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Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama have revealed the design for the Obama Presidential Center, a three-building campus in Chicago’s Jackson Park that includes his library, a museum, auditorium, and an outdoor park area. Among the center’s many planned attractions is a new recording studio, according to The Chicago Tribune. The former president said the space would be a place “where I can invite Chance or Bruce Springsteen, depending on your taste, to come here and talk about how you can record music that has social commentary and meaning.” According to the Tribune, the Obama Foundation is billing the center as “a working center for civic engagement and a place to inspire people and communities to create change.”

Obama has long been a big music fan with varied tastes. BJ the Chicago Kid was tapped to sing the National Anthem at his farewell address, and Eddie Vedder played at the event. For his farewell party, Obama invited Solange, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Chance the Rapper, and more to the White House. The Obama Foundation recently released a Spotify playlist guest curated by, among others, Chance the Rapper and Mavis Staples. 

Read Pitchfork’s feature, “The Presidential Suite: A Look Back at Obama’s Musical Milestones.”

Day 1: Childhood

Fashion is weird. For an industry obsessed with newness and driven by the next big thing, it certainly loves to look back and sigh wistfully. Young creatives reminisce fondly about collections shown before they were born. Old magazines are akin to family photo albums. ‘Wasn’t everything better in the 90′s?’ For my guest curation I’m thinking about nostalgia, starting at the beginning with childhood. A source of both inspiration and angst, early life is also a perennial trend. Cartoons, toys and glittery fonts are ubiquitous on catwalks and Tumblrs alike, but are we being sentimental or ironic?

Mummified Monk Sits Inside 1,000-year-old Buddha Statue

A special examination conducted in the Meander Medical Centre in Netherlands found that a Buddha statue dating back to the 11th or 12th century encases the mummified remains of a monk.

Erik Bruijn, an expert in the field of Buddhist art and culture and guest curator at the World Museum in Rotterdam, had led the study which determined that the mummy was that of Buddhist master Liuquan, who belonged to the Chinese Meditation School. A CT scan and endoscopy were carried out by Museum at the Meander Medical Centre in Amersfoort, Netherlands Times reported.

The discovery is of great cultural significance, not only because it is one of a kind, but also because rolls of paper scraps covered in Chinese writing were found inside the statue. Read more.


Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHParchitecture

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and hashtags. For a chance to be featured, follow @instagram and look for a post every week announcing the latest project.

#WHParchitecture asked community members to photograph architecture, taking inspiration from guest curator Shoair Mavlian (@shoair_m), photography curator of the Tate Modern museum (@tate) in London.

Each week, we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.

160809 sothebys intagram: Sotheby’s sat down with guest-curator and Asian pop icon T.O.P. (@choi_seung_hyun_tttop) for an interview about the upcoming #TTTOP sale in #HongKong. Follow the link in our bio to learn more about this auction, and stay tuned this month as we reveal more details! #SothebysContemporary
Photo by Kevin Ching, CEO of Sotheby’s Asia (@ching_the_poet)


Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPinthestudio

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post every week announcing the latest project.

The goal of this weekend’s hashtag project is to photograph the places you or a fellow artist go to be creative. The project takes inspiration from London-based artist and guest curator Helen Downie (@unskilledworker), best known for her fashion-inspired portraits and paintings. Here are Helen’s tips to get started:

PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPinthestudio hashtag only to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week.

preparations for the z\w\a\r\t exhibition in Rotterdam
21 - 28 jan 2016.

in:  'De Aanschouw’
\ Witte de Withstraat 80, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
\ Invited by guest-curator Baracca

interwoven with the release of z\w\a\r\t magazine nr. 14
‘fragments de lettres de violence et de secrets’

z\w\a\r\t magazine nr. 14 is the first publication of a series of works \ objects \ publications \ books \ magazines
of the long-term project titled 'Lettres de Guerre’


Loïc Arnaud | on Tumblr


A: Your paintings are very detailed, expressive and figurative, but rich in symbols. Would you share with us your creative process?

