Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Memory, Mayans, Nat King Cole & William Morris


- Cameron Art Museum exhibit features life in South as African-American: "Memory can go on hiatus throughout our lives only to return intermittently, assisted by such cues as smells, sounds and images. A recently installed exhibit at the Cameron Art Museum, “Recollection: The Past is Present,” focuses on the theme of memory. The exhibit has been up since February but will have its opening reception Thursday to coincide with the N.C. Black Film Festival." The Star News Online Article

- Archaeologists: Maya Blue pigment recipe moved around. "An archaeologist reports the ingredients of "Maya Blue" pigment beloved by Central America's ancients may have been widely mined, not traded as previously suggested. Maya Blue was widely used by the classic Maya of Central America to decorate buildings and wares, making the cobalt color a signature of the pyramid-building culture." The Story in USA Today

- 'Millard Sheets: The Early Years 1926-1944' at Pasadena Museum of California Art: "The oil paintings and watercolors in the exhibit are often bucolic and lively in nature, and show the roots of his prolific career." The Story at the Los Angeles Times


March 17, 1686: : Jean-Baptiste Oudry, the French Rococo painter, engraver, and tapestry designer, known for his naturalistic pictures of animals and his hunt pieces depicting game, was born.

March 17 1845: The rubber band was patented

March 17, 1846: Kate Greenaway, beloved English artist and children's book illustrator, was born

March 17, 1901: Vincent van Gogh, who sold one painting in his own lifetime, creates a sensation 11 years after his death when an exhibition of seventy-one of his paintings opens in Paris.

March 17, 1919: Nat "King" Cole, celebrated American jazz & big band singer, was born.

March 17, 1938: Rudolf Nureyev, Russian-born dancer and choreographer who revolutionized the role of the male ballet dancer and whom Nikita Kruschev ordered be assassinated after he defected to the West, was born.

March 17, 1941: The National Gallery of Art, created in 1937 by a Joint Resolution of Congress, and home to one of the finest art collections in the world, opened in Washington, D.C.


“William Morris. Redesigning the World”
By John Burdick.

“As an artist, poet, political writer, activist, and public figure, William Morris was astonishingly prolific. His collected writings total 24 large volumes, a body of poetry (for which he was best known in his own day), prose romances, and political essays that alone would constitute a formidable life's work. Today, of course, his reputation relies more on his innovative and plentiful textile designs, his decorative arts business, and his work as a somewhat unlikely and controversial socialist. This beautifully illustrated visual biography—with 100 color and black and white photos and reproductions of his art (up to 17 x 12 inches)—chronicles Morris's life and work from his boyhood in Epping Forest through his association with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, the founding of his design firm Morris & Co., his experimentation with illuminated manuscripts, his creation of Kelmscott Press, and the political endeavors of his later years.”


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