New HBO Series Offers People the Chance to Rehearse Big Life Changes

At what point does a fake thing become real? Nathan Fielder reprises his career-long lampooning of this weighty philosophical inquiry with his new HBO series The Rehearsal, which finds the comedian/documentarian staging elaborate simulations of future situations to help ordinary folks prepare for life. (Or in some instances, recreating the immediate past for the sake … Read more

Remembering Artist Duncan Hannah, Whose Life Ran on Generosity –

The artist Duncan Hannah died at his house in Cornwall, Connecticut, on Saturday, June 11, lying on his favorite bed watching the 1962 film Les Parisiennesan obscure tale of bohemians, musicians, playboys and love-lost French ladies—everything he enjoyed, not the least the obscurity. This charming riverside cottage was looking at its very best. It was … Read more

How to Find Success With Balancing an AOEU Degree and Life

Going back to school for a master’s degree is a big step when it comes to professional growth. As an art teacher, you may be drawn to professional development that challenges you academically and feeds your creative spirit. Balancing a graduate program, teaching full-time, and family life can be demanding, but you can find success. … Read more

Soft Scenes of a Rough Life of Labor

LOS ANGELES — The characters of Daisuke Fukunaga’s Beautiful Work, on view at Nonaka-Hill, occupying a unique and strange liminal space between work and sleep. Throughout the exhibition, Fukunaga keeps a seemingly simple concept — pleasant paintings of workers — unexpectedly remarkably. In these paintings, the worker appears solitary, and, with a few exceptions, entirely … Read more

The Ceaseless Optimism of Woody Guthrie’s Activist Life 

Woody Guthrie — the name conjures the wandering composer-as-busking musician serenading hard times, with the slogan “this machine kills fascists” painted on a six-string guitar. A series of recent projects around the artist dive into the life and work of the complicated, multitalented creator: Woody Guthrie: People Are the Song at the Morgan Library & … Read more

“I’ll Have What She’s Having” Chronicles the Life of the Jewish Deli

Second-generation owner Abe Shapiro in front of canned goods, Shapiro’s Delicatessen, Indianapolis c. 1932. (courtesy Shapiro’s Delicatessen) Since its origins in the 19th century, the Jewish Deli has become an iconic American institution, its steaming bowls of matzah ball soup, towering Pastrami sandwiches on rye, and cushy, padded booths seemingly stuck in time, unchanging from … Read more

Turkish Philanthropist Osman Kavala Sentenced to Life in Prison

Osman Kavala, a Turkish businessman, activist, and arts philanthropist, was decided to life in prison without parole in Istanbul today, April 25. October 2017, he has been held without conviction in the high-security Silivri prison and has spent years in solitary confinement. Kavala launched the nonprofit arts center Anadolu Kültür in Istanbul in 2002. Much … Read more