ArtsJournal Roundup


07/18/2024 01:32 PM
Artists Have Been Priced Out Of Seattle
In the survey, creatives of all stripes, success and income levels say that — faced with rising housing prices, inflation and a weakened local art infrastructure — making a living as an artist in King County is now a Sisyphean endeavor that leaves them stressed out, exhausted and, in some cases, contemplating leaving the region. – […]
07/18/2024 01:04 PM
25 Years After It Flopped, “Eyes Wide Shut” Is Getting Constantly Reassessed
Stanley Kubrick died shortly after turning his cut in to Warner Bros. — which has left plenty of room for others to make their own assessments of the film’s meaning and its quality. Some of those interpretations can be weirder than the movie itself. – BBC
07/18/2024 12:31 PM
What Does It Look Like To Give Guaranteed Income To Artists?
It seems like such a basic thing: paying working artists a living wage. But it’s not something that most arts organizations, particularly smaller ones, find easy to do.  – Seattle Times
07/18/2024 12:03 PM
Nashville’s Arts Funder Agrees To Restore Grants It Clawed Back From Minority-Led Arts Groups
The Metro Arts Commission had rescinded the funds in 2023 on advice from the city’s attorneys that, because commissioners had discussed race in awarding the grants, and consequent to a Supreme Court ruling against affirmative action, those awards might be unconstitutional. – The Tennessean (Nashville) (MSN)
07/18/2024 11:31 AM
Spanish Residents Protest Mass Tourism
Some popular locations are struggling with the crush of visitors. Tens of thousands of Spanish residents have taken to the streets in Málaga and the Canary Islands to protest mass tourism and rising housing costs, as more units convert into short-term rentals. – The Wall Street Journal
07/18/2024 11:06 AM
Silent Demonstration During Performance Calls For Getty Museum To Stop Underpaying Dancers
Last Sunday, as dancers carried heavy sheets of metal and glass in Joan Jonas’s Mirror Piece I & II, audience members from Los Angeles’s performance community held signs saying “Fair Pay 4 Dancers” and “Getty We C U Paying Performers Poorly” (meaning about half what MOMA paid for the same piece). – Hyperallergic
07/18/2024 10:32 AM
Yet More Layoffs At Warner Bros. Discovery
The staff cuts, coming a week after the conglomerate eliminated around 100 jobs at CNN, involve multiple departments, including production, business affairs, finance, and Max (formerly HBO Max). The media giant’s stock price is down 70% from when Discovery acquired Warner Bros. in 2022. – Deadline
07/18/2024 10:05 AM
Musicians’ Union Pension Fund Rescued By $1.5 Billion Of Federal Money
The American Federation of Musicians and Employers Pension Fund, set up for AFM’s roughly 50,000 members in New York but underfunded for decades, was projected to become insolvent by 2034. The Federal funding, arranged by Sen. Schumer (D-NY), is part of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, passed in 2021. – The Hollywood Reporter
07/18/2024 09:31 AM
Macron’s Plan To Install Contemporary Stained Glass Windows In Notre-Dame Is Vetoed
The French President’s proposal to replace six 19th-century stained glass windows with contemporary works has been rejected by France’s National Heritage and Architecture Commission. Those six windows were created by architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc during his extensive renovation of the then-deteriorating medieval cathedral. – Artnet
07/18/2024 09:04 AM
2024 Kennedy Center Honors Go To Francis Ford Coppola, Bonnie Raitt, Anturo Sandoval, The Grateful Dead, The Apollo Theater
“Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter said there isn’t a theme when selecting the honorees, but one often emerges organically. This year, that accidental theme is ‘a reflection of American culture through its music and how music is used to create American culture.'” – The Washington Post (MSN)
07/18/2024 08:30 AM
Ford And Mellon Foundations Name Final Class Of Disability Futures Fellows
“The initiative, (20 unrestricted grants of $50,000 each to disabled creative artists,) administered by United States Artists, named its inaugural class of fellows in 2020. … The second class was announced in 2022, and this is the last cohort in the program.” – The New York Times
07/18/2024 08:03 AM
Boris Kachka, Books Editor Laid Off By L.A. Times, Moves To The Atlantic
Kachka was one of the 115 staffers (roughly 20% of the newsroom) at the Los Angeles Times who were made redundant in January. Before going to California in 2020, he was the books editor at New York magazine, where he was a contributing editor for 14 years. – Publishers Weekly
07/18/2024 12:39 AM
Director of Development – Atlantic Theater Company
