Some stories we’ve been reading this week:
- Meet Emilie Flöge, the unfairly forgotten designer of the dresses that played such an important role in Gustav Klimt’s paintings, including such iconic masterpieces as The Kiss and Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, AKA “The Woman in Gold.”
- While we’re at it, we highly recommend painter Pat Lipsky’s excellent history of women in art—and of how they’ve been kept from getting the recognition they deserve.
- And on a not-entirely-unrelated subject, Italian officials are in hot water for covering up the Capitoline Museum’s nude statues for a visit by the president of Iran. Lest we start feeling smug, let’s not forget we’ve done the same thing here—for our own officials.
- Long-time New York residents recognize the bleak poem in a busy passageway of Times Square that starts: Overslept./So tired./If late,/Get fired. But few of us know the story behind it.
- Sorry, are we getting too heady? Okay, here are pictures of Star Wars characters reimagined as ancient Greek statues.
- The British sure can be fascinating. Exhibit A: graffiti in medieval churches. Exhibit B: cat funerals in the Victorian era. Bonus: Writers and librarians in the UK are planning a week of events in preparation for National Libraries Day on February 6.
- Fun: 31 special collections libraries and cultural heritage institutions are inviting you to color their collections and share them on social media using the hashtag #ColorOurCollections.
- Buried 10 feet beneath Washington, DC’s most iconic neighborhoods lies a massive series of abandoned passageways that extend for nearly a mile. Why are we mentioning it? Because it’s about to become a 75,000-square-foot experimental laboratory promoting art, architecture, and design.
- We love university museums, so we were happy to see this article about how they’re bridging the gap between art and science in ways larger art museums can’t.