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  • Cuba’s Tiny Movie “Palaces”
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    During Cuba’s Special Period, a time of deprivation following the collapse of the Soviet Union, many cinemas closed due to lack of funding, so the state opened small “video rooms” to screen movies on VHS. For mere pennies, Cubans across the island can enjoy a day at the movies. It’s so cheap that some locals pay the admission simply to enjoy the air conditioning, which seems to be more modern than… Read more »
  • Funders Are Asking For More Data From Arts Organizations. This Is A Trap
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    “Constantly demanding data, while changing formats, metrics, methodology and requirements every few years, creates the illusion of order and control, while actually making meaningful insight more difficult. The situation is convenient for funders, as it reinforces their power while making it harder to hold their own performance to account. It also provides useful work for consultants and researchers. For arts organisations themselves, however, the advantages are less obvious.” – Arts… Read more »
  • Relentless Researcher: Robert Caro’s Brand Of History
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    “All the ordinary limitations under which most writers and scholars labor — deadlines, money, family obligations — have never contained the force of Caro’s curiosity, which he describes as something akin to a compulsion.” – Jacobin Read more »
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  • Mark Barrow and Sarah Parke at JDJ
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    Artists: Mark Barrow, Sarah Parke Venue:  JDJ, Garrison Exhibition Title: Future Homemakers of America Date: April 27 – June 16, 2019 Click here to view slideshow Full gallery of images, press release, and link available after the jump. Images: Images courtesy of JDJ, Garrison Press Release: JDJ presents Future Homemakers of America, an exhibition of new work by Mark Barrow and Sarah Parke. Conceived specifically for The Ice House, the installation includes… Read more »
  • Rosa Aiello at Lodos
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    Artist: Rosa Aiello Venue: Lodos, Mexico City Exhibition Title: Seduction Date: May 9 – June 20, 2019 Click here to view slideshow Full gallery of images, press release, and link available after the jump. Images: Video: Rosa Aiello, The Coquette, 2018, HD video, stereo sound, 24:32 (excerpt) Images courtesy of Lodos, Mexico City Press Release: One new wall shows itself to be vulnerable, partial, and temporary, while the other new wall is a… Read more »
  • Group Show at Cooper Cole
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    Artists: Timothy Yanick Hunter, Eileen Isagon Skyers, Eve Tagny, Qualeasha Wood
, Curtia Wright Venue: Cooper Cole, Toronto Exhibition Title: A Complete Change of Form Into A More Beautiful Or Spiritual State Curated By: Timothy Yanick Hunter Date: May 10 – June 8, 2019 Click here to view slideshow Full gallery of images, press release, and link available after the jump. Images: Videos: Eve Tagny, Spring, part of We Weight on the Land – Part 2 – Spring and Legacy,… Read more »
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  • lia tajcnar
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    How do you make crazy, whimsical, totally unique sculptures even more beautiful? Stick flowers in ’em! Yes, all of these organic-inspired artworks actually double as flower vases. What? Yep. This is the fun and fabulous work of Australian artist Lia Tajcnar, aka Curiosity Smith. That’s Lia above, surrounded by the gorgeous ceramic jungle she’s creating piece by piece. Happy Friday. Read more »
  • jae yong kim
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    Ahhhhh, the glazed donuts of Korean born, New York based artist Jae Yong Kim… it’s ceramic glaze but still, oh, so yummy! Some of his work is currently showing at Lyons Wier Gallery in New York as part of a show, titled “FIRE AND WATER” {Michael Boroniec, Jae Yong Kim, Dylan Martinez : June 4 ~ July 6, 2019}. Go if you can… and try not to lick the art.… Read more »
  • thenjiwe niki nkosi
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    What is a hero? Who should be called a hero? These are just a couple of the questions behind this series titled, yes, “Heroes”. This powerful portrait series is the work of New York born, South Africa based artist Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi. It’s a huge series of gorgeous portraits, but I was able to control myself and just picked a handful of my favorites. The people she has selected range from… Read more »
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  • My Article on the Council of Europe’s ‘Blood Antiquities’ Convention
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    The Arch of the Temple of Bel, near Palmyra in Syria in 2005 (via) In 2017 the Council of Europe opened the Nicosia or ‘Blood Antiquities’ Convention up for signature. The new initiative is the first of its kind devoted to the criminal and penal aspects of policing cultural property. I wrote a discussion of the Treaty, examining its provisions in detail and thinking about what this initiative may mean… Read more »
  • Janet Ulph on Acquiring Fossils
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    A Seymouria Fossil , from the California Academy of Sciences, via. Professor Janet Ulph of Leicester Law School has written a handy and concise discussion of how fossils fit into the overall picture of cultural heritage crime. This article explains why museums should avoid acquiring fossils which lack sufficient provenance and where the circumstances are suspicious. It argues that, regardless of whether one considers fossils to be cultural property or… Read more »
  • Babcock on “The Public Trust in Public Art”
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    Winslow Homer, The Veteran in a New Field, 1865, (source). Professor Hope Babcock, of Georgetown Law, has published an interesting discussion on public art which carries forward a number of ideas presented by Joseph Sax and the public trust. She looks at the interesting problem of art which is withheld from public enjoyment. In other words should this iconic work of Winslow Homer enter the public patrimony, and thus be… Read more »
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