Friday, March 27, 2009

Next Week's Pre-Easter 'Globalization' Agenda: Reconnecting Soft Power, Charity, Pacifism And Classical Art In A Post -"Free-Market Capitalist" World

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Saint Christopher Carrying the Christ Child with the Globe of the World, c. 1500/1509
bronze/medium brown patina


Christ Child, 9.2. cm (3 5/8 in), Samuel H. Kress Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington


Saint Christopher, 27.2 cm (10 3/4 in), Musée du Louvre, Paris

"The two bronzes were 3,800 miles apart until 1970, when a young Louvre curator named Bertrand Jestaz became intrigued by a figure called "Boy with a Ball" while studying the Kress Collection at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The boy's posture suggested he had been seated on something, and his distinctive drapery was similar to that of a statue thought to be an "Atlas" or "Hercules" at the Louvre. When Jestaz asked that the boy be removed from its base, a small prong was found whose measurements seemed to be a match for a threaded hole in the upraised palm of the "Atlas.""

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Georges de La Tour Paid Money, also called The Money-lender, also called The Payment of Taxes. c. 1625-27. Oil on canvas. Museum of Fine Arts, Lviv, Ukraine, Future European Union.


Judith Joy Ross, Addison Bross, Protesting the U.S. War in Iraq, Allentown, Pennsylvania, from the series Protest the War, 2006; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery; purchase through a gift of Helen and Richard Spalding.

On view through April 26, 2009 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art


Image credits: (c) National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; (c) Olga's Gallery; and © Judith Joy Ross . Copyright controlled. With thanks.


Amnesty International

CARE: Defending Dignity, Fighting Poverty


'Reform is needed. Reform is in the air. We can't afford to fail. The task is to build a new financial architecture. If we flunk it, the pain will strike most cruelly in the world's poorest countries.'

Nobel-laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz March 27, 2009


Shiro Amakusa, the Christian Rebel
March 28 at 4:00PM
East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art

A rare historical film from Nagisa Oshima's oeuvre, Shiro Amakusa is based on a true event, a seventeenth-century uprising in which a young boy known as Shiro (played by popular actor Hashizo Okawa) led the poor and exploited Christian peasantry against the Shogunate. (1962, 35 mm, Japanese with subtitles, 100 minutes)


The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

Anne Wagner: Everyday People
March 30, 2009, 5:30 pm, Tour/Lecture

Anne Wagner, professor of modern art at the University of California, Berkeley, discusses artistic responses to globalization, exploring the link between portraiture and everyday lives.

Free; registration required:
Museum galleries closed.


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