I’m Bernadette, a recent Stanford grad in Management Science & Engineering with a minor in Art History. I’m passionate about the many intersections of technology, entrepreneurship, business, creativity, and artistic expression. Seeing the positive impact art can have on people’s daily lives, Art Snap is a labor of love to make art and culture quick, easy, and accessible to busy people like you.
I learned a lot of really cool and random stuff in those Art History classes. Each class was a mini stay-cation. The lights would go out, you were transported to far-flung times and places like ancient Rome or medieval Japan, and it was just you and enormous Powerpoint images of the most beautiful objects and spaces human civilization has created. I was surprised to learn that so much of that is interconnected with life today – from politics to pop culture, from murals you walk by daily to food and music.
Given that ancient Rome is kind of… over… what now? You’re busy saving the world in 100 other ways – curing patients, making sure we drive electric vehicles, starting a company, doing important things suit-wearing people do – and don’t have time to take an Art History class, read an enormous coffee table book, or click through Wikipedia. Art Snap aims to:
- Package info about art and culture for you in a way that is quick and easy to understand
- Tie all that info to your life – highlight art you may have encountered from past travels (or in future ones), enable you to be reasonably conversant about art (52 weeks/yr –> in just a few months, you will be familiar with numerous works of art from different locations and periods of time!), point out street art or monuments you may pass by on a daily basis, etc.
- Challenge you to look more closely at the world around you
Art Snap aims to be a starting point for you to learn more about the stuff that interests you the most. Art Snap does not aim to be the comprehensive authority on knowledge of art and culture. There are lots of well-respected experts around who have studied this for years; for each numbered point I mention about each work of art, there are probably 100 books of academic discourse or art reviews surrounding that work. Art Snap is like an “icebreaker,” and it’s up to you to choose the direction you want to take the “conversation.” I’ve listed a few resources in the “Learn More” section, but this is just the tip of the iceberg of what’s out there for you to discover.
The classes I have taken for my minor in Art History provide a framework upon which I explore specific works of art. Janson’s History of Art, assigned my Art History 1 class at Stanford as a textbook, provides much information. In addition, the posts are informed by books from the Stanford’s Art History Library and the Education resources available on numerous museums’ websites. The pop culture references come from various online sources and I usually link to the respective sources within the post. As I had mentioned above, Art Snap is intended as a starting point for exploring art and more resources are available here.
I would really appreciate your feedback, comments, and ideas on how to improve Art Snap, just email me at bernadette at artsnap dot org. I’m taking an experimental approach to creating these newsletters, making changes as per your feedback, seeing what “sticks” and what doesn’t, to make this more useful for you.
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