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OCCASIONAL NEWS

OCTOBER 26, 2013

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Funding for the federal government expired at midnight on September 30, 2013.
During this lapse in appropriation, the NEA's website will not be updated or monitored.





Is Beverly Hills's New Arts Center Snubbing L.A. Actors? Southern California casting directors are calling for a boycott of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Their beef is that the Wallis is only casting one show in-house this season, and for that one they hired a New York casting director. The SoCal theater community is worrying that the Wallis may become just one more venue for touring productions. Backstage 10/23/13


Art 'Pop-Ups' adding color to downtown spaces

http://www.chicoer.com/entertainment/ci_24251123/art-pop-ups-adding-color-downtown-spaces

 

By DOLORES MITCHELL-Correspondent

 

How can a museum function during three years of homelessness?

Imagination plus improvisation plus invention equal a little yellow outreach bus, collaborative shows, and "Pop-Ups." The Museum of Northern California Art hopes to move into the Veterans Memorial Hall on The Esplanade after the three years it will take to fund and renovate that space.

Monca's "Pop- Ups" are temporary art installations in such non-traditional settings as the old Tower Record store at Second and Main.

"I saw a rental sign in the window of 215 Main Street and we called Alan Tochterman to ask if we could exhibit in his empty space," said Pat Macias, monca board president. "'Yes!' he said, without a second's hesitation, and he was so generous that we are in free through October, including utilities."

The Main Street "Pop-Up's" two exhibits are "Through the Eyes of the Collector," art from Reed Applegate's collection, and "Art from Many Minds," art by the homeless, developmentally disabled, and by people with Alzheimer's.

"Art is being cut from school offerings at all levels just when it is needed more than ever," she said. "These days, businesses look for employees who can problem solve and come up with creative ideas. Of course math and science are important, but art is what glues everything together."

In this time of art-scarcity in schools, monca's outreach programs nourish art-hungry kids through classroom visits.

 

Royal Shakespeare Company Posts 75 Percent Gain In Box Office In 2012/13
"RSC productions played to 1.5 million worldwide in 2012/13, generating a total box office of £31.6 million, up from £18.1 million in 2011/12 (which was itself up from £8.3 million in 2010/11 when the RSC's Stratford theatres were running a reduced operation). The improved box office has helped the RSC increase its percentage of self generated income to 73% - from 67% in 2011/12 and 52% in 2010/11." The Stage 10/25/13


National Endowment for the Arts Releases Funding Guidelines for Our Town

Grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 available to support creative placemaking projects

- See more at: http://arts.gov/news/2013/national-endowment-arts-releases-funding-guidelines-our-town#sthash.D7NNnOKh.dpuf

 

September 24, 2013

Now available on the NEA website are guidelines and application materials for Our Town, the agency's primary creative placemaking grants program. Pending availability of funding, grants will range from $25,000 to $200,000.

Our Town will invest in creative and innovative projects in which communities, together with arts and/or design organizations and artists, seek to:

  • Improve their quality of life;
  • Encourage greater creative activity;
  • Foster stronger community identity and a sense of place; and
  • Revitalize economic development.

Projects may focus on:

Arts engagement activities including:

  • innovative arts programming
  • festivals/performances
  • public art that improves public spaces

Cultural planning activities including:

  • creative asset mapping
  • cultural district planning
  • master plans or community-wide strategies for public art
  • creative entrepreneurship.
  • creative industry cluster/hub development

Design activities including:

  • design of rehearsal, studio, or live/work spaces for artists
  • design of cultural spaces
  • design of public spaces
  • design charrettes, design competitions, and community design workshops

Other key information:

  • Complete Our Town application guidelines are available on arts.gov.
  • Application deadline is January 13, 2014 at 11:59 PM ET.
  • Our Town FAQs provide answers to many questions about the program.
  • A webinar to learn more about this funding opportunity will be held on November 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM ET.
  • For program inquiries, please email OT@arts.gov with specific questions and a design specialist will respond.
  • Sample application narratives for these types of projects can be found at arts.gov. 

Now in its fourth year, Our Town has provided $16 million to support 190 projects in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. These projects are diverse in geographic distribution, number and types of partnerships, artistic discipline, and type of project. In FY 2013 alone, 35 of the 59 grants supported projects in communities with populations under 100,000.

To view a map of all the Our Town projects along with project descriptions and images, visit the Our Town section of arts.gov.

- See more at: http://arts.gov/news/2013/national-endowment-arts-releases-funding-guidelines-our-town#sthash.D7NNnOKh.dpuf

 


4 Nonprofit Fundraising Insights from 2013 Donor Survey

Fundraising, Fundraising Services, Lottery fundraising, News, Non-profit fundraising, Online Fundraising, Philanthropy, Telephone Fundraising | | September 24, 2013 at 12:01 am


I regularly spotlight reputable research that can provide insight into the state of the nonprofit fundraising landscape along with trends and initiatives implemented to strengthen fundraising results. Most recently these have included Nonprofit Challenges, What Foundations Can Do2013 Social Media Marketing industry Report and Underdeveloped: A National Stud on Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising. Earlier this month the 5th annual research report designed by fundraising expert Penelope Burke and her company Cygnus Applied Research Inc. was released titled The 2013 Burk Donor Survey (formerly known as the Cygnus Donor Survey) which provided results on ‘where philanthropy is headed in 2013’. Based on responses from 24,623 donors that have made a gift in the past twelve months, the survey included insight into various aspects of donation acknowledgements, communication and recognition initiatives. These results can be very beneficial for nonprofits to strengthen overall results as we enter a very busy and competitive end-of-year fundraising period. The following were some key takeaways that I found very beneficial:

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Vegas Steps Up Its Performing Arts Quotient
"With the U.S. premiere of Glass' Sixth Quartet, Las Vegas' new performing arts center has begun making history." Los Angeles Times 10/24/13

 

 

America's Problems With Slave Narratives
"Guilt, denial, shame, anger, and fear are just a few of the emotions that permeate discussions of the topic," whether it's treated in histories or works of fiction. "Then there is history's cruel irony ... the vast majority [of slaves] could neither read nor write. ... The voices that we would most like to hear - the voices that we most need to hear - are [largely] silent." The New Yorker 10/23/13




Copyright Crisis - Copyright Laws Have Wiped Out Publishing Of Mid-20th Century Books
"There were as many books available from the 1910s as there were from the 2000s. The number of books from the 1850s was double the number available from the 1950s. Why? Copyright protections (which cover titles published in 1923 and after) had squashed the market for books from the middle of the 20th century, keeping those titles off shelves and out of the hands of the reading public." The Atlantic 08/13


Arts attendance in U.S. continues to slide: NEA report

By David Ng

September 26, 2013, 11:29 a.m.

The number of people who attended an art show or a performing arts event in the U.S. continues to slide, according to a report released this week by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Theater took the biggest hit among the cultural categories, with attendance for musicals and plays off significantly.

In 2012, approximately 33% of U.S. adults, or 78 million individuals, visited an art museum or gallery, or attended at least one performing arts event, according to the report. That's down from the last time the NEA conducted its survey in 2008, when 34.6% adults attended arts events.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-arts-attendance-nea-20130926,0,3108857.story


Why Writing Matters In Business "Poor grammar and jargon-riddled writing are rampant. We're great at inventing terms -- the instruction manual for my toaster refers to the lever that pops up the toast as the 'Extra-Lift Carriage Control Lever' -- but poor at communicating what we actually mean." Harvard Business Review 08/13



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House committee proposes funding cuts for NEA, other arts groups

By David Ng

July 24, 2013, 1:58 p.m.

