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  • The Grand Tour

    The Grand Tour
    I am standing in front of the Florence cathedral, the grand canal of Venice, the Vatican. I gawk for maybe five seconds before submitting to the all-too-common photographic impulse, snapping several pictures from multiple angles. I've been living in Italy for a couple months but I still can't shake my touristy-ness, despite picking up a fair amount of Italian and trading in my bright American outfits for all-black ensembles alla Italia. I'm not alone in feeling this shame- my MICA classmates from my Florence-based American art program are just as trigger-happy as I am. Some have the excuse of using the photos as source material for their artwork; but if we're being honest, most of these photos are going to Facebook and Instagram, completely separate from our work. The few images that do inspire artworks are usually deconstructed or abstracted to the point of being unrecognizable. Some students work representationally, but rather than painting the churches or olive groves, they often paint subjects that are not specific to Italy, or to Europe, for that matter. Italy's influence hides itself under coded narratives or abstractions, through the intention or instinct of the artist.
  • Cheese 101

    Cheese 101
    "Essentially you're trying to turn milk into a solid object through getting it to coagulate, cutting it, getting it to expel as much moisture as possible, and aging it," head Wine Source cheesemonger Adam Engle says of cheese's farm-to-table journey....

    Who Got The Haircut?

    Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Baltimore) sent a letter yesterday to the inspector general for the TARP program, asking what could be a relevant question about the bailout of AIG: Who is watching out for the taxpayers? The letter, signed by 26 other...

    Cédric Klapisch's Paris Kicks Off Hopkins' Tournées Festival of Contemporary French Cinema Tonight at Mudd Hall

    Marking its second annual appearance this week, the Tournées Festival of Contemporary French Cinema starts up at the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus Wednesday, March 2, offering two weeks of free, recent French movies. For complete information, visit the...

    Happy Defenders Day!

    Today is Defenders Day: "The Day Dundalk Saved America." The Battle of Baltimore is today remembered as a pivotal moment in the War of 1812. And that war, turns out, was a crucible of the national psyche. It was America's first war of choice, the first...