Welcome to this week’s History Thread! The broader theme of this discussion is self-conscious archaism, the act of deliberately looking back to the past as a source of inspiration and emulating it in some way. This umbrella term also covers … Continue reading The Weekly History Thread Appropriates the Past for Its Own Ends
This day thread is dedicated to the golden light, warm colors, and crisp, cool air of October, the most beautiful month of the year. My favorite autumnal painting celebrating the beauty of this month is October in the Catskills (1880) by the … Continue reading The Golden Light of October Day Thread
This edition of Spoil Sports is dedicated to a discussion of Panos Cosmatos’ 2018 horror/thriller film Mandy. Don’t be negative. Continue reading Spoil Sports: Mandy
August 24 is the generally accepted anniversary date of the catastrophic, 79 AD volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, which lies 5.6 miles (9 km) east of modern Naples (ancient Neapolis) in Campania, Italy. The eruption, which began around one o’clock … Continue reading The Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD
Welcome to this week’s History Thread! The discussion theme is: damnatio memoriae and other historical erasure. In ancient Rome, the practice of damnatio memoriae involved a postmortem condemnation of Roman emperors or elites that could include seizure of property, the eradication of the … Continue reading The Weekly History Thread Has Been Erased
Today’s thread is dedicated to D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths, a 1962 illustrated compendium of Greek mythology that is also one of the great works of 20th century children’s literature. The two author-illustrators of this book, Ingri d’Aulaire (born Ingri … Continue reading D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths Day Thread
Welcome to this week’s late edition of the Women+ Thread! Some guidelines to help this space be a positive experience for everyone: As always with the AVCAD, don’t feel compelled to share beyond your comfort level. Anyone who identifies as … Continue reading The Women+ Weekly Thread is Fashionably Late!
Tonight’s thread is dedicated to LGBT artist Harriet Goodhue Hosmer (1830-1908), an important figure in American visual art during the 19th century. Hosmer is considered to have been the first American, female professional sculptor, and she achieved both fame and … Continue reading The Harriet Hosmer Night Thread
Today is the 61st birthday of veteran actor Frank Theodore “Ted” Levine, known for his intense screen presence, piercing blue eyes, and distinctive, deep baritone voice. Levine began his career as a stage actor, notably as a member of Chicago’s … Continue reading The Ted Levine Day Thread
Tonight’s thread is dedicated to Moods of Time, a group of four sculptures created around 1938 by Paul Manship (1885-1966), one of the major artists of the Art Deco movement. His work is typified by a flowing, linear style that was … Continue reading The Moods of Time Night Thread
March 5 was the date of an annual, ancient Roman, nautical religious festival called Navigium Isidis (“Vessel of Isis”), which was dedicated to Isis, an ancient Egyptian goddess who had been reinterpreted by and for the Greco-Roman world. In the … Continue reading Happy Navigium Isidis!
Welcome to the Women+’s Weekly Thread! I’ll leave the theme open this week, but if you want to talk about your frustration, we’re here for you! Some guidelines to help this space be a positive experience for everyone: … Continue reading The Women+ Weekly Thread Understands Your Frustration
The Silence of the Lambs is Jonathan Demme’s 1991 horror/thriller film, which is based on Thomas Harris’ 1988 novel of the same name. It’s about an ambitious, promising young FBI trainee, Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), who has been recruited by … Continue reading Scene Dissections: The Silence of the Lambs – The Buffalo Bill Dance Scene