Usually I hate it, but I actually did not mind the art-internet this week. Highlights: The Met Museum will end its pay-what-you-wish admissions policy for non-New Yorkers, Artforum explored the role of art in addressing sexual misconduct, the NYT proclaims Joyce J. Scott an ultimate truth-teller, “raw water” is taking over Silicon Valley, Baltimore City Schools are FREEZING, and Trump did a lot of tweeting and told us about his button.
1. Vulture: The Met’s Admission-Fee Hike Points at a Much Bigger Problem
In order to raise much needed funds, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that it will no longer be pay-what-you-wish. Residents of New York State and students through graduate school can still pay what they wish. Seniors from out of state will have to pay $17. Children under 12 will continue to get in for free. Everyone else will have to pay $25.
I agree with Jerry Saltz: rather than having a fountain with their name on it, “the Koch family could instead have had its name on the little admission stickers instead of yet another piece of New York City.” Sponsoring free admission to our great art institutions is a much more effective use of money than plastering your name on a fountain. Making them unaccessible to the majority of people is not acceptable.
2. Artforum: Fully Loaded: Power and Sexual Violence
“In the present war against ‘misconduct,’ we rely on victims to be our bravest soldiers, transfixed when they stand up, one by one, wielding accounts of their abuse… And I wonder: Could art help to relieve the accusers’ burdens, the sheer weight of representation that they are asked to bear?” Johanna Fateman’s brilliant essay on Anna Mendieta, Emma Sulkowicz, and other feminist art of protest shows the potential for its relevance in the #metoo movement.
What can the history of art, and feminist art teach us about reconciling with our present moment? If we want to move forward from this moment, the burden must shift from the victims. We all must do our part to address this issue.
3. New York Times: Inspired by Harriet Tubman, an Artist Takes Glass to Extremes
Joyce J. Scott’s Harriet Tubman and Other Truths currently on view at Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey is the largest survey of her work to date. It explores themes familiar to her: race, sexuality, sexual violence, motherhood, and spirituality.
When asked by New York Times critic Nancy Pricenthal why she chooses to works on these themes, Joyce said “because it is the truth.” Anyone that has ever talked to Joyce knows that speaking her truth, cut with humor, is a unique gift. When reading the article, I remembered an afternoon I spent talking with her in her studio, crawling under tables to get bags of beads she need to make work for the show. Our casual conversation parroted Pricenthal’s article. It is Joyce’s ability to articulate herself so clearly, without being didactic, that makes her work so special, haunting and acute. At all moments of her life, Joyce is a truth teller.
4. The New Yorker: A Field Guide to the Musical Leitmotifs of “Star Wars”
There is no Star Wars without John Williams. His compositions do as much to define the characters as the screenwriters, actors, and costume designers. Williams’ compositions harken back to the great opera composer Richard Wagner and they have grown in complexity, progressing the narrative of the saga succinctly. If you want to know what might happen in the next installment, it is best to listen to the music.
5. I’m Your Data Homer: Pulsecheck: Is Orchestral Music Still a Living Art Form in 2017?
Most people that know me know that I am in love with classical music, and obsessed with hating its current state. But what exactly is its current state? We all know the casual anecdotes of an elite white wealthy audience as well as the demographic makeup of composers, conductors, and performers, but how do they hold up to data? Very well, actually. “Even when Wagner was still writing his operas, and when Brahms had yet to compose his symphonies, the Philharmonic was already mostly playing the music of ‘Dead White Guys.’”
6. Slate: Why the Raw Water Movement Is So Obnoxious
Raw water is unfiltered, untreated water that is selling in Silicon Valley stores for $61 for 2 ½ gallons. The water is being marked as a healthier alternative to filtered water for its probiotics and other natural minerals. All of this is gross, and also appalling considering the many people in Baltimore City, the United States, and the world that do not have access to clean drinking water.
7. The Baltimore Sun: Lawmakers call for fixes to help freezing schools, while Hogan blasts Baltimore ‘mismanagement’
In weather conditions described as “colder than Mars,” Baltimore City schools were closed most of the week after students returned to unheated buildings after winter break. Teachers advocated for school closures due to the unsafe and inhuma conditions. Governor Hogan denied funds for immediate repairs while the city and state politicians argued on Twitter over who was responsible.
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018
Trump did an excessive amount of tweeting this week, even for him. After this dick measuring contest, via nuclear buttons, with Kim Jung Un it is certain: we are all doomed.
9. Twitter: World Leaders on Twitter
After Trump’s tweetstorm, Twitter released a statement once again explaining why it will not ban Trump. Their reasoning is, as a media platform, “blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets would hide important information people should be able to see and debate.” In essence, they would be doing us a disservice… (eye roll) Okay, Twitter. But is anything that Trump tweets even real information?
10. GQ: Michael Wolff Did What Every Other White House Reporter Is Too Cowardly to Do
This week Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury, a book detailing Trump’s time during the 2016 election campaign and in the White House, was released. Wolff has a spotty reputation in journalism, but many are praising him for saying, in lurid detail, how ridiculous and inept the current administration is, despite it meaning he will probably lose his press access.
Some of the stories in the book are so out there, that meme accounts on Twitter have been making up stories and people are believing them, because our situation is so unbelievable. Even if some of this book is ‘fake news,’ it seems appropriate given the subject.
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