It's World Fair Trade Day.
Thanks to Shane @ MeFi for the link.
Perspectives: Women Artists in North America.
Via the Virtual Museum of Canada.
Costume Museum of Canada: Milestones and Memories.
'Clothing has always marked the important occasions in our lives, providing a tangible connection between past and future. We store our most cherished possessions in tissue, trunks, closets and drawers to later unpack a lifetime of memories. Share the last century through the clothes and eyes of a rural Manitoba woman, and remember. '
Photography, Outsider and Otherwise.
Via Interesting Ideas.
Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations. ' On a quest for quirky, the Rare Visions gang hits the roads of the U.S. in search of grassroots art. Along the way -- nourished by corn dogs and other delicacies -- they stumble upon some pretty cool stuff.'
World's biggest ball of videotape.
Lincoln Town Gyros, in Illinois.
'Legions of corner grills serve up great gyros or burgers. The genius at Lincoln Town Gyros who decided to combine the two should get a key to the city. While a third-of-a-pound burger sizzles on the grill, the counterman slices off a good six or seven strips of gyro meat from the round. On request, he places these next to the grilling burger to give the gyro a little extra char. The patty is then placed on a bun, topped with tomato, onion, pickle and a ladle of cheese sauce (or a slice of American or Swiss). Finally, saints be praised, the counterman crowns the works with the gyro strips and gyro sauce ... '
Cats Painted in the Progression of Psychosis of a Schizophrenic Artist.
'The progressive escape of reality towards delusion is expressed in the pictures below. They have been painted by Louis Wain, an European artist in the beginning of this century. Since Wain was young, he used to draw and paint cats for calendars, albums, postcards, etc. When he became 57 years old, he was affected by schizophrenia, which overtook his life as well his art. The last 15 years of his life were spent in psychiatric institutions. His cat's paintings started to change and to show startling images. Quite revealing of his psychotic condition were the cat's eyes. See how they become fixed with hostility, even in the earliest paintings, because the psychotic probably tends to think that the world is looking upon him in a menacing way. Another sign is the fragmentation of the cat's body. They become altered in a strange way under the psychotic's gaze, and almost always are represented as distorted and phantastic shapes ... '
More Art & Psychosis.
Optical Illusions. A great collection. I really like this one.
Werewolf. 'From time to time, we hear news about "werewolves" been displayed in circus or freak road-shows. These crittters are described as human beings similar to us, but generally with plenty of hair covering the whole body. '
'As a matter of fact, these creatures should not be compared to mythologic figures such as werewolves, but rather to our natural ancestors: monkeys and apes. '
'There are some rare cases in medical literature which could be interpreted as ATAVISMS, that is, the reappearance of our ancestors' organs, in which morphological traits, already lost by human beings thoroughout evolution, are expressed again ... '
Tamarin Photo, 'a website dedicated entirely to photography - intended for the experienced as well as the beginning collector, and for anyone else who just likes to view the finest of world-class photography.'
The Bloody Evidence. The Lincoln assassination affair.
'THE Chicago Historical Society's collection includes garments allegedly worn by Mary and Abraham Lincoln to Ford's Theatre on the night of the April 1865 assassination ... '
The New Sejoong Traditional Stone Museum, South Korea. Thanks Jeff!
Buddhist Art and Architecture: Symbolism of the Mandala. 'There are various forms of mandalas with distinct concepts and different purposes. The individual representations range from the so-called Cosmic Mandalas, which transmit the ancient knowledge of the development of the universe and the world-systems which represents a high point among Mandalas dedicated to meditation; to the Mandalas of the Medicine Buddha which demonstrates how the Buddha-power radiates in all directions, portraying the healing power of the Buddha ... '
More Buddhist Art and Architecture.
Hand Mudras. 'The symbolic gestures of the hands of Buddha images, called Mudras, are picture tools of identification of deeper meaning ... '
Jizo Bodhisattva: Photo Dictionary of Japanese Buddhism. 'Jizo statues are often equipped with Jizo's customary symbols, the shakujo, or six-ring staff, and the hoshunotama, or wish-fulfilling jewel. When he shakes the staff, he awakens us from our delusions. The mani jewel signifies his bestowal of treasures/wealth on all beings. Often a halo surrounds his head, and he stands or sits on a lotus flower. Jizo is the only bodhisattva portrayed as a monk (i.e. with shaven head) ... '
North: Landscape of the Imagination. 'The Canadian north: harsh and forbidding, beautiful and sustaining; a homeland for the indigenous people who have created an extraordinary art from its rugged landscape; a frontier for Southerners who define themselves against its presence.'
