Daily Archives: July 9, 2011

Today’s Quotation: Miguel de Cervantes – On Love’s Character


 Miguel de Cervantes

Love is invisible, and comes in and goes out as he likes, without anyone calling him to account for what he does. (from Don Quixote of La Mancha–CHAPTER LV–(Part two, 1615).)

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Discuss

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Today’s Birthday (July 9):Franz Boas (1858)


Franz Boas (1858)

Boas was a German-American anthropologist. Trained in physics, he was part of an early scientific expedition to Baffin Island, where he turned to studying Eskimo culture. He is largely credited with establishing anthropology as an academic discipline in the US, and his achievements in anthropology are virtually unrivaled. It is largely because of his work that anthropologists today attribute human differences to cultural, rather than genetic, factors. Who were some of his famous students? More… Discuss

Today in History: Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans Exhibition Opens (1962)


Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans Exhibition Opens (1962)

One of the most influential artists of the late 20th century, Warhol began painting in the late 1950s and received sudden notoriety in 1962, when he exhibited 32 silkscreened paintings of Campbell’s soup cans in a California art gallery. The blatantly mundane content of the exhibition ran contrary to the abstract expressionist aesthetic of the time and generated much controversy, establishing Warhol as the leading exponent of the pop art movement. How did the soup cans differ from one another? More… Discuss