Iconoclasm: The Death Of History

Featured String: Iconoclasm & the Reformation What's all this then? The word "Iconoclasm" was coined originally to describe two specific periods of history. This "war on icons" (images of divinities), the First and Second Iconoclasms, took place between 726--787CE and then again between 814--842CE, in the early Christian Byzantine Empire which covered much of modern-day Turkey, … Continue reading Iconoclasm: The Death Of History

When Cultures Collide: Influence and Inspiration

Featured String: When Cultures Collide In Display It Like You Stole It, I talked about one kind of cultural interaction--acquisition, usually without permission. Misappropriation of another culture in the form of pilfering its sacred artefacts or purchasing them from others who've done a bit of grave-robbing or looting is a well-known story in the modern … Continue reading When Cultures Collide: Influence and Inspiration

ArtString: Love & Identity

Featured String: Love & Identity As the curators at the British Museum no doubt found in 2017, when they began assembling an LGBTQ history trail to celebrate 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, it can be difficult to get really compelling evidence that an artefact has what, for the sake … Continue reading ArtString: Love & Identity

Artstring: Women In Science (Hunt for Hidden Women 2)

Featured string: Women in Science The issue of women's under-representation in the higher-prestige levels of science and science awards continues to be a hot-button issue today, and much like my search for the hidden women artists in the collections with API available to ArtString, that under-representation extends to the museum collections--or rather to their attributions. … Continue reading Artstring: Women In Science (Hunt for Hidden Women 2)

Pacific Perspectives, Oceania, and James Cook

Featured string: Cooking up a Storm I created this particular string as a response to two exhibitions I attended more-or-less back-to-back. In a feat of coordination, the British Museum and the Royal Academy have produced two differing exhibitions on Pacific culture recently. They differ in scale, they differ in function, they differ in approach, layout, and … Continue reading Pacific Perspectives, Oceania, and James Cook

The Propaganda Machine

Featured string: Realm & Empire: Propaganda Until the development of newspapers, and later broadcast media, it was often difficult for the rulers of countries to get their message out to the masses on whose cooperation was necessary for keeping society in good order. There were a couple of ways of passing on important information, and … Continue reading The Propaganda Machine