Archive | November, 2013

‘Nobody Listens’: When Being Digitally Connected Feels the Loneliest

The intersection between technology and art is something that’s been on our minds a lot lately. We recently featured the dance company The People Movers and the world premiere of their original performance HackPolitik, a choreographed show about computer hacking, politics, and the future of online communication. We also discussed the ways in which some […]

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The ABCs of Arts Mentorship

“For many education advocates, the arts are a panacea: They supposedly increase test scores, generate social responsibility and turn around failing schools.” – Brian Kisida, Jay P. Greene, and Daniel H. Bowen for The New York Times For decades, researchers have investigated the correlation between the arts and academic achievement, a topic that, happily, has […]

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The Most Expensive Painting Ever Sold Reveals A Great Divide In the Art World

When Francis Bacon’s 1969 painting “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” was purchased for an astounding $142.4 million at Christie’s last week, it became the single most expensive work of art ever sold at auction. In the aftermath of this historic art sale, a complicated, philosophical paradox emerges: on the one hand, it is remarkable that […]

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‘Before They Pass Away’ is One Artist’s Mission to Document Fading Cultures

In a time when everything around us feels so ephemeral, one photographer was able to skillfully capture some of the world’s most remote cultures, forever preserving fragments of their customs in a new book. Before They Pass Away is the result of photographer Jimmy Nelson’s three-year mission to document 29 different tribes in 44 countries. […]

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George Pfau’s “Zombiescapes” Is Zombie Art As You’ve Never Seen It

Multimedia artist George Pfau has long been obsessed with zombies, and has allowed their lore to influence much of his work. An inventive, versatile artist, Pfau has examined the role of zombies in our culture using multiple mediums to recreate the terror and intrigue they inspire. As journalist Annalee Newitz explains, “If you think the […]

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Curate NYC Returns to Celebrate New York’s Dynamic Local Arts Culture

Curate NYC has returned and is generating more participation than ever. Curate NYC is a month-long, citywide festival that celebrates local artists and the rich cultural identity of New York City. It’s a chance for established or emerging local artists to have their defining work exhibited locally, for curators from all over the world to […]

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Arts Spotlight: The World Premiere of ‘HackPolitik’

It is remarkable how art allows us to examine contemporary facets of culture and magnify the impact of complex present issues – often, without even uttering a word. Dance and other performance arts can be the most expressive when interpreting ideas or concerns that are relevant, yet somewhat intangible. Combining the portrayal of real-life events […]

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Cultivators of Culture: Candy Chang

After losing a loved one, New Orleans artist Candy Chang was compelled to overcome her grief in an inspiring way. Using chalkboard paint, she covered one side of an abandoned building in her neighborhood before stenciling the sentence “Before I die I want to_________________.” In little more than a day after the wall’s completion, it […]

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Creative Compassion: The Colored Pencil Project

There is something so heartwarming, and even inspiring, about art created by a child. When young people draw, paint, color and create, it often illustrates the unbridled imagination and dreams they possess. Scholarly studies have proven that art can be a critical tool in childhood development, and there are groups committed to making the arts […]

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“Until the Violence Stops:” Continued Conversations about Rape Culture

A few months back, we wrote about defining and assessing rape culture in the United States, and how systemic violence and sexual assault is one of the most pertinent social issues our country is facing. It seems as if every single day there is breaking news about the harrowing implications of rape culture in the […]

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