Kennicott: Controversy Over Loan Of Painting For Trump Inaugural Is A Test

"The St. Louis museum isn’t backing off its commitment to send the painting to Washington, and the effort to stop it is a small pre-election skirmish in what will be a long, fraught and likely disorganized boycott of the Trump administration by artists, scholars, and citizens who align themselves with the arts and humanities sector. The petition, and the flurry of attention it raised, is important as a moment of what might be called the “stress testing” of this country’s cultural institutions. [Read Entire Story]

Study: Superheroes Might Be A Bad Influence On Children

“Children in early childhood may be particularly at risk for the negative effects of media violence exposure when the superhero medium is emphasized,” concludes a research team led by psychologist Sarah Coyne of Brigham Young University. “It appears to be difficult for young children to disentangle aggression and pro-social behavior when they are combined, as is common in the superhero genre.” SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

How Originality Has Been Bad For Art

"In the last century, originality has killed one once-flourishing art form after another, by replacing variation within shared artistic conventions to rebellion against convention itself. The moment artists were taught to consider themselves superior mutant creative geniuses rather than practitioners of traditional crafts, it was only a matter of time before some would get tired of creative variation within the inherited conventions of their art and start rejecting the basic conventions. [Read Entire Story]

Why Did Broadway Have A Record Year? Diversity?

Alexis Solis makes a point today in The Guardian that the driver behind Broadway's record year at the box office is its variety of shows appealing to all sorts of audiences. Certainly even a casual look at current offerings indicates the variety. Someone who would never set foot in Aladdin might be enticed by Dear Evan Hansen. A ticket buyer who wouldn’t go for A Bronx Tale could have a fine night at Jitney. And vice versa. Everyone loves Hamilton. Some people have even enjoyed Paramour. And [Read Entire Story]

Box Near The Queen’s Seats In Royal Albert Hall Offered For £2.5 Million

Nicholas Shaw of Harrods Estates said it was "the most expensive box we have ever offered for sale". The box is on the western side of the auditorium and has approximately 849 years remaining on its lease. SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

August Wilson – He Could Put All Of America In A Room

"Is it crazy to think the younger black postmodernists — these interrogators of blackness, these satirists of race — have an intellectual luxury afforded them by Wilson’s dogged devotion to place and history? What made Wilson such an Olympian figure was that he could fit the whole country in an office or a backyard and make the bigness of his ideas seem life-size. As for what he would have had to say about this mutability matter? I’d like to think he’d probably have written a play about it." [Read Entire Story]

When Artists Ran Upstart Galleries In The East Village (It Didn’t Last Long)

"It was a diverse scene that held out a hint of utopian promise at a time when Abstract Expressionism was waning and new categories had not yet hardened: It included many more women than the uptown art world; it was not completely white; abstraction and figuration jostled side by side (if not always comfortably), along with genre-bending sculpture; and the gloriously messy birth of modern performance art took place in the midst of it all." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

This Year’s Sundance Film Festival Takes An Emphatic Political Stance

Sundance finds itself navigating some unusually slippery terrain this year. Mr. Redford, who recuses himself from programming decisions, bristles when his festival is seen as having an agenda. “We don’t take a position,” he insisted. At the same time, his top programmers, John Cooper and Trevor Groth, say they are taking a specific stance, one that is political by nature: For the first time in the festival’s history, there will be a spotlight on one theme — global warming and the environment. [Read Entire Story]

Research: TV Entertainment Can Help Promote Tolerance

Importantly, “the more participants identified with the characters from the target out-group, the less prejudice they showed toward that group,” the researchers add. This points to the power of TV comedy to help viewers “understand, to feel similar to, and to feel more connected to” people they don’t necessarily come into contact with in their day-to-day lives. SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Mobile Booksellers Are Promoting A Reading Revolution In Ethiopia

"The people credited for expanding the readership of books in Addis are the mobile vendors. They walk around with books in their hands stacked all the way up to their neck, approaching any and everyone to buy a book of them. There are close to 1000 mobile vendors roaming the streets of Addis." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

SoundCloud Is The Go-To Music Storage Streamer. But Now There Are Warnings It May Go Bankrupt

There are reports that "Google showed interest in purchasing the company. SoundCloud currently boasts more than 175 million users around the world. While Spotify may have purchased the company for its 2014 $1 billion price, Google may spend just $500 million. The Big 3 labels – Universal, Sony, and Warner – own stakes in SoundCloud Ltd. If Google purchases the music streamer, the Big 3 will get a windfall." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Texting At The Movies? Let’s Be Realistic…

"It pays to remember that moviegoing is a social activity for vastly more people than it is a kind of religious experience, and that the respect you and I may feel ought to be accorded to the art on screen is by no means the same for most. If you think of a movie as nothing more than a diversion, why should you mind if your attention is diverted for a moment somewhere else?" SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

El Sistema Has Been Transformative Worldwide. So Why Is There No El Sistema Of Theatre?

