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Museum of Art’s Frank Goodyear on the Jazz Photography of William P. Gottlieb

Frank Goodyear

Frank Goodyear

 

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art has opened an exhibition of vintage photographs by William P. Gottlieb capturing jazz musicians in performance. Museum of Art Co-Director Frank Goodyear puts in context the exhibition On 52nd Street: The Jazz Photography of William P. Gottlieb, on view through September 14, 2014.

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On Happiness, Optimism, and Setting Goals (TED)

Smiley FaceSean Achor is a happiness expert. No, really. As CEO of Good Think and author of Before Happiness and The Happiness Advantage, he has devoted his life to researching positive psychology and its effective application. In a recent TED talk, Achor discussed how, contrary to the belief that success brings happiness, the brain works the other way around — meaning that being happy can make you more successful. So what are the mental obstacles that keep people “stuck in their ways”? From being irrationally optimistic to setting goals that are too far off in the future, this Q&A with Achor may bring you one step closer to happiness.

Where Temporary Exhibitions Go to Rest (Smithsonian)

Museum240Most of us have seen, at one time or another, a museum exhibition that blew us away. So why do museums change or take away some of their most beloved exhibitions? Other than the astoundingly large collections that some of these museums can boast, factors such as light sensitivity necessitate that objects be rotated in and out of the metaphorical spotlight. National Museum of American History intern Elisabeth Warsinske tells all.

Maggie Bryan ’15 Explores the Cultural Crossover Behind French Impressionism

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Maggie Bryan ’15

You may be familiar with Japanese-French fusion in culinary terms, but who knew that those two countries are also connected in art history?

During the early 19th century, Japanese artworks such as fans, silks, kimonos and prints began trickling into France, where they inspired significant changes in French art – a topic on which Maggie Bryan ’15 is becoming something of an expert.

This summer, under the guidance of Assistant Professor of Art History Peggy Wang, Bryan is researching how impressionist and post-impressionist French painters were influenced by the woodblock prints of Utagawa Hiroshige, Katsushika Hokusai and other Japanese artists.

Read more about Bryan’s research on the Japanese influence behind French impressionism.

The Myth of the Lone Creative Genius (The Atlantic)

BeatlesThough Paul McCartney and John Lennon could be considered musical geniuses in their own right, there is no doubt their collaboration had an impact on the Beatles’ historically significant music. McCartney was organized, a mediator, a diplomat. Lennon was agitated, chaotic, darker. Their opposing perspectives may have made their recording sessions tense, but they contributed to the highly innovative and successful nature of the Beatles’ music.

Lennon and McCartney famously integrated songs they had separately written in “A Day In The Life,” and bounced lyrics off of each other for “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.” “I offered cellophane flowers and newspaper taxis,” Paul said, “and John replied with kaleidoscope eyes … We traded words off each other, as we always did.” The Atlantic goes in-depth on the power of creative partnership, in the Beatles and beyond.

Advice to Students From a Psychology Professor (NPR)

Student-StudyingSo many of the lessons articulated in commencement speeches are pearls of wisdom that would serve students well long before they accept their diplomas.

Psychology professor Tania Lambrozo highlights the psychological findings that she learned during her career path but wishes she’d known in high school, including taking time for creative play and learning that you are your own harshest critic.

Keep Calm and Carry a Toothbrush (NPR)

Flying over HimalayasA lot of thought goes into packing a suitcase. We have a finite amount of room for our stuff, and it’s a nuisance to get to a destination and realize that you left something important at home. But what if all these material goods are weighing us down as baggage of the worst kind?

NPR shares one man’s insights after his luggage temporarily disappeared into the national airport labyrinth: “If you have enough for the day, then everything is all right.”

Portland Press Herald’s Amelia Kunhardt ’83 Wins Emmy Award (The Newspaper Guild)

EmmyAwardEmmy’s aren’t just for TV anymore. Amy Kunhardt ’83 recently won a Boston/New England regional Emmy award for her story “Three Shots on Roy Road,” which reported on a shooting incident involving a local police officer. This is the second Emmy that Kunhardt has won, following one she earned for a story about a man losing 100 pounds. Her entry was part of the “Societal Concerns” category, and she is self-taught in video editing. The story was accompanied by a print article by reporter Matt Bryne. Though the number of Emmys awarded to newspapers is still small in comparison with those awarded to TV stations, Kunhardt expects that these numbers will continue to grow. Read more and watch her award-winning video on the Newspaper Guild.

Art Show to Open at Ellen Baxter ’75′s Sugar Hill Complex (Wall Street Journal)

Ellen Baxter '75

Ellen Baxter ’75

The new Sugar Hill Apartment complex in Harlem, which includes more than 100 units for low-income and homeless people, is readying for occupancy in August. Ahead of its opening, it will be the stage for an “ambitious” group exhibition of contemporary artists, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The organization behind Sugar Hill is Broadway Housing Communities, a nonprofit founded by Ellen Baxter ’75 in 1983 to provide affordable housing to New Yorkers. Broadway Housing invited an arts organization to install an art show at Sugar Hill that reflected the neighborhood. This organization, No Longer Empty, specializes in staging exhibitions in places that rarely see contemporary art.

 

Where Rodin Intersects With Science and Technology (NPR)

PARIS 2010 267Rodin’s sculptures now have a new role outside their revered spot in the art world. At Stanford University, Dr. James Chang noticed a similarity between the medical conditions he was treating and the hands of the Rodin sculptures on the lawn. Rodin’s innovation lay in his choice not to idealize the human form, depicting conditions such as disease and disfigurement.

Chang recognizes, through Rodin’s work and his own work, that “a patient’s emotions are very much tied into their hands.” Now, with the help of iPad technology, he uses CT scans of his patients superimposed on similar Rodin hands to demonstrate certain conditions in the classroom. Chang is hopeful that doctors can one day use this art-meets-science technology to explain anatomy face-to-face with real patients.