Reckoning With Memories of Budapest

A Times journalist spent three months capturing a contemporary portrait of Hungary’s capital, where he lived for several years as a child in the early ’90s.

#books-and-literature, #budapest-hungary, #capitalism-theory-and-philosophy, #cemeteries, #central-europe, #children-and-childhood, #cold-war-era, #culture-arts, #danube-river, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #families-and-family-life, #hungary, #immigration-and-emigration, #internal-sub-only, #liberalism-us-politics, #liszt-franz, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #ohio, #poetry-and-poets, #politics-and-government, #poppies, #stained-glass, #travel-and-vacations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #welch-john-f-jr, #youngstown-ohio

An Orchestra Supports Ukraine, and Reunites a Couple Parted by War

“I don’t have a gun, but I have my cello,” a musician says as he joins the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra, which is made up of refugees who fled the war and artists who stayed behind.

#classical-music, #culture-arts, #gelb-peter, #metropolitan-opera, #poland, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #silvestrov-valentin, #ukrainian-freedom-orchestra, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #warsaw-poland, #wilson-keri-lynn

Climate Change Threatens Summer Stages and Outdoor Performances

In the West, wildfires are stopping shows. Extreme heat has led to cancellations in the South. And changing weather patterns are hobbling performances in the Northeast.

#ashland-ore, #classical-music, #colorado, #culture-arts, #floods, #global-warming, #heat-and-heat-waves, #oregon-shakespeare-festival, #oregon-shakespeare-festival-theater-co, #outdoor-performance, #santa-fe-opera, #shakespeare-in-the-park, #summer-season, #tanglewood-music-festival-lenox-mass, #theater, #weather, #wildfires, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

In the Theater, Workers Are Demanding Better Conditions

The requirements of the theater, and the constant physical and emotional risks facing performers, have many demanding their basic needs as humans.

#actors-and-actresses, #actors-equity-assn, #benanti-laura, #child-care, #culture-arts, #dancing, #elevator-repair-service, #gray-amber, #mcdonald-audra, #nwandu-antoinette, #oregon-shakespeare-festival, #oregon-shakespeare-festival-theater-co, #organized-labor, #playwrights-realm, #shindle-kate, #theater, #warden-claire, #working-hours

Podcast Recommendations

Try out a new podcast or two, courtesy of Morning readers.

#culture-arts, #internal-storyline-no, #podcasts

The Role of Art in a Time of War

Painting will not stop missiles. Music will not end suffering. But culture is not powerless — and a visit to Ukraine reaffirmed what it can do at its best.

#art, #books-and-literature, #borodianka-ukraine, #culture-arts, #jefferson-margo, #kyiv-ukraine, #museums, #rubens-peter-paul, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #social-media, #tokarczuk-olga, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

What to See, Eat and Do in Toronto

It’s the city’s traditional high season and it is celebrating with newly opened hotels and restaurants and a revived live-performance scene.

#culture-arts, #food, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #museums, #music, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #summer-season, #theater, #toronto-ontario, #travel-and-vacations

The War in Ukraine Is the True Culture War

With Russia trying to erase Ukraine’s national identity, the fight to preserve, and build upon, Ukraine’s artistic heritage has taken on new urgency.

#archives-and-records, #art, #books-and-literature, #bucha-ukraine, #culture-arts, #donbas-ukraine, #kyiv-ukraine, #leshchenko-serhiy-a, #lviv-ukraine, #museums, #music, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Far From Kabul, Building a New Life, With Music and Hope

The students of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music fled after the Taliban seized power. Now they are trying to remake their school, and their dreams, in Portugal.

#afghanistan-national-institute-of-music, #afghanistan-war-2001, #culture-arts, #ghazni-province-afghanistan, #kabul-afghanistan, #lisbon-portugal, #music, #sarmast-ahmad-naser

The Historically Black College Reconsiders the Studio Art Program

After decades of being underfunded, H.B.C.U.s see an opportunity to expand their offerings and foster a new generation of artists.

#art, #black-people, #colltarts, #colleges-and-universities, #culture-arts, #historically-black-colleges-and-universities, #ts2022artissue

The New New Haven

Unexpectedly, the Connecticut city has emerged, both because of and despite its association with Yale, as an affordable and dynamic home for artists of all kinds.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #art, #colltarts, #culture-arts, #kaphar-titus, #new-haven-conn, #nxthvn, #ts2022artissue, #yale-university

The Enduring Appeal of the Self-Taught Artist

For centuries, those who eschewed formal training have been either marginalized or obsessed over. Why are we so enthralled by people who create on their own terms?

