Need to catch up on art news after the long weekend? Here are some of the stories we’re reading today.
Much to the delight of theater fans, the live-captured recording of “Hamilton” finally made its way to Disney+ Friday. Starring the production’s original cast, the performance was filmed at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre in 2016. Originally slated to premiere in theaters before being unleashed to digital audiences, COVID-19 closures kicked up the streaming date. To mark the occasion, the Los Angeles Times spoke with the show’s creatives about what goes into turning a live recording into a dynamic at-home film experience. [Los Angeles Times]
[Want more “Hamilton”? Check out our episode of Broadway Sandwich with “Hamilton” star Tanairi Sade Vazquez.]
National Gallery of Art acquired the mixed media work “I See Red: Target” by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, marking the first painting by a Native American artist to enter the museum’s collection. In an interview with the Albuquerque Journal, Smith expressed that she was “shocked” that her work holds this designation. [Albuquerque Journal]
Sky Art as Protest
Over the Fourth of July weekend, 80 artists took to a skywriting campaign to protest immigrant detention centers. Conceived by artists Cassils and rafa esparza, the public art performance, titled “In Plain Sight,” was carried out by a fleet of skytyping planes that spelled out various phrases from the participating artists over detention facilities, immigration courts, borders, former internment camps and other “historically significant landmarks.” A press release stated the goal of the project was to make “visible what is too often unseen and unspoken on the ground: the appalling, profoundly immoral imprisonment of immigrants.” [ARTnews]
Broadway star Nick Cordero has died at age 41 due to COVID-19 complications. The actor was hospitalized for three months after he fell ill in March. Known for playing tough characters, Cordero garnered a Tony nomination for his role in “Bullets Over Broadway” in 2014. The actor’s wife, Amanda Kloots, announced his death on Instagram July 5. [The Guardian]
In Rome, nonprofit organizations have been forced to scale back free outdoor film presentations after distributors refused to grant rights to films as the hard-struck industry continues to reel from coronavirus-related closures. [New York Times]
A statue of Frederick Douglass was vandalized in Rochester, N.Y., on July 5, 168 years after the abolitionist delivered the speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” The monument, installed in 2018, was torn from its base and discovered by the Genesee River gorge, approximately 50 feet from the statue’s pedestal. [Democrat & Chronicle]
Italian composer Ennio Morricone, who created soundtracks for over 500 movie scores, died July 6 at the age of 91. Widely lauded for his work on the Western film “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” Morricone’s career spanned decades and a long-running list of directors, including Sergio Leone, Dario Argento, Brian De Palma, Quentin Tarantino and many more. [NPR]
Top Image: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Phillipa Soo in "Hamilton," the filmed version of the original Broadway production. Photo: Disney+.