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Movies, Documentaries and Museum Exhibits
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SOURCE: Artdaily.org (9-20-09)
1886, Paris. Vincent van Gogh had just moved to the French capital city. He is 33 years old, hoping to become part of the...
SOURCE: NYT (9-18-09)
A rebel and a pioneer as well as a designer, she freed women for the 20th century, replacing their corsets and lace frills with sailor shirts and wool jersey and democratizing elegance in the form of the Little Black Dress.
Her storied life — from lowly beginnings to the pinnacle of French couture, with controversial love affairs, bons mots, business failures and comebacks along the way — made her one of France’s most celebrated 20th-century heroines.
Nearly four decades after her death she has inspired a slate of films, the most high-profile of them “Coco Before Chanel,” which opens Friday in New York and Los Angeles. Starring Audrey Tautou (“Amélie,” “The Da Vinci Code”) and directed by Anne Fontaine, it is loosely based on “L’Irrégulière, ou, Mon Itinéraire Chanel,” a 2001 history by Edmonde Charles-Roux. The...
SOURCE: KansasCity.com (9-18-09)
Now, Route 66 history is a part of the courthouse, in a display that mimics Carthage’s former Boots Drive-In.
Workers with the Joplin Museum Complex have installed the exhibit, and more elements will be added later, said Chris Wiseman, museum curator.
At 18 feet wide and 13 feet tall, the display is a representation of the front of the former drive-in that will have artifacts from the Mother Road. Members of the Jasper County Commission and the county’s courthouse preservation committee selected the design, which Wiseman developed and built.
Money for the exhibit comes from a federal highway grant, administered by the Missouri Department of Transportation.
County commissioners sought money for the project to help promote Carthage and the historic courthouse as a tourist destination.
Many visitors come to Carthage because of its...
SOURCE: Culture24 (9-18-09)
Speaking at the launch in Portsmouth, Baroness Taylor unveiled plans to unite the four Naval Service museums – at Portsmouth, Gosport, Southsea and Yeovilton – in one national centre.
“To many people, it has long seemed curious that the Royal Navy - which is, after all, the Senior Service - is the only one of the three Armed Forces not to be represented by a national museum,” admitted the Baroness.
“For a nation that owes its very existence to its history as a sea power, its maritime prowess and naval mastery, this is a strange omission, and one that the Royal Navy now intends to rectify by drawing its four individual museums together.”
The Victory will remain a Royal Navy Flagship, with the Museum taking charge of its running as a...
SOURCE: NYT (9-17-08)
Between the harsh juxtaposition and the rotating chair, only one reaction is common: nausea. And that is the clear aim of the artist, Miri Segal, whose “Place de la Bonne Heure” is a highlight of the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Biennial, a new show timed to coincide with the centennial of this capital of Israeli culture.
It is no surprise that Tel Aviv is marking its 100th birthday by inviting artists to raise uncomfortable questions about its history and identity — the first Hebrew city, the one that arose out of the emptiness of the sand dunes as an escape from the cramped and tension-filled alleyways of the next-door Arab port of Jaffa... ... While Tel Aviv today is a thrumming metropolitan area of 1.5 million with tapas...
SOURCE: Artdaily.org (9-18-09)
Jason Klein of Cohoes and Zachary Irwin of Burnt Hills were with Jake McAdoo and other students collecting mud samples at the site of the old Plattsburgh Air Force Base on Lake Champlain when McAdoo’s shovel hit something hard.
“Jake said that he thought he hit a railroad spike. Then, he dug further down and said, ‘No, I think it’s a bone,’” said Dr. David Franzi, SUNY distinguished teaching professor of earth and environmental science, who had gone to the site with his students to lead them in a landslide study for his environmental geology class. “I told him, ‘No, it’s not a bone,’” said Franzi. “You almost never find bones.”
But Franzi was wrong. It was a bone, and a very special bone at that.
SOURCE: Artdaily.org (9-18-09)
A Post-Impressionist and a pioneer of modernism, Gauguin’s powerful and bold images were seen as radical as he distanced himself from the influence of Impressionism. Gauguin’s life has for generations epitomised the idea of the artist as romantic bohemian, looming as large as his art in the public imagination. This exhibition will challenge commonly held assumptions about the artist and his practice. It will reveal to a twenty-first century audience the complexity and...
SOURCE: BBC (9-17-09)
They surely did not anticipate that the treasure would emerge from the earth after 1,100 years, to be set upon by highly-skilled conservators wielding items such as quills and ultrasound vibrators.
But that is what has happened.
After a "quick turn-round" in the conservation department of the British Museum (BM) the hoard - or some of it; only some 100 of 617 coins have yet been cleaned - is ready to go on show at the Yorkshire Museum.
Much more work remains to be done, say the conservators - but already they are enthusiastic about the quality of the find.
"We had a very tight turn-round time and very few people to deliver it. We were trying to get this to look as good as possible in the least time possible... We only had two or three weeks," says Fleur...
SOURCE: stltoday.com (St. Louis) (9-16-09)
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” -James Baldwin, author
This quote by James Baldwin is an apt description of race relations in St. Louis. Every day the country gets more racially diverse, and people in St. Louis continue to ignore this simple fact of life. The racial diversity of any city should be seen as an asset and a way of enriching lives. Instead, many people use race as a means of separation and divisiveness and so prevent any positive change.
The Missouri History Museum is proud to bring the exhibit Race: Are We So Different? to the St. Louis community starting on Jan. 16. This exhibit, designed...
