I recently went to Paris to participate in a discussion about our 2015 exhibition, Man Ray—Human Equations. The exhibition will bring together Man Ray’s Shakespearean Equations, a series of paintings that was inspired by his photographs of mathematical models. Included in the exhibition will be the original mathematical models, Man Ray’s inventive photographs of the objects, and his Shakespearean Equations.
A grant from the Terra Foundation allowed scholars, curators, educators, and exhibit designers to come from Israel, France, England, and the US to refine ideas for the exhibition and its interpretation. Below are some of my favorite photos from the trip. Stay tuned for more details about the exhibition as the show approaches!
For the first day, we met at the Terra Foundation’s Paris office. Check out an initial exhibition design by our colleagues in Israel. Photos: Brooke Rosenblatt
For the second day of meetings we went to the Institut Henri Poincare to see the mathematical objects that appear in Man Ray’s photographs. Some of the objects were on view in the library and others were in storage. Photos: Brooke Rosenblatt
Here is a look at some of my favorite objects that will be on view in the exhibition.
Two visitors sharing a moment at the Phillips during our Creative Aging program. Photo: James R. Brantley
Everyone once in a while I see a photograph from one of our programs that stops me in my tracks. James R. Brantley recently took the image above during one of our Creative Aging programs with Iona. This program offers older adults (many of whom suffer from Alzheimer’s or related dementia), along with their families and caregivers, the opportunity to connect with each other through guided conversations about art at the Phillips. These individuals then continue processing their responses in the art therapy studio at Iona.
This photograph is a powerful reminder to me. It serves as a testament of how powerful art can be in creating shared and loving experiences.
Padlocks on the Pont des Arts. Photos: Brooke Rosenblatt
The museum’s recent School of Paris installation and our upcoming Art and Romance Soirée got me nostalgic for a place in Paris. The location: the Pont des Arts, a pedestrian bridge that connects the Louvre to the Institut de France (where the Academy of Fine Arts is housed). The logic: the love padlocks.
If you haven’t seen one of these bridges in person, it’s quite a sight. Couples from around the world visit the bridge, attach padlocks with their initials and throw the keys to the locks into the Seine. Have a look at some my recent pictures above.
Though I love this place, I have heard some people just find it (and other padlock bridges) ugly! Additionally, the weight from the padlocks causes damage to the bridge. According to this article on the history of the phenomenon, one grate can have up to 330 pounds of padlocks on them! And this pic from TripAdvisor gives you a firsthand look at what all that weight can do!