Posts tagged Arts

Eleven billboards, four buses and three transit shelters in the Mission District are being resurfaced with works from 20 artists, many of whom have long-running involvements in San Francisco’s street art scene in a project aimed at reminding the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of its roots.  Running through August 17 and organized by the fledgling Art City, the project is a great example of when artists take over commercial landscape.

There’s no shortage of articles about the dying art of opera.  With shrinking audiences and a staid repertoire, this article tackles a major issue.  How do companies, who rely on a predominantly 19th-century canon of works deal with the overt “yellowface” and “blackface” characterizations in “exotic” works? Opera’s Old-Fashioned Race Problem

There’s no shortage of articles about the dying art of opera.  With shrinking audiences and a staid repertoire, this article tackles a major issue.  How do companies, who rely on a predominantly 19th-century canon of works deal with the overt “yellowface” and “blackface” characterizations in “exotic” works? Opera’s Old-Fashioned Race Problem

The Egyptian muralist Ganzeer, a star of the movement that ousted Hosni Mubarak in 2011, has been finding fresh targets as leadership in his country repeatedly changes hands. Hieroglyphics that won’t be silenced.

The Egyptian muralist Ganzeer, a star of the movement that ousted Hosni Mubarak in 2011, has been finding fresh targets as leadership in his country repeatedly changes hands. Hieroglyphics that won’t be silenced.

"Since metal masters were usually not made of 78 recordings, as Petrusich puts it, ‘if the records themselves break, or are crammed into a flood-prone basement, or tossed into a dumpster, then that particular song is gone, forever.’ It took a couple of chapters to really sink in for me. But think about that for a second: There are amazing songs out there that no one living today has ever heard, or will ever hear.” How 78s (and the people who collect them) are different.

"Since metal masters were usually not made of 78 recordings, as Petrusich puts it, ‘if the records themselves break, or are crammed into a flood-prone basement, or tossed into a dumpster, then that particular song is gone, forever.’ It took a couple of chapters to really sink in for me. But think about that for a second: There are amazing songs out there that no one living today has ever heard, or will ever hear.” How 78s (and the people who collect them) are different.

“The art that we should be doing today in the 21st century is art that is not for the museum, it’s art for the street and people’s lives.” -Tania Bruguera. 12 famous contemporary artists on how art can transform and inspire.

“The art that we should be doing today in the 21st century is art that is not for the museum, it’s art for the street and people’s lives.” -Tania Bruguera. 12 famous contemporary artists on how art can transform and inspire.

A new audit commissioned by the French government reveals that its museums, including the venerable Louvre are not operating under best standards and in some cases in dangerous disarray. 

A new audit commissioned by the French government reveals that its museums, including the venerable Louvre are not operating under best standards and in some cases in dangerous disarray. 

The BIG Maze has opened in Washington D.C.’s National Building Museum.  BIG, the firm led by architect Bjarke Ingels – developed the maze by combining styles of mazes throughout history, from ancient Greek labyrinths to European hedge mazes and modern American corn mazes.  The difference?  This one gets easier as you get closer to the middle—allowing visitors to see their way through as they reach center.  Ingels stated, “What if we invert this scenario and create a maze that brings clarity and visual understanding upon reaching the heart of the labyrinth?” 

The BIG Maze has opened in Washington D.C.’s National Building Museum.  BIG, the firm led by architect Bjarke Ingels – developed the maze by combining styles of mazes throughout history, from ancient Greek labyrinths to European hedge mazes and modern American corn mazes.  The difference?  This one gets easier as you get closer to the middle—allowing visitors to see their way through as they reach center.  Ingels stated, “What if we invert this scenario and create a maze that brings clarity and visual understanding upon reaching the heart of the labyrinth?” 

Artist Marcel DuChamp designed and hand-carved a one-of-a-kind chess set in 1918 that is now lost.  Contemporary artists/makers Scott Kildall and Bryan Cera, combining detective work, CAD and 3D printing have recreated the set from photos and made it available on Thingiverse for those with access to 3D printers to make their own set. 

