• Aug. 16th, 2014 · Looking at a Lute Player
    1626_Orazio_Gentileschi_-_Lute_Player painting illusion I saw The Lute Player by Orazio Gentileschi at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC a couple of weeks back. I assumed I knew how to appreciate a work of art, at the very least just by looking and taking it in. But if it wasn’t for a great museum staff standing nearby that day, I wouldn’t have taken a second look at this particular painting before moving on. He said it was important to move beyond receptive appreciation and look at art more actively. I’m glad I did. Check out this great illusion: move your head from one side of the screen to the other all while looking at the scroll of the violin resting on the table. The instrument points at you whatever your position! As you might imagine, I spent the next little while doing all sorts of funny walks elsewhere in the museum. Nothing cool to report– no magical illusions, but it was kind of new and magical for me to approach some works in a way I wouldn’t have otherwise. # # #
  • Nov. 13th, 2013 · The curtain
    Hercule_PoirotFor the past 25 years, David Suchet has brought Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot to life. It’s a thrilling but subdued show that I’ve enjoyed watching no matter where in the world, and as it draws to a close I must bid adieu!
    “It is the brain, the little grey cells on which one must rely. The senses mislead. One must seek the truth within — not without.” — Agatha Christie (Poirot Investigates, 1924)
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  • Sep. 28th, 2013 · Emerging shadows
    Tim Noble and Sue Webster Tim Noble & Sue Webster‘s shadow sculptures emerge from jumbled statues of discarded wood. #