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

A Story of Love and Obsession

At home with James Fenton, the English poet, journalist and critic, and Darryl Pinckney, the African American novelist and playwright, in their obsessively, deliriously embellished house in Harlem.

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bell hooks and the Power of Talking Back for Black Women

Ms. hooks understood that voice and language are how marginalized people humanize themselves to themselves.

#black-people, #culture-arts, #discrimination, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #gender, #hooks-bell, #women-and-girls, #writing-and-writers

It Was bell hooks Who Taught Me How to ‘Talk Back’

Ms. hooks understood that voice and language are how marginalized people humanize themselves to themselves.

#black-people, #culture-arts, #discrimination, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #gender, #hooks-bell, #women-and-girls, #writing-and-writers

The Artists We Lost in 2021, in Their Words

Some artists held the spotlight for generations. Others left us lamenting careers cut short. Here is a tribute to those we lost this year.

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Arts Groups Bet Big on Holiday Programming. Will Children Come?

Children 5 and over must now have proof of vaccination to see shows and visit museums. As Covid-19 surges, arts organizations are trying to welcome their youngest audience members safely.

#american-museum-of-natural-history, #cendrillon-opera, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #culture-arts, #metropolitan-opera, #museums, #new-york-city-ballet, #opera, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vaccination-proof-and-immunization-records, #youth

Robert Farris Thompson, ‘Guerrilla Scholar’ of African Art, Dies at 88

He revolutionized the study of the cultures of Africa and the Americas by combining art history with anthropology, sociology and ethnomusicology.

#africa, #art, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #culture-arts, #deaths-obituaries, #flash-of-the-spirit-african-and-afro-american-art-and-philosophy-book, #music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #thompson-robert-farris

 Cultural Elites Need to Look Beyond Their Noses

Confined to our own bubbles, we are less informed about people who lead entirely different cultural, social and political lives.

#cultural-elite, #culture-arts, #internal-sub-only-nl, #news-and-news-media, #social-conditions-and-trends, #social-media, #television, #united-states-politics-and-government

Best Art Books of 2021

The art critics of The Times select their favorites from this year’s crop of art books.

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N.Y.C. Arts Organizations Awarded $51.4 Million Dollars in Grants

The Department of Cultural Affairs is awarding $51.4 million in grants to more than 1,000 nonprofit arts and cultural groups that are seeking to rebound from the pandemic.

#city-council-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cultural-affairs-department, #culture-arts, #finances, #guggenheim-solomon-r-museum, #metropolitan-opera, #museums, #new-york-city, #new-york-philharmonic, #ninety-second-street-y, #politics-and-government

Interest in Stephen Sondheim’s Music, Books and Shows Soar After His Death

Fans have been streaming his music, buying his books, and trying to get in to see his shows, with a new revival of “Company” opening this week on Broadway.

#assassins-play, #company-play, #culture-arts, #follies-play, #into-the-woods-play, #merrily-we-roll-along-play, #music, #sondheim-stephen, #theater

A Kennedy Center Honors With the Presidential Box Used as Intended

Former President Donald J. Trump did not attend the tribute, but President Biden was on hand as Bette Midler, Joni Mitchell, Berry Gordy, Justino Díaz and Lorne Michaels were honored.

#biden-jill-tracy-jacobs, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #culture-arts, #diaz-justino, #emhoff-douglas-c, #gordy-berry-jr, #harris-kamala-d, #kennedy-center-honors, #kennedy-john-f-center-for-the-performing-arts, #michaels-lorne, #midler-bette, #mitchell-joni, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #trump-donald-j, #wonder-stevie

Alice Waters Helps a Museum Cater to the Tastes of Art Lovers

A new restaurant at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles is the latest effort to try to reach visitors’ hearts through their stomachs.

#academy-museum-of-motion-pictures, #asian-art-museum, #berkeley-calif, #boba-guys-inc, #california, #chefs, #chez-panisse-berkeley-calif-restaurant, #culture-arts, #hammer-museum, #los-angeles-calif, #lulu-los-angeles-calif-restaurant, #meyer-danny, #modern-the-manhattan-ny-restaurant, #museums, #philbin-ann, #restaurants, #tinterow-gary, #waters-alice

Revitalizing Black Neighborhoods by Preserving Their History

Developers are repurposing deteriorated structures in historically significant areas in an effort to incorporate spaces for the arts, affordable housing and small businesses under one roof.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #atlanta-ga, #black-people, #buildings-structures, #culture-arts, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #memphis-tenn, #oakland-calif, #real-estate-commercial, #restoration-and-renovation, #united-states

Hayao Miyazaki Prepares to Cast One Last Spell

No artist has explored the contradictions of humanity as sympathetically and critically as the Japanese animation legend. Now, at 80, he’s coming out of retirement with another movie.

