Kennedy Center April 17 and April 19-23. “I’ve been exercising a different part of my brain,” Peck says with a laugh in a...
  • Apr 11, 2017Arkansas Lawmaker Tried To Ban Howard Zinn’s Books From Classrooms – And It Backfired

    Last week nearly 700 Arkansas teachers and school librarians received copies of books by Howard Zinn—thanks to a right-wing state representative. Well, not exactly. But here’s the story. Recently, Republican Kim Hendren, introduced legislation that would prohibit teachers in all public schools or state-supported charter schools from including any books in their curriculum by—or even "concerning"—the historian  Howard Zinn , author of the classic  A People’s History of the United States , who died in 2010. In response,...
  • Apr 11, 2017Stolen Normal Rockwell Painting, Now Worth $1 Million, Returned After 40 Years

    Stolen more than 40 years ago, a folksy painting of a slumbering child by American illustrator  Norman Rockwell   has been returned  to its rightful owners by the FBI. The unlikely recovery ends what the work’s original insurance company  has called  “one of the art world’s greatest mysteries for over four decades.” Though purchased in the 1950s for a nominal sum under $100—at a time when there was little to no demand or market for Rockwell’s original paintings—the current fair market value of the work...
  • Apr 11, 2017Last-Ever Round Of Annenberg Arts Fellowships Announced

    Careers in the fine arts can't be created with love or money. But the right combination of the two at the right time has boosted any number of recipients of the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts, which has distributed $6 million to 70 artists over 10 years and which will formally announce its final round of grants Wednesday at the University of Pennsylvania.  Recipients have included ballet star Misty Copeland, Broadway's Bryce Pinkham,  Moonlight  actor Andre Holland, and numerous opera singers, including soprano Brenda Rae...
  • Apr 3, 2017Ikutaro Kakehashi, The Man Behind The Roland Drum Machine And Synthesizer, Has Died At 87

    The Roland TR-808 drum machine. Photograph: Publicity image Tributes have been paid to the man behind the synthesiser and drum machines that revolutionised electronic music in the 1980s and 90s, Ikutaro Kakehashi, who has died aged 87. The Japanese engineer founded the Roland Corporation in 1972 and invented a range of electronic drum machines and synthesisers used throughout popular music since the mid-1970s – by performers from Prince to New Order, Dr Dre to Kraftwerk. Kakehashi led Roland for four decades, and in his time developed one of music’s best-known...
  • Apr 3, 2017Hyperallergic’s April Fool’s Article Is Once Again The Best Thing Ever: Airbnb’ing The Met

    A view of one of the many listings by the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Airbnb (screenshot by the author) Today, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Airbnb launched a partnership that will allow visitors to rent out several of the institution’s historical rooms for a night at a time. The announcement comes after reports that the Upper East Side museum, which was the  second-most-visited  in the world last year and had a budget of roughly $300 million, is facing a budget shortfall of  $10 million . Now, as it looks to capitalize on its collection in...
  • Apr 3, 2017Secrecy And (Rather Salacious) Revelations At The Met

    Thomas P. Campbell, director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, who resigned in February and will leave in June.   Credit Karsten Moran for The New York Times In 2010, the Metropolitan Museum of Art hired Erin Coburn away from the J. Paul Getty Museum, lauding her as its “first chief officer of digital media” — a role created and promoted by the Met director and chief executive, Thomas P. Campbell, as part of his efforts to move the museum into the 21st century. Two years later, Ms. Coburn quietly left, along with a confidential settlement from the...
  • Mar 28, 2017Why John Leguizamo Writes Scripts For Himself

    John Leguizamo in  Latin History for Morons , which he also wrote.   Photo: Public Theater Like much of his work, John Leguizamo’s sixth play deals with a father-son relationship — only this time, he’s the dad. Leguizamo, 52, is himself the father of two, and it’s his son, Lucas, who becomes the focal point of  Latin History for Morons  — opening today at the Public Theater  —  when a classmate calls him a racial slur. The actor and playwright penned his theater debut — the one-man show  Mambo Mouth...
  • Mar 28, 2017The Philadelphia Orchestra Is Playing Pat Metheny This Weekend – And It’s Not A Pops Concert

    PHOTO: CLEM MURRAY - Chris Deviney, 51, principal percussionist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, practices in the percussion room at the Kimmel Center the concerto he created from three pieces by jazz guitarist Pat Metheny. Pat Metheny's  An Imaginary Day  is morphing into a not-so-imaginary percussion concerto -- to be performed this week by the Philadelphia Orchestra at its Thursday-through-Saturday concerts. The much-lauded jazz guitarist will not be on stage at the Kimmel Center.  Imaginary Day: Concerto for Vibraphone, Marimba, and Orchestra  is...
  • Mar 28, 2017Rodin’s Mistress Steps Out Of His Shadow With A Museum Of Her Own

    Camille Claudel working in her studio in 1887 More than 70 years after her death, the sculptor Camille Claudel—Auguste Rodin’s muse and mistress—has a museum of her own. The Musée Camille Claudel opened in her former family home in Nogent-sur-Seine, around 70 miles southeast of Paris, on 26 March.  Better known for her passionate, tragic relationship with Rodin and her 30-year confinement in a psychiatric hospital near Avignon, Claudel was largely forgotten as an artist until the late 1970s. The new museum holds most of the sculptures that she...
  • Mar 21, 2017A Look Inside Disney’s Massively Lucrative Remake Factory

