Thursday, September 30, 2010

Culture Grab: This week's links to local and national A&E matters

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Sweet 16 from Softcore War by Anne-Marie Manker, at Whitespace Gallery through October 9.
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  • "Sweet 16" from "Softcore War" by Anne-Marie Manker, at Whitespace Gallery through October 9.
"Softcore War", the solo show of Anne-Marie Manker at Whitespace through Oct. 9, is based on the perspective of an American woman safely living in Cabbagetown while watching the news and reading of current wars and imagining female, Middle-Eastern suicide bomber . ArtsCriticATL's Cathy Fox calls Manker's show "provocative, cheeky and smartly crafted." [ArtsCriticATL]

Emory University's Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts will host a unique concert, called "Testaments of the Heart," in which all the music was composed in concentration camps. Collected over the last 20 years by Italian conductor Francesco Lotoro, the music will be performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Georgia State University Orchestra, Emory's Department of Music and Lotoro himself. [Access Atlanta]

Do the arts need government funding to keep afloat, or are private sources the best route? The Guardian UK's Charlotte Higgins discusses the struggle within Britain's use of a "mixed economy" to run cultural organizations. [Guardian UK]

Lloyd Benjamin is a busy man. Not only does he currently have a photography exhibit at Solomon Projects alongside Susan Hadorn, but he also framed her photos and is currently hosting the Free People of Color and Other Picturesexhibit at his Westside gallery, Get This! Gallery. Modern Luxury's Felicia Feaster covers Lloyd Benjamin and his exhibits. [Modern Luxury's Art Attack]

Is Modernism dead? This is the question English novelist and critic Gabriel Josipovici searches for answers for in his latest book "What Ever Happened to Modernism?" reviewed by Eric Ormsby for the Wall Street Journal. To Josipovici, modernism is the only way to repair this fractured world, and calls the work of Toni Morrison, John Updike and Salman Rushdie second-rate. Ouch! [WSJ]

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