An international collaboration among the Art Institute of Chicago, the Palazzo Altemps Museum in Rome, and the University of Chicago uses new technologies to make an improbable discovery about two statues from the 2nd century AD. 

Antinous was very likely the lover of the Emperor Hadrian; he drowned as a young man and was deified by a grief-stricken Hadrian. The cult of Antinous spread rapidly throughout the empire; you can see why, since it’s quite a romantic story and he’s a good-looking young man.

W. Raymond Johnson, an Egyptologist with the Oriental Institute, noticed years ago that the fragment of Antinous’s head matched the fragmentary head of a bust in the Palazzo Altemps in Rome, and after a decade of investigation, this year, the two parts were united – but not assembled. Instead, a three-dimensional scan of the parts was made, then assembled and 3-D printed, and from that a plaster model was cast.

The reunited fragments and their “complete” model are on display at the Art Institute through September 5th; if you’re in Chicago, now’s the time to go see them. I’m planning to go myself this afternoon (the Art Institute is open late on Thursdays).


Chicago, Art Institute, Stained Glass Window, 1915 (Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright) by Mary Warren

anonymous asked:

I entered a university's animation program to find out what they teach is mostly 3D and almost no 2D. As time goes on I'm finding I'm mostly interested in learning 2D. Do you think I should drop the program and find a different one or stick with it?

Hello Sir/Mad’am.

You are in similar shoes that I was in when I went to the local Art Institute. I was told by the admissions people that the school was 2D animation focused and all the artwork on the walls was 2D oriented, but only after getting in too much debt I found out that there were only 3 2D oriented courses in the school, and that my degree would be 3D focused. 

I was about 1/3 into my degree before that fact was made clear to me. Instead of leaving the school with untransferable credits, I continued on with me degree. On top of that my 2D courses was taught by a film editor who took a mandatory flash class in college  and with no experience animating, recited the principles of animations and showed us videos from a book series you could buy yourself. Safe to say, I’m self-taught. So my 1,600 dollar loan payment a month hurts extra hard, cause it takes one of my paychecks from my awesome animation gig I’m doing now… and none of my education lead me to that job. 

One of my main reasons that I live in Indiana and not in LA or somewhere where its animation heavy, is because I have too much of a handicap on me financially. Housing in areas like that is already incredibly expensive, and I’m scared I won’t be able to pay my rent AND my loan. And most of my loans are private loans, because my the financial aid officers at my AI were really just trained to help you get the high-interest loans, because of the partnership between Ai and SallieMae/Navient. 

What this all means is that I’m super jaded by the educational systems, especially privatized trade schools.  

My advice, you are most likely taking out loans and paying a good price for college, if said college isn’t meeting all of your needs then you shouldn’t be going there. Do as much research on colleges, loans, and debt as possible. College is less of an educational tool (considering everything you could ever learn is also on the internet for free) and more of a networking tool. In the Animation Industry it’s more about who you know than what you know. I know so many people who only got their jobs because a friend. And a lot of people working on TV shows like Adventure Time or Steven Universe have been know to been just tumblr artist that were picked up because the show runners liked their art. 

Also it should be noted that studios like say Pixar, when asked who would they hire a graduate with a degree with an ok demo reel, versus a drop out with an amazing demo reel, they will go with the latter every time. 

I hope this helps.