Visual Arts

Designing for Live TV & Events Webinar – Register Today!

Attend this webinar to gain insight on lighting design for TV production and explore the challenges faced by the next generation of Lighting Directors. Date & Time: Wednesday, March 28, 2018  at 10:00 am Eastern Daylight Time Panelist: Roger Williams Duration: 1 Hour CLICK HERE TO REGISTER In this webinar Roger will discuss TV lighting application, how he got into the business, and the challenges faced by the next generation of Lighting Directors in TV production. Roger will also explore the specific challenges of lighting for TV and the skills required to balance what’s captured on camera for the viewing audience vs lighting the live event, whilst also working for the viewing TV audience.  His lighting credits include: The Jump – Channel 4 XFactor auditions – ITV1 Question...

Jon Kusner: Evolving Light

via https://www.chauvetprofessional.com Every lighting project is a puzzle, for this Park City, Utah based designer, a collection of disparate parts that must be woven together into a balanced, harmonious look through the art of design. Since leaving the Tisch School for the Arts at NYU to work for Broadway legend Ken Billington in the 1990s, Kusner has become a master at solving design riddles, first in the world of theatre, and later in broadcast applications. This ability has earned him the universal admiration of his peers, along with two Prime Time Emmy Awards and 11 nominations. Having worked on major broadcast events like the Academy Award and Grammy Award shows, as well as The Opening Ceremonies of the Salt Lake Olympics, The MTV Video Awards and Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Kus...

Mandy Moore On How She Juggles Being One of the Busiest Choreographers in Hollywood

BY RACHEL ZAR via www.dancemagazine.com In the dance world, Mandy Moore has long been a go-to name, but in 2017, the success of her choreography for La La Land made the rest of the world stop and take notice. After whirlwind seasons as choreographer and producer on both “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” she capped off the year with two Emmy Award nominations—and her first win. You’ve come a long way on “So You Think You Can Dance”—from assistant to the choreographer (Season 1) to creative producer (Season 14). What keeps you returning to the show? “So You Think You Can Dance” was one of my first jobs, so it feels like home. I love the chaos of live television; as soon as one show is over you’re on to the n...

Set Designer Shares Secrets to Creating the World of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

BY ARLYN HERNANDEZ via www.apartmenttherapy.com Set in a 1950s-era Manhattan, the candy colored world dictated by Sherman-Palladino for “Maisel” is beautiful, layered and truly a feast for the eyes. One look at Midge’s Regency-meets-midcentury bedecked Upper West Side pre-war apartment was all it took to make my heart race in decor lust. Dorothy Draper Espana chests, Chinoiserie mural folding screens, a perfectly retro kitchen I’d take even in 2018… these are the stars of the series in my eyes. I reached out to Bill Groom, the production design artist behind the brush that painted this glorious landscape, to chat about the show’s captivating visuals. Apartment Therapy: You’ve created a technicolor world that seems to be a rich ’50s tapestry. Where ...

Steven Spielberg’s New WEST SIDE STORY Film Announces Open Casting Call

Here’s your chance to star in the highly anticipated new West Side Story film remake. Cindy Tolan Casting has put out an open call for the roles of Tony, Maria, Anita and Bernardo in the new take on the iconic movie musical. The previously announced project will feature a new adaptation by Angels in America Tony and Pulitzer winner Tony Kushner and direction by Oscar-winning film icon Steven Spielberg. Billed as a modern-day Romeo & Juliet, West Side Story follows two gangs who battle to control their turf on New York’s Upper West Side. The situation gets complicated when one gang member falls for a rival’s sister. West Side Story first opened on Broadway in 1957, going on to play 732 performances. Co-created by Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein and S...

