JOSH AND THE JAMTONES Come to NYCby BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016
The kids indie rock band Josh & The Jamtones will perform at the Jewish Museum on Sunday, October 9 at 11:30 am. Fronted by singer/songwriter Josh Shriber, their interactive concerts get crowds of any age moving their bodies and singing along. Josh seamlessly blends roots/reggae/ska stylings, feel-good pop, folk punk, country ballads, New Orleans-style street music and kid-friendly improv comedy. The concert will feature songs from The Jamtones' critically-acclaimed family records, Rocksteady and Jump Up! as well as tunes in celebration of the fall Jewish holidays from the album, Jammin with Jew Vol 1 & 2. (more...)
Jewish Museum Offering Studio And Family Art Sessionsby BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2016
The Jewish Museum has expanded its Sunday art workshop series for families, offering an immersive experience that includes weekly art projects and a new collaborative artmaking component. In Studio Art Sessions, families will have the opportunity to contribute to an ongoing large scale work of art, which will change every two months. Each collective project will explore unconventional approaches to artmaking, using unique materials and concepts that relate to artwork on view or in the Jewish Museum's collection. (more...)
BWW Review: NEWSIES Continues to Win Audiences' Affection in LAby Ellen Dostal - Sep 1, 2016
I already knew Disney's NEWSIES had developed cult status before I saw the show. Its legions of loyal 'Fansies' have championed it from the very beginning. But even I wasn't prepared for the audience's screams of appreciation for the hard-working boys - and one girl - who form the heart of the current national tour playing at the Hollywood Pantages through September 4th. (more...)
NEWSIES to Hold Digital Lottery for Pantages Runby BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2016
The highly anticipated Los Angeles return of Disney's NEWSIES begins performances next week on Tuesday, August 30 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre for a one-week engagement through Sunday, September 4. Disney Theatrical Productions and the Nederlander Organization are announcing that a day-of-performance DIGITAL lottery for a limited number of $20 orchestra seats will be held daily. (more...)
The Jewish Museum Announces Fall 2016 Family Programsby BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016
The Jewish Museum launches its fall 2016 season of family programs in September with a lively array of concerts, art workshops, and more. The line-up includes Sunday concerts by The FunkeyMonkeys on September 25, Josh and the Jamtones on October 9, Gustafer Yellowgold on October 16, Alex & the Kaleidoscope on November 20, and Oran Etkin on December 25. Also on the schedule are: the annual Hanukkah Family Day on December 18; holiday and vacation week drop-in art workshops October 20 and 21 and December 26, 27, 29 & 30; and family art activities every Sunday starting September 11. (more...)
Free Event Feat. Black Women Artists, Simone Leigh, for Black Lives Matterby BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016
On Sunday, July 10, over one hundred black women artists gathered at the New Museum to form a collective force underground, known as Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter (BWA for BLM). Simone Leigh, the New Museum's current artist-in-residence, whose exhibition 'The Waiting Room' is on view through September 18, convened this group in response to the continued inhumane institutionalized violence against black lives in the U.S. (more...)
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Met Museum to Open New Valentin de Boulogne Exhibit, 10/7by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016
The greatest French follower of Caravaggio (1571–1610), Valentin de Boulogne (1591–1632) was also one of the outstanding artists in 17th-century Europe. In the years following Caravaggio's death, he emerged as one of the most original protagonists of the new, naturalistic painting. Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Caravaggio will be the first monographic exhibition devoted to this artist who is little known because his career was short-lived—he died at age 41—and his works are so rare. Around 60 paintings by Valentin survive, and this exhibition will bring together 45 of them, with works coming from Rome, Vienna, Munich, Madrid, London, and Paris. Exceptionally, the Musée du Louvre, which possesses the most important and extensive body of Valentin's works, will lend all of its paintings by the artist.
The exhibition is made possible by the Hata Stichting Foundation, the Placido Arango Fund, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Richardson, and Alice Cary Brown and W.L. Lyons Brown.
It is supported by an Indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
The exhibition is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Musée du Louvre.