    Photo-Illustration: Maya Robinson Back in 2007, Tim Burton made  a splashy homecoming . The director had spent the early part of his career working on short films for Disney and animating on now-forgotten projects like  The Fox and the Hound ; now he was returning to the studio to develop a pair of ambitious remakes, one of his short film  Frankenweenie  and the other a live-action remake of the animated  Alice in Wonderland . The reason that Disney had been so keen to lure the director back had mostly to do with product. In the years since...
  • Mar 21, 2017Robert Silvers, a Founding Editor of New York Review of Books, Dies at 87

    Robert B. Silvers in his office at The New York Review of Books in 2012.   Credit Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times Robert B. Silvers, a founder of The New York Review of Books, which under his editorship became one of the premier intellectual journals in the United States, a showcase for extended, thoughtful essays on literature and politics by eminent writers, died on Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 87. Rea S. Hederman, the publisher of The Review, confirmed the death. The New York Review, founded in 1963, was born with a mission — to raise...
  • Mar 21, 2017Comic-Con Museum to Open in Balboa Park

    A 1930s baseball bat, 1950s tennis racquet and 1980s skateboard — all totems of San Diego’s rich sporting history — are being swapped out for comics, movie props and souvenirs of today’s pop culture in a major shift at Balboa Park. The San Diego Hall of Champions, a park institution since 1961, is going out of business and San Diego Comic-Con International is taking its place in a deal blessed by the city Wednesday and announced Thursday. The sports museum, a creation of the late Bob Breitbard, builder of the San Diego Sports Arena and inveterate...
  • Mar 15, 2017As Immigration Rules Tighten And Federal Funding For The Arts Disappears, What Happens To Classical Music In The US?

    The anti-immigrant phobias surging through Europe and North America have so far had little practical effect on classical music organizations, although there are notable exceptions — one of Britain’s most beloved orchestras, The European Union Baroque Orchestra, is presenting its last U.K. concert on May 19 and will then move to Antwerp.  The orchestras’ general manager, Emma Wilkinson, said recently, in the context of post-Brexit Europe: “I do worry that European orchestras will not be inviting talented British musicians to work with them. It will just...
  • Mar 15, 2017Misha Mengelberg, 81, Pioneering Pianist Of Europe’s Jazz Boom

    Misha Mengelberg performing in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, in 1996. Photograph: Frans Schellekens/Redferns In his last years the Dutch pianist, composer and improviser Misha Mengelberg, who has died aged 81, would sometimes whistle and sing in conversation with visiting friends when advancing Alzheimer’s disease made words particularly elusive. But conversing this way was perhaps not as big an inconvenience for Mengelberg as it might have been for some, since much of the music he had initiated and participated in for more than 50 years resembled a spontaneous conversation in...
  • Mar 15, 2017Dance Or Die: He Faced Down Death Threats From ISIS And His Father Rather Than Give Up Ballet

    Jean-Pierre Frohlich and Ekaterina Krysanova, a principal dancer for the Bolshoi Ballet. Credit Damir Yusupov for Bolshoi Theatre In 1951, “The Cage” shocked the world. Prickly and intense, this  Jerome Robbins  ballet concerns a female-dominated world where acts of violence are everyday occurrences. A Novice is born into an insect tribe, led by a Queen. Instinctively, the Novice knows what to do when a male intruder enters: She crushes his neck between her knees. She falls in love with a second intruder, but in the end, kills him, too. Her backup is a...
  • Mar 7, 2017For The Country Music Industry, The Subject Of Donald Trump Is Kryptonite

    The man’s face  is shrouded by shadows, but the silhouette is unmistakable: comb-over hairdo, thick neck, beefy red power tie. Two fists, bronzed and engorged like mylar balloons, pump skyward from a podium in a pugilistic dominance display. The reign of the 45th US president, as depicted in a  music video released late last month  by the outsider country artist Sturgill Simpson, is short-lived. It ends in an act of left-wing wish-fulfillment, with a boy in a cape destroying both the podium and a massive, barbed border wall, allowing a procession of...
  • Mar 7, 2017How The Hirshhorn Spent Two Years Preparing For The Yayoi Kusama Show

    The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden spent two years preparing to give visitors about 20 seconds of wow. “ Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors ” invites visitors to consider their place in the universe by immersing themselves in the Japanese artist’s whimsical and ethereal installations. The ephemeral nature of the exhibition’s mirror rooms — the enclosures that seem simultaneously cosmological and kitschy — belies the painstakingly detailed work required to host it. From constructing the conceptual artworks to controlling the...
  • Mar 7, 2017The Flapbooks Of 16th-Century Venice (They Were Oh-So- Naughty)

    Imagine you were a rich European in the 16th century, and you wanted to travel. Top on your bucket list might be Venice, a cosmopolitan, free-wheeling city, known for its diversity, romance, and relaxed mores. Venice was a wealthy place, where Titian, Tintoretto, and other famous artists were  at the height of their powers . As a republican port city, it was tolerant of all sorts of people and all sorts of behavior in ways that other European cities were not. While in Venice, you might purchase a flap book to help you remember the good times you had there. Above...
  • Feb 27, 2017The UK, Waterstones Opens ‘Unbranded’ Small Bookstores To Some Backlash

