Friday, 28 September 2007
Viewing Japanese Prints: Ukiyo-e.
Revolution by Design: Soviet Propaganda Posters.
The Hours of the Women of Leisure.
'This exhibition examines the variety of garments that were appropriate to wear in different surroundings and times of day in the nineteenth century by women who followed fashion and lived a life of leisure...'
The London Tube Map Archive.
London Underground maps from 1908 onwards. Interestingly the earliest Tube maps were drawn to scale.
'This is a gallery of houses, barns, automobiles and businesses that have become the ruins on the landscape of America. '
The 37 Nats of Burma.
Illustrate Burmese cosmology.
"The nats of Burma make up a structured system of animistic spirits, predating the advent of Theravāda Buddhism but coexisting with it and with other systems of divination and prediction such as astronomy and alchemy."
At Home at Tea Time : Tea Gowns 1870-1920.
'As a new form of genteel undress, tea gowns exhibited early and consistently abundant signs of historicism. By 1873, gowns labeled "robes d'interieurs" appeared with stylistic details that would become characteristic of tea gowns...'
'In the 1950s, American women discovered they could earn thousands -- even millions -- of dollars from bowls that burped. "Tupperware ladies" fanned out across the nation's living rooms, selling efficiency and convenience to their friends and neighbors through home parties. Bowl by bowl, they built an empire that now spans the globe...'
'In the 1830s and 1840s, Peruvian museum curator Mariano Eduardo de Rivero and Swiss naturalist Dr Johann Jakob von Tschudi undertook a survey of all known relics, ruins, records, bones, artefacts and artworks relating to the pre-Columbian civilisations of Peru.'
'The resultant 1851 book, 'Antigüedades Peruanas', was a thorough and critical archaeological, ethnographic and anthropological review for its time, although their conclusions about, for instance, racial groupings have been superseded.'
Sun in the Night.
Hole in the Sun.
'When Sid Bloggs was murdered, in a rather compromising position, the detective suspected Sid's wife Nora. Nora however, steadfastly maintained that on the evening of the murder she was in a restaurant with a male friend.
The detective had found an entry in Nora's diary for that evening which apparently confirmed her alibi as follows :
TIPS THE BRUSHED CHEFS. However, the detective realised that the message was coded, and that each letter could be moved either one place forwards or one place backwards in the alphabet to reveal a startling confession. What was the hidden confession?'
Querying the Hive Mind.
'What things should I learn how to fix?'
'What is your favorite boardgame?'
'Can you find me obscure things to do in London to help me win my girlfriend back?'
'I'm trying to put together a list of senses other than the big human five...'