Pictures of Us: Photographs from The Do Good Fund Collection

Posted 2 years 4 months ago

In 1956, Life magazine published twenty-six color photographs taken by staff photographer Gordon Parks. The photo essay, titled The Restraints: Open and Hidden, exposed Americans to the effects of racial segregation. Over the next two months as part of the 2016 Global Georgia Initiative, the Willson Center presents Pictures of Us: Photographs from The Do Good Fund Collection, an exhibition of multiple artists including Parks in six venues on the University of Georgia campus and in the Athens community.

The Do Good Fund is a public charity that focuses on building a museum-quality...

Class of 2015: Carmen Kraus

Posted 2 years 6 months ago
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In just over seven days, double major Carmen Kraus (B.S. in Ecology, B.F.A. in Scienitific Illustration) will join the distinguished ranks of UGA graduates. What brought her to that unique combination of credentials?

Attending the Ecological Society of America annual meeting convinced me once and for all that I had chosen the correct career path. I went to as many lectures as I could, focusing mainly on bioremediation but also hearing some talks as varied as Amur leopard population density and kitchen gardens in France. The vast extent of research presented was exciting, and I hope...

2015 Spotlight on the Arts

Posted 2 years 7 months ago
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Courtesy of our [very] social media, everyone has likely seen or heard of the disputed quote from Winston Churchill:

Churchill responding to a plan to cut money for the arts to fund the war effort by saying: "Then what are we fighting for?"

Whether he said those words or not - the sentiment resonates. We have increasing difficulty protecting the arts not from war per se but from the effects of the commercial marketplace - and of course, that really can't be done either, because art makers need to eat and earn their way. Maybe it's the disconnect between art and the the...

Destruction was my Beatrice

Posted 3 years 1 hour ago

DADA was a between-the-world-wars movement that is either responsible for or guilty of many of the art 'isms' that would decorate the twentieth century, depending on one's view about that history. Helen S. Lanier Distinguished Professor of English Jed Rasula has a new book out on the subject of DADA, recently reviewed in The Economist and the Los Angeles Times:

When telling a story of individuals as incandescent as the Dadaists, it’s easy to disregard the influence of their social and cultural context. But no matter how radical, experimental, or iconoclastic a movement might be, it...

Culture and commodity

Posted 3 years 2 weeks ago

The roll-out of Apple Music is creating a lot of media sizzle, but the conversations about major corporations and their battle for customers is leaving one major element out of the equation: the people who make our music (and books):

Do you think Spotify and YouTube are nervous about today's announcement? Those are two very different entities, and I'm not sure how they're both feeling. Lately in interviews I've started saying nice things about Spotify because they’re not the biggest problem for artists. The biggest problem is YouTube, and all the the user-generated, unwrangled...