Archive for the ‘Arts & Culture’ Category

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 7-13, 2014)

Monday, July 14th, 2014


A Critic at Large: Stones and Bones: Visiting the 9/11 memorial and museum.” By Adam Gopnik. New Yorker. July 7, 2014

Not Over Till Overtime’s Due? Met Labor Strife Bares Secrets.” By Michael Cooper. New York Times. July 7, 2014.

Detroit Art Valued at Up to $4.6 Billion; New Value Is Sharp Increase Over Previous Estimate and Could Cause Problems for City in Bankruptcy Court.” By Matthew Dolan. Wall Street journal. July 10, 2014.

Elon Musk promises $1 million for Tesla museum.” By Doug Gross, CNN. July 13, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 30-July 6, 2014)

Monday, July 7th, 2014


New York Public Library Looks at Innovative Models for Renovation; $300 Million Plan Will Open Landmark Building to Teachers and Students.” By Jennifer Maloney. Wall Street Journal. June 30, 2014.

Charity tied to council speaker quadruples its funding; A charity founded and represented by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s campaign consultant got a major funding increase this year.” By Chris Bragg. Crain’s New York Business. July 2, 2014.

“A Mixed Bill at the Metropolitan Opera.” By Jennifer Maloney. Wall Street Journal. July 2, 2014.

Lincoln Center’s New President: On the Job, Through Every Meal; Why Jed Bernstein hasn’t eaten at home in 5 months.” By Jennifer Maloney. Wall Street Journal. July 3, 2014

Suit Seeks to Block Corcoran Takeover.” By Randy Kennedy. New York Times. July 3, 2014.

Paris Court Rejects Guggenheim Descendants’ Claim Over Venice Palazzo.” By Doreen Carvajal. New York Times. July 3, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 28-August 2, 2014)

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014


“What you need to know as the fate of the Corcoran Gallery is argued in court.” By David Montgomery. Washington Post. July 28, 2014.
Related stories:
At the Corcoran, visitors contemplate the gallery’s possible last days.” Washington Post. July 28, 2014.
Corcoran Gallery’s lawyers conclude case for breakup but are strongly challenged: Lawyers for the Corcoran have made their case in court as to why the gallery and arts college cannot continue operating as they are but must be broken up and turned over to other institutions.” Washington Post. July 29, 2014.
Corcoran Chairman Defends Merger Plan in Court.New York Times. July 30, 2014.
Star witness for foes of Corcoran Gallery breakup entertains court with many tales: Philanthropist Wayne Reynolds likened the Corcoran’s executive suite to “a goat rodeo,” and asserted that he could do better, if given a chance.” Washington Post. July 31, 2014.
Corcoran’s Merger Plan Draws Fire in Court Hearing.” New York Times. July 31, 2014.

“University of Maryland adds own plan to proposals for rescue of Corcoran Gallery.” Washington Post. July 31, 2014.

Yet another super PAC is using big money to take on big money.” Washington Post. August 1, 2014.

Urban Gardner: The City’s Other Museums: ‘Not the Met,’ a Guide to New York’s Smaller Museums.”
By Ralph Gardner Jr. Wall Street Journal. July 28, 2014.

Metropolitan Opera Talks Restart as Lockout Looms; Union Officials Hold Little Hope of Reaching Deal Before Deadline.” By Jennifer Maloney. Wall Street Journal. July 29, 2014.
Related stories:
Countdown to Lockout for Unions at the Met.” New York Times. July 29, 2014.
“Metropolitan Opera Considers Mediation in Contract Talks; New York Company Stands Firm on Lockout Date.” Wall Street Journal. July 31, 2014.
Met Opera Proposes Federal Mediator for Labor Talks.” New York Times. July 31, 2014.

“New York Metropolitan Opera Postpones Lockout by 72 Hours; Met Says Delay Is Intended to Give Mediator Chance to Broker a Deal.” Wall Street Journal. August 1, 2014.
In Final Hours, Metropolitan Opera Extends Contract Deadlines for Unions.” New York Times. August 1, 2014.
Metropolitan Opera Postpones Lockout.” Morning Edition/National Public Radio. August 1, 2014.

