This is a powerful video on what is communicated through images and texts. The focus here is on the media, specifically The New York Times. But there are many parallels one could find here with textbooks, lectures, works of art in museums.
“Rewriting Racist Headlines,” Alexandra Bell, The New Yorker, 5/24/18
OK…you are an art conservator… What do you do with Degas’ Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer?
For more on this work, visit the Met’s site.
From National Geographic, Michael Greshko, 2/22/18
“World’s Oldest Art…”
There are two short and wonderful videos in the article. Enjoy!
Did humans or Neanderthals make these cave paintings?
“The Queen who would be King,” by Elizabeth Wilson, Smithsonian Magazine (Sept. 2006).
Read anything you can by Philip Kennicott, art critic for The Washington Post. Here he writes about how one might visit an art museum…and really get something out of it!
Philip Kennicott, “The ‘learn one thing’ rule.” Washington Post, 2/4/18, E13.
The series of short articles is about “getting the most” out of your visits to a museum, theatre, dance performance, even a movie. They are all worth reading. If you just want to read Kennicott, scroll down to the Mondrian glasses.
Tools have been found at an archaeological site in southern India that may date to 385,000 years ago…this is well before modern humans are thought to have come to India. Who made them? Read more in Sarah Kaplan’s article, “Sophisticated tools unearthed in India raise a question: Who made them?” Washington Post, 2/5/18, A14.
Artifacts uncovered at the excavation at Attirampakkam (Sharma Center for heritage Education)
Everyone should have access to art museums. But what if you cannot see?
Read about this here.
France will lend the Bayeux Tapestry to England in the near future. This tapestry, dated to the late 11th c., records the Norman invasion led by William the Conqueror into Britain in 1066, the Battle of Hastings. Below is a view of the tapestry in the Bayeux Museum, as well as details of the tapestry. Here’s a link to an article in the Washington Post about his significant object and the politics of lending art.
Here is a link to The Bayeux Museum to see details of the tapestry and read about its history.
BBC One, a 5-minute video about the Tapestry.
Please respond by January 26 to this question:
Why would prehistoric humans decorate an object?