Questioning the Barnes Legacy

July 8, 2012

I just finished watching the documentary, The Art of the Steal, made in 2009 to outline the controversy surrounding the Barnes Foundation and feel the need to comment. (I know, I know it came out ages ago, but I promise it’s still relevant) Rather than helping me decide my thoughts on the Foundation and its [...]

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Lalla Essaydi’s Revisions

June 29, 2012

Friends, I must tell you briefly about Lalla Essaydi’s new exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. You may remember my post after Essaydi’s Femmes du Maroc show in 2010. If my post peaked your interest even in the slightest, I strongly encourage you to visit Revisions, which is on display until February [...]

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Fashionable Portraits by Christian Louboutin

July 14, 2011

I am certainly not the only blogger to have noticed Christian Louboutin‘s heavily art historical fall 2011 collection. But as an art history blogger, I feel obliged to share the astounding new portraits Louboutin put together with photographer Peter Lippman. The photos are styled quite closely to a number of famous painted portraits, with a [...]

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Phaedra at the Kimmel Center

June 6, 2011

Of all the various performance arts, opera is by far my favorite. My love of opera began in college when my French teacher took me and my classmates to see Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. There was something magical and inspiring about the rich voices, brilliant costumes, and lively orchestra. I went [...]

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Course Building: Ancient Art

May 23, 2011

Just a quick little update for you. Today I begin major preparations for the Ancient Art course I will be teaching this fall. I have finally amassed what I hope will be enough texts and other sources to create just the right balance of readings and images. A unique challenge my chair threw at me [...]

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Roberto Capucci: Art Into Fashion

May 13, 2011

Not long ago I took a trip down to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to catch their current exhibit, Roberto Capucci: Art Into Fashion. It is a retrospective of the Italian designer’s apparel and one of several major museum shows dealing with fashion right now (see the Met Museum’s Alexander McQueen show and the John [...]

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