'From the early days of the Pre-Dorset and Dorset people who moved across the Arctic in the first millennium B.C., Northerners have left a record of their art. We know little of these early people, but we can admire the beautiful ivory carvings they left behind. And we can still respond to the legends the Inuit have told about the Tuniit (only later named the Dorset, for Cape Dorset the site of the first archaeological artifacts recognized to be from a separate culture).'
'The Canadian Arctic has been described in Norse legends, reproduced in paintings and sketches by early seamen or explorers, recreated through hundreds of years of Inuit sculpture, and painted, filmed and photographed by more contemporary artists. It has provided a compelling setting for fiction, and has inspired countless legends, poems and stories ... '
Art of Resting. African art.
'Although in traditional African cultures, furniture is hardly present, it is the only continent that has produced such a variety of chairs, stools, head rests, with such amazing designs.'
'Far from being simple usual objects, these seats carry important symbolic values. Generally considered as strictly personnal, one does not lend them, and in some cases they become true objects of cult. Made exclusively for the owner and following specific criteria, they are signs of social position and political functions ... '
Kongo Arts. African art.
Matthew's Eye. Watch it heal.
History of the Clean Air Act.
Eyewitness: Artificial Heart. The world's first - eyewitness account.
Ancient Musical Instruments at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.
Arms and Armour at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.
Museum of Carriages and Department of Court Uniforms.
The appalling Ann Coulter profiled.
'Coulter is looking blank: "Who was elected by a free and open democracy in Chile?" Allende, I repeat. "I don't know enough about that to speak to it ... " '
Through the Eyes of a Child. 'Through the Eyes of a Child brings together a dozen children with 12 professional photographers who served as mentors and guided them on a photographic journey through their neighborhoods. The children's backgrounds are representative of the variety of cultural communities that make up New York. The result of their forays is a jubilant array of images that chronicle the way our children see their worlds.'
Selected Civil War Photographs. (Library of Congress)
'The Selected Civil War Photographs Collection contains 1,118 photographs. Most of the images were made under the supervision of Mathew B. Brady, and include scenes of military personnel, preparations for battle, and battle after-effects. The collection also includes portraits of both Confederate and Union officers, and a selection of enlisted men.'
The South Texas Border 1900-1920: Photographs from the Robert Runyon Collection. 'The Robert Runyon Photograph Collection of the South Texas Border Area, a collection of over 8,000 items, is a unique visual resource documenting the Lower Rio Grande Valley during the early 1900s. Donated by the Runyon family to the Center for American History in 1986, it includes glass negatives, lantern slides, nitrate negatives, prints, and postcards, representing the life's work of commercial photographer Robert Runyon (1881-1968), a longtime resident of South Texas. His photographs document the history and development of South Texas and the border, including the Mexican Revolution, the U.S. military presence at Fort Brown and along the border prior to and during World War I, and the growth and development of the Rio Grande Valley. '
American Indians of the Pacific Northwest Digital Collection. Huge.
"For 500 generations they flourished until newcomers came... much was lost; much was devalued, but much was also hidden away in the hearts of the dispossessed...
"...Their voices insist upon a hearing and the cumulative wisdom of their long residence in this land offers rich insights to those willing to listen. The challenge now is to find a way to make knowledge of the ancient traditions, the experience of change and the living reality accessible and available..."
Arts of Korea. 'This exhibition explores Koreas distinctive cultural identity and the ways in which the arts of Korea have been affected by trade and diplomacy, by war and peace, and by religion and philosophy. Art forms unique to Korea are especially well represented by ceramics, ranging from the stonewares of the Three Kingdoms period (57 BC-AD 668) to the inlaid celadons of the Koryo dynasty (918-1392) and the punchong ware and porcelains of the Choson dynasty (1392-1910). Important developments in painting include the true-view landscapes and genre paintings produced during the eighteenth century, a time of widespread interest in defining and promoting native Korean cultural and artistic traditions.'
