Jasper Johns, and a technique he loved
In the summer of 2010, Jennifer Roberts agreed to create an experimental course for Harvard College students around a piece in the Harvard Art Museums’ collection, and to explore the potential for a small show.In the end, those efforts led to a full-fledged exhibition at the Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, developed in tandem with museum officials and four committed undergraduates, that sheds light on the works of one of America’s master contemporary artists.“Jasper Johns / In Press: The Crosshatch Works and the Logic of Print,” which opened Tuesday at the Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, focuses on the artist’s distinctive crosshatch technique of intersecting lines and the importance of the print medium in his work.Roberts developed the course as a tutorial, with small seminars that allow for intimate and incisive conversations with students. She and her student team, all juniors with concentrations in the history of art and architecture, took up Johns’ painting “The Dutch Wives,” exploring its relationship to other objects in the museums’ collections and investigating the possibility of creating a show.“It’s a work that has always intrigued me,” said Roberts, professor of history of art and architecture, and the show’s curator.After spending hours in front of the painting observing the smallest details, and poring over extensive writings about Johns and his works, Roberts and the students started to brainstorm. “At first, we really had no idea what we were going to do,” said Roberts. But slowly a theme emerged.They noticed the grid of pencil marks in the work. They discerned the work’s prominent black and white hues, its incorporation of pasted-on strips of newsprint, its almost identical images placed side by side, and Johns’ renowned crosshatch method of bundled parallel lines, based on an ancient printmaking technique used to indicate shading and shadow. The closer the lines, the more shadow is created.“From that point, we felt that we had a pretty interesting connection that we might want to follow through on,” said Roberts.With Roberts’ guidance, the students explored the collections, culling the Harvard Art Museums’ extensive holdings of Johns’ prints and drawings. They also drafted descriptive text for the show and created online essays explaining themes in Johns’ work. They even prepared gallery talks that they will deliver during the show’s opening days.“It was just amazing,” said student Phillip Y. Zhang of preparing the exhibit. “It definitely helped me appreciate what goes into the work that curators do, and it reinforces what we have been doing in terms of getting that very critical perspective on art, and the way we make and consume and present art.”Many of Johns’ works in the show capture the artist’s ability to stretch the notion of printmaking, like the evocative “Skin with O’Hara Poem.” To create the piece, Johns covered his face and hands with a black greasy liquid known as tusche, rolled them on a lithographic stone, and then pressed a paper to the same surface. The resulting ghostly images seem almost to jump from the paper.To add historic perspective, the new exhibition also includes works by other artists that illuminate the development of Johns’ style. A work by Pablo Picasso, a master at collage, reveals how Johns’ newsprint creations, the catalog states, “are indebted to Pablo Picasso’s collage experiments.” The inclusion of an engraving by the German artist Albrecht Dürer offers an early look at the use of crosshatching.“The students had a huge amount of input and say into what actually happened with the show because they were really building it from scratch with me,” said Roberts.The show was also a useful dry run for what museum officials anticipate with the completion of the renovated home of the Harvard Art Museums. The building on Quincy Street will include 3,000 square feet of curricular gallery space.“For the first time in the Harvard Art Museums’ history, we will have generous space to experiment in faculty- and student-generated exhibitions,” said Susan Dackerman, the Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Curator of Prints, and the museums’ director of academic programs. “The Jasper Johns project is a model for that. It was our chance to try it out before the new building is finished … and we have found it’s been a great success.”Dackerman helped to create the show, along with Roberts, Jennifer Quick, a Ph.D. candidate in Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ Department of History of Art and Architecture and an Agnes Mongan Curatorial Intern, as well as with students Jacob Cedarbaum, C. Andrew Krantz, Mary Potter, and Zhang.On a recent walk-through of the show, which runs to Aug. 18, Cedarbaum reflected on the art on the walls and his role in getting it there.“Professor Roberts presented us with this really unique opportunity to turn the tutorial into something so much more,” said Cedarbaum. “It’s definitely been this amazing, only-at-Harvard kind of experience.”“Jasper Johns / In Press: The Crosshatch Works and the Logic of Print” will be on exhibit at the Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 485 Broadway, Cambridge, through Aug. 18.
Paraguayan Parlasur Legislators Uneasy About Argentine Nuclear Plan
By Dialogo March 31, 2011 Paraguayan Parlasur legislators have expressed their concern about an Argentine plan to install a nuclear plant in the border province of Formosa, near the Paraguayan capital, according to a declaration made public on 29 March. If the plan comes to fruition in the border area, “it will constitute a serious threat to public health and to the surrounding ecosystem, due to the risks entailed in an energy source with these characteristics,” according to the declaration. The group of legislators expressed concern about the nuclear plants already in existence in both Argentina and Brazil, two in each of those neighboring countries. They recalled that some countries, such as Venezuela, have suspended nuclear-plant construction projects, and others have taken very old plants, which would not be able to withstand failures or accidents, out of service. At the same time, at the opening of an international meeting on renewable energy, Paraguayan Environment Secretary Oscar Rivas reminded his audience of the tragedy experienced by Japan in relation to its nuclear plants and recalled the risks of atomic energy, still not overcome. Parlasur is the deliberative body of Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay).
