25th November
Turning Point: Oribe and the Arts of Sixteenth-Century Japan. 'This exhibition explores the genesis of the dramatic stylistic changes in Japanese art during the brief but brilliant Momoyama period (1573–1615), which witnessed the struggles of ambitious warlords for control of the long-splintered country and Japan's first encounter with the West. The first comprehensive examination of the subject in the West, the exhibition presents nearly 200 objects—paintings, ceramics, lacquerware, and textiles from public and private collections in Japan, the United States, and Canada—that together illustrate the political, economic, and social forces underlying the unprecedented changes in the arts and aesthetics in late-16th-century Japan. Chief among these forces was Furuta Oribe's (1543/44–1615) innovative approach to the practice of the tea ceremony, culminating in the unique development of the strikingly bold and colorful ceramics known as Oribe. The new creative energy that marked this period found expression not only in Oribe ceramics but in all the arts, which with their shared motifs, designs, and compositions evidence a collaboration among artists never before witnessed in the history of Japanese art ... '

Handicrafts of India. Online gallery.

Medieval Scandinavia. 'Norway is much more than beautiful fjords and the midnight sun. We have a long and exciting history as well, of which many exciting objects are on display around in the country. Medieval Scandinavia will guide you through some of that history.'
Stave churches of Norway.

Vinlanda: The Vinland Map on the Web. 'The Vinland Map purports to be a 15th century map depicting Viking exploration of North America centuries before Columbus. If genuine, the Vinland map is one of the great documents of Western civilization; if fake, it's an astonishingly clever forgery.'
'Since its announcement and publication in 1965 the Vinland Map has been in and out of favor. The initial publication, Skelton et al. The Vinland Map and Tartar Relation, trumpeted its authenticity. Then, in 1972, a scientific team headed by Dr. Walter McCrone reported that its ink contained anatase, a form of titanium which first appeared in ink during the 1920s. Twenty years later, in 1992, Dr. Thomas Cahill of UC Davis found anatase in a variety of medieval manuscripts and the question was reopened. In 1995 Yale released a second edition of the book, together with further articles in support of the map, even as scholarly opinion outside of Yale increasingly turned against it. Most recently, two studies, one on the parchment and another on the ink, seemed to many to point in different directions. The last word? Don't bet on it.'

The Interior of St. Bavo, Haarlem. 'Light fills the interior of the Church of Saint Bavo in Haarlem, one of the finest Gothic buildings still in existence today. Although Pieter Jansz. Saenredam based his work on careful on-the-spot studies, the painting combines two distinct views, one looking straight ahead and the other toward the chancel on the left. He even added an altarpiece and a stained glass window, which would probably already have been removed from the church by Saenredam's time. By the 1600s, Protestant churches in Holland had become relatively austere in response to the teachings of theologian John Calvin ... '

Poussin: Saint John Baptizing in the River Jordan.

David with the Head of Goliath. 'A muscular young man with a strong profile, who looks fully destined to kill a giant and to reign as Israel's king, this David is no innocent boy with a slingshot. Carelessly cradling Goliath's huge, severed head with one arm and his oversize sword in the other, he gazes off into the future. '

Van Dyck: Saint Sebastian Tended by an Angel.

Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist.

Abraham Pleading with Sarah on Behalf of Hagar.

Ask a Conspiracy Theorist.

Ask a Chatroom.

Ask a Gut-Shot Policeman.

Ask a High School Student Who Didn't Do the Required Reading.

Probe the Brain. 'Beginning in the 1940s, Canadian brain surgeon Wilder Penfield mapped the brain's motor cortex -- the area that controls the movement of your body's muscles. He did this by applying mild electric currents to the exposed brains of patients while they were in surgery. '
'Now you can relive his exploration of the brain. In the following feature we give you an electric probe and an exposed brain. All you need to do is shock and observe.'

Brooklyn Historical Society. 'Founded in 1863, the Brooklyn Historical Society, BHS, is a nationally renowned urban history center dedicated to the exploration and preservation of documents, artwork and artifacts representative of Brooklyn's diverse cultures past and present. BHS provides access to its unparalleled collection through extensive educational programs, exhibits, neighborhood history guides, community outreach and its distinctive Brooklyn Walks and Talks series. BHS's board and staff are dedicated to creating programming that helps Brooklynites young and old develop pride in their own cultural traditions while fostering an appreciation for their neighbors' differences and similarities.'

211 Pearl Street, New York City. 'In the middle of Manhattan's still towering financial district is a non descript and little known building that once stood at the vanguard of American democracy, capitalism and architecture. '
'211 Pearl Street, a five story Greek Revival commercial building was constructed in 1832 by William Colgate, the founder of the Colgate-Palmalive. Much of the buildings exterior facade still survives and more remarkably, it's interior common areas still greet a visitor with the look and feel of an old attic that hasn't been stepped in for one hundred and fifty years! '
' tells the story of this fascinating New York hold-out. It's history reaches out in so many directions that it seems to encompass not only an individual building and the spirit of 1830's New York, but a part of the cultural, political and economic life of a young nation.'

