Thursday, April 15, 2010

Robert Altman? No, Fernando Botero!

English language word of the week: Surreptitious

Main Entry: sur·rep·ti·tious
Pronunciation: \ˌsər-əp-ˈti-shəs, ˌsə-rəp-, sə-ˌrep-\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin surrepticius, from surreptus, past participle of surripere to snatch secretly, from sub- + rapere to seize — more at rapid
Date: 15th century
1 : done, made, or acquired by stealth : clandestine
2 : acting or doing something clandestinely : stealthy
synonyms see secret
— sur·rep·ti·tious·ly adverb

The super-model has a plan to steal the "it-boy" from his girlfriend; she is clever and will proceed surreptitiously.

Chicanery: English language Vocab. word of the week Saw the film Magnolia

artifice, cheating, chicane, deviousness, dishonesty, dodge, double-crossing, double-dealing, duplicity, feint, fourberie, fraud, furtiveness, gambit, hanky-panky, intrigue, machination, maneuver, plot, ploy, ruse, sharp practice, skullduggery, sophistry, stratagem, subterfuge, surreptitiousness, underhandedness, wiles
Notes: duplicity implies double-dealing while chicanery suggests trickery and wiliness
forthrightness, honesty, truthfulness

I thought of this word while watching Magnolia d. PT Anderson. The Tom Cruise character Frank TJ Mackay has a plant in his audience of men attending his "workshop." Later in the film we see that the man who asked the question and garnered Frank Mackey 's empathy is an employee of his. I think we could say there was some chicanery involved in his tactics to help these men "Command the cock and Conquer the cunt." If you have seen Magnolia this will make sense. It is definitely a film to watch more than once. But I want to get on to Before the Devil Knows You are Dead as promised. I am trying to see all PSH films. Well not all, but many of them. He had a role in this ensemble piece. He is always believable and he was in this film as well. I will someday transcribe my notes on Magnolia, or ask the questions I want to ask, or see it again!!!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Kirkland Museum, Hugh M. Grant

Congratulations to Hugh Grant!

In late March, Kirkland Museum Founding Director & Curator Hugh Grant was invited to speak at Bard Graduate Center in New York City on the unique display of the Kirkland and the museum's establishment. Graduate students and faculty in Bard's programs of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture attended his presentation. Bard Graduate Center is a graduate institute affiliated with Bard College that opened in New York City in 1993. It was a great honor to share information about Kirkland Museum with faculty and students from a program closely related to Kirkland Museum's focus. It was exciting to have the Kirkland recognized and lauded for the unusual display methods Hugh Grant has developed including salon style of combining fine and decorative art, a study collection manner, vignette presentation, and comparative display of different design movements within the same room.
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