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Sistine Chapel of the Ancients

Every once in a while, an article pops up on my librarian’s screen, and I just have to click it. Such was the case for this Guardian article about recently discovered Ice Age rock art! “Hailed as the Sistine Chapel of the ancients, archaeologists have found tens of thousands of paintings of animals and humans created up to 12,500 years ago across cliff faces that stretch across nearly eight miles in Colombia.”

The rock art of La Lindosa Guavire in Colombia’s Chiribiquete National Park. Image: Judith Trujillo Téllez, Investigador Gipri, Colombia.

It’s not everyday that you spot something in the news that you know will impact the fields of art history, anthropology, archaeology, and biology – to name just a few; they’ve already discovered images of now-extinct animals, and there is so much more to learn!

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History Detectives: Sleuthing for Local History!

History Detective graphicThis is your official “heads up” about the most well-attended FREE local history event of the year!  History Detectives is scheduled for:

  • Saturday, January 19, 2019,
  • 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
  • GR Public Library – Main, 111 Library St NE

This day-long event is made up of 6 programs on local history. Come for one or all of the programs – but ARRIVE EARLY to get a seat!  Presented by area historians and members of historical and cultural organizations – including our own GRCC Librarian, Sophia Ward Brewer –  2019 topics include:

  • Lawrence C. Earle is Grand Rapids’ First Artist (Don Bryant)
  • Undercurrent: African American Women in Turn-of-the-Twentieth Century Grand Rapids (Sophia Ward Brewer)
  • What Did they Know and When Did they Know it?: Grand Rapids and the Holocaust (Rob Franciosi)
  • Hot Spots in a Cool City: Evening Entertainment in Grand Rapids, 1940-1970 (M. Christine Bryon)
  • Fresh Air, thrift, Exercise, and Innocent Delight: School Gardening Programs in Progressive Era Grand Rapids (Jason Otto)
  • WWII: When Patriotism Was the Norm (Sandra Warren)

All events are free and open to the public. Space is limited and seating is offered first come, first served. There will be an overflow room available with simulcast video presentation. A boxed lunch is available for purchase. Email rsvp@grpl.org to purchase a lunch.  Take a look at the 2019 History Detective brochure, too!

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Happy Birthday, Pablo Picasso!

Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, 1907

By Marcia Lee
Library Serials Specialist

Today marks the 130th birthday of Pablo Picasso. To celebrate, here are 10 facts you don’t may not know about Picasso:

  1. His full name was Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso.
  2. After moving to Paris in 1900, Picasso was so poverty stricken that he burned many of his paintings just to keep himself warm.
  3. . In 1905, Picasso’s work began to pick up when Gertrude Stein exhibited his work in her apartment and it was there that he met Henri Matisse – who eventually became his friend & competitor.
  4. Picasso’s first art exhibit was at age 13, in the back of an umbrella store.
  5. Picasso made a cameo appearance in the movie Testament of Orpheus by Jean Cocteau.
  6. In 1944, Picasso joined the French Communist party & went on to receive the Lenin Peace Prize.
  7. Picasso’s varied influences motivated his different periods: blue, rose, African-influenced, Cubism, Surrealism and Classicism.
  8. Picasso died on April 8th 1973, at the age of 91, in his home in France while entertaining guests at dinner.
  9. Although Picasso’s paintings are probably the most widely known pieces of his, Pablo also dabbled in printmaking, sculpting, & ceramics.
  10. Picasso was a ladies man! He was married twice, had 4 children with 3 different women, & countless mistresses during his lifetime.

The library has tons of other resources on Picasso, Matisse and their contemporaries in the Cubist, Surrealist and Modernism art movements.

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