John Singer Sargent and Carrara marble

I was on a train this summer rumbling past Carrara, Italy, and saw these huge blocks of marble. I couldn’t resist taking a couple of photos from the train window. Seeing these awkwardly stacked massive cubes of marble and knowing that this is same place where Michelangelo got his chunk of marble for David, and […]

Tigers, Transformers and Legos–Oh my! Thinking retail.

I visited the new LEGO store at the Mall of America this morning. It reopened this weekend after a major renovation. I was immediately struck by the amusing sense of scale of the enormous characters constructed of giant Legos. It triggered an instant appeal to my childlike awe at giant things. The monstrous size of […]

Masks for Halloween, Hockey and Other Intense Interactions

A mask seems to be an object to cover, conceal, yet also reveal a culturally specific meaning to provoke a desired result. Not surprisingly, “mask” is related to the term “masquerading.” It makes us think of a formal masquerade ball with a playful, coquettish eye-mask on a stick. Yet masks have an ancient history and […]

Where would we be without music or ways to record it?

Whether listening to Scott Joplin, Bolero, Pink, or Louis Armstrong—or all of them—where would we be without music and without the ability to record and re-play music for our pleasure? A recent article in the New York Times announced that a fantastic collection of historical jazz recordings has been  acquired from the estate of William […]

Silly photographs everyone takes.

My sister and I spent last weekend traveling to midwestern museums. Coincidentally we noticed a phenomenon of people posing next to art or architecture in a way to visually combine their physical body with whatever they were standing next to. For example, we stopped at a park as we entered Wisconsin. Travelers were standing next […]

Update to my Art and Fibanacci Post

This is a quick update to my post about the Fibonacci number series, math, geometry and the elegant relationship to art. The Science Museum of Minnesota will be launching a Special Exhibition, “Geometry Playground,” 10/15/2010. Here’s the overview from the website: “The Geometry Playground exhibition will change the way you think about geometry, letting you […]