A bill approved by the House of Representative's committee on appropriations would cut funding for a number of cultural organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts, whose budget would be slashed to $75 million for the 2014 fiscal year, a 49% decrease from the agency's funding for 2013 before the budget sequester.

The proposed NEA cuts are part of an across-the-board reduction in federal spending that was put forward this week by the committee, which is led by Republican Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky. The bill calls for an overall federal spending cut of 19%.

The House Appropriations Committee's proposal for the NEA is at odds with President Obama's request for $154.5 million in funding for the arts agency in his fiscal 2014 budget, announced in April. The committee is also proposing spending cuts of 19% for the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art.

 



Pacific Art League's “Taking Digital Art to the Streets” provides a fresh ...
The Stanford Daily
Even more impressive was the fact that some of the featured artists had only begun pursuing art seriously after mobile digital art platforms became available in the last two or three years. Mobile Art Academy founder Sumit Vishwakarma, who was featured ...



California will shed last-in-nation ranking for arts funding

By Mike Boehm

July 16, 2013, 8:35 a.m.

The $2 million budget boost for the California Arts Council likely will allow the Golden State to shed its dubious distinction as the nation’s stingiest state for arts-grant funding for just the second time since 2003.

The additional money that Assembly Speaker John Perez funneled to the Arts Council on Monday, using a discretionary account that was at his sole disposal, boosts its total funding to $7.024 million for the just-begun 2013-14 fiscal year.

That’s 18.5 cents each for about 38 million Californians – up from 14 cents in 2012-13. The increase should be enough to lift California past Kansas and Georgia, which placed 47th and 48th, respectively, in the 2012-13 rankings.

 


The curious heresy of Shakespeare denial. Does historical evidence even matter to those who insist that the Bard was not the Bard?... more»

Can Tweets Save Letters? The Postcard Solution

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  Can tweets, texts and email save the post office? Seems a foolish question, same as asking if Facebook or HuffPo could rescue newspapers. Congress has again been going postal about the semi-Thatcherized U.S. Postal Service, on the one hand not wanting to spend a sou to keep it going, on the other not willing to offend business lobbies and scotch that expensive Saturday delivery. Yet there was a time when a similar absurd idea really did work: More than a century ago, the tweetlike penny postcard, enemy to the ostensibly profitable … [Read more...]



The language of celluloid. Film has a unique power, a mystical pull that brings us into closer dialogue with life, says Martin Scorsese... more»


How to Talk to Artists at Art Festivals- The Do’s and Don’ts (Warning: You’ve probably been guilty of at least one of the don’ts…)

So if you are one of the millions of people visiting an arts festival (or gallery opening, or art walk) this summer, this “How to Talk to Artists” Primer is for you.

Please Note: The following was compiled as a result of nearly 2 decades of conversations and questions with fellow artists of all stripes, and is a reflection of the main concerns expressed by hundreds of artists over the years, and not at all strictly my opinion or experience. Every artist is different. This is meant to give a general idea of what life is like for the fair artist, and hopefully give a little knowledge and understanding to the patron.

 http://theyearoflivingfabulously.com/2013/07/05/how-to-talk-to-artists-at-art-festivals-the-dos-and-donts-warning-youve-probably-been-guilty-of-at-least-one-of-the-donts/



Are We Starting Concerts At The Wrong Time? "In North America, 71% of all our listed concerts from 2008 to 2012 began between 7.00 and 8.00; the figure for the UK is slightly lower, at 69%. And yet this is prime time for evening meals and supervising young children, surely closing the events off from huge numbers of potential audience members." BachTrack 07/11/13


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/huffpost-aspen-institute

 

The Past and the Future of the Citizen Artist

Chicago was the fastest-growing city in the world in the late 19th century, a boom town creating great fortunes in commerce, manufacturing, and transportation. Some of its wealthiest citizens banded together to found the Art Institute of Chicago (1882) and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1891). Across town, Jane Addams and Ellen Starr Gates founded Hull House, Chicago's first settlement, in 1889. Hull House provided a range of social services--public health, education, language, immigration, housing, sanitation, child care, psychological counseling--designed to help poor immigrants adapt to their new home in America. But it was not just a social service agency. Addams was a reformer, considered by J. Edgar Hoover as 'the most dangerous woman in America', and Hull House played a role in struggles for labor, women's rights, political reform, juvenile justice, and peace.

The arts were part of its programming from the very beginning. Hull House encouraged and taught the poor to make art themselves in music, drama, dance, and visual art programs staffed by artists.


The Only Way To Save Arts Critics? Artists Must Speak Up "I know from interviewing creative artists that they prize a detailed review by someone they trust to know their stuff, even if they disagree with it. If honestly and intelligently provided, it's food for growth. If the professional critics have any value in this current world, that is where it lies. Let the artists defend the critics. If they don't, let the critic die." The Guardian (UK) 08/02/13



The stereotype of the starving artist lives on.

And while many a statistic may reflect the prosperity of some in arts-related industries, there are still lots of creative--and very talented--folks who are living the lean life. For those who are self-employed, the associated cost of being an artist can be exorbitant. There is basic overhead to consider, plus a variety of production expenses. Without business savvy, artists may find themselves tumbling into a gigantic financial black hole.

Fortunately, the more fortunate are sometimes there to lend a helping hand.

That’s what California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA) is all about.

Founded in 1974 in the Bay Area, the non-profit provides legal services to individual artists and others associated with the creative arts, as well as offering a variety of educational programs. Over the years, such assistance has proved vital to many in the arts community.

Our Mission

California Lawyers for the Arts empowers the creative community by providing education, representation and dispute resolution.

Our Vision

Artists and arts organizations serve as agents of democratic involvement, innovation, and positive social change, and the growth of an empowered arts sector is essential to healthy communities. CLA’s leadership and services strengthen the arts for the benefit of communities throughout California.

 



Physics Is Hard. So Is Poetry.
Physicist Adam J. Frank on his encounter with T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land: "Sitting there, book in hand, not understanding what I had just read I had to ask myself: is this any different than my experience with physics? ... But what does it mean for a poem to be hard? Is it the same thing as when science is hard?" NPR 07/09/13



Restaurants trying to cut down on 'wi-fi-hobos'

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/354112

 

Are today's cafe meant as the new workplace for America's disconnected workers? Many establishments, especially the big chains like Starbucks, offer free, unlimited Wi-Fi service for their patrons-- presumably to allow} people linger and contribute to} the ambiance. "We intend to provide you with a great digital experience to go along with your great cup of coffee," the coffee chain's website says.

But Starbucks and small, independent coffeehouses alike now have growing concerns about the multitude of customers who encamp for hours at their tables. These "laptop hobos" are working, surfing the Web, using the shop's outlets as an unlimited power supply for their wireless devices and occasionally getting downright territorial with other customers over space.

Some shops say they've had enough. They're either stipulating customer rules for Wi-Fi use or eliminating it at certain hours-- and even altogether-- while blocking their wall outlets.

"It specified where we had customers watching YouTube videos and blasting them at full blast," Jason Burgett, a co-owner of the Wooden Spoon in Denver, told the Denver Post. In 2012, Burgett's cafe disabled its Wi-Fi and banned laptops and tablets.

