Greek eyes are watching you! (ophthalmoi from Tektaş Burnu)

It is with a heavy heart that I publish this post. I’m thinking of Hasan Niyazi of Three Pipe Problem who died suddenly over the weekend, his passion for art history and open access to resources and information, and his generosity with me when I first started this blog. I didn’t know what I was doing (and still often feel like I don’t), but Hasan was always kind, supportive, encouraging, and freely shared his expertise and experience with me and so many others. Somehow just having him out there, working away in the middle of the night (he once told me that he needed very little sleep), forging the way for art history and humanities bloggers, made a huge difference. I feel his absence. I feel it deeply. And it seems right, a little bit therapeutic, even, to go ahead and finish this post today. Rest in peace, Hasan.

I was excited to be able to go to a lecture recently by the president of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, Dr. Deborah Carlson. (It was supposed to be a date (how nerdtastic is that?), but didn’t quite turn out that way – that’s another story.) I didn’t know much about nautical archaeology – only enough to be fascinated by it. The thought of archaeological excavations underwater, often over 100′ underwater, makes my skin crawl a bit, but Dr. Carlson’s photos and descriptions of what they find and their methods made it seem well worth the challenges – and made me glad that they’re doing it and not me!

Among the excavations that she discussed, I was riveted by her description of finding these:

From shipwreck at Tektaş Burnu, Aegean coast of Turkey, excavation 1999-2001, Institute of Nautical Archaeology

Here’s a photo soon after they were found:

Dr. Deborah Carlson and Dr. George Bass, Tektaş Burnu Shipwreck

Dr. Carlson said that it took them an embarrassingly long time to figure out what these were, although that they ever figured it out amazes me. Continue reading


Miró in Chicago! (and other public art along the way)

How many times have I been to Chicago and walked past this sculpture, I mean, right past it, without even noticing it?

Joan Miro, The Sun, the Moon, and One Star, Chicago, 1969/81 (Brunswick Plaza, between the Cook County Administration Building and the Chicago Temple Building)

Many, many times. Because right across the street is this Picasso sculpture:

Pablo Picasso, The Chicago Picasso, 1967, Daley Plaza, Chicago

This time, though, I actually turned around and saw the Miró sculpture. Miró! Right there on the street! And making it even better, in the little courtyard behind the sculpture, a little playground crouches in the corner:

Playground behind Miro sculpture, Brunswick Plaza, Chicago

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