Photographs of Signs Enforcing Racial Discrimination. 'Photographers working for the Farm Security Administration Historical Section (later transferred to the Office of War Information) were encouraged to document continuity and change in many aspects of life in America during the years the unit was in operation. They were particularly encouraged to photograph billboards and signs as one indicator of such developments. Although no documentation has been found to indicate that photographers were explicitly encouraged to photograph racial discrimination signs, the collection includes a significant number of this type of image, which is rarely found in other Prints and Photographs Division collections...'

Baltimore Ghosts. 'Unsung monuments'.
'There's something pretty intriguing about coming across a sign of long-gone civilization. Be it an old street, stoplight, building, or trace of something long ago removed and forgotten, these artifacts help one to marvel and ponder the ways and days of years passed. Some are loved and restored, while others are decrepit and on borrowed time. Regardless, these "ghosts" can provide both fascination and entertainment. Journey with us to explore these....'

Ghost Ads.

Throne of Weapons. 'The throne was made from Russian, European and American weapons collected under amnesty since the end of the civil war in Mozambique in 1992.'
'In some respects it is a symbol of peace, but in Africa seats of all types may be decorated with images, including guns and weapons, which reflect their owner's power ... '

Pilgrimage to Saut D'Eau: The Majestic Waterfall of Haiti. 'In July, people from all over Haiti, the Caribbean and other parts of the world make a yearly pilgrimage to Saut d' Eau in Haiti. This is a spiritual journey to the sacred waterfall of Saut d' Eau ( pronounced sah - doe), the site where the vision of the Virgin Mary first appeared in 1884 in the foliage of a palm tree. Since that time, the Haitian people have made the annual pilgrimage to the 100-foot cataract to pay homage to the Virgin who is known as the Loa ( divine force ) Erusile Dantour, the mother of all. The waterfall is considered a place of healing, of both physical and spiritual ailments. In July around the 15th, the festival Saut d' Eau is in full swing and the tiny town of Villa Bonheur swells with hundreds of visitors ... '

Via Le Peristyle Haitian Sanctuary.

New Orleans Voodoo Paintings.

The Lunar Doughnut. 'The Lunar Doughnut is a rare shadow feature that looks like a grey crater with a dark center, in an area without any significant crater feature. This sketch shows the crater Janssen near the south-eastern limb at the top of the sketch.(South is up). '

Solar Sketch.

Sunspots Sketch.

Kaigetsudo Anchi: Courtesan Standing with Raised Left Hand.

Tawaraya Sotatsu: Nobles Viewing the Nunobiki Waterfall.

Furuyama Moromasa: Courtesan of Ise-Ya and Attendant.

Okumura Toshinobu: Courtesan and Kamuro Walking Together.

Santvoort: The Rape of Tamar by Amnon.

Giaquinto: The Brazen Serpent.

Giaquinto: Moses Striking the Rock.

Canaletto: The Doge's Palace.

Canaletto: Venice: A Regatta on the Grand Canal.

24th November
Black Moon Ukiyo-e Museum. 'In Japan the ancient popular medium of the woodcut was raised to the dignity of great Art at the turn of the 19th century by masterful and visionary Artists. These Artists focused on the denizens of the "pleasure quarters" as the subjects of their artworks. Geisha, Kabuki Actors, Sumo Wrestlers and other notables... as well as the rendering of mythic tales and Ghost stories... all became the subject matter of the Artists of the Ukiyo-e. '
'Ukiyo-e (or, "pictures of the floating world"), celebrated the ordinary scenes of daily life in the pleasure quarters...namely entertainment and leisure. It was a bold move for Artists to portray Courtesans and Kabuki Actors, classes thought to be vulgar and parasitic by the Feudal Government, and almost two thirds of all Ukiyo-e prints were to deal with such subjects. '
'The prints of the Ukiyo-e Artists are not only incredible triumphs of design and composition unparalleled in the history of Art, but they also provide an accurate pictorial record of a way of life long disappeared. The big cities of Edo, Kyoto, Osaka and many others were pictured along with their Inns, street scenes and famous personages. Master Artists like Utamaro, Hokusai, Yoshitoshi, Sharaku, and Hiroshige would leave us with a stunning visual record of old Japan ... '

The History of the Kimono. 'To Westerners the word is synonymous with their image of Japan. Mere mention of the garment conjures up wistful, nostalgic visions of Japan's past, for Gaijin (foreigners) and Japanese alike! The exhibitions you are about to view will display kimono dating from the late Edo period, as well as some contemporary kimono now being worn as formal wear ... '

