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Salaam Bombay

Monday, February 11th, 2013

A Viewer’s Guide to Salaam Bombay (Word)
Daniel Cohen, Ph.D., Religious Studies

The film guide discusses key aspects of this important cinematic addition to the Museum’s Seeing the Divine in Hindu Art exhibition from fall semester 2012.

Taking Note of the One Read Program

Friday, September 9th, 2011

In Portrait of a Musician (1949), Missouri’s celebrated Thomas Hart Benton offered viewers a sympathetic perspective into the life of an African-American man at a time when most Americans did not share that viewpoint. Benton’s remarkable painting, one of the treasures here at the Museum of Art & Archaeology, reminded me that Henrietta Lacks also loved music and dance and also faced racial discrimination. She also became the subject of one of the most amazing medical stories ever written…
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is the Columbia Public Library’s One Read selection this year. Besides reading the award-winning (nonfiction) book itself, Columbians also have opportunities to watch films, listen to music, hear lectures, and even create their own fiction and art in response to the book. Maybe Benton’s thoughtful painting can also add to our understanding of the book and how America has evolved in terms of its racial understanding. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, like Thomas Hart Benton’s Portrait of a Musician, suggests that we really are all the same under the skin…