The art industry changes fast. Spurred on by artists who are bringing forward new ideas and radical aesthetics into the discourse, this is an industry where those who promote, represent, exhibit, sell, critique and generally support art have to stay nimble. For this reason, Observer takes a moment each year to consider the power players impacting the arts. This industry is a complicated ecosystem, but we look to the changemakers both behind the scenes and in the spotlight to see who is building the future zeitgeist.Here, in our second edition of this list, we bring you a group of individuals each working to strengthen the impact, reach, social responsibility or financial stability of a field that is seemingly in a constant state of flux. These are the people you’ll be talking about this year. They are artists and curators, museum directors and gallery owners, auctioneers and government officials, creative thinkers and truly hard workers. Each has been building something new in … [Read more...] about Arts Power 50: The Changemakers Shaping the Art World in 2019
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This is a story about a horrific massacre and a death row inmate's claims of innocence. Kevin Cooper's case has drawn worldwide attention, including from Pope Francis and Kim Kardashian West. The heartbreaking story about the brutal assault that left four dead and one young survivor in Chino Hills, Calif., also raises questions about the initial police investigation, the loss of key evidence, and whether someone else is actually the killer. "Nearly 20 years ago, I got a stack of letters from an inmate at San Quentin Prison," "48 Hours" correspondent Erin Moriarty reports. "His name is Kevin Cooper – and he wrote that he had been framed, as he put it, 'for something that I didn't do.'" Moriarty and "48 Hours" began exploring the case, the investigation, and Cooper's claims of innocence when she got the letters, and her reporting continues to this day. In 1983, someone brutally murdered Doug and Peggy Ryen, their daughter Jessica, 10, and a family friend, Christopher Hughes, 11. … [Read more...] about Kevin Cooper case: Was the wrong man convicted in the 1983 Chino Hills massacre?
The warm welcome they received while visiting the Sonoran Science Academy campus on the east side of Tucson, north of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, helped seal the decision. “Touring the school, when they talked about community, and how the teachers interacted with the parents, we were just like, ‘This is it. This is our new home,’” Avery said. She transferred their daughter immediately, midway through her fourth-grade year. Their son joined the school later, once the school had an opening. But when they joined the charter school, some things struck Avery as odd: There were lots of Turkish teachers and staff. Also puzzling was the school’s offering of a Turkish-language class. Her daughter wanted to learn Spanish, but the class was full, so she was placed in the Turkish course. “My daughter thought, okay, this is weird — completely different, you know?” Avery said. “But I think it’s just a great opportunity to learn … [Read more...] about C is for Coup: The Secretive Turkish Religious Movement Tied to Arizona Charter Schools
Sen. Elizabeth Warren took the stage Thursday afternoon at American University to deliver a wide-ranging speech on her vision for the country’s foreign policy, in yet another potential sign that she may be preparing to run for president in 2020. In her speech, the Massachusetts Democrat called for the United States to rein in “unsustainable” overseas involvements in conflicts “that sap American strength,” criticized the country’s support for Saudi Arabia, called for cuts to the “bloated defense budget,” and reiterated her opposition to President Donald Trump’s reworked North American trade agreement. At the same time, she also called for a reconsideration of the bipartisan embrace of the “gospel that free trade was a rising tide that would lift all boats.” “We can start our defense of democracy by fixing what has gone wrong with our international economic policies,” Warren said. “Policymakers … [Read more...] about Read the transcript of Elizabeth Warren’s big foreign policy speech
Ann E. Marimow and Michael E. Ruane, The Washington Post Published 4:14 pm PDT, Saturday, September 22, 2018 In a dispute involving assertions of government endorsement of religion, defenders of the Peace Cross, which stands in Bladensburg, Maryland, have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the case. In a dispute involving assertions of government endorsement of religion, defenders of the Peace Cross, which stands in Bladensburg, Maryland, have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the case. Photo: Washington Post Photo By Michael Robinson Chavez Alvergia Guyton and her brother, Addison Hobbs, with a photo of their uncle John Seaburn, one of the servicemen named on the Peace Cross in Bladensburg, Maryland. Alvergia Guyton and her brother, Addison Hobbs, with a photo of their uncle John Seaburn, one of the servicemen named on the Peace Cross in Bladensburg, Maryland. … [Read more...] about The fallen 49 behind the Peace Cross