I hate linking to things at the Wall Street Journal – articles appear and disappear from behind the pay-wall for reasons I never understand – but Google News found this for me: Pérez Art Museum Miami: Where the Art Will (Hopefully) Come Later. Go read it quick, before it goes away!
Build it, and they will give. Or promise to give. Or lend for the long term. Or something. Those seem to be the operating hopes at the just-opened Pérez Art Museum Miami, ensconced in a building, designed by the Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, that gracefully takes advantage of the view and the climate of Biscayne Bay.
The situation is odd, to say the least. PAMM—a museum of modern and contemporary art in the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the country, with five million inhabitants—makes its debut with a paltry collection: only about 1,800 works of art, almost 300 of those just recently bestowed on it from a single private collection. There’s scarcely a showstopper in the trove. By comparison, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (only the fifth-largest city in Texas) has about 2,600 objects, with some instructively important works by the likes of Francis Bacon, Vija Celmins and Martin Puryear among them. Or consider the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, which has more than 10,000 works, including just about the snappiest gathering of recent sculpture anywhere.
The story gets worse.
Arth 101-01* – Wednesday, 8:30-11:30 a.m. – check
Arth 218 – Friday, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Arth 101-02 – Friday, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
*and two students are revealed to be taking the course Cr/NCr – and since they showed up and did a fair job on the final, I’ve finished grading them!
Read this article: the man who found the gold bracelets has made a number of other finds – and he was part of a 100-person group searching the Forest of Dean that weekend.
I’m in the process of getting a First Year Seminar called “Stealing Art/Saving Art” approved for next fall. The main topic is understanding cultural property – who owns art? One of the units I’m planning is a compare and contrast between the practices and legal situation of metal detectorists in the UK and tombaroli in Italy. The British experiment beginning in the 1990s (I believe) with allowing detectorists to profit from their finds legally has been wonderful for archaeology. Meanwhile, in Italy, where the finds are much bigger, no one but the State (through its designates) can excavate anything legally.
Wow – volunteer fire departments, now. They really did have to pass the law to see what was in it, didn’t they?
via Prof. Reynolds.
Christmas decoration efficiency . . . the Presbyterian Church’s Wassail Bowl sale opened at 10 – I ran across at 9:57 and got into the (heated, thankfully) anteroom. They let us in at 10 and I zipped over to the wreath display, where I competed with upstairs neighbors and colleagues and colleagues’ spouses for the wreath of my choice. I think I liked the ribbon on Hazel Gunn’s even more than the one I got, but my door looks good.
Total time? 15 minutes!
Neat BBC video of newly restored 15th C wall paintings at a tiny church in Wales! Great St George and the Dragon scene!
I could never be a conservator! A square inch per hour?
Teaching tools – image sheet, laser pointer, and thumb drive. I have all my ArtStor OIV presentations for the semester on the thumb drive – and I bought a Marvin the Martian drive so that when I walk off and forget him everyone knows who to return him to. One of my colleagues found him still plugged into the podium computer just yesterday and brought him home!
If I were living in Great Britain I could imagine being a member of a loyal opposition – the monarch is, after all, somewhat legitimate (I know way too much history to think that the Hanoverian monarchy is God-ordained).
Barack Obama is the legitimately elected president of the United States of America – but that does not mean I have to be nice about him. We are not a constitutional monarchy.
He is a Giant Onion of Fail (thanks to Prof. Reynolds for the analogy). Peel a layer off and find another layer of fail. His Permanent Campaign is going to impoverish a big chunk of the working population. I have pretty secure insurance . . . but goodness knows where that will go next year! I’m sure I – single, never married, no children – have already been paying whatever someone thinks my share of birth control, abortion, and gender-reassignment surgery costs should be.
Until now, dental and optical have been options. What’s going to happen there? Not to mention that all my married-with-children colleagues now get to carry their darling limpets to 26. What will that cost me?
I’m delighted to see Obama’s numbers dropping – especially as the young folk figure out that Big Government is not always their friend.
The administration is bragging about 95% uptime for healthcare.gov. Good enough for government work.
“It sounds good, because people think, Oh, 95 percent, that’s an A’ when I went to school,” Justin Noll, director of client experience at AlertBot.com, which monitors website availability, told the Washington Examiner. “From a technology standpoint, that’s not good.”
. . .
Jason Abate, founder of the website-monitoring firm Panopta, said he would give failing grades to retailers who don’t achieve at least 99.9 percent uptime.
Abate provided the Examiner with Panopta’s running tally of the uptimes of over 130 major retailers from Jan. 1 through Nov. 30 of this year.
The lowest recorded was 98.1 percent for women’s clothing retailer Ann Taylor’s website. But 33 of the sites were at 100 percent and all but three had uptimes of at least 99 percent.
via Professor Reynolds
The US scuttled some Japanese super-submarines in 1946 rather than show them to the Soviets. Now one of them has been found.
I’ve just exchanged a few emails with the travel agent working with the Center for Global Education and I’m lined up now!
Depart from Atlanta January 7th
Return to Rochester May 19th
And I paid a little on my own for Economy Plus seats.
This was yesterday on the way home. Every year, the snowflakes show less and less on my hair . . . où sont les neiges d’antan?
We seem to have dodged the snowpocalypse – the weather maps are all much re-designed.
This morning the temperature is 32.2 degrees but the snow is falling steadily. I think it’s accumulating where there was already snow, but sidewalks and streets are staying clear (if slushy). I don’t have to go outside until later, when I need to walk a sick friend’s dog.
Actually, it began well before I decided to give up. Only 7 out of 25 students appeared for my 11:55 a.m. class – and two of those left at 12:45 (45 minutes early).
For that day and the next, CGI staff huddled with government officials in the semicircular conference room at the headquarters of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency overseeing the project. They combed through 15 pages of spreadsheets they had brought, which spelled out the company’s level of confidence — high, medium or low — that individual components would be ready.
Nothing like positive thinking!
via Prof. Reynolds.