     The Waterstones store in Southwold is located in a grade II-listed building, and has a sign written in plain lettering above the front door. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo The managing director of book retailer  Waterstones  has defended the company’s decision to open three unbranded stores, saying it will be good for “customers, town centres and... staff.” Waterstones has recently opened three stores under different names, sparking accusations that they are posing as independent bookshops to avoid the backlash against the homogenisation of...
  • Feb 27, 2017A Shoving Match, Possibly Involving A Neo-Nazi, Broke Out At The Minneapolis Institute Of Art This Weekend

    Exterior view of the 24th Street entrance to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. A shoving match broke out in a most unlikely place, the typically serene Minneapolis Institute of Art, where three people who appeared to be neo-Nazis fought with several others in another group of activists, a witness said Sunday. Security guards arrived at the mayhem Saturday afternoon on the museum's third floor, broke up the confrontation and had one of the reputed neo-Nazis on the floor, said museum visitor Will Bildsten. A friend of Bildsten's said he saw punches thrown during the...
  • Feb 27, 2017There Was A Time When ‘Casablanca’ Was An Object Of Art-House Worship, But That Time Is (Finally?) Ending

    Photo illustration by Natalie Matthews-Ramo. Photo by Thinkstock. Still by Warner Bros. In 1957, the Brattle Theater on Harvard Square kicked off its Humphrey Bogart series with the 1942 classic  Casablanca.  Bogart himself had just died, and the response to the film was rapturous. By the fourth or fifth screening, “the audience began to chant the lines,” the theater’s then-manager told Noah Isenberg, author of  We ’ ll Always Have  Casablanca:  The Life, Legend and Afterlife of Hollywood ’ s Most Beloved Movie .  It...
  • Feb 22, 2017What Will DC’s Shakespeare Theatre Do Without Founder Michael Kahn?

    Michael Kahn, longtime artistic director of Shakespeare Theatre Company, will leave that position after the 2018-2019 season. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post) On any given night, in the houses that Michael Kahn built, you could find yourself transported to Illyria or Bohemia, to Dunsinane or Athens. Next to you might be seated a justice of the Supreme Court or an accountant from Gaithersburg or an English teacher from Manassas — all slaking their classical thirsts. Up on the stages of his Shakespeare Theatre Company, you were apt to encounter actors, nationally known...
  • Feb 22, 2017New Music Is Booming In L.A. – And There’s One Problem With That

    It was succinctly called “Noon to Midnight.” On Oct. 1, 2016, for 12 continuous hours, a succession of wide-ranging contemporary music concerts ebbed, flowed, and overlapped throughout Walt Disney Concert Hall: its auditorium, its lobbies, its stairways, its gardens, and eventually out onto the street. Presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as part of its Green Umbrella series, this marathon of musical performances and multistage logistics attracted an enormous — and in many cases younger — audience. Many stayed for the entire 12 hours....
  • Feb 22, 2017Met Museum Director Makes The Case For The NEA In New York Times Op-Ed

    Thomas Colligan Four years ago, in a small warehouse in central  China , a team of Chinese archaeologists showed me objects that they had unearthed from a nearby ancient tomb. Laid out on a folding table was an exquisite array of vases, ritual vessels and a set of heart-stoppingly beautiful silver gilt tigers and dragons that fit in the palm of my hand, perhaps part of a long-forgotten regal board game. These finds were a keyhole through which we could glimpse the sophistication of the Han dynasty rulers, who, 2,000 years ago, conquered and united the enormous region that...
  • Feb 14, 2017New York City Ballet’s Sara Mearns Learns How To Play A Villainess

    Ms. Mearns donning makeup for her role as the Fairy Carabosse.   Credit Natalie Keyssar for The New York Times Fairies can be so fickle. One night, all you want to do is break a spell. The next, with ice in your veins and a malicious flourish, you put a curse into action. On Thursday,  Sara Mearns , the glamorous New York City Ballet principal, made an unlikely debut: the evil  Fairy Carabosse  in “ The Sleeping Beauty .” Her usual role, which she performed Wednesday, is the Lilac Fairy, Princess Aurora’s shimmering protector who...
  • Feb 14, 2017London Mayor Announces Plan For Massive Creative Hub In Thames Estuary

    How part of the development could look under the plans  Rory Gardiner The 40-mile stretch of water, from  Canary Wharf  to Southend in Essex and Thanet in Kent, is the subject of a  government development project to create tens of thousands of new jobs and homes by 2050.  Among the new proposals are  theatre-making studios in Bexley, an arts centre in Woolwich, a foundry for large sculptures and artworks in Silvertown including the UK’s biggest 3D  printing  centre, a gaming hub at the University of Essex, and industrial...
  • Feb 14, 2017America’s (And Maybe The World’s) Oldest Working Conductor

