Assistant Professor of Art and Digital Studies
Davidson College Tenure Track

The Digital Studies program at Davidson College is growing! We now offer an interdisciplinary minor and, through our Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (CIS), an interdisciplinary major. Last year Digital Studies and the History Department partnered on a tenure-track search—leading to Dr. Jakub Kabala joining Davidson as a digital medievalist with a background in computational philology… Continue reading Assistant Professor of Art and Digital StudiesDavidson College Tenure Track

Art and Terror in the Arctic

It's a good thing that August had record temperatures---seemingly endless days over 100 degrees---because I spent a better part of the month reading Dan Simmons' leviathan of a novel The Terror, a semi-historical account of a failed bid in the 1840s to chart the legendary "northwest passage" through the frozen arctic. Simmons accomplishes much in… Continue reading Art and Terror in the Arctic

Puff the Magic Cereal Box

A while ago I posted a few pics of my cereal box wall. I still occasionally come across a cereal box worth photographing, even if it's not in wall form. Here is "Organic Wild Puffs"---one of the trippiest cereal boxes I've ever seen (larger version). Decorated in faux-Aztec imagery, the box suggests a cereal that… Continue reading Puff the Magic Cereal Box

Guernica, through a child’s eye

The Museo Reina Sofia is Spain's modern art museum, and my son and I went there yesterday to see one thing and one thing only: Picasso's Guernica, depicting the brutal aerial bombardment of the Basque city Guernica by the Fascists during the Spanish Civil War. Showing the painting to my son was an antidote to… Continue reading Guernica, through a child’s eye

Two Old Women Eating from a Bowl, Goya (1821-1823)

Two Old Women Eating from a Bowl, Goya (Larger Image) Posted to Flickr by samplereality. Yesterday, while my wife was digging through national archives in Spain, my son and I went to the Prado, one of the great art museums of the world. This was my third trip to the Prado, and every time, I… Continue reading Two Old Women Eating from a Bowl, Goya (1821-1823)