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12 article(s) for March 2012

  • As Rick continues to process his photographs (they'll need more work back in Denver), we thought we would share some more with you so that you can again see the results of his many talents. Today, we send along five photographs: a close-up of the face of the old man in Balilaika…
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  • Rick and I finished our work with the Konvalenko family today! Rick took photographs of another sculpture, Balilaika Player, which has the oldest character we've seen in the collection. He's a jolly old man, with bony figures and a lively disposition. His face is really expressive, and Konoval…
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  • Today Rick faced the biggest photography challenge to date, with two really big pieces (photos will follow soon) and three smaller pieces. The Painter is not a typical Konovalenko sculpture -- note the figure is static, not dynamic. The Fisherman is more dynamic, having just lost the big one t…
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  • Today I conducted more interviews with Ms. Konovalenko, focusing on the Museum's sculptures and family archives. Rick took photographs of a Fisherman statue and various clay sculptures that Konovalenko used as models for the stone sculptures. Note the rabbit -- the pencil marks …
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  • We just finished our first day of work with the Konovalenko family. I conducted two hours of oral history with Anna Konovalenko, the artist's wife; Rick Wicker photographed two clay models of sculptures in the DMNS collection. The photos above include overviews of Sauna I: The Thin a…
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  • I first read about Dr. Carolyn Dong (now Shore) in one of my very favorite nerd guilty-pleasures, a publication by the American Society for Microbiology called MICROBE (see this link for more MICROBE madness). When I looked her up on her advisor's website, I was stoked to see this:…
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  • Publication dates seem to have become meaningless. We could buy books at Christmas 2011 with the publication date 2012. In November 2011 we already received journal issues of February 2012. Presenting us with false publication dates is not only annoying when it comes to determining intellectua…
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  • The Konovalenko Project team is off to Europe to work with Ms. Anna Konovalenko! Since her husband Vasily's untimely death in 1989, Ms. Konovalenko has worked tirelessly to enhance her husband's legacy and help the world enjoy his art. While museum photographer Rick Wicker takes high quality …
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  • Figgins and Reinheimer in the Field - c. 1913-1933

    Museum Director Jesse Dade Figgins and Preparator Philip Reinheimer pose for a photo in a log cabin while out on a specimen-collecting trip in the field likely sometime in the 1920s. While expeditions today rely on computers and cameras, …
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  • POLAR BEAR WATCH In mid-October, some hundreds of polar bears begin arriving in Churchill, Manitoba, the polar bear capital of the world. The bears are waiting for the ice to come to Hudson Bay so they can hunt for their primary food source, seals. Normally these bears are solitary, but th…
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