What You Might Have Missed
As we said earlier, while Art Beat may have been down for the last three weeks, we were still producing stories. Here they are, in case you missed them:
June 17: ‘Chasing Aphrodite’ Explains How Looted Antiquities Landed in Museums
An expanded detective story based on a series of reports from the Los Angeles Times, ‘Chasing Aphrodite’ looks at the relationship between museums and looted treasures.
June 17: Raphael Saadiq Revives Soul Sounds for New Album
Music man Raphael Saadiq has gone from church choir to the R&B pop charts in the 1980s, and now back to his retro roots with new music that reflects the classic sounds of his youth.
June 15: For ‘Chambergrass’ Group Crooked Still, Everything Old Is New Again
Music group Crooked Still goes back to old source material to create modern takes on traditional tunes by reworking instrumentation and lyrics.
June 14: After 20 Years, Hot Tuna Returns With ‘Steady as She Goes’
Hot Tuna, the blues-rock band formed by members of Jefferson Airplane in the late ’60s, has just released a new album for the first time in 20 years.
June 13: Weekly Poem: ‘Doctor Frankenstein on Love’
Jeanne Wagner is the author of “In the Body of Our Lives” (2011, Sixteen Rivers Press). She has four previous collections of poetry, including “The Zen Piano-Mover,” winner of the 2004 Stevens Manuscript Award.
June 10: The Real Life Drama of Being a Playwright
Gary Garrison of the Dramatists Guild of America and David Dower of Arena Stage talk about the challenges of being a working playwright.
June 9: U.S. Athletes Are Part of the Art at Venice Biennale
This year’s Venice Biennale features installations by artists Allora and Calzadilla, who recruited U.S. Olympic athletes to become part of the exhibit.
June 8: The David Wax Museum’s ‘Mexo-Americana’ Show
Musical duo The David Wax Museum combine traditional Mexican music and instruments with bluegrass roots.
June 6: Weekly Poem: ‘Home Brew’
Tony Barnstone is a professor of English at Whittier College. He is the author of several books, including “Tongue of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki,” which won the John Ciardi Prize.
June 1: NASA Celebrates 50 Years of Space Art
The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum opened an exhibit of space art this week. We take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of the artwork.
May 31: Gertrude Stein Collected More Than Roses
Spencer Michels reports on the art collection of Gertrude Stein and her family, on display now at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.