Arts and Humanities

Arts and Humanities
2:13 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Poor Little Rich Girls: New Exhibit Explores American Debutante Tradition

Consuelo Vanderbilt in "Debutantes" by Jacob Heustis.
Credit Swanson Contemporary

Louisville artist Jacob Heustis was ten or twelve years old when he visited Harrodsburg’s Beaumont Inn, which had been a girls' finishing school during the 19th and early 20th century. In what used to be a dorm, he remembers something unusual about the room’s original window panes. 

“There were these little scrawled names scratched into the glass," Heustis recalls. "I don’t even remember what any of it said, I just remember names, numbers, dates, things like that. Later I found out they did it with their diamond rings.”

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Arts and Humanities
4:37 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Five Movies to Get You in the Mood for Louisville Zombie Attack

The Louisville Zombie Attack is lurching around the corner. 

Suppose you are interested in dressing up as the undead and walking Thursday night in the Zombie Attack—or you are interested in watching, or you at least enjoy scary movies.

For you, here's a list of five movies to inspire you. The list and comments come from Lyndi Lou, the Louisville tattoo artist and co-founder of the Louisville Zombie Attack.

“Night of the Living Dead”/”Dawn of the Dead”/”Day of the Dead”

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Arts and Humanities
2:36 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

'Happiness, at a Cost': Art in the Fly-Over States at KMAC's 'The 7 Borders' Exhibit

"Pre-fab(ulous) Environments," Leticia Bajuyo, styrofoam and other materials.
Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft's exhibit "The 7 Borders," which explores the regional identity of Kentucky's seven border states, closes Sunday. But first, two of the artists will give talks on their work on Saturday at 1 p.m. Designer Mark Moskovitz and sculptor/installation artist Leticia Bajuyo will discuss the Midwest's influence on their work. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:08 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

A Continuous Loop: Absurdist Comedy 'The Bald Soprano' Runs Back-to-Back

Brian Hinds and Victoria Reibel in Savage Rose Classical Theatre's production of Eugene Ionesco's "The Bald Soprano."
Credit Savage Rose Classical Theatre

When Tad Chitwood decided to direct a production of "The Bald Soprano," Eugène Ionesco’s absurdist satire of middle-class manners, he found the most common English translation from French a bit timid – not to mention out-dated, with its jokes about 1950’s British bourgeoisie.

“That doesn’t really resonate with American audiences," says Chitwood. "He was poking fun at clichés that don’t really exist anymore. Not only do they not exist, they tend to be British and French clichés of the mid-twentieth century. You’d read it and think okay, I guess that was funny once. So it had to be adapted, not just translated.”

Chitwood got to work on a new translation with an updated American sensibility. The show is produced by Savage Rose Classical Theatre, and it opens Friday at The Bard's Town.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Louisville Orchestra Kicks Off Season with Piano Concertos and Emanuel Ax

Emanuel Ax

The Louisville Orchestra traditionally opens its new season with the gala performance Fanfara, a bill of classics conducted by music director Jorge Mester. This year's season opener on Sept. 7 in Whitney Hall features acclaimed pianist Emanuel Ax. 

Ax is a seven-time Grammy Award winner for his solo work on Haydn's piano sonatas (1994, 2005) and collaborations, including three with Yo-Yo Ma on sonatas for cello and piano by Brahms (1986, 1993) and  Beethoven (1987).

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Arts and Humanities
2:46 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

'Turn Me Loose': Ky. Poet Laureate Frank X Walker's New Book on Medgar Evers

Credit Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Kentucky's poet laureate Frank X Walker has a new book out. "Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers" (University of Georgia Press) is a collection of persona poems about the life and assassination of the civil rights pioneer, who was murdered in Mississippi by Byron de la Beckwith 50 years ago this summer. Evers was the first NAACP field secretary for Mississippi, and he was instrumental in the desegregation campaign at the University of Mississippi and the efforts to bring murdered Chicago teen Emmett Till's killers to justice. 

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Arts and Humanities
9:48 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Guitar Emporium Likely to Reopen This Month

Credit Guitar Emporium

The store’s walls were mostly empty but for some signed pictures, and a few guitars. Those few guitars were of quality.

There was a Bourgeois Small Jumbo acoustic costing $3,400.  A Gibson Les Paul electric, a rare Martin electric. And while these instruments might excite guitar geeks, they’ll probably get more excited to learn where they hung: the Guitar Emporium.

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NPR Story
2:01 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Outgoing OU Museum Director Says Technology Will Define Art’s Next Generation

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 10:50 am

Listen to Suzette Grillot's conversation with Ghislain d’Humières.

The departing director of the University of Oklahoma’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art says 21st Century art will be shaped by music, video, and other mixed media to visually express ideas in new and exciting ways.

Ghislain d’Humières spoke with World Views host and OU College of International Studies Dean Suzette Grillot shortly before he takes over as the CEO of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville.

“It’s an exciting trend. There is absolutely no border on the canvas. Anything could be the canvas,” d’Humières says. “One could argue that every period had a very cutting-edge, contemporary time, but I think the period we’re living in right now has been seeing a huge amount of new technology and new ways to express art.”

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Arts and Humanities
12:17 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Hot Rods, Skate Decks, Tattoos: Green Building Hosts Panel on Lowbrow/High Culture Art

"Speedster 13" by Jeral Tidwell. 5-color hand-made screen print, 12x17 inches, signed and numbered limited edition
Credit Jeral Tidwell / http://humantree.com/

The Green Building Gallery's Focus series continues Monday with a panel discussion on the careers of Louisville artists who have one foot in the art gallery world and one in the so-called "lowbrow" design world of skateboards, motorcycles, tattoos and hot rods.

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Arts and Humanities
3:35 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Kentucky Center President Stephen Klein Resigns, Cites Health Issues

Stephen Klein
Credit Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

The president of the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts has resigned. Stephen Klein, 66,  says  ongoing health concerns, which he describes as "slightly debilitating but not fatal," have slowed him down. 

“With the continuing responsibility of the institution, I think maybe somebody, God, I hate to say this, but maybe someone a little bit younger, with a little more energy – and again, I’ve been doing this for 35 years, not here, but all around the country – might be a breath of air,” he says.  

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