“First Extended Talks at Met End Without a Labor Deal.” New York Times. August 2, 2014.
Lockout Is Delayed While an Independent Analyst Examines the Met’s Finances.” New York Times. August 2, 2014.

A Lost World Is Resurrected at Brown; Discarded Museum is Resurrected at Brown.” By Henry Fountain. New York Times. July 29, 2014.

Met Museum President Emily Rafferty Announces Her Retirement.” By Jennifer Maloney. Wall Street Journal. July 30, 2014.
Related story:
President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to Step Down.” New York Times. July 30, 2014.

Curtain falling on American Century Theater, with 2014-2015 its final season; ‘An Evening with Danny Kaye’ at American Century Theater, starring Brian Childers. The 2014-15 season will be the theater’s last.” By Rebecca Ritzel. Washington Post. July 30, 2014.

The Case Against a Mammoth Frick Collection Addition; A proposed expansion of the Frick Collection would eliminate a garden on East 70th Street.” By Michael Kimmelman. New York Times. July 31, 2014.

Amistad America, Ocean Classroom directors respond to criticism.” By Mark Zaretsky, New Haven Register. July 30, 2014.
Related story:
Amistad America tries to chart a course out of choppy waters; The Freedom Schooner Amistad in port in New Haven.” By Mark Zaretsky. New Haven Register. August 2, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June_23-29, 2014)

Monday, June 30th, 2014


Journal Reports: Orchestras Welcome Older Musicians; Across the U.S., Ensembles Are Forming for Older Players—Seasoned or Not.” By Julie Halpert. Wall Street Journal. June 22, 2014.

Museum Review: The Harmony of Liberty; National Center for Civil and Human Rights Opens in Atlanta.” By Edward Rothstein. New York Times. June 22, 2014.

The Real Drama at the Met: Labor Talks Turn Bitter at Metropolitan Opera.” Opi-ed. New York Times. June 23. 2014.
Related story:
Metropolitan Opera Offices Vandalized, Police and Company Say.” New York Times. June 26, 2014.
A Modern Opera: Fat Unions May Kill the Fat Lady; Chorus members get extra pay if they wear their costumes at any break, including lunch, and for costume fittings.” Opinion. Wall Street Journal. June 27, 2014.

Museums: Much-moved alternative arts program finds long-term home on U Street corridor.” By Lonnae O’Neal Parker. Washington Post. June 24, 2014.

Restoring the Ruins: Maintaining the integrity of the destruction.” By Lee Rosenbaum. Wall Street Journal. June 24, 2014.

George Lucas Shifts Museum Plan to Chicago.” By Randy Kennedy. New York Times. June 25, 2014.

Great Art Behind Bars: When Horace Greeley proclaimed, ‘Go West, young man,’ he should have been thinking of the fine arts.” By Willard Spiegelman. Wall Street Journal. June 25, 2014.

Corcoran maneuvers to keep its art from leaving the area.” By David Montgomery. Washington Post. June 27, 2014.

In 39th season, Opera Theater of St. Louis shows good health, new work.” By Anne Midgette. Washington Post. June 28, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 16-22, 2014)

Monday, June 23rd, 2014


Giving Life to Central Park Zoo, One Donation at a Time.” By Andy Newman. New York Times. June 16, 2014.

Museum Power Squabble Borders on the Surreal; Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami Is in Turmoil.” By Sean McCaughan and Patricia Cohen. New York Times. June 16, 2014.

Met Opera General Manager Earned $1.8 Million in 2012; Disclosure of Salary Comes as Union Members Are Asked to Take 16 % Pay Cut.” By Jennifer Maloney. Wall Street Journal. June 17, 2014.

The Redesign of a Design Museum; Renovating the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.” By Robin Pogrebin. New York Times. June 17, 2014.

