Saturday, January 4, 2014

Denver Returns Works to Kenya

NYT 1/3/2014
Sending Artworks Home, but to Whom?
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science will return 30 totems to the National Museums of Kenya, which will decide whether to search for their owners.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/04/arts/design/denver-museum-to-return-totems-to-kenyan-museum.html?smid=pl-share
“The process is often complicated, expensive and never straightforward,” said Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh, the museum’s curator of anthropology. “But just because a museum is not legally required to return cultural property does not mean it lacks an ethical obligation to do so.”
May inspiration and creativity be with you!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Tim's Vermeer



Abstract:
How's this for a trick? A middle-aged guy who has never picked up a paintbrush decides to replicate a masterpiece by one of the greatest artists in human history. To tell a story that unbelievable, you'd need a couple guys who have some experience with the impossible: magicians Penn & Teller.
Directed by Teller (his feature debut) and produced and narrated by Penn Jillette, the documentary "Tim's Vermeer" tells the true story of Tim Jenison, an inventor who created digital editing and computer animation tools that helped revolutionize the video industry. The film shows how Jenison turned his inquisitive mind and visual expertise to unravelling a mystery that has confounded art historians for nearly 350 years: How did Johannes Vermeer, the 17th century Dutch Master, create the most realistic paintings the world had ever seen.

Definitely interested in seeing this one!
May Inspiration and creativity be with you!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Art is not Democratic...


“Art never responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody; it is only for those who are willing to undergo the effort needed to understand it.” 

--Flannery O’Connor

May inspiration and creativity be with you!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

On Nov. 10, 1982, the newly finished Vietnam Veterans Memorial was opened to its first visitors in Washington, D.C.

May inspiration and creativity be with you!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Patience is a Virtue in the Classroom


John Singleton Copley’s A Boy with a Flying Squirrel, 1765.

http://harvardmagazine.com/2013/11/the-power-of-patience

"The Power of Patience: Teaching students the value of deceleration and immersive attention" 
by Jennifer L. Roberts

"I want to focus today on the slow end of this tempo spectrum, on creating opportunities for students to engage in deceleration, patience, and immersive attention. I would argue that these are the kind of practices that now most need to be actively engineered by faculty, because they simply are no longer available “in nature,” as it were. Every external pressure, social and technological, is pushing students in the other direction, toward immediacy, rapidity, and spontaneity—and against this other kind of opportunity. I want to give them the permission and the structures to slow down."


"What this exercise shows students is that just because you have looked at something doesn’t mean that you have seen it. Just because something is available instantly to vision does not mean that it is available instantly to consciousness. Or, in slightly more general terms: access is not synonymous with learning. What turns access into learning is time and strategic patience."


"Where patience once indicated a lack of control, now it is a form of control over the tempo of contemporary life that otherwise controls us. Patience no longer connotes disempowerment—perhaps now patience is power."

May inspiration and creativity be with you!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Ancient Egyptian Jewelry from Outer Space


Far Out: Ancient Egyptian Jewelry Came from Outer Space by Denise Chow (Yahoo! News) 8/20/2013


First paragraph: 
"Ancient Egyptian beads found in a 5,000-year-old tomb were made from iron meteorites that fell to Earth from space, according to a new study. The beads, which are the oldest known iron artifacts in the world, were crafted roughly 2,000 years before Egypt's Iron Age."

May inspiration and creativity be with you! 

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