"We're a small shop with only 16 seats," he added. "We prefer that our customers have the opportunity for social interaction.".



Aging Digital Artworks Are difficult to restore
China Daily
In trying to restore the Davis work, which was finally achieved at the end of May, the Whitney encountered a challenge unique to digital art: its 1s and 0s degrade far more rapidly than traditional visual art does, and the demands of upkeep are much higher.

" We ' re working on constantly shifting grounds ," said Rudolf Frieling , a curator of media arts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art , which has been at the forefront of sustaining online art . " Whatever hardware , platform or device we ' re using is not going to be there tomorrow ."


40,000 Artworks from 250 Museums, Now Viewable for Free at the Redesigned Google Art Project
From Open Culture

Yesterday we featured the National Gallery of Art’s site NGA Images, where you can download 25,000 high-quality digital images of that museum’s works of art. Today, why not have a look at Google Art Project? Though we’ve posted about it before, you’ll want to check out its slick new redesign — not to mention its expanded collection, which now includes more than 40,000 works of art from over 250 museums



When Is Asking Artists To Compete Merely Exploiting Them?
"Artists and designers are asked to donate their energies in a way that other professionals are not. They are paid in 'exposure' or perhaps one artist is given a cash prize. This can devalue what artists do. At the same time, there is also a culture of free exchange that exists online that is about building community and engagement and is perhaps better off being divorced from too many commercial concerns." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel 07/11/13



Digital reincarnation for Dunhuang's Buddhist art

 

http://www.hindustantimes.com

Inching their cameras along a rail inside the chamber, specialists use powerful flashes to light up paintings of female Buddhist spirits drawn more than 1,400 years ago.
One click after another illuminates colourful scenes of hunters, Buddhas, flying deities, Bodhisattvas and caravanserais painted on the walls of the Mogao caves in northwest China, considered the epitome of Buddhist art -- and now in existential danger.

From the fourth century onwards the 492 largely hand-dug caves near Dunhuang, a desert oasis and crossroads on the Silk Road, acted as a depository for Buddhist art for around a millennium.

Unesco describes the World Heritage Site as "the largest, most richly endowed, and longest used treasure house of Buddhist art in the world".

"Dunhuang is where Chinese, Greek and Roman, Islamic and Indian arts meet," says Mimi Gates, a former director of the Seattle Art Museum who is helping to preserve the caves, and stepmother to Microsoft founder Bill.

But their unique appeal is the very thing that is putting them under threat, with every visitor's entrance, body and breathing altering the delicate environmental balance inside the chambers.

The remote site in Gansu province saw 800,000 visitors in 2012, up 20 percent in a year. The recommended daily maximum is 3,000, but as many as 18,000 arrived on one public holiday last October.

"When tourists enter the caves, the humidity, the temperature and the carbon dioxide increase abruptly," said Wang Xudong, director general of the Dunhuang Academy.

It is an immense task. The paintings cover 45,000 square metres (485,000 square feet) -- if set in a single mural three metres high, it would stretch for 15 kilometres.

Thousands of images are taken of each chamber, using specialised lights to avoid damage, and then laboriously computer-processed to create a precise cyber replica.

"Digitising the caves is very difficult," said Wang. "We began in the 1990s but at the time it was a failure. We continued in the year 2000 thanks to technological advances."

The key challenge is capturing the freshness of the colours, particularly natural pigments such as vermilion and malachite green, as well as any areas that are not flat, such as corners and sculptures.

 

 



Want A Movie Role? You Can Buy One On Kickstarter
"High-profile crowdfunded projects are now hawking paid parts--speaking roles to anyone who can donate a sizable chunk of the thousands necessary to help finance the film. Supporters of crowdsourcing defend the practice, arguing it's another tool to help independent filmmakers get their projects financed." Backstage 07/10/13



Call For Entries For Digital Art Exhibition at the Foundry Art Centre

BY FoundryArt | Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013 11:07 AM

St. Charles, MO - Virtual Reality, a juried exhibition exploring the multi-faceted and ever-expanding world of digital media, are now open at the Foundry Art Centre. Virtual Reality will offer the best of digital media in 2D and 3D form and by definition will include art “created, simulated, or carried on by means of a computer.” Digital media includes, but is not limited to, digital photography, 2D & 3D animations, movies, games, recordings, digital paintings and illustrations, motion graphics, websites, graphic designs, apps, and computer-generated 3D models and sculpture.

Photographer and digital artist Kim Mosley will jury the exhibition and award one $500 Best of Show Award or Going Solo exhibition award. Two artists will also be chosen for a $250 award. All entries are due by Sunday, August 18, 2013. The exhibition runs from October 4 – November 22, 2013 with an opening reception on Friday, October 4, 2013 from 6pm-8pm. For more information, to submit your pieces online, or if you have questions, visit www.foundryartcentre.org or contact the Foundry Art Centre at 636-255-0270.

The Foundry Art Centre is a fine arts gallery overlooking the Missouri River at 520 North Main Center, in the Frenchtown district of Historic St. Charles. The Foundry features a Smithsonian-caliber art gallery hosting national juried exhibitions plus 20 working art studios where visitors can watch the creative process and buy art directly from the artists. The not-for-profit art centre also provides community meeting rooms, event space and a children’s art gallery. Hours are Tuesday - Thursday from 10-8pm, Friday and Saturday from 10-5pm, and Sunday 12-4. Admission is free, and donations are welcome. For more information, call (636) 255-0270 or visit www.foundryartcentre.org.

Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013 11:07 AM



5 Iconic Pieces Of Pop Art Saddled With Legal Woes

Policy Mic

Pop artists absorb and borrow from popular culture. Likewise, pop culture spreads the images of pop art through mass reproduction, but is any of this legal? Recently strict copyright laws and our obsession to protect intellectual property and the money earned by our ideas, have forced artists to incorporate the medium of policy. Will copyright laws eventually smother pop art completely or will they do more good by protecting originality and integrity?




Lawsuit Seeks To Free "Happy Birthday" From Copyright The proposed class action asks a federal court to declare the song to be in the public domain and that Warner/Chappel Music Inc, the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, return "millions of dollars of unlawful licensing fees" it has collected for reproductions and public performances of the song. The Globe & mail (Canada) 06/14/13



From the Chronicle of Higher Education

July 10, 2013

When Hollywood Held Hands With Hitler

Evidence shows that Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party exercised considerable influence over Hollywood, including what films went unmade and what scenes were cut.

By Alexander C. Kafka

Cambridge, Mass.

A debate is raging over Hollywood's alleged collusion with the Nazis. At stake: the moral culpability of Jewish studio heads during cinema's golden age.

The catalyst is a forthcoming book from Harvard University Press, The Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact With Hitler, by the 35-year-old historian Ben Urwand. The book is still several months from publication, but emotions are running high after an early review in the online magazine Tablet, followed by an exchange of rhetorical fire in The New York Times between Urwand and Thomas Doherty, a professor of American studies at Brandeis University who this spring published his own account of the era, Hollywood and Hitler: 1933-1939 (Columbia University Press). The clash comes during a period of heightened scholarly attention to Nazi infiltration and counterinfiltration in Depression-era Los Angeles, complicating the story of Hollywood's stance toward fascism.

It's long been known that the major studios—Columbia, 20th Century Fox, MGM, Paramount, United Artists, Universal, Warner Bros.—all tailored and blanched their 1930s product in response to the Motion Picture Production Code; to an American suspicion of Jews generally, and particularly of the Jews who ran Hollywood; and to motion-picture business interests abroad.

