During my visit to London in early April, I was able to visit some sites that my great-great-great aunt May frequented during her adult life in London. I learned about these places initially through her letters to my great-great grandfather John, her brother, which I transcribed this spring, and then by conducting subsequent research. In … Continue reading May B. Carlyle?
About once a week or so, I watch some of the content on the Prado Museum's YouTube channel. The videos feature everything from gallery talks on works of art in the museum's collection to special exhibitions, conferences, seminars, conservation projects, and technical studies of artworks. Watching allows me to both expand my understanding of the featured … Continue reading A Poststructural Feminist Response to Botticelli’s Woman Pursued
Two weeks ago, I gave a public talk at the museum titled The Global Story of Talavera Ceramics, which set out to trace the exchange of technology, shapes, and designs that influenced the distinctly Mexican art form of Talavera Poblana. This post aims to share aspects of Talavera's fascinating history as they were unfolded in the museum galleries through close observation of works … Continue reading Exploring the Global Story of Talavera in the Galleries
This post continues my account of my great-great-great aunt May's experiences during the Blitz, a series of heavy air raids carried out over London and other major British cities from 1940 – 1941 that resulted in over 40,000 civilian deaths. My last post related some of my discoveries leading up to my trip to London … Continue reading Aunt May and the Blitz, Cont’d.
During my recent visit to Copenhagen, our friend and host Sarah suggested we take a day trip to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, located twenty-five miles up the coast from the city. "What's with the name?", you might ask (we did). According to their website, the property that was later converted into the museum was originally … Continue reading Tan Lines and Tradition
Since early February, I have read a poem each morning as part of an assignment (really, a practice) my creative writing teacher gave to our class at the start of the semester. His stated purpose in assigning this was for us to find lessons for our writing in the work of fellow authors. I've certainly … Continue reading Wordsworth, Plant Ecology & Five Men Named Ian
Over the past few months, I've transcribed all the letters my family has that were written from my great-great-great aunt May (b. 1882) to her brother John (my great-great grandfather, who came to Chicago from Ireland in the 1890s). I had initially looked into her story four years ago when I was living in London … Continue reading Aunt May and the Blitz