SOURCE: Artdaily.org (9-17-09)
The Supper at Emmaus will serve as the centerpiece for a focus installation in Gallery 211 of the Art Institute's collection of "Caravaggesque" paintings. Caravaggio's insistence on heightened realism and the sculptural qualities of his figures, often brightly lit against a dark background, are evident in works such as Bartolomeo Manfredi's Cupid Chastised and Cecco del Caravaggio's The Resurrection . A gallery brochure will also lead visitors to other galleries where the diffusion of...
SOURCE: Artdaily.org (9-17-09)
The exhibition will be on display from late April through December 2010 at the new Discovery Times Square Exposition facility, which opened this spring in the former location of The New York Times printing presses in the heart of Times Square . Beginning today, ticket pre-registration is open at www.kingtutnyc.com. Anyone...
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (9-16-09)
Spielberg has said he would continue with his long-planned film about the US president who abolished slavery, after it emerged that Redford was planning a rival project that could be finished first.
The director told Variety magazine that he would not pull the plug on the film, which is set to star Liam Neeson.
SOURCE: CBS News (9-16-09)
Now 92-years-old, Lynn has a good reason to raise a glass.
The re-released recording of her songs on the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the war has shot to No. 1 on the U.K. charts with a bullet. It's even eclipsed the re-release of the Beatles discography.
"Personally I just can't believe it and I question. I wonder why. Nostalgia perhaps," said Lynn.
Nostalgia may explain why Lynn fan Marion Grey has joined the grey stampede to the record stores. "Well, I like her singing and my age, of course," Grey explained.
But it takes more than people of a certain age to push an album to the top.
What's going on here is Britain is at war again - now in Afghanistan. More soldiers are going...
SOURCE: NYT (9-15-09)
On V-J Day, Frank Sinatra appeared, along with Marlene Dietrich, Jimmy Durante, Dinah Shore, Bette Davis, Lionel Barrymore, Cary Grant and many others. But the most striking feature of the show was its tone of self-effacement and humility. The allies had, on that very day, completed one of the noblest military victories in the history of humanity. And yet there was no chest-beating. Nobody was erecting triumphal arches.
“All anybody can do is thank God it’s over,” Bing Crosby, the show’s host, said. “Today our deep down feeling is one of humility,” he added.
Burgess Meredith came out to read a passage from Ernie Pyle, the famous war correspondent. Pyle had been killed just a few months...
SOURCE: New Politics (9-13-09)
Immediately afterwards. I wrote to H-Labor, the labor historians discussion list:
“Shown this evening … on HBO. Let's hope it stays around in one form or another. Powerful, poignant, sad beyond belief, brilliantly done. Says much about the strengths (and some of the weaknesses) of the American working class. I hope there will be discussion here.”
Nelson Lichtenstein (University of California, Santa Barbara) responded:
“I did see it and was very impressed with personal stories and production values, but you know, I think Americans of all classes crave an analysis as well which points of fingers and charts a...
SOURCE: Artdaily.org (9-16-09)
Conceived and organized by Gallery Met Director Dodie Kazanjian, the exhibition takes its cue from a plot point in the opera. In the first scene of Tosca, the painter Mario Cavaradossi is returning to work on a portrait of Mary Magdalene when his lover, the singer Tosca, enters and realizes he’s chosen another woman as his model;...
SOURCE: Independent (UK) (9-14-09)
So Ms Jain, 25, who had marketed credit derivatives for the American bank, decided to, along with two other Lehman colleagues, set up a theatre group with hundreds of pounds of their own savings. It has just returned a profit less than a year after being set up. The three bankers, who had regularly worked 18-hour days for Lehman's, set up Aks Performing Arts with two others who had worked in finance. Another five came on board later, most of whom had also suffered in the financial crash, but who were willing to work for free to get their first production on to a London stage.
The troupe has just finished two sell-out shows of 30 Days in September, a play staged at Rudolf Steiner House near Baker Street, London. The play, an intense...
SOURCE: Guardian (UK) (9-14-09)
Officials from Russia's general prosecutor's office said they had opened a criminal investigation into the misuse of funds at Moscow's celebrated ballet and opera venue. The firm supposed to renovate the theatre was being investigated, they said.
The Bolshoi closed for restoration in 2005 after decades of neglect and the discovery of an underground stream that was undermining the foundations. It was supposed to reopen this year. Instead the date has embarrassingly been put back several times, officially until 2011 but unofficially until 2013...
SOURCE: Guardian (UK) (9-14-09)
Up to 2,500 people a day will also be able to see the museum's scientists in action, working in once-concealed hi-tech laboratories and among 3.3 kilometres of cabinets.
Some of the glass-fronted laboratories will be linked by intercom so visitors can quiz the experts about what they are doing.
The opening celebrations were attended Prince William and Sir David Attenborough. "The Natural History Museum and the dedicated people who work here are at the very forefront of research, seeking out through study of the natural world the answers to the great questions of our age," the prince said.
"Its collections, and what it achieves in the areas of research and education make it – quite simply – the envy of the world. This magnificent new wing will...
SOURCE: Guardian (UK) (9-15-09)
Spielberg told Variety he had no intention of putting the kibosh on his film, set to star Liam Neeson as the US president who won the civil war and abolished slavery, even though Redford's tale is likely to arrive on the scene first. "We are very happy that Redford will be doing this Lincoln movie," he said. "It is completely different from what our DreamWorks Lincoln movie will be, and we believe that it will add to the commercial potential of our film. Lincoln as a subject is inexhaustible."
Redford announced yesterday that his independently-financed film, The Conspirator, would start...