The Humanities Center Recommendation List

The Humanities Center Recommendation List

As we are encouraged to stay away from public spaces and shelter at home, there are many wonderful resources to keep our minds engaged and spirits high. Here are a few of our recommendations for this week.

Art in the Twenty-First Century: James Turrell

Art in the Twenty-First Century is a Peabody Award-winning show that focuses on contemporary visual art and artists. This episode features James Turrell and his explorations of light and space. “Turrell’s work allows us to see ourselves “seeing.’” View the James Turrell exhibition at the Guggenheim.


Ambient in Outer Space: Seven Artists Exploring the Final Frontier

“Space has always inspired contemplation. In his legendary work The Republic—published in 380 BC, over a millennium before Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin became the first person to travel to space—the Greek philosopher Plato wrote, “Astronomy compels the soul to look upward, and leads us from this world to another.’” Listen to music by seven artists who created music that is out of this world.


Tate Modern Exhibition: Andy Warhol

Watch the curator's tour and explore the exhibition – Andy Warhol, a major retrospective of the pop artist – room by room.


A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond

This exhibition from the National Museum of African American History and Culture illustrates the impact of African Americans on life in the United States—social, economic, political, and cultural—from the death of Martin Luther King Jr. to the second election of President Barack Obama.


Keukenhof Flower Exhibition

Keukenhof is a large flower garden in the Netherlands that has been open to the public for 71 years. View current videos of over 800 varieties of tulips grown in the garden of a 15th century estate.


3eanuts Comics

“Charles Schulz's Peanuts comics often conceal the existential despair of their world with a closing joke at the characters' expense. With the last panel omitted, despair pervades all.”


John Coltrane Playlist

Stream the “Complete” John Coltrane Playlist: A 94-Hour Journey Through 700+ Transformative Tracks of the American jazz saxophonist.


Media History Digital Library

This free online resource, features millions of pages of books and magazines from the histories of film, broadcasting, and recorded sound from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which is home of the one of the largest and most significant collections of media history.


Social Distancing Festival

The Social Distancing Festival is an online artist’s community made to celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world. View the website for a collection of art, as well as our ever-growing calendar of live streams that celebrate visual art, dance, music, theatre, musical theatre, and opera.


Caged/Uncaged (A rock, experimental homage to John Cage)

Listen to a playlist of songs from Caged/Uncaged, an album of John Cage interpretations by New York punk and new- and no-wave art-rockers, including David Byrne, Arto Lindsay, John Zorn, Joey Ramone, Debbie Harry, and Lou Reed.


Recreating Art

The Getty, Metropolitan Museum, Rijksmuseum and other museums have challenged their followers to recreate famous works in their collections with objects from home. View these creations, which are tagged with #tussenkunstenquarantaine, meaning between art and quarantine. View CovidArtClassics, a recreation of artwork by four art-loving roommates who are trying to keep sane during quarantine.


Book Jacket Art

We are enjoying the Instagram account of Mollat, an independent bookstore in Paris. People are aligning their faces perfectly with book covers and tagging their creations #bookfacemollat. Someone covered Machines Like Us by Ian McEwan, who spoke at USD during his brief US book tour.


PostSecret Art Project

PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people from around the world mail in  their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard. To date, over 1,000,000 postcards have revealed the humor and humanity. View a few items from the exhibition at the Museum of Man or hear founder Frank Warren in his TED talk.


There’s More Podcast: USD Has My Back

Non-traditional USD student Jeff Bartrom experiences post-Iraq injuries and is surprised by the USD community. Listen to more episodes of the There’s More podcast.


The Idea of Truth Series – Reflections

The Humanities Center explores the three underlying concepts that constituted the foundation of USD at its inception: beauty, goodness, and truth. In the words of Mother Rosalie Hill, "Beauty will attract them, goodness will lead them, but the truth will hold them." This series of discussions investigates the idea of truth. View the entire Idea of Truth series.


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