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“… [LACMA] just moved a 340-ton rock about 100 miles by surface streets in order to build Michael Heizer’s $10-million installation on campus, ‘Levitated Mass.’
But Govan called the train ‘much more complicated than anyone imagined. That’s what the initial feasibility studies proved: that it was safe, possible and more complicated than anyone thought.’ He cited the complexity, the financial downturn of 2008 and the museum’s need to prioritize its big expenses as reasons for the delay.
Is LACMA committed to going ahead with plans? ‘Just being honest, we are taking this one step at a time,’ Govan said. ‘The [LACMA] board never made a commitment to the train; they made a commitment to studying it.’”
“Until now Leonardo’s portrait has been dated to around 1503-6, but this is being formally altered to about 1503-19.”
“I want to close … Exit Art was a love story, a wonderful magical moment, but like all great love it was an anomaly. All great love ends in tragedy because one of them has to die.”
“Everything seemed too normal-looking. Frank suggested that the logo needed to be less corporate somehow, de-faced or graffitied.”
“For example, Hollywood has discovered DAR. A number of dialect coaches associated with American film and theater have used examples from DARE’s collection of 1,483 audio recordings to try to nail particular regional dialects. Actress Diane Keaton used DARE’s Mississippi tapes to practice for her role in the 1986 film Crimes of the Heart.”
Even more astonishing is DARE’s use as a tool for solving crime. Forensic linguist Roger Shuy, working on the Unabomber case in the 1990s, employed DARE to develop a complete cultural, religious and educational profile of the suspect, based on his voluminous manifesto. The profile proved to closely resemble convicted Unabomber Ted Kaczynski.
Required Reading is published every Sunday morning EST, and it is comprised of a short list of art-related links to long-form articles, videos, blog posts or photo essays worth a second look.
Walt Disney built his media empire animating fairy tales; he did not start making films set in a Nazi-occupied Europe by choice.
The Eyes of Tammy Faye features a riveting performance from Jessica Chastain, but proves less interesting than the documentary it’s based on.
In The Contest of the Fruits, the art collective Slavs and Tatars investigates language, politics, religion, humor, resilience, and resistance in a pluralistic world.
Rafał Milach sharply documents three international border walls and how they impact our sense of identity and memory.
Protesters splashed paint on the entryway of the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown, Manhattan.
Seven artists and curators, including Dona Nelson, the featured artist for this year’s Tim Hamill Visiting Artist Lecture, are giving public talks at BU School of Visual Arts.