#animated-films, #content-type-personal-profile, #culture-arts, #holiday-issue-2021, #howls-moving-castle-movie, #japan-earthquake-and-tsunami-2011, #miyazaki-hayao, #movies, #my-neighbor-totoro-movie, #porco-rosso-movie, #princess-mononoke-movie, #studio-ghibli, #suzuki-toshio, #takahata-isao, #world-war-ii-1939-45

If Remote Work Empties Downtowns, Can Theaters Fill Their Seats?

Since the pandemic, San Francisco has embraced work-from-home policies. Now venues and concert halls are wondering if weeknight audiences are a thing of the past.

#classical-music, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #culture-arts, #magic-theater, #opera, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-arts-commission, #san-francisco-ballet, #san-francisco-opera, #san-francisco-symphony, #telecommuting, #theater, #war-memorial-opera-house

New York’s Irish Arts Center Upgrades to a ‘Flagship Hub’

The $60 million building in Hell’s Kitchen, which will present theater, dance, music and more, is scheduled to open in December.

#culture-arts, #dancing, #ireland, #irish-arts-center, #irish-americans, #new-york-city, #theater

What a Museum Wants to Be in the 21st Century

The Denver Art Museum, responsive, interactive and fashion-conscious, transforms its headquarters into the institution that current-day curators dream of.

#architecture, #art, #culture-arts, #denver-colo, #denver-art-museum, #museums

Concert Halls Are Back. But Visa Backlogs Are Keeping Musicians Out.

Visa delays are causing tumult in the classical music industry, leading to a wave of cancellations just as live performances are finally returning.

#academy-of-st-martin-in-the-fields, #andsnes-leif-ove, #boris-godunov-opera, #boston-symphony-orchestra, #classical-music, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #culture-arts, #dausgaard-thomas, #metropolitan-opera, #new-york-philharmonic, #seattle-symphony, #state-department, #tan-dun, #travel-warnings, #united-states, #visas

The Visionary Community of the Harlem Y.M.C.A.

In the early 20th century, the building became a meeting place for many of the writers, artists, actors and activists who defined a new and vibrant Black culture.

#black-people, #books-and-literature, #culture-arts, #ellison-ralph, #harlem-manhattan-ny, #hughes-langston, #hurston-zora-neale, #locke-alain-leroy, #the-greats-2021, #writing-and-writers

The Creative Collectives Finding Strength in Numbers

Born out of the American civil rights movement, Black artists’ coalitions thrived in the 1960s and ’70s. Now, a new generation is discovering their power.

#art, #authority-collective, #black-people, #broadside-press, #culture-arts, #new-york-city, #nineteen-hundred-seventies, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #poetry-and-poets, #sanchez-sonia, #the-greats-2021, #united-states, #writing-and-writers

The Passion of Questlove

The musician, producer and archivist is driven by one thing: a mission to spread the joy of Black music.

#black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #culture-arts, #music, #pop-and-rock-music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #soul-train-tv-program, #summer-of-soul-or-when-the-revolution-could-not-be-televised-movie

Interactive Shadowboxes Breathe Life Into the Legacies of Village Artists

“Village Voices,” an interactive outdoor exhibition, honors Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Jackson Pollock and more.

#art, #culture-arts, #east-village-manhattan-ny, #greenwich-village-manhattan-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #mason-leslie-s, #new-york-city, #noho-manhattan-ny, #triangle-shirtwaist-factory-fire-1911, #village-preservation-nonprofit, #village-voices-exhibit

Curtains Up! How Broadway Is Coming Back From Its Longest Shutdown.

Determined to reopen, crews are dusting off spotlights, dancers are relearning steps, and everyone is testing, testing, testing as theater seeks to rebound from the devastating pandemic.

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Adam Pendleton Is Rethinking the Museum

“Who Is Queen?” at MoMA is the artist’s most personal and ambitious show yet, exploring how we might live beyond labels in American society. “I want to overwhelm the museum,” he said.