#art, #basquiat-jean-michel, #colltarts, #culture-arts, #pollock-jackson, #ts2022artissue, #van-gogh-vincent

Why Are We Still Talking About Black Mountain College?

In 1933, a handful of renegade teachers opened a school in rural North Carolina that would go on to shape American art and art education for decades to come.

#albers-anni, #albers-josef, #art, #black-mountain-college, #colltarts, #colleges-and-universities, #culture-arts, #ts2022artissue

Who Can Write About What? A Conversation With Roxane Gay and Jay Caspian Kang.

Two writers debate writing across identity lines — and how to respond when an author gets it really wrong.

#audio-neutral-informative, #books-and-literature, #cancel-culture, #culture-arts, #discrimination, #race-and-ethnicity, #writing-and-writers

Things to Do in Chicago: Food, Museums and More

Theater, art and music are flourishing, and on the culinary scene, a 13-course Filipino tasting menu and a sleek Black-owned winery in Bronzeville are just a few of the city’s new offerings.

#chicago-ill, #culture-arts, #restaurants, #theater, #travel-and-vacations

Russia and America Are Parting Ways

The post-totalitarian dream of a peaceful, friendly future is over.

#crimea-ukraine, #culture-arts, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states

Things to Do in Paris

Big spaces and boldface names lead a stylish comeback for the City of Light. “We’re looking at a lovely year,” one chef says.

#ando-tadao, #architecture, #arnault-bernard, #art, #bars-and-nightclubs, #bourse-de-commerce-paris-france, #chirac-jacques, #content-type-service, #culture-arts, #ducasse-alain, #fischer-urs, #flavin-dan, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #louvre-museum, #mcgurr-lenny, #musee-dorsay, #museums, #notre-dame-cathedral-paris-france, #nouvel-jean, #paris-france, #pigalle-paris-france-retail-store, #ray-man, #restaurants, #travel-and-vacations

What the Pandemic Can Teach Us About Endings

And heartbreak and lions and infinite hallways.

#books-and-literature, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #culture-arts, #movies, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #television

Summer Reading

Today we look at this summer’s crop of new books.

#books-and-literature, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #culture-arts, #internal-storyline-no, #summer-season

Things to Do in Rome 2022: Restaurants, Attractions and More

The Eternal City continues to live up to its name, thanks to some long-awaited reopenings and a crop of new restaurants and cultural spots all over town.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #colosseum-rome, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #culture-arts, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #italian-food-cuisine, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #roman-civilization, #rome-italy, #summer-season, #travel-and-vacations

What to Do in London: Platinum Jubilee, ‘Bridgerton’ Events and More

Royal culture, historic sites and traditional British experiences are catnip to Americans who have missed traveling across the pond. A visitors’ guide.

#art, #cocktails-and-mixed-drinks, #content-type-service, #culture-arts, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #hyde-park-london-england, #kensington-brooklyn-ny, #kings-cross-london-england, #london-england, #mayfair-london-england, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #river-thames-england, #shoreditch-london-england, #theater, #travel-and-vacations

50 Years of Art in the Bronx

The Bronx Museum of the Arts celebrates a major anniversary with plans for expansion that will include a restaurant, a boutique and enhanced public spaces.

#art, #bronx-nyc, #bronx-museum-of-the-arts, #culture-arts, #marvel-architects, #museums, #rodriguez-klaudio-1971, #shabazz-jamel

There Are Many Russian Cultures. Be Careful What You Cancel.

Those who react to the war in Ukraine by canceling “everything Russian” are in danger of falling into a familiar brand of nationalist thinking.

#classical-music, #culture-arts, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #poetry-and-poets, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #writing-and-writers

Nashvile 2022 Visitors’ Guide

With the opening of a big African American music museum, new retro bowling halls and a ramped-up food scene, Nashville just kept on growing over the last two years. A visitors’ guide.

#culture-arts, #music, #nashville-tenn, #restaurants, #travel-and-vacations

Jimmy Kimmel’s Take on Post-Trump Comedy and Cancel Culture

The talk show host discusses our partisan divide and why it’s still worth hearing from those you disagree with.

#cancel-culture, #comedy-and-humor, #culture-arts, #jimmy-kimmel-live-tv-program, #television

What Does It Really Mean to Make Art?

When we set aside our romantic notions, we see that creativity is continuous, and fueled by life itself.