    Ed Simons, 100, the conductor and violinist, plays at his longtime home in Rockland County, N.Y. Credit Fred R. Conrad for The New York Times When strangers express amazement that he is 100 years old, the orchestra conductor Ed Simons likes to extend his longevity by saying his love for music “started before I was born,” spurred by his father playing Mozart symphonies on a Victrola. “I could hear the music in my mom’s belly,” said Mr. Simons, who lives in Pomona, N.Y., in Rockland County. “They told me when I was a kid that I would...
  • Feb 7, 2017After Three-Year Search, Vancouver Symphony Finds Its Next Music Director

    Otto Tausk, who will take over the music directorship of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in 2018, at the Orpheum Theatre on Thursday. Task has been music director of Switzerland’s Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre St. Gallen since 2012. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra announced that Dutch conductor  Otto Tausk  will be its next music director, beginning July 1, 2018 — just in time for the orchestra’s centennial season. Tausk will take over the helm from  Bramwell Tovey , 63, who has served as VSO music director since...
  • Feb 7, 2017Small Liberal Arts College Gets $100 Million Worth Of Art For Its Museum

    Colby College's $15 million Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion, left, opened in 2013, making the Colby College Museum of Art the largest museum in Maine.  Staff file photo by Gordon Chibroski WATERVILLE — The Colby College Museum of Art has received a gift of more than $100 million from longtime supporters Peter and Paula Lunder that college officials say will help cement the region’s reputation as a world-class arts destination. The donation, the Lunders’ second gift of more than $100 million, includes about 1,500 works of art and will launch the Lunder...
  • Feb 7, 2017Developer Plans An Arts Center In An Old Renault Factory In The Middle Of The Seine

    Architectural rendering of the new S17 & S18 art hub proposed for the Île Seguin in Paris (© Baumschlager Eberle Architectes et RCR arquitectes) The property developer Emerige group plans to build an extensive art centre and 13,000 sq. m art hotel on Île Seguin, an island in the western suburbs of Paris that once housed the Renault car factory. The new development, called S17 & S18, will transform the former industrial site into “one of the biggest cultural hubs in Europe”, says a spokeswoman for the Emerige. The S17 centre will show...
  • Jan 31, 2017As Top-Tier Artists Age, the Art World Hopes to Cash In

    A Sotheby’s employee looking at Gerhard Richter’s “Blau” in London in 2014. Credit Andrew Cowie/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Chuck Close and other artists used to sit around bars like the Cedar Tavern and Max’s Kansas City and talk about art. “I have more conversations today over what we’re going to do to protect our spouses, our children, our work,” Mr. Close said. At 77, Mr. Close is among a critical mass of prominent — and profitable — artists in their twilight years (including Claes Oldenburg, 88;...
  • Jan 31, 2017The Arts-Are-Good-For-The-Economy Arguments Have Failed – They’ve Even Helped Kill The NEA, Argues Arts Exec

    (Credit: shutterstock/Getty/Mireia Triguero Roura) I spent more than a decade working for an organization that defended the National Endowment for the Arts. Every year, like clockwork, some Republican would magically balance the federal budget by gutting two agencies (the NEA and the National Endowment for the Humanities, or NEH) that account for one one-hundredth of one percent (.0001) of federal spending. For reference’s sake, our government spends roughly as much on paper clips and copy paper as it does on all of the nation’s theaters, museums and libraries...
  • Jan 31, 2017India’s Biggest Book Festival Warily Makes Room For The Hindu Radicals It Used To Conider Pariahs

    Writers, journalists and publishers at the Penguin Random House India party on the sidelines of the recent Jaipur Literature Festival.   Credit Poras Chaudhary for The New York Times JAIPUR, India — Every year at this time, India’s beau monde rearranges itself in Jaipur for a spectacularly popular five-day literary festival. There are Punjabi princesses in Jackie Onassis sunglasses, book club aunties in top-shelf homespun, parboiled-looking Englishmen, men of letters with Oxbridge accents and the occasional well-buffed South Delhi influence peddler. At...
  • Jan 23, 2017One Thing That’s Key To The Writing Life

    I began reading Louise Glück’s poems around the time I handed in the final draft of my first book. Now I can see that the book was a culmination of a decade of work and obsession, but at the time, without the manuscript to anchor my thoughts, I felt adrift. I had to come down from the high of achieving what I had set out to do and had to face the blank page again. For a year, I plunged into another project, until I realized that I was rewriting my first book and that I did not yet have the depth and experience to give the new story the justice it deserved. For another...
  • Jan 23, 2017All Of The Training That Goes Into Learning The Lion Dance For Lunar New Year

    Brandon Lee, 15, practiced with a lion head during a rehearsal for the Chinese Freemason Athletic Club dance troupe in Lower Manhattan.   Credit An Rong Xu for The New York Times The first thing you notice in the stairwell to the fourth-floor studio on Canal Street in Manhattan is the measured thumping coming from behind a metal door. Just beyond the entrance, large papier-mâché lion masks were twisting and turning to the drumbeat. On a recent Friday evening, the teenagers made their way across the studio floor — sagging from decades of jumps and...
  • Jan 23, 2017The Ultra Popular BroadwayCon Is In A Dispute With Actors’ Equity

