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From Comic-Con@Home 2021: The Science of Art

How is STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) used to inspire and create our most beloved popular arts? What do portrayals of science and scientists in popular media get right and wrong? From world-building to special effects and cosplay, IF/THEN ambassadors (www.ifthenshecan.org) Sydney Hamilton (aerospace engineer), Myria Perez (paleontologist), Dr. Samantha Thi Porter (archaeologist), and Dr.…

Film: Made You Look: A True Story of Fake Art

Filmmaker Barry Avrich (David Foster: Off the Record, Prosecuting Evil) explores how one of the most respected art galleries in New York City became the center of the largest art fraud in American history and was ultimately forced to close after 165 years. Knoedler & Company, under its president, Ann Freedman, made millions selling previously…

Art in Quarantine

One of the best Art in Quarantine Challenge attempts–girl in pearl earring. pic.twitter.com/69yt7DqBeF — Lorenzo The Cat (@LorenzoTheCat) April 14, 2020          

Newnan, Georgia & Whitewater, Wisconsin

One reads, in the New York Times, about How 17 outsize portraits rattled a small southern town (‘Not everyone was ready for what they saw’). After a white-nationalist rally in Newnan, Georgia, that town put up 17 large-scale banner portraits, images of the ordinary people who make up the town. They hang from the perches of…

Recreating a Famous Painting, 241 Years Later

John Trumbull’s founding-era painting, Declaration of Independence, is one of the most famous in America. Recently, Ancestry.com commissioned the recreation of Trumball’s scene in a photograph with the descendants of the Declaration’s signers.  The recreation is truly hopeful:  

‘Fortunate’

Norman Rockwell wasn’t the finest painter of the twentieth century (to express the matter gently), but at least when he created a painting capturing the spirit of free speech as one of Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms, he understood speech as a right, not a privilege, lucky break, or favor from government. So it is with government,…

A Fold Apart: Origamist Robert Lang’s Incredible Paper Creations

A Fold Apart: Origamist Robert Lang’s Incredible Paper Creations from Great Big Story on Vimeo. Twenty five years ago, physicist Robert Lang worked at NASA. Shortly after that, he researched lasers and garnered 46 patents on optoelectronics. He even wrote a Ph.D. thesis called “Semiconductor Lasers: New Geometries and Spectral Properties.” But in 2001, Lang…