The growing popularity of high-definition transmission of opera, ballet, and symphony performances are changing how major arts companies program and design their productions, writes The New York Times.
Orchestras are now jumping on the HD bandwagon started by the Metropolitan Opera’s live simulcasts to movie theaters, with the Berlin, Vienna, and Los Angeles philharmonics and the Philadelphia Orchestra making similar forays.
The growing popularity of such transmissions raises questions of whether arts groups will reshape the way shows are cast, directed, and designed to play better on the big screen.
In other arts news, Biloxi, Miss., a Gulf Coast gambling haven, is betting on a Frank Gehry-designed art museum to bring in a new wave of tourists, The New York Times reports.
The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art opened Monday with galleries named for local casinos, which poured millions of dollars into rebuilding the institution after it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina months before its scheduled opening in 2005.
And a prominent critic says the Museum of Contemporary Art’s hiring of Jeffrey Deitch as executive director represents the elevation of glitz over art, notes the Los Angeles Times.
In an essay in the November 11 issue of the New Republic, Jed Perl writes that Mr. Deitch, a longtime art dealer, is more concerned with “art as contemporary spectacle than with art itself” and is “not the kind of person you want to see at the helm of a museum.”