Thomas Gainsborough. Online gallery. 'Thomas Gainsborough is an English landscape and portrait painter, one of the great English masters. He was born in Sudbury, Suffolk in the family of a clothier. He showed an aptitude for drawing early and first was encouraged by his mother, who was a woman of well-cultivated mind and excelled in flower-painting. He used to spend a lot of time outdoors, drawing. In 1740, at the age of 13 he was sent to London to study art. He spent several years working in the studios of different artists, one of whom was Hubert Gravelot, a draughtsman and engraver, another one was a scene-painter and illustrator Francis Hayman ... '

Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga. 'A major new millennium initiative - including an exhibit, catalog, website, television documentary, and educational programming - explores the origins and impacts of this pivotal moment in history. From the rise of the Scandinavian kingdoms during the Viking Age (A.D.750 to 1050) to the demise of the Greenland colonies around A.D. 1500, Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga examines the history of the western expansion of the Vikings and sheds new light on a well known culture.'

The Rococo and Watteau. 'In 1715 the French greeted a new king for the first time in seventy-two years. Louis XV, a boy only five years old, succeeded his great-grandfather Louis XIV, the Sun King, who had made France the preeminent power in Europe. For the next eight years the late king's nephew, the duc d'Orléans, governed as regent. His appetite for beauty and vivaciousness was well known, and he set aside the piety enforced by Louis XIV at Versailles. France turned away from imperial aspirations to focus on more personal -- and pleasurable -- pursuits. As political life and private morals relaxed, the change was mirrored by a new style in art, one that was intimate, decorative, and often erotic ... '

Chardin and Portraiture.

Boucher and Fragonard.

New Internationalist. 'New Internationalist Publications is a communications co-operative based in Oxford with editorial and sales offices in Toronto, Canada; Adelaide, Australia; Christchurch, Aotearoa /New Zealand; and Lewiston, USA. It exists to report on issues of world poverty and inequality; to focus attention on the unjust relationship between the powerful and the powerless in both rich and poor nations; to debate and campaign for the radical changes necessary if the basic material and spiritual needs of all are to be met. '

New Labor Forum. 'New Labor Forum is owned and edited by the Queens College Labor Resource Center, City University of New York, and published three times a year by the Taylor and Francis Group. The first issue of New Labor Forum was distributed in Fall 1997. With the journal, we provide a place for labor and its allies to test new ideas and debate old ones. Issues we explore include, but are not limited to: the global economy's impact on work and labor; new union organizing and political strategies; labor's new constituencies and their relationship to organized labor's traditional institutions; internal union reform and new structural models for the labor movement; alternative economic and social policies; and the role of culture in a new, revitalized labor movement. '
'New Labor Forum began in 1997 at a time of hope and a growing sense of revival after labor's decades-long decline. The times have grown more perilous since then. Labor faces enormous, perhaps life and death, organizational and political challenges both at home and abroad. All the more reason for a journal dedicated to probing the strategic and practical conundrums that must be resolved if those inspiring promises of just yesterday are to stand much chance of being kept. Movement-building today takes place in a context that is radically different from that of labor's pioneer days. The current challenges are not just those posed by unionism's traditional enemies. Now they include challenges posed by an economy, society and a culture which are all undergoing rapid transformation. '

Mountain Maker, Earth Shaker. 'Take a hard-boiled egg and crack its shell. Does the egg remind you of anything? The Earth, perhaps? The egg could be seen as a tiny model of the Earth. The thin shell represents the Earth's crust, divided into plates; within the shell is the firm but slippery mantle. Move the pieces of shell around. Notice how the shell buckles in some places and exposes "mantle" in other places. The same thing happens on Earth, but on Earth, this activity results in the formation of mountains, earthquakes, and new ocean floor ... '

Illustration Cuba's Flora and Fauna. 'Cuba is often identified with its flora and fauna. Natives and tourists alike remember Cubas romantic landscapes, brightly colored flowers and birds, and delicious fruits ... '
'This exhibition offers a first look at some of these illustrations of the flora and fauna of Cuba. The majority are printed illustrations from the colonial period (1492-1898). Their primary purpose was scientific or utilitarian: they classified, described, analyzed, and even sold Cuban species to a European public that was seeing them for the first time. That they are also colorful and beautiful to look at is a testament to the artistic excellence of the illustrators, and to the wonder and variety of Cubas natural world.'

Exploring the Mandala. 'Tibet has been called the roof of the worldindeed, this ancient kingdom is at such high altitude that the clouds float not in the sky but on the ground. So physically close to the heavens, it seems appropriate that Tibet should develop one of the world's most esoteric systems of spirituality ... '

Bathing and Personal Hygiene in Ancient India.
Medieval women bathing.

