Discovering unique local treasures is one of the many pleasures of travel. Brought home from overseas, handicrafts, implements, ethnic costumes can evoke memories of new cultures and happy times on vacation.
I met Derek Haffar at the Museum of Arts and Design during one of his Artist Studio hours last year. He was working on reconfigured, fragmented or broken castings of people. I walked in and convinced him to mask me.
Bringing back the aesthetic delight of early analog video pioneers, artists like the Vasulkas and Nam Jun Paik come to mind when watching episodes of ESP TV, the project of Victoria Keddie and Scott Kiernan.
A museum is probably the last place you'd expect to find perfume -- but one museum saw that the art of perfumery and the design of the scent could be viewed as an art form as legitimate as music, literature, sculpture and painting.
We're in a midcentury moment; the present is anything but certain, the future is almost certainly bleak with a double dip recession looming on the horizon and a bruising election year ahead. So it is really no surprise that the past has acquired a nostalgic luster.