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Monday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 30 Aug 2010 7:53 AM

Today in the roundup: Reading the Mayans, remembering 9/11 and scenes from the coast.


I’VE SEEN FIRE AND I’VE SEEN RAIN: “Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea” opened at the Kimbell Art Museum over the weekend. The exhibition looks into the Mayan’s deep connection to water. The pieces in the show are full of iconography that point out this connection, which is great if you know how to read Mayan icons. If you don’t, don’t worry – Jennifer Casler Price, the Kimbell’s curator for Asian and non-Western art, spoke with about what all the symbols mean. Handy reading for before you go to the show.

CAUGHT ON TAPE: This month marks the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. (I know, not our favorite anniversary, either.) And even though it’s been more than a decade since that dark day, there’s still more to be learned from what happened. Michael Eidenmuller, a professor at the University of Texas at Tyler, has built an online exhibition called “Rhetoric of 9/11.” The most notable part of the collection is a video called September 11, 2001 — As It Happened — The South Tower Attack, which collects observers’ reactions to the attack as it was happening. The New York Times Magazine spent some time thinking about the subject on Sunday, and writer Virginia Heffernan says, “The fact that the video represents an online excerpt of a film montage of digitally edited clips of television broadcasts of audio and video feeds means it’s almost pure art, editing and framing — a piece of rhetoric itself.”

COASTING ALONG: Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer. That means no more trips to the beach to soak up the sun. (Of course, we know there’ll be plenty of sun from now ’til November, but that’s besides the point.) To get you ready for the weekend, the Amon Carter blog has posted some of its favorite modern scenes of the coast from its permanent collection. Ralston Crawford’s Overseas Highway is particularly nice.