Voodoo Dolls.

The Miami Centennial Quilt. 'It started in the fall of 1995 with a series of lectures and workshops, after which quilters were invited to submit a quilt block that in some manner depicted the history of Miami. Fifty-two blocks were entered and judged by a panel consisting of a quilter, an art critic and curator, and a historian. Out of the fifty-two entries only thirty blocks could be included in the Miami Centennial Quilt. The result is a colorful document, one that reflects the very personal experiences of the quilters, and records their personal interpretations of the history of Miami, and preserves them for future generations. '

Pan Am. A collection of menus, brochures and other artefacts.

At the Crossroads. Afro-Cuban Orisha arts in Miami. 'Over the past forty years, Miami, at the crossroads of the Americas, has emerged as one of the major centers of the Afro-Cuban Orisha religion and its array of traditional arts. A religious community of over 100,000 practitioners is served by numerous specialists who produce beadwork, garments, cloth panels, metalwork, woodcarvings, altars, musical instruments, paintings, and other art forms. These works of art are expressions of spiritual devotion, inspired by the many orishas (deities) of the religions pantheon, such as Elegb, Ogn, Shang, Obatal, Yemoj, and Oshn. Though Orisha artists are highly respected within the religious community, their work is not well known or understood by the wider public. This exhibition explores their creativity in the context of the aesthetics and symbolism of the centuries-old Orisha tradition. Access to a wealth of materials in Miami has enabled these artists to pursue strikingly original aesthetic visions, while still following traditional patterns and the fundamental precepts of the orishas ... '

The Altar of My Soul. 'I was initiated into the Lucum religion, popularly known as Santera, in 1981 in Havana, Cuba. In search of a religion that reflected my racial and cultural heritage, I was led to Cuba by the spirits of my ancestors. Through my godparents guidance, I have connected to loved ones whoreside in the spirit world. I have learned to live in balance with the forces of nature that surround me ... '

South American Music in Miami. 'The Americas, North and South, are coming together. One point of encounter is the crossroads city of Miami. Though Spanish-speaking people have lived in Miami since the citys founding in 1896, their presence greatly increased with the large migration of Cubans to South Florida, following the Cuban Revolution of 1959. Today, every Spanish-speaking country in the Americas is represented in Miami. Among the fastest-growing groups are South Americans ... '

Postcards of Cuba. 'Cuban cultural legacies to the island and to Florida are evident in these turn-of-the-century postcards of peddlers and their carts. Click on each image to see a larger view. '

Florida Folklife: Traditional Arts in Contemporary Communities. 'Throughout Florida artists draw on traditional, community-based designs to create objects valued for both their usefulness and beauty...'

Miami 1941-45. Photographs of Miami during WW2.

Claude C. Matlack. 'Commercial photographer Claude Matlack worked in Miami and Miami Beach between 1918 and 1942. He was especially busy during the Roaring Twenties, when he photographed everything and everyone from flappers to tin can tourists ... '
Miami Beach, 1927.

Ralph Munroe. 'In 1883 Ralph Middleton Munroe brought a camera with him to Coconut Grove. His photographs lyrically portray the Biscayne Bay region's people and places during its last years as a remote wilderness. He continued shooting pictures of South Florida until 1915. '
The boathouse at the Barnacle.

Audubon: The Birds of America.
Black-throated Mango.
Glossy Ibis.
Magnificent Frigatebird.

Utamaro: Three Women with Bills for Sweets.

Kubo Shunman: Two Beauties Walking in the Snow with Umbrella.

Snake in the Dark. 'Dark nebulae snake across a gorgeous expanse of stars in this wide-field view toward the pronounceable constellation Ophiucus and the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. In fact, the central S-shape seen here is well known as the Snake Nebula ... '

Sketch of Saturn.

Lagoon Nebula Sketches. 'The Lagoon Nebula is a summertime naked-eye diffuse nebula in our Milky Way Galaxy. The open cluster, NGC6530 was discovered by Flamsteed about 1680. The Lagoon Nebula itself was discovered by Le Gentil in 1747. Diffuse nebulae are clouds of interstellar matter, namely thin but widespread agglomerations of gas and dust. If they are large and massive enough they are frequently places of star formation, thus generating big associations or clusters of stars. '