#art, #baraka-amiri, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #culture-arts, #freedman-jill-1939, #halberstam-jack-1961, #lee-robert-e, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #moten-fred, #museum-of-modern-art, #museums, #pendleton-adam, #richmond-va

Met Gala 2021: Everything You Need to Know

Who gets to go, what they might wear and how to watch.

#costume-institute, #culture-arts, #dress-codes, #eilish-billie, #fashion-and-apparel, #ford-tom, #gorman-amanda, #met-gala, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #osaka-naomi-1997, #parties-social, #wintour-anna, #your-feed-fashion

Smithsonian Begins Two-Year Racial Justice Initiative

“Our Shared Future: Reckoning With Our Racial Past” will begin with a livestreamed program Thursday and expand to communities across the country.

#bunch-lonnie-g-iii, #culture-arts, #education, #farm-aid-festival, #museums, #our-shared-future-reckoning-with-our-racial-past, #race-and-ethnicity, #smithsonian-institution

‘The Opposite of Airlines’: When Larger Audiences Require Fewer Seats

Yes, the comfy chair. The War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco put in roomier seats just in time to try to lure audiences back from the couches they got used to during the shutdown.

#chairs, #classical-music, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #culture-arts, #dancing, #furniture, #geffen-david-hall-manhattan-ny, #height-stature, #hudson-theater-manhattan-ny, #koch-david-h-theater, #lyric-opera-of-chicago, #opera, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-ballet, #san-francisco-opera, #shilvock-matthew, #theater, #theaters-buildings, #war-memorial-opera-house, #weight

The Black Artists Leaving America

Building on the legacy of luminaries such as James Baldwin and Josephine Baker, many Black creatives are seeking out new possibilities abroad.

#americans-abroad, #art, #baker-josephine-1906-75, #baldwin-james-1924-87, #black-people, #culture-arts, #discrimination, #race-and-ethnicity, #simone-nina, #united-states

Why Some in This Neighborhood Oppose a Museum Dedicated to Their Culture

In Chinatown, anti-gentrification protesters are furious over funding granted to a museum that they say doesn’t represent their community.

#chinatown-manhattan-ny, #chinese-food-cuisine, #chinese-americans, #culture-arts, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #gentrification, #jing-fong-manhattan-ny-restaurant, #landlords, #maasbach-nancy-yao, #manhattan-nyc, #museum-of-chinese-in-america, #museums, #new-york-city, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #rikers-island-prison-complex

The Immortal Myth of the Unicorn

Over centuries, the legendary creature has become woven into the cultural imagination — and still fascinates as a symbol of the untamed.

#culture-arts, #greek-civilization, #harry-potter-fictional-character, #my-little-pony-movie, #myths-and-mythical-creatures

A Shape-Shifting Woman Plays All the Parts

Across three cities on bus shelters and a giant billboard, Martine Gutierrez, the artist, performer and provocateur, asks what it means to be a woman in these times.

#art, #content-type-personal-profile, #culture-arts, #discrimination, #gutierrez-martine-photographer, #public-art-fund, #race-and-ethnicity, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #whitney-museum-of-american-art, #women-and-girls

Elizabeth Banks Swears By Rob Reiner and Finger Sandwiches

The actress, Hollywood power player and host of a new sex and sexuality podcast discusses classic sitcoms, summer at Tanglewood and the revelation that is canned wine.

#actors-and-actresses, #banks-elizabeth, #content-type-personal-profile, #culture-arts, #my-body-my-podcast-radio-program

Ford and Mellon Foundations Expand Initiative for Disabled Artists

The foundations are adding $5 million to the Disability Futures program, which will continue through 2025 with two more classes of 20 fellows each.

#culture-arts, #disabilities, #ford-foundation, #mellon-foundation, #philanthropy, #scholarships-and-fellowships, #united-states, #united-states-artists

Tomashi Jackson Harvests Histories From the Land of Plenty

For “The Land Claim” at the Parrish Art Museum, she digs deep into the suppressed stories of communities of color in the Hamptons.

#art, #culture-arts, #hamptons-ny, #jackson-tomashi, #museums, #parrish-art-museum, #watermill-center

‘I Needed It’: A Well-Timed Outdoor Theater Opens on Little Island

The island’s first performances, by Broadway Inspirational Voices choir, were post-pandemic catharsis for both the singers and the audience.

