Culture and Arts
American artists of the Jazz Age struggled to express the experience of a dramatically remade modern world, demonstrating their faith in the potentiality of youth and in the sustaining value of beauty. They took as their subjects nudes and portraits that celebrated sexual freedom and visual intimacy, as if in defiance of the restrictive routines of automated labor and the stresses of modern urban life. more »
Almost a quarter of a century ago (we tend to round up numbers) we made the first of many visits to the National Building Museum — and its shop — in Washington, DC. Today we eat daily on flatware designed by Robert Venturi for Swid Powell that we acquired on a sale at the shop. more »
Artists in France: "It is the loveliest country you ever saw, the red brown roofs, the white houses, and the green fields."
The 'impressive Normandy coast proved an artistic crucible for European and American artists during the course of the 19th and 20th centuries' while Portland-born artist Mildred Burrage, who as a young aspiring painter traveled in the early 1900s to Giverny, France. She trained her eye on the landscape, creating paintings and filling sketchbooks with her Impressionist style. more »
Two from Scout Project: Use "Explore the Map" to create a customized map displaying a wealth of data from recent Census surveys including counties with most beauty shops, auto repair and residential construction. Born amidst the cultural backdrop of the Italian Renaissance, Commedia dell'Arte is an art form that continues to inspire theatrical groups around the world. Los Angeles County, CA 3,513 Cook County, IL 2,929 King County, WA 1,890 Suffolk County, NY 1,743 San Diego C… more »