|Godspeed You ! Black Emperor. Photo Tom Øverlie,NRK P3, via Flickr|
-holding a gala during a time of austerity and normalized decline is a weird thing to do.• With massive cuts at newspapers over the last decade, museums are turning into media organizations, a topic I was invited to discuss -- along with Sree Sreenivasan, the Met's new chief digital officer -- in this month's Museopunks podcast.
-organizing a gala just so musicians can compete against each other for a novelty-sized cheque doesn’t serve the cause of righteous music at all.
-asking the toyota motor company to help cover the tab for that gala, during a summer where the melting northern ice caps are live-streaming on the internet, IS FUCKING INSANE, and comes across as tone-deaf to the current horrifying malaise.
• Imprisoned Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova began a hunger strike Monday, protesting inhumane conditions in the prison where she's held and claiming a senior jail official threatened her life. Sentenced to two years for her role in the August 2012 protest "punk prayer" in a Moscow cathedral, she says she'll contintue the strike "until the administration starts obeying the law and stops treating incarcerated women like cattle."
• I recently interviewed Dia Art Foundation director Philippe Vergne about Thomas Hirschhorn's recently closed Gramsci Monument, controversial Times critic Ken Johnson's opinion on the piece, and how Hirschhorn's monument to an Italian philosopher represents both Dia's future and the best of the art world.
• I also previewed Doug Aitken's cross-country art train Station to Station, and then recapped its stop in St. Paul. It was okay.