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
6:58 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Feminist Theatre Company Opens Annie Baker's 'Body Awareness' at U of L

The cast of Annie Baker's "Body Awareness," produced by Looking for Lilith.
Credit Looking for Lilith Theatre Company

It’s Body Awareness Week at the fictional Vermont college at the center of Annie Baker’s play "Body Awareness," and a professor’s nontraditional household is thrown into upheaval by a visiting photographer’s female nude portraits. Looking for Lilith Theatre Company opens "Body Awareness," a comedy about sexuality, identity and political correctness, at the University of Louisville's Thrust Theatre this week. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:07 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

New 21c Exhibit Explores Spaces Where Water Meets Land

These handmade masks were worn by the opera singers at Zhujiajiao during "The Rematch."
Credit 21c Museum Hotel

Despite the name and the season, Duke Riley’s exhibit at 21c Museum Hotel, “See You at the Finish Line,” isn’t about horse racing. The show, which opened this week, includes documentation of and artifacts from two maritime art projects created and executed by the New York-based artist.

Riley says much of his work deals with issues facing waterfront communities and port cities, in the places where water meets land.

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Local News
8:09 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Wick's Pizza To Host Open-Mic Night Geared Toward At-Risk Youth

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Concerns for what some are calling a community of troubled youth has led the creation of a weekly event where young people can express themselves at a Louisville Highlands neighborhood business.

Expressions of You was once a long-running poetry slam series in west Louisville, and the people behind the event have decided it’s time to bring it back.

The series aims to attract at-risk young people and others affected by youth crime. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:24 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Fund for the Arts Names Christen Boone President and CEO

Christen Boone
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The Fund for the Arts has named Christen Boone to be its next president and CEO. Boone will join the Fund on July 7 for a transition period until current president Barbara Sexton Smith retires at the end of August. A 2014 transition was planned when Sexton Smith took the reins of the Fund for the Arts three years ago, following the retirement of longtime leader Allan Cowen.

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Arts and Humanities
1:58 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Unbound Author Jacinda Townsend in Louisville to Read from Debut Novel

Unbound authors have been busy. The latest Season One alumnus to launch a book is Kentucky native Jacinda Townsend, who read an excerpt from "Saint Monkey," her debut novel, on the show last year. "Saint Monkey," which follows the friendship between two African American girls growing up in Eastern Kentucky after the Korean War to their futures in Harlem and at home, was published by W.W.

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Arts and Humanities
12:09 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

MacArthur 'Genius' Cartoonist Ben Katchor Coming to KMAC

Hotwaters, 2008 [from Metropolis magazine]
Credit Ben Katchor / Metropolis Magazine

The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft continues its exploration of the relationship between the printing press and the artist (PRESS: Artist & Machine, through June 1) with a lecture and workshop by MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Award-winning cartoonist and graphic novelist Ben Katchor on Sunday, April 27.

Tune in to Byline on Friday at 1 p.m. to hear WFPL's Erin Keane speak with Katchor about comics, print, and the contemporary American city.

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Arts and Humanities
9:23 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Louisville Underground Music Archive a Scholarly Home For City's Punk Rock Past

A few vintage show flyers from Thommy Browne's files.
Credit Erin Keane / WFPL News

Who knew that those old concert flyers you’ve been holding onto since high school could be important? At the University of Louisville Ekstrom Library, the Archives and Special Collections librarians are cataloging and preserving mementos from the bygone indie rock scene into the Louisville Underground Music Archive, a scholarly repository of local music history.

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Arts and Humanities
2:51 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Free Books and Free Will: Shakespeare and World Book Night Celebrated at Carmichael's

Maria Semple's comedy "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" skewers the Seattle tech industry, contemporary architecture, West Coast boho affluence and the peculiar burdens of being a genius. It's a World Book Night pick for 2014.

William Shakespeare turns 450 years old on Wednesday, April 23. That's also World Book Night, a national program that sends volunteer book evangelists out into their communities with copies of bestsellers and classics to give away for free.  

In Louisville, Carmichael's Bookstore on Frankfort Avenue is a designated spot for local volunteers to pick up the books they will give away (more than 100 volunteers have signed up in Jefferson County).

“The purpose of World Book Night is to recruit reluctant readers, people who don’t traditionally read, and give them a free book and encourage them to do so," says Carmichael's bookseller John Beechem. "Hopefully, we’ll get some of them into our store someday.”

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Arts and Humanities
5:07 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Louisville's Spanish Theatre Proving that Art Is a Universal Language

"Amor de Don Perlimplín con Belisa en su Jardín" at El Delirio Producciones.

Louisville is home to an estimated 25-30,000 native Spanish speakers, and until recently, the city’s arts scene has been slow to embrace this growing population. The city now boasts two Spanish-speaking theatre companies, and both have shows opening soon. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:34 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

U of L Admits First Visual Art MFA Class

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The University of Louisville has admitted the  first class of students in its new Master of Fine Arts in visual art program.  The three MFA candidates - two from the region and one from New York - start in the fall. 

The University of Kentucky offers  the only other visual art MFA in the state, but U of L expects to distinguish their program with an interdisciplinary approach that pulls in the university's programs in hot glass, graphic design, interior architecture and curatorial studies.

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