RADIOACTIVE: MARIE & PIERRE CURIE A TALE OF LOVE AND FALLOUT
(It Books 2010)
Wednesday, March 30, 7PM
192 Tenth Avenue at 21st Street
New York, NY 10011
In 1891, 24 year old Marie, née Marya Sklodowska, moved from Warsaw to Paris, where she found work in the laboratory of Pierre Curie, a scientist engaged in research on heat and magnetism. They fell in love. They took their honeymoon on bicycles. They expanded the periodic table, discovering two new elements with startling properties, radium and polonium. They recognized radioactivity as an atomic property, heralding the dawn of a new scientific era. They won the Nobel Prize. Newspapers mythologized the couple’s romance, beginning articles on the Curies with “Once upon a time . . . ” Then, in 1906, Pierre was killed in a freak accident. Marie continued their work alone. She won a second Nobel Prize in 1911, and fell in love again, this time with the married physicist Paul Langevin. Scandal ensued. Duels were fought.
In the century since the Curies began their work, we’ve struggled with nuclear weapons proliferation, debated the role of radiation in medical treatment, and pondered nuclear energy as a solution to climate change. In Radioactive, Lauren Redniss links these contentious questions to a love story in 19th Century Paris.
Seating is limited, please call 212.255.4022 to make reservations.
Books purchased at the reading will be signed by the author!
Parsons Illustration Adjunct Faculty member Mike Perry passed along some rad details about a pop-up shop he’s hosting, which features his work as well as work by a host of other amazing artists and illustrators (including another Parsons Illustration adjunct, Josh Cochran!). Here’s the word:
I am planning a pop-up / open studio sale here in my studio starting next saturday the 27th – Dec. 1st. Here are all the details!
I am going to transform my studio into a gallery / shop for the opening of my week long pop-up shop. The doors open on Saturday the 27th at 10am. This year’s sale is going to be overflowing with amazing prints, zines, books, tee shirts, original drawings, and so much more from some of your favorite designers, illustrators, artists.
This years will include work by Justin Fines, Sonnenzimmer, Josh Cochran, Jim Stoten, Luke Ramsey, Jim Datz, Me, and so many more.
November 27th – December 1st
10am – 5pm
925 Bergen Street Suite 308
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Btwn. Franklin and Classon
Don’t miss it, everyone! Stock up on holiday gifts you can get nowhere else, plus definitely grab something for yourself.
Art Book Swap New York
February 6, 2010 from Noon to 5pm
The Museum of Modern Art
Cullman Education and Research Building
4 West 54th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
Free and open to the public/ Bring your art books and swap one-for-one with hundreds of donated art books.
For more information about the Art Book Swap event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organized by Regency Arts Press Ltd. and New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art Library.
This is a pretty rad video, created by Apt Studio–it uses over a thousand books and took almost a month to film. You can check out stills from the production here. You can also see time lapse footage of individual scenes here. Neat stuff, indeed.
Back in early May, I had the privilege of flying out to Italy to participate in the Torino International Book Fair. Several students along with myself submitted book projects that were collected by the department which were then selected by the well-known Italian art and design publisher, Corraini. In addition to Parsons School of Design, the MFA School of Visual Arts, the Estonian Academy of Arts, the School of Design Hongik University of Seoul and the Instituto Europeo de Design were other art and design institutions that participated in the fair.
Here is a recap of my three day trip…
Over at Panels and Pixels, Chris Mautner has posted an enlightening interview with Monte Schultz, the son of legendary comic artist & Peanuts creator Charles Schulz. They discussed the recent release of David Michaelis’ biography about Charles Schulz and the controversy over how the artist was portrayed. Here’s a brief excerpt:
Q: Ok, so let me read to you a little bit of a quote Michaelis gave to me that didn’t make my story. “How could I write a book about a comic strip genius, how could he not be perceived as a complex person? Maybe it’s an overly complex portrait. Maybe it should be simplified. I should have stepped back and let the sun shine in and lighten up a little. That may be an area where the book could have been greater.”
A: Yeah, I think that if he had let dad … this is something we talked about 10 months ago when we first saw the book. If he had just let dad’s life reveal itself, and it’s interesting because David uses this line, “a live reveals.” But he doesn’t do that in this book. He doesn’t allow a life to be revealed. He makes judgements, he interprets, he mythologyzes, he psychoanalizes. David really didn’t have an interest in telling dad’s life story. He had an interest in analyzing dad’s life and that’s different. Because in doing that he becomes very selective with his wiritng. And I think that’s where the error of the book is.
Yeah, he should have simplified this whole thing. You know what he ought to have done, he ought to have taken himself of the book. If David had removed himself and just let dad’s life reveal itself then he could have alowed his readers to make their own interpretations. In fact, David tells you what to think. He is just not content to let the story reveal itself.
Read the entire text of Chris’s interview here. Other reviews & reactions to the book can be found here & here.
(Image by Charles Schulz, courtesy of United Media)