Monday, September 28, 2009

Josiah McElheny: Yard (Junkyard), 1961/2009

Sometimes it really seems like Allan Kaprow may have been the Alpha and the Omega...


Josiah McElheny: Yard (Junkyard), 1961/2009
On view through October 04, 2009

Yard (Junkyard) is a ten-day event at the Queens Museum of Art, an attempt at re-inventing the ethos of Allan Kaprow’s Yard, in particular the first variant of the work, from 1961.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Boston Jewish Community: A New Report Recommends Consolidation

By Steven Rosenberg
Globe Staff / September 20, 2009

...As Jews north of Boston prepare to celebrate the second day of their new year, Rosh Hashana, many are thinking about how the local Jewish community will survive in light of a recently released independent report that calls for sweeping changes in area synagogues, community centers, camps, and the largest Jewish charity north of Boston.

In perhaps the hottest button in the report, prepared by the Jewish Communi ty Task Force, comprising Harvard Business School professor Carl Sloane and four Harvard researchers, it recommends that five Conservative synagogues - in Swampscott, Marblehead, Salem, Peabody, and Beverly - consider merging into two temples...

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Aquaerobics at the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore in Marblehead, which has lost 20 percent of its members in the past year. (Michele Mcdonald for The Boston Globe)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Saturday at the Museums with Lil E

Love This! Thanks, Advanced Human Technologies

LOL. I'm a human being.

Met's Velázquez a Self-portrait?!

“...The picture was thinly painted and never intended to be finished,” said Mr. Christiansen, who says he believes it was actually a study. “It was a sitting done from life, which gives it great immediacy. The figure of the man is more finished than the costume or the background.”

The figure’s face, tired eyes and nose bear an eerie resemblance to the man looking out at the viewer from the far right of Velázquez’s “Surrender of Breda” (1634-35), which he painted to commemorate the Spanish victory over the Dutch. That painting, which is in the Prado Museum in Madrid, dates from around the same time as “Portrait of a Man,” made when Velázquez was 35.

But at this point nobody knows for sure if the figure in “The Surrender of Breda” or the man in the Met’s canvas is the artist himself. Other depictions of Velázquez, in “La Meninas” at the Prado, for instance, were painted when he was 57.

“Why not be a self-portrait?” Mr. Christiansen said. “It might be fun to put it on a blog on the museum’s Web site and ask people to take a vote.”

An Old Spanish Master Emerges From Grime
By Carol Vogel
The New York Times
September 9, 2009

[I love Keith Christiansen!]

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Loves Me Some Museum 2.0

...Nina -- Late in the book, you introduce Crawford and Mathew’s value matrix of five essential consumer values: access, experience, price, service, and product. You note that their research showed that the most successful businesses seek to dominate in only one area, be distinguished in another, and acceptable in the final three. Museums are very used to trying to be all things to all people. How do you recommend institutions prioritizing their focus?

John: I was quite taken by Crawford and Mathew’s notion that to try to be excellent at everything is a recipe for bankruptcy...

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009