#broadway-inspirational-voices, #casel-ayodele, #coronavirus-reopenings, #culture-arts, #diller-barry, #gospel-music, #little-island-manhattan-ny, #mcelroy-michael-1967, #music, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rashad-phylicia, #theater, #von-furstenberg-diane, #watts-daniel-j

Juneteenth: 7 Events for Celebrating the Holiday in New York

On Saturday, many of the city’s cultural venues are holding performances and parties to mark the emancipation of enslaved African Americans.

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New York Is Getting $22 Billion in Federal Aid. How Should It Be Spent?

Business leaders warn the mayor that an influx of aid could be squandered on short-term programs that won’t help the unemployed.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #citizens-budget-commission, #city-council-nyc, #culture-arts, #de-blasio-bill, #federal-aid-us, #garcetti-eric-m, #income-inequality, #johnson-corey, #jones-austin-jennifer, #labor-and-jobs, #lightfoot-lori, #new-york-city, #partnership-for-new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #real-estate-board-of-new-york, #small-business, #tax-policy-center, #united-states-economy

In Rome, an Apartment Rich in Color and History Opens to the Public

One of the leading figures of Italian Futurism, Giacomo Balla turned his home into proof of his idea that art should live in all things.

#balla-giacomo-1871-1958, #culture-arts, #design, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #museo-nazionale-delle-arti-del-xxi-secolo-maxxi, #museums, #rome-italy

Far From Paris, the Pompidou Plans an Outpost in Jersey City

Out: the Metro and the Seine. In: the PATH and the Hudson. The Pompidou Center plans to open its first North American satellite museum in a renovated industrial building.

#architecture, #art, #culture-arts, #fulop-steven-m, #jersey-city-nj, #lasvignes-serge, #museums, #paris-france, #pompidou-center, #restoration-and-renovation

Greenwood Rising Links Tulsa’s Tragic History to Today’s Struggles

Throughout the South, fluid new museums serve as memorial markers too. Greenwood Rising follows a neighborhood’s history into the present.

#black-people, #culture-arts, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #museums, #race-and-ethnicity, #tulsa-okla, #tulsa-race-riot-1921, #watchmen-tv-program

N.Y.C. Pride 2021: Check Out These Events

The march on June 27 will be mostly virtual. But not to worry: There are plenty of in-person events, performances and celebratory exhibitions throughout the city this month.

#ahead-of-the-curve-movie, #austen-alice-house-museum, #ballez-dance-co, #brooklyn-museum, #culture-arts, #festivals, #heritage-of-pride-inc, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #joyce-theater, #lincoln-center-for-the-performing-arts, #playbill, #transgender-and-transsexuals

In Compton, a School That Paved the Way for Generations of Black Artists

Between 1969 and 1975, the Communicative Arts Academy was a vital hub for a community largely excluded from Los Angeles’s cultural institutions.

#art, #black-people, #compton-calif, #culture-arts, #hammons-david, #los-angeles-county-museum-of-art, #outterbridge-john, #purifoy-noah-1917-2004

Lines Never Felt So Good: Crowds Herald New York’s Reopening

Museums broke attendance records, movie theaters sold out and jazz fans packed clubs on a rainy Memorial Day weekend that felt far removed from the prior year’s pandemic traumas.

#brooklyn-nyc, #cobble-hill-brooklyn-ny, #comedy-cellar, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cruella-movie, #culture-arts, #greenwich-village-manhattan-ny, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museum-of-modern-art, #museums, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #smalls-manhattan-ny-music-venue, #wilner-spike

National Endowment for the Arts Funding Would Rise Under Biden Plan

The president’ calls for a 20 percent increase in the national arts budget, a departure from the Trump administration’s efforts to eliminate the agency.

#american-alliance-of-museums, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #culture-arts, #federal-budget-us, #finances, #national-endowment-for-the-arts, #trump-donald-j

Overlooked No More: Si-lan Chen, Whose Dances Encompassed Worlds

As a dancer and choreographer, she sought to represent a broad range of ethnic groups, but audiences often sexualized and exoticized her by focusing on her mixed race.

#biographical-information, #chen-si-lan, #china, #culture-arts, #dancing, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #trinidad-and-tobago