But here's the arguable game-changer: Urwand unearthed evidence that suggests the studios were not merely self-censoring in an effort to keep their shareholders, audiences, and industry and government monitors happy. Rather, he says, the studios began working in detailed coordination with Nazi officials, putting profits above principles.

 


German Art Forgery Ring Busted "The forgers are believed to have sold more than 400 pieces of counterfeit art painted in the style of artists such as Kandinsky and Malevich. The suspects are alleged to also have forged authenticity certificates to give the impression the paintings were previously unknown works." The Guardian (UK) 06/13/13


Is Censorship Stifling Australian Art? "Unfortunately, it seems that challenging Australian art is attacked and censored. And if we are only permitted to view "correct", officially sanctioned work then art's primary function - to reveal us to ourselves - is destroyed. " The Guardian (UK) 06/14/13

 


From Psychology Today

Four Secrets of Creativity

To get your mental engine humming, ignore conventional advice.

By Mary Diduch, published on May 01, 2012 - last reviewed on June 19, 2013

Want to unlock your inner da Vinci? Many oft-repeated ideas about kickstarting the creative process conflict directly with proven techniques. If mind maps, brainstorming, and free association have led to nothing more exciting than a run to Staples to buy more paper, it’s time to rethink your routine. Recent research finds that you can bust your creative funk if you:

…are sleepy. If you’re usually a morning person, try writing your novel at night. While alertness is crucial to cracking straightforward problems like math equations, creative tasks require big and non-specific thinking. When your tired brain wanders, it can make random connections that might jump-start your next idea, reports a recent study in Thinking and Reasoning.

…plan ahead. Eureka? Not exactly. Inspiration doesn’t usually strike spontaneously. In fact, improving time management can fuel creativity, finds a study from the Technical University of Crete in Greece. Setting aside specific creative time in the day reduces stress and carves out a space where ideas can flourish, says study coauthor Leonidas Zampetakis.

…butt heads. Don’t shy away from arguments. Embracing conflict often leads to novel thinking. To resolve a paradox, you’ll be forced to think outside the box. “Instead of feeling pressure or stress, recognize the potential in making sense of contradictions,” says Harvard University negotiation expert Francesca Gino.

…ditch the library. A bit of background noise can enhance creativity, reports a recent study in the Journal of Consumer Research. But don’t blast the television just yet: Too much noise impairs our ability to process information. To promote abstract thinking, we need just the right amount of distraction—about the volume level you would find in a café.





International Art Conservation Project to Help Preserve the Watts Towers

Wall Street Journal

Bank of America announced that it has provided funding to assist with the restoration of Simon Rodia's Watts Towers in Los Angeles through its 2013 Art Conservation Project, a global effort that will conserve 24 projects in 16 countries around the world, including eight in the United States. The funding has been used to help Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) provide staff time and expertise to identify repairs to the Watts Towers, provide day-to-day maintenance and long-term care of the Towers, and increase awareness of the landmark. 



Friday, June 7 2013, 01:18 PM CDT

WALTON COUNTY -- Artists from around the world are looking to display their work on more than just canvas this weekend.

The Digital Graffiti Art Festival is held every year at Aly's Beach in Walton County.

The event gives artists the opportunity to project their work onto the town's iconic white walls.

The festival attracts people with various backgrounds, from digital artists and photographers to filmmakers and musicians.

We normally see video art on monitors hanging on walls but with the architect of Aly's Beach we get to see the art bigger than ourselves and the art overwhelm us.

Tickets are still available.

Today tickets are 50 dollars for adults and 20 dollars for children.

Tickets for Saturday are 100 dollars for adults only.


Quincy Jones: Artists Do Indeed Have A Role In Solving Humanity's Grand Challenges

Forbes

Quincy Jones, musician and Arts Driver, writes in business magazine Forbes: "Often times, artists don’t think they have a role to play in solving Grand Challenges such as learning. But I think that they do. I believe that when creative minds from various disciplines get together, the sum is greater than its parts because each comes at the problem from their own unique point of view. That’s when magic happens."



Decanter.com's John Stimpfig spotlights "The Wine Forger's Handbook" by wine journalist Stuart George and ARCA Founder Noah Charney

Wine connoisseur John Stimpfig spotlights the The Wine Forger's Handbook by wine journalist Stuart George and ARCA Founder Noah Charney in Decanter.com, the online publication of the international wine magazine:

The slim volume gives a short history of forgery and fraud in the wine world, before going on to detail two short case studies covering two of the best known alleged fine wine fraudsters of recent times: Hardy Rodenstock and Rudy Kurniawan. It also functions as a guide with practical tips and a checklist of actions on how to avoid becoming a victime of counterfeit wine. The book comes at a time when collector awareness and press interest in the subject of fraud has never been higher, after series of high-profile legal cases.

The ebook The Wine Forger's Handbook was published in March and can be ordered at Amazon.com.

Here's a link to a post on the ARCA blog about the FBI's investigation into wine fraud.

 


The USDA (That's Right, The USDA) Makes It Easier For Musicians To Carry Instruments On Planes "Since a major amendment to the century-old [Lacey Act] was passed in 2008, vintage instruments as well as newer ones made from old stockpiles of exotic woods have come under increased scrutiny by customs officials when musicians enter or re-enter the U.S. with those instruments." Los Angeles Times 06/01/13



From NPR online

Detroit doesn't have to wait for Antiques Roadshow to come to town to know the city owns priceless treasures. The city-owned Detroit Institute of Arts holds works by van Gogh, Matisse, Renoir and other artists that could bring in tens of millions of dollars each.

And they just might sell. With the city more than $15 billion in debt, Kevyn Orr, the state-appointed emergency manager trying to straighten out Detroit's finances, has asked the museum to inventory its works with an eye toward potentially selling them off.

It's a scenario that has people in the art world up in arms. When Edsel Ford commissioned Diego Rivera to for the museum back in 1932, he wasn't thinking they might be sold in 2013 to pay for pensions.

"To sell off artwork to pay for a city's general debt is unconscionable," says Kathleen Bernhardt, an art dealer in Chicago. "It's a short-term sell-off of a magnificent part of their heritage."

Museums sell works all the time, but typically not their best stuff. When they do sell, it's to get rid of pieces that don't suit the collection. They use the money to buy new works that are a better fit. They're not supposed to use the money to buy computers or pay down debt, according to industry standards.

But when museums aren't free-standing institutions, as is the case in Detroit, the larger entities that control them sometimes can't help but see dollar signs. The van Goghs are just hanging there, waiting to be put up for auction.

"A lot of institutions are gun-shy about trumpeting what the size of their assets [is], so that a trustee is not tempted to sell them off," says Kris Anderson, director of the Jacob Lawrence Gallery at the University of Washington.



Poland Becoming Art's New "It" Place? "International art critics are increasingly turning their attention to Poland, and talking about Warsaw as the new artistic hub of central Europe with the enthusiasm and excitement once reserved solely for Berlin." The Guardian (UK) 06/02/13


 

Queen Beatrix reopened the Rijksmuseum today amidst fireworks and a queque of people waiting to enter the museum for free after a ten year $480 million renovation designed by Spanish architects Cruz and Ortiz:

The museum covers 800 years of Dutch history through 8,000 objects, distributed through 80 rooms. A one mile (1.5-kilometre) walk around the galleries will take you "from the Middle Ages to Mondrian," the Dutch painter and one of the pioneers of the De Stijl movement in the first half of the 20th century.

