Along the River During the Qingming Festival (清明上河圖) (Part 1)

Last spring I had the good fortune to be part of a faculty group from SUNY Oswego who went to Shanghai to visit East China Normal University.  We went to explore establishing study abroad opportunities facilitated by ECNU and CAPA.  During our time in Shanghai, we were treated to several cultural excursions that will be offered to our students, including a trip to the China Art Museum.   There you can see the enormous and fun  animated version of this national treasure by Song painter, Zhang Zeduan, that was prepared for the 2010 Expo.   Thank you Patrick Siu for your informative and interesting blog posts on Chinese art and calligraphy.   There are four blog entries, I only re-post one here.

If you are interested in viewing a high resolution, interactive version of the actual Song painting, check out Harvard’s version.

Source: Along the River During the Qingming Festival (清明上河圖) (Part 1)

Art History Teaching Resources continues to publish intriguing articles on pedagogy that help us share a passion for art and its history with new generations

In the past decade comics have established a small but growing beachhead in academia, following earlier advances in the critical attention paid to them by newspapers, magazines, and journals and the institutional recognition accorded them by museums and libraries. Courses on comics are now taught regularly in literature departments at many universities but only a…

via Teaching Comics and Graphic Novels as Art History — Art History Teaching Resources

Ghost in the Shell Trailer is Just as Racist as Everything Else This Week

Thank you for the review! I am sharing with my classes.


by Dominic Mah | Originally posted on YOMYOMF

Wow, where to start with this trailer. It OPENS on a person in stylized Japanese esoteric garb to tell us how much we’re in that place Japan where things are weird. Who is this person? Don’t know, don’t care at all.

Then we get a pretty faithful live-action recreation of the original Ghost in the Shell’s elegant opening action sequence, pretty much nailing the point home that the only reason you aren’t aware of this seminal science-fiction already is because it didn’t have Scarlett Johannson in it, and now we fixed that for you.

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Doctor Strange: Another Rich, White Asshole Courtesy of Marvel


Doctor Strange, directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister), tells the story of Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), a gifted neurosurgeon who is wrapped up in his own vanity. After karma executes Stephen’s fate he suffers irreversible damage to his hands, destroying his valued medical career. His desperate search for physical healing takes him to the Far East to a place called Kamar-Taj. There he meets the “Ancient One,” (Tilda Swinton) a mystical witch with undisputed power, and Baron Mordor (Chewitel Ejiofor) one of the chief masters of the Kamar-Taj temple. Strange believes the Ancient One is the key to healing his hands and returning back to the medical field. Little does he know he is smack in the middle of a war between good and evil. His visit to Kamar-Taj will be a turning point for Stephen Strange. He chooses to learn the ways of the arts but isn’t sure…

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The Sleepers | cakeordeathsite

I am reposting my re-post of this from cakeordeath and especially in re discussions of censorship and media.  Facebook has so much power to shape what users know or see that recent cases, such as the dispute over unilateral removal of paintings, go beyond the art world: many voters get much of their political news from Facebook.  As Scott Bixby points out in “‘The end of Trump’: how Facebook deepens millennials’ confirmation bias’ (Guardian 1 October 2016) points out, while Facebook users of all ages generally see posts that confirm their views; for younger voters who may not read a daily news source, the echo chamber of Facebook algorithms could mean they only hear affirmations of their own beliefs.

Six out of every 10 millennials (61%) get their political news on Facebook, according to a survey conducted by Pew Research Center, making the 1.7 billion-user social behemoth (which includes more than 200 million in the United States) the largest millennial marketplace for news and ideas in the world. But within Facebook’s ecosystem exists a warren of walled gardens, intellectual biomes created by users whose interest in interacting with opposing political views – and those who are them – is nearly nonexistent.

Many of the young adults in my life complain that Facebook is their parents’ social media and instead opt for Instagram, Tumblr, Vine, or Snapchat (I know, already boomers have infiltrated these platforms–me for one). Nevertheless, the Pew study indicates that a significant number of young adults rely on Facebook for political news.  Older voters also see their political preferences reflected back to them in their news feeds, “But baby boomers are the least likely to get their political news from Facebook – unlike millennials.”   Bixby continues,

That confirmation bias – the psychological tendency for people to embrace new information as affirming their pre-existing beliefs and to ignore evidence that doesn’t – is seeing itself play out in new ways in the social ecosystem of Facebook….Even Facebook itself sees the segmentation of users along political lines on its site – and synchronizes it not only with the posts users see, but with the advertisements they’re shown.

Trevor Noah recently used the popular or never-heard-of (depending on your “likes”)  Tomi Lauren (“Final Thoughts”on Facebook) to make the same point.

Politics and art culture collide often enough, but in the days of the Culture Wars and congressional hearings about the NEA funding purportedly “obscene” art, there was a rigorous public debate.  As Bixby points out, Facebook users can “block” or “unfollow” those whose political views offend or bore them.  Public institutions (like Congress, the NEA, or public museums) and private institutions (like art galleries, news outlets) exercise a form of censorship by omission: in the case of women artists, this is the point the Guerrilla Girls have been making for over thirty years. But when the algorithms of social media elide people historically oppressed by taking down live video of police encounters or whole ethnic groups (as Palestinian activists have claimed against Google) we need to pay attention to all censorship and plan for unintended division

Like many posts on cakeordeathsite, this is thoughtful and worth exploring.

“Inspired by Charles Baudelaire’s poem Femmes damnees Delphine et Hippolyte (Damned Women Delphine and Hippolyte) from his famous collection Fleurs du mal (Flowers of Evil) which had resulted …

Source: The Sleepers | cakeordeathsite