    Theater fans at BroadwayCon in 2016.   Credit Caitlin Ochs for The New York Times Last January, the first BroadwayCon brought  thousands of theater fans  to New York despite a massive snowstorm. But one week before the convention’s  expanded second iteration , organizers have hit a snag: a labor dispute with the Actors’ Equity Association, who has asked its members not to perform, or even rehearse, for the event until an agreement is reached. In a note sent to Actors’ Equity members on Friday, Flora Stamatiades, the union’s...
  • Jan 17, 2017After 146 Years Ringling Brothers Circus To Fold Its Tents

    Feld Entertainment CEO Kenneth Feld (Tim Pannell for Forbes) Ringling Bros. circus announced Saturday that it would be closing down permanently in May 2017 after 146 years. Kenneth Feld, a billionaire whose family has owned the circus since 1967, blamed falling ticket sales after the retirement of Ringling Bros. iconic elephants following a bruising 14-year legal battle with animal rights activists. “Ringling Bros. ticket sales have been declining, but following the transition of the elephants off the road, we saw an even more dramatic drop,” Kenneth Feld...
  • Jan 17, 2017Dance Classes For The Blind At The Royal Ballet

    Increased confidence. Better range of motion. Improved balance. A sense of freedom. Most dancers, including those who are blind or partially sighted, would say that ballet training teaches all of these. Though dance is a highly visual art form, there’s no denying the kinesthetic reward of moving the body. That’s exactly why these students attend the Monday Moves classes, designed especially for people with visual impairment, in London. The participants range from young adults to senior citizens and have varying degrees of sight, but they...
  • Jan 17, 2017Hoard Of Gold Coins Found Inside Antique Broadwood Piano

    A gold hoard was found in a piano in Shropshire A mysterious hoard of gold coins has been discovered hidden in a piano in Shropshire and a local coroner now needs to determine whether it is “treasure”. The British Museum, which administers the Portable Antiquities Scheme, describes the find as “substantial”.  The gold was recently discovered by a tuner inside a Broadwood upright piano which had originally been sold in 1906 by a musical instruments shop in Saffron Walden, Essex. The ownership of the piano for most of the 20th century remains untraced,...
  • Jan 12, 2017Detroit Symphony Settles On New Contract Eight Months Early

    The positive tenor of relations between the  Detroit Symphony Orchestra  and its musicians continued as the musicians ratified a new contract more than eight months before the current contract expires. It's the second consecutive, three-year agreement negotiated well in advance of the expiration date, a notable accomplishment in the wake of the acrimonious 2010 contract negotiations that spurred the musicians' strike that year. The DSO and orchestra negotiating committee, representing 87 musicians, reached the tentative agreement for the new contract in...
  • Jan 12, 2017Pop Culture Has Become A Multi-room Echo Chamber With Little Broad Impact

    When “One Day at a Time” started its run on CBS in December 1975, it became an instant hit and remained so for almost a decade. In its first year, “One Day at a Time,” a sitcom about working-class families produced by the TV impresario Norman Lear, regularly attracted 17 million viewers every week, according to Nielsen. Mr. Lear’s other comedies were even bigger hits: One out of every three households with a television watched “All in the Family,” for instance. Last week, a new version of “One Day at a Time” started...
  • Jan 12, 2017What a Russian Dancer Really Thinks About Performing in the U.S.

    Growing up in Moscow, the American dance world was my American dream. I was a competitive ballroom-turned-jazz dancer, and I wanted nothing more than to perform jazz dance at its place of origin: the United States. But in Russia, we had certain stereotypes and misconceptions about the way the dance world works in the U.S. Since moving here and joining cast of the national tour of  Pippin , I’ve realized the reality of dancing here doesn’t always match up with my expectations.   Expectation : The American dance community is super competitive...
  • Dec 29, 2016I Taught Myself Piano In A Prison Cell, Using A Cardboard Box

    Every time I got a new cellmate, I warned him, “Don’t be alarmed. I have a cardboard piano that I play.” ILLUSTRATION BY ELEANOR TAYLOR In February, Jennifer Lackey, a philosophy professor at Northwestern University, where I teach journalism, invited me to speak to a class she teaches at the Stateville Correctional Center, a maximum-security prison an hour outside of Chicago. Her students, fifteen men, are all serving long sentences, mostly for violent crimes. Some will be at Stateville until they die. I talked with the students about storytelling, and had them...
  • Dec 29, 2016Rereading ‘Great Expectations’ After 50 Years

    Charles Dickens photographed circa 1860. PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN & CHARLES WATKINS / HULTON ARCHIVE / GETTY FIfty years was long enough, I suppose, to put off reading Charles Dickens again. I had read him, and loved him, in college—“Hard Times” and “Bleak House” and “Our Mutual Friend” were the most admired texts in the nineteen-sixties; and then, on my own, soon after college, I read “David Copperfield” and “Martin Chuzzlewit,” with its hilarious impressions of the newspaper-and-spittoon dominated America of the...
  • Dec 29, 2016Could Wood – Glued-Together Layered Slabs Of It – Become The Next High-Tech Building Material?

