A place to talk about art

From the Official Google Blog:

An excellent guide often best brings an art gallery or museum’s collections to life. [Google is] hoping to bring this experience online with “Art Talks,” a series of Hangouts on Air on our Google Art Project Google+ page. Each month, curators, museum directors, historians and educators from some of the world’s most renowned cultural institutions will reveal the hidden stories behind particular works, examine the curation process and provide insights into particular masterpieces or artists.

Google calls the Google Art Project a ” place for anyone who wants to talk about art, museums, artists and other sources of inspirations” and it may indeed fill that purpose.  Information, intelligent conversation, and well-written criticism can bring art to life.

Art Talks is the latest expansion to Google’s Art Project, an attempt to make images of fine art, and now of art criticism, available to all.  A laudable goal, although I remain concerned about the monster Google has become.

Google Art Project website

bizarre, odd and downright weird books

At first thought, using words like bizarre, odd, or weird to describe a book leaves me feeling  a bit uncomfortable.  How can something so important be described in such a disrespectful manner?

That was until I visited AbeBooks’ Weird Book Room, the self-described “finest source of everything that’s bizarre, odd and downright weird in books.  [...]  With new titles added periodically, AbeBooks now ha[s] an excellent selection of crazy and strange titles for sale by [...] booksellers, about every oddball aspect of life you could possibly imagine (and a few things you couldn’t).”

Their collection of literary oddities will amuse, surprise, and delight. Upon perusal it appears most unusual tomes are judged so by their subject matter.  Certainly there’s someone out there who loves a book about Land Snails and Slugs, or possesses a strong affection for muskratsThe Strange Story of False Teeth may make a riveting tale; I for one am intrigued by the story of  Shepherds’ Crooks and Walking Sticks.  Certainly their authors believe their subject matter has value.  And most of the books are easily affordable.

My current favorite:  Electricity in Gynecology by May Cushman Rice:  Ouch!

Now that I’m more comfortable with the concept I’ll be searching my personal library for unusual books.  And you can even suggest your own biblio-oddity to add to the list.

Any bizarre, odd, or weird books out there?

the costs of constant connectivity

The balance between connectivity and contemplation
Restoring Contemplation: How Disconnecting Bolsters the Knowledge Economy, by Jessie L. Mannisto
“While constant access to information enabled by digital devices has done much to improve our lives, it also exacts costs with respect to our attention and productivity that are especially harmful in a knowledge based economy. Increased public awareness of the impact of our information consumption habits—and ways to develop a healthier “information diet”—will help mitigate the negative impacts of constant connectivity. To build this awareness, librarians and educators can teach information consumers to differentiate actively between gathering and processing information and help them understand when and how each of these modes of thought will benefit them. Libraries also can provide services and spaces that promote contemplation within the modern information infrastructure. Software developers and system engineers can contribute by creating products and services that promote contemplation. Researchers can help us better understand the costs of constant connectivity and tailor an information infrastructure that better supports creative and analytical thought—and, ultimately, a higher quality of life.”


I grew up with Robby the Robot in Forbidden Planet, and Godzilla, still among my favorites

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Men in Suits is an in-depth documentary directed by Frank H. Woodward of Wyrd Studios which takes a look at the hard work behind ‘monster suit acting’ in films and television.

The film examines the history and craft of suit performers from ‘The Creature of the Black Lagoon’ to ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ and beyond. Through interviews with these actors we will learn the skill, strength and art required to be “under rubber”.

It is available to purchase on Amazon.

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There’s all of heaven and earth in a book, a real book

The title of this post just says it all, doesn’t it?  Remember to read and purchase books, and give them as gifts, often and in multiples.  I recently sent my nephew a number of books written by C.S. Lewis, including The Screwtape Letters.  And I can’t wait to see my aunt with her gift, a copy of Stephen N. Fliegel’s, A higher contemplation: sacred meaning in the Christian art of the Middle Ages.  A great read.

“When you sell a person a book you don’t just sell twelve ounce of paper and ink and glue—you sell a whole new life. Love and friendship and humor and ships at sea by night—there’s all of heaven and earth in a book, a real book.”

—Christopher Morley, The Haunted Bookshop

Quotation from The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap by Wendy Welch

On life without books:

 “…I simply could not imagine a life without books and words and the smell of paper…”

On giving away books:

 “Love expressed through a thoughtfully chosen book lingers, along with the memory of its imparted wisdom. Giving up the physical item doesn’t sever anything. As for that beloved childhood copy of Charlotte’s Web, where do Fern and Wilbur live: on the page, or in your heart?”

Art of the hat

Stephen Jones for Christian Dior Haute Couture via The Peabody Essex Museum

Stephen Jones for Christian Dior Haute Couture via The Peabody Essex Museum

Explore the delightful realm of hats – wildly plumed bonnets, silk turbans, sequined caps, embroidered crowns, Sarah Jessica Parker’s lime-green fascinator and 250 other elegant and sometimes outlandish styles.

Displayed with the wit and whimsy of British milliner-to-the-stars Stephen Jones, Hats reveals the boundless creativity of hat design and our own fascination with wearing these indescribable works of art.

The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts

Touring exhibition organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Illuminated Garbage Bags



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For their latest intervention titled “Plastic Garbage Guarding the Museum,” Spanish performance collective Luzinterruptus created a large scale installation consisting of 5,000 colorful plastic bags filled with air, piled up in dumpsters and lit up from within. The installation was created for the Gewerbemuseum Winterthur in Switzerland and was meant to demonstrate, in a humorous way, the environmentally damaging effects of mindless consumption.

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