The Written Image: Japanese Calligraphy and Painting from the Sylvan Barnet and William Burto Collection.
'This exhibition displays 60 works of Japanese calligraphy, spanning a period of more than 1,000 years, drawn from the exceptional collection of Sylvan Barnet and William Burto. The collectionwhich traces the evolution of Japanese calligraphy from the Nara period (710784) through the 19th centuryincludes examples of both the Chinese script (kanji) and the Japanese script (kana). Also included are Buddhist and Shinto mandalas and a portrait of a Zen monk. The presentation of the Barnet and Burto Collection is supplemented by a selection of Japanese paintings and calligraphy from the Metropolitan's holdings.'
Treasures from a Lost Civilization: Ancient Chinese Art from Sichuan. 'This exhibition presents the fascinating art and material culture of ancient Sichuan, in remote southwest China, uncovered by archaeology of the last 15 years. The 128 works of art on exhibit include monumental bronze images of deities, lively human figures, fantastic ritual vessels, exquisite jades, and spirited ceramic sculptures dating from the late phase of Sanxingdui culture (13th11th century B.C.) to the Han dynasty (3rd century B.C.3rd century A.D.). They are among the most unusual and spectacular works of art from the ancient world, and most of them are being shown for the first time in the United States. This exhibition provides rare access to a previously unknown artistic and cultural tradition as well as an opportunity to reexamine the early phase of Chinese civilization.'
Masterpieces of Japanese Art from the Mary Griggs Burke Collection.
Genesis: Ideas of Origin in African Sculpture.
'How did the world begin? What is our ancestry? What is the source of agriculture and of kingship, and other societal institutions? African cultures seek to provide answers to these questions through elaborate interwoven traditions of oral history, poetry, and art. Genesis: Ideas of Origin in African Sculpture explores how artists in 17 distinct African cultures have interpreted these ideas and sought to answer these questions. Within that framework, the exhibition explores in depth the nuanced complexity of one noteworthy classical sculptural form, the ci wara antelope headdress of the Bamana people. The exhibition includes 40 exceptional ci wara headdresses, as well as 35 noted masterpieces from across sub-Saharan Africa inspired by distinctive myths of origin ranging from the Dogon of Mali, the Senufo of Cte dIvoire, and the Yoruba of Nigeria to the Luba and Kuba of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Chokwe of Angola, and the Ntwane of South Africa.'
DeYoung Museum: Oceanic Art. 'The Oceanic collections were charter collections of the de Young Museum, their nucleus being formed in 1894 at the California Midwinter Fair. Throughout the century, additional Oceanic works have built this collection. Highlights include a 10-foot housepost from the latmul culture of Papua New Guinea, a group of brightly painted carvings used in Malanggan ceremonials of New Ireland, and a selection of powerful wood carvings from the Maori peoples of New Zealand ... '
The Eden Project, Cornwall.
Nichols Arboretum. 'University of Michigan's Nichols Arboretum is a 123 acre "living museum" nestled in the hills adjacent to UM's Central Campus. The 1906 historic design by O.C. Simonds celebrates the dramatic topography. Long views are framed by the Arb's collection of Michigan native plants and plants from around the world.'
'When the snow covers this little corner of the earth, a walk in the Arb becomes an exercise in listening. Over the crunch of the snow underfoot, one can hear the flight of birds in the brush, and their songs ring out in the valley, now open to the sound. The few stubborn leaves still clinging to the trees rustle in the brisk winter breeze. Step out of the woods and in to the tallgrass prairie for a change of texture. Winter snows seem to quiet the world, and the grasses and forbs make their own music. Or visit the banks of the Huron, where dark waters ripple over the heart of the river ... '
University of Michigan Herbarium.
Fairchild Tropical Garden, 'one of the world's preeminent botanical gardens, with extensive collections of rare tropical plants including palms, cycads, flowering trees and vines. Established in 1938, the 83-acre Garden is among the region's most popular visitor attractions and offers a variety of programs in environmental education, conservation and horticulture. An international leader in tropical plant research, Fairchild Tropical Garden plays an important part in preserving the biodiversity of the tropical environment. '
The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.
