Eisenhower Family Objects to Gehry Design for Memorial

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

A design for a memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower on the National Mall has become the subject of controversy.  The New York Times reports that descendants of Eisenhower complain that Frank Gehry's design, which represents the president as a young farm boy, belittles his legacy of ...

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360 Field Trip: Postcard From the Edge

Monday, February 06, 2012

This month, light and space is oddly, magically graspable at the David Zwirner gallery in Chelsea, New York. Doug Wheeler's SA MI 75 DZ NY 12 is an experience that is near-impossible to describe without using the terms "defies comprehension" and "mind-blowing," so we figured we'd get that out of the way now ...

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The Fight to Save Salvation Mountain

Monday, February 06, 2012

The Scene: San Diego
From Culture Lust, a blog from KPBS in San Diego, hosted by Angela Carone

Along dusty Highway 111 in Niland, California, the Buckshot Deli and Diner is the place to get a strong cup of coffee, and directions to the area’s most famous landmark. Owner Ed Brashear says he can tell immediately who wants to go to Salvation Mountain. "Sometime when they walk in ...

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Wings: Oscar's First Best Picture

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Scene: San Antonio
From Texas Public Radio's The Source, a weekly program on the arts, environment, politics, and education in San Antonio, hosted by Eileen Pace

Last week, a silent film was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar for the first time in 85 years.  The last time that happened was at the first Academy Awards ceremony, and the picture that won was Wings (1927), shot in San Antonio. Wings is the story of two young men who enlist ...

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Sons of the Pioneers: Tumbling Tumbleweeds

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Sons of the Pioneers pioneered one of the strangest branches of American music: singing cowboys.  Their 1934 song “Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” made popular by a Gene Autry film of the same name, was written by Bob Nolan, a Canadian by birth who ...

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How Well Do You Know The Boss?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Bruce Springsteen's album Wrecking Ball comes out March 6. A recent press announcement supplied a track list of eleven hardscrabble-titled songs. We've come up with our own list of ten real song titles mixed up with ten ringers.  Can you pick the titles that Bruce wrote?

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Where are the Arts Managers?

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Scene: Dallas
From KERA's Art & Seek, an online resource for arts, music, and culture in North Texas

The past two years, so many arts groups in North Texas have had to find new directors, managing directors and CEOs that people have wondered if there was something wrong — with the Arts District? With Dallas in general? It’s not an Arts District problem, not a North Texas problem. It’s an ...

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Photographing the Microscopic World

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Like any other talented photographer, Bernardo Cesare combines skilled use of lenses and light with his own judgment and timing to capture striking images. His photographs investigate the history of the earth and expose the mysteries of its formation. His work fits into a tiny niche in the ...

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Staff Pick: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A couple months ago, a friend sent me a link to a web series called The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, calling it “one of the few pieces of media I've seen that claims it's catering to 'indie-minded' black girls and actually nails it.” That’s a tall order, ...

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National Pinball Museum Opens

Monday, January 09, 2012

The Scene: Baltimore
From WYPR's The Signal, a weekly radio magazine devoted to Maryland's cultural scene, hosted by Andy Bienstock

David Silverman’s got a collection of almost 900 pinball machines, and he’s just opened the National Pinball Museum in downtown Baltimore.  We drop in at the museum for a crash course in pinball history. 

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Aha Moment: Jonathan Safran Foer on Joseph Cornell

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, just arrived in theaters.  It's an adaptation of the September 11-themed novel by Jonathan Safran Foer. But before Foer became a novelist, he was an aspiring sculptor. ...

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Angelina Jolie: The Girl with the Tiger Tattoo

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Angelina Jolie may be the most tattooed actress in Hollywood. She has the coordinates of her children’s birthplaces on her arm, a Buddhist Pali incantation on her shoulder blade, a cross on her hip, a rune on her wrist, a tiger on her lower back ... Jolie recently ...

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Best of 2011: 360 Behind the Scenes

Friday, December 30, 2011

This year, Kurt talked to movie stars, revolutionaries, and polymaths — and he hosted the first-ever audio broadcast in 3D. Intriguing things often happened before the mic is switched on and the story continues after it's switched off. The Studio 360 staff ...

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This Must Be the Playlist: David Byrne's iPod Picks

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

There is no shortage of 2011 year-end playlists, but few are as trustworthy as what's currently on David Byrne's iPod. The former Talking Heads front man sat down with Kurt Andersen this week to talk about the new Talking Heads: Chronology DVD, a collection of rare ...

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...and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas starts earlier every year, and perhaps the wreaths and peppermint mochas have you rolling your eyes. If so, too bad! It’ll be over soon enough, so light a pine-scented candle, set your Pandora to "Jingle Bells," and dig in to the Studio 360 Christmas archive. ...

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Kurt Andersen on the Year of 'The Protester'

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

This morning, TIME announced 2011's Person of the Year: The Protester. Studio 360's own Kurt Andersen wrote the cover story, and was sworn to secrecy so we were just as surprised as everyone else. But in retrospect, we probably could have seen it coming. We’ve been covering the art ...

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Large Hadron Collider Gets Closer to 'God'

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The press calls it the "God particle," about to be discovered by a "doomsday machine." Hyperbole aside, this morning at 8am EST, scientists operating the Large Hadron Collider on the Franco-Swiss border announced their biggest finding yet related to the elusive Higgs boson particle. Two independent teams of ...

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Elliott Carter Turns 103

Monday, December 12, 2011

Elliott Carter might be the hardest working man in classical music today. Having turned 103 over the weekend, he’s certainly the oldest. The composer is celebrating his latest birthday by premiering several new pieces, five of which were performed last week. The festivities continue tonight when Julliard's AXIOM ensemble performs ...

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360 Staff Pick: 101 Things to Learn in Art School

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Since Kit White and I met when I was a freshman in college, I've just realized that means we've been friends for two-thirds of our lives. He is pretty much the same person he was then: philosophically serious but funny and fun, learned, lucid, wise, and a painter ...

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Big Dance at the Park Avenue Armory

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

The first thing you notice walking into Manhattan’s Park Avenue Armory is its awesome scale.  In a city where every nook and cranny seems to be spoken for, the 55,000 square foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall looks like it might have landed from outer space.  Completed in 1881, ...

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