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first_imgIn speaking at Harvard about “dOCUMENTA (13),” Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, the exhibit’s artistic director and the Edith Kreeger Wolf Distinguished Visiting Professor at Northwestern University, found great meaning in a piece of art “the size of an iPod.”The 2012 show was based in Germany with installations in Egypt, Afghanistan, and Canada that attracted scores of visitors. One installation featured several small Bactrian princess statues originating from the northern part of what is now Afghanistan and dating to 2000 B.C. Curators know of only 80 such statues in the world.Each princess is unique. The composite figurines are made up of separately carved stones. The individual sections, which together give each princess form, are not bound by glue or secured by any other mechanism. Balance is the crucial factor.History and equilibrium were also fundamental to the theme of the larger exhibit, Christov-Bakargiev said. Those concerns helped address the question of connectivity and separation, how to “make something that has a togetherness, and at the same time is a centrifugal structure outward.”Christov-Bakargiev spoke at Harvard on Wednesday as the inaugural lecturer of a new program by the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture and the Harvard Art Museums. The joint effort will focus on innovative curatorial practice, offering seminars and a public lecture annually.“One of the most important ideas behind the formation of the new partnership of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture was to develop programming for both Harvard and public audiences that bridges the historic and contemporary intellectual domains of the separate museums and fosters dialogue among them,” said Jane Pickering, executive director of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture.  “This new initiative is a wonderful beginning to such an effort and inviting a world-renowned curator like Carolyn, who thinks creatively across the disciplines, provides a fantastic opportunity for us to explore new avenues to achieve this goal.”“The Harvard Art Museums, as part of their teaching and research mission, seek to inspire thoughtful discourse and debate around the importance of art in society,” said Thomas W. Lentz, the Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums. “All Harvard’s museums aim to emphasize the role that original works of art, specimens, and artifacts play in an advanced education.”He continued: “We expect that these annual seminars will inspire students and young scholars from diverse fields of knowledge and will encourage new collaboration among all Harvard museums.”“Together the Harvard Museums hold millions of objects that represent the natural and cultural world, from anthropology to zoology,” said Peter L. Galison, Joseph Pellegrino University Professor and Director of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments. “We want to use these collections to provoke the way we think about curating objects, to link collections to teaching and research at the university, and to bring to the broader public new ideas about how museums could bridge the sciences and the arts.”In addition to Christov-Bakargiev’s lecture, seminars were hosted across Harvard museums — Adolphus Busch Hall at the Harvard Art Museums, the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, and the Harvard Museum of Natural History — through Thursday. The seminars allowed students from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Education, and the Graduate School of Design to join invited faculty and members of the community in conversations about questions raised by Christov-Bakargiev as well as issues connected to curating objects across disciplinary divides.last_img read more

first_imgNew York’s business, environmental, labor, and community leaders gathered yesterday, 14 August, in Rockaway Beach in support of Governor Cuomo’s plan to make offshore wind a key component of the state’s strategy to increase renewable energy and stimulate economic development.This coalition has come together in advance of a series of New York City public meetings on offshore wind hosted by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to urge the leaders to smartly move forward on offshore wind power and the jobs, economic activity, and cleaner air it shall bring.The meeting is part of the series of public information meetings on offshore wind in Long Island that NYSERDA is hosting. In coalition with other State agencies, NYSERDA is currently producing the Offshore Wind Master Plan which will identify potential offshore wind sites that meet the State’s siting standards and take into consideration environmental, maritime, economic, and social issues.“New York has a unique opportunity to become a national leader in offshore wind if it acts in a comprehensive and timely way. The Offshore Master Plan holds the key to creating a new clean energy economy that means emission-free offshore wind, new job-creating industries and economic opportunity, while reducing reliance on polluting fossil fuels and improving public health,” NY Offshore Wind Alliance Director Joe Martens said.As part of the plan process, NYSERDA is conducting over 20 studies and surveys and reaching out to residents and interested stakeholder groups to weigh in regularly on the Master Plan.The full Offshore Wind Master Plan, which will include all previously published findings, will be published by the end of 2017, NYSERDA said.In December 2016, Statoil Wind US won rights to build an offshore wind farm at the 79,350-acre area off New York with a record bid of USD 42.5 million. The lease comprises an area that could potentially accommodate more than 1GW of offshore wind, with a phased development expected to start with 400-600 MW.One month later, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) unanimously approved the 90MW Deepwater ONE South Fork wind farm, the nation’s largest offshore wind farm and the first one to be built off New York. The project comprises 15 turbines to be installed some 30 miles southeast of Montauk.The wind farm projects are part of the State’s plan to develop up to 2.4GW of offshore wind by 2030.last_img read more

first_imgMadrid, May 22: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said on Tuesday that he would not consider the previous season a disappointment even if his team loses the upcoming UEFA Champions League final.He however, admitted his biggest regret was getting eliminated by Leganes in the second leg of the 2018 Copa del Rey quarter-final, reports Efe.On Saturday, Real Madrid is to face Liverpool in the Champions League final for a third consecutive title.“It (the season) will not be a waste. The big failure for me, as I said before, was in the Copa del Rey because we lost at home and were knocked out. That was a cruel blow for us. But that’s it,” the French coach said at a press conference.“Real Madrid always looks to win, but you can’t always count on it. The important thing for us is to show our drive and ensure we don’t slip up. You need setbacks in life if you want to improve,” he added.Zidane remained upbeat about the Champions League final, stressing that “If you think you’re going to fail then you most likely will. You must always stay positive.” IANSlast_img read more

first_imgAt the same in Wales the Ospreys play host to Edinburgh. They take on Glasgow in the Guinness Pro12.Rassie Eramus has named a much changed team for this evening’s game with captain Peter O’Mahony making his return to the back-row while Tipperary’s Donncha Ryan and Tommy O’Donnell are also in the starting 15.Kick off at Scotstoun is at 7.35pm.last_img