The Guerrilla Girls

Instead of a single object or quote, for Women's History Month I'm highlighting the work of the Guerrilla Girls. They are an anonymous collective of women artists who formed in the 1980s to fight sexism and racism in the art world. According to The Guerrilla Girls’ Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art: We are …

Continue reading The Guerrilla Girls

Advertisements

Masquerades

I like to delve into the less visited areas of the British Museum - the out of the way spaces away from most of the tourist traffic. One day in the fall, I impulsively thought to go to the Sainsbury Galleries, rooms I hadn’t been to in ages. The majority of the British Museum’s Oceania, …

Continue reading Masquerades

Things in Jars

In China Mieville's Kraken, a Giant Squid has been stolen by unimaginable means from the Natural History Museum’s collection of pickled, jarred, and gross things (aka the Spirit Collection). The search for the disappeared cephalopod leads an unprepared museum curator, Billy Harrow, into the demimonde of demigods, cults, magic and spirits. It’s an entertaining jaunt, …

Continue reading Things in Jars

The Magic of London

The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch, the newest novel in the Peter Grant/Rivers of London series, called to mind displays in the Museum of London. I've been to this museum so many times, but I was inspired to explore how the Rivers of London series would influence my experience of re-visiting the museum. The magical version of London captured in …

Continue reading The Magic of London

Palimpsest

Stanley William Hayter (1901-1988) Palimpsest, 1946 Sugar lift, soft-ground etching and scorper Plate: 8 7/8 × 6 7/8 in. (22.5 × 17.5 cm) Sheet: 13 1/8 × 10 3/16 in. (33.3 × 25.9 cm) Stewart S. MacDermott Fund, 1983 Accession Number: 1983.1141.1 © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York A palimpsest is defined as: writing material …

Continue reading Palimpsest

Robots, Science Fiction, and Humanity

Science fiction has had a preoccupation with robots and the social and moral implications of a more mechanized world. Within the genre, authors frequently play out the moral and ethical implications of artificially intelligent machines as a way of addressing aspects of what makes us human. The Science Museum’s exhibition Robots: The 500 Year Quest …

Continue reading Robots, Science Fiction, and Humanity