    Trätoppen, a proposed building in Stockholm. Photo: Courtesy of Anders Berensson Architects Until recently, there were two basic ways of using wood in construction: chop down whole tree trunks for heavy beams or saw them into two-by-fours. The first, which produced log cabins and medieval church roofs, is costly and inefficient today, relying on scarce old-growth. The second gives us stick-built houses but nothing much taller than a few floors. Now a third technique, sandwiching layers of wood and adhesive, yields cross-laminated timber (CLT), a kind of super-plywood that...
  • Dec 22, 2016The OA’s Choreographer on the Meaning of the ‘Movements’

    Ryan Heffington Very mild  spoilers for  The OA  below. While the new Netflix series  The OA  is ostensibly science fiction, it’s filled with artistic choices that defy the conventions of the genre. None of those choices are more surprising than the Movements, a dance sequence that's crucial to the show's narrative. Over the course of eight episodes, Prairie (a.k.a. The OA) and her compatriots learn that this supernaturally potent quintet of hand and body motions can potentially heal the sick, raise the dead, and even allow...
  • Dec 22, 2016In 1912, Thousands of Women Rallied Against 'Useless' Christmas Giving

    Eleanor Robson Belmont  BAIN   The year was 1912, and the rampant commercialism of Christmas in America had begun to irritate the working women of New York City.  Americans had been exchanging holiday gifts for centuries, after  the ritual became legal  in 1680 following a ban by the Pilgrims, who considered it a crass anathema. By the 19th century Christmas gifts were a firmly entrenched tradition. But by 1911, when a few dozen women in New York City formed what would later be called The Society for the Prevention of Useless...
  • Dec 22, 2016Scientists are trying to uncover what makes Stradivarius violins special – but are they wasting their time?

    Stradivarius violins  are renowned  for their supposedly superior sound when compared to other instruments. This has resulted in numerous studies hunting for a scientific reason for why Strads sound so good. A number of these studies have focused on the chemical composition of the wood in violins made in Cremona by Antonio Stradivari in the 17th and 18th centuries. Others have considered the violins made by Stradivari’s contemporary, Joseph Guarneri del Gesu, whose violins are widely considered to be  just as good . Research often looks at how the...
  • Dec 13, 2016New York Times Kills Its ‘Inside Art’ Column

    On Friday, the New York  Times   debuted  a new column in its arts pages, Show Us Your Wall, which will consist of interviews with collectors from a variety of fields where they open up about how they install their art collection at home. But more notably, the  Times  also retired its Inside Art column, which had been a mainstay of the culture section for over two decades, a must-read for art-market participants and prognosticators every Friday (or, when it began getting posted online, Thursday evening). “Back in the Stone...
  • Dec 13, 2016Whoa, Did Mozart Really Outsell Beyoncé This Year?

    The music business as we know it is  dead . It’s fitting that the final nail in its coffin would be Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart—the 18th-century composer, long-dead himself—who this month became 2016’s top artist by CD sales. Mozart owes the win to a boxed set of his music that was released Oct. 28 in celebration of the 225th anniversary of his death and went on to sell 1.25 million CDs in just five weeks. (Drake’s  Views  took twice that time to edge past 1 million sales, by comparison.) The compilation “is the fruit of years of...
  • Dec 13, 2016First Look At A Massive New Project For LA’s Arts District

    Another high-design megaproject is being pitched for the Arts District, this time right alongside the Los Angeles River. The Gallo family, longtime owner of the Rancho Cold Storage facility on Mesquit Street, has teamed with rising-star Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and real estate firm V.E. Equities to propose a sizable new development consisting of two connected buildings, 30 stories tall at their highest point. The project, called 670 Mesquit, would hold approximately 800,000 square feet of office space, 250 rental apartments and two boutique hotels as well...
  • Dec 6, 2016I Went to My First Classical Music Concert. It Was in My Living Room.

    The smile that spread across my face a few seconds after the Zaffre Quartet began the rousing finale of Mozart’s String Quartet in G was the first hint that I’d stumbled onto something special. A few minutes later, as I glanced around my living room, my friends’ toe-tapping and head-nodding confirmed I wasn’t the only one enjoying the music. I barely listen to classical music, so how did a live string quartet end up in my apartment on a Saturday night? As I scrolled through my Twitter feed last month, a tweet about Groupmuse caught my attention....
  • Dec 6, 2016How The Music World Flocked To Instagram In 2016

    Many social media networks have tried and failed to become the go-to platform for musicians to engage with their fans. Remember Twitter #Music or Facebook Mentions? Are any musicians using Snapchat other than DJ Khaled? But while others have fallen short in capturing the music world, Instagram has taken a series of small steps to turn its once photo-driven service into a creative haven where artists tease new music, reveal album artwork, announce tour dates, and offer intimate behind-the-scenes glimpses. To cite just a few of those steps, over the past year, the platform has...
  • Dec 6, 2016A TAP DANCER LIKE NO OTHER

    The new big deal in tap is Michelle Dorrance, whose troupe, Dorrance Dance, has just completed a run at the Joyce. Dorrance, who is thirty-seven, is a girl from North Carolina whose backstory might have been written by a press agent. Her mother, M’Liss Gary Dorrance, a ballet dancer (she performed in Eliot Feld’s first company), founded and directed the Ballet School of Chapel Hill. Her father, Anson Dorrance, currently the women’s soccer coach at the University of North Carolina, led the U.S. women’s soccer team to the World Cup in 1991. Put those two...
  • Nov 22, 2016The Founding Novelist Of Israeli Literature (Even Israelis Have Trouble Reading Him)

