All kinds of drama at museums in Delaware, North Miami and Washington, D.C., a discovery of new Nazca Lines in Peru, reconsidering the urban role of the Santa Ana River, psychedelic fonts, statue selfies and why liking everything on Facebook encourages the worst kind of content sludge. It's all in the Round-Up:
— Let's start with the bad news: The shooting of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Mo., has prompted other teens to post photos of themselves under the hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown to show the ways in which a single image can distort the way we see a subject in the news, particularly young African Americans.
— Related: an interesting story in CityLab about the growing militarization of U.S. police forces.
— Onto museums behaving badly: The Corcoran Gallery’s disintegration is getting ugly. An adjunct instructor was reportedly fired as retribution for starting an organization that opposed the dissolution and absorption of the museum into the National Gallery of Art.
— The Delaware Art Museum is going to keep selling its treasures to pay the bills. There are some truly horrifying quotes in this story, starting with: "I know nothing about art."
— And the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami is no more. Though it is expected to be reborn as the Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami’s Design District. (Artnet)
— Writer and artist Molly Crabapple has an extensive essay in Vice about the deplorable working conditions at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Remarkable drawings by Crabapple accompany her essay.
— Totally unrelated, but still pretty grotesque: Here’s what happens when you like everything on Facebook. You get a stream of banal corporate spam.
— Marvel Comics may have made news recently for adding a black Captain America and female Thor, but in the Marvel Studios movie universe, superheroes are white and … well, white.
— OK, some good news: A set of geoglyphs have been discovered in Nazca, Peru. Peruvian daily El Comercio has images of the discovery, which was made when storm-force winds blew desert sand off the designs.
— As L.A. rethinks the urban role of its river, the OC Weekly considers the ways in which the same can be done for the Santa Ana River.
— The L.A. County Museum of Art will honor artist Barbara Kruger and filmmaker Quentin Tarantino at its annual gala. Idea for dessert: Cake in the shape of Uma Thurman in her “Kill Bill” outfit laced with the words, “Your body is a battleground.”
— “The result combines all the raw drama of stock photography with all the fun of being stuck at a party with that guy who answers every question with another question.” Thank you, Ben Davis, for the best review I’ve read of the Christopher Williams show at MoMA.
— Keeping California weird: A music hall at Sonoma State has been named for a "Peanuts" character. Almost as cool as the inspiration for UC Irvine’s mascot: Peter the Anteater from the comic strip “B.C.”
— The culture website HiLoBrow has an excellent series about fonts called “Kern Your Enthusiasm.” Last week, painter and comic artist Gary Panter, creator of the punk comic everyman Jimbo, wrote about Victor Moscoso’s psychedelic typefaces.
— What, oh what, will rich people collect next? Historic architecture.
— The arrows of outrageous fortune: The last Yahi Indian, who lived out his final days in a museum.
— A Mexican Jesus sculpture has human teeth.
— Perfect for August: Photographer Roger Minnick captures the total weirdness of tourism in the 1980s.
— The end is nigh: Rizzoli to publish a book — a whole book made from the carcasses of dead trees! — of Kim Kardashian selfies.
— Sort of related: statue selfies.
— I’ll leave you with a video game that channels synesthesia: Patatap produces a mix of color and sound with the stroke of every key. Type your name or a phrase quickly and repeatedly into the program to admire the trippy sounds and patterns it generates. (Kill Screen)
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