Blogging Fellows

The Sound of Jeanne Lee’s Voice

Blogging Fellows, Feature, Music, Vanguard Voices

Jeanne Lee (1939-2000) was a poet and vocalist of wide-ranging musical talents who pushed the formal boundaries of jazz to create emotional soundscapes of wordless melodies.

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The Monster Within

Art and Mind, Blogging Fellows, Feature, Visual Art

Psychiatrist and art critic Deborah Kostianovsky explains why she can't turn away from a portrait that terrifies her. ...

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Can Sports Be an Aesthetic Experience?

Blogging Fellows, Reported, The Art of Thinking

Contingency and unpredictability can elevate a football game into a kind of theater....

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Snow in the Concert Hall

Blogging Fellows, Essay, First Person, Music, Trains in the Basement

Composers John Cage and R. Murray Schafer sculpt sound into moments that evade on-demand consumption. What can we learn from sound that will not be harnessed?

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Vanguard Voices

Blogging Fellows, Music, Reported, Vanguard Voices

"If creative music is under celebrated and under documented compared to other eras in jazz, the women who played a role in the music are...

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Between Parlors and Oceans

Art and Mind, Blogging Fellows, In-Depth, Visual Art

Edward Hopper's 'Rooms by the Sea' captures the psychic tension resulting from conflicting states of mind. The visible ambivalence of the...

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What Does Platonic Form Have to Do with Art?

Blogging Fellows, In-Depth, The Art of Thinking, Visual Art

Photographs stage a confrontation between the idea of an object and its representation, and demonstrate how Form can overwhelm aesthetic pursuit.

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Greenhouse in the Desert

Blogging Fellows, First Person, Performance, Trains in the Basement

"If you revisit the things that once interested you, you can return to that period of your life. It’s part of time’s relativity—how...

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Winnowing The Wynn

Blogging Fellows, Dicey, Public Art, Reported

A critic surveys the Wynn Las Vegas art holdings and asks, "What can compete with a hanging parasol garden, life-size crystal peacocks,...

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Agnes Martin in Coenties Slip

Blogging Fellows, In Residence, In-Depth, Visual Art

“The work is so far from perfection because we ourselves are so far from perfection … That is why art work is so very hard. It is a working through of disappointments and a growing recognition of failure to the point of defeat. But still one wakes in the morning and there is the inspiration and one goes on.”

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