So I’ll have you know that this year I have been undertaking an amazeeeeng silver-smithing course at Melbourne Polytechnic in Prahran. It has simply been sensational! This Tuesday the 17th of November our class will be celebrating the year with the opening night of A Year in the Making - a classy exhibition showing off all the sweet work we’ve all been making.
LOTS of new and experimental Min Pin work will be on display including this monster - the Mountain Magic Ring - with two globs of gold, two pink sapphires and one very sneaky white diamond. If you’re in the area please commmmme!
Last week while I was at VidCon our exhibitions and conservation teams opened up the Hyena Diorama for the first time in over a century! This was an exploratory glance at the specimens’ overall condition, and gave our exhibitions staff a better understanding of how the hyenas are mounted and configured within the space. They also found a can of carbon disulfide (spelled disulphide on the container), which was originally included as an insecticide.
Have you been in to check out “Y.C. Hong: Advocate for Chinese-American Inclusion” yet? This exhibition looks examines the role You Chung (“Y.C.”) Hong played as an immigration lawyer, civic leader, and active proponent for equal rights in early 20th–century Los Angeles. The show runs through Mar. 22 in the West Hall of the Library.
Included in the show is the object pictured above: an Improved Shu Zhendong-style Chinese typewriter 改良舒式華文打字機, ca. 1935.
From the exhibition’s curator, Li Wei Yang: This rare Chinese typewriter, purchased by Y.C. Hong in the late 1930s, features more than twenty-five hundred characters etched on movable metal slugs in its tray bed. A typist would operate it by using his or her right hand to maneuver the character selection lever across the character chart. When the desired character was selected, the typist pressed down on the type bar, which picked up the metal slug, inked it, and made an impression on paper.
I am excited to share the work of an artist friend, printmaker, teacher and maker of extraordinarily complex and beautiful images, Orit Hofshi. Born in Kibbutz Matzuva, Israel, in 1959, Orit practice has for many years focused on printmaking, works on paper, installations and woodcutting as her primary mediator. Concerned with the past/present political realities, Orit imagery projects the perception of oneself in relation to natural and manmade topographies and investigates broader personal and social narratives. Educated in Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States, Orit has exhibited widely in Israel, Europe and throughout the United States. She lives and works in Herzliya, Israel. -Endi