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How Art Influences Culture (Or Does Culture Influence Art?)

HOW ART INFLUENCES CULTURE (OR DOES CULTURE INFLUENCE ART?) Whenever I visit a art museum or talking about art with a friend, the question comes up, “Do you even get it?” There is a lot of art that I don’t “get” or don’t like. (It’s okay to not like all art). Modern and contemporary art is often imaginative and unsatisfied. It often brings up difficult social issues and novel ideas without giving closure, allowing or forcing the audience to draw conclusions. In art, I appreciate skill, good observation of the world, and articulation of the […]

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Round 2

Hej, hello, and welcome back. I see that people do still look at this blog from time to time (wow, thank you!) and that warms my heart. So a little bit of a semester 2 update. Classes (a quick, quick overview) Watercolor: taught by one of the best teachers I have ever had. He is so on point with his critiques and his advice and he pays such close attention to each and every student. He puts so much time and conscious effort into his remarks and I really admire […]

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Bangalore’s Art Scene

Oofta. It’s been some time since a post. Here are a few recent thoughts on art and culture in India (and some ceramics updates). Historically, art and craft have been synonymous in India. Artisans would make handicrafts, idols, and wood or stone carvings. Potters would create vessels purposed for storing water and grains. Handicrafts were not made to be original, and pottery was not a form of beauty but a form of function. Post-independence, the perception of art has been changing in India. Bangalore has a high potential for art innovation. This […]

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Weekend Trip with Friends #2: Conquering Barcelona in only 2 days

Barcelona is unlike any city I have ever seen and simply massive – conquering Barcelona in two days was quite the challenge, but I think we conquered it, and more importantly, we had a lot of fun exploring this city together! It has a vibrant, city-like atmosphere, as well as the peacefulness of both the sea and the mountains. Barcelona from Toledo is quite the trek. Thursday night, we left from Madrid at 11:30 p.m. on an overnight bus and arrived in Barcelona at 7:30 a.m. Friday morning and started […]

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Madrid/Toledo 1/22-1/24

I got to spend this weekend exploring the streets of Madrid with family and friends, as well as finishing out my second decade on the planet with my host family. Here are some of the highlights: El Museo Del Prado An incredible Spanish national art museum with an extremely wide selection of European masterpieces. Having accepted that I cannot create art, it has been much easier over the past few years to really appreciate the works that have helped change and solidify history.  El Retiro – huge park in the center […]

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Welcome to Madrid… (Art)

After settling into Toledo and beginning our classes, our school visited Madrid! The excursion for school only lasted a day, but my friends and I decided to stay in Madrid for the rest of the weekend. We visited two Art Museums: “El Museo Del Prado” and “El Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza”. El Museo Del Prado has one of the world’s finest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 19th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, and unquestionably the best single collection of Spanish Art. El […]

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Week of Cultural Activities

It’s been a very eventful week so far, which is good that my mind has been distracted because all I can think about is Ashley and Brandon come on Sunday!! On Tuesday I got to go to the Tate Modern Museum for my art class. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I actually really like this class, and normally I hate art classes. We saw an exhibit called Conflict/Time Photography which showed scenes such as World War 2, The Vietnam War, Berlin’s History, the Hiroshima bombing, Conflict in Congo, […]

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The Hermitage

So I am finally making a post about the Hermitage, where we went last weekend. The Hermitage is one of the oldest and largest museums in the world, with only the Louvre surpassing it in size. It was founded by Catherine the Great, and was open to the public in the 1850’s. It takes up several buildings that are all connected, including the former Winter Palace, which was added to the museum after the Revolution of 1917 and the end of the monarchy. The museum has more than three million […]

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Contemporary Gems of Kenya- Alliance Francaise

Last Tuesday, some friends and I attended the Contemporary Gems of Kenya Art Exhibit. The part-exhibition part-book launch had a small but nice collection of work from modern Kenyan artists. I particularly enjoyed the large three-dimensional work that was made of non-conventional material. My favorite pieces were Freeing the Butterflies, and this colorful piece whose name I did not capture. I learned about the activity in a community magazine that had a list of exciting artistic and cultural events happening around Nairobi through September. A brief perusal showed me just […]

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Sorry for the Delay in this Post!

Hey everyone! Sorry it has been so long since I have posted! School is pretty crazy right now with all of my classes only having a couple of weeks left! It’s crazy I only have three more weeks here and one more weekend in Sydney! Last Friday, I went to visit Cockatoo Island. Cockatoo Island is the largest island in the Sydney Harbour, and in the past it hosted a former imperial prison, industrial school, reformatory, shipyard, and jail. At this time of year, it is also a major venue […]

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A Rainbow Over Tuscany

This weekend had its fair share of sight seeing and eating. Yesterday afternoon two friends and I toured the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (a.k.a. Florence’s Duomo). When I say we “toured” the Duomo, I mean we explored the inside of the cathedral, wandered the basement museum, climbed the bell tower, and hiked to the top of the dome. I will be completely honest and say I was not very impressed by the inside of the cathedral. Compared to other churches that I’ve seen here, the inside of the […]

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Madrid

I know that it has been awhile and I’m sorry. So many things have happened and I can’t wait to tell you! One of the first things was that I went to Madrid. I’ve already been there, but it was great seeing it again with out the strict rules that we had to follow in high school! We stayed at a hostel, which was my first experience with one. It was great! I don’t know exactly what I was expecting, but it definitely exceeded expectations. I stayed in a 5 […]

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All These Things That I Have Done

I have officially been in Denmark a week! And let me tell you. It certainly feels like a lot longer than that. Here are just some of the things that I did so far. I attended a 3 day arrival workshop with DIS. During the arrival workshop I did the following: I met a lot of cool people. I saw Nyhavn (literally – New Haven), the iconic waterfront canal in København. I went to Christiansborg Palace, the Danish parliament. I visited Amalienborg Palace, home to the Danish Royal Family. (Fun […]

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Sculpture Garden

Soooooo I took a nice little trip today. My small group went to this sculpture garden that was seriously as big as the National Mall in DC. There was so much space, all these people running, and walking their dogs, and mothers with their children. I was amazed at how much open space there could be in a city where everything is so tightly packed together. Anyways, there were around 220 of these bronze sculptures, all made by one artist that consumed his entire life. The artist didn’t leave anything […]

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What My Art History Research Taught Me About the Western World

When I originally applied for the International Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, I had no idea that my research would change as much as it did through the course of the semester. In general, I was interested in further exploring 19th and 20th Century artwork of the Western World, le monde Occidental as it is known in French. I wanted to look at how the world rapidly developed due to industrialization and how it affected the Art world. After discussing with Professor Patrick Perry at the Beaux Arts School in Montpellier, […]

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