Today's video comes from a tip-off on Facebook from co-worker Steve Seel. It's a passionate performance involving two Kermit the Frog puppets and a man who appears to be homeless (forgive me for being cautious, but I've learned not trust everything I see on the internet). FYI the Kermit on the left is playing the part of David Bowie, and the one on the right is Freddie Mercury.
Botticelli's The Birth of Venus is one of several paintings you can now explore in hyper-detail on an Italian website.
I love the difference in looking at a painting from a distance of ten feet or so, and then getting up close to look at the brush strokes. Of course, museum guards get a little nervous when you start getting really close to a painting, and sometimes there's even a cord in place to keep you from doing just that.
Thanks to an Italian website, you can now explore some of the great Italian masterworks in amazing detail, all from the comfort of your home computer. For fun I took a virtual tour of Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus" (or "Venus on the half shell" as we know it in my family). I was able to zoom in on her eyes and see the cracks in the paint. The clarity was stunning, and made me see Botticelli's work with even greater appreciation.
Other paintings available for perusal include da Vinci's The Last Supper and Annunciation, Caravaggio's Bacchus and Agnolo Bronzino's stunning Portrait of Eleonor of Toledo.
via Open Culture
Posted at 3:23 PM on October 5, 2010
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Funding
A crate full of freshly picked art, from Springboard's "Community Supported Art" program
You may remember that back in April, Springboard for the Arts offered a bunch of "CSA shares" - CSA as in Community Supported Art.
I wouldn't blame you for not remembering - after all, they were sold out in just over a day.
This fall, the CSA program is back, offering twice as many shares and involving twice as many artists. Like the initial run, shares are $300 each and include 9 works of original art.
The shares have been on sale since September 27, and as of this afternoon, about 20 remained available. Interested? You can find out more info here.
Springboard for the Arts' Betsy Altheimer says this year's "crop" includes more artist collaborations and more performing arts in the mix. And she says news of the program is spreading; she says Springboard and its project partner mnartists.org are fielding inquiries from all over the country about to replicate/customize the program. Altheimer says in response they are developing a program model that should be up on their websites later this year.
Tiphanie Yanique's book "How to Escape from a Leper Colony" gains national recognition
Each year the National Book Foundation presents its National Book Awards. And for the last five years, it has asked the winners and runners-up in the fiction category to select their favorite author under the age of 35. The 5 under 35 awards seek to highlight young authors 'whose work is particularly promising and exciting and is among the best of a new generation of writers.'
This year's awards went to:
Sarah Braunstein for The Sweet Relief of Missing Children
Grace Krilanovich for The Orange Eats Creeps
Téa Obreht for The Tiger's Wife
Paul Yoon for Once the Shore
Tiphanie Yanique for How to Escape from a Leper Colony
Yanique's book is published by Graywolf Press here in the Twin Cities. Yanique is from the Hospital Ground neighborhood of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. She is an assistant professor of Creative Writing and Caribbean Literature at Drew University and an associate editor with Post-No-Ills, and is the winner of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award. She lives between Brooklyn, New York and St. Thomas.
This is not the first time a Minnesota publisher has had an author recognized in the 5 under 35 awards; in 2007 Kirstin Allio made the short list for her book Garner, published by Coffee House Press.