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Help me think of some small but significant buyable business artifacts

I work at a business school, and want to decorate my office with some cool artifacts that represent business and innovation. As a family heirloom, I already have a piece of the original Vanguard rocket (it exploded on launch). I have also bought a beautiful piece of Fordite. What other beautiful or interesting wall-mountable small artifacts could I buy that would fit with this collection? I have been thinking about icononic microchips, electronic or industrial equipment, or other related stuff, nothing too pricey. Any ideas - links to places to purchase would be great, too...
posted by blahblahblah on Aug 9, 2014 - 14 answers

Teach Me About Art Storage.

My favorite part of museums these days are the visible storage units. My favorite part of natural history museums are old-fashioned drawers filled with air-tight cases. I want to know more about the history and practice of storing/preserving art objects, paintings, sculpture, textiles, etc. What books/websites should I be reading to find out more? The more weirdly medium specific and detailed the better. Strange anecdotes very much welcome.
posted by The Whelk on May 22, 2014 - 14 answers

Who is in this painting?

Who is in this painting?
posted by czytm on Oct 28, 2013 - 3 answers

Who was that guy?

I know Walter Benjamin treasured a drawing by Paul Klee, Angelus Novus (angel of history).. So much so that he wrote about it in his essay "Theses on the Philosophy of History". [more inside]
posted by Mister Bijou on Sep 27, 2013 - 2 answers

Waxing on the object, thinking about the subject?

Blogs devoted to objects, fascinating and everyday? [more inside]
posted by actionpact on Aug 18, 2013 - 6 answers

Storytellers, thinkers, and musicians who are worth fully engaging with?

I believe I may suffer from a derth of artistic and intellectual heroes. Help me fix that. What artists and thinkers are worth engaging with fully as an adult? By "engaging with fully," I mean making a concerted effort to consume all of their output, several times, as well as seeking out supplementary information about them by way of interviews, criticism, documentaries, collected letters, biographies, etc. etc. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Mar 15, 2013 - 50 answers

What are the greatest (yet most original) love affairs of all time?

What are the greatest (yet most original) love affairs of all time? [more inside]
posted by skylar on Dec 22, 2012 - 76 answers

What are these dear naked German gentleman doing?

Can any German history lovers tell we what these sweet old naked fat men are doing in this old postcard? [more inside]
posted by esereth on Jul 19, 2012 - 16 answers

Do you think Art History is a good degree?

I am thinking about majoring in Art History, and would like to know from others that have obtained a bachelors in this area if it was worth it to them? [more inside]
posted by Lillian7 on Apr 19, 2012 - 42 answers

What is the Folk Web?

I'm looking for 'Folk' Web Cultures. I am thinking of the recent take-down of Geocities, which seemed to refresh people's love of the naff, kitsch aesthetic it was famous for, as a prime example. What are some other folk cultures still lingering in the dark corners of the web? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Apr 4, 2012 - 11 answers

Where in Montmartre (Paris) did Maurice Utrillo stand when he painted this view of the "Maquis"?

My late grandfather painted an interpretation of one of Maurice Utrillo's depictions of the "Maquis" of Montmartre, in Utrillo's time a very poor area of the well-known Paris neighbourhood. Which Utrillo work did my granddad use as a blueprint, and where exactly was Utrillo's vantage point? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Mar 26, 2012 - 12 answers

Books about the beginning needed.

I saw Cave Of Forgotten Dreams and loved it. Now I want to read more about early human history. Please recommend some good books on the beginnings of human art in particular and the emergence of human society and the beginnings of conciousness in general. I'm not a scientist and I'm not looking for a textbook, but I'm not afraid of a challenging read, either.
posted by vibrotronica on Mar 26, 2012 - 16 answers

I want to engage my students, but I'm not sure how, or even if it's possible.

How do I do a better job of teaching Art History in a way that will engage my students and feel meaningful to me (are the two antithetical)? [more inside]
posted by segatakai on Feb 3, 2012 - 26 answers

The Asylum for Specially-Trained Concubines

Schools or asylums that trained young girls in some sort of speciality skill only to later sell them off to rich men: did they really exist? Do they still? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 27, 2011 - 28 answers

What are the best websites out there?

