Marilyn Carbonell, the popular and personable head of Library Services at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Spencer Art Reference Library, is leaving the post she began in 2006 to enjoy a well-earned retirement. It’s a milestone for the museum: “Marilyn significantly expanded the role of the Spencer Art Reference Library regionally, nationally and internationally,” said Carbonell’s supervisor, Anne Manning, director of Education and Interpretive Programs.
In July 1814, 16-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin departed her home in England and travelled to France with the already married poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley. Two years later, during the summer of 1816, they took up residence in Geneva, Switzerland, where, housebound by abnormally low temperatures that earned 1816 the epithet, “the year without a summer,” their companion George Gordon (Lord) Byron, suggested that the group engage in writing ghost stories.
It’s a good bet that Anne Boyer wouldn’t frame her recent success in clichéd terms. As an acclaimed poet and essayist, it’s unlikely that she would resort to such shopworn language as “the sky’s the limit” in reference to her ascending literary reputation. Or, for that matter, “the possibilities are endless.” Nonetheless, the future looks bright — there goes another cliché — for Boyer, an assistant professor of liberal arts at the Kansas City Art Institute.
David McCullough spent nearly a decade on site at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum researching for his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Truman, the definitive study of the life of Harry Truman. Now, decades later, he will be honored at the 19th annual Wild About Harry event, a fundraising dinner benefiting the presidential library and […]
The Bobos book club can’t help but call attention to itself. For starters, the club’s 14 members belie their well-educated, professionally accomplished backgrounds by calling themselves Bobos. Even club founder Phil Smith, a 67-year-old retired advertising creative director and writer, concedes that the offbeat sobriquet may call to mind “nuts” or “clowns,” although that’s hardly the intent.
Artists have often explored connections across disciplines, resulting in work that can be as surprising as it is provocative — from theater director Julie Taymor and U2 bandmates Bono and The Edge collaborating on the troubled but intriguing musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” to actress Tilda Swinton reclining in a glass box as part of an exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.