Marc Chagall, born today in 1887, painted this work upon moving to Paris from rural Russia. The geometries of I and the Village are inspired by the broken planes of Cubism, but where Cubism was mainly an art of urban avant-garde society, I and the Village is nostalgic and magical, a rural fairy tale: objects jumble together, scale shifts abruptly, and a woman and two houses, at the painting’s top, stand upside-down.

[Marc Chagall. I and the Village. 1911. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris]


From our Book Arts Collection, Read (past, tense) by Heather Weston (N7433.4 .W48 R42 2000 Cage), about blushing, is made with heat sensitive paper that creates an interactive experience for the reader. 

Travel Tuesday!  We don’t have an exact date for this poster, but we know it was produced sometime between 1915 and 1934 because of the ship pictured. Metagama was built for the Canadian Pacific Line in 1915 and was in active use until 1930.  It was scrapped in 1934.  During its lifespan, it was part of the largest shipping fleet in Canada, responsible for moving people and goods across both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

To Scotland : Canadian Pacific Steamships.  [Canada] : [Canadian Pacific Steamships], [between 1915 and 1934] MU Ellis Special Collections Poster NC1849.T68 T62 1915 or in the MOSpace Digital Library