Carefully Taught

In 1949, many critics demanded Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II remove the following song from their new Broadway musical South Pacific. These naysayers predicted the number would/should doom the production because it justified interracial marriage and offended the standards of decency commonly accepted in musical theater. Rodgers and Hammerstein fought boldly for it, claiming … Continue reading

Mamalu (When I look at the world)

John Pule’s Mamalu (When I look at the world) is one of a few contemporary pieces at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne that made me stop, look closer, and then think, “I have to blog this one.” Pule (born 1962) is from Niue, a South Pacific island country to the northeast of New … Continue reading

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