04.16.18

How Art Was (Mostly) Protected During World War II

In London, the Elgin Marbles were hidden in Aldwych tube station – although, alarmingly, it was later revealed it wouldn’t have withstood a direct hit. In Paris, the Louvre was emptied out in 1939, with 3,600 paintings packed off to safe houses. The Mona Lisa – now considered too fragile to be moved – was shuttled round the country five times, moving from chateau to abbey to chateau, to keep her one step ahead of the Nazis.

A Great Play About (Of All Issues) Urban Renewal – August Wilson’s ‘Two Trains Running’

"The narrow lens is one of the play's surprises: It examines the titanic forces of urban renewal via a single establishment, never leaving the checkerboard-tiled stage of [Memphis Lee's] diner. For a play about sweeping change, what emerges is a slow portrait, one that tries to convince you that everything depends on the fate of this single black-owned soul-food cafe in Pittsburgh. ... Another surprise in Two Trains Running is how far the play's fears still echo today, some 50 years after the events depicted (and nearly 30 years since its debut)."

How Did Kendrick Lamar Win The Music Pulitzer? Let The Pulitzer Prize Administrator Tell You

Dana Canedy: "In this case [the jurors] were considering a piece of music they felt had hip-hop influences and said, 'Well if we're considering a piece of music that has hip-hop influences, why aren't we considering hip-hop?' And someone said, 'That's exactly what we should do.' And then someone said, 'We should be considering Kendrick Lamar' and the group said 'absolutely.' So then, right then, they decided to listen to the entire album and decided 'This is it.'"

Robert Fairchild’s Blooming Post-New York City Ballet Career

"'I would rather try and fail than not try,' he says. He's applied that same philosophy to his career: Last fall, he decided to leave life as a ballet star behind to find out what possibilities might lie in musical theater, TV and film. In the course of our conversation, he repeats the same sentence over and over, like a mantra: 'You never know how far you're gonna go if you don't jump.' This is his jump."

First Museum To Victims Of Lynching Opens In Alabama

"After two years of planning and construction, and having raised an estimated $20m from Google, the Ford Foundation and private philanthropists such as the billionaire activist siblings Pat and Jon Stryker, the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice [in Montgomery] will be inaugurated with a two-day 'peace and justice summit' starting on 26 April."

Collecting: Why Canada’s National Gallery Is Selling A Chagall To Get A David

There will, no doubt, be many who oppose the decision. Chagall’s lofty position in the pantheon of Modern art is equalled by few, and bested by maybe only two: Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. David, a towering figure in French neo-classical painting, is no less important, an art historian would tell you, though in another era and for different reasons.

Neuroscience Research: Best Friends Share Brain Waves

New research suggests the roots of friendship extend even deeper than previously suspected. Scientists have found that the brains of close friends respond in remarkably similar ways as they view a series of short videos: the same ebbs and swells of attention and distraction, the same peaking of reward processing here, boredom alerts there.