Ghetto Film School debuts in L.A., David O. Russell on board of directors.” By Jim Easterhouse. Los Angeles Times. June 17, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 9-15, 2014)

Monday, June 16th, 2014


Big Three Automakers Pledge $26 Million to Help Save Detroit’s Art; Fund Drive Under Way to Prevent Collection From Being Sold During City’s Bankruptcy Case.” By Matthew Dolan. Wall Street Journal. June 9, 2014,
Related story:
Detroit’s Big Three Toss $26 Million Into Pot For ‘Grand Bargain’.” All Things Considered/National Public Radio. June 9, 2014.

Frick Seeks to Expand Beyond Jewel-Box Spaces.” By Robin Pogrebin. New York Times. June 10, 2014.
Related story:
Save the Frick Collection.” Op-ed. New York Times. June 13, 2014.

“Academy Museum Struggling to Recover.” By Randy Kennedy. New York Times. June 10, 2014.

Intersection for the Arts at a fiscal crossroads.” By Robert Hurwitt.” San Francisco Chronicle. June 11, 2014.

Arts & Entertainment: Are Museums Selling Out? Luxury brands are increasingly using museum exhibits as marketing tools, raising questions about what is art.” By Ellen Gamerman. Wall Street Journal. June 12, 2014.

Arts & Entertainment: A Dereliction of Duty.” By Timothy Rub. Wall Street Journal. June 11, 2014.

Galaxy of S.F. leaders joins forces to woo George Lucas museum.” By Marisa Lagos. San Francisco Chronicle. June 14, 2014.
Related story:
Los Angeles makes bid for George Lucas museum.” Los Angeles Times. June 14, 2014.

San Jose Rep: What went wrong?” By Karen D’Souza. San Jose Mercury-News. June 15, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 2-8, 2014)

Monday, June 9th, 2014


Visitors Fault Sept. 11 Museum’s Portrayal of Islam.” By Sharon Otterman. New York Times. June 2, 2014.
Related story:
Museums: The 9/11 Memorial Museum doesn’t just display artifacts, it ritualizes grief on a loop.” Washington Post. June 7, 2014.

Library Reveals Details and Costs of Upgrade Plan.” By Robin Pogrebin. New York Times. June 2, 2014.

Delaware Art Museum’s Planned Sale of Homer Work Draws Ire; Disposing of Some Works to Pay Off Debt Opens Institution Up to Possible Sanctions.” By Scott Calvert and Kelly Crow. Wall Street Journal. June 4, 2014.

Finding Inspiration for a Civil Rights Museum.” By Emily Brennan. New York Times. June 4, 2014.

Museums: Hirshhorn Museum selects Melissa Chiu to be new director.” By Lonnae O’Neal Parker. Washington Post. June 6, 2016.
Related story:
Asia Society Museum Director to Lead Hirshhorn.” New York Times. June 6, 2014.

Detroit moves to shield museum’s art from creditors.” By Joe Guillen. USA Today/ Detroit Free Press. June 6, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (May 26-June 2, 2014)

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014


Urban Gardner: William Louis-Dreyfus Has an Uncommon Eye for Art; Father of Julia Louis-Dreyfus Is Donating Much of His Collection to Harlem Children’s Zone.” By Ralph Gardner Jr. Wall Street Journal. May 27, 2014.

Kirkus unveils three $50,000 book prizes.” By Ron Charles. Washington Post. May 28, 2014.
Related story:
Kirkus Announces 3 New $50,000 Prizes for Literature.” By Leslie Kaufman. New York Times. May 29, 2014.

9/11 Museum Takes Action on Criticisms; After Complaints, Gift-Shop Items to Get Closer Scrutiny From Victims’ Relatives.” By Jennifer Maloney. Wall Street Journal. May 28, 2014.

Long Island Living History Village Will Be Home to Military Armor Museum; Old Bethpage Village Restoration Needs Visitors; U.S. Military Armor Museum Didn’t Want Industrial Space.” By Joseph De Avila. Wall Street Journal. May 28, 2014.

New Appraisal of Detroit Institute Art Collection Is Underway.” By Randy Kennedy. New York Times. May 30, 2014.

