ArtCraft

As WFPL's arts and humanities reporter, Erin Keane reports on the issues, trends, people and events that impact Louisville's arts landscape.

Every artist also develops a craft—those deliberate and perfected techniques and methods used to write a novel, shoot a film, create a sculpture or become a character on stage. 

On ArtCraft, you'll find reviews of plays, books and arts experiences, as well as the latest news and commentary on Louisville's arts landscape and a thoughtful exploration of how and why a particular piece of art works (or doesn't). 

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Arts and Humanities
10:43 am
Sat February 22, 2014

REVIEW | Louisville Ballet Tells a Strong Story with 'La Sylphide'

Erica de la O dancing the title role in the Louisville Ballet's "La Sylphide."
Credit Wade Bell / Louisville Ballet

This weekend brings Louisville balletomanes the opportunity to see the Louisville Ballet's production of Danish choreographer Auguste Bournonville's 1836 Romantic ballet “La Sylphide.” This is only the second time that the full ballet has been produced under artistic director Bruce Simpson's tenure, although the fall 2012 Studio Connections program included a cutting from Act Two, programming that suggested that the company was ready once more to essay this epitome of Romantic ballet in full.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Generated by Enthusiasm: Actors Theatre Announces New Season of Plays

Emily Gunyou Hulaas, Dominique Serrand, Megan Hill, Nathan Keepers in "Fissures (lost and found)" in the 2010 Humana Festival. Serrand and Keepers are collaborating on a new adaptation of Shakespeare's "Love's Labors Lost" for the upcoming Actors Theatre season.
Credit Harlan Taylor / Actors Theatre of Louisville

Actors Theatre of Louisville will re-mount a revised production of Naomi Iizuka’s “At the Vanishing Point,” a play written about Louisville’s Butchertown neighborhood that premiered in the 2004 Humana Festival of New American Plays, in their next season. The theatre announced the next season’s lineup today.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

New Louisville Orchestra Music Director To Open Next Season With Own Work

Teddy Abrams
Credit Louisville Orchestra

The Louisville Orchestra has announced its next season of classics programming, which opens Sept. 6 with music director designate Teddy Abrams conducting Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in D Major and a new composition, yet to be written, by Abrams himself. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:46 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Emerging Louisville Artist Transforms Digital Information to Analog Artifact

Benjamin Cook
Credit Erin Keane / WFPL News

The internet is ephemeral by nature – two screenshots of the same page taken a minute apart could contain vastly different content. But Louisville artist Benjamin Cook is taking screenshots – those instantaneous captures of fleeting information – one step further in his new exhibit "Amusing Myself," which opens tonight at Swanson Contemporary. 

“Amusing Myself” is Cook’s first solo show. The exhibit runs through March 29. 

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Arts and Humanities
12:00 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Narratives in Wood: Essential Elijah Pierce Exhibit at KMAC

Credit Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

  Elijah Pierce was one of Ohio’s most acclaimed self-taught artists and one of the first African American wood carvers to rise to international prominence during his lifetime. Born in rural Mississippi near the turn of the century, Pierce lived and developed his artistic eye in a Columbus, Ohio barbershop three and a half blocks from the Columbus Museum of Art, where many of his significant pieces now reside. Pierce died in 1984.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Louisville Ballet Leaders Care for Choreography Without Ego

Kristopher Wotjera and Erica de la O in "La Sylphide."
Credit Bill Brymer / Louisville Ballet

The Louisville Ballet opens the final full production of its season this week. Danish choreographer August Bournonville's “La Sylphide,” one of the oldest surviving Romantic ballets, runs Friday and Saturday for three performances in the Kentucky Center’s Whitney Hall. 

The ballet, which opened in Copenhagen in 1836, is set in Scotland, where an engaged man’s obsession with a mythical fairy-like creature threatens his impending marriage. And it's told in a very specific style of ballet. 

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Arts and Humanities
11:36 am
Sun February 16, 2014

Kentucky Opera Makes Bold Move to Focus on New, Rare, Unfamiliar Works

Many opera companies anchor their programming with a handful of crowd-pleasing, time-tested operas, like "La Traviata," "Carmen" and "Don Giovanni" — the guaranteed blockbusters. And for years, the Kentucky Opera has been no exception. But general director David Roth says playing it safe isn’t working for the company any longer, so starting with its 2014-15 season, the company will focus on rare and new operas instead

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Arts and Humanities
1:07 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

WATCH | Rachel Grimes Improvises on Wendell Castle's Caligari Piano

Last January, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft hosted pianist composer Rachel Grimes (Rachel's, Kings Daughters and Sons) for an evening of improvisation on the Wendell Castle-designed Steinway Art Case piano.

Dubbed the "Caligari" after the 1920 horror film "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari," the angular, white wooden frame, which was inspired by the film and German Abstract Expressionism, encases a fully-functional Model L Steinway grand piano.

Arts and Humanities
1:48 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Kentucky Center Promotes Senior VP Kim Baker to President

Kim Baker
Credit The Kentucky Center

The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts concludes its five-month national search for a new president by selecting a candidate close to home. Kim Baker, who has worked for the Center for 15 years, most recently as senior vice president for external affairs, was named president yesterday. Her duties begin immediately. 

“It has such an incredible history of programming," says Baker. "It’s nice to be able to walk into an organization where so much is right.” 

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