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FRAME OF REFERENCE: The Journey of the Modern Artist

FRAME OF REFERENCE: The Journey of the Modern Artist

It is often a lonely endeavor for artists, even those who have college degrees, to map a successful journey through the art industry. This is the result of art departments facilitating art practices without producing viable workers; of archaic perspectives that do not classify many art practices as work; and[Read More…]

by August 7, 2017 0 comments Guide - Top, Guide Columns, The Guide
SUMMER READING: ‘Between the World and Me’

SUMMER READING: ‘Between the World and Me’

Striking a powerful balance between conversational and cautionary, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ autobiographical book “Between the World and Me” explores the experience of being black in America, meditating on the constant frustration and fear that accompanies living in a country that consistently demonstrates a lack of racial equality. The book, a New[Read More…]

by July 30, 2017 0 comments Guide - Top, Guide Columns, The Guide
A.V. ID: Making Music Visual for the Masses

A.V. ID: Making Music Visual for the Masses

Concerts have been an essential part of musical and cultural identities throughout the decades. Most people who consider themselves to be avid music lovers have gone to at least one concert or music festival in their lifetime. But as concerts provide audiences with meaningful experiences, we must ensure they are[Read More…]

by July 22, 2017 0 comments Guide - Top, Guide Columns, The Guide
SUMMER READING: ‘Sarah’s Key’

SUMMER READING: ‘Sarah’s Key’

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the Vél D’Hiv, the heartbreaking mass roundup and arrest of Jewish citizens in France as part of the Holocaust. On Nazi orders carried out by French soldiers, French Jews were forced from their homes and brought to and confined in a velodrome designed for use in[Read More…]

by July 16, 2017 0 comments Guide - Top, Guide Columns, The Guide
FRAME OF REFERENCE: Art at Work

FRAME OF REFERENCE: Art at Work

Home caregivers, fast food workers and adjunct faculty work all in multibillion-dollar industries yet struggle for livable wages and fair labor practices. Artists are no exception. The arts are affected by the vulnerability, instability and elitism in the economy as defined and measured by current econometrics. Artists must often work[Read More…]

by July 15, 2017 0 comments Guide - Top, Guide Columns, The Guide
A.V. ID: The Importance of Fan-Made Music Videos

A.V. ID: The Importance of Fan-Made Music Videos

As an avid devourer of music, I must confess my deep fondness for music videos. I can sit and watch music videos for hours on end, and I appreciate when artists spend time and effort to release well-crafted ones. But I often find myself watching fan-made music videos. Although I[Read More…]

SUMMER READING: ‘Trying to Float’

SUMMER READING: ‘Trying to Float’

For those looking to enjoy a lighthearted yet well-crafted summer read, 18-year-old author Nicolaia Rips’ debut book, “Trying to Float: Coming of Age in the Chelsea Hotel,” is a great pick. Rips’ brilliant memoir recounts her childhood spent in an eccentric neighborhood, presenting an authentic perspective on adolescence with a[Read More…]

A.V. ID: Sirens of the Summer

A.V. ID: Sirens of the Summer

With summer upon us, there has been lots of talk about what the song of the summer will be — inevitably, some catchy pop song that will soon get overplayed and start grating at my ears. So instead, I am turning my focus to the artists who are truly putting[Read More…]

by June 24, 2017 0 comments Guide - Top, Guide Columns, The Guide
FRAME OF REFERENCE: Developing a Stronger Arts Curriculum

FRAME OF REFERENCE: Developing a Stronger Arts Curriculum

Prior to the 19th century, to study the arts was akin to acquiring a vocation. The novice trained with a master and, over years, evolved from apprentice to journeyman to master in his or her own right. This vocational practice, known as the atelier system, plunged beginners into the practice[Read More…]

by June 23, 2017 0 comments Guide - Top, Guide Columns, The Guide
HIGH-FUNCTIONING FAILURE: How To Make Male Friends

HIGH-FUNCTIONING FAILURE: How To Make Male Friends

Ah, male friendship — just like dating, but with less handholding and sometimes more cuddling, depending on the companion. These friendships are especially formative for men as they prepare to go out in the world. When I think back to my days of youth, I cannot help but be struck[Read More…]

by April 28, 2017 0 comments Guide Columns, The Guide