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New: Reality: TV or the Mexican Muralists? Art Essay by Jean Bundy
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What is Good Acting? Wendy Caster
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Cornelia Seckel's Blog: What's up and more
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Cornelia Seckel Explores SouthEast Alaska- Part 1
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Let's Make “Great” Great Again!
New: The Time is Out of Joint “Speak Out” by Joseph P. Griffith
Sarah Cohen's blog: ARTSEEN
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Poetry Meanings by Peter LaVilla & Black Dress Blue by Henry Hughes
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Travel and Culture: Alaska: It's not just about Wildlife and Glaciers! Part 1
By Cornelia Seckel
Cornelia Seckel in Juneau, Alaka

Going to Alaska was surely on my Bucket list and when the opportunity presented itself I jumped on it.
This was a fabulous trip and I've a lot to write about including: Juneau history, arts and peoples, ArtWalk and Artists in Juneau, Native Alaskans, Artists in Haines, Arts and Culture in Haines accompanied by some gorgeous videos and pictures. So come back to read this continuing travelogue. (see essay)

NEW: Art Essay: Reality: TV or the Mexican Muralists?
By Jean Bundy
Jose Orozco's The Epic of  American Civilization, 1932-1934
Jose Orozco's The Epic of
American Civilizatio
n, 1932-1934

…In reality, murals are all we visually have remaining of what it was like to be a nineteenth century Mexican farmer, welder or peasant displaying wares. Muralists like Reality TV script writers were story tellers revealing the homogenized essence of a society. Mexican murals and Reality TV become simulacra as they both promote the real that wasn’t real. …(see essay)

New Theater: What Is Good Acting?
By Wendy Caster
Cate Blanchett

Good acting is a matter of opinion. A performance that you perceive as brilliantly emotional, I might perceive as overacting. A performance that strikes me as subtle might strike you as dull. Many factors affect our opinions, including performers’ talents, looks, and charisma—and whether they resemble someone we used to date. 
On the other hand, certain characteristics are generally agreed to define good acting: fully inhabiting the character, having a good voice, etc. But aren’t these also opinions? And don’t opinions change? (see essay)

Cate Blanchett in A Streetcar Named Desire.
(Photo: Richard Termine)

New Speak Out: The Time is Out of Joint
By Joseph P. Griffith

…How did we get to this sad state of affairs? How did America become so cold and heartless, with the “Me Me Me Generation” so uncaring about the common good, a country divided against itself? What happened to the spirit of compromise, of John Stuart Mill’s utilitarianism, the greatest good for the greatest number? … Whenever it seems we have reached a point beyond all imagining, some new, greater outrage swims into view.…(see essay)

Art Review: Do It— Montclair, 2016:
          Arts Education and Community 
By Christina Lilian Turczyn
Wish Piece by Yoko Ono

…This exhibit works against passivity, encouraging the kind of active exploration and questioning that defines the most effective arts education. In the past several years, I have had the opportunity to work with many teaching artists, whom I believe to be some of the most creative educators sharing their expertise with others. …… I am certain that artists who teach bring to educational settings the continuity of specific, cultural forms of knowing. In this way, they create intercultural, if not international understanding. (see essay)

Wish Piece (1996) Yoko Ono;  Photo Peter Jacobs/ Courtesy of Montclair Art Museum