23rd November
Letter from Kathmandu, New Yorker, July 30 2001. 'The Crown Prince was in love. Is that what drove him to kill the King and Queen and seven others?' Good piece, with a brief history of the Shahs (royal family) and the Ranas (the other leading Nepalese family who supplied many of Nepal's heads of government), as well as the story of the royal assassinations (Gyanendra, the brother of the murdered King, succeeded him as King of Nepal).
' ... For more than a hundred years, the Ranas ruled Nepal as hereditary Prime Ministers, building up immense personal fortunes while eighty-five per cent of their subjects made a meagre living through subsistence farming. There was no distinction between state revenues and the Rana private purse. Giant palaces were built in a Western neoclassical style. The largest, the Singha Durbar, had more than a thousand rooms, organized around thirteen courtyards, plus a theatre, a huge galleried hall (which now serves as the parliament chamber), and a Versailles-inspired hall of mirrors. From its deep balcony, the Ranas acknowledged the crowds that had been summoned to gather in the wide avenue below. But under the Ranas' rule the country stagnated. By the time their power was broken, in 1951, Nepal was among the poorest lands on earth. Two-thirds of the children died in infancy, and the average life expectancy was thirty-five years ... '
' ... He rode back in an open chariot drawn by six white horses. As the procession passed, an unusually silent crowd watched. There was little clapping. In one spot, hecklers jeered, "Death to Gyanendra!" When the chariot disappeared into the palace, crowds gathered just outside the gates, shouting "Gyanendra the murderer!" and throwing stones at the palace walls. The police responded with tear gas. The new King was known as a less sympathetic leader than his brother- a hard-nosed businessman-and his image wasn't helped by his son Paras, with his heavy-drinking swagger and his readiness to draw a gun ... '
' ... To add to the confusion, a Maoist rebel leader published an article in a local newspaper lamenting the death of King Birendra and accusing Gyanendra and sinister foreign forces of being behind the massacre. The newspaper's editor and two of its directors were arrested on suspicion of sedition. For those in search of an explanation, it was further evidence that the truth was being suppressed. A curfew was announced: anyone in violation would receive one clear warning before he was shot. The streets had emptied by that afternoon, when Dipendra's body was driven on an Army truck to the same sacred site where his victims had been cremated, two days earlier ... '
'That night, two protesters were shot. On the night of the killings, a hostile crowd had gathered outside the family home of Devyani Rana, the woman who had been linked to the Crown Prince. There are hardly any photographs of her. She had never courted publicity, and few people outside her social circle would have recognized the woman who might have become the Queen of Nepal ... '
' "We don't believe Dipendra killed them," Mohan insisted. "It was Gyanendra and Paras, supported by external powers-the C.I.A. in Delhi, working with the Indian secret service." Why? I asked. Because the Communist struggle was emerging in Southeast Asia and Birendra had been reluctant to deploy the army to stop it ... '
'The new King is rarely seen in public. The servants who had supplied Dipendra with drugs were dismissed, but the palace has done little to clear up the remaining mysteries. No one tested the Crown Prince's blood to determine what he had ingested on the night of the massacre. '

Amnesty seeks Nepal torture probe. (CNN)
Human Rights Watch: Nepal.

22nd November
Tantric Hinduism in Khmer Culture. "Tantra is that Asian body of beliefs and practices which, working from the principle that the universe we experience is nothing other than the concrete manifestation of the divine energy of the godhead that creates and maintains the universe, seeks to ritually appropriate and channel that energy, within the human microcosm, in creative and emancipatory ways." -David Gordon White.

Tao, The Great Luminant: Essays from the Huai Nan Tzu. 'The Huai Nan Tzu is a sprawling, encyclopedic work of Chinese thought that was compiled late in the second century B.C.E. under the auspices of Liu An, the prince of Huai Nan. Liu An was a great patron of the arts and philosophy and was the paternal uncle of the Han emperor, Wu. He had gathered many of the major lights of the Chinese literati of the time to his court and he presented the book to his nephew as a gift upon Wu's ascension to the imperial throne in the hopes that it would provide him with suitable instruction upon the proper rule of the empire. Liu An, however, and his book, were working against the swelling tide of imperial centralization, and he was eventually put to death for his pains.'
'This book, like most of the books labeled as 'Taoist', shows the great difficulty associated with that classification. It is actually one of the earlier examples that we have of the philosophy that became known as 'Huang-Lao', after Huang Ti, the mythical Yellow Emperor, and Lao Tzu, the great patron of all things Taoist. Huang-Lao philosophy is usually concerned with government and with exerting imperial control in an almost laissez-faire fashion. It is quite practical and unequivocally opposed to the concern with rites and 'traditions' that became known as Confucianism, the ideology that came to dominate the Han empire soon after Liu An's death. It is not at all quietistic, and the anarchical philosophy of Chuang Tzu has no place in this book. The Huai Nan Tzu also has no patience for what later became known as religious Taoism, the eclectic assortment of legends, rituals, alchemy, and physical and mental exercises aimed at conferring immortality upon its practicioners ... '

