The Power of Place

It’s a different kind of tragedy when a great part of the collective human heritage is destroyed, but it’s a tragedy nonetheless. While watching Notre Dame de Paris be engulfed by skyscraper-high flames and billowing plumes of black smoke yesterday, my art historian friend Jenna remarked, “When the essence of personhood and how we measure … More The Power of Place

A Few Bewitching Days in Edinburgh

  Mist like a sea moves through the city: tall medieval spires pierce through the undulating grey cloud. Suspended by some unseen force, they float above the streets. In the whole world, there’s nothing quite like the medieval skyscrapers that rise along Princes Street Gardens, majestically welcoming visitors into Old Town. Upon entering Edinburgh’s Old … More A Few Bewitching Days in Edinburgh

DAM, That’s a Fine Museum

Consider a museum without visitors. Suddenly, a center of carefully curated specimens with a purpose becomes an eccentric billionaire’s basement. In his forward to the collection highlights guide the director of the Denver Art Museum, Lewis Sharp, states, “great art and outstanding architecture do not constitute a successful museum experience. The viewer completes the art.” … More DAM, That’s a Fine Museum