My show on KWBU-FM this week looks at–and listens to–some of the work of American composer Charles Ives, in particular his amazing Second Symphony. It’s well worth a serious listen.
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Tomorrow (Wednesday the 6th), this 1969 David Hockney painting comes up for sale at Christie’s auction house in London. It’s one of Hockney’s best works and it portrays one of the most important figures in the art world in the second half of the 20th century.
There was once a time when the Marx Brothers and Verdi could occupy the same cultural terrain. My piece from last week on KWBU-FM.
Last week I talked about the possibility of French museums returning pieces of art to African countries from which they came. This week along the same lines I look at an even older controversy: pieces of the Parthenon in Athens that have been in the British Museum in London since an English nobleman made off with them in the early 19th century.
As most of you know, my weekly column in the Waco Tribune-Herald came to an end last spring
. Over the summer, I began doing a short weekly show on our NPR station here in Waco
that is basically a radio version of the column. Since then, I sporadically sent out the link via email, but never hit a rhythm in which I was doing it each week. In the New Year, however, I’m returning to the practice that happily kept me in touch with so many of you throughout the years of my column.
Here’s this week’s show, asking whether big museums have any obligation to give pieces of art back to places they came from. It seems perhaps that a growing number of politicians, at least, think such pieces should be returned.
Warm regards and Happy New Year.