September 2, 2012
It's a museum with limited hours and a low profile, yet the Stephen Girard Collection provides an extraordinary look at one of the most remarkable figures in Philadelphia's history. Currents, C1.
May 16, 1992 |
A painting by Pablo Picasso awaits inspection as Gerrit Meaker (in background) uncrates another at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Museum workers yesterday were busy preparing for "Picasso and Things: The Still Lifes of Picasso," opening June 9.
July 19, 2006
TRADE ALLEN Iverson? Sure - and while you're at it, mock Michelangelo, damn Da Vinci, punish Patton, spurn Spartacus and assassinate Alexander the Great. It's known as genius genocide, and it's as old as history itself. Allen Iverson is an immature child, who would rather be hailed as the "jitter bug" king of the hip-hop nation than as the greatest "small man" to ever play any sport, anytime, anywhere. But despite his own ludicrous priorities, he is a unique, rare, genius-gem: A class "A" enigma!
April 17, 2003 |
History offers many sad examples of the fate that can await the child of a genius, and the case of Lucia Joyce, the only daughter of James Joyce, is among the most tragic and painful. Lucia was persuaded that her artistic stature rivaled that of her father. As she insists in James Joyce Is Dead and So Is Paris: The Lucia Joyce Cabaret, "they say there can be only one genius in a family. As you can see, there were two in mine. " The character makes the claim from the secured ward of an English mental hospital that forms the setting for the Pig Iron Theatre Company's collaborative production.
July 21, 1986 |
You think life isn't unfair? The MacArthur Foundation gave out its genius awards last week, and I didn't get one. I feel like Stephen Spielberg at Academy Award time. You know about the MacArthur awards? They are the best awards known to man. Every year or so, the Chicago-based philanthropy, one of the nation's wealthiest, picks worthy individuals - geniuses, some say - to give money to. You can't apply for the awards, you don't even know you're being considered. Secret "talent scouts" propose names confidentially.
October 27, 1995 |
Hollywood's record with the lives of great painters is not generally a pretty picture. In 1976, British filmmaker Peter Watkins proved that the genius and torment of the artist could be brought to vivid life in Edvard Munch. Watkins came to this imaginative assessment of the Norwegian expressionist after making his documentary Culloden for British television. He brought the same diligent eye for detail to Munch as he did to the re-creation of a pivotal battle in Scottish history.
December 25, 2003 |
Late sci-fi scribe Philip K. Dick's reality-skewing mind games have long been fertile ground for Hollywood. But with the successes of Blade Runner and Total Recall have come things such as the dinky Impostor, with Gary Sinise, and the cold, grandiose Spielberg experiment, A.I. Paycheck, despite its cool concept, belongs with the likes of Impostor: a near-future tale of paranoia and suspense of disappointingly generic proportions. Ben Affleck, sporting devastatingly hip shades, stars as Michael Jennings, a "world-famous genius" (that's what it says in the production notes)
October 2, 2008 |
If timing is everything, there's no better time for "Flash of Genius" and its story of the Little Guy getting ripped off by Big Business. In the fact-based "Flash of Genius," the man against the system is Robert Kearns, a professor/inventor who designs and builds the first intermittent windshield wiper back in the '60s. At the movie's outset, director Marc Abraham paints Kearns in throwback, Disney shades - a lovable nutty professor, tinkering in his basement, surrounded by a large, adoring family (the movie has a low-budget, plain-wrapper feel that actually complements its shallow-pockets protagonist)
May 26, 1990 |
Alan Turing was a classic example of the genius who was brilliant in his field and impractical to the point of irresponsibility about the business of living. One of the finest mathematical minds of the century, Turing took a major role in breaking the German Enigma military code in World War II and laid the intellectual groundwork for the development of the electronic computer. He died in 1954 at the age of 42, and it was his decided lack of genius at managing his personal life that led to his death.
October 16, 1997 |
No, Steve Martin does not appear in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, the very funny comedy that opened on Tuesday at the Merriam Theatre. The white-haired comedian wouldn't quite be right, after all, for either of the principal roles in this intermissionless, 90-minute evening: Pablo Picasso, the well-known painter, or Albert Einstein, the well-known theorist. He'd probably be just fine as Charles Dabernow Schmendiman, the two-bit inventor who thinks himself the only true immortal among the folk who frequent the Parisian watering hole of the play's title, but you won't find him in that part, either.