Oscar Nominations 2018: The Complete List

via www.variety.com Oscar nominations for the 90th annual awards were announced on Tuesday morning from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif. Academy President John Bailey was joined by Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis to reveal the nominees in 24 categories. Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” continued its awards show streak, leading the pack with 13 nominations. “Dunkirk” followed behind with eight nods and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”with seven. All three films earned best picture nominations. The rest of the category was rounded out by “Call Me By Your Name,” “Darkest Hour,” “Get Out,” “Phantom Thread,” “Lady Bird,” and “The Post.” The Academy Awards — hosted by Jimmy Kimmel for the second time — will air live on ABC on March 4. Here...

One Hour, One Work of Art

BY: PETER CLOTHIER via www.artsy.net It started with a telephone call more than 20 years ago. I had been briefly introduced to meditation at a workshop, and had begun to experiment with sitting for a few minutes in my daily life. Then, I heard about a sitting group near my home and called to inquire about it. The friendly woman on the phone told me, “We start by sitting in silence for an hour…” An hour! It loomed before me like an eternity when I first showed up. But by the end, I discovered that I was neither tortured nor bored silly, as I had feared, but instead, well, kind of exhilarated. I soon got hooked on meditation, and started to bring the same attention to other aspects of my life. As an “art critic,” I caught myself speed-walking through exhibitions and hurrying home to write ab...

National Association of Music Merchants – 2018 NAMM Show

THE NAMM SHOW  is the definitive platform for the music, sound and event technology communities to unite with the mission of strengthening the music products industry and promoting the pleasures and benefits of making music. Held in Anaheim every January, The NAMM Show offers the latest products from more than 7,000 brands, cutting edge industry education across hundreds of sessions, as well as special events, concerts and experiences where “only at NAMM” moments take place.  This year’s NAMM Show will take place January 25-28, 2018. As an attendee, you can… Explore products from more than 2,000 exhibitors, showcasing over 7,000 brands. LEARN from industry experts at hundreds of educational sessions. Connect with other industry professionals at more than 150 networking events. Spot i...

Virtual Reality and Theatre?

BY: GIVERNY MASSO via www.thestage.co.uk A new immersive lab has opened in Brighton (United Kingdom) which will enable theatre companies to experiment with virtual reality technology. This is the second immersive lab to be opened by Digital Catapult, which supports innovation in technology, following the launch of a London facility earlier this year. The immersive labs are part of Digital Catapult’s strategy to develop the use of virtual, augmented and mixed-reality technologies within businesses, including arts and media companies, in the UK. Digital Catapult plans to open a network of labs around the country, to give companies nationwide access to the technologies. The lab will be available to businesses of any size, alongside researchers and investors, to demonstrate, innovate, test and...

Theatre Masks Inspire Social Change

How Theater Masks are Used to Inspire Social Change BY JONATHAN BECKER This past summer 15 artists from eight states, Canada and UK gathered in the studio spaces to create new work using theater masks. The theme of the workshop was The Rise and Fall of the Other.  The intention was to create story that reflected the cycle that plagues humanity as concerns the ostracizing of those who are different or of the vilification of the outsider. Theatre masks inspired by masks from various world cultures were available to the workshop participants to use as is or to repurpose, repaint or modify in order to perform the stories invented by the three creative ensembles. Three stories were developed and performed for a small audience from community who provided very useful feedback following the presen...

EXPO CHICAGO: Contemporary & Modern Art

VIEW ART FROM AROUND THE GLOBE AT EXPO CHICAGO BY ROSALIND CUMMINGS-YEATES| www.choosechicago.com The biggest international art event of the fall season kicks off with the sixth annual Expo Chicago, the international exposition of contemporary and modern art at Navy Pier, on September 14–17. An array of 135 galleries that hail from 58 cities and 25 countries will transform the Navy Pier festival hall into a colorful, global showcase. Art lovers can browse an exciting display of contemporary art works as well as attend panel discussions, view curated film and video and participate in special daily events. Notable galleries, including Lisbon’s Galeria Filomena Soares, China’s HDM Gallery and Chicago’s own Rhona Hoffman Gallery, will fill Navy Pier with installations from a ...