I went to an awesome talk last night where public artist and interactive sculptor, Jeppe Hein shared his charming thoughts and work. Hein was absolutely inspiring and really fun to listen to. The lecture included interactive elements with balloons, raisons, impromptu musical performances, and ricocheting ping pong balls to keep everyone on their toes and “in the here and now.” Most of Hein’s recent work deals with this concept of living in the present and embracing spontaneity. It’s an important reminder. Plus, it was cool to see an artist whose work so accurately reflects his personality and self. Loved it!
I even kept a ping pong ball 😀
I went to an awesome launch event last night for David Zwirner Books and their publication “No Problem: Cologne.” It’s a gorgeous book full of all my favorite eighties urban artists. Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Christopher Wool, Jeff Koons, Jenny Holzer, etc. It’s an impressive list. Plus, the book features a couple of Richard Prince pieces that I had never seen before so that was a fun bonus. It’s funny to think that after all my thesis research, there is still more work to discover.
One of the essayists, Bob Nickas was there for a Q and A and had some interesting thoughts about that particular art moment and it’s socio-historical context.
The book is available on Amazon and is currently featured on my coffee table.
Okay so I am taking a little hiatus from the blog, but it’s for a really good reason. A crazy one, at least. My father and I are taking three weeks to ride a tandem bike from North Dakota to the coast of Maine. 1,800 miles and eight states between us and victory! The two of us are actually hoping to complete a cross-country adventure that we started over ten years ago…
Once upon a time,12-year-old Meghan agreed to bike to North Dakota with her dad. It was the first half of a cross-country trip that he had been dreaming of for years. It was even written down on his official “Bucket List.” After three weeks of grueling 100 mile days in the sweltering Montana heat, we made it to our destination. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done. It was torture. Both mentally and physically, this trip took everything I had.
So now (because apparently I have some sort of obsession with doing impossible and painful things,) we are going to finish what we started. If I survive this, then I will be back at the end of June.
Wish me luck!!
I am so excited for reunion weekend and I’m not even an alumna yet! Scripps College is a magical wonderful place and I love seeing all the past students rolling through and reminiscing. I work in fundraising and alumnae relations and often get to talk with Scripps women over the phone, but talking to them in person is so much better. It’s fun and festive and gets me totally jazzed to graduate. Plus, I have a couple of friends coming to visit that I haven’t seen since they graduated last spring. There are a couple of Reunion Weekend events which are open to the senior class (for networking and what not) and so the alumnae relations office had me whip up an invite for the Senior class. It gave me a nice chance to flex my photoshop muscles. So here it is!
The Claremont Spotlite is a brand new online publication that highlights local artists and cultural events in the Claremont area. It’s a really neat idea and, despite just launching this year, the site already has a bunch of great content. Last week I wrote a guest blog post for them where I got to rant about art. In particular, I wrote about how I’ve been using the widespread availability of online arts communities as an excuse to stop experiencing art in person. Why trek all the way into LA during rush hour traffic to see an exhibition when I can discover just as many inspiring and innovative artists on Tumblr? It’s all online. I don’t even need museums or galleries anymore!
It’s been something that I’ve grappled with a lot over the past year but I’ve recently been reinvigorated by in-person art experiences. If that’s at all interesting to you, go check out the article on Spotlite for some personal musings and unsolicited advice.
With the unlimited potential of a Google search bar, it’s easy to forget about the opportunities for discovery that exist right here in sleepy Claremont. Finding artists online is so easy that I often don’t pursue opportunities that are unique to my geographic location. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve actually made it to an LA gallery show, and I can count the number of museum visits on two. The Internet is an amazing tool, but I fear that I have been using it as a crutch instead; as a way to avoid seeking out creative experiences in person. With the whole world wide web at my fingertips, it is easy to forget that we have an impeccably curated gallery right here on campus. Every time I stumble into the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery I am impressed by the variety and caliber of artists shown, but I always forget it’s there. I always plan to attend the exhibitions, but even as an Art History major, I’ve missed more shows than I’ve attended.
