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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Fri August 17, 2012

'It's All About the Want': Young Artists Transformed at Governor's School for the Arts

Ben Sollee teaches a strings master class at the 2012 Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts.
Erin Keane WFPL News

The Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts celebrates its 25th anniversary of free summer arts education Saturday at the Kentucky Center. The celebration includes an art show, an open mic, silent films from the new media program and a concert featuring Harry Pickens, Ben Sollee and jazz violinist (and GSA alum) Zach Brock.

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Arts and Humanities
3:17 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Speed Museum Director Leaving for Indianapolis

Charles Venable
Speed Art Museum

Director Charles Venable is leaving the Speed Art Museum next month. The Board of Governors of the Indianapolis Museum of Art announced today that Venable has been appointed The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO of the Museum. 

Venable joined the Speed five years ago, leading the museum during the development and funding of a $50 million renovation and expansion project, which will close the museum to the public for three years next month.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Chely Wright Film an Intimate Look at Coming Out in Nashville

Chely Wright at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, 2010.
Tanya Braganti First Run Features

In 2010, Chely Wright became the first country music star to come out as gay. Wright’s three-year journey to her coming out day is the subject of a new documentary by filmmakers Bobbie Berleffi and Beverly Kopf.

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Arts and Humanities
10:45 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Arts Council Announces Arts Partnership Grants

The Kentucky Arts Council has awarded more than $600,000 to Jefferson County arts groups for the next fiscal year. The Kentucky Arts Partnership grant is an annual statewide program that funds operational support for nonprofit arts groups. This year, the arts council awarded more than $1.7 million to 104 groups across Kentucky that provide year-round arts programs for the public. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:30 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Open Doors Opens Exhibit

Residents of St. Joseph Children's Home worked with artists Tara Remington and Janet Britt to design and paint a mural in their gymnasium.
Aron Conoway LVAA

The Louisville Visual Art Association's Open Doors Program will celebrate two years of community-based arts projects with a retrospective exhibit, “Making Art. Changing Lives.”

Twelve art projects, selected from nearly forty pieces of art completed through the program, will be on view to the public in the Water Tower, with an opening reception on July 22. The exhibit will run through August 19.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Fatherhood and the Apocalypse: Matt Bell's 'Cataclysm Baby'

It’s the end of the world as they know it, but the dogged yet hapless fathers in Matt Bell’s novella “Cataclysm Baby” are determined to do right by their monstrous children.

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Arts and Humanities
2:42 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Back with the Band: Drummer-Turned-Filmmaker Produces My Morning Jacket Documentary

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James with "One Big Holiday" producer Christopher Guetig during filming.
Margot Landen

Once upon a time, a guy from Louisville named Christopher Guetig played drums for My Morning Jacket. Those were the hard-touring van years, between the release of the critically-acclaimed “At Dawn” and the 2003 breakthrough hit “It Still Moves.”

It’s an old story. Guy leaves band, band makes it big. But this is not an episode of “Behind the Music.” Guetig doesn’t really regret leaving the band for Los Angeles to pursue an acting career in 2002, when they were all still up-and-comers.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon May 28, 2012

21C, Flyover Film Festival to Screen Documentary on Performance Artist Abramovic

When filmmaker Jeff Dupre met legendary performance artist Marina Abramovic at a dinner party a year before her groundbreaking career retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, he had a vague idea of who she was (the artist who once walked the Great Wall of China) and a healthy dose of skepticism about performance art. By the end of the night, Dupre says he was smitten with the legendary artist known for pushing the boundaries of her body as the subject, object and medium of her work.

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Arts and Humanities
4:25 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Painter Explores Advertising Influence in 21C Lecture

From the Women series by Ryan McGinness

The figures in artist Ryan McGinness’ “Women” series are flattened, graphic shapes, calling to mind both a Matisse painting and public signage, compelling in bold color and broad strokes.

“His work is exploring contemporary culture in a really compelling way, drawing on advertising and different kinds of visual iconography that we’re surrounded by, from both fine art and consumer culture,” says 21C Museum Hotel curator Alice Gray Stites.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon April 30, 2012

National Book Award Winner Reads at 21C

Poet Nikky Finney
Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Lexington poet Nikky Finney has been on the road, visiting 20 cities in three months. It’s her second tour for “Head Off & Split,” her fourth collection of poems that won the National Book Award last fall.

Finney will read in Louisville tonight at 21C Museum Hotel.

Throughout her tour, Finney says she’s heard from people who saw her powerful acceptance speech during the November awards broadcast and went wild.

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