If I had never seen the internet before, where would you direct me in 2011? What are the best news, film, music, art, fashion, history, technology, gossip, sports websites and blogs out there? [more inside]
posted by maca on Oct 3, 2011 - 14 answers

Crusoe film adaptations and *that* footprint

Robinson Crusoe film adaptations. Which are the best ones? Also, *that* footprint... [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 29, 2011 - 6 answers

18th Century Gallery Grids

I've recently visited the Galleria Doria Pamphilj in Rome, and there I discovered gallery walls ordered in a very crowded grid, "a grid that is typical to the 18th century", according to the audio guided tour. I tried looking for further material on such wall arrangements, the history of curation, perhaps, or the concept of Grid in the practice of gallery curation. I've found none. Can you recommend any leads (books/links) for learning such a subject?
posted by lipsum on Jun 4, 2011 - 8 answers

GIF Archaeology

I'm writing a paper on (animated) GIFs and am trying to track down some of the most (in)famous. I suppose I am talking memes, but I'm more interested in the GIF as an archaeological reference point. I frequent sites like dump.fm, tumblr etc. so am quite tuned in to the glitchy/kitschy side of GIF culture. How theoretical have people got on these wonders of the web? How does one trace the history of an animated GIF? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on May 16, 2011 - 11 answers

What should I do with this WWI scrapbook?

What should I do with this Canadian WWI scrapbook? [more inside]
posted by kmennie on Apr 13, 2011 - 15 answers

Who were some politically and creatively challenging artists pre-1900s?

Who were some politically and creatively challenging artists pre-1900, before the Modernist movement? [more inside]
posted by heylight on Apr 13, 2011 - 19 answers

photo google-fu

I am teaching an undergraduate photography class. What are the most amazing, resource intensive websites that the students should be exposed to? [more inside]
posted by archivist on Mar 22, 2011 - 15 answers

Talking 'bout their generation

Just finished reading Hemingway's Moveable Feast, and want more. Specifically, more about the time and place - Paris in the 20s, the Lost Generation, novelists, artists, poets, patrons and the hangers-on. Suggestions welcome for the best of anything with that flavour: biographies, novels (from then or now), films.
posted by reynir on Mar 3, 2011 - 23 answers

Logging complete browser activity

I'm digital arts student who wants to visualize internet addiction. How do I log browser activity: not just history...but back, forward, scrolling, and the seconds between each action? [more inside]
posted by victory_laser on Jan 23, 2011 - 6 answers

Is this cave art too cool to be real?

Is this real cave art? If so, where is it? [more inside]
posted by Solon and Thanks on Dec 24, 2010 - 5 answers

Which art periodicals database is superior?

Librarians, art historians, art researchers and scholars: From the perspective of art historical periodicals research with the widest range of relevance for art studio and art history students and instructors, which is the better database, Art Abstracts ~ or ~ Art and Architecture Complete? [more inside]
posted by xod on Nov 11, 2010 - 4 answers

How do I work with history?

What's the best way to find a career in historical preservation/art restoration from where I am now? [more inside]
posted by billypilgrim on Oct 22, 2010 - 12 answers

Historic plant reproductive variation diagrams or art

"That plants employ many different strategies to engage in sexual reproduction was used, from just a structural perspective, by Carolus Linnaeus (1735 and 1753) to propose a system of classification of flowering plants." - I would very much like to find period diagrams/drawings that depict this (as many of the varying sex types/methods possible) [more inside]
posted by infinite intimation on Oct 1, 2010 - 9 answers

Sacrifice, speech, writing and art

Sacrifice, speech, writing and art: I am interested in the different ways in which a sacrifice, a sacrament, a spoken word and a written word act as signifiers. The notion for instance that the sacrament, at the point of its acceptance, is understood as becoming the signified. What can you tell me / what has been written about the notions of sacrifice and their relationship to speech, art and the technologies of writing? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 24, 2010 - 8 answers

Calling all art fans!

I need ideas for a piece of artwork to write about. [more inside]
posted by smeater44 on Oct 12, 2009 - 20 answers

Apropos of nothing redux.

Four years ago, I asked if there was a way to get Eduardo Paolozzi's short film The History of Nothing on DVD, but there wasn't an obvious answer. I was wondering if things have changed. [more inside]
posted by eschatfische on Sep 1, 2009 - 2 answers

History through hair.

What should I name my new project? (hint: it involves hair and significant historical figures). [more inside]
posted by Jezztek on Aug 3, 2009 - 27 answers

Rockwell a subversive artist?

