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Museum of Art’s Frank Goodyear on the Jazz Photography of William P. Gottlieb

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 13:01
Frank Goodyear

Frank Goodyear


The Bowdoin College Museum of Art has opened an exhibition of vintage photographs by William P. Gottlieb capturing jazz musicians in performance. Museum of Art Co-Director Frank Goodyear puts in context the exhibition On 52nd Street: The Jazz Photography of William P. Gottlieb, on view through September 14, 2014.

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art is pleased to present On 52nd Street: The Jazz Photography of William P. Gottlieb. To be on view from July 10 to September 14, 2014, the exhibition features 42 vintage photographs of jazz musicians in performance from the collection of the photographer’s family.

Gottlieb created these images during the 1940s, a period when New York’s 52nd Street was the epicenter of a music revolution with broad social reverberations. Known as “Swing Alley,” or simply “The Street,” it was “heaven on earth for jazz fans and jazz musicians,” Gottlieb recalled.

In the dozen or so nightclubs located there — mostly in the converted basements of former speakeasies — jazz emerged as a distinct concert music with featured soloists. No longer simply dance music, jazz as exemplified by the burgeoning bebop tradition became to Gottlieb a “rebellion against the rigidities of the old order.” “The Street” was also one of the few racially integrated places in the city. As trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie remembered, there was “very little racist feeling,” though “once you left 52nd Street, look out.”

Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong 1901-1971 Born New Orleans, Louisiana Gelatin silver print, 1947 © 2014 Louis Armstrong House MuseumLouis “Satchmo” Armstrong 1901-1971 Born New Orleans, Louisiana Gelatin silver print, 1947 © 2014 Louis Armstrong House Museum

Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong 1901-1971 Born New Orleans, Louisiana Gelatin silver print, 1947 © 2014 Louis Armstrong House Museum

Billie Holiday 1915-1959 Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Gelatin silver print, 1947Billie Holiday 1915-1959 Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Gelatin silver print, 1947

Billie Holiday 1915-1959 Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Gelatin silver print, 1947

Sidney Bechet, 1897–1959 Born New Orleans, Louisiana gelatin silver print, 1947Sidney Bechet, 1897–1959 Born New Orleans, Louisiana gelatin silver print, 1947

Sidney Bechet, 1897–1959 Born New Orleans, Louisiana gelatin silver print, 1947

Cab Calloway 1907-1994 Born Rochester, New York Gelatin silver print, 1947Cab Calloway 1907-1994 Born Rochester, New York Gelatin silver print, 1947

Cab Calloway 1907-1994 Born Rochester, New York Gelatin silver print, 1947

Billie Holiday 1915-1959 Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Gelatin silver print, 1946Billie Holiday 1915-1959 Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Gelatin silver print, 1946

Billie Holiday 1915-1959 Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Gelatin silver print, 1946

John “Dizzy” Gillespie 1918-1993 Born Cheraw, South Carolina Gelatin silver print, 1947John “Dizzy” Gillespie 1918-1993 Born Cheraw, South Carolina Gelatin silver print, 1947

John “Dizzy” Gillespie 1918-1993 Born Cheraw, South Carolina Gelatin silver print, 1947

Born in Brooklyn, Gottlieb began photographing jazz musicians in 1938 to illustrate a weekly feature, “Swing Sessions,” that he wrote for The Washington Post.  Over the next decade he created almost 2,000 portraits of more than 250 musicians.

In The NewsRead about the Museum of Art’s Gottlieb exhibition in ArtDaily.

At this time he also had a regular jazz program at WRC Radio and served as an assistant editor for Down Beat magazine. Gottlieb’s black and white photographs are notable for their artistic originality and the intimate relationship he formed with many of his subjects.

In 1948, he retired from the jazz world in order to found a company that produced educational filmstrips. Gottlieb’s jazz photographs took on a new life after the publication in 1979 of his book The Golden Age of Jazz.

Further recognition came in 1995 when the Library of Congress purchased more than 1,600 of his negatives. While displays of modern prints from these negatives have been organized in the past, this exhibition at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art presents for the first time a large collection of vintage prints from the 1940s that Gottlieb and his family retained.

These images bring forward the leading jazz musicians of this era and tell the remarkable story of 52nd Street. A musical soundtrack accompanies the exhibition.

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Christine Parsons ’15′s Summer Job: Helping to Cure Cancer

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:59

christineparsonsFor the second summer in a row, Christine Parsons ’15 is working at Yale University’s Slack Lab, which studies the intricately linked processes of aging, cancer and development in the model organism C. elegans. In particular, the lab’s researchers are trying to better understand microRNAs, which are tiny regulatory molecules that control gene expression and are implicated in many diseases.

Parsons has a summertime grant from Bowdoin’s Career Planning office to fund her internship. Her grant, from the Bowdoin College Alumni Council, is one of several fellowships awarded to students who want to pursue interesting internships or projects around the world. Read the full story.