The Magic of the Horse-Shoe With Other Folk-Lore Notes, 1898.
'The study of the origin and history of popular customs and beliefs affords an insight, otherwise unattainable, into the operations of the human mind in early times. Superstitions, however trivial in themselves, relics of paganism though they be, and oftentimes comparable to baneful weeds, are now considered proper subjects for scientific research. While the ignorant savage is a slave to many superstitious fancies which dominate his every action, the educated man strives to be free from such a bondage, yet recognizes as profitable the study of those same beliefs. The heterogeneous character of the material drawn from so many sources has rendered it difficult, if not impossible, to follow any distinctly systematic treatment of the subject. However, the development in recent years of a widespread interest in all branches of folk-lore warrants the hope that any volume devoted to this subject, and representing somewhat diligent research, may have a certain value, in spite of its imperfections. The expert folk-lorist may find much to criticise; but this book, treating of popular beliefs, is intended for popular reading. It has been the writer's aim to make the chapter on the Horse-Shoe as exhaustive as possible, as this attractive symbol of superstition does not appear to have received hitherto the attention which it merits. This chapter is the outgrowth of a paper read at the seventh annual meeting of the American Folk-Lore Society, at Philadelphia, December 28, 1895, an abstract of which appeared in the Society's Journal for December, 1896 ... '

Moon Lore, 1885. 'Written just eighty-four years before Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon, this is a Victorian collection of moon lore: myths, folklore, superstitions and just plain whimsy from all lands. Although contemporary astronomers had fairly well wrapped up the question of whether there was water and air on the moon, Harley still suspected that the moon was inhabited. However, there was still much that was unknown about the moon until the first probes were crash-landed on it (for instance, whether the surface was covered with vast, deep layers of dust). So we shouldn't feel too smug, even though we've played golf there. The universe will continue to surprise us. '

Rembrandt's Journey. 'To prepare for your visit to "Rembrandt's Journey," take a virtual journey by clicking on the choices below to preview the exhibition, see some of the many ways in which Rembrandt recorded his own face, and explore the fascinating details of tiny etchings.'

Armand Hammer Museum. Art.

Jean Siméon Chardin in the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.

The Time Travel Tale of John Titor. 'Although there is debate over the exact date it started, on November 02, 2000, a person calling themselves Timetravel_0, and later John Titor, started posting on a public forum that he was a time traveler from the year 2036. '
'One of the first things he did was post pictures of his time machine and its operations manual. As the weeks went by, more and more people began questioning him about why he was here, the physics of time travel and his thoughts about our time. He also posted on other forums including the old Art Bell site. In his posts John Titor entertained, angered, frightened and even belittled those who engaged him in conversation.'
'On March 24, 2001, John Titor told us he would be leaving our time and returning to 2036. After that, he was never heard from again. Speculation and investigation about who John Titor was and why he was online continues to this day ... '

Multinational Monitor. 'The Multinational Monitor is published monthly except bimonthly in January/February and July/August by Essential Information, Inc. The Multinational Monitor tracks corporate activity, especially in the Third World, focusing on the export of hazardous substances, worker health and safety, labor union issues and the environment.'

Atom Builder. Build a carbon atom out of quarks and electrons.

Bush statue toppled in London.

Mead Art Museum: Asian Art. 'Buddhist sculpture and paintings from India, Tibetan tankas, Turkish and Persian textiles, and Chinese ceramics suggest the range of media and cultures from the regions of Asia and the Middle East in the collection. A major gift of over 400 superb Japanese woodblock prints has provided a rich resource for study and exhibitions.'
Gakutei: Carp and Waterweeds.

Homage to Nature: Landscape Kimonos of Itchiku Kubota. 'This exhibition, presented at the Canadian Museum of Civilization from June 2 to October 29, 1995, featured 45 kimonos representative of Itchiku Tsujigahana. Complicated tie-dyeing is the most distinguishing characteristic of Tsujigahana, an ancient Japanese decorative textile-design method that also features elaborate brush paintings, intricate embroidery and gold-leaf appliqués. Itchiku Kubota revived this ancient method fifteen years ago, but he also incorporated new designs, and unique coloration and tie-dye methods in what is now known as Itchiku Tsujigahana. '

The American Advertising Museum.

The Queue for Water. 'Pots lined up next to a dry public water tap. Most towns in India have Internet access and other latest technologies, but do not have water and sewage systems.'

Berenice Abbott: Changing New York 1935-38.

Charles Booth Online Archive. 'The Charles Booth Online Archive is a searchable resource giving access to archive material from the Booth collections of the British Library of Political and Economic Science (the Library of the London School of Economics and Political Science) and the University of London Library.'
Poverty maps of London.

Commercial Panoramas of 19th Century Philadelphia.

