In August 2014, at the beginning of our sabbatical year in Madrid, we visited the Palacio de Cristal in the Parque del Retiro. At that time, the exhibition in the Palacio organized by the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, was Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster’s Splendide Hotel. It wasn’t until last year, however, that I read […]

Lucian’s work Dialogues of the Dead begins with a dead Diogenes the Cynic asking someone called Pollux to send a message to his fellow Cynic, Menippus, in the upper world. DIOGENES: Pollux, I have a commission for you; next time you go up—and I think it is your turn for earth tomorrow—if you come across […]

On hearing of the passing of Greek-Italian artist Jannis Kounellis, I went searching online for examples of his work to write about today, knowing that there would be a wealth of examples to choose from, bridging ancient and modern, Greece and Rome. I also felt that Kounellis is a fitting artist to think about on […]

I HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT LEE LOZANO (HENCE THE CAPS) SPECIFICALLY HER DIALOGUE PIECE (STARTED APRIL 21, 1969) WRITE-UP, JUNE 12, 1969 HERE IT IS: (NOTE THE PLACE OF DIALOGUE; IT MAY BECOME SIGNIFICANT LATER) DIALOGUE PIECE HAS ALTERNATIVE TITLE: VERBALL AS LOZANO WROTE IN A NOTE IN VERSION IN HER NOTEBOOK “DEFINITION OF “DIALOGUE” REMAINS […]

Thesis, the Ohio State Department of Art MFA Third-Year Exhibition, opened today at the Urban Arts Space downtown and I have just resurfaced after immersing myself within it. While I don’t want to make too hasty a generalization, I immediately wanted to write a Minus Plato post about Thesis because the experience of the exhibition […]

Working in the Wexner Heirloom Cafe, sitting with my laptop as I prepare for classes and answer emails, also means that I am lucky enough to be interrupted by compelling conversations about contemporary art. It just so happened today that I was reminded of the ancient myth of the apple of discord by two completely […]

Yesterday I visited the new exhibition at the Columbus Museum of Art – A Dangerous Woman: Subversion and Surrealism in the Art of Honoré Sharrer. It was a revelation and, as a Classicist, I was immediately struck by Sharrer’s feminist reworkings of Greek and Roman myths, often mediated by art historical predecessors. I am sure […]

Arge, iaces, quodque in tot lumina lumen habebas,               exstinctum est, centumque oculos nox occupat una. excipit hos volucrisque suae Saturnia pennis collocat et gemmis caudam stellantibus inplet. Argus, you are overthrown, the light of your many eyes is extinguished, and one night sleeps under so many eyelids. Juno took his eyes and set them into […]