Saturday, September 18, 2004

Jay Rosen talks with Dan Gillmor about the changes technology is wreaking upon the media.

Rosen: "I think it's a major insight. First of all, tell me what happened to make you realize 'My readers know more than I do.' And why didn't it just freak you out?"

Gillmor: "Well, it did freak me out at first..."

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Biblical Recorder: "First Baptist Church of Greensboro voted Sept. 15 to remove all denominational affiliation from its bylaws and cut its last funding for a Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) agency. The moves effectively end the church's formal ties with the SBC."

Big church. Interesting move.

SBC site.

News & Record: "The decision, in part, means the church has rejected the convention's conservative politics, including its negative view of women in ministry and insistence that a Christian can't have knowledge of Jesus outside the Bible."

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"So, you may hear analysts and prognosticators on CNN, ABC and the like in the next few days talking about how bleak the situation is here in Iraq, but from where I sit, it’s looking significantly better now than when I got here. The momentum is moving in our favor." -- Letter attribued to a US Marine Corps Major, posted at the Captain's Quarters Weblog.

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N&R photogs document Ivan's power, which extended as far east as the Triad with a devastating tornado. This morning feels so different from yesterday -- cool and wet, instead of warm and wet and weird.

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Boys night: with Lisa and Sydney in New York for a girls weekend, Elijah and I recruited two of his friends for an evening of manly fun. First we went to Leblon, where disgusting amounts of meat were ingested, hot pepper tolerance was tested, and Elijah's 13th birthday was belatedly noted. Back at home, we played poker. These boys think they can play after watching the saturation coverage on ESPN, and they did have an impressive amount of patter about the flop and Fifth Street as they dealt hand after hand of Hold 'em. I made them play some stud games, too, just to broaden their experience as I won all of my dad's old chips back from them. Then they watched the Yankees lose to the BoSox (Elijah's team) and went noisily to bed. This morning, their teenage systems were ready for lard-bombs and hash browns from Biscuitville. Fun.

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The upcoming Matisse show at the North Carolina Museum of Art is described in detail at the museum website.

Now that the show is just weeks away, I'm reposting the piece I put up last May. Even in tiny electronic form, these images give me a thrill. Claribel and Etta Cone wanted people to see the works they collected. As I've discussed with many members of our extended family, having a good-sized chunk of the Cone Collection come to North Carolina fulfills that vision in an especially appropriate and pleasing way.

And as noted -- the Weatherspoon's related show is about to go up, too.

Here's my May 15 post:

Matisse and Picasso in North Carolina

Last night I got a preview of a show that opens Oct. 10 at the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh -- a blockbuster featuring works from the Cone collection at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

NCMA director Larry Wheeler and curator of European art David Steel have put together a pretty great exhibition, including:

Henri Matisse
Seated Odalisque, Left Knee Bent, Ornamental Background and Checkerboard

Oil on canvas
The Cone Collection
BMA 1950.255

Henri Matisse
Large Reclining Nude
(also known as The Pink Nude)
Oil on canvas
The Cone Collection
BMA 1950.258

Henri Matisse
Purple Robe and Anemones

Oil on canvas
The Cone Collection
BMA 1950.261

Vincent Van Gogh
Landscape with Figures

The Cone Collection
BMA works by Picasso, Gauguin, Cézanne, Bonnard, Monet, Rodin, Degas, Modigliani, Braque, Léger and Giacometti. Baltimore wouldn't part with Matisse's Blue Nude or Cezanne's Mont Ste. Victoire, but otherwise NC got pretty much what it asked for.

Greensboro's Weatherspoon Art Museum will hold a related show on Matisse and American drawing, which opens Sept. 26. The Weatherspoon has a great collection of Matisse lithographs, some bronzes, and a few Picasso drawings, too.

Henri Matisse
La Persane (Persian Woman
lithograph on paper
The Cone Collection
Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro

Pablo Picasso
Paolo as Harlequin with Flowers
color etching on paper
The Cone Collection
Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro

Henri Matisse
Dr. Claribel Cone (IV/IV)
Charcoals with stumping and erasing
The Cone Collection
BMA 1950.12.71

Henri Matisse
Etta Cone (V/VI)

Charcoal with stumping and erasing
The Cone Collection
BMA 1950.12.68

I wrote about Etta and Claribel a few years ago in Forbes.

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