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Why People Walk

August 27, 2014 - 1:58am

Adam Gopnik looks at walking to be alone, walking to be with others, “contemplative country hikers and argumentative city schleppers” and flâneurs – and looks back to a time when endurance walking was a wildly popular spectator sport.

Curator, Bayou Bend Collection

August 26, 2014 - 11:51pm

Museum of Fine Arts Houston – Bayou Bend seeks an experienced curator of American decorative arts with a scholarly specialty in 18th or 19th century American furnishings and art. Broad interests, extensive experience in period-room displays and/or house museums, and the ability to engage the public, docents, collectors and trustees are essential qualifications. Excellent speaking and public presentation skills are mandatory; preference given to well-published scholars.


• Functions as curatorial head of Bayou Bend
• Works with the Director of Bayou Bend, the Bayou Bend Committee, and the museum´s administration, conservation, education, registrar, library and security staff to ensure the museum´s smooth operation
• Along with the Director, defines collecting philosophy for Bayou Bend
• Seeks out, researches, presents, and identifies funding for potential acquisitions
• Collaborates with Museum of Fine Arts, Houston curators, particularly for paintings, works on paper, textiles and European decorative arts on collection installations, acquisitions, and conservation
• Develops philosophy for room installations at Bayou Bend
• Works with Curator of American Painting to plan installations in the Kilroy Gallery of the Audrey Jones Beck Building. Coordinates with staff regarding shipping, registration, cataloguing, conservation needs, and photography
• Conducts ongoing collection research to better understand, interpret and exhibit the objects
• Consults with Director and Conservators to establish conservation priorities
• Makes recommendations to staff and trustees on de-accessioning
• Works with the Bayou Bend Education staff on interpretation 
• Collaborates with docent organization chair and board members on lectures, research, newsletter, and travel program
• Publishes collection objects in articles, catalogues, and books
• Speaks locally and nationally about the Bayou Bend Collection and American decorative arts
• Organizes, and co-organizes exhibitions from the permanent collection, traveling and loan exhibits
• Coordinates with library, visual images, and archival staffs on the development and maintenance of those specialized collections
• Encourages Bayou Bend Committee gifts to the museum and consults with them regarding personal collecting and conservation issues
• Available to local arts and historical organizations to assist with collections and programming
• Supervises and assesses Curatorial department staff and shares supervision of Administrative Assistant of Bayou Bend

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

• Familiarity with American decorative arts bibliography
• Experience working with object collections
• Proficient writer, public speaking skills
• Ability to communicate with staff, volunteers, and trustees
Education and Experience:
• MA required
• A minimum of five years of curatorial experience

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to

Executive Director search for Theatre Calgary

August 26, 2014 - 11:47pm

Theatre Calgary is southern Alberta’s foremost professional non-profit theatre, presenting an eclectic mix of productions that stimulate, provoke, and delight.

Under Dennis Garnhum’s artistic leadership, along with company President Tom McCabe, Theatre Calgary has engaged in national and international collaborations with companies such as Soulpepper, the National Arts Centre, and American Conservatory Theater. At the same time, Theatre Calgary’s FUSE Enbridge Play Development Program has led directly to the world premieres of several new Canadian works on the Max Bell stage, including Governor General’s Award nominee Lost – A Memoir. The company has also deepened its commitment to Calgary’s theatre community, presenting an annual co-production in One Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo and partnering with Mount Royal University to produce Calgary’s annual outdoor theatre festival, Shakespeare in the Park. As Theatre Calgary approaches its 50th anniversary, it aims to set a national standard for ambitious programming, passionate community engagement, and extraordinary productions.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will be accountable for the general management of the Theatre, including advising and/or assisting the Board in the development, promotion and implementation of sound policies and objectives in support of the advancement and development of the Theatre. An experienced leader and strategic thinker, the new ED will work closely in partnership with the Artistic Director to help ensure the future success of the organization, leading Theatre Calgary to a new level of prominence and importance amongst North American theatre companies. 

Successful candidates will possess creativity, strong leadership acumen and solid interpersonal skills. With a firm understanding of management processes, candidates will have demonstrated financial and budgetary skills, and possess outgoing and proactive community-building skills. Although experience leading a theatre company is not a requirement, candidates will be expected to exhibit their passion for the arts. 

To explore this exciting opportunity further, please contact Nathan Berko at 403-410-6700 or send your resume and contact details to

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Want to make a contribution to research? Are you a managerial cultural worker?

August 26, 2014 - 11:43pm

The study will describe the demographic profile, early exposure to arts education, income levels, benefits, and job satisfaction of U. S. managerial cultural workers. 

This national survey seeks the participation of all U. S. managerial cultural workers. This study is significant because it contributes knowledge that will help to broadly describe aspects of the careers of U. S. managerial cultural workers that have remained unknown for twenty-five years.

