Get to Know the Met

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This month, the Met kicked off a terrific new series that allows visitors to explore museum artifacts in a new, personable way with “82nd and Fifth”. In digestible, 2-minute videos, the museum asks 100 of its curators to delve into one seminal work of art – essentially giving a mini-tour. Each curator narrates the segments as the camera zooms, shows varying views, and generally gives the best visual sense you can get of any work digitally. Most interestingly, the curator’s narrations get personal, illuminating how each particular work is special and important not only in the history of art and culture – but in their own experience as art historians. Two new episodes will be released each week, through the end of the year.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.

 

Oh yes, the planet is sublime!

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I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
cups,
rings,
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
also
the
infinite-
ly
small–
thimbles,
spurs,
plates,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)

 

 

Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.

 

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