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
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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Local News
1:18 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

State Fair Grand Champion Ham Brings $350,000 at Auction

Miss Kentucky Jenna Day displays the 2013 grand champion country ham.
Rick Howlett

The Kentucky State Fair grand champion country ham fetched $350,000 at a charity auction today. 

The sale was conducted during the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 50th annual country ham breakfast.

History was made on a couple of fronts at this year’s auction.   For the first time in a half-century of sales, the auctioneer was a woman—Danetta Allen of Mt. Vernon, Kentucky.

And the 13.3 pound ham was bought by a first-time bidder, Yum Brands Foundation, the charity arm of the Louisville-based fast food company.

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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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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Review | 'Edgewise' Sees War Through Young Eyes

Casandre Elyse Medel (Emma) and Eli Keel (Louis) in Theatre [502]'s production of Eliza Clark's "Edgewise."
Credit Theatre [502]

A gunfight breaks out on the highway. Another day, another massacre in Eliza Clark's near-future dystopian war-torn America, in which air strikes on major targets and street battles are now routine. The war has waged for eight long years, moving up from the capitol toward New York, and nobody knows who to trust anymore. When a wounded man who's obviously keeping secrets stumbles into a New Jersey fast-food restaurant where three teens work, they have to make a decision—which side is he on?

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