The New York Botanical Garden.
World Press Photo.
Masters of Photography.
The Royal Photographic Society: Egypt and India.
The Royal Photographic Society: The Parrot.
The Royal Photographic Society: Early Amateur Photographers, 1850s.
The Royal Photographic Society: London.
The Royal Photographic Society: Self Portraits.
The Royal Photographic Society: The Nude.
The Royal Photographic Society: Experimental Colour Photography.
Dancing in the Woods. (Gujarat, mid 17th century).
A - Hats off, Gentlemen. Poem.
Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum. Not suitable for work.
Afghan War Rugs. 'Jack Lee introduces the anonymous weavers of Beluch rugs which have become canvases for images of the Afghan War.' Images.
'The outsider vision is not solely the preserve of individual creators, it also pervades the cultures of people who find themselves marginally in touch with the mainstream. From the makers of Vodou banners of applique sequins to the enthusiastic builders of American art-cars, different groups have shown how unique objects can share a common strand. One further group should be added to the list, the Beluch weavers of Afghanistan, an overlooked community of folk artists whose work has been inspired by the Afghan War ... '
Naives of Taiwan. Images.
'Compared with European naive art and art brut, Taiwanese naive art has a fairly recent history; the first public display of work by a naive artist took place in the 60s. In the years which followed, with ever-growing economic prosperity and the rise of a popular political opposition movement, Taiwan echoed with demands for democracy. In cultural life there arose a desire to research the real origins of Taiwan and to expose those truly Taiwanese characteristics hitherto lost in the heart of the Chinese world ... '
V-J Day Kiss. 'It seems as if everybody's claiming to be the sailor--or the nurse he's kissing--in the famous photograph taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE magazine 50 years ago on V-J Day, August 14, 1945 ... '
Life Magazine: Classic Pictures: Mother's Day.
Life Magazine: Classic Pictures: State Fairs.
Life Magazine: Classic Pictures: Grade School.
Life Magazine: Classic Pictures: Ice Cream.
Stone Sculpture from Hindu Temples.
'The Hindu temple represents a temporary abode for the gods, a place where they make themselves visible and accessible to the devotee. Temples are therefore important in Hindu worship, and a staggering number, ranging from undecorated brick buildings to enormous complexes, were built from the 7th to 14th centuries ... '
Via the Asia Society Museum.
Jain Sculpture. Via the Asia Society Museum.
Giant Microbes. 'We make stuffed animals that look like tiny microbes—only a million times actual size! '
Via Cup of Chicha.
Un-Telligence Test. How good at survival are you? I got 47 % - 'the subject displayed a poor (and a little bit boring) sense of humor, a godlike (and annoying) sense of morality, and a hot shot self-confidence. '
Via Bifurcated Rivets.
A friend gets married. And plep extends warmest congratulations...
' On International Conscientious Objectors' Day, four men explain the very different reasons why they refused to fight in four very different conflicts. '
Fossil Sites of Australia. Virtual tours. Courtesy of the Australian Museum.
'The fossil sites in Australia are highly significant in their own right. Taken together they represent key stages in the development of Australia's fauna. These sites represent extreme diversity and quality of preserved materials ... '
Wildlife of Sydney. Online guide; lots of fun.
African Voices: Market Crossroads.
'The Accra market has survived coups, bulldozers, and fires. In 1979, it was demolished, temporarily crushing the economic power of the women marketeers. The rebuilt market was burned to the ground in 1991 and again rebuilt ... '
More African Voices.
African Voices: Living Spaces.
'African families and communities create living spaces that express and reinforce their changing values and social organization. African societies give concrete expression to their particular histories and cultures through the designation of public and private space, male and female space, religious and civic space. Within these spaces, Africans create and use objects that likewise express and reinforce their values and beliefs ... '
Best Friends. Helping homeless pets.
Special feature on animal hoarding. 'They call themselves "rescuers" or "shelters," but they're really suffering from a serious mental illness.'
Loving Animals to Death. From the Animal Protection Institute.
