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The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword

    Please check out these remarkable visual responses from artists around the world to the attack on Charlie Hebdo.

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Walden, the Game…Just in Time for the Holidays

    The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)  just awarded funding to USC’s Game Innovation Lab for Walden, a video game simulating Thoreau’s secluded forest life. The grant was part of the NEH’s new Digital Projects for the Public … Continue reading

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Re-Opening of Harvard Art Museums Speaks to Larger Trend

    This interesting article in the New York Times highlights the relationship between extensive arts facilties and the elite higher educational institutions who shepard their expansion.   Worth a look.

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The Intersection of Art and Religion

  Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s installation “Intersections” recently garnered the artist top prize at ArtPrize, a Grand Rapids-based juried competition.  An intricately laser-cut box hangs from the center of the gallery, casting elaborate shadows on the surrounding walls and … Continue reading

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100 Books a Day? If Not, Then Why 100 Paintings?

Therein lies the question set forth by this great article in the New York Times.  Research indicates that there is a tie between slow contemplation and well-being, and museums offer the perfect place for this kind of rejuvination.  Don’t try … Continue reading

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    Fascinating story in the Boston Globe about the relationship between the MFA and Prado that made the MFA’s upcoming Goya exhibit “Order and Disorder” possible.  The show, which runs from October 12 — January 19, is the largest … Continue reading

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Life in the Age of Go-Pro

  Great article in The New Yorker about the profound changes that underlie the ubiquity of cameras. especially the GoPro, in our lives.

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Reason #952 to love GoPros: Aerial Waltz

Walzing on City Hall?  Bandaloop dancers Amelia Rudolph and Roel Seeber take vertical choreography to new heights on Oakland’s City Hall during the Art + Soul Festival. Music is “Hopeless Romantic” by William Ryan Fritch.

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Calder at the Peabody Essex Museum

An exciting exhibit of Alexander Calder’s kinetic sculpture, Calder: From Avant-Gard to Iconic, is now open at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem.  Forty works, including both Calder’s mobiles and stabiles, showcase the artist’s seminal role in re-inventing 20th century … Continue reading

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Poe’s “Dream Land” inspires new art

Inspired by this sensation they discovered in London’s VIctoria & Albert Museum after closing, as well as an Edgar Allen Poe’s 1844 poem “Dream-Land” about a voyager ship that lands in a place outside of space and time, the design collective The T/Shirt … Continue reading

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