I seem to remember reading somewhere, or possibly listening to a story on NPR, which talked about Norman Rockwell being a subversive artist. The tone was of a researcher having talked to his contemporaries and concluding that Rockwell was in a way being ironic or sarcastic in his paintings. I also vaguely remember hearing/reading that there were small clues in some of his paintings indicating this. Any help finding more information on this? [more inside]
posted by efalk on Dec 25, 2008 - 8 answers

Looking for films and books on Agitprop

Looking for recommendations on films (documentary or dramatic) or books (nonficiton or novel) about Agitprop or Agitprop Theater, specifically as it was practiced in Boshevist Russia/USSR. [more inside]
posted by brain cloud on Nov 15, 2008 - 1 answer

Help me think of Reenactment Photos for Cosplay

Creative Ideas Filter: I need ideas of Famous and Memorable Photographs or Paintingsor famous and memorable scenes from History, Movies, or Television that can be Reenacted on the spot without planning by 3-6 people for me to photograph for a final project for school. [more inside]
posted by Del Far on Apr 14, 2008 - 18 answers

How Things 'Become': The Infinity of Definition

I am looking for writings on the infinity of definition. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 13, 2008 - 32 answers

Art and artifacts experienced through technology

How is the meaning of art and artefacts being altered by the methods we use to: Experience, Define and Preserve them... In other words, in what ways have technologies been used to experience, re-define and/or preserve art and artifacts? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 5, 2008 - 12 answers

Are there any reverse-chronological histories of culture?

Are there any reverse-chronological histories of culture? [more inside]
posted by electric water kettle on Dec 18, 2007 - 3 answers

Matengna Essay Question Ideas

Help me think of a suitable question for an essay on Mantegna's prints. [more inside]
posted by trashcan on Jul 5, 2007 - 3 answers

Who are the artists/title of these 3 19th century paintings?

Three 19th century art works that I'm having trouble finding the Artist Name and Title for each. The large one is Renoir (actual signature), but I can not find the title of the work. The other two I have no idea. (large picture scan of all 3, small file size)
posted by Ateo Fiel on Dec 2, 2006 - 9 answers

The Flâneur exposed

'The Flâneur': What fascinating titbits can you add to my knowledge about this concept? Art, history, philosophy and literary theory links all welcome. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Oct 25, 2006 - 22 answers

Should-Have-Bought-The-Right-Edition-of-the-Textbook-Filter

A longshot, but hoping. Can anyone identify this statue? [more inside]
posted by BackwardsCity on Jul 27, 2006 - 15 answers

Surviving a Total Perspective Vortex

I'm on the hunt for sites and/or blogs about big ideas... Who wants to join me? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jul 9, 2006 - 17 answers

The Protagonist: An Overview

The Protagonist: What can you tell me? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jun 8, 2006 - 17 answers

Dadaist Organic Urban Idealism?

I'm having trouble tracking down information about a movement in Dada-ist Art I heard about a few years ago. From what I remember Dadaist idealism inspired a group of artists to contemplate the organic development of urban environments. Art, using the defined structure of the city, to reflect the chaotic order which arises from nature. Did this century old movement exist or has my brain made it up?
posted by 0bvious on Apr 26, 2006 - 10 answers

This is not a pipe.

Is it illegal, where applicable, to own a work of art or an artifact of history if it is also an item of drug paraphernalia? [more inside]
posted by yesster on Feb 7, 2006 - 17 answers

Is it just the nipples?

Calling all historians: a question inspired by this photo, found through this FPP. What is the significance of the Napoleonic hand-inside-of-shirt pose? [more inside]
posted by Cuke on May 20, 2005 - 15 answers

Origin and authenticity of Chinese paintings?

I've got some Chinese paintings from my late grandfather, and I'm having trouble finding more information about them. Here's what he had to say about them (image, transcript inside) and here's a scan I made of one of them (image). I don't know enough about this subject to make educated guesses, and the information from my grandfather is either inaccurate or just a dead-end. So basically, I'd like to know anything that you know about this. I'd be happy to scan more of the prints as well if someone needs additional information. [more inside]
posted by j.edwards on Apr 19, 2005 - 6 answers

Mademoiselle Nation

Anyone know of any good books, plays, or other material about Suzanne Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau, a.k.a. "Mademoiselle Nation"? She was an eleven-year-old girl adopted by the French revolutionaries after her father's murder by a royalist. Her portrait by Jacques-Louis David is currently on display at the Getty in Los Angeles, and as the book blog Romancing the Tome says the story of her life would make for excellent reading. Surely she's found her way into print by now?
posted by Asparagirl on Mar 18, 2005 - 3 answers

Bayeux Tapestry Resources

I am looking for either books or online resources for Bayeux Tapestry - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayeux_Tapestry - style illustrations (or any other book/site that depicts depict medieval life.) So far, the illustrations on the web are of relatively small size or poor quality.
posted by turbanhead on Dec 10, 2004 - 4 answers

Fin-de-Siecle Belgium

I want to learn as much as I can about life in fin-de-siècle Belgium as I can, particularly from primary sources, art, music, and literature. What would you all recommend?
posted by Sticherbeast on Dec 3, 2004 - 6 answers

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