Apr 8, 2014

The end of an era: the Corcoran Gallery of Art

The Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. was the largest privately funded museum of art at the time of its founding in 1869. It is now gone, being taken over by the National Gallery. According to Philip Kennicott of the Washington Post, even though it's being absorbed by the National Gallery, it is the "end of the Corcoran and its final dismemberment."

Washington Post article, Feb 19, 2014, by Philip Kennicott

" If the Corcoran Gallery of Art had to be swallowed up by a larger and healthier institution to survive, we might celebrate Wednesday’s announcement that its collection will be devoured by the National Gallery of Art. The National Gallery is hands down the most prestigious and respected steward of fine art in Washington, and its reputation is international. But this is not a swallowing of the Corcoran — this is the end of the Corcoran and its final dismemberment.

Everything that was darkly whispered about the Corcoran’s board over the past few years has come to pass: After decades of erratic and often incompetent leadership, it has seen the institution through to its demise. They will hand over the art to the National Gallery, which will take the pick of the lot and then distribute the rest through some program yet to be announced. A small “legacy” gallery featuring beloved works closely associated with the soon-to-be-defunct Corcoran brand will be maintained somewhere in the old building, which will be given to George Washington University. GWU will absorb the college and teaching functions. As a legal entity, the Corcoran will continue, although this will consist primarily of an advisory board and a name on the wall of the museum building on 17th Street NW."


Feb 16, 2014

Mammoth tusk unearthed in Seattle!

Mammoth tusk unearthed in Seattle!

It's always so wonderful when a public museum benefits from a private developer. This week a many thousand-year old Columbian Mammoth tusk was unearthed from a construction site while they were digging to prepare the ground for a large-scale apartment complex in the South Lake Union neighborhood in Seattle. The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture was contacted and their paleontologists went over to prepare the tusk for transport to the museum, where it will eventually be on display. Way to go private developers! Now, what to name the mammoth?

Photograph by Christian Sidor, courtesy Burke Museum

Burke Museum Paleontology Lab Manager Bruce Crowley uses an awl to carefully remove sediment from around the tusk. When fully exposed, the tusk measured 8.5 feet long.


Feb 6, 2014

Wikipedia flooded with women artists

With the work of women writers around the world who crowd-sourced together, entries about women artists were added to Wikipedia to help tip the scales of information about artists available on the internet.
Here's a new entry - Dorrit Black!

#dorritblack #wikipediaartandfeminism

Dorrit Black, The Bridge, 1930, oil on canvas on board.



Sep 10, 2013

A new Vincent Van Gogh painting has been discovered!

Vincent said: “Yesterday, at sunset, I was on a stony heath, where very small, twisted oaks grow, in the background a ruin on the hill, and wheat fields in the valley. It was romantic, it couldn’t be more so, à la Monticelli, the sun was pouring its very yellow rays over the bushes and the ground, absolutely a shower of gold. And all the lines were beautiful; the whole scene had charming nobility.”


Aug 30, 2013

March on Washington 1963

March on Washington 1963

There's an amazing archive of photographs from this monumental event. May we all learn from the important ideas that came out of the March on Washington from 1963. Marlon Brando, James Baldwin, Charlton Heston, and Harry Belafonte, all together talking about civil rights. We need to continue the discussion and keep progressing as a nation.


Jun 20, 2013

Tin Cans=Tintypes!!!

Wonderful use for those old rusty cans lying around. Beautiful!