kenneth-clark

The Clark Doll Test was created by Dr. Kenneth Clark and his wife, Marmie Clark. It focused on stereotypes and self perception in relation to race. Clark wanted to show that segregation in schools was misconstruing the mind of young African American children and causing them to internalise racism and view themselves as lesser. In the test, African American children ranging from 6-years-old to 9-years-old were shown two dolls - one was white and one was black. They were asked a number of questions such as:  Show me the doll that you like best or that you would like to play with. Show me the doll that is the ‘nice’ doll. Show me the doll that looks 'bad.’ Give me the doll that looks like a white child. Give me the doll that looks like a coloured child. Give me the doll that looks like a Negro child. Give me the doll that looks like you. The test showed that the children preferred to play with with white doll as opposed to the black doll. The children were then asked to colour in a human figure with the colour of their own skin - the majority chose a lighter shade. As well as this, the children gave the white doll positive attributes such as “good” and “pretty” while describing the black doll as “bad” and “ugly”. 44% of the children said that the white doll looked like them as opposed to the black doll. This test indicated that African American children, even as young as just 6-years-old, suffered internalised racism due to segregation. The findings paved the way for an increase in psychological research into areas of self-esteem and self-concept.

At this point I reveal myself in my true colours, as a stick-in-the-mud. I hold a number of beliefs that have been repudiated by the liveliest intellects of our time. I believe that order is better than chaos, creation better than destruction. I prefer gentleness to violence, forgiveness to vendetta. On the whole I think that knowledge is preferable to ignorance, and I am sure that human sympathy is more valuable than ideology. I believe that in spite of the recent triumphs of science, men haven’t changed much in the last two thousand years; and in consequence we must still try to learn from history. History is ourselves. I also hold one or two beliefs that are more difficult to put shortly. For example, I believe in courtesy, the ritual by which we avoid hurting other people’s feelings by satisfying our own egos. And I think we should remember that we are part of a great whole. All living things are our brothers and sisters. Above all, I believe in the God-given genius of certain individuals, and I value a society that makes their existence possible.
—  Kenneth Clark, Civilisation

Kenneth Clark was a connoisseur, collector, patron, art historian and writer. He had a good eye.

In his personal collection was this Cezanne beauty ‘Le Chateau Noir’.

Speaking of Cezanne, the story goes that once, in 1933, while waiting for a train in Paris, Clark an his wife called on….

‘…Paul Guillaume, the most intelligent dealer in Paris, who showed us a pile of about a hundred drawings and watercolours that the son of Paul Cezanne had brought in for sale. We just had time to go through them, selected fifty, many of them familiar from reproduction in Vollard’s book, gave him a cheque for £250 and dashed to the station with our portfolio.’

What a darned bit of good luck.

Extract from Another Part of the Wood by Kenneth Clark

A margin of wealth is helpful to a civilisation, but for some mysterious reason great wealth is destructive. I suppose that, in the end, splendour is dehumanising, and a certain sense of limitation seems to be a condition of what we call good taste.
—  Kenneth Clark, Civilisation

But where. in the visual rather than literary sense, did the vision come from? That is the mystery of genius. From antique sarcophagi, from a few gems and reliefs, and perhaps some fragments of Aretine ware; from those drawings of classical remains by contemporary artists which were circulated in the Florentine workshops, like the architects’ pattern-books of the 18th century; from such scanty and mediocre material, Botticelli has created one of the most personal evocations of physical beauty in the whole of art, the Three Graces of the Primavera.Kenneth Clark, The Nude.

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“…And still, victims of the fallacies of hope.”

Kenneth Clark’s Civilization.  I remember Comparative Civilizations being a highlight of my second-to-last year in high school, though seemingly the entire curriculum was dictated by Mr. Clark and his accompanying book, with a small diversion to discuss Japan during the Edo and Meiji periods.

I believe order is better than chaos, creation better than destruction. I prefer gentleness to violence, forgiveness to vendetta. On the whole I think that knowledge is preferable to ignorance, and I am sure that human sympathy is more valuable than ideology.

I believe that in spite of the recent triumphs of science, men haven’t changed much in the last two thousand years; and in consequence we must try to learn from history.

—  Kenneth Clark, Civilization

I went on an Adventure!

I was warned but I persisted!!

I met new judicial friends with important hats and legume themed names!

I encountered dubious nachos!

I found an old Cozy Coupe with a cool paint job!

I encountered the fabled danger zone that the poet Kenneth Clark Loggins spake of so passionately!

Multiple

Dead

Birds

Pig Powders!!!!!(???????)

Some accordianistas!

….. moving on

FRED

DEAD FRED (also a fancy gown for sale)

THE GAPING MAW OF FRED

Here I both tempt fate and touch some teeth.

A good fellow cooling himself by yon jukebox!

Goodbye, legs!

Goodbye, fancy tiger!

uhm

Goodbye, Wild Woody’s and all your audacious bullshit! Keep being a bastion of mannequins and madness in the middle of nowhere!

i read a lot about art as well as women’s places in sub-movements and what not so i wanted to compile a little list of notable books i’ve read about the intersection of those things, in case it interests you at all cause it does me. some of these take on an explicitly feminist perspective while others are more objective and “historical”/ devoid of political introspection- both narratives interest me. (if this seems at all crude or without nuance it’s because i’m just a book store clerk and not an academic, lol) :

i’m surely forgetting some- but i hope this was at least a little of interest! 

Frozen Frenzy (Fear Factory Returns)
Scott Petersen, David Wise, Chris Carroll, Kenneth Bassham, Bobby Arluskas, Clark Crawford, Matt Piersall, Matthew Thies, GL33K LLC
Frozen Frenzy (Fear Factory Returns)

Track from Level 6-7 in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze