04.13.18

So… Blame Humanities For Today’s Bad Politics?

"The midcentury ideal — of literature as an aesthetically and philosophically complex activity, and of criticism as its engaged and admiring decoding — is gone. In its place stands the idea that our capacity to shape our protean selves is the capacity most worth exercising, the thing to be defended at all costs, and the good that a literary inclination best serves. Democratizing the canon did not have to mean abdicating authority over it, but this was how it played out."

Stop Fussing About The Berkshire Museum’s Sale Of Paintings As If The Place Were A Sacred Temple To Art

Christopher Marcisz makes the case that people don't go to the Berkshire Museum for art (the area has better art museums already) and barely remember the paintings they see there. People - schoolkids and families, mostly - go for the natural history and science exhibits, and money from the paintings sold will give those exhibits a facelift they desperately need.

Stop Fussing About The Berkshire Museum’s Sale Of Paintings As If The Place Were A Sacred Temple To Art

Christopher Marcisz makes the case that people don't go to the Berkshire Museum for art (the area has better art museums already) and barely remember the paintings they see there. People - schoolkids and families, mostly - go for the natural history and science exhibits, and money from the paintings sold will give those exhibits a facelift they desperately need.

Stop Fussing About The Berkshire Museum’s Sale Of Paintings As If The Place Were A Sacred Temple To Art

Christopher Marcisz makes the case that people don't go to the Berkshire Museum for art (the area has better art museums already) and barely remember the paintings they see there. People - schoolkids and families, mostly - go for the natural history and science exhibits, and money from the paintings sold will give those exhibits a facelift they desperately need.

The Historic Los Angeles Times Building Will No Longer Hold The Los Angeles Times

Why? Well, the previous owners sold the building to a development corporation - which asked for a $1 million per month increase in rent after the lease expires June 30. So, according to new owner Patrick Soon-Shiong, "the Los Angeles Times this summer will move from its historic Art Deco headquarters in downtown Los Angeles to a campus currently under construction in El Segundo."

Watts Tower Arts Center Director Is Suspended, And No One Will Say Why

Rosie Lee Hooks has been director of Los Angeles' Watts Tower Arts Center since 2010, and she has grown programs, attendance, and attention by leaps and bounds. Now, supporters say, there's an art program at the heart of her three-week suspension. They claim it's "related to the mural that local artist Jacori Perry had started to paint depicting jazz musician and Watts hero Charles Mingus on the side of the campus’ Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center building."