Portia Placino

Repository of my thoughts and images of art, literature, travel, and life.

Walking the Wall, Looking Back and Forward

My first day in Berlin, I wanted to find the East Side Gallery, a kilometer or so of what is left of the former Berlin Wall. It was March 17, … Continue reading

June 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Break of Spring, Remembering Gaudi

La Sagrada Familia led me to Barcelona. As I would later learn, there is a whole world out there to discover. Its a comparatively small city, but is full of … Continue reading

June 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Dreams, adventures, and my first snow

I haven’t blogged in a really long time. I would like to say that I’ve been busy with real life, but that is not necessarily the case. It is more … Continue reading

June 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Outside the Museum, walking Taipei

I love museums, obviously. But not all artworks are found inside museums and galleries. Some of the most interesting ones are found outside it. Such accidents could be really quite … Continue reading

January 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

National Museum of History, Part II

Part I was actually my previous post, the Petit Louvre. As I said, we got to visit the museum at night, which is a very rare opportunity. Unfortunately, we only … Continue reading

January 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Petit Louvre at the National Museum of History

I’ve never been to the Louvre. I hope to remedy that someday. But I have been to the Petit Louvre! Thanks to the opening cocktails of Museum 2012, we got … Continue reading

January 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

3-Dimentional Art History

One of the most interesting presentation of art history I have seen in recent memory is the┬áMuseum of Taipei University of Education‘s modern art timeline. Basically, they have a linear … Continue reading

January 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Teaching controversial art

Teaching controversial art proved to be a difficult endeavor. Part of why this in the syllabus is so that I can teach visual literacy and open-mindedness to my students. Sadly, … Continue reading

September 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Ideological Divides and a Calm After the Storm

We now leave the Renaissance for a bit and focus on the next couple of centuries–17th to 18th centuries. There was an enormous upheaval and ideological divide during the Baroque … Continue reading

September 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

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