Monday, January 22, 2007
Saturday, January 20, 2007
I have read that this collection (the Thoma collection) offers a compelling survey of diverse schools, illustrating the range of religious and secular subject matter favored in the region...
...BUT - and here's the big BUT - the curator of the collection, who spoke at the museum today as part of the opening of this exhibition said little to nothing about how to read the different styles, recognize the influences of the different schools or what religious and secular subject matter exactly is present. In fact, she didn't even greet the audience when she stepped up to the podium, nor did she allow any time for a question and answer session. It was a snore and which I had to stand through because they ran out of seating.
The longer I spend in academia the more fearful I become of the missing bridge phenomenon: the more education and specialization one receives, the more difficult it is for one to bridge the gap between one's self and one's target audience. No one there wanted to hear a string of names of places and people - totally unfamiliar to them - without a story, analysis, or more cultural significance to give meaning to it all.
But the paintings were neat. I wish I knew how those floating baby angel heads got so popular.
Monday, January 15, 2007
This is our Frida enjoying her first experience with snow ever.
Monday, January 01, 2007
My New Year’s wishes are the following in no particular order: that Bookman’s move closer to my place instead of farther when they leave their Campbell and Grant location, that I will have successful classes at Yoga Oasis, that I get to eat at The Dish at least once, but generally eating out will involve more picnics and less money, that gang related violence will end, that people will stop dying in the desert, that generally there won’t be so much inequality (from the foothills to the south side), that our wedding will be a blast AND we will be able to start saving to buy a house (fat chance), that I will shop more at Food City and less at Safeway, even though it is so nice and new, that I will make a difference in my students' lives, that I will not get so pissed off when strangers take my spot in the parking lot during football games, that I will enjoy and stick to the next semester of Latin Dance and remember all the moves from last semester that I can never remember at parties, that I will develop a better breast stroke, that I will hike many new trails, that I will pass my exams, that I will put on a photo expo at Espresso Art, that I will spend plenty of time sharing this lovely city with friends and family, that I will finally have a karaoke engagement party, that I will get drunk at Kon Tiki, that I will go on many Arizona road trips including one to Lake Havasu so I can finally see the London Bridge, that I will go to many good shows like Lila Downs in March, that I will get some good plants from the Tanque Verde Swap Meet, that my mail carrier will stop kicking down the dog gate even though I made her cookies last Christmas, that I will have much success at thrift stores and Buffalo Exchange will finally take some of my clothes, that I will not get any more cavities and floss more, and a host of other wishes that have even less to do with Tucson but more to do with my personal goals…