Friday, October 08, 2010

7 Quick Takes: Volume 13



The idea of 7 Quick Takes Friday comes from blogger Jennifer Fulwiler, who hosts it weekly at her site, Conversion Diary.

This week's episode of 7 Quick Takes is entitled "Announcements and Discoveries." Enjoy, and happy Friday!

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ArtPrize made it onto The Today Show:



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And last night, the winner of the competition was announced:

Cavalry, American Officers, 1921, by Chris LaPorte

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Last weekend, we went on the annual tour of historic homes. (You'll note we have moved on to the "Discoveries" portion of our program.)

Grand Rapids is home to some pretty great architecture, including two Frank Lloyd Wright houses. One of those, the Meyer May House, is owned by Steelcase and is open to the public.

The other, the David Amberg house, was a part of this year's tour. I'd never toured the Amberg house before, and it was probably my favorite:

Amberg House, detail of exterior paintwork. (Click to enlarge.)
 
The art glass in the house is some of the most breathtaking I've ever seen. The style of the glass is echoed in the exterior paintwork, which is also pretty cool... although one of the painted forms reminds me of something... what is it?


Hey, a little alien! Shaped just like a TV!
Waaaaait a minute...

Oh yes. That's it.

You think maybe people in the early part of the 20th century knew something? Something about TVs and mind-controlling aliens?

Naaaaah. Too crazy.

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OK, so maybe the paintwork doesn't really contain a hidden prophecy about TV-shaped aliens taking over the world and controlling our minds. (Though that would explain a few things.)

It's possible the design just reflects artistic creativity, or maybe TiVo is a lot older than we think it is.

Anyway, it turns out the Amberg house is home to a secret. More than one, really.

It seems that Wright may not have designed it after all — at least, not all of it. Wright ran off to Europe with the wife of a client, and left the home's design to be completed an employee named Marion Mahony, the world's first woman to be licensed as an architect. It turns out she did quite a bit of work that was attributed to her employer.

Yep. Scandal, secrets, sexism, and incredible home design. All right here in Bland Rapids*. Who knew?!

(Click here for more photos of the Amberg house and other Michigan houses designed by (or attributed to) Frank Lloyd Wright.)

* Note for those who don't know me well: I don't really call it that. I like Grand Rapids. Plus, only snooty people from... well... that other city call it that. Not snooty people from out of state.

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This week I discovered a really good reason never to eat chicken nuggets. Two words: meat slurry. (Warning: the article and pictures are not for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach.)

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A happier discovery this week: The Brothers Winn, with What You Ought to Know.



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And this isn't an announcement or a discovery, but all those animal group names made me think of this:



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