Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

So who’s cool? US photo exhibit tackles the question  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 07/02/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN -Arab News) So what is this thing called cool? A major photography exhibition that opens Friday at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington dares to tackle the question.From Elvis Presley and James Dean to Jay-Z and Johnny Depp, “American Cool” namechecks 100 actors, actresses, artists, musicians and writers in the United States whose creativity and style have shaped the concept of cool.“Cool is America’s greatest cultural export,” said Aussie Kim Sajet, who took over last year as director of the National Portrait Gallery, part of the Smithsonian network of museums.“It’s interesting for me, coming from another country, that I know all these people in this exhibition — they were very much cool in Australia where I grew up.”To pull the show together, jazz professor Joel Dinerstein and photography scholar Frank Goodyear spent five years going through a draft list of 500 names of charismatic Americans who might be regarded as cool.To make their selection, the curators came up with four defining factors of cool: an original artistic vision and signature style, the embodiment of rebellion, instant visual recognition and “a recognized cultural legacy.”If someone hit at least three of those markers, they made the grade.“What we’re examining are people who had an impact,” said Dinerstein, who hopes “American Cool” will provoke “an inter-generational debate” over who’s hot and who’s not.Their final top-100 list opens with two 19th century figures — humanist poet Walt Whitman and African-American writer and abolitionist Frederick Douglass — who the curators call the grandfathers of cool.Stars of the golden age of Hollywood illuminate the “roots of cool” section — screen legends like Fred Astaire, Louise Brooks, Greta Garbo, Buster Keaton and Mae West — along with writers Ernest Hemingway and Dorothy Parker.“Cool has been central to American self-expression since at least the 1930s,” said Dinerstein, a Brooklyn native who teaches a course called “The History of Being Cool in America” at Tulane University in New Orleans.But it was in the 1940s and 1950s that cool was truly born, with jazz legends like Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Lester Young coming to the fore.Sharing the limelight were James (“Rebel without a Cause“) Dean, Jack (“On the Road“) Kerouac, Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, and, of course, Elvis Presley.With the 1960s and 1970s, rock and R&B stars arose in force: Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, Blondie’s Debbie Harry, Lou Reed, Carlos Santana, Patti Smith, Frank Zappa, Madonna, Prince, Bruce Springsteen and — the show’s token Canadian — Neil Young.Fittingly, the predominantly black and white images — many by top photographers such as Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Robert Mapplethorpe and Edward Steichen — are hung on walls painted a cool shade of blue.The curators view the exhibition as “very small-D democratic,” but to ward off potential complainers, they whipped up an “Alt 100” list of also-rans that includes Sam Cooke, Janis Joplin and George Clooney.“These were the men and women who lingered the longest during the selection process,” the exhibit organizers explained. “American Cool” runs through September 7, and the National Portrait Gallery’s website is www.npg.si.edu


 


Arab News




  MENA News Headlines
 Mar 4 2015 - Egypt eyes foreign investmentsMENAFN
(MENAFN) Egypt's economic conference raised expectations about improving investments opportunities in the country as well as among foreign business communities, The National reported.However, the ...

 Mar 4 2015 - ME carriers register 11.4 percent passenger growth in JanuaryMENAFN
(MENAFN) An increasing number of passengers are continuing to choose Middle East carriers for international travel, according to January figures from International Air Transport Association (IATA), ...

 Mar 4 2015 - UAE's Sanad portfolio value to reach USD1.5b by 2020MENAFN
(MENAFN) Sanad Aero Aolutions (Sanad), Mubadala's spare engine and component leasing and financing company, plans to increase its portfolio value to more than USD1.5 billion by 2020, up from over ...

 Mar 4 2015 - EU shares near 7-year highs as German retail sales jumpKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The gains follow a rise in Asia and another record day on the Wall Street . US stocks futures pointed to a flat start.Eurozone government bond yields were slightly higher but ...

 Mar 4 2015 - UAE-based enterprises key target for seven global trade shows in Hong KongKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The Hong Kong Trade Development Council, or HKTDC, the international representative organisation for Hong Kong-based manufacturers, traders and service providers, announced ...

 Mar 4 2015 - Moody's Investor Service upgrades Emaar's outlookKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Emaar's strong cash flow generation, solid liquidity and growing business diversification will enable it to weather the more uncertain investment climate, Moody's Investor ...

 Mar 4 2015 - Israeli Navy Shoots Palestinian Fishing BoatsQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) Israeli navy opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing off al-Sudaniya shore, in the northern Gaza Strip. Palestinian security sources said that the Israeli navy roaming the ...

 Mar 4 2015 - Dubai Int'l Boat Show sees more than 26,000 visitorsKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The 23rd edition of the Dubai International Boat Show opened on Tuesday and is expected to draw more than 26,000 visitors from over 120 countries including High Net Worth ...

 Mar 4 2015 - Middle East and Africa private wealth set to hit $7.2t by 2018Khaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) With private wealth in the Middle East and Africa projected to reach $7.2 trillion by 2018, Dubai International Financial Centre is well positioned with its laws and ...

 Mar 4 2015 - Luxembourg seeks to bolster ties with UAEKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Luxembourg, which is home to assets under management to the tune of more than ‚¬3000 billion, seeks to boost collaboration with the UAE in financial services, in particular ...

more...


 






Google

Arab Advisors_12th convergence conf

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help