Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

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This morning we headed to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). I really wanted to see this famous installation that sits outside the main entrance.

This work is titled Urban Light by Chris Burden. It consists of 202 restored cast-iron street lamps and is meant to represent a civilised city – safe after dark and beautiful to see. Wouldn’t it be nice if cities were safe after dark – especially for women. Maybe one day. As you can imagine, it is a hot spot for photographs. I couldn’t resist running between the lamp posts and posing for a quick snap. Continue reading “Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)”

Museum of Death

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Greetings from the hot and sunny Los Angeles! Last time I visited this city I was 6 years old and only cared about one thing – Disneyland. Since then, my list of things to see and do in Los Angeles has grown longer and longer. Finally, I now have the opportunity to visit some incredible museums and see the sites.

Today was our first day so we decided to take things easy and stay around our hotel. The Museum of Death was only a short walk away. I had heard about this museum from one of my true crime podcasts so I knew it was going to be intense. But, I was genuinely interested in seeing how such a sensitive issue can be displayed. Also, I think there is this human need to try and make sense of the unthinkable and macabre. Continue reading “Museum of Death”

GLAM Blog Club

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On 9 December 2016, newCardigan launched GLAM Blog Club. According to their website:

newCardigan is a social and professional group for people who work in galleries, libraries, archives and museums – and for those who like hanging around with GLAM types (source).

GLAM Blog Club is an opportunity for those in the industry who run their own blog to write a post on a monthly theme. You can find more about it here. To see the archive of posts click here.

I have been contributing since the beginning and try to write something every month. Despite my best efforts, some months have been missed.

If you want to join newCardigan, subscribe, or just see more about the iniative and what they’re up to please click here.

Enjoy reading my GLAM Blog Club posts!

GLAM Blog Club: Collect

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I’m going to start by ignoring the fact I once said I’ll try and write something every month for GLAM Blog Club. It wasn’t a complete lie…I have tried. This theme, however, is a perfect opportunity to reveal and discuss a couple of my personal collections.

Here are the two main ‘things’ I would say I actively collect:
1. Vintage and Vintage-Style Clothing
2. American election campaign pins

There are other bits and pieces I collect including World War I silk postcards and, randomly enough, letters written in Massachusetts during the American Civil War. The latter is probably the nichest collection I will ever have. Nothing, however, compares to my collecting prowess in the above mentioned categories. Continue reading “GLAM Blog Club: Collect”

Museum of Brisbane: Convict Tattoos Skin Stories

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The history and evolution of tattooing is fascinating. Originally reserved for criminals, now it is estimated that approximately 19% of Australians have at least one tattoo (source). As I find this particular topic very interesting, I was excited when the Museum of Brisbane released tickets for a public program titled Convict Tattoos: Skin Stories. This program was held in conjunction with their new exhibition Life in Irons, the men and women of the Moreton Bay Penal Colony. The following blog post will provide some convict context before focusing solely on the talk.

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To simplify a really long, complex and interesting story, convicts were not initially sent to the Moreton Bay Penal Colony, now modern-day Brisbane. In 1824 the decision was made to establish this colony as a place of secondary punishment for hardened criminals. Numbers fluctuated from around 947 convicts in 1831 to 374 before it was officially closed in 1842. When the colony closed, Queensland was then opened to free settlers.

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UQ Art Museum: Defying Empire

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On Friday night, I was fortunate enough to attend the opening of Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial at the University of Queensland Art Museum. This exhibition has travelled from the National Gallery of Australia where it was on display in 2017. The evening was well-structured and it was fantastic to see so many people in attendance. I am going to focus this post on the evening itself with only occasional references to the art on display.

I will also note here that photography is not allowed in the exhibition due to copyright issues. For this reason, there will not be many images throughout the post. Continue reading “UQ Art Museum: Defying Empire”

Abbey Medieval Festival

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The Abbey Medieval Festival, hosted by the Abbey Museum of Art & Archaeology, is a living history event. I have always wanted to attend the festival and see, firsthand, some historical re-enactments. Spoiler alert: it was epic. We spent the whole of Sunday walking around the festival stalls, watching some jousting and archery, and eating what was literally called meat on a stick.

Arriving at the Festival was an experience in itself. The line to buy tickets was very long so I was glad we had pre-purchased our tickets online. If you ever think of attending this festival, I strongly advise you do the same. I am an absolute champion of pre-purchasing tickets for cultural institutions because it usually means less time waiting. Continue reading “Abbey Medieval Festival”