Not since 1973, when an exhibition of the French followers of Caravaggio was held at the French Academy in Rome and at the Grand Palais in Paris, has there been an attempt to bring the achievements of this extraordinary painter before a large public. Therefore, this exhibition will be a landmark event not only for scholars and students, but also for art lovers, who will discover one of the giants of French painting. Although he is not well known to the general public, Valentin has long been admired by those with a passion for Caravaggesque painting. His work was a reference point for the great realists of the 19th century, from Courbet to Manet, and his startlingly vibrant staging of dramatic events and the deep humanity of his figures, who seem touched by a pervasive melancholy, make his work unforgettable.
In the early years of the 17th century, Rome was the cultural capital of Europe, where aspiring artists from France, Spain, Germany, and the Lowlands flocked to experience the great monuments of the Roman past as well as the masterpieces of Raphael and Michelangelo. But once there it was the novel art of Caravaggio—one of the great revolutionaries of Western art—that attracted them. Caravaggio famously rejected the grand tradition that looked to the past, espousing instead a new kind of art based on painting directly from the posed model observed under a raking light that enhanced its dramatic impact—a lighting effect that was emulated by filmmakers in the 1930s.
Caravaggio's revolution redrafted the artistic landscape of Europe and when he suddenly died in 1610 of malaria, the void he left was filled by two painters of genius. One was the famous Spaniard Jusepe de Ribera (1591–1652) who in 1616 moved from Rome to Naples, where he spent the rest of his life; the other was the Frenchman Valentin de Boulogne who spent the whole of his short career in Rome.
There is scant information about Valentin's life before he arrived in Italy, although it is known that he was born on January 3, 1591, not far from Paris, in the small town of Coulommiers. He was the son of a painter and glazier and he had a brother, 10 years his junior, who was also a painter. It is likely that Valentin first apprenticed with his father, but nothing is known about his career before he arrived in Rome, where he is documented by 1614.
Like so many young artists from the north of Europe and Spain, Valentin arrived in Rome with little training but a strong desire to make a name for himself. Caravaggio's practice of painting directly from the model, eliminating the intervening training that had been thought essential to the artist, opened a new dynamic for aspiring artists, as did the emergence of the art market. Artists no longer necessarily required the connections provided by a well-established master. And their realistic vocabulary was no longer aimed only at erudite connoisseurs—it appealed to the masses, thereby challenging the authority of Antiquity, Raphael, and Michelangelo. It also introduced an existential subtext to conventional images, such as Valentin's Samson with the Jawbone of an Ass (Cleveland Museum of Art). Painted for Cardinal Francesco Barberini, the nephew of Pope Urban VIII, the picture incorporates a self-portrait of the artist.
Valentin's most frequent subjects are scenes of merriment, with music-making, drinking, and fortune-telling—themes associated with Caravaggesque painting, but treated in a hauntingly reflective fashion, as though meditations on the transience of the pleasures of life. But Valentin's greatest achievements were in the field of dramatic narratives and among the exhibition's highlights are the monumental Allegory of Italy (Finnish Institute, Rome), perhaps the most extreme statement of naturalism before Courbet; and the prestigious altarpiece commissioned from Valentin for Saint Peter's Martyrdom of Saints Processus and Martinian (Pinacoteca Vaticana, Rome). Much admired by contemporaries, the latter must have been studied by Velázquez, who visited Rome shortly after the painting was installed. In The Judgment of Solomon (Musée du Louvre), Valentin presents the Biblical story of the young Solomon, deciding the fate of a baby claimed by two women, as an unfolding drama, with the viewer as active participant.
Valentin's life was cut short when, following a night of tavern-hopping, he contracted a fatal fever.
The exhibition is organized by Keith Christiansen, the John Pope-Hennessy Chairman of the Department of European Paintings at The Met, and Annick Lemoine, author of an authoritative book on Valentin's contemporary Nicholas Régnier.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue, published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The catalogue is made possible by the Diane W. and James E. Burke Fund.
Related programs include a Sunday at the Met, a Friday Focus lecture, exhibition tours, and an interdisciplinary gallery conversation. Also planned are a Picture This! program for visitors with vision loss, a Met Escapes for visitors with dementia and their care companions, and an Evening of Art and ASL.
Keith Christiansen will discuss Valentin de Boulogne in a series of two ticketed talks on October 19 and 26 in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium.
An audio tour, part of the Museum's Audio Guide program, is available for rental ($7, $6 for Members, $5 for children under 12).
