Friday, April 09, 2010

Munsters, Funsters, Singers & Photographers


Addams exhibit showcases the art that started it all : "The Museum of the City of New York is putting its extensive collection of Addams' artwork on display through June 8 in the "Charles Addams' New York" exhibition . This is the museum's first solo exhibition of Addams' work in five decades. It also includes pieces on loan from the Tee & Charles Addams Foundation and Joan Fontaine's private collection..." Read the full story


April 9, 1830: Eadweard Muybridge, English-born photographer and motion picture pioneer, was born. "An English photographer, Muybridge is known primarily for his important pioneering work, with use of multiple cameras to capture motion, and his zoopraxiscope, a device for projecting motion pictures that pre-dated the flexible perforated film strip that is used today."

April 9, 1860: The oldest audible sound recording of a human voice is recorded, using a device known as the phonautograph. Invented by Frenchman Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, it transcribed sound to a visible medium, but had no means to play back the sound after it was recorded. One recording, created on April 9, 1860, was deciphered by computer and when played back in 2009 was revealed to be a 10-second recording of the French folk song "Au Clair de la Lune".

April 9, 1898: Paul Robeson, American singer and activist, was born. Robeson was an internationally renowned American bass-baritone concert singer, scholar, actor of film and stage, All-American and professional athlete, writer, multi-lingual orator and lawyer who was also noted for his wide-ranging social justice activism.

April 9, 1906: Victor Vasarely, Hungarian-French artist whose work pioneered Op-Art, was born.

April 9, 1906: Antal Dorati, Hungarian-born American conductor, was born. Dorati was principal conductor of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Philharmonic.


"Disciples of Light. Photographs in the Brewster Album"

By Graham Smith.
Published by the J. Paul Getty Museum: 1990.

An examination of an album acquired by the Getty Museum- Sir David Brewster's own album of photographs made between 1839 and 1850 by the principal Scottish practitioners of William Henry Fox Talbot's new "art".


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