NEWS & NOTES

Chief curator Bruce Guenther retires from the Portland Art Museum

Francis Bacon, "Three Studies of Lucian Freud," 1969/courtesy Portland Art Museum

Bruce Guenther, chief curator and The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Portland Art Museum, announced his retirement today, according to a press release from the museum.

For the past 14 years, Guenther has …

 

THEATER

A lovely intimacy, in underthings and otherwise

Ayanna Berkshire, Chris Harder. © Owen Carey 2014

Mr. Marks, the Jewish fabric merchant in the Lynn Nottage play Intimate Apparel, is a salesman. But he takes such pride in his wares that when he presents a choice sample to a preferred customer, there is something about …

 
 

DANCE

Rachel Tess builds a ‘Souvenir’

Tess balances on the "Souvenir" house at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York. Photo courtesy Rachel Tess

A lot can happen in a short time in a small space. And a lot did on Saturday night, when Rachel Tess and Kenneth Bruun Carlson, members of Rachel Tess Dance,  performed a 30-minute duet at OPSIS Architecture, …

 

MUSIC

Songs from the wood: Third Angle’s ‘Timber’

Members of Third Angle New Music and Mantra Percussion played the planks in Michael Gordon's Timber. Photo: Tom Emerson Photography.

Mallets in hands, the six musicians stood onstage, arrayed around a hexagon of wooden plank of varying length. One started to play, rapping a persistent pattern on the plank in front of him with one mallet, another on the plank …

 
 

VISUAL ART

Remember this: the price of drones

Pakistan: the witness.

The planes in Sabina Haque’s drawings are rendered crudely, as if in a kid’s scrawl, and they look like bombers but also a little like crosses, or even swastikas: looking at them, I’m riveted, but my mind also wanders, …

 

CULTURE

Wyatt Cenac: Funny, or just true?

WyattCenacBrooklyn_English_USA_PressPhoto

Shows what I know. I thought my friend, who’s from New York and black, might be way into Wyatt Cenac. “Who-what? ‘Why eat a snack?’” joked my friend, who’d never even heard of the Daily Show “black correspondent.” I don’t …

 
 
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