'The animal "collector," sometimes known as a "hoarder," is a familiar person to us all. These "animal lovers" reside in almost every community throughout the United States, if not the world. You may even know someone like this, a person who tends to keep to themselves, someone who is always available to rescue a stray dog, cat or any animal in need. This may seem to be a selfless act of kindness until you enter the mind and home of a true animal collector ... '
Animal Hoarding. Definition and links.
Psychiatric Times: People Who Hoard Animals. 'Over 600 animals were found in the home of a Los Angeles woman, arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty. Some of the animals were already dead and some so ill they had to be euthanized by Animal Services. The woman insisted the animals were well-cared for and her home was clean, despite physical evidence to the contrary. She refused to voluntarily surrender the animals to animal control. Her fear? They would be euthanized. This woman could be described as an animal hoarder. '
Animals in Bondage: The Hoarding Mind.
BushCo Reams Nation Good. No WMDs after all, no excuse for war, too late for anyone to care anymore. Ha-ha, suckers.
The Time of Trees. Photography, trees and human beings.
Matsuri! Japanese Festival Arts.
"Late one summer afternoon, hearing laughter rising from the busy Tokyo sidewalk below my hotel, I peered down in the direction of the voices. A cluster of animated young men, identically dressed in white cotton kimono with bold blue designs, seemed to be heading gaily down the street. The day was an ordinary workday in Japan, which would typically call for sobriety and conservative business attire, so the lighthearted and playful attitude of the young men was surprising. Descending to the street, I learned from a passerby that they were headed for a nearby matsuri. Matsuri, it was smilingly explained, was the term for a Shinto shrine festival." -Gloria Granz Gonick, author of Matsuri! Japanese Festival Arts.
I'll Have Wax Sculptures, Flowers on the Side, Hold the Suffering.
'In July, Americans set off explosives to commemorate the "rockets' red glare" attending their country's independence. The Thais, meanwhile, make wax sculptures and offer flowers to commemorate the precepts of their country's prophet, who gave his inaugural sermon some 2500 years ago. '
'Having already attained enlightenment, the Buddha explained the doctrine of the Four Noble Truths to five ascetics, who had earlier told the Buddha that enlightenment lay in self-mortification. The Buddha rejected this. For him, enlightenment lay in the cessation of desire. Upon hearing the Buddha's words, the five ascetics instantly became enlightened. They also became the Buddha's first disciples. Thus was born the Sangha, the clergy of Thai Buddhism ... '
Treasures of Modern Art: The Legacy of Phyllis Watts. 'In celebration of the exceptional contribution Phyllis Wattis made to SFMOMA, Treasures of Modern Art highlights works of art acquired by the Museum through its devoted trustee and patron, who passed away in June 2002 at the age of 97. Focusing on art that entered the collection between 1995 and 2002, the exhibition includes works by such artists as Marcel Duchamp, Alberto Giacometti, Rene Magritte, and Robert Rauschenberg, illustrating an extraordinary range of modern art and offering an unprecedented look at the Wattis legacy.'
Ansel Adams at 100. 'Welcome to this special interactive program, developed in conjunction with the exhibition Ansel Adams at 100, on view at the Museum through January 13, 2002. Focusing on seven key works, this program provides insights into the history and world of ideas behind Adams' photography.'
The Ansel Adams Gallery.
Best of Ansel Adams. 'Featuring 25 photographs from American scenic photographer Ansel Adams, a pioneer in the movement to preserve the wilderness and one of the first to promote photography as an art form. These photos were taken 1933-1942.'
The American Experience: Ansel Adams. Site of a documentary film, produced for PBS. Includes rare footage of Adams' hikes.
The Sierra Club: About Ansel Adams.
'Ansel Adams was a visionary figure in nature photography and wilderness preservation. He is seen as an environmental folk hero and a symbol of the American West, especially of Yosemite National Park. Adams' dedication to wilderness preservation, his commitment to the Sierra Club, and of course, his signature black-and-white photographs inspire an appreciation for natural beauty and a strong conservation ethic.....'
'Suffering Under a Great Injustice': Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar.
