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Creative freedom and wisdom accompany…

Listen to the episode Today, in our first episode of 2022, a reminder that it’s never too late to start something new, including art-making! My two guests, Nancy Jensen, 76, and Rosemary Molloy, 83, tell how, though their interest in art was thwarted in their youth, that interest has lately been bearing fruit in their … Continue reading

Films too good to watch only once

Listen to the episode Because film is a visual art, Open Studio celebrates watching – or actually, rewatching — movies – or even just favorite parts of movies – on DVD or by streaming. My go-to film expert Richard Alleva, a semi-retired movie reviewer for Commonweal magazine, has a list of 30 films he likes … Continue reading

Lot’s ‘particular toes,’ etc — a close look at the Artemesia Gentileschi show at the Wadsworth Atheneum

Listen to the episode Today, I tour the Artemesia Gentilleschi exhibit at the Wadsworth Atheneaum in Hartford with my go-to art historian colleague and friend Fran Altvater. Amnesia Genti-who? you ask, and that’s kind of the point. Artemesia was one of a number of women artists, who, though they were successful and even celebrated, and … Continue reading

In Search of ‘The Creep Factor’

Listen to the episode Today we talk with photographer Bryan Sansivero, whose work has been described in The New York Times as creepy, sad, and beautiful. He travels widely looking for abandoned houses to shoot inside and out. His short documentary, “Shadows of Kings Park,” about a closed up mental institution, can be found on … Continue reading

Q is for Quoin: Teaching architecture to kids

Listen to the episode Welcome to the 2nd year of visual art on the radio! Today, we visit via Zoom with architect Michael J. Crosbie, a University of Hartford architecture professor who has written a children’s primer about architecture. Below are some pages referenced in our conversation: Can you guess what the ones below are? … Continue reading

The graphic novel as college textbook

Listen to the episode Immediately above and below are images from a graphic novel created by UConn history Prof. Jason O. Chang about a 19th-century mutiny by Chinese slaves on a ship that ultimately wrecked on Japanese shores. Today, we go beyond the Sunday funnies and explore the graphic novel with Prof. Chang and Prof. … Continue reading

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