A Visit to the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Apr 10, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2017_Elizabeth Withers - Copy (2).jpgElizabeth Withers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in English literature and history & philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Elizabeth brings us to the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes to see an exibit on Argentine artist Xul Solar.

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It’s hard to believe it’s been six weeks already! Time seems to be flying by, and everything still feels new, and unfamiliar, and exciting. And I can’t stop finding new things to explore. My classes are partly to thank for that-- a few of my professors regularly post news about events going on in the city, and my classwork and homework sometimes involve excursions of some kind. This week I visited the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes for an assignment in my Art and Politics in Latin America class. I came to see the museum’s new temporary exhibit on the fascinating Argentine artist, Xul Solar, but the permanent exhibits were definitely worth a visit as well.

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Photo: Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Art Abroad

Interpreting London Through 5 Words

Apr 3, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

Valkyrie Profile.pngValkyrie Speaker, a film major at the University of Pittsburgh, is a CAPA World columnist during spring semester 2017. She'll be shooting weekly videos for "An American Film Student in London", published every Monday. 

For this week's vlog, Valkyrie uses 5 words as themes to interpret in the city of London.

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Thanks, Valkyrie!

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Being in London as a Zombie

Mar 27, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz


Valkyrie Profile.pngValkyrie Speaker, a film major at the University of Pittsburgh, is a CAPA World columnist during spring semester 2017. She'll be shooting weekly videos for "An American Film Student in London", published every Monday. 

For this week's vlog, Valkyrie shows us the fun she had around London with her leftover makeup from shooting a zombie film for class!

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Thanks, Valkyrie!

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Burgers, Books, and Borges (but Mostly Just Wandering!)

Mar 27, 2017 12:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Spring2017_Elizabeth Withers - Copy (2).jpgElizabeth Withers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in English literature and history & philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's post, Elizabeth talks about some of her favorite things: books, street art, burgers, and parks.

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This week I decided to spend a day wandering through more of Recoleta and Palermo, where I managed to stumble across a few really extraordinary places (no surprise in Buenos Aires)! I started the day with a self-guided record store tour in mind. I’m no music expert, and I know very little about Argentine music, but I love the atmosphere of a second-hand record store. I was eager to spend a few hours sifting through various collections, hopefully learning a little more about what’s popular here.

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Posted in: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Art Abroad, Food in Buenos Aires

When in Florence: Ancient to Modern Art Museums

Feb 2, 2017 5:30:00 PM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2017_From Danya Carithers - Square.jpgDanya Carithers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Danya explores two of the city's art museums: Gallerie dell’Accademia and an Ai Wei Wei exhibition at Pilazzo Strozzi.

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Although walking around Florence feels like visiting a museum every day in itself, I have already started exploring the Gallerie dell’Accademia and an Ai Wei Wei exhibit at Pilazzo Strozzi. Both museums reflect the wide range of art in Florence with Michelangelo’s David dating back to 1501 and Wei Wei’s art media from this year. 

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I wish I knew more about art history and interpretation to say something intelligent about these world-famous pieces, but I’ll give you my thoughts as an average art onlooker. Seeing David for the first time was truly amazing. First thought: IT WAS SO BIG! I actually looked it up and the sculpture is 17 feet tall (approximately three Danyas stacked up on top of each other).

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Posted in: Official Bloggers and Vloggers, Florence, Italy, Art Abroad

Understanding Dublin through Art

Jan 4, 2017 1:30:00 PM / by Julie Ritz

Isabelle Zoeckler Cropped.jpgWords by Isabelle Zoeckler, a cultural studies and communications major at Clark University who studied abroad in Dublin during summer term 2016.

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“All art is at once surface and symbol” reads a shiny marble column in front of a statue of Oscar Wilde jauntily perched on a rock at the corner of Marion Square Park in Dublin.

Wilde’s words speak to the way in which one can learn a great deal from the art that represents a city. This past summer I had the opportunity to study abroad in Ireland through CAPA. As I explored the city, I took notice of the many monuments, like the one of Oscar Wilde, commemorating classic Irish authors who once called Dublin their home. These statues, bridges, and street names symbolize the importance that the city and people place on their literary history.

