Painter Explores Advertising Influence in 21C Lecture

The figures in artist Ryan McGinness’ “Women” series are flattened, graphic shapes, calling to mind both a Matisse painting and public signage, compelling in bold color and broad strokes. “His work is exploring contemporary culture in a really compelling way, drawing on advertising and different kinds of visual iconography that we’re surrounded by, from both […]

Louisville Arts Groups Receive NEA Grants

The Kentucky Arts Council announced a round of National Endowment for the Arts grants for Kentucky organizations. The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft and the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival will receive funding from the NEA to support their community arts programs.

Shatner Donates Samurai Statue to Frazier Museum

Actor William Shatner has donated a bronze statue of a samurai to the Frazier History Museum’s permanent collection. Douwe Blumberg’s “Way of Horse and Bow” depicts a Japanese warrior riding on horseback into battle. Shatner and his wife own several pieces by Blumberg, a former horse trainer who lives outside of Lexington. The Shatners commissioned […]

Pandora’s Pop Opera ‘Bare’ a Real Heartbreaker

Sexually active teens getting high under the not-so-watchful eye of a Catholic boarding school sounds like a salacious premise, but Pandora Productions’ pop opera “Bare” is a sweet heartbreaker about emotionally neglected teens who just want someone to love, darn it. The kids at St. Cecilia’s aren’t terribly interested in the church’s authority, but they […]

Walden Theatre Students Get Bloody in ‘Titus Andronicus’

Students at Walden Theatre’s conservatory for young actors don’t just graduate with an audition monologue and a headshot. They complete extensive Shakespearean training, culminating in the annual Young American Shakespeare Festival. The Bard gets a few exotic makeovers this year’s festival (May 10-20), including a circus-themed production of the romantic comedy “Cymbeline” and a retro, […]