Ancient Egypt: Museums offer glimpses of golden past
For the past several years, Nakhte-Bastet-Iru has been taking a rest.
But the 2,800-year-old Egyptian mummy — a priest’s daughter who died at around the age of 20 — will greet throngs of admirers again starting Saturday at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.
Her appearance with 80 or so other artifacts in the “Egypt: Be Curious” exhibit is more or less a warmup for the traveling exhibit “The Discovery of King Tut.” It will bring more than 1,000 reproductions of artifacts excavated from the tomb of King Tutankhamun and arrange them as they were when archaeologist Howard Carter opened the tomb in 1922. Read more.
“Historically, it has been difficult for artists of African
descent who are self-taught or who work in unconventional modes to receive
recognition for their work from the mainstream art world. Like their white
counterparts, these artists have been referred to by a number of descriptive
terms that seek to elucidate their personal experiences with art making or the
religious beliefs that inspired the subject matter and the creation of their
“Outside the Door” is the second thematic
chapter in the “Represent”exhibition
catalogue. It includes references to the works of self-taught African American
artists, including Horace Pippin, Jacob Lawrence, Purvis Young, William Henry Johnson,
Nellie Mae Rowe, Bill Traylor, Minnie Evans, and Sister Gertrude Morgan. Often
depicting the common scenes and collective spirit of the times, creations by
such artists were typically labeled “popular” or “folk” art. Curators and
collectors considered these works “primitive” compared to the “high” or “fine”
art of classically trained artists. Outsider artists continually pushed against
the doors of elite art institutions influenced by academia and the politics of
affluence. While many of these so-called “visionary” artists of the twentieth
century have faded into obscurity, others like the painter Henri Rousseau of
France and Edward Hicks of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, have broken through those
doors and transcended labels to claim a much-deserved place in museums like the
Philadelphia Museum of Art and in the dynamic legacy of African American art.
In Greek mythology, the sphinx combined the head of a woman, body
of a lion and wings of an eagle. Sphinxes often featured on grave markers as
guardians of the tomb. The famous sphinx from Thebes was
said to wreak terrible vengeance on anyone who failed to solve the riddle she
set them. Oedipus solved the puzzle ‘what animal
walks on four legs, then two, then three?’ The answer is man, who crawls as a
baby, walks upright in his prime, and leans on a staff in old age. This marble
sphinx was probably a support for a table. It was found at Monte
Cagnolo, outside Lanuvium, near Rome.
Go behind the scenes of ‘Mad Men’ at the Museum of the Moving Image, NY
"Mad Men" continues its long goodbye with a comprehensive behind-the-scenes look at the series at the Museum of the Moving Image.
The exhibit features 33 outfits created by award-winning costume designer Janie Bryant for the show’s main characters, shown alongside episode clips featuring the costumes and mood boards created by Bryant.
Visitors can further get drawn into the world of “Mad Men” through recreations of the full sets, including Don and Betty Draper’s kitchen and Don’s office from season four.
My good friend Sabrina Bajaj has curated a rad show featuring a few rad photographers that she has featured in her website atinyspace.com. I’m so honored to be a part of it. Come join for the opening reception on April 4th, from 6 to 9pm at Contact Photo Lab in Los Angeles.