Smarthistory is a must for art lovers and those interested in art history. This free site was set up as an alternative to expensive art history textbooks. The presentation is great and it’s a very user friendly site, with art separated by artist, style, theme, and time period.

One of the coolest aspects of the site is the many videos that discuss an artist or piece; nearly 200! They also have a great blog. A large amount of art history is covered in some depth, the site is well worth exploring.


Art Melt 2009

Art Melt is taking place on Friday July 10, 6:30pm-10pm in and around the Shaw Center in downtown Baton Rouge. This is the sixth year that the event has taken place. Art Melt is not just an art show but an evening full of music, performance and a great atmosphere. Last year over 6000 people attended and it’s fun to see downtown buzzing.

Art Melt 2009

Some of the performers include DJ OttO, Bayou Shimmy belly dancers, The Michael Foster Project, Chris Shearman. Plus you’ll see the Red Stick Roller Derby team skating around. There’s an art’s market and lots of cool stalls. There is so much going on, too much to list here. Don’t miss it!              


Alley Oop: 75 Years of the Comic World of VT Hamlin

Those of a “certain age” (and those who are younger) remember Alley Oop, the caveman from Moo who was dropped in the modern world in 1939. As kids, we loved the time-traveling, muscle-bound caveman and the oversized club he carried; as adults we love the satire imbued within the strip.

Alley Oop: 75 years of the Comic World of VT Hamlin

Alley Oop celebrated 75 years in August 2008 and the University of Missouri Libraries Special Collections, draws back into the world of Alley Oop through this series of essays and well-selected examples of Hamlin’s work.

Alley Oop is cool — check out this exhibit.

Color Chart: Reinventing Color

Color Chart: Reinventing Color 1950 to Today from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is a journey into the use of color in art. The works of forty-four artists including Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol are presented in luminous high quality.  Each image is accompanied by a description of the piece and details of its background (also available in audio).

The collection can be browsed by timeline, artist or by medium. The mediums represented include photographs, sculptures, installations and paintings. It’s a fascinating and vivacious online exhibit. Enjoy!