    Agnon examined traditional Jewish life through a twentieth-century lens. ILLUSTRATION BY RICCARDO VECCHIO It has been half a century since Shmuel Yosef Agnon won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Yet he is one of those laureates for whom the prize has not translated into universal fame. Like Claude Simon (France) or Camilo José Cela (Spain), Agnon remains largely the possession of his original audience. In his case, however, defining that original audience is a difficult matter. Agnon wrote in Hebrew—he is the only Hebrew writer to win the Nobel—and he...
  • Nov 22, 2016William Penn Foundation giving $100 million to remake city parks, libraries, and rec centers

    AP PHOTO/MATT ROURKE Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney greets the William Penn Foundation's Janet Haas during a news conference back in March. The foundation has awarded the city up to $100 million towards Kenney’s plan to remake the city’s parks, libraries and rec centers.     by  Tricia L. Nadolny , Staff Writer Mayor Kenney's bold initiative to revitalize the city's parks, libraries, and recreation centers as a way to fight poverty and strengthen neighborhoods is receiving a major lift - up to $100 million from...
  • Nov 22, 2016Hokusai’s Picture Book of Everyday Life in Edo-Era Japan

    Katsushika Hokusai, from  Drawings for a Three-Volume Picture Book  (c.1823–33) (all photos © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston unless otherwise noted)   Katsushika Hokusai was a prolific draftsman. Although most famous for his landscapes in his woodblock print series  Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji , he drew just about everything, from scenes of everyday life to the supernatural. He even published his own  modern designs for combs and pipes , filling two entire volumes with 150 illustrations of solely the former. Printed in 1823, that title...
  • Nov 15, 2016Technology Invites a Deep Dive Into Art

    ByEilene Zimmerman   For many years, patrons were asked to turn off their cellphones when they entered a museum. Now, they’re encouraged to use them with technologies like augmented and virtual reality, touch-screen tables and customized audio tours. The goal is to enhance the visitor’s experience while keeping the artwork front and center. Here are some examples. Dreams of Dalí This virtual reality experience drops the viewer into Dalí’s 1935 painting “ Archaeological Reminiscence of Millet’s ‘Angelus,’ ”...
  • Nov 15, 2016My Friend Leonard Cohen: Darkness and Praise

    By   LEON WIESELTIER NOV. 14, 2016 “Dear Uncle Leonard,” the email from the boy began. “Did anything inspire you to create ‘Hallelujah’”? Later that same winter day the reply arrived: “I wanted to stand with those who clearly see G-d’s holy broken world for what it is, and still find the courage or the heart to praise it. You don’t always get what you want. You’re not always up for the challenge. But in this case — it was given to me. For which I am deeply grateful.” The question came from my son, who was...
  • Nov 15, 2016A Campaign to Restore and Release Early American Films Directed by Women

    Kino Lorber is crowdfunding an effort to rerelease more than a dozen movies made in the US by female directors between 1910 and 1929. The late actress Dorothy Davenport launched her career early, making a name for herself at Universal Studios by the age of 17. She later turned to directing and producing films — although her name often appears in the credits as Mrs. Wallace Reid, even in the years after her husband passed away. At least one of those films,   The Red Kimono , is now set for rerelease under her given name, nearly 100 years after its...
  • Oct 25, 2016Still the one: Phillips to offer fresh-to-market Clyfford Still canvas

    by   SARAH P. HANSON Phillips has revealed a highlight of its forthcoming 20th-century and contemporary art sale in New York on 16 November: a seldom seen, never before auctioned canvas by Clyfford Still. Estimated to make between $12m-$18m, the untitled painting from 1948-49 was acquired from the artist by the painter Edward Dugmore, his student at the California School of Fine Arts, and also passed through the hands of the Texas collector Edward Kitchen, before entering an East Coast collection about 20 years ago.   Clyfford Still, Untitled...
  • Oct 24, 20169 ART EVENTS TO ATTEND IN NEW YORK CITY THIS WEEK

    BY  The Editors of ARTnews TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25 Opening: “Kerry James Marshall: Mastry” at Met Breuer This mid-career survey, one of the most hotly anticipated New York museum shows of the year, focuses on the work of Kerry James Marshall, the Chicagoan painter whose paintings and drawings, for the past 35 years, have focused on the position of black artists in art history. Marshall’s subdued, slightly melancholy, slightly hopeful canvases are often allegories—they rethink various art-historical genres, such as history paintings and...
  • Oct 24, 2016PIONEER WORKS ANNOUNCES FIRST ALTERNATIVE ART SCHOOL FAIR

    BY  John Chiaverina   Today, Pioneer Works announced the first Alternative Art School Fair, set to take place between November 18-20 at the organization’s Red Hook headquarters. The fair is a fairly comprehensive survey of over 50 experimental schools from 11 countries, and it’s completely free. In a release, Pioneer Works noted that participating schools “operate with a wide range of methodologies, missions, and theoretical approaches, that see the artist as a defining figure in the development of new methodologies for hybridized disciplines.”...
  • Sep 30, 2016The Matthew Bourne Dancer Killed In A Collision Last Year? The Driver Was Talking On His Cell Phone