But at the heart of the museum's physical and artistic identity is Rembrandt's vast masterpiece of militia intimidation, The Night Watch. The painting, flanked by works by the likes of Johannes Vermeer and Frans Hals, symbolises the Golden Age, roughly spanning the 17th century, when the Dutch dominated much of world trade and, as a result, art.

The renovation Rijksmuseum is also known for a special feature -- the nearby bike path leading out of Vogel Park continues through a tunnel running through the middle of the museum:

The museum didn't want the tunnel used as a bike path because of its proximity to the entrance, but the city authorities decided to let the bikes through and monitor the situation.

The Telegraph published a guide on how to get around the renovated Rijksmuseum.

 


Big California Arts Funding Bill Stalls "The bill would have secured $75 million in guaranteed annual funding for the California Arts Council but was frozen last week without a vote. Now advocates aim to persuade legislators and Gov. Jerry Brown to give the agency at least a modest increase as they determine the state budget for the coming fiscal year." Los Angeles Times 05/31/13


 Al Arabiya, June 1

 Shounaz Mekky - Al Arabiya

An Islamist member of Egypt’s Shura Council has stirred controversy for describing ballet dancing as “the art of nudity,” prompting objections from a number of dancers.

Council member Gamal Hamed, of the ultraconservative Salafist Nour Party, said ballet dancing promotes “indecency” in society.

“[Ballet] is the art of nudity, spreading immorality and obscenity among people,” Hamed said during a council session this week discussing the country’s budget.

The member also called for banning the dance because it is prohibited in Islam, according to him.

Angry artists took to the social media to criticize the Islamist lawmaker. Some warned of legal action against him.

Amir Ramses, a filmmaker, sought to highlight contradictions of the country’s Islamist lawmakers. “Egypt’s Brotherhood government extends [night] clubs’ licenses from 2 to 3 years to boost tourism, and a Shura Council [Islamist] member calls for banning ballet because it is nudity dancing.”

Egypt’s Actors Syndicate chief Ashraf Abdel Ghafour told Al Arabiya English that a lawsuit will be brought against the Islamist MP.

“Ballet is one of many arts around the world that measure a country’s civilization,” Abdel Ghafour said. “The council member is ignorant of the importance and beauty behind it.”

 


BookExpo Draws 20,000 - Book Business Stabilizing? "After a turbulent few years in the book business, there was a feeling at BookExpo America, the publishing industry's annual trade convention that convened in New York this week, that the disruption might have calmed." The New York Times 06/01/13



3-D digital carving: A new tool for an ancient art

By CHARLOTTE HSU

Published May 30, 2013, UB Reporter, University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

The ancient art of shaping terra cotta is getting a modern twist at Boston Valley Terra Cotta, a Western New York manufacturer that has performed restoration work on historic buildings from San Francisco’s Russ Building to Chicago’s Rookery and Buffalo’s own Guaranty Building.

First, draftsmen study and create 2-D drawings of terra cotta originals. Next, sculptors work from these drawings to build plaster or clay models of the originals. Finally, plaster is poured over these models to create hollow molds into which terra cotta is hand-pressed and shaped before drying.

The process reflects what artists have done for thousands of years, and it’s time-consuming.

The company is now streamlining much of this process through the integration of sophisticated digital fabrication tools—the result of a long-term partnership with UB’s School of Architecture and Planning to explore the potential of “digital craft” in terra cotta restoration.

The centerpiece is a five-axis digital router that pares blocks of material into models of the statues, ornaments and other objects the company is contracted to replicate, leaving only the sculptor’s finishing work to complete the models. The tool is guided by 3-D digital drawings generated from photographs of terra cotta objects. The image-creation process, called “photogrammetry,” simplifies the drafting stage of restoration.


Gray Matters: 'Being Here Now': Senior artists get better with age

Times-Standard

The 60-year-old Quezada is one of 18 artists to be showcased at “Being Here Now -- Celebrating Older Americans Month with Artists 60 and Better." Other noted artists to be exhibited are John Wesa, Libby Maynard and Nancy Gregory. Wesa is a nationally recognized serigrapher. Maynard is the executive director and co-founder of The Ink People Center for the Arts, and Gregory is an award-winning photographer.




CA Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera’s Anti-Bullying Poetry Project

by California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

Joanna Ramos was a 5th-grade, eleven-year-old girl who got caught up in a fight and died as a result of a hit to the head last year. When I saw her photo on TV, smiling and full of joy, I knew we'd lost a beautiful child and that I had to do something. A few weeks later I was appointed as Laureate. 

On Friday, April 19th, at the University of California - Riverside, sponsored by the Gluck Fellows Program, we launched the "i-Promise Joanna - End Bullying Project"—a 5th grade initiative that I am encouraging our schools to kickstart throughout the state.

David Campos, a superb MFA poet on campus, gave workshops for the students. They painted posters as groups and headed back to school with action projects for their entire campus: an "End Bullying Club" and an "End Bullying Carnival" two groups brainstormed on stage...all with poetry, art, and the voices of the amazing 5th graders at Town Gate Elementary in Moreno Valley!

I plan to put up the work of the students on my UC Riverside website along with an "i-PJ" download pack for interested schools. Students get an "i-PJ" project membership card, too.

We're in this together.

Juan Felipe Herrera, California Poet Laureate, is guest blogging for us this summer about his latest poetry projects. Want to learn more? Visit his site at www.juanfelipepoet.com

 



Techno-circus brings robots, lasers to the big tent

Start clowning around. The interactive STEAM Carnival aims to reimagine the classic circus with high-tech games and digital art aimed at sparking kids' passion for creative science and engineering.

Step right up, kiddies, the carnival is coming to town! And this time, it's bringing robots and lasers.

Well, it will be if the STEAM Carnival successfully reaches its Kickstarter goal and hits the highway with all manner of amusing geeky hijinks under its big tent. Think Maker Faire meets Burning Man, with a decidedly less naked, more kid-friendly slant. The goal is to not only get youngsters pumped about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), but to warm them up to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math).

"Our culture isn't doing enough to get kids interested in STEAM," say the creatives behind Two Bit Circus, a collective of builders, inventors, developers, and makers behind STEAM Circus. (They also helped create the wacky Rube Goldberg machine in OK Go's "This Too Shall Pass" video.) The carnival's advisory board also brings some serious geek cred to the proceedings in the form of MythBuster Grant Imahara; Brian Fargo, creator of the video game Bard's Tale; and Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari and father of Brent Bushnell, one of STEAM Carnival's masterminds.


The Intersection of Creativity, Health, and Aging

Grantmakers in the Arts

A blogger writes that "on May 1, I attended a daylong gathering in Washington DC entitled Innovative Crossroads: The Intersection of Creativity, Health and Aging. Supported by MetLife Foundation in collaboration with the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA), the day was hosted by Grantmakers in Health (GIH) and included health funders as well as members of Grantmakers in the Arts and Grantmakers in Aging."




