The Droll Docent

Humans of Droll Docent

I am a huge fan of Brandon Stanton, the creator of Humans of New York.  Brandon goes around NYC talking to people, takes some photos of them, and then shares snippets of their stories. It is a wonderful combination of two of my favorite things: art and voyeurism. If you aren’t one of the 14 million people already following him on Facebook, check out the blog here: Humans of New York. (On a side note, if you aren’t one of my 73 followers on Facebook, you can find me here: https://www.facebook.com/TheDrollDocent)

Because imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I decided to do an edition of “Humans Of Droll Docent.”  The dialogue of the people in these portraits is completely fictional, but I have included links so you can learn more about the pieces. Read more…

The Blanton Museum: Keeping Austin Awesome

If there is one thing that can pry me away from my plate of three types of smoked meat while I am in Austin, it is the Blanton Museum. I make a point of heading over to the University of Texas campus every time I am in town just to see that amazing place. When I was lucky enough to be in Austin over the 4th of July holiday, I cleaned up my fingers with a wet wipe and headed over to the Blanton. Read more…

The Transformation of an Olympian

Stories about a certain person’s major transformation have dominated the news lately. I am sure we were all taken aback when she decided to show people a different side of her; debuting it in such a public manner could not have been easy. But enough about Amy Poehler’s red hair at Cannes; we are here to talk about paintings. I am going to be brave and talk to you about a certain patriarch of a very famous family who was completely copacetic with changing his appearance. Read more…

Art Hath No Fury

Look- I am no Hollywood big-shot producer. But if someone came to me with a script that had a strong female protagonist, a despicable villain, and a redemption that was years in the making, I would totally produce the hell out of that script- and cast Jennifer Lawrence (young) and Meryl Streep (a little older than young). This biopic would feature the artist Artemisia Gentileschi who created paintings that were passionate, emotive, and inspiring. Alas, I am but a poor blogger, trying to introduce you to one of my favorite artists. Just a warning, I will discuss some feminist art theory here but let’s not make this an “I am woman, hear me roar” type thing and let’s just discuss her amazing life.

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Now You See Him, Now You Don’t

I enjoy sculptures of men in half smiles whose sole (soul?) desire is to help me find a path to peace. Hence, I love Buddhist art. There has been much debate about art that uses Buddha’s image (iconic) versus those that use only symbols of Buddhism (aniconic). This tour will guide you through various pieces to make you appear smarter at the cocktail parties in which I am never invited because my cocktail conversation tends to be about these sort of things.

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