'In 1943, Ansel Adams (1902-1984), America's best-known photographer, documented the Manzanar War Relocation Center in California and the Japanese Americans interned there during World War II. In "Suffering under a Great Injustice": Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar, the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress presents for the first time side-by-side digital scans of both Adams's 242 original negatives and his 209 photographic prints, allowing viewers to see his darkroom technique and in particular how he cropped his prints.'
'Adams's Manzanar work is a departure from his signature style of landscape photography. Although a majority of the photographs are portraits, the images also include views of daily life, agricultural scenes, and sports and leisure activities. When he offered the collection to the Library in 1965, Adams wrote, "The purpose of my work was to show how these people, suffering under a great injustice, and loss of property, businesses and professions, had overcome the sense of defeat and dispair [sic] by building for themselves a vital community in an arid (but magnificent) environment. . . . All in all, I think this Manzanar Collection is an important historical document, and I trust it can be put to good use." '
Manzanar National Historic Site (National Park Service). 'Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps at which Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese aliens were interned during World War II. Located at the foot of the imposing Sierra Nevada in eastern California's Owens Valley, Manzanar has been identified as the best preserved of these camps. '
Further and Further Away. The Relocation of San Diego's Nikkei Community - 1942.
'December 7, 1941 was a cloudy day, and even for San Diego it was chilly. I was in my hot house in our backyard busying myself with the camellias I grew as a hobby. About noon my oldest son burst through the door. "Papa," he told me with wide eyes and short gasps of breath, "Papa, Papa, Japan has bombed Hawaii." ' - Josuke Sakamoto.
The Streets of Kabul. Exhibition of photographs.
'In February 2002, the World Bank reopened its office in Kabul to support the reconstruction process in Afghanistan. The Bank is also the administrator of the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund, used mainly in to finance government operational expenses. Last year, the Bank committed $100 million in grants largely for infrastructure rehabilitation projects, and is also administering a $2 million grant from the Japan Social Development Fund for Afghanistan and a $1.5 million grant from the World Bank Post-Conflict Fund to finance a number of refugee education projects.'
'As part of its capacity-building effort, the Bank opened a distance learning center in Kabul linking the country into the Bank's highly effective Global Development Learning Network (GDLN). World Bank Institute Distance Learning specialist Michael Foley took the pictures below while working in Afghanistan last year.'
Indian Eunuchs' Day in the Sun. 'Eunuchs from all over India gathered in a small village this week to re-enact a story from the Hindu scriptures in which they pretend to marry a warrior-god. ' (27th April 2003)
'Two eunuchs - or hijras as they are known here - sat side by side at a table in a café. They dipped long, red-varnished fingernails into the hearty south Indian lunch - rice, lentils and vegetables - and ate, and gossiped. '
'One slim, the other stout - they were dressed like twin sisters, in immaculate brown and white saris. Delicate gold chains were arranged over their hair. '
'Another hijra, perhaps 35, sat down next to me to introduce herself. "I'm Jayalakshmi," she said, smiling broadly, "and that's my mummy". '
Andreas Gursky. Photography.
'... His early themes of Sunday leisure and local tourism gave way to enormous industrial plants, apartment buildings, hotels, office buildings, and warehouses. Family outings and hiking trips were replaced by the Olympics, a cross-country marathon involving hundreds of skiers, the German parliament, the trading floors of international stock exchanges, alluring displays of brand-name goods, and midnight techno music raves attended by casts of thousands. Gursky's world of the 1990s is big, high-tech, fast-paced, expensive, and global. Within it, the anonymous individual is but one among many.'
Body and Soul.
African Voices: Work and Environment.
'From the rice farmers of Sierra Leone to the metal workers of Mali, workers in Africa produce life's necessities and luxuries. Africans have developed cultures and technologies in tandem with the natural environment--its valuable resources and changing nature. Culture, work, and the environment have influenced each other, creating Africa's long and dynamic history of work. That history spans challenges of famine and war, triumphs of science, engineering, and art. '
More African Voices.
African Voices: Wealth in Motion.
'Africans use objects to mark changes in status as a person moves through life: a gleaming mask in performance, a university diploma displayed, a lion coffin lofted through the streets. People, creativity, movement--all are essential elements of wealth. '
Human Evolution. The 'human story', courtesy of the Australian Museum. Skeletons and skulls.
Total lunar eclipse coming May 15-16.