Helmet Mask for the Ododua Ritual. 'In addition to his executive powers and duties, the Oba (king) of Benin also performed a number of rituals throughout the year. Guilds of specialists such as drummers, shield-bearers, carvers, brass-casters and weavers provided regalia and ritual objects. The cycle of ceremonies coincides with the agricultural cycle, but they are also concerned with the strengthening of the kingdom...'

Wooden Mask for Gelede Masquerade. 'The Yoruba of Nigeria produce a wide variety of art forms in different materials for royalty, domestic and ritual purposes. Ancestors and gods are worshipped and honoured by annual ceremonies and by regular worship at shrines. There are four Yoruba deities, or orisha, which require masks, staffs, bowls and carved figures: Ifa (divination), Eshu/Elegba (trickster), Ogun (iron and war) and Shango (lightning and thunder)...'

Wooden Mask of the Epa Masquerade. 'The Epa masquerade of the Yoruba peoples promotes the health and well-being of communities. Processions of masqueraders perform energetic dances which suggest higher powers of existence and, since they carry heavy masks, the strengthening of the body. The performers jump to the top of a mound, the result of which is an omen for the community. It is therefore important that the masquerader maintains his balance as he lands to avoid misfortune.'

The Moon Maiden. Great drawing.

Mare Orientale and the Great Weird Mountain.

Sinus Iridum, the Bay of Rainbows.

Jupiter Sketches.

Mars Sketches.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Moon. A guide to telescopic observations of the moon.

Los Angeles Conservancy. LA's architectural heritage - great site.

Rubens: Charity.

Penelope (Work Interrupted).

Durer: The Prodigal Son.


Seed Time and Harvest.

Japan Postcards. 'I have been collecting postcards since I was a small child, and am trying to expand my collection while we are here in Iwakuni. I found an English language postcard collecting sight on the internet, which is based in Tokyo, Japan, called PostcardGuide Japan. I added this page to my site in response to their interest in seeing a few cards from my collection, especially those showing the base and the local area. I will continue to add more postcards, during our time in Japan... I hope you enjoy my collection :-)'

21st November
Anne Grgich. ' "Anne Grgich is one of the most original and innovative of the group of American artists known as Outsiders. Completely self-taught, and on the cover story of Raw Vision Magazine (#22), she became known for her one-of-a-kind books filled with page after page of impassioned, expressionistic faces and figures. Grgich often employs collage and vigorously applies layer after layer of overpainting, covering found texts and images, yet allowing some of the underneath to remain visible. This layering suggests generations of mystery and mystique to her exotic characters." -Phil Demise-Smith, Gallery A Studio.

Mexican Retablos.

Chinese Tea Stories. 'I grew up with a childhood filled with Aesop, Brothers Grimm, and Disney. I faintly knew the stories and fables of a country hundreds of years old, China. I was familiar with the festivals and names of a handful of tales: Moon Cake Festival, The Water Margin, The Monkey King, but not knowing the full story nor the significance to the Chinese culture. '
'As I was trying to explore these myths, I found that there was a lack of storytelling on the Net. So I'm presenting these stories for you to enjoy, like a fresh cup of tea: full of flavor and distinctiveness. '

Howard Finster: Man of Visions. 'In 1976, Howard Finster was sixty years of age and had lived a full, hard, life. He had worked as a plumber, a grocer, a carpenter, a bicycle repairman, and as a traveling preacher in Georgia and Alabama. He had no inkling of his impending calling to create art, so late in his life. As he was repairing an old bicycle one day, touching up some of its scratches by applying small amount of white tractor paint here and there there with his finger, he had a vision. '
'He suddenly felt a divine sense of calm, and a human face appeared in the paint dripping from his finger. A voice said to him, "Paint sacred art" '
' "Lord, I can't paint. I don't have no education in that," he replied. But Finster obeyed the voice and promptly took a dollar from his billfold and tacked it to a piece of plywood nearby. Using this as a model, he created his first "sacred painting:" George Washington, one of his childhood heroes ... '

Culzean Castle. 'On cliff edge overlooking the Firth of Clyde about 15 miles south of Ayr in South West Scotland, Culzean was originally a rambling fortified L-shaped tower house. It had been built by the Kennedy family in the late 1500's, and was already nearly 200 years old when Sir Thomas Kennedy succeeded to the title Earl of Cassilis in 1762. Rather than move from his outdated and old-fashioned boyhood home to Cassilis House, he chose to stay put, and set about repairs and renovations to make it more comfortable. '
'But it was his brother David (Thomas died in 1775 and he succeeded to the title) who decided to be more thorough and drastic. He commissioned the foremost architect of the time, Robert Adam, to transform Culzean from a dowdy fortress to a grand, romantic and fashionable castle ... '

Bournemouth Stained Glass.

Purvis Young. A contemporary urban painter.

Art of Andrew Paul Lewandowski.

Devotional Art of Armando Lopez. New Mexico folk artist.

