A basketball player with a passion for history

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I was fascinated to learn that former NBA basketball player Chris Webber has a significant and important collection of African-American documents, books, photos, and more. His collection includes a first edition book of Phillis Wheatley’s “Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral,” published in 1773. The collection also contains a program autographed by Dr. Martin […]

A mural in Rensselaer seems to be filled with celebrities

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I while back I enjoyed walking around the Riverfront Park in Rensselaer, New York, where there are numerous murals painted on the concrete supports for the highway that runs overhead. Looking back at the pictures, this one struck me today: as you look at the various faces, do any of them look familiar to you? […]

Chattyfeet Giveaway with Artsology

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We have a ChattyFeet #giveaway going on now! For a chance to win the “Famous Artists Socks Gift Set,” please follow these instructions: 1. Like @theartsologist and @chattyfeet pages on Facebook. 2. Reply to the Facebook post about the giveaway with who is your favorite artist from this gift set and why. The characters include: […]

Finding a Van Gogh painting on the curbside in Bushwick

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I went out to Bushwick in Brooklyn today to look around and check out all of the street art … but within a minute or two of parking my car, before I really got started exploring, I happened upon this Van Gogh painting (or rather, a well-done replica) sitting on the curbside. It was a […]

Public art featuring a giant beard meant for climbing

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Friedrich Engels was a German philosopher, social scientist, journalist, and businessman who worked with Karl Marx in developing Marxist theory. He’s also the inspiration for a giant 16 foot-tall sculpture of his head (and significant beard) meant for climbing, located at the University of Salford in Manchester, England. The sculpture was conceived and created by […]