Electronic Journal of the U.S. Information Agency, Vol. 3, No. 1, June 1998
Focus Commentary Resources
SHARED VALUES AND SOARING SPIRIT
By Bill Clinton
President Clinton reflects on the significance and scope of the arts in the United States today and, more specifically, about its impact on average citizens' lives.
GOVERNMENT AND THE ARTS
A Conversation with Jane Alexander
From the perspective of her recently completed four-year tenure as chairman of the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts, Alexander assesses the meaning and value of the arts in contemporary U.S. society, and the challenges being confronted. An accompanying table shows funding levels for the nonprofit arts sector.
ARTS AND SOCIETY: MEETING AT THE CROSSROADS
A Dialogue with Morris Dickstein
What does art and culture add to a society? Is there a definitive American art form? What have been the points of reference for U.S. culture? Cultural historian Dickstein, Director of the Center for the Humanities, City University of New York Graduate Center, reflects on the contemporary arts scene and its historical and literary underpinnings in this dialogue.
THE U.S. SCREEN SCENE
By Scott Eyman
Despite the frequent barbs from observers of U.S. moviemaking, book critic Scott Eyman submits that there are some significant developments in that art form that bear watching, a sign that the next century promises great leaps. A sidebar sketch focuses on independent film director Victor Nuņez, whose most recent movie, Ulee's Gold, was widely acclaimed in 1997.
NEW MUSIC FOR A NEW CENTURY
By Joshua Kosman
Classical music in the United States stands on the verge of an enormous rejuvenation, with contemporary composition boasting a combination of vitality and accessibility. The author, classical-music critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, identifies some of the individuals in the forefront of this creativity. Leonard Slatkin, music director of the National Symphony Orchestra and one of the leading exponents of contemporary American music, is the subject of an accompanying sidebar.
U.S. POP MUSIC
A Conversation with Gary Burton
Popular music is a multifaceted mosaic that challenges simple description. In this interview with Michael J. Bandler, Burton, a noted vibraphonist, composer and music educator, explores the current scene and the forces at work.
U.S. THEATER IN THE NINETIES: A HEARTLAND PERSPECTIVE
By Dan Sullivan
From his base in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the midwestern United States, critic and educator Sullivan offers a view, in microcosm, of the state of theater across the country, with all its tensions and growth. Accompanying this assessment is a glimpse of East West Players, a Los Angeles-based company that exemplifies multicultural theater in the United States.
DANCE AT THE CLOSE OF THE CENTURY
By Suzanne Carbonneau
The seeds planted by early pioneers in U.S. ballet and modern dance have sprouted a lively, energetic and imaginative growth and expansion as the millennium approaches. Dance critic Carbonneau identifies the numerous developments and trends that have lifted the art to higher levels and transported it in different directions. A brief profile of U.S. choreographer Mark Morris accompanies this article.
THE VISUAL ARTS: ON THE CUSP OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM
By Eleanor Heartney
This is a time of flux within the U.S. art world, says critic Heartney, in which contrasting and even contradictory developments can coexist and cross-fertilize. In this article, she defines American art, and discusses the globalization of art, the impact of electronic media, the changing nature of public art and the expanded role of museums. A short accompanying profile focuses on the work of contemporary painter Elizabeth Murray.
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