I've updated the both very popular and controversial post on the Rothko bridge naming
. I see it as cutting a provincial gordian knot... so many (especially those who have been in Portland a long time) put a lot of effort into denying that the city's most famous and accomplished resident ever lived here or had any real connection. The sentiment doesn't hold up to the facts
and illustrates why Portland has a hard time acknowledging highly ambitious people (provincialism). It is a good thing to get over.
What the demolition of Bertrand Goldberg's Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago can teach us for the preservation of historic modernist buildings
...apparently this Levis artist train non event was such an epic fail, that I'm only just now hearing about it
. It is a good study in how not to promise an art extravaganza only to produce a series of video interview stump speeches.
In case you haven't heard Chistine D'Arcy is out as head of the Oregon Arts Commission
... "something" has been brewing for a while and the question is whether further changes would strengthen or weaken an already strong program? The arts community is very concerned because it doesn't seem to be driven by anything from the arts community (which means it is likely political... hmmm).
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