    Posted:   September 29, 2016   4:30 am “Dancer Jonathan Ollivier was killed when his motorbike was hit by a minicab while the driver was making a hands-free call on his mobile, a court has heard. Ollivier died last August after   his motorbike collided with a car as he was making his way to the final performance   of Matthew Bourne’s   The Car Man .”
  • Sep 30, 2016Sex: the play that put Mae West in prison returns to New York

    A theatre group has teased out the proudly feminist subtext in West’s play, which was banned for obscenity but launched the actor into superstardom   Mae West in Night After Night: always in control of her own image. Photograph: Irving Lippman/Getty Images   This month, Sex returns to the city: an infamous play written by and starring the budding starlet Mae West in the 1920s. After a 10-month run on Broadway in 1927, the play was deemed by a grand jury to be such “obscene, indecent, immoral, and impure drama” that it might corrupt...
  • Sep 30, 2016Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians on strike, reject pay cut demand

    All performances scheduled for this weekend have been cancelled  11:12 AM EDT Sep 30, 2016 PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) musicians are on strike after unanimously rejecting calls for a 15-percent pay cuts, pension changes and staffing cuts they say are proposed by management.  Musicians from American Federation of Musicians, Local 60-471 are actively protesting in front of Heinz Hall in downtown Pittsburgh. As a result of this strike, all performances scheduled to occur this weekend, including the John Williams event, have been cancelled...
  • Sep 9, 2016I’m A Deaf Actor, And I Don’t Want It To Define The Roles I Play

    Posted: Sep. 09, 2016 12:00 pm Genevieve Barr: “It’s an incredibly limiting way to live and to work. And because I have a disability that I cannot hide (or fully disguise), that means I stay firmly in the bracket of ‘deaf actor’, rather than ‘actor’. In the rigidity of the casting process, that can mean fewer than 10 auditions per year. … I can lip-read and hear with the use of hearing aids. Not as clearly as you, mind, but unlike you, I can crank up the volume. If my back is turned and you’re talking to me, I am probably not...
  • Sep 9, 2016Charlotte Moorman, Tradition Disrupter, Is the Focus of Two Shows

    “Think Crazy” is sound advice for today’s artists, faced with cookie cutter training and art fair sclerosis. And the phrase did once have some practical application. It was emblazoned, like a logo, across a banner at one of the New York Avant Garde Festivals that took place annually in the city between 1963 and 1980, rounding up feral fringe talent from around the world and letting it loose in places like Grand Central Terminal, Shea Stadium and the Staten Island Ferry. By fringe, I mean people who worked with esoteric art media (air, bullets, spaghetti) and had...
  • Aug 24, 2016Literary Fiction Helps Us ‘Read’ Others

    Stories featuring complex characters enhance our ability to decipher subtle verbal cues that communicate emotions. By Tom Jacobs Reading   Sense and Sensibility   increases one’s sensitivity. That’s the implication of   new research , which reports people who regularly enjoy literary fiction are better able to identify the emotional state of another when presented with a minimal visual cue. “Habitual engagement with others’ minds — even fictional ones” can bolster the sort of awareness that is...
  • Aug 24, 2016When the International Ballet Festival Leaps Into Miami, Pedro Pablo Peña Will Be Primo

    BY   CATHERINE ANNIE HOLLINGSWORTH   At the Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center, a grand white house standing just west of  downtown, Pedro Pablo Peña is organizing this year's   International Ballet Festival of Miami . Now in its 21st year, it's one of only a handful of festivals like it in the world. What began with only three or four companies has grown into a two-week event featuring performers from Latin America, Central America, Europe, Asia, and all corners of the United States. Like the Olympics, this event showcases the best of...
  • Aug 24, 2016How ‘Seinfeld’ Heralded Today’s Obsessive, Neurotic, and Inescapable TV Culture

    Television   |   By   Lara Zarum   |   August 17, 2016 Some TV shows blur the line between fiction and reality so acutely it’s hard to know where one stops and the other begins. In many ways,   Seinfeld   is the apex of this phenomenon, which Jennifer Keishin Armstrong documents in her   new book   Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything . The author got an object lesson in her own argument last month when Kenny Kramer —  Seinfeld   co-creator Larry David’s former neighbor and the...
  • Aug 11, 2016When Women Were Barred From The Ancient Olympic Games, They Created Their Own

    By   Lauren Young AUGUST 10, 2016 Much   like their modern counterpart , the Olympic Games in ancient Greece wasn't exactly a level playing field for women. It's true that women of all ages were allowed to enjoy the festivities and exhilarating athletic events in cities throughout the Peloponnese states, including Delos and Athens. But the Games in Olympia in the land of Elis—the city where the Olympics originated—retained its traditional, sacred ban of women. Elis decreed that if a married woman (unmarried women could watch) was caught present...
  • Aug 11, 2016Is Seattle Art Fair the New Art Basel?

    By   Liz Suman  August 10, 2016   When you hear the phrase “art scene,” Seattle’s likely not the first city that comes to mind. Tech, coffee, rain, Kurt Cobain, sure. But art? Not so much—at least, not until now. Art Basel has been the majority shareholder in the U.S. art fair scene since the stateside satellite of the Swiss fair made its debut on the sticky streets of South Beach in 2002. But like most things that start off small and cool (Coachella, Facebook, the Lower East Side), the annual December event in Miami has progressively...