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Movies, Documentaries and Museum Exhibits
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SOURCE: Artdaily.org (9-3-09)
SOURCE: Slate (8-31-09)
In Salon, Sady Doyle has written a response to my Times article titled "Can a feminist hero do blackface?" Doyle says some generous things about my piece. She also writes: "Rosen begins his piece with a list of Tucker's nicknames, but leaves one out: ‘Queen of the Coon Shouters.' Her fame came through minstrelsy." Later, Doyle concludes that "without letting Tucker off the hook," the singer's eventual abandonment of blackface performance and "move towards authenticity" makes her "worthy of lasting consideration."
Strictly speaking, Doyle is wrong on the facts...
SOURCE: The New Nixon (8-17-09)
Unguided Missal? Mass composer Leonard Bernstein in 1971.
Last week on The New Yorker’s website, music critic Alex Ross wrote three articles based on newly released Freedom of Information Act-obtained government documents regarding inquiries into composer-conductor-polymath Leonard Bernstein’s politics. They include an 800-page FBI file, memos from the Nixon White House Special Investigation Unit (aka Plumbers), and several taped conversations between RN and Chief of Staff Bob Haldeman regarding the impending premiere of Bernstein’s Mass at the opening of the Kennedy Center in September 1971.
Alex Ross is to music what Pauline Kael was to movies. Both New Yorker critics share a...
SOURCE: History Today (9-2-09)
Based on the personal stories of Poles who fought on various fronts, in the air, on the land and at sea, First to Fight recalls Poland’s six-year struggle against the Nazi forces. It also features a number of texts which are published for the first time, including the English translation of Stalin’s signed order to execute 14,736 of the Polish Officer Corps at Katyn Forest in 1940.
SOURCE: Independent (UK) (9-2-09)
The Edmund Blunden Collection, which is launched tomorrow, contains previously unseen material assembled from archives in the UK and the US, including his family's private collection.
The collection, part of Oxford University's First World War Poetry Digital Archive, contains extracts from the writer's Minute Book, a private scrapbook he put together after the war.
Previously unpublished poems and letters sent home to his family while he was on active service have also been included on the website...
SOURCE: Independent (UK) (9-2-09)
The fascination with Welles as magician, raconteur, outrageous ham and mountebank remains undiminished. Some formidable actors have played the great man on screen in recent years. In 2006, Danny Huston – son of Welles' friend John Huston – took on the role in Oliver Parker's Fade To Black (2006). Scottish actor Angus Macfadyen was recruited by Tim Robbins to play Welles in Cradle Will Rock (1999). Liev Schreiber portrayed him in Benjamin Ross's television movie RKO 281 (1999) about Welles' battles with the newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst (James...
SOURCE: Artdaily.org (9-2-09)
Some of the most significant and iconic paintings in the world hang permanently on the walls of the Art Gallery of New South Wales in the thirteen grand old courts. These rooms were the very first rooms of the gallery to be built in 1897 in typically grand Victorian style and scale.
These elegant rooms house Sydney’s premier collections of both European art, from the Renaissance to Impressionism and Australian art, from colonisation to the end of the nineteenth century. It’s also the area where some of the greatest Australian artists walked. Roberts, Streeton and the young George...
SOURCE: allpics4u.com (9-1-09)
BERNIERES SUR MER
Typical Norman house located along the beach at Juno Beach.
(Photo : Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie / Archives Nationales du CANADA)
BERNIERES SUR MER
Canadian troops going ashore on Juno Beach on D-Day, 6 June 1944.
(Photo : Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie / Archives Nationales du CANADA )
SOURCE: The Telegraph (9-1-09)
There she lies, sprawled on a bed that fills the breadth of the picture, her teenage flesh sheathed in a creamy, golden glow, wearing nothing but a ring, a bracelet and a faint smile which seems simply to be saying, “Here I am – what are you going to do about it?”
This is Titian’s Venus of Urbino, one of the sexiest paintings ever created, one of the masterpieces of Western art – an image that lurks in your consciousness whether you’re aware of it or not. It’s a painting that has been endlessly revisited by other artists through the centuries (not least Velasquez, Goya and Manet) in works that play with the tension between the nude as Platonic symbol – of love, beauty, bodily perfection – and the irresistible gawp-factor of a naked woman on a bed.
But what makes Titian’s painting unique, and uniquely erotic, is the unreadable expression in the...
SOURCE: Google News (8-31-09)
In acquiring Marvel Entertainment Inc. for about $4 billion, Walt Disney Co. inherits a bevy of comic book characters whose history is almost dramatic enough to deserve a prequel of its own. And what could be a better ending than Hulk moving in with Donald Duck?
Marvel Comics, now a subsidiary of Marvel Entertainment Inc., was founded in 1939, a year after Disney released one of its biggest hits: "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."
Even Stan Lee, who would become an integral figure in Marvel's history and arguably its most public face, was a fan.
"The first expensive book I bought by saving my pennies was called `The Art of Walt Disney,'" Lee said in an interview Monday. "I loved their cartoons: `Pinocchio' and `Bambi' and `Snow White' — all of them."
The first issue of Marvel Comics, released by...
SOURCE: Times (UK) (9-1-09)
MI5 and Special Branch, alerted by the US Embassy in London, kept a close eye on Sam Wanamaker, a successful actor and director, after he fled a crackdown on communism in the United States with his young family in 1951.
The Wanamaker brief also shows that Special Branch kept a file on Michael Redgrave, the actor father of Vanessa Redgrave, because of his interest in “left-wing cultural activities”.
The secret memos and other correspondence, released by the National Archives, demonstrate the heightened sense of paranoia during the initial years of the Cold War...
SOURCE: Artdaily.org (9-1-09)
In the form of a humped Brahman bull, the Nandi is an important work of early Indian art from the 11th to12th centuries and is the only significant sculpture of the popular Hindu image in an Australian public collection.
“We are very grateful to Roslyn Packer, who is a longstanding member of the National Gallery of Australia’s governing Council and chair of the Acquisitions Committee. Her continued support and commitment in assisting the National Gallery in building Australia’s finest collection of Asian art has been crucial to acquiring this work,” said Ron Radford AM, Director of the National Gallery of Australia.
“The large stone image of Nandi, associated with Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction and creation is a superb example of the sculpture of the great South Indian...
SOURCE: Artdaily.org (9-1-09)
According to Dr. Doron Ben-Ami, the excavation director on behalf of the IAA, together with Yana Tchekhanovets, “Although we do not have the complete dimensions of the structure, we can cautiously estimate that the building covered an area of approximately 1,000 square meters. In the center of it was a large open courtyard surrounded by columns. Galleries were spread out between the rows of columns and the rooms that flanked the courtyard. The wings of the building rose to a height of two stories and...
SOURCE: Wired (8-28-09)
Perhaps the best thing about NASA’s military provenance is that the agency picked up the armed services’ habit of making patches.
We’ve long loved the Most Awesomely Bad Military Patches series that our sister blog, Danger Room, runs. Then, earlier this week, space collectors bid up the accidentally limited edition Stephen Colbert treadmill patch to more than $175 on eBay...
... The patches above were drawn and worn by the wives...