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Dancers Are Taking Over Beijing

August 26, 2014 - 2:01pm

There are “thousands of so-called square dancing troupes of Chinese seniors that have sprung up in the last few years, descending on public plazas, parks and other urban open spaces across the country daily for nostalgia-infused light cardio workouts. The phenomenon has grown so widespread that it’s causing social friction, with multiple groups battling for pavement space and sonic supremacy in many parks, much to the annoyance of often younger nearby residents.”

How Hollywood Manipulates You To See What It Wants You To Imagine

August 26, 2014 - 1:57pm

“We’re constantly calculating where we think the audience’s eye is going to be, and how to attract it to that area and prioritize within a shot what you can fake,” Favreau said. “The best visual effects tool is the brains of the audience,” he said. “They will stitch things together so they make sense.”

So Zaha Hadid Is Suing The Venerable New York Review of Books. Who Wins Here?

August 26, 2014 - 1:55pm

Hadid may not withdraw her suit since, Reuters says, she sought damages and the closing of the venerable NYRB. Why did she ever file it? The retraction should not have been hard to get; a suit simply extends the damage to her reputation, which, in spite of Filler’s serious error, was principally done by her own flippancy, abetted by the Internet’s facility in sating our lust for “how the mighty have fallen” stories.

State Of The State – Change Is Everywhere (And In The Ways We Govern Ourselves?)

August 26, 2014 - 11:22am

“The challenge is to understand how the world is changing, not how fast it is changing. No doubt the frequency of exchanges has grown thanks to the technologies associated with the information revolution. Even so, we perceive greater speed not only because of what technology allows, but also because much of what is occurring is unintelligible to us. This reproduces the same sense of exaggerated velocity we experience upon hearing spoken a language we do not understand.”

Devastating Destruction Of Islamic Culture

August 26, 2014 - 11:16am

“While the destruction in Gaza, the Ukraine, and other conflict zones may be as harrowing, the recent rise of the Islamic State (IS), formerly ISIS or ISIL, is particularly worrying to the art world since it is taking place in an area rich with important archeological sites.”

Burning Man Shut Because Of Heavy Rain (This Is The Desert, Right?)

August 26, 2014 - 11:12am

“Organisers said the gate to the temporary desert city would be closed until at least midday on Tuesday as the Black Rock desert playa turned to mud. Police were turning people around at the entrance to avoid stuck vehicles.”

Edinburgh Fringe Posts Another Attendance Record

August 26, 2014 - 11:10am

“The festival, which is drawing to a close on Monday night, said it issued an estimated 2.18 million tickets across 299 venues over 25 days. That is a 12% increase on the same point last year, which was itself a record.”

$3.2 Million – Bet You Wish You’d Kept That Comic Book Collection!

August 26, 2014 - 11:07am

“Superman made his debut in Action Comics #1, which cost 10 cents in 1938. Only around 50 unrestored originals are thought to have survived, and this was described as the most immaculate.”

Gothic Church Frescoes Destroyed In “Restoration”

August 26, 2014 - 10:53am

“Just three patches of fresco remain in St Catherine’s, following restoration work carried out after the church was handed over to the Russian Orthodox Church by local legislators in 2010.”

Boom In Chinese Art Causing A Run On Chinese Art Catalogs

August 26, 2014 - 10:19am

“Book collectors and dealers in Hong Kong and Europe have been quietly doing a thriving business in catalogues for exhibitions and auctions of Chinese arts and antiques. While China has always had a black market for imported art publications that cost a few dollars each, in-demand catalogues command prices in the thousands of dollars.”

Atlanta Symphony Contract Talks Down To The Wire

August 26, 2014 - 10:05am

“After a fractious 2012 labor dispute that saw musicians locked out of symphony facilities without pay, the ASO Players’ Association has less than two weeks to reach consensus with management on the 2014 contract. Amid the ongoing uncertainty — negotiations have been going on for more than eight months now — several musicians have retired, and some have taken positions with other orchestras.”

Girls From Brazil’s Favelas Find Escape In Ballet

August 26, 2014 - 4:46am

“Growing up amid drug dealers and addicts, … girls from a rough neighborhood known as a ‘cracolandia,’ or crackland, are learning the graceful art courtesy of a local church group that also offers them food, counseling and Bible studies.”

“Peter Likes The Big Gamble” – The Met Opera’s General Manager, According To Those Who’ve Worked With Him

August 26, 2014 - 4:13am

Not his staff, mind you. But board members, donors, singers (Anna Netrebko), and directors weigh in on what makes Peter Gelb tick.

Emmys 2014: “Breaking Bad” Rules, Netflix Loses

August 26, 2014 - 4:10am

Breaking Bad went out in a blaze of glory on Emmy night, taking down a slew of major operators in the process – including a complete shutout of Netflix.”

Emmys 2014: The Winners, The Losers And Everything in Between

August 26, 2014 - 4:07am

A review of the evening’s notable categories – which does not necessarily mean categories for which the Academy gives awards (e.g., Best Intro, Best Product Placement, Best Show-Stealer, and Best Mashup Opportunity).