News The Parkway has gigantic changes in the works, both physically and economically: a ”window on Philadelphia” that promises 1500 new jobs. This week, Brian Roberts heralded the construction of the new $1 billion Comcast Innovation & Technology Center on the 1800 block of Arch Street in Center City. Not only are we looking at a $1.2 billion 59-story, 1,121-foot tower to house the Comcast Center, NBC 10/WCAU and Telemundo 62/WWSI, we’re also given to understand that this means ample space for local technology startups, businesses and, presumably, artistic innovation and increased traffic to the arts in the area. LAMOCA’s had a ... More » »
News This just in from Libby and Roberta — We learned today that Curator of Contemporary Art Julien Robson will no longer be at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts as of the end of the month. What’s next for the risk-taking curator who brought contemporary art from Philadelphia and the hinterlands into PAFA’s exhibition spaces? Other projects, he said, including bringing artist Mel Chin to “curated by-Vienna,” an international art exhibit in its fourth year. Julien was one of 25 curators invited to participate in the 22-gallery art festival, which opens Sept. 20, 2012. The show this year ... More » »
Video of the day at YouTube, from my friend Lenore. The mix of insider pool and a whining, underappreciated artist make it worthwhile. The video is also on the jump page of this post, embedded, so you never have to leave artblog!
Threads and Voices; Behind the Indian Textile Tradition, Laila Tyabji, ed. (Marg Publications, Mumbai: 2007), ISBN 8185026793 India has an extraordinarily rich textile tradition but this is not a book about beautiful fabrics. Rather it tells stories of the village craftsmen (spinners, weavers, printers, dyers and embroiderers) who produce hand-worked textiles today. Eleven studies from eight states across India examine the conflict they face between individual creativity and market forces, traditional designs and international taste and emphasize the economic motivation behind their craft.