murray bell

Portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay and her cousin Lady Elizabeth Murray, believed to be by Johann Zoffany.

Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay (1761-1804) was the mixed-race daughter of a British aristocrat. While she was, under colonial law, born into slavery, she was given a unique position. She was educated and given lavish bedroom furnishings. Her work included multiple responsibilities, the most important being that of her uncle’s correspondence, and companion to her cousin. After her fathers death, she became an heiress as she was included into his will. While many of these facts are considered common decency today, Lindsay’s life was rather shocking to many during her time.

On Wednesdays We Wear Pink:

Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Sarah Gadon as Dido Elizabeth Belle and Elizabeth Murray in “Belle” (2013).

Directed by Amma Asante, costume design by Anushia Nieradzik.

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BELLE, dir. Amma Asante
You view my circumstances as unfortunate, though I cannot claim even a portion of the misfortune to those whom I most closely resemble. My greatest misfortune would be to marry into a family who would carry me as their shame, as I have been required to carry my own mother - her apparent crime to be born negro, and mine to be the evidence. Since I wish to deny her no more than I wish to deny myself, you will pardon me for wanting a husband who feels forgiveness of my bloodline is both unnecessary and without grace.

Rauschenberg and the Art of Collaboration: The Moon Museum

When Apollo 12 landed on the moon in 1969, it may have been carrying an edition of this artwork.

Forrest Myers, a member of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.), invited Rauschenberg, (one of the founding members of E.A.T.) and five other artists to make drawings, which were etched by scientists at Bell Laboratories onto tiny wafer-thin iridium-plated ceramic chips. When NASA didn’t respond to Myers’s request, Bell Labs scientist Fred Waldhauer asked an engineer to help. According to Waldhauer, one copy of the chip was covertly attached to the leg of the lunar lander.

In addition to Rauschenberg’s straight line, there is a Mickey Mouse–like figure by Claes Oldenburg, stylized initials by Andy Warhol (“He was being the terrible bad boy,” said Forrest Myers in an interview), a black square by David Novros, a computer-generated drawing by Myers, and a circuit-like diagram by John Chamberlain. 

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[John Chamberlain, Forrest Myers, David Novros, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol with Fred Walhauer. “The Moon Museum.” 1969. Lithograph of tantalum nitride film on ceramic wafer. Publisher: Forrest Myers. Fabricator: Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey. Edition: c. 40. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Ruth Waldhauer. Photo: Peter Butler. © 2017 Robert Rauschenberg Foundation]

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The Marauders Era: part two

Fancasts + Name Meanings

James Fleamont Potter | Matthew Daddario
Remus John Lupin | Alfred enoch
Reginald Jeremiah Cattermole | Reece King
Peter Murray Pettigrew | Jamie Bell
Frank Iain Longbottom | Brandon Flynn
Sirius Orion Black | Miles Mcmillan

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“My greatest misfortune would be to marry into a family who would carry me as their shame as I have been required to carry my own mother. Her apparent crime to be born negro and mine to be the evidence. Since I wish to deny her no more than I wish to deny myself you will pardon me for wanting a husband who feels ‘forgiveness’ of my bloodline is both unnecessary and without grace.”