I showed my art to people! This week was the Scripps Student Art Collective’s biannual gallery show. They feature work from students of all five colleges and put on a really good show. Yummy food. Catchy tunes. Talented artists. An all-around jolly good time. Last month I submitted some collages I had been making for my independent study project and they selected me as one of their featured artists. It was exciting and terrifying but I am so glad I did it! Besides, any art show could use a little more 70s soft core porn…
I’ll probably write another post later about this particular project and my exploration of women’s bodies in appropriation art. It’s been kind of an ongoing obsession and is sort of the topic of one of my thesis chapters. So clearly I have a lot to say.
I just got back to California after an incredible vacation with some of my all-time favorite people. We explored the city, tanned on the beach, drank margaritas, sang karaoke, and did a whole lot of absolutely nothing. (Just what I needed!) We stayed at the Torres Resort in Mazatlan, Mexico which was absolutely gorgeous and has some of the nicest staff ever. Plus the whole trip cost way less than I would have expected so I’m not even going to have to starve myself trying to pay for it. Go pesos! Some highlights were touring the old town neighborhoods and shopping in the public market.
Now I am back in Claremont refreshed and ready to get back to work. (So much to do!) But I wanted to take a minute to share some photos and document this incredible adventure.
I feel like by now everyone on the internet has seen this image with “I WOKE UP LIKE THIS” written over Botticelli’s Birth of Venus. If you haven’t then you’re welcome. It’s quite clever. Enjoy. But if you’re an Art History major like I am, then I’m willing to bet that at least a few of your friends wear this t shirt on the regular.
So yes. Queen Bey and The Goddess of Love. It’s a thing. I’m way behind.
But I had no idea how many of these incredible Hip Hop/Art History mash-ups existed. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Seriously, there are so many good ones! I’m just going to share a couple of them but check out Fly Art Productions and visit their shop on Rad.
Hopefully this can brighten up someone else’s Monday because it definitely brightened mine.
This past Friday I had the opportunity to attend Claremont McKenna College’s 6th Annual Women and Leadership Conference. It was an awesome day full of great food and even better conversations. I met so many talented and inspiring women who are following their dreams and making waves in the arts and entertainment industries. They were all so sweet and eager to share their wisdom. The whole afternoon was full of warm fuzzy feelings.
Our MC for the event was Azure Antoinette, an incredibly talented and successful poet with whom I am absolutely obsessed. Her work is powerful and her attitude is flawless. She made everyone laugh with stories from her childhood and imparted some important advice about sustaining your passions. Check out her website and PLEASE DEFINITELY check out some of her poetry and public speaking. This woman is a powerhouse.
Today I went to a career fair which was crazy and confusing and also really fun! These types of networking events have never really been my thing. I much prefer a nice informal cocktail hour. Maybe with a cheese plate and some Merlot? But that was not the event being offered this weekend, so I decided to step out of my comfort zone and brave the sweaty gym full of company recruiters and desperate job seekers.
Believe it or not, it wasn’t that bad! I actually talked to a bunch of friendly people about their work and learned a lot of interesting stuff. I made some new Linkedin connections, discovered some awesome openings in digital marketing, and got a whole bunch of free stuff. Seriously, I am set on t-shirts and pens for the next year. Another huge plus was that this event gave me an opportunity to hand out my new business cards, which I am super excited about. They came in the mail earlier this week and I think they’re gorgeous.
I talked to some neat companies. Yelp and Dropbox were definite highlights. I also have a friend who is a recent grad and now does recruiting for Medallia. She showed me their Book of Mormon-inspired recruiting video and it’s AWESOME. Is a musical theatre background required for most recruiting jobs?? There seems to be a disproportionate amount of vocal talent featured in this video… Check it out
Anyway, it was a fun adventure and much more productive than I thought it would be. Although I could definitely go for that glass of Merlot… Happy Friday!