Kennedy Center performances cap 50th season for Boston, Pennsylvania ballets.” By Rebecca Ritzel. Washington Post. June 1, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (May 19-25, 2014)

Monday, May 26th, 2014


Survivors, families outraged over 9/11 museum gift shop.” By Jasmine Bailey. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. May 19, 2014.

Will Elon Musk fund a Nikola Tesla museum?” By Elizabeth Landau. CNN. May 19, 2014.

San Diego rides again.” By Anne Midgette. Washington Post. May 20, 2014.
Related story:
San Diego Opera Raises Money to Remain Open.” New York Times. May 20, 2014.

$5 Million Gift to Endow Director’s Position at Brooklyn Museum.” By Allan Kozinn. New York Times. May 20, 2014.

Met Plans a Gut Renovation of Its Modern Wing.” By Robi;n Pogrebin. New York Times. May 20, 2014.

North Miami Fights to Keep Its Art Museum.” By Patricia Cohen. New York Times. May 20, 2014.

National Gallery of Art receives 62 rare works from Mellon family.” By Lonnae O’Neal Parker. Washington Post. May 23, 2014.
Related story:
The National Gallery takes possession.” Washington Post. May 24, 2014..

Dance Veterans Join Forces for the Betterment of Ballet.” By Allan Kozinn. New York Times. May 23, 2014.

El Museo del Barrio Gala Celebrates a New Direction; Recent Choppy Waters Seemed Behind the Museum’s Supporters at Its Gala.” By Rebecca Bratburd. Wall Street Journal. May 24, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (May 12-18, 2014)

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014


A Music Festival Dies, and an Orchestra Mourns; The Pittburgh Symphony Orchestra Plays at Carnegie Hall.” By Anthony Tommasini. New York Times. May 12, 2014.
The Huxtable New York Public Library; In gratitude to the woman who thwarted a misguided renovation plan.” By Eric Gibson. Wall Street Journal. May 14, 2014.

Philharmonic Transformation, From Members to Mission; New York Philharmonic Faces Big Orchestra Hiring Decisions.” By Michael Cooper. New York Times. May 15, 2014.

Retirement: Museum Interpreters Breathing Life Into History: Retirees Are Finding Second Careers at Historical Sites.” By John Hanc. New York Times. May 15, 2014.

New Museum Is More Than A Chronicle Of Sept. 11 Attacks.” Morning Edition/ National Public Radio. May 15, 2014.
Related stories:
First Visitors Take In the National September 11 Memorial Museum; Six-Day Preview Open to Family Members, First Responders, Recovery Workers and Area Residents.” Wall Street Journal. May 16, 2014.
At 9/11 Museum Dedication, Remembrance and Resilience.” New York Times. May 16, 2014.
On The Bedrock Of Fallen Towers, September 11 Museum Opens Doors.” All Things Considered/National Public Radio. May 15, 2014.
Countdown begins for 9/11 museum opening; The National September 11 Memorial & Museum opens to the public on May 21, but the unveiling starts Thursday when President Barack Obama and other elected officials return to the World Trade Center site for a dedication ceremony.” May 14, 2014. By Theresa Agovino. Crain’s New York Business. May 14, 2014.
At ground zero, 9/11 museum dedicated with somber memories, tearsLos Angeles Times. May 16, 2014.
Obama, 9/11 families, first responders attend museum memorial dedication.” By Ray Sanchez. CNN. May 15, 2014.

Olafur Eliasson brings the Hall Art Foundation back to nature.” By Sebastian Smee. Boston Globe. May 15, 2014.

Critic’s Notebook Film museum’s cast change may be a blessing in disguise.” By Christopher Hawthorne. Los Angeles Times. May 15, 2014.

They come to bury the Corcoran, not to praise it.” Washington Post. May 16, 2014.

The Battle of 42nd Street: The demise of the New York Public Library’s Central Library Plan is the end of a Bloomberg-era castle in the sky.” By Scott Sherman. Nation. May 16, 2014.