Heads of Hadrian

I’ve been thinking quite a bit recently about the various identities objects carry with them. Specifically, LGBTQ identities have been on my mind. There’s one in particular that I’ve been pondering; Hadrian’s. His face is on the cover on the big gay book of big gay museum objects. Ok, so maybe it’s not so big….

Hockney at Tate and the British Museum

Now is a very good time to be a David Hockney fan.  The Bigger Splash painter is starring in a major retrospective exhibition at Tate Britain, has a small but significant showing of his Cavafy prints at the British Museum and back at Tate Britain, Hockney is playing a supporting role in Queer British Art. All…

Night in the Museum at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

You would be forgiven for immediately jumping to the conclusion that this post is about a film franchise starring Ben Stiller. It is not. There is a subtle difference in the title (for copyright reasons one wonders?). You might think that this piece is about an over night event at the big museum in The…

Recasting: The Museum of Classical Archaeology

I’ve written at length about my love for the Museum of Classical Archaeology in Cambridge. Recently, I was able to travel back up to this gem of a museum to check out their new exhibition: Recasting. Space-wise, the museum presents a challenge: it is one room, how can you mount an exhibition? The solution is…

Contemporary Art Hamburger

Yes, “Contemporary Art hamburger.” Or maybe not. Maybe my foreign language skills are starting to falter a little bit. What else could Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum fur Gegenwart mean other than “Contemporary Art Hamburger”? Oh, wait a minute: in a former life, the space was a train station taking passengers to and from Hamburg and now…

LOLCats: Teh Exhibishun

Oh Hai! If you can haz an internet connection, chances are you’re familiar with the online phenomenon that is teh LOLCat. Until this week I thought everyone knew what a LOLCat was, but to my astonishment I found myself on more than one occasion explaining about cute pictures of kittehs with badly spelled captions. Why are…