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Last night we had the strangest dreams….

Last night I had this crazy dream that I was a fortune teller with a dragon crystal ball.  People would come to me from all over, some were children, some adults, but all asking the same thing, “What does my fortune hold?”  I look back at them through the glass, waiting for them to pay,…

The Warhol

    Entrance to the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania        Last month, during a college tour of the city of Pittsburgh, I had the opportunity to visit the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA - a testament to this renowned artist in his very own hometown. All I really knew about Warhol was…

Relics and Reliquaries, New and Old

How do you remember or honor someone or something? Maybe you have that one special box full of ticket stubs and fortunes, or an urn of a loved one’s ashes sitting on the mantle. To Christian worshipers and pilgrims, the reliquaries or vessels that hold sacred contents were of utmost importance – almost as important…

Technology & The Museum Experience

“Museums offer us an opportunity to be informed and inspired, to be enriched culturally, intellectually, emotionally. Without them we would be infinitely poorer as individuals and as a nation” – Marjorie Schwarzer      “We” represents the members of the American society who have been fortunate enough to recognize the value and opportunity of the institutions…

The Greatest Show on Earth

Step Right Up! TAC is transforming The Walters into a three-ring circus for this year’s Teen Night at the Walters: The Greatest Show on Earth. At our past few meetings, we have been planning and preparing to make our own circus come to life for a night, but how much do we really know about…

A Reason for the Season: Greek Coin of Persephone

As I was browsing the Walters’ collection online, a tiny little “artwork” caught my eye. Maybe I should refer to this little token as an “artifact” instead – it is a small Greek coin bearing the face of the Greek goddess, Persephone. Greek mythology has always been of personal interest to me, but as I…

A Second Look at “The Scarlet Letter”

  Hester Prynne, Roger Chillingworth, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Pearl – are these names familiar? The thought of those names alone is probably enough to send some of your minds barreling back to your junior year English class as you read. Whether you are the student who rejoiced in the creation of Spark Notes or an…

The Hackerman House, A Hidden Gem

When someone thinks of art at the Walters, the first image that comes to mind is probably of the Ideal City, or Rubens Vase; less often is an image of the Seated Buddha or Dancing Ganesha evoked. With so much Asian art under its roof, it’s a shame that the Walters is home to such…

Music Videos as Art? I Guess So!

After following Karl’s link to Wikipedia (see the comments section from my last post), I found a list of Michel Gondry’s music videos. Expecting to find a brief list of obscure indie artists, I discovered that my expectations were quite incorrect; to my surprise, I found videos credited to Gondry by artists of many different music…

Music Videos As Art? I Think Not….

Several weeks ago, I was working at my computer when I overheard the idle conversation of two other people in the office. One person, thinking aloud, said to the other, “It’s weird that MTV doesn’t really play music videos anymore. They’re such a great form of art, but it doesn’t seem like there’s much of…

Small Museum, Big Impact

This past Sunday, there was an article in the Baltimore Sun newspaper about the Walters’ conservation efforts to preserve ivories in Iraq. For those of you who didn’t get a chance to read it, the article highlighted Terry Drayman-Weisser, the director of conservation and technical research here at the Walters. The article was brief, seemingly…

The Chamber of Wonders: More Than an Exhibition

When you walk into the Walters’ Chamber of Wonders for the first time, it’s hard to remember that you are still in an actual museum; this is my favorite room in all of the Walters, purely for that reason. While most exhibitions establish the visitor as a twenty-first century museum-goer merely standing in front of…

Distractions in an Art Museum: Part II

I will be the first person to tell you how dull science can be, but if there is one thing that I have learned, it’s in the benefit of testing your theory. Remember how I went on and on about how great it is to experience art for yourself without being bound by art information…

Distractions in an Art Museum Part I

          Do you like to take pictures in a museum?  When I went to the National Gallery a few months ago, I decided to take a seat in the popular Impressionist galleries and watch the people go by.  Since it was summertime, I was passed by harried housewives, their bored husbands, their screaming children, teenagers…

WAMTAC Field Trip: MoMA Teen Night!

            A couple Fridays ago, the Walters Art Museum’s Teen Arts Council decided to embark on a trip to the Museum of Modern Art.  Needless to say, we were all very excited to see something other than Faberge eggs and Renaissance oil paintings!  We also had a chance to attend Moma’s Teen Arts Council’s…

What we do in WAMTAC 10/21/09

Today in the Teen Night planning group we actually made alot of progress. We began really slowly and could barely get any ideas, but then we decided to look back at the theme of scandals. So now we’re going to revive it by doing the scandals in the lives of famous artists and in our…

van Gogh: The Epic Truth

What does a religious maniac, clingy brother, loving soul, great writer, mentally unstable, and truth-seeking individual have in common?  They all go by the name of Vincent van Gogh (I thought the “painter” clue would be too obvious, but yes of course he was a painter too). Vincent lived by paradox, his most famous personal…

Thoughtful Thoughts

Recently, WAMTAC (Walters Art Museum Teen Arts Council) has been hosting workshops for high school students about understanding art in today’s world and the various ways to interpret any artists work, classical or modern. Through some pretty intense debates and critiques, we received really awesome opinions. So, to give you a little taste, here are…

Modern Frescos

Fresco: a painting on a moist surface of plaster that uses pigment ground up in a limewater mix. These advanced murals were most popular during the late 13th centuries to mid 16th centuries. Most often, frescos are associated with the Renaissance art period. Back then, these works of art were extremely important. They were the…

Artistic History

Ever wonder why museums put so much effort into housing and displaying old art work? What exactly is the point of viewing work that was created by people that you know very little if anything about? In fact, is art history even that important? Well, I hope about a million red flags are going up.…

Who Cares?

What’s the point of art? Does it change the world; does it even change one person? All throughout history artists are negatively categorized as “the crazy ones”. To address this all too familiar concept, we must establish the definition of the artist. Is it a person who puts things together, puts paint on a canvas?…

Saving Sargent

Have you ever wondered what it means to restore art? Other than in museums, where does older art exist? As I was reading up on some recent conservancy projects, I came upon one that occured within the Boston Public Library. Good old John Singer Sargent. He was quite the man. Born in on January 12…

Let it Flow

“When the artist is alive in any person… he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressing creature. He becomes interesting to other people. He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and he opens ways for better understanding. “ ~Robert Henri So, an artist is a rebel? Sounds good to me. I go to a high school for the arts.…

My Summer at the Walters

Hey, I’m Laura and I have been working at the Walters for the past two summers.  I met Juliana, your loyal blogger, last year when we collaborated on the Dawoud Bey Portraits Re/Examined exhibit.  I had such an educational experience working in a museum and with an artist that I was eager to continue my…