Arts & Culture / Mosaic / February 8, 2012

Art blurbs – February 8

Art

The second annual and entirely online Virtual Art Fair ran for six days this year, ending this past Wednesday. Viewers can determine the scale of each work via a scale of a virtual human and examine pieces up-close and from multiple views. The show is designed to represent a real museum, with artists showing their works in “booths” and virtual “maps” leading visitors around the site. 135 artists showed pieces, which could be purchased online. Source: New York Times.

Music

Paul McCartney, bass player and principle songwriter for The Beatles, released a new studio album, “Kisses on the Bottom.” The album features period pieces from the 1940’s and 1950’s and has a quiet, calm feel. Some are speculating that the album was intended to be a retirement recording and will be McCartney’s last. Source: LA times.

Literature

Visiting Assistant Professor of English Chad Simpson was announced as the winner of the 2012 John Simmons Short Fiction Award this past Friday. Simpson’s collection of 18 stories is focused in the Midwest and will be published by the University of Iowa Press during fall 2012. Source: University of Iowa press.

Pop Culture

The National Football League and television network NBC apologized for the actions of British singer M.I.A., who flipped her middle finger to the camera during the Superbowl halftime show. M.I.A. was performing with Madonna and apparently gave no indication during rehearsal that she intended to flip off the camera. NBC attempted to blur the image from the screen but was too late to do so. Source: ABC news.

This weekend’s movie releases

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Safe House

Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace (in 3D)

The Vow

Katy Sutcliffe


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Visiting Assistant Professor of English Chad Simpson’s short stories frequently address life and relationships in the Midwest...