Famously supportive of the arts, Mayor Bloomberg’s last capital budget carves out $50 million for “The Shed,” a planned indoor-outdoor visual and performing art space that is part of the Hudson Yards development and scheduled to be finished around 2017.
Close to 30 art bloggers are all highlighting works from the Detroit Institute of Art’s (DIA) encyclopedic collection in an effort to highlight what could be lost if the Museum’s holdings go on the block to help raise money for the City’s $15+ billion in debt. List of participating blogs linked from Duchamp’s Photorelief from the DIA.
The V&A has purchased the Vivien Leigh archive from the late actress’ grandchildren. The archive includes, annotated shooting scripts, scrapbooks and correspondence with ex-husband Sir Laurence Olivier and playwright Tennessee Williams.
Who knew that the Hermitage, the largest art museum in the world, kept cats to patrol the basements against rats and mice? Doted on like royalty, the Museum, housed in the former Winter Palace of the Tsars, commissioned portraits of some of their favorites dressed in the liveries of Imperial court servants.
What happens to places that are the center of the word for two weeks after the Olympics leave town? A look at how olympic facilities either become eyesores or essential here.
Recruiting a new quartet member is akin to a courtship. Whether touring or rehearsing, a quartet lives in a union as much psychological as aesthetic. How the Emerson Quartet got a new cellist.
Jengo Kuma’s design for the first V&A Museum to be sited outside of London was approved this week. The V&A Dundee will be the Scottish branch of the seminal art & design museum. More images here.
A 34-year old New Jersey emergency room doctor purchased a 91-acre island in Lake Michigan, then turned to kickstarter to fund an onsite artist residency. Rabbit Island provides solitude, authentic connection to nature and of course camp provisions. Great article here.
Sun Studios in Memphis, the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, where B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Charlie Feathers, Ray Harris, Warren Smith, Charlie Rich, and Jerry Lee Lewis all recorded. It’s on this list of 50 Places Every Music Lover Should Visit.
Finally was able to catch one of the only Fellini films I hadn’t seen on the big screen this week, his seminal La Dolce Vita. The screening was prefaced by Roger Ebert’s (who was famously on record as saying this was his favorite film) last review, which was startling in its analysis. The best part is the end,
"Movies do not change, but their viewers do. When I saw La Dolce Vita in 1960, I was an adolescent for whom “the sweet life” represented everything I dreamed of: sin, exotic European glamour, the weary romance of the cynical newspaperman.
When I saw it again, around 1970, I was living in a version of Marcello’s world; Chicago’s North Avenue was not the Via Veneto, but at 3 a.m. the denizens were just as colorful, and I was about Marcello’s age.
When I saw the movie around 1980, Marcello was the same age, but I was 10 years older, had stopped drinking, and saw him not as a role model but as a victim, condemned to an endless search for happiness that could never be found, not that way.
By 1991, when I analyzed the film a frame at a time at the University of Colorado, Marcello seemed younger still, and while I had once admired and then criticized him, now I pitied and loved him.
And when I saw the movie right after Mastroianni died, I thought that Fellini and Marcello had taken a moment of discovery and made it immortal. There may be no such thing as the sweet life. But it is necessary to find that out for yourself.”
Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira’s installation of tree entanglements that seem to grow out of columns within Paris’ Palais de Tokyo museum.
How The Incredibles depicts the story of post-War American architecture and urbanism. Cool read linked here.
Incredible look at how Edward Hopper storyboarded his masterpiece, Nighthawks.
In 2008, when the City of Madrid removed a community pool in the Mercado de la Cebada, a new one was promised. A design was approved, but officials switched courses greenlighting a new luxury shopping center. Street art collective Luzinterruptus calls attention to the broken promise of community space with several installations (including this one of condoms filled with blue water) to evoke the pool. Article and more images here.