Nancy Kranzberg

Commentary
6:24 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Commentary: Physical Theater Expands Sensory Awareness In The Arts

Nancy Kranzberg

Leave it to the Berkshire summer arts festivals to open my eyes even wider to the arts. While there this past summer, I was turned on to physical theater in more ways than one.

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6:26 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Commentary: The Body In Repose Frequently Inspires Art

Nancy Kranzberg

I love some of the titles of art exhibitions. I recently saw a unique exhibition entitled, "Recline/Design: Art and the Aesthetics of Repose" at the Palm Springs Art Museum's location in Palm Desert, California.

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10:32 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Commentary: St. Louis Is A Great Jazz City

The new season of Jazz at the Bistro opened Friday, October 3 in the newly renovated Harold and Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz.
Credit Willis Ryder Arnold/St. Louis Public Radio

The recent reopening of Jazz at the Bistro now known as the Harold and Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz has made me think of what a great jazz city St. Louis is.

According to Jazz St. Louis's executive director, Gene Dobbs Bradford, St. Louis is known around the country as the center for jazz from the Gaslight Square Days until now and the new Steward Center has made the new jazz center a real game changer for jazz and the community.

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11:05 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Commentary: Work And Labor Are Common Themes In Art

Nancy Kranzberg

I went to see the musical "Billy Elliot" at The MUNY in Forest Park. The story takes place in the coal fields of Northern England, where mining had been the major employer for hundreds of years.

Sad, depressed Willie Loman, the protagonist in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," and his struggle and failure came to mind and the fact that work and labor are common themes in art was very much apparent.

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4:31 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Commentary: What Does A Degree In Graphic Arts Mean?

Nancy Kranzberg

I was talking to a recent college graduate and asked what she had majored in. When she told me that her degree was in graphic arts, I wasn't really certain what the term meant or what she was going to do with such a degree.

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4:11 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Commentary: Has The Definition Of Sculpture Changed?

Nancy Kranzberg

The standard definition of sculpture in almost any dictionary says that sculpture is the art of modeling, welding or otherwise producing figurative or abstract works of art in three dimensions, as in relief, intaglio or in the round.

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7:43 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Portrayal Of Women In The Visual Arts Throughout The Ages

Nancy Kranzberg

In discussing how women are portrayed in the visual arts, I realized that it's an endless topic.

Going back through the ages we think of the idealized goddesses and mythological characters portrayed in ancient Greek and Roman art. The Saint Louis Art Museum has wonderful examples. The Greek Kalistrate Stele is an excellent example of a memorial grave marker of an idealized beautiful young woman bedecked in jewels with flowing locks.

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5:17 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Commentary: St. Louis Has A Thriving Drag And Burlesque Scene

Nancy Kranzberg

In the past couple of months drag shows and a lively burlesque scene in our city have been brought to my attention.

In January, drag shows moved from the bars to such places as The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts where Tyler Cross (stage name Siren) performed with other drag divas and Washington University's 7th annual drag show was for the first time held in the mainstream Danforth University Center.

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3:33 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Grand Center Arts District Widens Its Horizons

Nancy Kranzberg

It's time for my yearly update on Grand Center. What a happening and hopping place it has become. There have been dozens of additions to the arts district and still more are about to open.

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6:37 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

The Evolution Of Music From Ancient Times To Today

Nancy Kranzberg

I just had another incredible read. "The Story of Music From Babylon to the Beatles" goes all the way back to the Paleolithic caves of Chauvet, France to the music of today.

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