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On Happiness, Optimism, and Setting Goals (TED)

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:59

Smiley FaceSean Achor is a happiness expert. No, really. As CEO of Good Think and author of Before Happiness and The Happiness Advantage, he has devoted his life to researching positive psychology and its effective application. In a recent TED talk, Achor discussed how, contrary to the belief that success brings happiness, the brain works the other way around — meaning that being happy can make you more successful. So what are the mental obstacles that keep people “stuck in their ways”? From being irrationally optimistic to setting goals that are too far off in the future, this Q&A with Achor may bring you one step closer to happiness.

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For Profit For Good: Environmental Studies Students Explore Business World

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 13:04

Emil Gaal ’15 and Bridgett McCoy ’15

Big business is often blamed for environmental degradation, but two students are turning to the for-profit world to fulfill their ambitions to help the environment. This summer Emi Gaal ’15 is working for an international energy corporation — one that is building renewable energy plants. And Bridgett McCoy ’15 is working for a large commercial bank, but one founded on the mission to use “finance to deliver sustainable development for unserved people, communities and the environment.” Read the full story.

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How To Think About Your Thoughts (Scientific American)

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 13:02

TheThinker128What if metacognition — that is, the way we think about thinking — was just as important as the thinking itself? New research shows a connection between the beliefs people hold about their thoughts and anxiety disorders. For example, children with anxiety disorders were more likely to report both positive (“worrying helps me feel better”) and negative (“worrying might make me go crazy”) beliefs about worry than children without anxiety disorders. Scientists are now exploring the possibilities for metacognitive therapy in alleviating symptoms of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia.

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Where Temporary Exhibitions Go to Rest (Smithsonian)

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 13:01

Museum240Most of us have seen, at one time or another, a museum exhibition that blew us away. So why do museums change or take away some of their most beloved exhibitions? Other than the astoundingly large collections that some of these museums can boast, factors such as light sensitivity necessitate that objects be rotated in and out of the metaphorical spotlight. National Museum of American History intern Elisabeth Warsinske tells all.

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On Sorting Out Your Early-Life Crisis (Time)

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 13:00


If you find yourself starring in your own version of “The Young and the Directionless,” this one is for you. It may seem as though those around you have it all figured out, and that you’re the only one who hasn’t identified your passion and the ideal career path, but you are certainly not alone. Time magazine may be of some help, suggesting you can stop confusing what-you’ll-get-paid-for with what-you’re-into.” 

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Maggie Bryan ’15 Explores the Cultural Crossover Behind French Impressionism

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:55

Maggie Bryan ’15

You may be familiar with Japanese-French fusion in culinary terms, but who knew that those two countries are also connected in art history?

During the early 19th century, Japanese artworks such as fans, silks, kimonos and prints began trickling into France, where they inspired significant changes in French art – a topic on which Maggie Bryan ’15 is becoming something of an expert.

This summer, under the guidance of Assistant Professor of Art History Peggy Wang, Bryan is researching how impressionist and post-impressionist French painters were influenced by the woodblock prints of Utagawa Hiroshige, Katsushika Hokusai and other Japanese artists.

Read more about Bryan’s research on the Japanese influence behind French impressionism.

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The ‘Cognitive Price’ We Pay While Multitasking (Harvard Business Review)

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:32

Stressed business man  with two telephones is cryoing in officeIt’s easier to switch from task to task when everything is contained within a screen. Think about it: you wouldn’t drop everything and head to the grocery store each time you wanted or were out of a food item, would you? Unfortunately, switching back and forth between tasks to continuously stay connected through texts, emails, and more has a similar (although less visible) detriment to productivity. It can take as much as 20 minutes to reorient yourself to a focused task after a distraction, and allowing yourself to be casually distracted can knock you down as much as 10 IQ points. Giving yourself as little as 30 minutes of distraction-free time can make a huge impact on how much you accomplish.

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Gluten Free: Good or Goofy? (Washington Post)

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:30

Farmer holding grainIn case you haven’t heard, there’s a new health trend in town: people are avoiding gluten, a protein combination found in various grains, notably wheat. About 1% of Americans suffer from celiac disease, in which gluten causes problems in the small intestine, but others — about 10 times as many others — also maintain a gluten-free diet, claimimg numerous health benefits such as heightened energy levels.

On one hand, companies and gluten-free dieters alike are profiting from a myriad of increasingly delicious and varied gluten-free products. On the other hand, the gluten-free trend might lead people to take actual gluten intolerances and allergies less seriously. Read more from The Washington Post.

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Bowdoin College Breaks Ground on Maine’s Largest Solar Project

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 13:54
Solar panels line the roof of Sidney J. Watson Arena.

Solar panels line the roof of Sidney J. Watson Arena.

Bowdoin College has broken ground on a solar power complex that is to be seven times the size of the largest existing solar installation in the state.

The 1.2 megawatt complex, to be built partially on the former Brunswick Naval Air Station land acquired by the college, will include approximately 4,500 solar panels.

The project includes five solar installations. There will be rooftop systems on the Farley Field House, the Sidney J. Watson Arena, Greason Pool, and a residence hall located at 52 Harpswell Road, in addition to the 700-kW ground-mount installation on three acres owned by the college at the former Navy base.

