Cultural Commentary

The conductor will end his 13-year tenure as music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in June, leaving behind an expertly honed ensemble and a legacy of splendid performances.

May 16, 2023

Films by Orson Welles, John Carpenter, Jean-Pierre Melville and others will be shown in the Museum of Modern Art’s ‘Rialto at 25,’ which celebrates the distributor’s quarter-century of sophisticated curation.

April 12, 2023

The legacy of the Japanese composer, who died last week at age 71, spans pioneering techno work, superb pianism and scores for films such as ‘The Last Emperor’ and ‘Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence.’

April 5, 2023

Louis Armstrong made his earliest recordings 100 years ago in a tumbledown Indiana studio run by the upstart label, which went on to capture other early jazz luminaries like Hoagy Carmichael and Jelly Roll Morton.

April 1, 2023

The British graffiti artist was embraced by Ukrainians after his irreverent murals appeared in several of the war-torn nation’s cities and towns in November; now, local governments are working to protect the newly cherished art.

March 18, 2023

The singer, who rose from poverty in the South to unprecedented stardom as a black woman in the 1920s, made her first recordings 100 years ago.

February 14, 2023

A young Iggy Pop found a sympathetic savior in David Bowie, who produced this proto-punk album that had an animal energy and left an indelible mark on the sound of rock.

February 13, 2023

In the years since the 1997 opening of the Richard Meier-designed campus, the center’s flagship museum has proved the naysayers wrong and become a world-class institution.

December 28, 2022

On her 1972 album, ‘No Secrets,’ the free-spirited singer-songwriter reckoned with her relationships with men in frank and soulful fashion.

December 19, 2022

The tuneful troubadour, who died at age 30 in a 1973 airplane crash, distinguished himself as a singer-songwriter with a voice that was witty, warm and shamelessly sincere.

December 8, 2022


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