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Arctic Museum Wins Two First-Place Awards

The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum has taken home two first-place awards in the New England Museum Association’s 2014 Publication Award Competition.

Award-winning invitation for Arctic Museum's "Pop-Up Museum: Your Favorite Things" event.

Award-winning invitation for Arctic Museum’s “Pop-Up Museum: Your Favorite Things” event.

The Museum’s invitation to its “Pop-Up Museum: Your Favorite Things” event won first place in the Invitations category and the Museum’s brochure “Spirits of Land, Air, and Water” won first place in the Exhibit Supplementary Materials category. Fifty-seven museums submitted 168 publications to this year’s competition.

“We are gratified by the recognition of the thought, care, and humor that went into developing both pieces,” said Susan Kaplan, director of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, “and we are thrilled that our colleagues in the museum world chose to recognize our work.”

Both publications were developed by Arctic Museum staff in consultation with Bill Fall of Fall Design. The brochure features Inuit art from the Robert and Judith Toll Collection, photographed by Dean Abraham. Penmor Lithographers printed both pieces.

A French Lesson in Honor of Bastille Day (Los Angeles Times)

Communication concept - Speech cloudEven if you didn’t celebrate Bastille Day, you can still celebrate the simplicity of speaking a language (English) that includes only one form of “you.” In other languages, such as Spanish and French, there are both formal and informal ways of addressing someone in second person (usted/ustedes vs. and vous vs. tu, respectively) and knowing which one to use can be tricky. This witty flowchart from The Los Angeles Times helps you brush up on this distinction in French in any situation, whether you are an adult conversing with a younger member of a royal family, your coworkers, your father in law, and even God.

Would You Name Your Daughter or Son After a Movie Character? (Huffington Post)

BabyMany parents are looking to to popular culture — especially films — for inspiration in naming their children. The Huffington Post reveals the mid-year top picks for baby names in 2014, and some might seem familiar: Katniss (#14 for girls and lead character of The Hunger Games book and movie trilogy), and Django (#46 for boys and lead character in Quentin Tarrantino’s Django Unchained), among others.


Museum of Art Tuttle Exhibition ‘Most Exciting and Important Exhibition of Contemporary Art’ (Portland Press Herald)


"Trans Asian," 1993. Color woodcut printed on silk with Chinese Xuan Zhi paper.

“Trans Asian,” 1993. Color woodcut printed on silk with Chinese Xuan Zhi paper.


Calling the Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospectivethe most exciting and important exhibition of contemporary art to have been mounted in Maine in many years,” Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram art reviewer Dan Kany extols the virtues of the show, saying “A Print Retrospective is not only an exciting show, but it will make you a better viewer of contemporary art.” Read the review.

Infographic: A Productive Day (

Lazy days of summer? Maybe for some. Whether things slow down, giving you a chance to assess and regroup, or still have you “out straight,” as some Mainers say, we’re taking the next two weeks to pass along tips to help your productivity.

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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


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.