2015 Spotlight on the Arts

Posted 2 years 9 months ago
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Courtesy of our [very] social media, everyone has likely seen or heard of the disputed quote from Winston Churchill:

Churchill responding to a plan to cut money for the arts to fund the war effort by saying: "Then what are we fighting for?"

Whether he said those words or not - the sentiment resonates. We have increasing difficulty protecting the arts not from war per se but from the effects of the commercial marketplace - and of course, that really can't be done either, because art makers need to eat and earn their way. Maybe it's the disconnect between art and the the...

Destruction was my Beatrice

Posted 3 years 1 month ago

DADA was a between-the-world-wars movement that is either responsible for or guilty of many of the art 'isms' that would decorate the twentieth century, depending on one's view about that history. Helen S. Lanier Distinguished Professor of English Jed Rasula has a new book out on the subject of DADA, recently reviewed in The Economist and the Los Angeles Times:

When telling a story of individuals as incandescent as the Dadaists, it’s easy to disregard the influence of their social and cultural context. But no matter how radical, experimental, or iconoclastic a movement might be, it...

Culture and commodity

Posted 3 years 2 months ago

The roll-out of Apple Music is creating a lot of media sizzle, but the conversations about major corporations and their battle for customers is leaving one major element out of the equation: the people who make our music (and books):

Do you think Spotify and YouTube are nervous about today's announcement? Those are two very different entities, and I'm not sure how they're both feeling. Lately in interviews I've started saying nice things about Spotify because they’re not the biggest problem for artists. The biggest problem is YouTube, and all the the user-generated, unwrangled...

Uma Nagendra Dances her Ph.D.

Posted 3 years 9 months ago

This is a quite visionary joining of art and science:

University of Georgia doctoral student Uma Nagendra flipped and twisted her way to the top prize in the seventh annual Dance Your Ph.D. contest for her video explaining biology research through an aerial dance performance.

The contest, sponsored by Science Magazine, the Association of the Advancement of Science and HighWire Press, challenged scientists around the world to explain their Ph.D. research through the art form of dance. Nagendra's video was chosen from 12 finalists as the overall winner by an expert panel of...

Negritud in Latin American Art

Posted 3 years 9 months ago

Great panel discussion on tap tonight in the Lamar Dodd School of Art:

 The Dodd Galleries present a panel discussion on the exhibition "Negritud in Latin American Art" this evening in Gallery 101, 6-7pm.

Join Dodd art instructor Stanley Bermudez discuss his curated exhibition "Negritud in Latin American Art" with Lesley Feracho, associate professor in the department of romance languages and the Institute of African-American Studies and Ximena González-Parada, a PhD candidate in romance languages.​

That's tonight, in Gallery 101. 6-7pm. The exhibition features art...