Maristella Lorch, Founding Director Emerita of the Academy for Advanced Studies, with her daughter and friends shortly after her 100th birthday.
One version of a poster for the upcoming Resisting, Reclaiming, Reframing Indigenous Communities and Art Museum Collections 2019 March 8 event at the Italian Academy organized by Elizabeth Hutchinson (Barnard College, Columbia University) with the Italian Academy’s International Observatory for Cultural Heritage. Co-sponsored by Columbia’s Department of Art History and Archaeology, Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, and University Seminar in Indigenous Studies.
Prehistoric cave paintings at Lascaux. I like play that slowly builds tension and then releases it with intensity and consequences. Maps. Sounds of nature. Long distances. The passage of time. Night and day cycles. Changing light. Clouds. Weather. Wind, foliage, animals, dust, fog, rain, lightning storms. A simple way to experience play is fiction. Games, books, music and films that tell us, a species of storytellers, stories, and help bring us closer, for art is a medium for creativity, a multiplier, which improves everything else needed for life.…continue
Carl Sagan in the The Demon-Haunted World - Science as a Candle in the Dark, page 291: Among the !Kung San hunter-gatherers of the Kalahari Desert, when two men, perhaps testosterone-inflamed, would begin to argue, the women would reach for their poison arrows and put the weapons out of harm’s way. Today our poison arrows can destroy the global civilization and just possibly annihilate our species. The price of moral ambiguity is now too high.…continue