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Smarthistory

Smarthistory

Commented Nov 19, 2010 at 19:47:39 in Arts

“Hi Gene:

Many thanks for your comment/testimonial; wonderful to hear from a reformed Wikipedia-paster whose been helped by Smarthistory! All best to you...

Rebecca”
Smarthistory

Smarthistory

Commented Nov 19, 2010 at 18:13:53 in Arts

“Beth:

We all owe you and Steven (as well as all the other contributors) a huge debt of gratitude for undertaking this highly important project. It is no doubt a labor of love for you all. While I have spoken generally about the importance and far-reaching impact of Smarthistory in my article, John and Alexander have kindly provided two wonderful testimonials (thanks to you both!), and I've no doubt there are hundreds more out there. Brava!

Again, I thank you on behalf of myself and the art history professors (and students) everywhere; keep up the good work.

Rebecca”
Smarthistory

Smarthistory

Commented Nov 19, 2010 at 18:06:33 in Arts

“John, you've raised a fantastic point here. The issue is not only about the physical barriers of accessing information but financial barriers as well. Art history texts, because of the sumptuous illustrations and sheer size, are often outrageously expensive, and that cost is certainly a deterrent for students who have multiple options to complete a basic requirement. Hopefully with the advent of these online resources, we can take finances out of the equation, so that more young people can be enriched by the power of art.

And, of course, many thanks for the kind words; it's truly appreciated.”
Smarthistory

Smarthistory

Commented Nov 18, 2010 at 14:16:27 in Arts

“Thank you for sharing this wonderful testimonial! Your students are lucky to have such a wonderful professor and we're all fortunate to have Smarthistory at our fingertips.”
When I Grow Up I Want to Be... an Art Historian?

When I Grow Up I Want to Be... an Art Historian?

Commented Nov 18, 2010 at 10:35:19 in Arts

“Thank you for your wonderful comment, Kim! Nothing makes me happier than walking through the galleries and seeing children engage with art -- they see things we don't. You're doing them a wonderful service by exposing them to art, music, and the like. I wish you (and them) all the best!

Rebecca”
Los Angeles and Berlin: Sister Cities

Los Angeles and Berlin: Sister Cities

Commented Oct 28, 2010 at 16:39:26 in Arts

“My pleasure. I do hope you'll go some day, the city is a treasure trove -- and not just of art but history, music, literature, architecture, and the like. Thanks for reading and for commenting.”
Los Angeles and Berlin: Sister Cities

Los Angeles and Berlin: Sister Cities

Commented Oct 28, 2010 at 16:38:09 in Arts

“@Mamma Mia: Your statement -- that the city lives around art in all its forms -- captures the essence of Berlin, and I wholeheartedly agree. Thanks for reading and commenting.”
Spiral Jetty: A Monument to Paradox & Transience

Spiral Jetty: A Monument to Paradox & Transience

Commented Oct 4, 2010 at 23:01:23 in Arts

“Beth, thank you so much for your kind words! I echo all the sentiments in your comment about the dry, disinterested approach of so many art historians -- art IS alive and should be treated as such in both conversation and text.

P.S. I am a huge fan of your smarthistory.org project and love it's approach. Brava!”

bethrharris on Oct 6, 2010 at 09:31:55

“Thanks so much Rebecca, that's so nice to hear!”
Spiral Jetty: A Monument to Paradox & Transience

Spiral Jetty: A Monument to Paradox & Transience

Commented Sep 29, 2010 at 20:23:32 in Arts

“Then Virginia Dwan's name must also be mentioned -- her gallery gave Smithson a $9,000 dollar grant to make the piece happen.”
Spiral Jetty: A Monument to Paradox & Transience

Spiral Jetty: A Monument to Paradox & Transience

Commented Sep 29, 2010 at 19:30:19 in Arts

“Thanks so much; I''ll alert the editors that the designers made an oops!”
Spiral Jetty: A Monument to Paradox & Transience

Spiral Jetty: A Monument to Paradox & Transience

Commented Sep 29, 2010 at 14:49:21 in Arts

“Absolutely! Expectations abound in all aspects of our daily life, but us art history nerds have a unique perspective on this ritual of transforming a classroom experience into an actual experience and we so often grapple with the disjunction between the two. Some experiences disappoint, some exceed, and others are simply different, but I wanted to try to translate that internal negotiation we all experience into something legible. Thank you for reading and commenting!”

bethrharris on Oct 4, 2010 at 08:11:36

“How could I resist not commenting on a comment that had the words "art history nerds" in it! This post was such fun to read - one way to engage art history students is to transform the cold and lifeless work of art that they see in their textbook to something alive and experiential - and this article helps to do that. I wish more art historians wrote this kind of essay!

And offering the work of art in a more experiential context is a core principle of smarthistory.org - an open art history textbook that won the webby award for education in 2009.”
Spiral Jetty: A Monument to Paradox & Transience

Spiral Jetty: A Monument to Paradox & Transience

Commented Sep 29, 2010 at 10:55:15 in Arts

“Wow, thank you, John! I'm truly humbled by your kind words and delighted if the article explicates the experience and makes the work more meaningful for people. Sincerely appreciated.”
Spiral Jetty: A Monument to Paradox & Transience

Spiral Jetty: A Monument to Paradox & Transience

Commented Sep 29, 2010 at 10:53:41 in Arts

“Thank you, Eric!!”
Spiral Jetty: A Monument to Paradox & Transience

Spiral Jetty: A Monument to Paradox & Transience

Commented Sep 29, 2010 at 10:53:02 in Arts

“It absolutely true that the documentation of its creation and subsequent history are integral parts of the work. It metaphorically bears the foot prints of all who have visited, of every ray of sunshine and every tide of the lake. I'm thrilled to have been a part of that history, even if it was just for a few fleeting hours.”

Jim Erwin on Oct 4, 2010 at 19:16:25

“I'm thrilled to be part of the history of you documenting your history, of the history.”
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Meet Basquiat

Commented Aug 24, 2010 at 18:38:19 in Arts

“Thank you so much for your comment! It's wonderful to hear enthusiasm for the film and I appreciate your kind words on the review. I completely agree that Tamra Davis did an excellent job of showing us her friend without glorifying him. I feel we saw a fairly accurate portrait of Basquiat -- the good and the bad -- but as seen through the eyes of a friend who, as any genuine friend, is not blind to your flaws but loves you in spite of them.”
All I Really Need To Know I Learned From Baldessari

All I Really Need To Know I Learned From Baldessari

Commented Jul 7, 2010 at 19:43:14 in Arts

“Thank you, Mark! You're in for a treat ;)

~Rebecca”