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For pianist Igor Levit, first the Gilmore award, then a stupendous, cyclonic recital

The 30-year-old Russian-born, Berlin-based pianist Igor Levit last Wednesday received the 2018 Gilmore Artist Award. Like the MacArthurgenius” awards, the $300,000 prize (given every four years) recognizes creativity, in this case, in keyboard artists. That evening in New York, Levit played a...

MacArthur 'Genius' Njideka Akunyili Crosby Paints Nigerian Childhood Alongside Her American Present

'Visual artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby, 34, is having a moment. In 2017, she won a MacArthur "genius" grant, and over the past few months her work has been shown in Baltimore, New Orleans and upstate New York. Akunyili Crosby was born in Nigeria and moved to the United States when she was 16. Show More Summary

The Secret To 'Overnight' Success Is Decades Of Work

3 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

How did new MacArthur "genius grant" winner Viet Thanh Nguyen get where he is now? "A mere 18 months ago, Nguyen was still unknown as a fiction writer. His career began quickly, and seemingly out of nowhere, in April 2015?—?when a rave on the cover of The New York Times Book Review made his debut […]

A 20 Year Overnight Success

Joe Fassler interviews recent MacArthur Genius and Year-in-Reading alum Viet Thanh Nguyen on the myth of overnight success, balancing an academic career while still finding time to write novels and the sacrifices all writers must make. Over at Electric Literature. The post A 20 Year Overnight Success appeared first on The Millions.

Petzel Gallery opens exhibition of works by Jorge Pardo

3 months agoArts : Artdaily

Petzel Gallery announced a solo exhibition by artist, sculptor, architect, and all-around polymathic ?Genius? (2010 MacArthur Fellowship recipient), Jorge Pardo. This is his ninth exhibition with the gallery and first painting show?but don?t expect oil on canvas. Show More Summary

Taylor Mac Receives MacArthur 'Genius' Grant

This news item was lost in a barrage of fire-related news last week. [ more › ]

Rhiannon Giddens and her MacArthur Fellowship: 'Genius'? She's not buying

Technically speaking, she’s now entitled to bragging rights as the world’s first officially crowned “genius” banjo player. The idea elicits a chuckle from Rhiannon Giddens. To be honest, she says, she isn’t a fan of the “genius grant” nickname that’s been widely used to describe the MacArthur Foundation...

Sapolsky (6): Determinism, Free Will, and Natural Freedom in the Legal System

In 1987, Robert Sapolsky was the recipient of one of the MacArthur Foundation's "genius grants." Some years later, he received a letter from the Foundation asking him to submit some Big Ideas for a funding initiative. The letter said...Show More Summary

Landscape Architect Wins MacArthur Genius Award by Susan Harris

3 months agoHobbies / Gardening : Garden Rant

Nice news this week via Brad McKee, editor of Landscape Architecture Magazine, who writes: Kate Orff, ASLA, became the first landscape architect to receive a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, which carries a $625,000 award over five years...Show More Summary

United We Dream leader Cristina Jiménez wins prestigious MacArthurgenius grant'

3 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Cristina Jiménez, a United We Dream co-founder, immigrant rights advocate, and a pivotal figure in the people power push to enact the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012, has been announced as  one of 2017’s...Show More Summary

Rebecca Caroll & Ashley C. Ford on Praise, Controversy, Criticism and the Art of Kara Walker

'A new exhibit by the artist Kara Walker opened in New York City. In 1997, Walker became the youngest person ever to receive a MacArthur "genius" grant. Her show at the Domino Sugar Factory in 2014 drew high praise and tough criticism for its centerpiece — a sculpture of a 75-foot black woman made of sugar. Show More Summary

MacArthur Foundation Announces 24 New Fellows, Including Annie Baker, Taylor Mac, and Nikole Hannah-Jones

A group of 24 “extraordinarily creative” people have become the latest recipients of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, often known as the “genius” grant: a $625,000, no-strings-attached grant awarded to promising individuals to foster...Show More Summary

California Today: California Today: A Rising Death Toll From Wildfires

3 months agoNews : NYTimes: News

Thursday: The dead and missing in the wine country wildfires, a senseless killing in San Francisco, and California’s MacArthur “geniuses.”

Why MacArthurgenius’ Viet Thanh Nguyen says writers should make people uncomfortable

3 months agoArts : Art Beat

Viet Thanh Nguyen at a book reading at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Mass., on Monday, April 18, 2016. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) “I think I have to be willing to be unsettled and to be uncomfortable,” Viet Thanh Nguyen told the NewsHour earlier this year, about how he writes and how he lives. Show More Summary

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Dawoud Bey, and Trevor Paglen Among This Year’s MacArthurGenius’ Grantees

3 months agoArts : Hyperallergic

The annual award to given to individuals who have "shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction." The post Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Dawoud Bey, and Trevor Paglen Among This Year’s MacArthurGenius’ Grantees appeared first on Hyperallergic.

Two Freshly Minted Literary Geniuses Will Visit Seattle Soon

3 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

by Rich Smith (L-R) Look for Viet Thanh Nguyen and Jesmyn Ward at a Benaroya Hall near you. John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation This morning the MacArthur Fellowship announced their new class of geniuses, each of whom receive...Show More Summary

Playwright Taylor Mac + More Artists Among 2017 MacArthurGenius’ Recipients

Comprised of an eclectic lineup of artists from the realm of theater, as well as musicians, painters, mathematicians, and beyond, the recipients of the 2017 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowships have been announced. Commonly...Show More Summary

The most fascinating MacArthur 'Genius Grant' fellows who just won $625,000 to save the world

3 months agoLifestyle / Fashion : AOL: Style

The MacArthur 'Genius Grant' is an annual grant of $625,000 given with no strings attached, paid over five years. The 10 best schools to study business without needing a master's degree 10 US colleges where a quality education doesn't cost a fortune 10 under-the-radar US cities with good schools, good jobs, and affordable homes Read more... Show More Summary

Three Of This Year's MacArthur 'Genius' Grant Winners Hail From L.A.

Including the experimental theater director who created "Hopscotch," a mobile opera performed across the city in 2015. [ more › ]

A Banjo Player From North Carolina Is Writing The Next ‘Hamilton’

Newly dubbed MacArthur "Genius" Rhiannon Giddens wants to bring one of the most overlooked moments in American history to the stage.

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