Primitive moths appeared 195 million years ago. Since then, more than 150,000 species of moths have evolved in diverse colors, shapes and sizes. At 75, Emmet Gowin has been photographing all kinds of subjects for 50 years. For the past 15 years, he has traveled to Central and South America 40 times, spent hundreds of hours at institutions looking at moth specimens and photographed 1000 moth species. Gowin spoke about his work photographing moths Wednesday night at the New York Public Library. […]
When was the last time you heard a landscape architect say “I don’t do residential. I don’t do suburban. I work in degraded urban spaces.” Signe Nielsen opened her talk entitled “Optimistic Landscapes” for the NYBG Landscape Design Portfolio Series with that opening salvo. Nielsen spoke about 3 projects: Hunts Point Landing, The Lowline and Pier 55. If you have ever gone to the Hunts Point Market; you know it’s hard to navigate, ugly and on first glance has no livable space. […]
Once it was the property of a count who furnished candles to the Vatican; once it was the strategic headquarters of Garibaldi’s last stand against the French; finally it was gifted to the American Academy in Rome by Clara Jessup Heyland in 1909. The Villa Aurelia is large, romantic, diverse, historic and a hop, skip and a jump from AAR. I was lucky enough to go on a garden tour with Alessandra Vinciguerra, Bass Superintendent of Gardens at the American […]
I would usually write about the photography on the walls, but not this time. I went to the Alain Willaume exhibition at FIAF because I had never heard of Alain Willaume. The photos are both weird and engaging. They made me feel slightly uncomfortable. It’s hard to hang a show in a small gallery space like the Alliance Francaise in New York. This exhibition promised “an immersive installation” and it delivered. François Hébel is the curator of the gallery. I wanted to talk […]
People ask me what’s like at the American Academy in Rome (AAR). I hope this photo blog gives the reader some idea of the physical environment that makes AAR special. Although the building and its grounds at the Academy are amazing. The most important part of being at AAR is the time to work, meet other artists and writers and explore the never-ending layers that make up Rome.
…don’t go the Japanese Cultural Institute to see the Japanese Garden. It was the first garden made by a Japanese architect in Italy. This seemed like a reason to visit the garden. The most interesting aspect of the garden are the olive trees. These were planted as a symbol of friendship between Japan and Italy. We were told on the mandatory garden tour, that the Japanese government is sending a Japanese gardener to restore the garden. At the present time, an […]
Is there a greenhouse in a botanical garden that can claim 2 oval bardiglio marble bathtubs filled with plants came from Queen Christina of Sweden? The Rome Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico di Roma) has that honor. Queen Christina (1632-1689) became Queen at the age of six. She was referred to as the baby queen. Christina learned to ride, hunt and fence; she spoke 7 languages and in 1650 she invited Descartes to Stockholm, because she was interested in physics. She […]
Nico Vascellari “I walk in the woods, and collect the nests which have fallen from the trees. Then I start disassembling them, twig by twig, straw by straw…Nests are the most intimate, custom-made houses one can imagine.” What I liked about going to the MAXXI : it was full of work by artists I did not know. These photographs do not do justice to Vascellari’s work, which are life size pieces from birds nests… they are a kind of calligraphy. […]