Artist Marcel DuChamp designed and hand-carved a one-of-a-kind chess set in 1918 that is now lost.  Contemporary artists/makers Scott Kildall and Bryan Cera, combining detective work, CAD and 3D printing have recreated the set from photos and made it available on Thingiverse for those with access to 3D printers to make their own set

How much is the Detroit Institute of Art worth to private foundations? “The unprecedented commitment of $366 million in foundation dollars into the public pensions, the foundations are creating a new 501(a)(3) “supporting organization” called the Foundation for Detroit’s Future, which will somehow serve as the mechanism for the conversion of the Detroit Institute of Arts into a nonprofit and to get the foundation moneys into the General Retirement System and the Police and Fire Retirement System.” Article and list of funders listed here.

How much is the Detroit Institute of Art worth to private foundations? “The unprecedented commitment of $366 million in foundation dollars into the public pensions, the foundations are creating a new 501(a)(3) “supporting organization” called the Foundation for Detroit’s Future, which will somehow serve as the mechanism for the conversion of the Detroit Institute of Arts into a nonprofit and to get the foundation moneys into the General Retirement System and the Police and Fire Retirement System.” Article and list of funders listed here.

To sign or not to sign? The emergence of the new business model for recording artists to procure the services typically provided by a major label, including marketing and distribution require up-front payment but allow artists to retain right to their work.  But how accessible is this for new artists?  Article here.  

To sign or not to sign? The emergence of the new business model for recording artists to procure the services typically provided by a major label, including marketing and distribution require up-front payment but allow artists to retain right to their work.  But how accessible is this for new artists?  Article here.  

Artist + utility company’s permission = cool boxes in neighborhood.  How utility boxes and other infrastructure can inject art into communities.

Artist + utility company’s permission = cool boxes in neighborhood.  How utility boxes and other infrastructure can inject art into communities.

The brainchild of legendary East London grime photographers Tim and Barry, the Beat This series on their remarkable network, Don’t Watch That TV, challenges top electronic music producers to create a track in under 10 minutes. Each episode shows how artists like Toddla T, Manny from Teklife, Melo-X and more make a beat from start to finish, with the camera capturing emphatic head nodding, various computer programs and personal techniques. This week they checked in with Kieran Hebden—aka Four Tet—whose finished product was created solely with samples from Thriller

The brainchild of legendary East London grime photographers Tim and Barry, the Beat This series on their remarkable network, Don’t Watch That TV, challenges top electronic music producers to create a track in under 10 minutes. Each episode shows how artists like Toddla T, Manny from Teklife, Melo-X and more make a beat from start to finish, with the camera capturing emphatic head nodding, various computer programs and personal techniques. This week they checked in with Kieran Hebden—aka Four Tet—whose finished product was created solely with samples from Thriller

Beauty a short video by Rino Stefano Tagliafierro animates a trove of mainly 19th-century Academic paintings into a pretty hypnotic flow.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s newly renovated, soon to be re-opened Costume Institute is being renamed the Anna Wintour Costume Center.  Begging the question: is this acknowledging the VOGUE editor’s raising of $125 million for the organization or an attempt to better market the institute? 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s newly renovated, soon to be re-opened Costume Institute is being renamed the Anna Wintour Costume Center.  Begging the question: is this acknowledging the VOGUE editor’s raising of $125 million for the organization or an attempt to better market the institute? 

A still from Zinda Bhaag, the official entry to this year’s Academy Award foreign language film category illustrates Pakistani cinema’s new wave. “After years of economic doldrums and creative drought, Pakistani movies are pulling in crowds at home and garnering awards at international film festivals. … Taking the power of storytelling into their own hands, Pakistani filmmakers are fashioning much-needed, nuanced portraits of their country – and cultivating a degree of national pride that hasn’t been felt for a long time.”  

A still from Zinda Bhaag, the official entry to this year’s Academy Award foreign language film category illustrates Pakistani cinema’s new wave.After years of economic doldrums and creative drought, Pakistani movies are pulling in crowds at home and garnering awards at international film festivals. … Taking the power of storytelling into their own hands, Pakistani filmmakers are fashioning much-needed, nuanced portraits of their country – and cultivating a degree of national pride that hasn’t been felt for a long time.”