1. Give some basic information about your studies and fields of interest.
I am a junior here at CU Boulder, my major is Art History and I am thinking of picking up a minor in Ethnic Studies. I am hoping to do an extensive amount of traveling before and after I graduate college. I think understanding the art and architecture in different countries gives you an appreciation of your surroundings.


2. Describe an exhibition that you liked or found impressive. Tell us why. Please provide a link to a website, if possible.
I went to the Denver art museum a few months ago and saw an exhibition of William Kentridge. He is an artist from South Africa; he produces short films by photographing charcoal drawings that he does over time. Kentridge will do a charcoal drawing, photograph it, then erase and add new details to the same drawing over and over again. The process seemed to be extremely work intensive, and clearly takes patience to reach the finished piece. Here is a link to one of his animations about Johannesburg, South Africa:

3. Which books did you read of late (art, fiction, non-fiction)? Pick one and go into detail about it.
I have just begun reading 1491 New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, by Charles C. Mann. As the title points out it is about the Americas, its civilizations, environment and people before Columbus arrived. Most of our views of ancient civilizations of the Americas come from colonial perspectives of what they saw. The history of this region is skewed and warped to fit colonial expectations. An incredible amount of research has gone into this book to dismantle common colonial views of the ancient Americas, and to show a new outlook of what the Americans may have been like before Columbus arrived. My favorite chapter so far is about how the indigenous people of the land significantly shaped their environment, and the ancients Aztec’s water technology.
4. What are your main interests besides art?
Besides art and school I spend a lot of time outdoors. Almost every weekend I am up in the mountains skiing or hiking around Boulder if it is warm enough. This winter I bought all of my backcountry ski gear and have been taking avalanche and backcountry safety courses.
5. Which blogs do you check regularly?
I’m not a blogger at all. This will be the first blog that I check regularly.

6. Which cultural event has really impressed you lately?
This summer I went to Burning Man for the second time. It was so phenomenal! Many people who come to Burning Man spend countless hours working on projects that range from huge wooden buildings made up of only two by fours, to painting exhibits, to giant metal-welded octopus art cars that spit flames from the end of the tentacles. Besides being the most fun ever, there is strong sense of community. People from all over the United States and the world gather for Burning Man to express creativity and cultivate and share ideas with one another.

http://www.google.com/imgres?q=octopus+at+burning+man

7. Please describe briefly an article in a newspaper or a magazine that got you thinking lately.
I recently came across an article from The New Yorker titled “Social Animal” written by David Brooks. The article explains that we as humans are almost entirely social creatures. We can spend hours in a classroom, years at school (and yes we will learn), but real knowledge comes from life experiences and social interactions. He goes on to explain how babies’ brains develop and grow tremendously within the first few months just from their mothers’ body language. It’s refreshing to hear someone acknowledge the importance social relationships and life experience. If you have a minute read this article!

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/01/17/110117fa_fact_brooks?currentPage=1

8. Please share with us a thought or an idea that really widened your intellectual horizon. Again, this must not be limited to the visual arts. If possible, give a source for this idea so that others know where to go to if they are interested.
“For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length–and there I travel looking, looking breathlessly.”
– The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge by Carlos Castaneda

9. Have you been to the Denver Art Museum, MCA Denver and BMoca Boulder? Describe one art object or a show you remember seeing.
I have recently been to the Denver Art Museum, but never MCA Denver or BMoca Boulder. In the Denver Art Museum there an exhibit on Native American art and clothing that I really enjoyed. It was interesting to see how authentic Native American clothing compares to the trendy Native American styles that have become so popular in mainstream culture today.

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