November 21, 2009
Banksy — Doku
"Hier ein Beitrag von Arte Tracks über Banksy, offensichtlich im Sommer im Zuge seiner Ausstellung in Bristol entstanden. Zu Wort kommen unter anderem ein früherer Wegbegleiter aus seinen 80er Graffiti-Tagen und der Kurator der ersten Banksy-Ausstellung. Netter kurzer Abriss der Geschichte des bekanntesten Streetartisten."
Ski Chair & Ottoman
SONS (shoes or no shoes) Museum of Artists' Shoes
Said Marcel Duchamp, "Everyday objects, signed by an artist and presented within a museum, will transform into art."
How do you spell "Jeff Koons?"
The caption of the YouTube video above: "In Kruishoutem, Belgium, a new museum opened in 2009. It houses several collections, amongst which is a series of shoes/artworks by renowned artists like Joep van Lieshout, Corneille, Jan Fabre, Karel Prantl, Jennifer Bolande, Keith Farquhar and many others."
[via Virtual Shoe Museum]
What are they?
Answer here this time tomorrow.
Dress of the Week
Unveiled two weeks ago at Style Wars, a competition for "... aspiring designers to show off creations improvised, literally, with tape and shears," wrote Ruth La Ferla in Thursday's New York Times.
The event was produced by New York design firm House of Diehl to give young unknowns a chance to shine under pressure.
Mary Jo Diehl told La Ferla, "In a dream world you've got six months and a bolt of Italian silk to make a dress. In the real world your resources and deadlines are tighter than Shrek in a Speedo."
Got to remember that one.
Bike Chain Bowl
'A Song for the Horse Nation'
That's the title of a new show at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in New York City.
Ken Johnson, in a November 13, 2009 New York Times review, wrote about the exhibition of 98 artifacts relating to native horse cultures, up through July 7, 2011.
Above, "a Piikuni Blackfoot horse mask, made of hide, beads, hair locks, porcupine quills, brass tacks, buttons and more."
When Christopher Columbus first came to America, there were no natives on horseback to greet him. That is not only because he landed on an island in the Bahamas. It’s also because there were no horses in the New World. They originated here 40 million years ago and spread to other parts of the globe, but by 1492 horses had been extinct in the Western Hemisphere for 10,000 years. On his second trans-Atlantic voyage, in 1493, Columbus brought along 25 horses and reintroduced the species to America. Many more were brought later by French, English and Dutch colonizers.
This is just one remarkable piece of information to be gleaned from “A Song for the Horse Nation,” an exhibition of 98 artifacts relating to native horse cultures, opening on Saturday at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Lower Manhattan. Including saddles, riding blankets, clothing and beaded bags adorned with equine imagery and much more, the exhibition brings to light a fascinating and ultimately sad chapter in American history.
Organized by Emil Her Many Horses, a curator at the museum, the show presents most of the artifacts, all from the Smithsonian’s collection, that were pictured in a small paperback of the same title published in 2006 (by the museum and Fulcrum Publishing). In his introduction the historian Herman J. Viola, a curator emeritus of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, tells of the rise and fall of American Indian horse culture, which thrived for only about 100 years.
As the exhibition’s many different sorts of artifacts show, the horse was much more than just a beast of burden. It was a highly efficient form of transportation, and it enabled Plains Indians to hunt buffalo, a primary source of food and material for clothing and shelter. So Navajo, Crow, Comanche, Pawnee and other tribes were able to expand their territories and flourish.
Captivating as the exhibition’s contents are, hardly anything in it
is spectacular in the sense that European art and artifacts produced
with elaborate refinement and expensive materials can be.
A number of artifacts in the show are pictured and described here.
Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center, One Bowling Green, Lower Manhattan; 212-514-3700; nmai.si.edu.
Pocket Money Scanner — Got Counterfeit?
"Verifies the authenticity of U.S. dollars, Euros and British pounds two different ways: 1) a UV light beam reveals a distinctive fluorescent pattern on the currency, and 2) an electronic sensor emits a beeping sound when passed over the magnetic ink contained in a genuine bill."
$12.85 (currency not included).