#ai-weiwei, #armstrong-louis, #art, #butler-octavia-e, #culture-arts, #da-vinci-leonardo, #flaubert-gustave, #glass-philip, #herzog-werner, #kelly-raja-feather, #mori-toshiko, #morrison-toni, #paderewski-ignace-jan, #picasso-pablo, #tculture2022, #tiravanija-rirkrit, #writing-and-writers

Season Premiere of “Still Processing”: American Top 40

Wesley Morris loves awards shows, countdowns and best-of lists of all kinds. Is there any way to make them more inclusive?

#black-people, #blues-music, #brooks-daphne-a-1968, #culture-arts, #slavery-historical

Officials Say Russian Art, Seized by Finns, Should Return Home

Finnish custom officials had seized the art several days ago, but the Finns and European Union officials decided that art lent to museums for exhibit did not come under sanctions.

#art, #culture-arts, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-commission, #european-union, #finland, #museums, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

A New Season of ‘Still Processing’

Hosts Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham catch up before their spring season — which is going to sound a little different.

#culture-arts, #morris-wesley-1975, #podcasts, #wortham-jenna

5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Renaissance Music

Here’s your introduction to the shining, stirring sounds of a revolutionary period in cultural history.

#art, #classical-music, #culture-arts, #music, #renaissance-historical-era

Amid Opposition, Laurie Cumbo Named New York City’s Culture Czar

Cumbo, who was appointed commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs by Mayor Eric Adams, has a background in the arts, and a history of controversial statements.

#adams-eric-l, #content-type-personal-profile, #cultural-affairs-department, #culture-arts, #cumbo-laurie-a, #new-york-city

Juilliard’s President Is Challenged but Retains Support of Board

The school’s chairman and biggest benefactor, Bruce Kovner, had wanted its president, Damian Woetzel, to leave after a negative evaluation. He marshaled support and stayed.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #boards-of-directors, #content-type-personal-profile, #culture-arts, #finances, #juilliard-school, #kovner-bruce, #lincoln-center-for-the-performing-arts, #marsalis-wynton, #music, #philanthropy, #woetzel-damian

Cities and States Are Easing Covid Rules. Should the Arts Follow?

Cultural institutions face tough decisions: Is it safe to drop mask and vaccine requirements, and would doing so be more likely to lure audiences back or keep them away?

#art, #blue-note-jazz-club-manhattan-ny, #center-theater-group, #classical-music, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #culture-arts, #los-angeles-calif, #masks, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #metropolitan-opera, #museums, #nelson-atkins-museum-of-art, #opera, #theater, #vaccination-proof-and-immunization-records

Tony Walton, Award-Winning Stage and Screen Designer, Dies at 87

He worked with the directors Mike Nichols, Bob Fosse and Jerry Zaks, winning three Tony Awards and an Oscar for “All That Jazz.”

#andrews-julie, #costumes, #culture-arts, #deaths-obituaries, #six-degrees-of-separation-play, #the-house-of-blue-leaves-play, #theater, #walton-tony, #zaks-jerry

True Stories

Why are so many drama series based on real-life events?

#culture-arts, #documentary-films-and-programs, #internal-storyline-no, #movies, #television

Too Close to Putin? Institutions Vet Artists, Uncomfortably.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led arts organizations to reconsider who performs, forcing them to confront questions about free speech and policing political views.

#bolshoi-ballet, #carnegie-hall, #classical-music, #culture-arts, #gergiev-valery, #metropolitan-opera, #music, #netrebko-anna, #opera, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #trifonov-daniil

The Drift Wants You to ‘Examine Your Ideas’

The lit mag of the moment, founded by two women in their 20s, isn’t afraid to say what’s on its mind.

#barrow-kiara, #books-and-literature, #brooklyn-nyc, #content-type-personal-profile, #culture-arts, #drift-the-magazine, #magazines, #news-and-news-media, #panovka-rebecca

The Comforts of Nostalgia

Popular culture is taking us back to the past.

#academy-awards-oscars, #art, #culture-arts, #internal-storyline-no, #music, #pop-and-rock-music

What to See and Experience Live in New York This Spring

‘Funny Girl’ and ‘A Strange Loop’ on Broadway, Ashwini Ramaswamy’s dances, Olivia Rodrigo’s pop takeover: what our critics and writers are looking forward to this season.