LA: I wish to talk about nothing other than the living, the being. We all know that the being is beyond appearances. We all have experienced this intimately. Today I don’t have the maturity that would allow me to reveal the nature of things. So I use the symbol. The symbol is unfortunately restrictive since it’s cultural and implies an education or experimentation. It’s like the story of the old man that Carl Jung talked about. Recluse in a cave, he was busy looking for what he doesn’t know. In his quest for truth, after exhausting the concepts, he finds himself reduced to the action. He then takes a piece of chalk to draw what may look like the unthinkable and draws a circle and says “This is it.” Then he draws a square inside and said: “It’s better this way.” With his reputation as a magician, young people come to him, wishing to learn from him. Seeing the marks on the wall, they try to reproduce and to understand the process. However, by doing so, they flip operations that led to its emergence. No understanding follows. Jung said that this is how things were and continue to be today.

As for myths, they contain our history; they are our cultural heritage. I am a European, and I speak with this heritage.

A: What is your biggest challenge or accomplishment as an artist?

LA: The most difficult thing to do and that I am proud of, is having the courage to postpone my art production when necessary.   

I could certainly speak of Goldmund, a large oil painting of 14 meters long by 2.30 meters high, but it would be a mistake. I did it because I had to but it doesn’t exist more than any other small paintings.

What is needed is always strive to remain the fairest in what we do, and it’s not always right for me to paint. Stopping my production was a right act; it wasn’t a non-act or resignation. It allowed me to look elsewhere what was missing in my painting.

Today I can paint again because I have new abilities. My vision grew and my fears fled. The realization of a tableau can be considered again.


In addition to painting, Loïc Arnaud also involves himself in the curation and has actively contributed to Artchipel’s content as guest Curator. His personal work was featured on Artchipel over three years ago and can be found with updated posts on his Facebook and on Tumblr.


in the forest, emulsion, oil, carbon and collage on paper, 11.8’‘x15.7’’ (2011)
forest-network, emulsion, oil and carbon on paper, 11.8’'x15.7’’ (2012)
interview with Artchipel originally conducted in French
© All images courtesy of the artist

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Hey NOVLers!

hollyblack curated the December #NOVLbox, and today, we’re unveiling all of its mysterious contents. Books! Faerie-inspired goodies! A tote bag! Continue on for all the details. 

The Darkest Part of the Forest – Back to the faerie world we go. This time Holly lures us into the mysterious town of Fairfold where humans and fae peacefully coexist – until two teenage siblings, a handsome prince, and a fearsome monster turn it into a terrifying trip. Complete with a twist you’ll need to read twice #DPotF is Black’s best yet.

#DPotF Magic Walnut – Wondering what’s inside? Be suspicious. The tricky Folk of Fairfold have been known to communicate in mysterious ways. 

#DPotF Poster – Gorgeous storytelling in poster form. And it’s just the hint of what’s to come! You’ll find this quote on page one of The Darkest Part of the Forest.

Leather pocket journal – This notebook handpicked by Holly is perfect for plotting revenge against faerie monsters, or you know, scribbling down thoughts or ideas.

Feather pen – No scribe of the forest writes with a BIC! Write as the fae do with a gorgeous quill. 

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Behind the walls of a coldtown, quarantined vampires mingle with the humans on which they prey, and Tana wants in. An infected ex-boyfriend, a mysterious vampire with a secret, and desire to save them both adds up to quite the adventure.

The Coldest Glowstick in Coldtown – It’s going to be cold and dark heading into Coldtown, so why not a little something to light the way – or light up the party. 

A book recommendation from Holly: I Hunt Killers – What if your dad was the world’s most infamous serial killer? Barry Lyga’s gritty and gripping thriller gives us this very scenario with Jazz —the son of serial killer Billy Dent —who’s got something to prove to the police when bodies start piling up: he is NOT like Dear Old Dad.

NOVL tote bag – To top it off, a NOVL tote with our manifesto to carry all the swag.

And there you have it, the contents of the December #NOVLbox.

Like what you see? The next one won’t be the same, but we can promise that it’s going to be just as awesome. So hurry on over and enter the January #NOVLbox giveaway—our guest curator this month is kodykeplinger!