West Nile fever can be lengthy, serious illness
Sep 8, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – West Nile fever, usually considered a relatively benign manifestation of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus, can be a prolonged, serious illness, according to a study published Sep 7 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.The authors, led by John T. Watson, MD, MSc, of the Chicago Department of Public Health, write that most West Nile studies have focused on patients who contract meningitis or encephalitis. However, three serologic studies in the United States and Romania showed that those conditions occur in only about 1 in 150 infected people, the researchers note. Of the approximately 20% of infected people who have symptoms, most have West Nile fever only.West Nile fever is generally described as a febrile illness of sudden onset lasting 3 to 6 days, with malaise, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, eye pain, headache, sore muscles, and rash. Interviews with 98 Illinois residents who contracted nonparalytic West Nile fever in 2002, however, revealed a more debilitating, longer-lasting illness.The authors located former West Nile patients through public health agency records. The Illinois Department of Public Health tested cerebrospinal fluid and blood specimens submitted for suspected arboviral infection in 2002 and notified local health authorities of the results. People with positive results who didn’t have paralytic fever, meningitis, or encephalitis were considered to have West Nile fever; 331 cases met this definition. One hundred forty of those people lived in the jurisdictions of cooperating health departments. Of that number, the authors were able to contact and interview 98.The authors report that 63% of the respondents said they had symptoms for at least 30 days, and the median time for full recovery was about 2 months. Fatigue was the most commonly reported symptom. Ninety-four respondents said they had felt exhausted for a median of 36 days. More than half of respondents reported fever, headache, muscle pain, muscle weakness, rash, neck pain or stiffness, and difficulty concentrating, the study said. The median duration of muscle weakness was 28 days.West Nile fever also kept people home, causing 57 respondents to miss a median of 10 days of work or school. Thirty respondents had been hospitalized, with a median stay of 5 days. The rest received outpatient medical care, and nine people reported having physical or occupational therapy.The researchers suggest that the severe illness reported might be due to changes in the virus. They recommend mandatory reporting of West Nile fever to facilitate timely public health interventions such as mosquito control.Watson J, Pertel P, Jones R, et al. Clinical characteristics and functional outcomes of West Nile fever. Ann Intern Med 2004:141(5):360 [Abstract]
Tourists planning to visit Boracay advised to bring extra cash
The Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan is known for its white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. Tourists planning to spend time in the resort island which is now open have been urged to bring extra cash as hotel and other fees here might increase. SCOOP.IT According to her, there will also be QR code scanners for the health declaration forms for contactless transactions. “The provincial government is also planning to put up a molecular testing facility. It might also be used for tourists coming to Boracay. To ensure Boracay remains free from COVID-19, tourists may be required to undergo testing before (they are) allowed to go to (the resort island),” he said. “Among the health protocols to be implemented are limiting crowds in each hotel due to physical distancing measures, placing of footbaths and purchasing of scanners. These add up to the expenses of hotels, and these could be charged to tourists wanting to enjoy Boracay,” said Cuachon. “Very impressed ako sa ginagawa ng Boracay ngayon kasi talagang ‘yung pinakita nila, contactless, walang hinahawakan,” Puyat said. Those above 60 years old and below 21, however, are still not allowed to visit Boracay Island.Provincial Health Office head Dr. Cornelio Cuachon Jr. said that the National Inter-Agency Task Force and the Department of Tourism DOT has mandated hotels in Boracay to strictly implement health protocols to tourists as preventive measures against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). BORACAY – Western Visayas tourists planning to spend time here are advised to bring extra cash as hotel and other miscellaneous expenses may increase in preparation for the “new normal.”The Department of Tourism (DOT) has earlier announced that the world-famous island is open again starting today. The hotels and establishments that will operate were already inspected and accredited by the DOT, she added.(With a report from GMA/PN) Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, for her part, assured tourists that hotels and other establishments in the well-famed island will strictly follow health protocols as operations resume.She said during a Dobol B sa News TV interview yesterday that local authorities will ensure that employees and tourists will strictly wear face masks and face shields and observe physical distancing. There will also be frequent temperature checks and sanitation.Arriving tourists will have to sign health declaration forms, Puyat added.
Cardinals Weekend Track Results At Roncalli
Saint Louis Track & Field travelled to Roncalli High School for a CYO meet on Sunday, April 28 with teams from St Jude’s, Immaculate Heart of Mary’s, and Christ the King. This meet was set up differently from most of our regular season schedule, with multiple age groups and a few unique events. The Cardinal team was short-handed, and only competed in 7th-8th grade girls and 5th-6th grade boys.Although points and team places were not published by age group, the girls team scored 23 points and the boys scored 19.Event winners were:Marc Meneses – ShotputSadie Wachsmann – ShotputHenry Wanstrath – High JumpKate Weber – High Jump3rd place was claimed by:Santiago Schutte – 800M runAllie Savage – 200M dashElla Moster, Allie Savage, Lilly Schebler, Ava Owens – 4x100M relayHenry Wanstrath, Christian Mack, Marc Meneses, Santiago Schutte – 800M medley relay4th place was earned by:Lilly Schebler – ShotputSantiago Schutte – Long JumpKate Weber – 1600M run5th place went to:Allie Savage – 100M dashKate Weber – 400M runPersonal records were:400M – Kate Weber800M – Sadie Wachsmann200M – Lilly ScheblerThe Cardinals continue their season with two more meets this week, at South Ripley and at the Connersville Invitational.