Thursday, October 25, 2007
I want to remind anyone who doesn't already know about tonight's lecture that Emily Prince is speaking at 6pm in Kadema Hall at Sac State. Prince recently represented the US in the Venice Biennale with her work American Servicemen and Women Who Have Died in Iraq and Afghanistan (But Not Including the Wounded, Nor the Iraqis nor the Afghanis). This should be an interesting talk!
While I'm at it I started reading the article in the recent New Yorker about Barzun last night. So inspiring!!! While I don't agree with him on his opinions concerning art - in fact I feel that the opposite of what he believes to be true - the idea that someone who is 100 years old still spends his days reading and writing and enjoying a Manhattan before dinner rules! I also can't imagine living through WWI, WWII, and Vietnam as well as being familiar with the work of everyone from Gleizes and Duchamp to Hirst and Barney. His wealth of knowledge and experience is humbling to put it mildly.
Here's an excerpt:
Next month, Barzun will turn one hundred. Among his areas of expertise are French and German literature, music, education, ghost stories, detective fiction, language, and etymology. Barzun chooses to think of himself as an “amateur,” someone who takes genuine pleasure in what he learns about. More than any other historian of the past four generations, Barzun has stood for the seemingly contradictory ideas of scholarly rigor and unaffected enthusiasm. Mentions Barzun’s famous quote about baseball and his fear that he will be remembered only for those fourteen words. Tells about Barzun’s childhood in France. His parents regularly hosted gatherings of avant-garde artists such as Cocteau, Brancusi, Kandinsky, and Duchamp. These salons came to an end with the start of the First World War.
Sadly, the full version isn't available online. I think it's still on stands though...