Modern art was CIA 'weapon'

Revealed: how the spy agency used unwitting artists such as Pollock and de Kooning in a cultural Cold War

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/modern-art-was-cia-weapon-1578808.html

 

For decades in art circles it was either a rumour or a joke, but now it is confirmed as a fact. The Central Intelligence Agency used American modern art - including the works of such artists as Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko - as a weapon in the Cold War. In the manner of a Renaissance prince - except that it acted secretly - the CIA fostered and promoted American Abstract Expressionist painting around the world for more than 20 years.

The connection is improbable. This was a period, in the 1950s and 1960s, when the great majority of Americans disliked or even despised modern art - President Truman summed up the popular view when he said: "If that's art, then I'm a Hottentot." As for the artists themselves, many were ex- com- munists barely acceptable in the America of the McCarthyite era, and certainly not the sort of people normally likely to receive US government backing.

Why did the CIA support them? Because in the propaganda war with the Soviet Union, this new artistic movement could be held up as proof of the creativity, the intellectual freedom, and the cultural power of the US. Russian art, strapped into the communist ideological straitjacket, could not compete.

The existence of this policy, rumoured and disputed for many years, has now been confirmed for the first time by former CIA officials. Unknown to the artists, the new American art was secretly promoted under a policy known as the "long leash" - arrangements similar in some ways to the indirect CIA backing of the journal Encounter, edited by Stephen Spender.

 




Arts Should Be More Commercial? Really? "This idea that culture should be measured in economic terms is not just crass and wrong, but also dangerous. Culture is not about making money, it's about creating, maintaining and commenting on that great work of humanity: civilisation." The Telegraph (UK) 04/26/13



Abstract art & its many faces
The New Indian Express
Fifty years ago, when Aekka Yadagiri Rao made his first sculpture, little did he know that he would be standing amidst his second digital art exhibition. “The days of paints and brushes is almost vanishing. With the evolution of technology, art is also ...
It's a digital re-birth
Deccan Chronicle
And this time around, the sculpture artist returns with a seemingly unlikely medium for him; that of digital art. “My age doesn't allow me to get around with sculpting anymore,” he admits, but without a hint or regret of disappointment, as he adds ...


The End Of The Minnesota Orchestra? Really? Surely There's A Plan... "We need a five-year plan -- one that will assign responsibilities on all sides to find a more stable platform for the continuation of our world-class orchestra. Management says there is a $5 million problem. For the next five years, do the following (all with new money)." The Star-Tribune (Mpls) 05/09/13

 

A History Of Performing Arts Tickets "From the perspective of today's theatregoer, the current method of admission seems like a forgone conclusion: pay ahead of time for a ticket entitling you to a specific seat for a specific performance. But it wasn't always this way, as evidenced by a wide range of ephemera in the Harvard Theatre Collection." Houghton Library Blog 04/04/13

 

Why The Live Audience Experience Matters "The indelible memory of that wonderful whoop is one of the reasons why I keep on going to live performances night after night. Sure, it's easier to stay home and fire up your television or stereo--but you'll probably be the only one whooping. It's a lot more fun to do it in a crowd." Wall Street Journal 05/10/13

 

Why The Live Audience Experience Matters "The indelible memory of that wonderful whoop is one of the reasons why I keep on going to live performances night after night. Sure, it's easier to stay home and fire up your television or stereo--but you'll probably be the only one whooping. It's a lot more fun to do it in a crowd." Wall Street Journal 05/10/13

 

Why The Live Audience Experience Matters "The indelible memory of that wonderful whoop is one of the reasons why I keep on going to live performances night after night. Sure, it's easier to stay home and fire up your television or stereo--but you'll probably be the only one whooping. It's a lot more fun to do it in a crowd." Wall Street Journal 05/10/13

 



The Rise of Big Data

How It's Changing the Way We Think About the World

By Kenneth Neil Cukier and Viktor Mayer-Schoenberger

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/139104/kenneth-neil-cukier-and-viktor-mayer-schoenberger/the-rise-of-big-data?page=show

 

Everyone knows that the Internet has changed how businesses operate, governments function, and people live. But a new, less visible technological trend is just as transformative: “big data.” Big data starts with the fact that there is a lot more information floating around these days than ever before, and it is being put to extraordinary new uses. Big data is distinct from the Internet, although the Web makes it much easier to collect and share data. Big data is about more than just communication: the idea is that we can learn from a large body of information things that we could not comprehend when we used only smaller amounts.

In the third century BC, the Library of Alexandria was believed to house the sum of human knowledge. Today, there is enough information in the world to give every person alive 320 times as much of it as historians think was stored in Alexandria’s entire collection -- an estimated 1,200 exabytes’ worth. If all this information were placed on CDs and they were stacked up, the CDs would form five separate piles that would all reach to the moon.

The Internet has reshaped how humanity communicates. Big data is different: it marks a transformation in how society processes information. In time, big data might change our way of thinking about the world. As we tap ever more data to understand events and make decisions, we are likely to discover that many aspects of life are probabilistic, rather than certain.


Artist's Repurposing Of Photos Is Not Copyright Violation: Court "Painter and photographer Richard Prince, whose works have sold for millions of dollars, did not violate copyrights with most of the paintings and collages he based on a photographer's published works, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday in a case closely watched within the art community." Yahoo! (AP) 04/25/13

 

Andrew Lloyd Webber Has A Way To Get Musical Instruments To Every Child. So Why Aren't Politicians Listening? "It is extraordinary what they have achieved here," said Lloyd Webber of a scheme that is not necessarily attempting to create battalions of great musicians, but is more about using music to boost academic ability. The Guardian (UK) 04/25/13


Theater's Expiring Subscription Model

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324493704578431101033080228.html?mod=rss_Arts_and_Entertainment#

 

Enough about Broadway already. It is what it is, a big-money theme park where your chances of seeing a serious drama are growing slimmer by the second. Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives to "Motown," especially if you live outside New York. Of the 100-odd plays and musicals that I review each year for The Wall Street Journal, about 50 are regional-theater productions. I recently surveyed the thousand-plus shows that I've covered since I became the Journal's drama critic in 2003, and of the 15 that I liked best, I saw seven in cities other than New York. Only one originated on Broadway.

 

So regional theater is flourishing, right? Yes…and no. Ticket sales across the country dropped when the economy tanked. Two major companies, Florida Stage and Seattle's Intiman Theatre, were forced to shut down (though Intiman is reconstituting itself as a summer-only "theatre festival"). Others have trimmed back their seasons. And not only are solo and small-cast plays increasingly taking the place of large-scale shows, but I've noticed in the past couple of years that many regional theaters are also opting for significantly less adventurous fare. More familiar comedies and recent Broadway hits, fewer challenging new shows and revivals of great plays of the past: That seems to be the direction in which American theater is moving.

 

What now? Modernize the subscription model? Or scrap it altogether and try something completely different? If I knew, I'd start a theater company. But I do know that if regional theater wants to save its soul, it'll have to find new ways to sell tickets. Otherwise, it's going to be "The Odd Couple" and "Clybourne Park" over and over again, forever.

—Mr. Teachout, the Journal's drama critic, writes "Sightings" every other Friday. He is the author of "Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong." Write to him at tteachout@wsj.com.




Modern art was CIA 'weapon'

Revealed: how the spy agency used unwitting artists such as Pollock and de Kooning in a cultural Cold War

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/modern-art-was-cia-weapon-1578808.html

 

For decades in art circles it was either a rumour or a joke, but now it is confirmed as a fact. The Central Intelligence Agency used American modern art - including the works of such artists as Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko - as a weapon in the Cold War. In the manner of a Renaissance prince - except that it acted secretly - the CIA fostered and promoted American Abstract Expressionist painting around the world for more than 20 years.

