MY WEEK IN PHOTOS: OCTOBER 29–NOVEMBER 4, 2018!
It’s Halloween week. I DIY my own Sims 4 costume, visit a range of art exhibitions covering Ancient Egypt to Adrian Piper. Plus, a haircut, another cookbook shoot, and unpacking the new place. (Happy Birthday, Dad!)
The ghost lights are on, the pumpkins are lit, and my cauldron from Disneyland is bubbling.
The pieces I brought home with me from pottery the night before. I…actually like my cups! The taller skinny one has some issues, but the black ones…I like! Wow! (I have a photo of them glazed before firing last week)
Afternoon at the California Science Center to see the King Tut exhibition and listen to the audio guide.
This past year has been the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. This exhibition features 150 artifacts (60 that have never been outside of Egypt till this show). The Getty has been working in King Tut’s tomb over the last few years, studying some brown spots on the surface of wall paintings. So we were here to learn a bit more about Tutankhamun.
This NatGeo article has some info if you want to learn more about the tomb’s discovery and who Tut was. (Turns out he wasn’t a very important king, as he reigned for only 9 years as a child for most of it). What made him so famous was the discovery of this tomb holding precious artifacts that reveal the death tradition and artistic mastery of that period in Egyptian history. Much of the other tombs in the Valley of the Dead were looted, or already emptied and sold (hello museums around the world that still have some of these objects today). (Looting is complicated and still a problem today, especially in times of conflict when illegally selling off cultural items can be a way to make money in a time of instability). (This is all my non-expert way of simplifying what happens)
OKAY anyways, that was all a side note. I did take a lot of pics because WOW everything is so incredibly detailed and well preserved and awesome.
Tut walked with a limp (he had a few health issues related to genetic disorders, including a club foot) and so there were hundreds of walking sticks and canes found in his tomb. This one featured a captured person who would be appear to be choked as Tut held the cane to walk. Nice…
On the crook and flail: “The crook was known as the heka in Egyptian. It originated from the staff (known as an awet) that shepherds used to protect their sheep. The crook represented his role as a shepherd in caring for the people of Egypt. The flail was known as the nekhakha in Egyptian. It was a rod with three strands of beads attached to the top. Although historians cannot agree exactly what this was used for, there are two primary interpretations of its origin. The first is that it was a weapon used to defend a flock of sheep. In this interpretation, the flail represented the pharaoh’s responsibility to establish the order (through punishment, if necessary) that was essential to sustaining society. The second interpretation is that the flail was used as an agricultural tool to thresh grain. In this interpretation, the flail represented the pharaoh’s role in providing for the people of Egypt and protecting land that could grow food for the people. Together, the crook and flail were used to represent the two most important roles of the pharaoh.”
Went to see the Renaissance Nude, a recently opened exhibition at work. The show is meant to expand what we think of as the idealized nude in the Renaissance. It addresses the conflict between artists wanting to depict the nude form as an aspiration and the reaction of everyday Christians of the time, who thought a nude body could be disturbing and arousing (a big no-no).
Seeing a bronze like this with a mustache…and eyebrows?!? “Humanists fostered the taste for the antique in the visual arts, stimulating interest in Greek and Roman mythology as well as literary subjects, inspiring artists to create some of their most original work.” Kind of reminds me of Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused, no?
Aristotle and Phyllis. From the wall label: “According to medieval texts, when the Greek philosopher Aristotle castigated his pupil, Alexander the Great, for spending too much time with his lover Phyllis, she sought revenge. Arousing Aristotle’s sexual interest, she demanded in exchange for her favors a jaunt around the philosopher’s garden while riding on his back, ensuring his humiliation try arranging for Alexander to witness the spectacle. By showing both figures nude, Baldung (the artist) emphasized Phyllis’s aggressive sexuality.” Cuzzzz you know, women are always at fault.
Ft. Tristan’s face. “Christian art often represented the bloodied figures of the persecuted Christ and saints, the bodies of the deceased and dying, and the emaciated anatomies of devout ascetics who express their faith through the denial of physical needs. By the fifteenth century, artists sought to underscore the visceral realities of death by crucifixion, scourging, and other tortures. Pious Christians derived meaning and, ultimately, comfort from engagement with the frank terms of Christ’s corporeal sacrifice. Artists also devoted attention to other abject bodies. Both the commitment to close observation and the rediscovery of ancient works such as the violent, emotionally charged Laocoön inspired the representation of complex psychological states. By the 1520s Italian artists such as Rosso Fiorentino and Pontormo, reacting to the idealized and heroic art of Raphael and Michelangelo, took inspiration from northern European artists who had long excelled at representing bodies in death, in decay, and outside conventional notions of beauty.”
My Favorite Murder live show! You can hear the ep that was recorded that night here.
Some German food and German beer (served in large never-ending quantities). SO good.
Then off to another amwa cookbook shoot. So excited for these. We almost have enough to fill our book. We pictured all the recipes to fit together under the theme of “off menu” and “potluck” so the dishes should all be really achievable to make and are comforting in the way that only home cooking can be sometimes.
After shooting, Zach and I went for an early dinner. Craving some spicy Korean tofu soup.
Went to the Hammer to see the Adrian Piper show.
From the site: “Piper’s groundbreaking, transformative work has profoundly shaped the form and content of Conceptual art since the 1960s, exerting an incalculable influence on artists working today. Her investigations into the political, social, and spiritual potential of Conceptual art frequently address gender, race, and xenophobia through incisive humor and wit, and draw on her long-standing involvement with philosophy and yoga.”
“She makes visible the ways in which we are held in place by other people and their perceptions, and how their perceptions lead to the politics and philosophies that make up our world.” Hyperallergic
Thanks for reading!
Just wanted to mention that this current week has been hard in LA and a devastating one for the families and victims of the Thousand Oaks shooting and the Woosley and Hill fires. Here’s how to help the victims of the fire and the firefighters.
I hope you are happy, safe and healthy wherever you are in the world. Much love friends.