Hoffman, Ann Arbor Michigan, Derek discussed on Speaking of Art


One Hoffman coming to you live from the whims studios on Packard road in beautiful Ann Arbor Michigan and I'm really really glad that Derek played the bumper music there from last of the Mohicans to Estephan our backs in the face of uncertain times but we are going to get through this and I'm hoping it's going to be sooner rather than later everything's closing for at least two weeks I don't know he usually with the server thing you you're sure like to tack in people that there's a turning of the tide and they've accepted it okay we're dealing with it and many times that's the beginning of the roll back and I'm hoping that we'll be able to detect that maybe in the next next few days but I really appreciate your listening today giving me a corner of your weekend also thank you very much for all your communications regarding the same color to interviews which normally does not happen in radio but I had so much great material from Sam Cutler the legendary rock and roll tour manager of the Grateful Dead the rolling stones the organizer of the festival express tour across Canada in the summer of nineteen seventy which we're celebrating but along with many other things the great artists band Janis Joplin Buddy Guy so many others the rolling stones talked about their their tour and Sam had been with us twice before but he had never given me an hour and a half of his time calling from Australia where he lives and travels around in that bus but that was a little bit kind of a an offbeat kind of show I even for me and speaking of art I put in some added material because he has a wonderful blog post and chores around on the bus and has so many things to say as somebody told me he's got his humor and his time is better than the money pi fonts and I agree and thank you everybody for your emails and for the calls that I received saying that you enjoyed that show it was a labor of love it was a lot have fun and I must say Sam is my excuse of I can ever say that I'm cool that's it I was able to talk again with same color so if you're listening Sam thank you very very much well I say a big thank you very very much to the Kelsey museum of archaeology and I'll tell you why we're talking about that this wonderful luncheon museum at the university of Michigan along with the university of Michigan museum of art the two best known museums they satisfy both different and similar cultural impulses are in us by the way the address is L. essay for the school of literature science and the arts LSA dot you mash you M. I. C. H. dot EDU forward slash Kelsey K. E. L. Essie why which is really all you need to know just putting Kelsey museum of archaeology and you'll get it this is kind of the reason I got into the art world and it may be you share this too I wasn't drawn to it because of great scholarship in the fine arts I wasn't it was I wasn't attracted say to gallery culture right away I was introduced to it at an early age but that's not what really made me stick with stick was I found the it would make a mistake was that that that that I found the union between my historical interests and the art the artifacts that were around that were excessive all to me and so the Kelsey is a very very good example of how you can be introduced to something you have that affirmation in a building in a number of collections that immediately taps something that's it's been on your mind it's enhanced your whole life your love of history you look at the history books in school or go online and you're looking at images and my god that's absolutely beautiful it's considered an artifact but it's a work of art it's a fragment I'm thinking of the beautiful Roman of the foot I think it on sandal foot there at the Kelsey and its permit collection all it is it's a broken foot life size part probably the on a statue of a of a god possibly you know maybe it got us up on a pedestal this is all that is just a fragment of that where the rest of it is maybe somewhere else maybe you know destroyed the beauty in just that segment of the peace is overwhelming almost and I look at that beautiful pace and you know often when I go up there all right when one second floor in the Upjohn when we're most of the classical art is captain the beautiful Barossa watercolors of the avail of the mysteries and talk about that more detail in a little bit you come into contact with or you have an audience with Rome's first emperor Augustus and I've written about this in my own website it's speaking of art daca speaking of art online dot com and read about it maybe a few years ago and every time I go there I feel obligated to see about since it's almost like on your back in Detroit during the fifties and sixties now and he is he's got to go into the the diner where in Greek town where the mafia head in that neighborhood is you just you don't really need anything just going up to pay your respects why every time I go to the Kelsey I feel I have to pay my respects to Augusta so I go up stairs in this head is looking at me from the time I come up the stairs and die what is great about the sculptures and again it is just the head it's probably part of a four piece which again is is is is lost a full length but we have this magnificent head which of course the description of puts it as the the prima Porta model of the most famous of a statue of the emperor Augustus is the one wearing his clearest his armor in the Vatican collections in Rome and this came to America in two thousand three maybe you saw there would just go online just put in the prima Porter P. R. I. M. A. Porter P. O. R. T. A. it was found in a villa that was owned by his consort Lydia hello Mister Claudine came from a very old Roman family so I was kind of like a real union when they landed senatorial Claudia's would would done you don't marry a member of the Julian family of course said progress is being the great nephew Julius Caesar and eventual inheritor of the empire and creating the empire you know from the ashes of the Roman Republic but it was found in the garden of her villa I and it was a sensation that along with the Apollo Belvedere an absolute sensation in terms of Roman sculpture and by large wonderful condition I mean the decorations on the breast plate that Augustus is wearing it shows the restoration of the standards that were lost in fifty three BC in the massacre out in the desert by the Parthians and crosses the sun in the legions they're surrounded what was called just simply a whirlwind of Sandon arrows taken by surprise lured