Arts and Innovation in Lyon, France

COMPARATIVE HISTORY OF IDEAS EARLY FALL SEMINAR 2018 Liz Brown and I are taking an interdisciplinary group of students from the University of Washington for an intensive seminar. Using Lyon as our laboratory, we will explore and experience this center for innovation since Roman times to today. Unlike in the U.S. where the arts are [...]


Thinking Visually, Seeing Critically

UW EXPLORATION SEMINAR Art Historian/Curator Elizabeth Brown and I are leading a three-week seminar in Lyon, France, for the Comparative History of Ideas Program beginning August 30. Our course of study will use the city as laboratory, especially focusing on the Institute Lumiere as the birth place of cinema, the Rives de Saone project as [...]


A Month in Rome. IV

A SIDE TRIP TO ALBEROBELLO I spent my time in Alberobello in the Puglia region exploring the nooks and crannies of this remarkable and unique UNESCO World Heritage Site, lugging my pinhole camera and tripod up and down Rione Monte early in the morning before the tourists gather and swarm through the small [...]


A Month in Rome.II

TEVERE RECLAIMED The Tevere (Tiber) River running through Rome has long been a neglected resource. The tall walls lining each side were originally built to protect the city from flooding. Unfortunately, the walkways along each bank became receptacles for litter and havens for undesirable activity–a no-man's-land. Recently, the city has begun to recognize it as an urban amenity [...]


A Month in Rome. III

WILLIAM KENTRIDGE'S TRIUMPHS AND LAMENTS William Kentridge has created a site-specific installation along the embankment walls of the Tevere (Tiber) between Ponte Sisto and Ponte Mazzini, an 1800' expanse. The work is heroic in scale and concept and is recognizable as distinctly within his oeuvre. It was achieved through power-washing the walls using a process of [...]