A little snapshot of gradschool:
So I’m actually in Stockholm, Sweden right now on a research trip. It’s been four years since I’ve last visited and I thought this time around, I’ll share my (non) adventures with you all!
Yesterday I flew from JFK to Stockholm with a layover in Amsterdam. Two things: there is a Shake Shack in JFK terminal 4(!!!) and cafes in the Amsterdam airport have these tacky giant tulip pot tables. I had my art-refil at the tiny branch of the Rijksmuseum in airport. When I finally arrived in Stockholm, it was a nice surprise to find that my metro station was cheerfully decorated by Lars Arrhenius with 8-bit inspired tile-art.
Today was a long day— I made it to the Arkitektur- och Designcentrum in Skeppsholmen where I’m researching their permanent architectural installation. The archivists were wonderful, and they definitely had more than a few binders waiting for me. Fortunately, or unfortunately, the Bibliotek closed at 4 pm so I had a rather tranquil tea time in the museum café. For the rest of the evening, I explored the permanent collections at the Moderna Museet / took all the artselfies and had a lovely (but windy!) walk around Skeppsholmen.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s updates!
COLOURFUL SHEEP— painted and dyed sheep from the Latitude Festival and the Dalriada Festival in Northern Ireland.
The A to Zaha of architecture. Federico Babina’s Archibet combine the ever popular alphabet trope with 26 of the most renown architects and architectural firms.
Lorsque j’avais six ans j’ai vu, une fois, une magnifique image….
If you loved Le Petit Prince / The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry as much as I did growing up, don’t miss the exhibition “The Little Prince: A New York Story” currently on view at The Morgan Library until April 27th. The show includes original drawings, manuscripts and never before seen illustrations and story lines, including a scene where the little prince shows up to dinner uninvited in a couple’s home. — I call it, The Little Prince, deep cuts.
Anonymous asked: This may be a silly question but what is it like to be a graduate student? Is it a lot different from undergrad? Do you have time for internships or a job? Is fun not in your vocabulary?
Dear anonymous stranger in the dark, it’s not a silly question at all! From my experiences, I would say gradschool is completely different from undergrad. The level of expected scholarship and the amount of research required exponentially increases. That being said, your attention is rather concentrated on a small sliver of your field. For example, while I’m taking four classes, all of my research oscillates between 18th century Europe and contemporary performance art— my two areas of specialization.
I currently have two internships and one work-study job as an assistant to a professor. Between classes, paid jobs and unpaid internships, homework and research time need to be scheduled in. For me, Tuesday mornings, Fridays and Saturdays are spent in the library as I usually have little energy during the week. Self-discipline and being able to prioritize is key, as it is basically a given that there is simply no way to do all of the readings and assignments in all of your classes. That being said, I do have time for fun— I keep some nights and day sacred and there are always constant research trips to keep me occupied—after all, European libraries often close by 4 pm ;). In the end, surviving gradschool is all about discipline, smart scheduling, as well as having a supportive network of friends. If you like a subject and want to pursue it further/require an advanced degree for your dream job, just go for it—you may even end up having fun!
As I’m writing a paper on the relationship between drawing and performance— I’m inspired to share this with you all today: Heather Hansen’s charcoal drawing series titled “Emptied Gestures.” Here Hansen employs the dual conditions of the word drawing as a noun, and as a verb. Hansen described the series as “an experiment in kinetic drawing,” and explains,”I am searching for ways to download my movement directly onto paper, emptying gestures from one form to another and creating something new in the process.”
Elly Liyana’s illustrations combine my two favourite things — cats and art history. In other words: Frida Catlo.
So I bought some California gouda and samsø earlier today. Now I need this: “Say Cheese Instant Slicer” by SF-based Gamago. A cheese slicer in the shape of a Polaroid camera? This is beyond kitsch— just perfection.