"There are now almost one million young people investing their free time to make art, and then better art with their friends. There are programs in Afghanistan, Palestine, and refugee camps in Europe; in slums of Manila, Rio and Nairobi; in a Maori community of New Zealand, and an Inuit community of Greenland. Wealthy cities like Los Angeles, New York, Paris, London, Stockholm, Vienna, and Hong Kong even have programs for children living in poverty. There are over 130 different programs in the [Read Entire Story]

UK Culture Secretary Says Creative Industries Will Be At The "Heart" Of UK Business Policy

"The creative industries are and will be at the heart of this government’s work on industrial strategy. It’s one of the major growth areas in the country and I want to assure you that I, Greg, the prime minister and others understand just how important our industries are to the UK economy."  She emphasised the 1.9 million jobs in the creative sectors and the £87.4 billion the industries generate. SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

In An Era Of Viral Media And Fake News, What Is The Role Of Libraries

"Making sense of information is hard, maybe increasingly so in today’s world. So what role have academic libraries played in helping people make sense of world bursting at the seams with information?" SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Translations Risk A Homogenization Of Ideas And Language

"While translations do cross borders, broadening our cultural knowledge as they present one language in the terms of another, they can also become an impediment to free communication. As a translator of contemporary Japanese fiction, I’ve seen both the flow and the congestion, and have witnessed at close range the unintended consequences—and our lack of control as translators—when it comes to the way our texts move or fail to move across borders." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story [Read Entire Story]

Recording Companies And Pandora Announce Bid For High Resolution Streaming

A new study commissioned ahead today's announcement by UMG, entitled "Global Insight: The Appeal of High-Res Audio (Studio Quality Sound)" presents a variety of data supporting a growing market for hi-res audio. The findings claimed that 85 percent of U.S. consumers say audio quality is "very important" to them; 48 percent of U.S. consumers are willing to pay more for better audio quality; and perhaps most significantly that "71 percent of existing music streaming subscribers are interested in [Read Entire Story]

Here’s How You Hack Mainstream Attention And "Reconfigure" Power

"Running campaigns to shape what the public could see was nothing new, but social media created new pathways for people and organizations to get information out to wide audiences. Marketers discussed it as the future of marketing. Activists talked about it as the next frontier for activism. Political consultants talked about it as the future of political campaigns. And a new form of propaganda emerged." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

The International Language Of Science Is English. Alas, That Leaves A Lot Out

"This problem is a two-way street Not only does the larger scientific community miss out on research published in non-English languages. But the dominance of English as science's lingua franca makes it more difficult for researchers and policy makers speaking non-English languages to take advantage of science that might help them." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

The CIA Helped Promote The Work Of Artists Whose Ideas Were Helpful To The US. How Did This Distort The Free Flow Of Ideas?

"World tours, fancy conferences, prestigious bylines and book contracts were bestowed on artists who hewed to political positions favored by the establishment, rather than on the most talented. In 1966, The New York Times confirmed suspicions that the CIA was pumping money into “civil society” organizations: unions, international organizations of students and women, groups of artists and intellectuals. The agency had produced the popular cartoon version of George Orwell’s anticommunist classic [Read Entire Story]

Free Speech? As An Idea It Requires A Few Rules…

"The main schism in today’s free speech debates pits liberals, advocating unbridled speech as a tool of freedom, against radicals, who unmask unbridled speech as a tool of class privilege. But that rift tells only one story. In almost all democracies today (the United States being the sole and oft-criticised exception), mainline liberal doctrines overwhelmingly require limits on provocative speech." SOURCE: ArtsJournal - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

How Our Campaign For Media Literacy Might Have Eroded The Truth

"In the United States, we believe that worthy people lift themselves up by their bootstraps. This is our idea of freedom. What it means in practice is that every individual is supposed to understand finance so well that they can effectively manage their own retirement funds. And every individual is expected to understand their health risks well enough to make their own decisions about insurance. To take away the power of individuals to control their own destiny is viewed as anti-American by so [Read Entire Story]

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