About the Opportunity Atlantic Theater Company seeks their next Director of Development to further the work of this vibrant New York City cultural institution, dedicated to bringing essential stories to life. Working alongside a strong collegial group of artists and administrators, including Co-founder and Atlantic Acting School Executive Director Mary McCann, Artistic Director Neil Pepe, […]
07/17/2024 05:31 PM
The Decline Of HBO (Worst Emmys Outing Since 1996)
On Wednesday, HBO, as well as its accompanying streaming service Max, earned 91 Emmy nominations, down from its massive haul last year (127), and trailing both Netflix (107) and FX (93) this year. – The New York Times
07/17/2024 05:01 PM
Taxonomy Is Our Superpower (And It’s In Dire Shape)
Taxonomy, the science of naming and classifying organisms, is the foundation for conserving disappearing plants and animals. Yet the field — often viewed as an archaic, dusty tradition that harks back to intrepid 19th-century botanists describing the plants of newly colonized lands — is dying. – The New York Times
07/17/2024 04:32 PM
New JFK Terminal Is Stuffed With Art
The $4.2 billion facility in Queens will showcase the largest number of works of any New York airport by major figures from the United States. – The New York Times
07/17/2024 04:01 PM
Country Music Is Hot Again (And Fans Are In Charge)
Across the musical universe, country is cool again. This year, for the first time, the country festival Stagecoach sold out before its better-known mainstream counterpart, Coachella. – The Wall Street Journal
07/17/2024 03:31 PM
“The Bear” Leads With Record Number Of Emmy Nominations
“The Bear,” about chefs under pressure at a Chicago restaurant, set a new record for nominations in a single year for a comedy. It has 23 nominations, beating out the previous record holder “30 Rock,” which had 22 nominations in 2009. – The Wall Street Journal
07/17/2024 03:02 PM
How The Sports Novel Reached Adulthood
“For much of its history, the Western sports novel had been the stuff of inspirational boys’ tales, full of moral instruction and can’t-lose heroes. … But the twenty-first century, and specifically the past decade, have served as an even richer terrain for the literature of athletics.” – Esquire
07/17/2024 02:31 PM
Australian Media Say Catastrophe If Meta Removes News Links From Facebook
Meta has threatened to remove all news from Facebook in Australia if it is “designated” under the world-first News Media Bargaining Code, which has the power to force digital platforms to pay for the use of news on their platforms. – Press-Gazette
07/17/2024 02:04 PM
One Of San Francisco’s Coolest Theaters Is Closing Its Doors
Cutting Ball Theater plans to cease operations at the end of 2024. In its 25 years, Cutting Ball has mounted a Strindberg marathon, a staged documentary about its Tenderloin neighbors, Gertrude Stein and Suzan Lori-Parks on the same bill, and … classics audiences couldn’t see anywhere else. – San Francisco Chronicle (MSN)
07/17/2024 01:32 PM
Academic Publishing Is A Rip Off. We Need Reform
The annual revenues of the “big five” commercial publishers – Elsevier, Wiley, Taylor & Francis, Springer Nature, and SAGE – are each in the billions, and some have staggering profit margins approaching 40%, surpassing even the likes of Google. – The Guardian
07/17/2024 01:01 PM
The “Yoda-Like Guru” Of Tap Dance
The youngsters who studied with Gene Medler at the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble remain devoted to him and his teaching methods for years after they graduate, and among his alums is Michelle Dorrance. One key is Medler’s “student mind-set”: he didn’t start learning tap until age 27. – The New York Times
07/17/2024 12:31 PM
Why Silicon Valley Is Exploring Guaranteed Income
It is a critical moment for guaranteed income, which has been touted by the OpenAI chief executive Sam Altman, the Tesla chief executive Elon Musk, the Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, the Salesforce chief executive Marc Benioff and others. – The New York Times
07/17/2024 12:05 PM
MOCA In L.A. Launches New $100,000 ‘Environment And Art’ Prize
“Called the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Environment and Art Prize, the (biennial) award, which comes with $100,000, will go to an artist whose practice ‘address(es) critical intersections in art, architecture, design, climate, conservation, sustainability, and environmental justice.'” – ARTnews
07/17/2024 11:31 AM
Librarians Cull Books All The Time. How Do They Decide What Goes?
With public libraries mandated to support literacy, recreational reading, and free access to information, today’s librarians make decisions about removing books amid competing pressures on their spaces and budgets. – The Conversation