Tagged: Art

TEDTalks: Elizabeth Lev, Michelangelo, and the Great Theater of Life

What is the unheard story of the Sistine Chapel? Art historian Elizabeth Lev intends to tell us, taking us on a tour through Michelangelo’s series of frescos and what she considers “the great theater of life.” Against the backdrop of Columbus’s voyage to the Americas, an age of exploration, Michelangelo took on the Sistine Chapel […]

Florence, Italy, Comes to Boston: Botticelli at the MFA

An exhibition entitled “Botticelli and the Search for the Divine: Florentine Painting between the Medici and the Bonfires of the Vanities” is set to tour the United States this year, and the MFA is one of the stops on its list. A collaboration between our own MFA Boston, the Muscarella Museum of Art in Virginia, […]

Theaster Gates’s “But to Be a Poor Race”

“To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships.” – W.E.B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk (1903) At Regen Projects in Los Angeles, a powerful art show is taking place. Along stark white walls are data rendered into painted […]

From the American Library Association: Parthenon Made Out of Banned Literature

Documenta 14 is a series of art exhibitions, hosted every five years to commemorate the values of democracy and freedom of expression–hard-won, but too easily taken for granted. Behind the exhibit is Marta Minujin, who sought inspiration for the exhibit from one of her earlier works. In 1983, after the dissolution of dictatorship in Argentina, […]

Postcards to the Core from London

And here’s another from our summer postcard crop. This one comes to CAS 119 from London, where Giselle Boustani spent some guide times during her long break. She writes: To my Core family! Here is the “Toilet of Venus” by Velázquez, which we, of course, studied about a year and a half ago. During my stay in […]

The Aeneid: Whose side are you on?

Are you #TeamDido or #TeamAeneas? Here at the office, we’re split on the question of who to root for. Prof. David Green — an ardent supporter of Team Aeneas — sympathizes with Dido’s plight, but recognizes the importance of duty over impious furor. However! Cat Dossett (CAS ’18) thinks that Dido doesn’t need Prof. Green’s sympathy. […]

Reviewing the Old Testament

Ridley Scott is known for creating epic films. Gladiator, Blade Runner, Alien. His films leave the viewers exhausted after dragging them through hours of emotional barbed wire. Try watching Rutger Hauer’s death without feeling empty inside. You, like him, will die, and everything will be lost. It’s very sad. Thank goodness Scott’s new project won’t […]

When a Picture Captures a Thousand Words

Art can make or break a book. Look at book covers: the stately classics with only a stately name or a picture that looks older than your great grandma, non-fiction collections with their suave patters, biographies with pictures that tell you exactly the type of light the unsuspecting subject will be cast under. And of […]

Exciting new game ‘Walden’

The Core is delighted to share that game designer Tracy Fullerton is developing a new game, Walden. Thoreau’s Walden is one of the key texts in CC202’s study of Enlightenment and Modernity, and the game simulates the experiment in living made by Henry David Thoreau at Walden Pond in 1845-47. Ms. Fullerton was kind enough to […]

Upcoming MFA Courses & Lectures

Throughout the next couple of months, the MFA will be hosting numerous intriguing lectures related to the Museum’s special exhibitions and timely art topics. Here is the description from their site: Speakers include artists and art experts from around the world. Or expand your art horizons with one-day to ten-session offerings designed to complement the […]