Posts tagged "art"



The fun part about working with museums is that the institutional racism is so thick you can cut it with a knife. These two pictures are of database index trees that are created to help people search for art or artifacts. Notice the categories under “African Art” in the first picture… Yup, all it says is African Art… again. What you can’t see is that there are 7 categories under Asian Art. It took me 2 weeks to get them to change it to regions in the second picture. So now, if you search for West African, you won’t get stuff from Kenya and Egypt too.

African cultural items are often poorly managed, poorly catalogued, poorly maintained, and when on display, poorly mounted. They aren’t the priority of most museum spaces and there isn’t as much available literature on the items as there is for Greco-Roman crap: that’s some old colonial bullshit.

However, I still stand by the idea that they shouldn’t even have these cultural items in their possession, but until that day comes, they’re going to learn how to respect them.

I probably need to start a museum displays tag….because while we’re seeing great strides in some directions, it’s because of people who are actively trying to fight the existing problems in the way information is presented to us….




Artist Isaac Cordal (tumblr / facebook) - “With the simple act of miniaturization and thoughtful placement, Isaac Cordal magically expands the imagination of pedestrians finding his sculptures on the street. Cement Eclipses is a critical definition of our behavior as a social mass. The art work intends to catch the attention on our devalued relation with the nature through a critical look to the collateral effects of our evolution. With the master touch of a stage director, the figures are placed in locations that quickly open doors to other worlds. The scenes zoom in the routine tasks of the contemporary human being”.





Sculpture of Akhenaten, Aton temple, Karnak 

I LOVED when we talked about this in my art history class.  Akhenaten was the pharaoh that attempted to convert Egypt to a monotheistic society.  It was an epic fail because after he died all the cults of deities came out of hiding and everything returned to the way it was for the most part.  

Another interesting thing we talked about was the typically feminine way in which he is usually depicted.  I don’t think my professor gave it much credence, but we talked about the possibility of him having been transgender or a cross-dresser.  Which makes me wonder if they’ve ever found his mummy…

Anyway, I think the arguments for Marfan’s or Froelich’s Syndrome are more likely, but I think the argument for intentionally represented androgyny related to the worship of Aten is more realistic. 

He did not have either disorder because they make you sterile and he had several daughters.  Also they did DNA tests on his body (KV55) that came out negative (Hawass 2010).  A more likely explanation is gynecomastia, which gives guys boobs and therefore only can be identified with soft tissue.  Maybe it was such a condition that led to his religious revival as the androgynous Aten?  Several other royal figures were represented like this too (but they could just be trying to associate themselves with the king).  

Ancient Egypt is srs bzns.