The Audio Guide is sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
The exhibition will be featured on The Met website, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter via the hashtag #ValentindeBoulogne.
After its presentation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Caravaggio will be on view at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, from February 20 through May 22, 2017. (more...)
Breaking News: Ben Fankhauser & Andrew Keenan-Bolger Join NEWSIES Live; Set to Hit Theatres in 2017!by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016
Disney Theatrical Productions and Fathom Events announced today that the Tony® Award-winning musical NEWSIES will make its worldwide cinema debut in early 2017, starring Jeremy Jordan, reprising his Tony Award-nominated performance as 'Jack Kelly.' (more...)
First Exhibition Devoted to Valentin de Boulogne to Open This Fall at The Metby BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2016
The greatest French follower of Caravaggio (1571-1610), Valentin de Boulogne (1591-1632) was also one of the outstanding artists in 17th-century Europe. In the years following Caravaggio's death, he emerged as one of the most original protagonists of the new, naturalistic painting. (more...)
Exclusive Breaking News: Disney to Film NEWSIES Live in August; Jeremy Jordan & Kara Lindsay to Returnby BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016
Now IS the time to seize the day! BroadwayWorld has learned that Disney will film NEWSIES this August, at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. Returning for the filming will be original Broadway cast members Jeremy Jordan and Kara Lindsay. The production, currently on tour plays the Pantages from Aug. 30, 2016 - Sept. 4, 2016. There is no word yet if the production is headed towards the big or small screen, or who else might be joining or re-joining the cast for the filming. (more...)
Casting Announced for Disney's NEWSIES in Charlotteby BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2016
Casting has been announced for the Charlotte engagement of Disney's NEWSIES. The Tony® Award-winning production will begin performances at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, August 9 for a limited engagement through Sunday, August 14. (more...)
Jazz Era Mystery THE CAT'S MEOW Returns to Velveteen Rabbitby BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016
After a successful workshop, Table 8 Productions and Velveteen Rabbit are excited to announce the return engagement of THE CAT'S MEOW. (more...)
Disney's NEWSIES Announces Cast for Chicago Engagementby BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016
Broadway In Chicago is pleased to announce casting for the Chicago engagement of Disney's NEWSIES. The Tony Award-winning production will begin performances at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W Randolph) on Thursday, July 28 for a limited engagement through Sunday, August 7. (more...)
1776 Half-Price Tickets to 'SPONGEBOB,' THE BOOK OF MORMON & More Available Todayby BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2016
Broadway In Chicago has announced that THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL, THE BOOK OF MORMON, Disney's NEWSIES and SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! will make 1776 half-price tickets available through the League of Chicago Theatres' Hot Tix program Tuesday, June 28 beginning at 12 PM through Sunday, July 10. (more...)
Jonathan Tolins Developing Patty Hearst Limited Series for CBSby TV News Desk - Jun 10, 2016
According to Deadline, GREASE LIVE!'s writer Jonathan Tolins is currently at work on a limited series, centered around the abduction of Patty Hearst. (more...)
Photo Flash: Ben Vereen Attends NEWSIES National Tour at Civic Theatre in San Diegoby BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2016
Tony Award-winner Ben Vereen attended a performance of Disney's Newsies in San Diego at The Civic Theatre on Sunday, June 5. Check out a photo below! (more...)
Cast Announced for Disney's NEWSIES at Queen Elizabeth Theatreby BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2016
Casting has been announced for the Vancouver engagement of Disney's NEWSIES. The Tony Award-winning production will begin performances at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Tuesday, July 5 for a limited engagement through Sunday, July 10. (more...)
Photo Flash: Paula Abdul Swings by NEWSIES on Tourby Nora Dominick - Jun 1, 2016
Paula Abdul attended a performance of Disney's Newsies at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa on Saturday, May 28. Abdul manages cast member Michael Dameski (to her right), winner of "So You Think You Can Dance" Australia in 2014. (more...)
EXTRA EXTRA! NEWSIES Cast Member Teaching YOU How To Carry the Banner While on Tour!by Maeve Riley - May 11, 2016
Now here's one headline you WON'T want to miss!
As Disney's NEWSIES continues to carry the banner on its National Tour, cast member Nico DeJesus (Romeo) is seizing the day by offering a unique opportunity for dancers and musical theatre performers during the cast's Southern California stop. (more...)
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