Tag: TEDTalks

Jake Barton: The museum of you

Jake Barton: The museum of you

This is Charley Williams. He was 94 when this photograph was taken. In the 1930s, Roosevelt put thousands and thousands of Americans back to work by building bridges and infrastructure and tunnels, but he also did something interesting, which was to hire a few hundred writers to scour America to capture the stories of ordinary

Liza Donnelly: Drawing upon humor for change

Liza Donnelly: Drawing upon humor for change

(Laughter) I was afraid of womanhood. Not that I’m not afraid now, but I’ve learned to pretend. I’ve learned to be flexible. In fact, I’ve developed some interesting tools to help me deal with this fear. Let me explain. Back in the ’50s and ’60s, when I was growing up, little girls were supposed to

Haas&Hahn: How painting can transform communities

Haas&Hahn: How painting can transform communities

Dre Urhahn: This theater is built on Copacabana, which is the most famous beach in the world, but 25 kilometers away from here in the North Zone of Rio lies a community called Vila Cruzeiro, and roughly 60,000 people live there. Now, the people here in Rio mostly know Vila Cruzeiro from the news, and

Rives: The Museum of Four in the Morning

Rives: The Museum of Four in the Morning

The most romantic thing to ever happen to me online started out the way most things do: without me, and not online. On December 10, 1896, the man on the medal, Alfred Nobel, died. One hundred years later, exactly, actually, December 10, 1996, this charming lady, Wislawa Szymborska, won the Nobel Prize for literature. She’s

Why museums are returning cultural treasures | Chip Colwell

Why museums are returning cultural treasures | Chip Colwell

A confession: I am an archaeologist and a museum curator, but a paradoxical one. For my museum, I collect things, but I also return things back to where they came from. I love museums because they’re social and educational, but I’m most drawn to them because of the magic of objects: a one-million-year-old hand axe,

Amit Sood: Building a museum of museums on the web

Amit Sood: Building a museum of museums on the web

My name is Amit. And 18 months ago, I had another job at Google, and I pitched this idea of doing something with museums and art to my boss who’s actually here, and she allowed me to do it. And it took 18 months. A lot of fun, negotiations and stories, I can tell you,

Thomas P. Campbell: Weaving narratives in museum galleries

Thomas P. Campbell: Weaving narratives in museum galleries

Translator: Joseph Geni Reviewer: Morton Bast When I was considering a career in the art world, I took a course in London, and one of my supervisors was this irascible Italian called Pietro, who drank too much, smoked too much and swore much too much. But he was a passionate teacher, and I remember one

Fun, fierce and fantastical African art | Wanuri Kahiu

Fun, fierce and fantastical African art | Wanuri Kahiu

So, my mother’s a pediatrician, and when I was young, she’d tell the craziest stories that combined science with her overactive imagination. One of the stories she told was that if you eat a lot of salt, all of the blood rushes up your legs, through your body, and shoots out the top of your

The silent drama of photography | Sebastião Salgado

The silent drama of photography | Sebastião Salgado

Translator: Joseph Geni Reviewer: Morton Bast I’m not sure that every person here is familiar with my pictures. I want to start to show just a few pictures to you, and after I’ll speak. I must speak to you a little bit of my history, because we’ll be speaking on this during my speech here.

Taryn Simon photographs secret sites

Taryn Simon photographs secret sites

Okay, so 90 percent of my photographic process is, in fact, not photographic. It involves a campaign of letter writing, research and phone calls to access my subjects, which can range from Hamas leaders in Gaza to a hibernating black bear in its cave in West Virginia. And oddly, the most notable letter of rejection