An interesting and inspiring way museums offer support

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I was just reading about Anish Kapoor's "Gangnam Style" video, which supports Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. This article provides a small background on the goal of this project. Museums like the LACMA, Tate and the Guggenheim are also contributing.

The Museum of Innocence

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An interesting profile in Design Observer this past week: "The Museum of Innocence" in Istanbul, Turkey -- a modern-day wunderkammer inspired by an author's text by the same name. Amazing. Looks to me like what would happen if Joseph Cornell were put in charge of a natural history museum. :)

http://observatory.designobserver.com/entry.html?entry=36588

Renoir painting stolen over sixty years ago...is found.

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And who owns it now? The insurance company? An investigation lead to reveal that there was a story behind its unclear history.

All Things Considered aired a brief story on this today, and I thought it was apropos to what we've been studying this week...

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Side trip to Mankato -- Dakota execution site

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We had long-standing plans to spend this weekend in southern MN, and with our recent RCHS field trip and the MHS field trip approaching, I thought it would be interesting to make a quick side trip to the Dakota Massacre execution site along the Minnesota River in Mankato and see how the events were commemorated and interpreted right there where it happened. There are two small memorials, one in a small plaza called Reconciliation Park, and another alongside the Blue Earth County Library building across the street (according to the plaque, this was the actual site of the executions).

(Click on any of the photos to see the whole thing -- the image uploader on this blog crops the thumbnails kind of strangely.)

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Mankato execution site memorial

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Reconciliation Park, Mankato

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Fred Wilson

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For those who aren't using the Corrin piece for our Civic Engagement case study project, (long story short) it revolves around a "museum intervention" by the artist Fred Wilson. I hadn't heard of him prior to reading this article but have found lots of additional info about him and his work, and how he utilizes and manipulates collections in his installation work. Really interesting stuff. Here's a segment about him on the PBS series Art21:

http://www.art21.org/texts/fred-wilson/interview-fred-wilson-museums-and-collections

Let's see if the video embed code will work on here, shall we...

Fred Wilson from lalululaTV on Vimeo.

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