Most 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
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.
Though 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.
So 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.
A 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.”
Emmy’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.
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.
Rodin’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.
During their time at Bowdoin, Sam Plattus ’12, Jill Eddy ’12 and Nate Houran ’13 often discussed their shared desire to write and perform a play about crime. The story, they agreed, would be loosely based on The Tragedy of Macbeth, one of their favorite plays, and on two of their favorite miscreants, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
While as students they never found the time to work on the project, this summer all three were at points in their careers where they could come together. The play they created, Holler: An Appalachian Tragedy, will debut at the PortFringe theater festival in Portland on June 27 and 28. Eddy wrote the script and composed the music. Plattus is directing the production. Houran and Eddy play the two main characters: MacCoy, a low-level drug dealer in his early 20s, and his teenage wife, Little Lady. Read the full story.
Production photo of Alvin Hall ’74 with his car and pet
The multi-talented Alvin Hall ’74 has just wrapped up filming a new English comedy series called Puppy Love. In the show, Hall plays Jepherson Denomer, an American philanthropist with a vintage maroon Jag and an old trusty dog named Tuggy. The show is written by and stars Jo Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine, and according to IMDB is “a story of love, dogs and the love of dogs.” The series follows two women “as they navigate their headstrong dogs, impossible teenage kids and disappointing husbands.”
Hall, who is also a financial advisor, author, television and radio broadcaster, and trustee emeritus, is known for his many BBC series and programs, including Jay-Z: From Brooklyn to the Boardroom, Alvin’s Guide to Good Business — in which he visited social entrepreneurs around the world — and Your Money or Your Life, in which he helped people gain control over their finances. He is the author of several books on financial planning, including Getting Started in Stocks.