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Friday Morning Roundup


by Stephen Becker 19 Dec 2008

QUICK WORK: The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth posted a cool time-lapse video of its crew installing four works in a first-floor gallery. The Modern has gone a good job of adding these types of behind-the-scenes looks to its blog. Hopefully more museums will follow the Modern’s lead. DINNER AND A MOVIE: Over on […]

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QUICK WORK: The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth posted a cool time-lapse video of its crew installing four works in a first-floor gallery. The Modern has gone a good job of adding these types of behind-the-scenes looks to its blog. Hopefully more museums will follow the Modern’s lead.

DINNER AND A MOVIE: Over on the Unfair Park blog, Robert Wilonsky passes along news that the Alamo Drafthouse has plans to expand into North Texas with six theaters, though the details of when and where are still up in the air. There was a rumor a few years back that an Alamo was going to move into Casa Linda, but that never panned out.

The chain has four theaters in Austin and should be familiar to anyone who has attended the film portion of South by Southwest. Entertainment Weekly named the theaters to its “10 Theaters doing it right” list in 2005, and with good reason. The Alamo has shown a knack for coming up with fun events over the years — everything from video sing-alongs to Weird Wednesday (this week’s film is something called Magic Christmas Tree) — the kinda stuff that movie geeks flock to.

Here’s hoping the expansion into our area works out this time.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:As a conductor, he can best be described as a very poor beater of time who far too often is unable to keep the ensemble together and allows most tempo transitions to fall where they may … In rehearsal, he admitted to our orchestra that he is not capable of keeping a steady tempo and that he would have to depend on us for any stability in that department. Considering his Everest-sized ego, this admission must have caused him great consternation upon reflection.”

David Finlayson, trombonist with the New York Philharmonic, blogging about performing under businessman-turned conductor Gilbert Kaplan

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  • My favorite part of FWMOMA’s latest behind-the-installation-scene post: At the end of the video, the credits include “music by mom.” Which turns out to be a really cool Denton-based band. I confess I probably never would have encountered them otherwise.

    Also, it’s fascinating to see just how much work goes into putting up something as apparently simple as Anselm Kiefer’s wall-sized oil painting, Aschenblume.

  • The video could be the poster child for what’s wrong with modern art and why it has become the Salon art of our time. Look again at the four works – though the winged book is the lease offensive of the four, all have the same problems: they are cold/disjointed / non communicative /weird/ elitist/ technically poor if any technique at all / pompous and inflated / not functional or useful / no breadth or scope. This is art that has painted itself into a corner.
    It’s an affront to good contemporary artists everywhere.

  • Jennifer

    That’s a neat video by the Modern! I love seeing how art happens…

  • Great video! I always wondered how they installed the Anselm Kiefer. Looks like the Modern has a well trained installation crew. I’ll have to look into the music of Mom too.