#a-strange-loop-play, #classical-music, #confederates-play, #culture-arts, #cyrano-play, #dancing, #davis-anthony-1951, #for-colored-girls-who-have-considered-suicide-when-the-rainbow-is-enuf-play, #funny-girl-play, #gandelsman-johnny, #hangmen-play, #lucia-di-lammermoor-opera, #macbeth-play, #mearns-sara, #music, #opulence-dance, #ramaswamy-ashwini, #rigoletto-opera, #sour-album, #the-bedwetter-play, #theater

How Life Resumes

We can wait for normal life to return, or we can just start living.

#content-type-service, #culture-arts, #internal-storyline-no, #movies, #quarantine-life-and-culture

The Queer Indigenous Artists Reclaiming a Fluid Sense of Gender

Colonialist conceptions of gender have long sought to erase more expansive views. But a new generation is making work that honors their cultures’ beliefs on their own terms.

#art, #cebu-philippines, #culture-arts, #gender, #hawaii, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #indigenous-people, #men-and-boys, #monkman-kent, #native-americans, #sandoval-isabel-film-director, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #women-and-girls

The East Shaped Black Life in 1970s Brooklyn. A New Film Shows How.

A documentary premiering this month chronicles the history and impact of The East, an organization and meeting place that served as a “microcosm of Black nationhood” in Central Brooklyn.

#bedford-stuyvesant-brooklyn-ny, #black-people, #brooklyn-nyc, #culture-arts, #documentary-films-and-programs, #east-the-education-center, #giwa-cynthia-gordy, #giwa-tayo, #nineteen-hundred-seventies, #the-sun-rises-in-the-east-movie

The Radical Experimentation of Black Psychedelia

One of the most lasting and influential artistic movements of the 20th century was created with and for Black artists. Why has their contribution been so overlooked?

#art, #black-people, #clinton-george, #culture-arts, #davis-betty-1945, #gilliam-sam, #hendrix-jimi, #lsd-lysergic-acid-diethylamide, #music, #nengudi-senga, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #pop-and-rock-music, #psychedelic-and-hallucinogenic-drugs, #race-and-ethnicity, #sly-and-the-family-stone, #sun-ra-1914-93

Celebrating Black History Month? These 5 Cities Are Going All Out

Honoring all things African-American, with performances, river cruises, exhibitions and more, in Richmond, Va., Portland, Ore., Philadelphia, Cleveland and San Antonio.

#black-people, #cleveland-ohio, #culture-arts, #philadelphia-pa, #portland-ore, #richmond-va, #san-antonio-tex, #travel-and-vacations

‘It Was a Crusade’: Karen Brooks Hopkins Revisits Her BAM Tenure

In a new memoir, the former president of the Brooklyn Academy of Music reflects on some of the organization’s most memorable stagings and artists.

#bam-and-then-it-hit-me-book, #books-and-literature, #brooklyn-academy-of-music, #content-type-personal-profile, #culture-arts, #hopkins-karen-brooks, #theater

Terry Teachout, Arts Critic With a Wide Range, Is Dead at 65

He called himself a “well-informed amateur,” and he wrote about everything from bluegrass to ballet.

#books-and-literature, #conservatism-us-politics, #culture-arts, #deaths-obituaries, #music, #teachout-terry-1956-2022, #theater, #wall-street-journal

Does Art Have to Be Relevant? One Prominent Critic Says No.

The composer John Adams reviews a new book by Jed Perl, “Authority and Freedom: A Defense of the Arts.”

#authority-and-freedom-a-defense-of-the-arts-book, #books-and-literature, #culture-arts, #perl-jed, #social-conditions-and-trends

My Dinner With Sidney Poitier

He was the epitome of Black dignity, Black beauty, Black pride and Black power.

#black-people, #culture-arts, #movies, #poitier-sidney

The Vitality of Black Criticism

Before his death, Greg Tate spoke with four other critics at the Pop Conference about the need for Black writers to face down racist institutions and take the lead in cultural conversations.

#black-people, #brooks-daphne-a-1968, #culture-arts, #davis-thulani, #morris-wesley-1975, #music, #smith-danyel, #tate-greg-author, #writing-and-writers

A Hare and an Inheritance, Once Hidden, at the Jewish Museum

Lovers of Edmund de Waal’s book can get close to that netsuke in a compelling show of objects that endured across a century of violence, discrimination and dispossession.

#art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #culture-arts, #de-waal-edmund, #diller-scofidiorenfro, #diller-elizabeth, #jewish-museum-manhattan-ny, #jewish-museum-vienna, #jews-and-judaism, #manhattan-nyc, #morisot-berthe, #museums, #paris-france, #politics-and-government, #vienna-austria