The connection is improbable. This was a period, in the 1950s and 1960s, when the great majority of Americans disliked or even despised modern art - President Truman summed up the popular view when he said: "If that's art, then I'm a Hottentot." As for the artists themselves, many were ex- com- munists barely acceptable in the America of the McCarthyite era, and certainly not the sort of people normally likely to receive US government backing.

Why did the CIA support them? Because in the propaganda war with the Soviet Union, this new artistic movement could be held up as proof of the creativity, the intellectual freedom, and the cultural power of the US. Russian art, strapped into the communist ideological straitjacket, could not compete.

The existence of this policy, rumoured and disputed for many years, has now been confirmed for the first time by former CIA officials. Unknown to the artists, the new American art was secretly promoted under a policy known as the "long leash" - arrangements similar in some ways to the indirect CIA backing of the journal Encounter, edited by Stephen Spender.

 




NEW YORK, NY.- As of July 1, 2013, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will open to the public 7 days a week, it was announced today by Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Museum. This new schedule will go into effect at both the Museum’s main building on Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street in Manhattan and at The Cloisters museum and gardens, its branch museum for medieval art and architecture in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan.

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Hume: No matter the cost; the arts are worth it

http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/2011/09/16/hume_no_matter_the_cost_the_arts_are_worth_it.html

 

By:

 

The arts give more than they take. The case of Toronto is no exception; however much the city funds culture, it gets more back in return.

That’s true whether you’re a bottom-liner and first nighter, the most ardent admirer and one of the cost-of-everything-and-value-of-nothing crowd.

Still, in these perilous times, the calls to cut arts funding grow ever shriller. Yet even Mayor Rob Ford and council recently committed themselves to raise the civic cultural contribution from $18 per capita per annum to a princely $25.

Of course, the conservatives have tried to turn arts funding into a morality play and to some extent have succeeded. You don’t have to go far to hear the cries of outraged philistines, the ones who don’t know much about art but know what they hate. Either it’s disgusting and immoral, elitist and decadent, incomprehensible and subversive, or all the above.

 

The response to the International Film Festival, backdrop to the current exercise in civic self-mutilation, has been instructive. This year’s TIFF, which received $800,000 from the city, has prompted more than the usual amount of tut-tutting from our moral guardians.

 

Economists estimate that this year Tiff will generate $170 million for the city. Next year, that amount will be $200 million, not a bad return on an $800,000 investment.




How Many Websites Now Cover the Arts in Colorado?

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In the past seven years more than half of all arts journalism jobs have been eliminated in American newsrooms and according to Pew Research Center, all newsroom jobs have declined by 30% since 2000. I wanted to, in digital-media style, ask the audience an important question:  Did they read (need?) criticism? Was it important to them?

Is criticism an adjunct marketing tool to promote the business of art? Or worse, are art editors and critics simply a courtier class as Dave Hickey suggested to The Guardian? Or is criticism and arts journalism merely dictated by the financial news as Sarah Thornton laments.

Does Criticism Matter?

Is criticism about coverage, cash, being a courtier, or discourse?

Most newspaper critics, when asked, claim their job is to educate readers about art. (New York Times chief art critic Roberta Smith told a Santa Fe audience attending an NCECA conference, in 2010, that only 26 jobs like hers existed in the US.)

Perhaps this education approach is one of the reasons the basic agreement of digital life is that readers get to co-curate their news. They don’t want one-way lectures, which immediately seem to be elitist, boring, a turn off. They want a more democratic and pluralistic approach–a dialogue.

However, what we have ended up with, in the absence of independent critics, is a bubble, where online we often choose to curate and read only those who agree with our positions. We associate with those who are on the same path as we are. Curators and museums network around the business of art reputations and auction sales, wanting to control their message –they rarely invite critics to the table.

 

 




Michelangelo Birthday: 10 Things You Didn't Know About The Artist Behind The Sistine Chapel (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post

Today is the birthday of Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, the Italian Renaissance mastermind who counts artworks like the Sistine Chapel ceiling, David and The Pietà amongst his various life achievements. The legendary artist would turn 538 years old if he were miraculously still alive today.



25 Recordings Add To Library Of Congress Preservation Collection Among them: a D-Day radio broadcast by journalist George Hicks, the original cast album of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific," Simon and Garfunkel's 1966 breakthrough "The Sound of Silence," Pink Floyd's rock opus "Dark Side of the Moon" and the defining platter of the disco era, the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack. Washington Post (AP) 03/21/13



The Merging of Art and Technology
Inspirationfeed

Every generation of adults likes to bemoan the attitude and interests of the generation that is younger than they are.  What's changed in the last few decades, however, is that even adults in their 20′s and 30′s seem to be moving away from Opera, Ballet, and weekend trips to museums and art galleries. We want different things from our entertainment, and we expect to be able to interact with - and even shape - that entertainment in ways that previous generations could only have imagined.



You Think You Live In The Present, Don't You? "It seems obvious that we exist in the present. The past is gone and the future has not yet happened, so where else could we be? But perhaps we should not be so certain. ... Our experience of the world resembles a television broadcast with a time lag; conscious perception is not 'live'." New Scientist 02/20/13

 

You're So Vain, You Probably Think Your Self Is About You "Identity is often understood to be a product of memory as we try to build a narrative from the many experiences of our lives. Yet there is now a growing recognition that our sense of self may be a consequence of our relationships with others." New Scientist 02/28/13

 

Humans' Sense Of Self - Where Does It Come From? "There appear to be few things more certain to us than the existence of our selves. We might be sceptical about the existence of the world around us, but how could we be in doubt about the existence of us? ... While it seems irrefutable that we must exist in some sense, things get a lot more puzzling once we try to get a better grip of what having a self actually amounts to." New Scientist 02/20/13


 



California lawmakers call out the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for sexism

Salon

Two California state lawmakers have joined other smart men and women in condemning Oscar host Seth MacFarlane’s comments during Sunday’s awards presentation.

Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal and Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, both Democrats who lead the Legislature’s women’s caucus, sent a letter to Academy president Hawk Koch on Tuesday calling on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to use “better judgment” when selecting a host for next year.




Richard III's Face Reconstructed From English King's Skull (VIDEO)
Huffington Post

DNA tests and other techniques confirmed that a battle-scarred skeleton found buried in ruins beneath a parking lot in Leicester, England was that of the monarch, researchers announced on Feb. 4. Now, with the help of technology developed for criminal investigations, scientists at Scotland's Dundee University have created a bust of Richard, who died in battle in 1485.


Major art museum group bolsters rules for acquiring ancient art

By Mike Boehm

January 31, 2013, 7:10 a.m.

The ethics for adding ancient works to American art museum collections became substantially more stringent five years ago when the Assn. of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) decided to set the bar higher -- prompted by complaints from Italy, Greece and other ancient lands that museums had long turned a blind eye to evidence that pieces they owned had been looted from archaeological sites.

On Wednesday, the AAMD, which has 217 member museums in North America, announced a few more subtle tweaks to those guidelines, including requiring a public explanation on the AAMD's website if a museum decides to acquire a piece despite gaps in its ownership record going back to the fall of 1970.

Under the landmark 2008 guidelines, the AAMD set up an Object Registry on its website where member institutions are expected to post pictures and information about newly acquired antiquities whose ownership record since 1970 is not clear and complete. The aim is to allow nations of origin or others with possible claims or information to learn of a work's whereabouts and come forward with new evidence.

