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Conrad Tao was never just another prodigy

Conrad Tao tends to slip into celestial metaphors. During a recent interview, this musician — a veteran at just 25 — referred to his ideas about concert programming as “constellatory.” When he thought he was rambling, he cut himself off and apologized for “galaxy-braining.” Here’s another one: He’s a rising star — both as a concert pianist,... | Read More

This Mexican village’s embroidery designs are admired (and appropriated) globally

A mystery lies behind the origin of the distinctive forms depicted in the elaborate embroidery stitched in San Nicolás, a pinprick of a mountain village in the central Mexican highlands. But to Glafira Candelaria José, who has sewn those images all her life, there can be only one source. “Diosito,” said Candelaria, using an affectionate form of the Spanish word for... | Read More

Fralin Museum of Art at University of Virginia announces two new curatorial appointments

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia has named Laura Minton curator of exhibitions. Minton joins the Fralin from Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. A senior member of the curatorial team, Minton’s responsibilities at the Fralin include building a comprehensive national and international exhibitions schedule and curating rigorous scholarly projects that provide a foundation for... | Read More

From Mosul to Baghdad, a song of Iraqi solidarity and resistance

While Baghdad anti-regime protesters have clashed with riot police, their supporters in Mosul are using art to fight for change, with a new take on the resistance anthem "Bella Ciao". In a viral music video clip, the World War II-era Italian anti-fascist song has been tweaked to "Blaya Chara" -- meaning "no way out" in Iraqi dialect. It captures the fatalistic sentiment many young Iraqis hold... | Read More

St Mark’s closed as water again invades Venice, rain lashes Italy

Venice's iconic St Mark's Square was ordered closed on Sunday as the historic city suffered its third major flooding in less than a week, while rain lashing the rest of Italy prompted warnings in Florence and Pisa. Venice's latest "acqua alta", or high water, hit 150 centimetres (just under five feet) on Sunday, lower than Tuesday's 187 centimetres -- the highest level in half a century -- but... | Read More

Parsons School of Design opens “Otherworldly: Performance, Costume, and Difference”

The New School's Parsons School of Design presents Otherworldly: Performance, Costume and Difference, on view from November 15 - December 15, 2019. The exhibit examines the political work at the intersections of costume, fashion and performance produced by three artists: Machine Dazzle, Narcissister and Rammellzee. These New York-based artists work and have worked at the convergence of... | Read More

NGV International features a trilogy of video installations by Shirin Neshat

Iranian-born artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat (1957– ) is being celebrated with a solo exhibition Dreamers, featuring a trilogy of video installations, at the NGV International. Since the early 1990s, the New-York based artist has explored the complex relationships of femininity to Islam, representations of the Muslim faith in poetic and evocative ways, and the manner in which various... | Read More

Bernard Hoyes presents “Spirit of the Land Through Climate Change” at San Bernardino County Museum

Visual artist Bernard Hoyes is presenting “Spirit of the Land Through Climate Change,” an exhibition of large scale watercolor paintings that speaks to the ecological life of the Desert. The works evokes beauty and spirituality, ultimately observing the transmogrification by climate changeover the past ten years. The exhibition is on view at the San Bernardino County Museum from... | Read More

Alison Jacques Gallery opens an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Roy Oxlade

Alison Jacques Gallery is presenting an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by British artist Roy Oxlade (1929 – 2014). This is the second show of Oxlade’s work at the gallery. The works on display span from 1978 to 2006, with Oxlade’s works on paper being shown for the first time at the gallery. The exhibition follows the recent survey, ‘Shine Out Fair Sun’... | Read More

‘A long time coming’ for masterwork no one has seen

When Cuban-American director and playwright María Irene Fornés died last fall, the New York Times obituary referred to her as “an underrecognized genius.” Now, what is perhaps her finest work, “Fefu and Her Friends,” can be seen at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center. Revolutionary in its form and daring in its philosophy, “Fefu,” from 1977, hasn’t played... | Read More
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