WAMU 88.5 : Art Beat

Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Sept. 25

Play associated audio
Remember newspapers? Remember when artists like Semen Fridliand used them for inspiration?
National Gallery of Art
Remember newspapers? Remember when artists like Semen Fridliand used them for inspiration?

(Sept. 25-Jan. 27) Bad News Scares
Artists have been manipulating newspapers into their work for quite some time — from Pablo Picasso to Jasper Johns to the Guerrilla Girls. The National Gallery of Art explores the myriad manifestations of newspapers in art in Shock of the News, showing through late January. Sixty-five collages, paintings, sculptures, and photos from 1909 to 2009 will be on view.

(Sept. 25-Oct. 7) Black Watch
The Shakespeare Theatre Company goes beyond the headlines to stage Black Watch. The production uses testimonials from Scottish troops to explore the internal and external hostile environments faced by one regiment in Iraq. Inventive use of movement, music, and song help make for a powerful theatrical experience.

(Sept. 27-Oct. 6) The Rape of Lucrece
Washington's Taffety Punk theater company never shies away from experimentation — even when the source material is Shakespeare. It's mashing up theater, music, and dance to present the Bard's Rape of Lucrece beginning Thursday at Southeast's Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. The poem traces the assault by the king's son, and the consequences for both Lucrece and the empire.

Music: "Death Of A Party" by Blur


From Broadway To TV, An Actress' Death Takes Us Down Cultural Rabbit Hole

Beth Howland died in December at age 74. One of her best known roles, was as the original Amy in Stephen Sondheim's "Company." Looking into her past can lead you down a pop culture spiral.

'Sweetbitter' Is A Savory Saga Of Restaurant Life And Love

Oysters, cocaine, fine wine, love triangles: Stephanie Danler's debut novel Sweetbitter follows a year in the life of a young woman working at a top-tier Manhattan restaurant.

Is Primary Rivalry Making The Democratic Party Stronger Like It Did In 2008?

It's not the first time we've seen a bitter end to the Democratic primaries. In 2008, divisive moments came through personal attacks. But back then, Clinton and Obama pushed similar ideologies.

After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, She Channeled Her Ups And Downs Into Texts

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Natalie Sun about her project, textingwithcancer.com. The website won a Webby award, and documents her pessimism and optimism while undergoing chemotherapy.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.