Puget Sound English Department

June 25, 2009

NEWSWEEK Prognosticates Exhibits of Art

the-whitney-museum(The Whitney Museum, New York)

The June 15, 2009, issue of Newsweek--with guest-editor Stephen Colbert–features an articled by Cathleen McGuigan on the famous and infamous “Elgin” marbles (sculpture) which were taken from Greece and are now housed in the British Museum. As one might imagine, Greece wants the marbles back, and the very name, “Elgin marbles,” is contested.

Meanwhile, as that issue unfolds slowly over the decades, the unnamed “Prognosticator” at the end of the article takes note of the following art-exhibits-to-come:

–An exhibit of Georgia O’Keefe’s abstract painting–not the famous flowers and skulls, as the Prog notes, but “undulating, sunset-hued” abstracts. When? In about 3 months. Where? The Whitney in New York.

–An exhibit called “The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire,” featuring “newly excavated material.”  The exhibit will help celebrate Mexico’s bicentennial. When? In about a year. Where? The Getty Villa in Malibu.

–An exhibit of portraits of Elvis Presley–“from the sublime (Warhol) to the saccharine (Cowan).”  When? In about 6 months, to coincide roughly with Elvis Presley’s 75th birthday, thank-you-very-much. Where? National Portrait Gallery, D.C.

The article and prognostications appear on pages 62-63 in Newsweek.


June 14, 2009

Alum Is Prolific Film-maker

billy collins(Photo: Poet Billy Collins)

Joe La Sac, a 2008 graduate of Puget Sound, is a prolific director and producer of short documentary, dramatic, and artistic films.  La Sac uploads many of the films to Youtube, and some have been viewed tens of thousands of times. Many of the films focus on political and social issues & events, such as anti-war protests (including the Port of Tacoma protest) and the Republican National Convention.  La Sac has also created films based on poems by Billy Collins and on a poem by English Department professor Hans Ostrom (“Emily Dickinson and Elvis Presley in Heaven”).  In addition, La Sac writes a blog about political and economic issues; it’s called “Utopia or Bust” and appears on WordPress.com.  Here is a link to La Sac’s site on Youtube: