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Lost and Found

Good news today in the art world: the BBC reported that a collection of an estimated 1,500 works of art looted by the Nazis has been located in Munich.  The Nazis seized as many as 16,000 works of art: for the sake of censorship (modern art was found to be “degenerate“), for the sake of […]

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Women in Art

The class I’m teaching this semester is called Topics in Art & Gender Studies: Women in Art.  This is my second time teaching this particular course.  I loved it last year, but I’m loving it even more this time around because my students are so amazing.  I get the sense that they feel invested in […]

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My Favorite Movies About Art

Inspired by my recent review of Museum Hours, here are my top 5 all-time favorite art movies. 5.  Girl with a Pearl Earring, 2003 Based on the novel by Tracy Chevalier, this is romantic speculation about Vermeer’s life and creative inspiration: completely fictionalized but it’s a feast for the eyes.  The filtered light and saturated […]

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Film Review: Museum Hours

Last night I saw Museum Hours at the Tivoli, Kansas City’s best art-house movie theater.  My friend Nicky and I really enjoyed this unique film that is all about connections between fine art and daily life.  The guy who sold us our tickets said that he also enjoyed it but that some people walked out […]

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Jesus Was A Moonwalker

One of my former students, Alyssa Lundgren Dreeszen, made a very interesting documentary film about the role of religion in the contemporary art world.  I was honored to be a featured interviewee alongside heroes like Eleanor Heartney!  Jesus Was a Moonwalker screened at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art a little over a year ago (fulfilling—sort […]

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