Saint John the Baptist.

Polyptych with Coronation of the Virgin and Saints.

Sts. Lawrence and Stephen.

The Annunciation.

Fireball over South Wales.

The Sagittarius Dwarf Tidal Stream.

Selected Chinese Myths and Fantasies.

The Forbidden City. Virtual tour. 'A Tang Dynasty poet wrote a line about the royal palace of his time, which says "Without seeing the magnificence of the royal palace, one can never sense the dignity of the emperor."'

The Temple of Heaven. Virtual tour.

Never Been Photographed. 'My heart feels heavy as I present these portraits of the poorest of the poor of India. My father documented these portraits, not for the Internet, not for the money or artistic effort, but with a sense of history in his mind. "In a few years, it will be hard for us to believe that we lived amongst people like these" he once wrote to me. The subjects in this series are mostly uneducated, poor, and never been in front of a camera. Many were taken in deep forests of India where the technology was yet to make an impact. Innumerable times, after a person passed away, the relatives tracked down my father and had to request the only photograph of their loved ones. This website may be the only place that a record will exist of their existence. (No. India does not have an identification system).'
'Is place in history, a privilege of the rich? '

Children of Asphalt. 'One third of world's poor children are in India. For long I have tried to photograph them, but it never was easy. First of all, they are not orphans, and their parents always suspect a stranger photographing their children, which is normal. It was only after building a trust relationship of many years that I was able to approach the parents for permission...'
'With a population of a Billion and growing, Indian children, especially those growing up on the streets of India encounter a bleak future. But I discovered that they cared less about future as they played with their cheap toys and siblings. It is amazing with what trash they can play. Here's is the first installment of pictures of Children growing up on the streets of India.'

The Electronic Museum of Mail Art.

Sewers of the World, Unite!

Femailart by Jenny de Groot.

Mildred's House of Signage. Signs from Chicago. Fabulous.

P.J. Chmiel: Photos of Signs. 'There aren't many things I appreciate more than an interesting sign or a unique type sample. Both are endangered species in today's world of homogenous, pre-fab vinyl lettering and computer-generated crap. Click on each category to see galleries of those kinds of signs. '

American Sign Museum. 'The purpose of the American Sign Museum is to preserve, archive and display a historical collection of signs in their many types and forms. The Museum will also document and survey the products and equipment utilized in the design and manufacture of signs, and offer biographical information of the people who have contributed to the industry...'

Japanese Court Costume at the Kyoto National Museum.

Sakamoto Ryoma. 'Sakamoto Ryoma was a hero who lived at the end of the Edo Period and is one of the most famous figures in Japanese history. His tumultuous life has been the subject of numerous novels, plays, and movies, making him well known across Japanese society. The reason we know so much about the activities and feelings of someone who lived over two hundred years ago is that Ryoma left behind a large number of hand-written letters chronicling events and episodes in his life, along with his thoughts and personal reactions to them ... '

The Guido Mazzoni Pamphlet Collection. The private library of an Italian man of letters; literature, music, popular culture, the two World Wars, early Fascism, and more.

Outdoor Advertising. 'As one of the largest advertising history collections in the world, the Hartman Center has built a reputation for its resources documenting advertising, sales and marketing history beginning with the archives of the ad agencies J. Walter Thompson Company and D'Arcy, Masius, Benton & Bowles. In 1996 the Hartman Center acquired another very large and significant advertising collection, the Outdoor Advertising Archives, as a gift from the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA). The Outdoor Advertising Archives is the most extensive resource available for the history of an industry that has had such a large economic, social and artistic impact on our society...'

The Duck Stamp.

The Mysteries of the Wandering Cactus Unearthed: A Monograph on the Commercial Use of the Saguaro Symbol. Americana.

Chant Avedissian: An Appliqued Cotton Wall Hanging. 'Chant Avedissian (born 1951) made this textile when working with the renowned Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy (1900-89) . He said of the experience: '... working with Fathy opened up for me the means of seeing myself through the cultural traditions of Egypt...'.'

Sokari Douglas Camp: Big Masquerade with Boat and Household on His Head. 'Sokari Douglas Camp (born 1958) has lived in London since 1983, but was born in the Kalabari town of Buguma in southern Nigeria where she has returned at regular intervals. This sculpture relates to a contemporary Kalabari masquerade in which water spirits join their worshippers among the world of men ... '

Mask of Vegetable Fibre, Hair and Red Abrus Seeds. 'In Africa, 'masks' can be made of almost anything - plastic, paper, leaves, basketry or cloth - and the masquerade is a performance genre that appeals to all the senses since it includes music, dance and elaborate costumes that cover the entire body. Often masks are made to be seen in motion or merely glimpsed at night. This particular mask is probably from an Angas dance society and is made of poisonous abrus seeds.'