“Our college is proud to be moving forward with this significant investment in clean and renewable solar energy,” said President Barry Mills. Read more about the project.

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Joseph Beninati ’87 to Announce at FIL World Championships (Lax Magazine)

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 13:53

Lacrosse128Joe Beninati ’87 will provide play-by-play commentary at the upcoming Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships in Denver, CO this July 10-19. The tournament features over 40 games played by teams from 38 countries. Beninati played goalie for Bowdoin’s lacrosse team from 1985 to 1987, and he holds the Bowdoin record for number of saves in a single season (263). He has the second highest number of saves in an individual game (32) which he achieved twice, against Bates and Middlebury. Beninati also maintains Bowdoin’s sixth highest career save percentage (.682).

Coverage of the FIL World Championships will be provided by ESPNU, ESPN2 and ESPN3; you can see the full schedule of games and broadcast coverage on Lax Magazine’s website.

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The Myth of the Lone Creative Genius (The Atlantic)

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 13:52

BeatlesThough Paul McCartney and John Lennon could be considered musical geniuses in their own right, there is no doubt their collaboration had an impact on the Beatles’ historically significant music. McCartney was organized, a mediator, a diplomat. Lennon was agitated, chaotic, darker. Their opposing perspectives may have made their recording sessions tense, but they contributed to the highly innovative and successful nature of the Beatles’ music.

Lennon and McCartney famously integrated songs they had separately written in “A Day In The Life,” and bounced lyrics off of each other for “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.” “I offered cellophane flowers and newspaper taxis,” Paul said, “and John replied with kaleidoscope eyes … We traded words off each other, as we always did.” The Atlantic goes in-depth on the power of creative partnership, in the Beatles and beyond.

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Twice As Much Pi in One Day (Scientific American)

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 13:52

Ever heard of Tau? Hint: you can’t serve it a la mode. Tau is a mathematical measurement equivalent to twice the value of pi. Mathematicians have recently been debating the relative merit of tau vs. pi, considering that the radius (rather than the diameter) is often the important measurement and is mostly associated with 2π rather than pi alone. In other fields of mathematics beyond the geometry of circles, such as Riemann zeta functions, Gaussian distributions, roots of unity, integrating over polar coordinates and pretty much anything involving trigonometry, pi is preceded with a 2 more often than not – one reason why Tauist argue that we should celebrate Tau instead. While Pi Day (March 14th, i.e. 3/14) may be officially recognized by Congress, be sure to remember Tau on June 28 (6/28) next year.

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Hari Kondabolu ’04 on Facing Fear (Studio 360)

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 13:27
Hari Kondabolu '04. Photo by Karsten Moran '05.

Hari Kondabolu ’04. Photo by Karsten Moran ’05.


Stand-up comedian and Bowdoin grad Hari Kondabolu recently joined Jennifer Egan and Andrew Bird at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in a show discussing different types of fears — the one that keep us on track and the ones that make us want to hide under the covers. He pokes a little fun at himself in the process: “I remember my father working seven days a week, sending me to college, and telling me, ‘Waste this. If you come back a doctor or a lawyer, it’s like killing me.’” Kondabolu’s biggest fear? Saying things the wrong way.

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TED Talks Turns Eight (TED)

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 13:27
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Assistant Professor of Art Alicia Eggert gives a talk at TED2013 in Long Beach, Calif. (Photo credit: Ryan Lash)

Happy eighth online birthday to the series of lectures that continuously boggles the mind. The aim of TED talks is to spread ideas on all subjects, from linguistics to mental disorders, from physics to life satisfaction. Speakers aim to transmit their messages in 18 minutes or less, at conferences across the globe. The first conference took place in 1984, and in late June 2006, TED put its first six videos up online. It has since expanded to include TEDx, independently organized events that take place at universities, high schools, and more. In honor of the anniversary of its online presence, the TED site has published a list of the first six videos it ever uploaded to the web (now six among over 1700), which are full of ideas that are still relevant today.

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Girls and Coding: An Inspirational Cause for 3D Printing (Fortune)

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 13:26

girl child playing with ipad 128Shapeways 3D printing company has increased its employee base to help with Google’s Made with Code initiative. After disclosing that a mere 30% of Google employees are female, Google has created this program to get more girls interested in science and technology at a young age. Spokeswomen include Chelsea Clinton and Mindy Kaling, as well as organizations such as Seventeen Magazine and Girl Scouts. Shapeways 3D will expand and use four of EOS’s largest 3D printers to allow daily printing of 8,000 bracelets coded by girls. Shapeways CEO Peter Weijmarshausen hopes the initiative will encourage girls to create and run their own Shapeway shops in the future.

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How To Undo A Digital ‘Oops’ (PureWow)

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 13:20

Computer-rage256So you sent an email by mistake. And a text. And maybe forgot to include some important hashtags in your latest Instagram caption. Never fear: there are more ways to undo things online than you think. Did you know that both Gmail and Microsoft Outlook have “retract message” features? You can even recover a group of accidentally closed tabs with a quick Ctrl+Shift+T. Check out these tips and more in a slideshow from PureWow.

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