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Exploring Museo de Arte Moderno in Buenos Aires

Aug 25, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

CAPAStudyAbroad_BuenosAires_Fall2016_Melanie_Sweeney_Profile_-_Square.jpgMelanie Sweeney is an official CAPA vlogger for fall 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double Spanish and marketing major at Siena College, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.

In this week's video, Melanie takes us to one of the city's creative hubs: the Museum of Modern Art for a look around. Afterwards, we take a short walk to see some of the art on the nearby streets, by moonlight.

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Thanks Melanie!

Melanie's journey continues here on CAPA World every Thursday. Bookmark her profile and stay tuned!

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Art & Advertising in Shanghai, China

Feb 8, 2016 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

An Interview with Graham Fink, Multimedia Artist & Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy & Mather, China.

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Meet Graham Fink, a multimedia artist and the Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy & Mather in China. Graham is originally from London, but has lived in China for the past five years and has spent many creative years in the advertising industry. Below, he tells us about his current photography exhibition "Ballads of Shanghai" in London's Riflemaker Gallery and talks about the different approaches to advertising in Shanghai versus London as well as the importance of collaboration. He also shares a few tips for students hoping to photograph their study abroad city in a way that's not cliche and for those planning to launch a career in the advertising world.

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CAPA WORLD: Tell us a bit about your background.
GRAHAM FINK: I was born in the UK (Portsmouth) and was very much the black sheep of my family. I went to art school as soon as I could leave school and studied painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and film. Then I got into advertising as it seemed to be a job where I could do all of these things. I worked with some amazing agencies, Saatchi’s, CDP, GGT, M&C Saatchi for many years and then I set up my own film production company. Here, I learned how to make music videos, commercials, and short films. I did this for many years, until I had an offer to go and run Ogilvy & Mather in China. I have been in China nearly five years now and during that time have also had five exhibitions of my artwork, comprising film, painting, drawing and photography.

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Art Abroad: The Wallace Collection, London

Sep 18, 2015 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Ciaran_Blog_ProfileWords by Ciaran Reidy, a CAPA London Student Affairs Assistant, who encourages you to explore the local art scene while you're abroad.

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“This palace of genius, fancy and taste” housed in the historic Hertford House, is a national museum with unsurpassed displays of 18th-century French painting, furniture and porcelain as well as Old Master paintings and an incredible collection of arms and armor. The museum was established in 1897 after Sir Richard Wallace’s widow bequeathed the entire collection to the nation. The museum opened in 1900, on the condition that no object ever leave the collection even for loan exhibitions.


Video: © The Wallace Collection, London, UK

THE CAST OF CHARACTERS: 
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The 1st Marquess of Hertford (1719-94) was a descendent of Edward Seymour who, in 1547, became Lord Protector of England during the minority of his nephew Edward VI. The Marquess began  the Wallace collection when he bought six paintings by Canaletto (famous for his cityscapes of Venice and London) and two portraits by Reynolds.
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Art Abroad: The Courtauld Gallery, London

Aug 28, 2015 8:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Sadler

Ciaran_Blog_ProfileWords by Ciaran Reidy, a CAPA London Student Affairs Assistant, who encourages you to explore the local art scene while you're abroad.

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Situated in a beautiful section of the very grand Somerset House, the Courtauld Gallery contains an impressive mix of renaissance, baroque, impressionist and post-impressionist paintings.
Their tag line is “First for Impression1sts” (very clever ;) ), and rightfully so; they have many masterpieces by pre-eminent artists such as Van Gogh, Monet, Gauguin, Cézanne, Degas, and Manet.


Video: © The Courtauld Gallery, London, UK

DON'T MISS: 

Van_GoghSelf Portrait with Bandaged Ear by Vincent Van Gogh (1889). A personal highlight for me is the self portrait Van Gogh painted right after he mutilated his left ear. The picture is haunting, giving you a glimpse into his madness as he stares eerily ahead half determined, half bewildered.

♫ And when no hope was left in sight
On that starry, starry night
You took your life, as lovers often do
But I could’ve told you Vincent
This world was never meant for
One as beautiful as you ♫
- "Vincent" by Don McLean

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