By Kat Murrell
National props for Milwaukee Urban Renewal exhibition
Milwaukee is home to some extraordinary programs and individuals when it comes to innovative urban and environmental initiatives. Urban historian Michael Carriere and sociology Ph.D. student David Schalliol organized the exhibition, “Working Legacies: The Death and (After) Life of Post-Industrial Milwaukee,” currently on view at the MSOE’s Grohmann Museum, and received national press through a recent interview.
Emma Mustich. “Visions of post-industrial Milwaukee.” January 7, 2012. http://www.salon.com/2012/01/07/visions_of_post_industrial_milwaukee/
The Politics of Art
Above: a fantastic photo from today’s New York Times. New Hampshire voter Gail Gagnon emerges from a booth.
Photo by Brendan Hoffman for the New York Times.
Also in today’s Times, James Estrin interviews veteran campaign photographer Jim Wilson, who talks about the changes in cameras, technology, and pressing deadlines during his decades covering politics via pictures.
James Estrin. “Photographing politics in changing times.” January 10, 2012. http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/10/photographing-politics-in-changing-times/?hp
Fair use, copyright, and the creative arts
Legislation known as SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) is working its way through Congress, and could have ramifications concerning copyright infringement laws.
Martha Lufkin, “Online piracy bill has free speech supporters up in arms.” The Art Newspaper. December 30, 2011. http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Online+piracy+bill+has+free+speech+supporters+up+in+arms/25332
According to ArtInfo.com, there are other alternatives under consideration from the United States Copyright Office.
Julia Halperin. “Is it about to get much easier for artists to bring copyright-infringement lawsuits?” ArtInfo International Edition. January 9, 2012. http://artinfo.com/news/story/755345/is-it-about-to-get-much-easier-for-artists-to-bring-copyright-infringement-lawsuits
Salon.com’s Emma Mustich investigates the questions of appropriation bordering on plagiarism, or outright invading that verboten territory. A variety of experts weigh in from legal, artistic, and psychological perspectives.
Emma Mustich. “Salon debate: What is plagiarism?” Salon.com. January 10, 2012. http://www.salon.com/2012/01/10/salon_debate_what_is_plagiarism/?source=newsletter
As if they didn’t have enough trouble already…
Reuters reports three pictures were stolen during the early hours of Monday from Greece’s National Gallery of Art in Athens. In less than seven minutes, two paintings by Picasso and Mondrian, and a drawing by Italian artist Guglielmo Caccia, were taken from the museum.
Reuters. “Picasso, Mondrian paintings stolen from Greek gallery.” January 9, 2012. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/09/us-greece-paintings-idUSTRE8080QI20120109
Art History — History! It’s reputable
In light of statistics that seem to cast arts and humanities majors as doomed to dead-end careers and a life spent on the parental dole, Virginia Postrel writes incisively in support of humanities studies. She counters the notion that college is merely a training ground to grind out minions for the corporate workplace. Thank you, Ms. Postrel!
Virginia Postrel. “How art history majors power the economy.” January 6, 2012. http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-01-08/how-art-history-majors-power-the-u-s-economy-virginia-postrel.html
On a much lighter note, here’s some “super fun”
Need to unwind a bit from news and stress? Or in search of another nifty distraction? ArtInfo.com declares that the Tate Modern’s new iPhone game called “Race Against Time” is “actually super fun.” What makes it especially appealing to art aficionados are the “striped-shirt-wearing Picassos, flaming absinthe bottles, deadly Dan Flavin light sculptures, and a giant Joseph Beuys figure strung up in a parachute and cradling a hare.”
Yes! I haven’t played it yet, but I know what I’m doing this afternoon…
Kyle Chayka. “The Tate’s new iPhone art history game is actually super fun.” January 9, 2012. http://artinfo.com/news/story/755403/tate’s-new-iphone-game-lets-players-jump-through-modern-art-history