out and did that the did the desert they were completely you know the first day of the time and and running low on on their supplies they were attacked over a long period of time and finally just in massacred in it took many years for those are Roman standards of the regimental standards to be returned to Rome so they were like sacred objects that were out of Roman hands they were in the hands of the Parthians for a long time until August this was able to negotiate their return that was a big her rope thing a big piece of propaganda and it's right there on his breast plate if you look at the face of Augustus there it sets the stage for the formula of a Roman Emperor not only justice but his successors successors for a good number of decades and then leave and come back again during the time of Hadrian's second century and then during I think also maybe one of the greatest periods of Roman sculpture the Antony period and what comes up to the Severin period from about one sixty one fifty one sixty all the way to about two twenty to thirty a day where you have new technologies coming in there the drilling a fax the use of shadow with a brings the sculptures absolutely fantastic the detailed hair and everything when you you see the progression of Roman sculpture over that hundred fifty years it's it's absolutely incredible but the prima Porta Augusta set the stage for that for a lot for a long time what's great about the Kelsey's version is that we've got the formula we have the locks separated above I think the right off by and that's done over and over again after that but what you have in the Augusta head in the Kelsey you've got the face not of a man in his twenties of a man of about maybe thirty five and you see the lines beginning in his cheeks you see the furrows in his brow you see the cold stare of his eyes in the firm's set mouth there's some damage I think that in the chin it's there was damage berry for a long time but what is there let you realize what's the old saying that national leaders usually are nice people now they they can be celebrated you know for being great humanists and for their erudition and and in their beneficence and all that to the common good but in the nitty gritty of politics and war they're usually not nice people you see that in the face of Augusta this was the man who bonds with Marc Antony before they had their civil war drew up the prescription lists of those people senators who were not supporters who would simply be visited by their agents later I think of the Pretoria guard but there officers from the other regiments with them and simply stabbed in their own houses they were just taken and just simply executed every time there was a change you had that type of a program against people who are not your support is what happened the Cicero with Mark Antony Antony hated Cicero and so it's a big deal going down the street one day in his letter there's a commotion behind East Texas had Alaniz the has it had cut off but one of Antony's men it was not a good time if you were on the wrong side of historical change we try to go about your business in you get that impression when you look at that fabulous head of Augustus in the Kelsey museum I don't know another example anywhere else I remember going into the Vatican collections and being of the PM tour that I was given with the curator there and I swear it looked like a triage center in a hospital it was like some sort of horrible thing had happened to sculptures and they were all coming to the Vatican they were lining the halls two and three deep they were filling the rooms they had more sculpture than they know they knew what to deal with and I I pointed it wanna Astor is that Antoninus Pius the amber from the mid second century and she said could god who knows we have so many we can't even keep track of them right well all those types of sculptures never one with the photographic accuracy the psychological penetration that I see there on the Kelsey with the head of a cost us there to one of my favorites if you proceed just beyond Agustus you have also an emperor who like to be depicted as he was I think of what Cromwell said one of his painters they said paint me warts and all that's where we get that expression well the emperor Vespasian who finally settles things down after the the year the five members after Nero commit suicide risk I think he commits suicide everybody basically leaves them in the palace and I think he has one of his freedman or slaves yeah I do that the code gras he has nowhere to go portero I mean such miss rules such such over confidence thinking that that things would not change what's amazing about Roman history when you when you think of the end of that monarchy how it evolved how many of the bad emperors kept forgetting what happened to their predecessors with the Pretoria is running rampant massacre in their families whatever their sassy they really didn't learn that quickly hi and it's it's it's really remarkable history affects some of the greatest excavations are going on now and have been for the last fifteen years or so are the excavations of the imperial palace complex in Rome right there at the foot of the forum when you visit there when I was there the last time they were in open now the revealing rooms or they think that that events took place you can see the unfolding a history of the palaces as they were built destroyed rebuilt it's absolutely remarkable that what's been going on around the Coliseum the dough mystery of the palace that Nero built in his last years which was largely destroyed by the space in with them and having the Coliseum built there but still there are rooms that have been excavated and they are revealing anesthetic a Roman imperial a static during the mid first century AD which is co right it's quite extraordinary we have wonderful examples of this at the Kelsey museum of archaeology here at the U. of them again and that is wonderful freeze from of a temple the entrance to a temple which is there I think it's kind of like a Gus is altar of peace this is I think if I'm remembering correctly similar to that probably celebrating the end of the civil wars the new dynasty the voice of the Flavian dynasty with the space in one of the greatest generals probably best general on it in the Empire at that time he takes over establishes a new dynasty you see the spacing and surrounded by a fortune and other Roman gods his men generals that sort of thing what's interesting about that freeze by the way and I.

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