About a new Blog on Columbian Exposition: “Studying the WCE for Almost 40 Years”

This blog is welcome news for me and others interested in the Chicago fair.  I wrote my dissertation about Japan at the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and how Japan used art and architecture as a form of cultural diplomacy.  I look forward to exploring their resources and building new bridges with others’ fascinated with this exposition.  If you are reading this and are interested in world’s fairs, history, or Meiji era (1868-1912) Japan and its art, diplomacy, and gender representations, let me know, I am happy to share resources.

Source: Studying the WCE for Almost 40 Years

Along the River During the Qingming Festival (清明上河圖) (Part 4) : Horizontal Panorama

Strategies and conventions for depicting spatial recession in paintings differ (of course) among cultures, locations, time periods, and functions of artworks. Teaching students the conventions of Chinese landscape painting who are unfamiliar with art, let alone arts of many cultures,   presents many challenges.  I recommend all four of the posts but particularly point to this one for explaining panorama and strategies for depicting space in horizontal scrolls.

Source: Along the River During the Qingming Festival (清明上河圖) (Part 4) : Horizontal Panorama

Han Huang (韓滉) (723 –787) Five Oxen (五牛圖)

Mr. Siu has posted another excellent blog post.  For those who can read Chinese characters, his many essays, fully sourced and illustrated, includes useful transliteration of what can often be difficult to read calligraphy.  At the end of each essay you will also find bibliography and webliography in English and Mandarin sources.  Enjoy!

Source: Han Huang (韓滉) (723 –787) Five Oxen (五牛圖)

Follow Up on Hobby Lobby Looters

As I was saying yesterday, their illegal pillaging of cultural artifacts has a broader, troubling, context. 

“Prosecutors said in the complaint that Hobby Lobby, whose evangelical Christian owners have long maintained an interest in the biblical Middle East, began in 2009 to assemble a collection of cultural artifacts from the Fertile Crescent. The company went so far as to send its president and an antiquities consultant to the United Arab Emirates to inspect a large number of rare cuneiform tablets — traditional clay slabs with wedge-shaped writing that originated in Mesopotamia thousands of years ago.”


Hobby Lobby: Looters and Scoundrels

Clearly, Hobby Lobby’s act is abhorrent and illegal under numerous laws and treaties.   I hope the artifacts are repatriated and that those responsible serve time. Also, this is particularly disturbing given Hobby Lobby’s stance that as a Roman Catholic company they need not provide insurance that covers birth control. It smacks of disregard for “other” cultures that today happen to be Muslim majority nations.  I usually teach about these issues in three of my courses. Sad to say I have this new, egregious, example of how art is used in war crimes.  For anyone interested, I have a bad bibliography covering the topics of looting, ethics, international law, repatriation, and the sale or destroying of cultural heritage as a war crime.  http://www.weny.com/story/35822938/hobby-lobby-fined-3-million-over-smuggled-iraqi-artifacts?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_WENY_TV_News