New Research on the Benefits of Play

As one who takes playing with my grandchildren very seriously, I was glad to see new research supporting the importance of play in the development of children. Research conducted by Olga Jarrett, a professor emeritus at Georgia State University, shows the importance of recess. Dr. Jarrett draws on her experiences as a mother, civil rights…

Lichtenstein’s “Bacon Chair”

Roy Lichtenstein’s only foray into functional design was this “Brushstroke Chair and Ottoman” which my grand children promptly named, “The Bacon Chair” for obvious reasons. I think I like their name better. It is made of laminated and lacquered white birch plywood and is currently on display at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas…

Napoleon at the Nelson-Atkins

On a recent visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City we took in the Napoleon: Power and Splendor exhibit. The exhibit does not focus on Napoleon’s exploits as a military conqueror but on the majesty and significance of his imperial court and household. Napoleon all decked out in his royal attire. Napoleon’s wife, Joesphine. An…

Immortal Jade

Harder than steel, translucent, a greenish-white hue. These are the characteristics that made jade so valuable to the ancient Chinese. It was placed in their tombs to indicate their belief in eternity. “Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity”, an exhibit of jade objects excavated from a group of tombs of the Kings…

Hey Picasso, Africa Called. It Wants Its Art Back

There are three elements to the “Through The Eyes of Picasso” exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. The exhibit consists of priceless works of art by Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, several pieces of art from Picasso’s own extensive art collection, and several items from the Musee National Picasso-Paris. But all three…

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Part Two

Beruit, Lebanon is a city that has seen a lot of unrest over the years. This work by Judy Rifka is entitled “Beruit Excavation.” Beruit Excavation Detail This massive piece entirely covers one of the walls in the musuem’s entryway. It is entitled “To Access the Places That Lie Beyond” and is by Firelei Baez.…