Painting Air by Spencer Finch, on exhibit now at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art. I will be very sad to leave ACLA tomorrow, but it’s probably best I get out of town before I fill out a FAFSA and an application to RISD.
Color Moves: Sonia Delaunay at the Cooper-Hewitt
Design progression for one of Delaunay’s fabrics, produced in 1930 by Metz & Co.: —— Images from: Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay. Timmer, Petra and Matilda McQuaid, eds. New York: Smithsonian Institution, 2011.
In Providence till Sunday.
Just a quick note from Providence, where ACLA is holding its annual meeting this year. I’m here at the invitation of Liyan Shen, a member of my graduate cohort at IU who is now a post-doc at MIT. It’s three years since I finished my degree, and I didn’t realize until this morning how negligent I’ve been about keeping in touch. As our panel convened this morning, one of the...
On teaching and the business of loving teaching.
My job, like most jobs, is many. I’m a researcher and writer of sorts, and an occasional translator. My program is self governed, which makes me at times an administrator and policy creator, though usually in a low-level highly-collaborative sense. On a daily basis though, I’m a teacher, which makes me also an accidental and very poorly trained life coach, support structure,...
I’ve barely posted in the last week as the result of the following: Finally “launching” an actual website (and by “launching” I mean posting some html pages with no significant information on them whatsoever save a bunch of lorem ispum and empty promises), and preparing for NCSA and ACLA, which are next weekend and the following weekend respectively. At NCSA...
If in a democratic country nothing can be permanently achieved save through the...– Jane Adams, “The Subjective Necessity for Social Settlements.” Delivered before the School of Applied Ethics at Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1892.
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Charles W. Smith
I have discovered the digital archives of the Valentine Richmond History Center, and from them, Charles W. Smith. According to VRHC’s site, Smith was born in 1983 in Lofton, Virginia: “He studied at the University of Virginia, the Corcoran Art School and Yale’s School of Fine Art…He moved to Richmond in 1925 where he worked for the printing firm Whittet & Shepperson. He...
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The Ghosts of Tom Joad
Our current unit is on research and the uniquely symbiotic relationship between VCU and Richmond. Our unit is “about” a lot of things—education, urban schools, neighborhoods, history, the riverfront: you name it and we’re touching on it in some way. I love this unit. It’s fascinating, it’s challenging, and (frankly) I love the content. I love Richmond, and I...
VCU’s campus, 1979. The Monroe Park Campus site plan, 2020. Current VCU police jurisdiction. Some thoughts, after I saw VCU police pulling residents of Carver off their bikes for breathalyzer tests last week. —— VCU. “Academic Campus / Virginia Commonwealth University.” Virginia Commonwealth University, 1979. Available online at Vintage Richmond. VCU...
In recent years it has become increasingly apparent that the conditions...– Wayne Commission Report, 1967.