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Free Mondays at MOCA- courtesy of Banksy- June 13-Aug 8- Geffen Contemporary

MOCA ANNOUNCES ART IN THE STREETS FREE MONDAYS AT MOCA COURTESY OF BANKSY June 13–August 8, 2011 Los Angeles-The Museum of Contemporary Art announced today that British artist Banksy will sponsor free admission at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA every Monday for the duration of Art in the Streets.    

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In the News: Are cultured men happier and healthier?

Cultural Cocktail fans– Another reason to stroll through a museum, listen to some jazz, or attend a theatrical production filled with witty barbs. It’s good for your health!! Koenraad Cuypers of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology Cuypers researched the activities, life satisfaction, perceived health, anxiety and depression of 50,797 adults living in Norway’s Nord-Trondelag County.Controlling for variables like income and education, the researchers discovered that cultural participation leads to positive physical and mental well-being. Although the article focuses on men, I would argue that the same benefit applies to women! For more information, please read: http://www.livescience.com/14283-culture-men-happy-healthy.html

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In the news: Is Classical Music relevant to today’s youth?

Last week, the prestigious Cambridge Union Debating Society at Cambridge University held a debate concerning the relevance of classical music to today’s youth. BBC Radio 1 DJ Kissy Sell Out debated comedian and writer Stephen Fry. The idea that classical music is irrelevant to today’s youth was defeated by 365 votes to 57 (with 88 abstentions) For a full report of classical music’s victory, please read: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Education-and-Training/Universities/No-sell-out-as-Fry-wins-classical-music-debate-13052011.htm The Cambridge Union will be posting a video of the debate in about two weeks. As soon as it becomes available, the link will be posted on Cultural Cocktail Hour

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In the news: Getty names new president- James Cuno

The J. Paul Getty Trust has named as its new Chief Executive Officer, James Cuno, the Director of the Art Institute of Chicago. Dr. Cuno has an M.A. and PhD in art history from Harvard, where he served as director of the Harvard Art Museums. His curatorial expertise focuses on 18th and 19th century French printmaking. Dr. Cuno wrote about cultural patrimony in his 2008 book Who Owns Antiquity? Wishing Dr. Cuno all the best in ushering a new era at the Getty! For the full report, please read: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-getty-cuno-20110510,0,973976.story

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Vermeer painting never before seen in California- to be on view at Norton Simon

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will loan Vermeer‘s “Woman with a Lute” to the Norton Simon Museum this summer.  No West Coast museum currently owns a work by the celebrated Dutch Master. For a full report, please read: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/05/norton-simon-museum-borrows-vermeer-pearl-picture-from-metropolitan-never-shown-before-in-california.html Johannes Vermeer, 1662-1663 “Woman With a Lute”

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Spanish Police find missing Goya and El Greco Paintings

Spanish Police have discovered two missing masterpieces, El Greco’s ”La Anunciacion,” and Goya’s ”La Aparicion de la Virgen del Pilar.” The paintings had been missing for more than two decades and were recovered after a tip led them to a private home in Alicante. For more information, please read: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2011/04/15/Spanish-police-find-El-Greco-Goya-artwork/UPI-72751302884799/

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In the news: Daniel Cátan: Composer of LA Opera’s Il Postino

Unfortunately, Daniel Cátan, a prolific opera composer, died this week at the age of 62. Mr. Cátan composed the music for LA Opera’s “Il Postino,” which had its premiere in Los Angeles only a few months ago. His other operas included: “Florencia en el Amazonas” and  ”Rapaccini’s Daughter.” Mr. Catán received his doctorate from Princeton University, where he studied under Milton Babbit. For more on the life of Mr. Cátan, please read the following article in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/12/arts/music/daniel-catan-composer-of-operas-in-spanish-dies-at-62.html?src=me

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Dudamel’s latest creation- congratulations!

The La Times reports the real reason why Gustavo Dudamel was unable to conduct last Tuesday’s concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic: he and his wife Eloisa were having a baby boy. Many congratulations to the conductor on his newest creative endeavor! For more, please read: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/04/gustavo-dudamel-and-wife-welcome-baby-boy-martin-in-la.html

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In the news: Aphrodite Goes Home

Illegal Smuggling? Organized Crime? After much controversy, the Getty’s Villa’s Aphrodite goes home. Ciao bella! Buon Viaggio! For the full report, read: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-return-of-aphrodite-20110323,0,6998689.story

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In the News: the Curious Collection of the Barnes Foundation

Which American Museum has: 181 works by Renoir 69 Cezannes (more than in all the museums of Paris combined), 59 Matisses 46 Picassos and 7 Van Goghs The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. This happens to be the spot that Matisse called, “the only sane place to see art in America.” Unfortunately, the collection will be at the Foundation for only two more months. The Independent covered the saga and court hearings behind the attempt to move the works of art out of the Foundation http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/rupert-cornwell/rupert-cornwell-is-this-the-biggest-art-heist-in-history-2246968.html as did the documentary Art of the Steal. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1326733/

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