 From the LATimes website...

Nonprofit Fundraising In The US Is Fundamentally Flawed: Report "A new national survey of nonprofit executives suggests it isn't just the uncertain economy that's making it hard for charities - including arts and culture groups - to meet their fundraising goals. The research says there's something fundamentally amiss with the way many of them go about courting donors." Los Angeles Times 01/22/13



Museum of City of New York unveils "Micro-Unit" in Making Room: New Housing for New Yorkers
 

 NEW YORK (AP).- Sam Neuman jokes that he doesn't casually throw off his coat when he gets home at night — it would take up half his apartment. Such is life in his walk-up studio a few blocks from Manhattan's bustling Times Square. At 280 square feet, the apartment is barely the size of a one-car garage, with just enough space for a bed, a desk, a TV stand on one wall and a kitchen against the other. "I've developed this weird Stockholm Syndrome, which you identify with your captors," said the 31-year-old publicist. "When I go to other people's apartments, I think, 'Why do they need more than one bedroom?' I'm really very happy here. There's not really time to let things accumulate because ... where would I put them?" The Big Apple is legendary for its legions of residents who live in really, really small apartments. Many of them are fiercely proud of it and can even find the humor in their cramped quarters. Now the city is about to see just how small New Yorkers are willing to go. With the population and rents expected to keep climbing, New York City planners are challenging architects to design ways to make it tolerable — even comfortable — to live in dwellings from 370 square feet to as small as 250 square feet. Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday announced the winner of a competition to incorporate those designs into an apartment complex to be built on Manhattan's east side next year featuring 55 "micro units." To make up for the shoe-box dimensions, the building will offer residents common spaces like a rooftop garden and lounge area on nearly every floor. The aim is to offer more such tiny apartments throughout the city as affordable options for the young singles, cash-poor and empty nesters who are increasingly edged out of the nation's most expensive real-estate market. If the pilot program is successful, New York could ultimately overturn a requirement established in 1987 that all new apartments be at least 400 square feet. Smaller living is a concept already endorsed by some cities. San Francisco recently approved construction of apartments as small as 220 square feet. And Tokyo and Hong Kong have long offered tiny units.

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Chinese Construction Workers Dance To Protest Conditions "They have occupied factories and taken to the streets. But Chinese workers chose a more unusual form of protest when they highlighted their unpaid wages by dancing Gangnam Style outside the nightclub they had built." The Guardian (UK) 01/23/13



Photoshop 1.0 source code now a museum artifact

CNET

The Computer History Museum has made the source code for Photoshop 1.0.1 into an exhibit that lets the public, or at least programmers, appreciate the inner workings of the historic software. The museum published the software yesterday, following up on its earlier release of the source code underlying Apple's original MacPaint.

 


What Are “The Arts” Anyway?

Posted by Howard Sherman

 

Art. The arts. Fine arts. Performing arts. Visual arts. The lively arts. Arts & entertainment. Arts & culture. Culture. High culture. Pop culture.

The preceding phrases are all, on a very macro basis, variations on a theme. However, were you in a research study, and I showed you each of them, one at a time, I daresay they would provoke very distinct associations, very clear delineations of what each encompasses in your mind. Those responses would also likely change depending upon the order in which I showed these to you.

Why do I bring this up?

Because as the “arts community” fights its valiant, essential, and never-ending battle to convince the public at large of the value of “the arts,” I cannot help but wonder whether those on the receiving end of such messaging each hear very different things when these words are presented to them.

I’m prompted to these thoughts by a variety of “real world” examples and experiences, some quite personal. I’m hoping that perhaps someone will want to test my assumptions.

Visit the websites of a few newspapers. The New York Times “Arts” section is a big tent, where theatre, dance, and opera fit in alongside movies, TV, books, and pop music; only on Fridays in the New York edition do they distinguish between performing arts and fine arts, by dividing them into two printed sections. 

The Huffington Post (to which I contribute) combined “Arts” and “Culture” not so long ago under the “vertical” of “Arts,” but you’ll find that “Entertainment” is something altogether different—and more prominent. In The Washington Post, there’s an “Entertainment” section, in which “Theater & Dance” is a subset.

In The Philadelphia Inquirer, “Arts,” “Movies” and “Music” are separate sections of “Entertainment,” but music is really only “popular music,” while classical work is part of “arts.” I won’t go on.

If you found the foregoing paragraphs confusing, imagine what messages audiences are receiving, outlet by outlet, city by city. Even as “popular culture” and “high culture” have supposedly grown closer over the years, there’s labeling and categorization that seek to draw barriers between the various forms. Even if it’s for purely organizational reasons on a website, it carries forward potentially divisive messages about the various forms.

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Coastal Impressions: A Look at the California Art Scene

Art and Antiques

Long before there was midcentury modern or Bay Area Abstraction and Figuration, California boasted a lively art scene -- on based in in European Impressionism but adapted to the unique light and landscape of the state. This article takes a look at various works and styles in this vein.

 


Remembering Visionary Pianist Dave Brubeck

San Francisco Classical Voice

After more than six decades of generously sharing his unique performing and compositional talent, and a bright and ingenuous spirit, Dave Brubeck passed away on Dec. 5, 2012, after his heart failed. He was a day shy of his 92nd birthday.

 




Old Age and Creativity in Art and Science

Huffington Post

In dismissing age as a source of creativity, Lehman, Simonton, and many other psychologists were guilty of taking a part of creativity for the whole. Old age and experience may be lethal for the creativity of conceptual young geniuses, but they are the lifeblood of the innovations of experimental old masters.

 

Instagram uproar: Users, photographers say they're leaving

Los Angeles Times

Instagram users are not happy about new terms of service announced Monday that could result in companies using their photos in ads, and now many, including some notable photographers, are saying they are leaving the photo social network. The Facebook-owned photo social network gave users a heads up on the new terms of service that will take effect on Jan. 16.


Why second-hand bookshops are just my type

As bookshops are displaced by the internet, the author of a new work on serendipity describes the joys of delving in dusty shelves

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/9715377/Why-second-hand-bookshops-are-just-my-type.html

 

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7:00AM GMT 03 Dec 2012

Birds of a feather flock together: and if birds could be tweedy rather than feathery, I would be of that genus or species. With others of my ageing type, I assemble outside provincial book fairs waiting tremulously for them to open, as drinkers waited outside pubs in the days when they still had opening and closing hours. We all rush in, hopeful of finding something special and fearful that others will find it first. It isn’t only fish that get away.

How many hours, among the happiest of my life, have I spent in the dusty, damp or dismal purlieus of second-hand bookshops, where mummified silverfish, faded pressed flowers and very occasionally love letters are to be found in books long undisturbed on their shelves. With what delight do I find the word ''scarce’’ pencilled in on the flyleaf by the bookseller, though the fact that the book has remained unsold for years, possibly decades, suggests that purchasers are scarcer still.

Alas, second-hand bookshops are closing daily, driven out of business by the combination of a general decline in reading, the internet and that most characteristic of all modern British institutions, the charity shop. Booksellers tell me that 90 per cent of their overheads arise from their shops, and 90 per cent of their sales from the internet. Except for the true antiquarian dealers, whose customers are aficionados of the first state and the misprint on page 287, second-hand bookshops make less and less economic sense.

 



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