Fairy Tale Fashion

It’s President’s Day Weekend, and I’m in NYC with my best friend Shevin during one of the coldest weekends of the year. What to do when you’re avoiding the bitter cold on vacation? I’d had this Fairy Tale Fashion exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Technology on my mind ever since I first read about…

Thunderous Brahms & soothing ‘Solace’

Tonight, I had the chance to attend Dumbarton Oaks Friends of Music series to attend a performance by Christopher Taylor, a concert pianist based in Wisconsin. Called “one of the most impressive young pianists on the horizon today” by the Washington Post, Taylor is currently a professor at the University of Madison-Wisconsin who has performed globally,…

The Atrio Cross at Acolman

Today was the first day of my fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks, a research institute run by Harvard University in Georgetown ‘dedicated to supporting scholarship internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies.’ (I’m in the Pre-Columbian Studies group!) Spending my day with other fellows discussing our research topics has had me reminiscing intensely about…

Street Art Renaissance

The internet has been abuzz with stories regarding Mexico City’s thriving street art scene. (BBC news recently ran a story, but it seems like the video has been taken down from the Internet.) I had long known about Street Art Chilango because I had happened upon their stunning Instagram account. When my friend Aneesha came…

Oaxaca City in photos

I had the great opportunity to attend the Coloquio Internacional held jointly by the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas at UNAM and Villa i Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. The theme of the conference was El Renacimiento italiano desde América Latina (The Italian Renaissance in Latin America) — a topic close to my heart…

Dispatch Oaxaca: Museo Textil de Oaxaca

I’m a huge fan of small museums. They tend to be more tightly focused and thematically coherent. I’m really detail oriented (well…particularly, when it comes to research or learning a new subject), so it’s satisfying to dig into a subject and feel like you’ve really grasped something substantial about it after a relatively short amount…

Microteatro

When I first got to Mexico City, I had  yet to find a place to live, so I stayed with my dear friends Ximena, Roberto, and their giant Akita Lev (short for Leviathan) in up-and-coming neighborhood Santa María la Ribera. The colonía’s hallmark attraction is the Kiosko Morisco, a structure built as Mexico’s submission to the World’s…

Museo Experimental El Eco

Around 5pm I decided I needed a break from the computer, and I went outside for an evening stroll. I headed towards the Jardin del Arte, a peaceful and colorful park nearby in San Rafael. I decided to walk the perimeter of the park, having never done so, and I stumbled upon the Museo Experimental El…

The Murals at Ciudad Universitaria (UNAM)

In my last post, I described trying pastes (the empanada’s distant cousin) right by the metro stop Copilco by UNAM’s med school. After we listened to my friend Ximena give a fascinating talk on funerals, cremations, and funerary practices at the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan (she’s a physical anthropologist), my friend Roberto and I headed off to see the…

The Alta Città in Bergamo & its Spectacular Churches

A few posts ago, I discussed the mouthwatering dishes of northern Italy. Today I’m returning to Bergamo to recap our exploration of the Alta Cittá’s tiny, yet spectacular Piazza Duomo. Once you climb the steep cobblestone path (or take the funicular… Side note: Do you think someone one day was just like, “Let’s see if we can…

Epiphany at the Palazzo dei Priori, Perugia

Across from the Sandri Pasticceria is the Palazzo dei Priori, a medieval building (of course) that houses one of the finest collections of Perugian Renaissance art in the entire region of Umbria. The painting collection is comprehensive of Perugian art from the late medieval (circa 1100/1200) to the late Renaissance. It’s organized chronologically which I know,…