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The Fraught History Of America’s Most Pervasive Brand

A very difficult yet poignant history to tell particularly during these times of high level discrimination in our government and society.  How does a Nation of people remain calm under the humiliation of the white man I just do not know. Peace and humility has got to be the only answer! God Bless the American Indian! -Ed Estes

They’re on baking powder boxes, break fluid containers, and cigar boxes. They’re featured in logos for companies that sell refrigerator compressors and canned peas. They adorn bubble gum boxes and Kanye West T-shirts. There are classy motorcycles and deadly missiles named for them. They’ve become mascots for sports teams both large and small.

Images of American Indians are everywhere in modern American life. That ubiquity is the subject of a new exhibition called Americans at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., and an online version of the show. With almost 350 artifacts that stretch across three centuries of history, the show has a poignant message: Though imagery featuring Indians is deeply embedded in American life, many of us scarcely notice it’s there. The exhibition is designed to help you look, but it also reveals how images of Indians, as conceived by white Americans, have become a branding tool in a culture that has systematically oppressed those same Indians.

 

American culture has used imagery of American Indians to symbolize authenticity in branding, or combativeness in sports and the military, even as it has subjugated real-life Indians throughout history. At its core, the artifacts in the exhibition reveal how Indians have become an integral part of the American brand itself–something that companies have been capitalizing on for decades.

“You brand yourself to add value to the product,” says Paul Chaat Smith, the exhibition’s curator. “What is the value that it adds? It’s integrity, authenticity, and a certain kind of Americanness. It’s what’s special about the U.S.”

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GoT Comes to Life With #ArttheThrone — Making Game of Thrones

Emotional resonance. Iconic moments. Compelling characters. These are just a few of the inspirations behind Art the Throne, an immersive art experience influenced by memorable moments from GoT. At work now, five diverse artists will reinterpret scenes from the series, debuting their pieces on April 20 at a private exhibition in New York City.

Come back to Making Game of Thrones for a recap of the action and in the meantime, get to know the artists and their work below.

POP CHART LAB MEMORIALIZES THE RED WEDDING

Infographic experts Pop Chart Lab will interpret the notorious Red Wedding massacre into an illuminated manuscript engraved on a 12-foot piece of red glass. Beautifully detailed symbols will chart the events, conflicts, characters and families forever changed by Walder Frey’s betrayal. The feeling Pop Chart Lab wants to evoke? “Something bad happened here,” says designer Ashley Walker.

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The Winning Design for DC’s 11th Street Bridge Park

 

On Thursday morning, the design jury for the highly-anticipated DC park will announce that the winning proposal comes from the team of OLIN, OMA and Arup.Plans have been in the works for over a year to turn three concrete piers into one elevated park connecting Anacostia and Navy Yard. The goal of the project is to create a connecting design with an appeal similar to that of the Providence River Bridge park in Rhode Island, although many compare the planned park to the High Line in New York City.

via The Winning Design for DC’s 11th Street Bridge Park.

ICD ITKE Research Pavilion 2014

ICD ITKE Research Pavilion 2014 « Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

The Institute for Computational Design ICD and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design ITKE of the University of Stuttgart designed and built a robotically woven carbon fiber pavilion whose structure was inspired by beetles. Continuing the tradition of building a new pavilion each year, ICD and ITKE’s design explores the limits of biomimetic design, lightweight shells, and robotic fabrication.

via ICD ITKE Research Pavilion 2014 « Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

A Collection of Great Silhouette Photos

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines silhouette as: a dark shape in front of a light background. It is a dramatic way to use backlighting to create stunning photos. Silhouettes are often associated with portraits but there are many other forms as well. Here’s a selection of a variety of silhouette photos  – enjoy!

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Off Camera Flash for Your Travel Photography

The creative use of artificial light in travel photography is a powerful tool that can take your images to the next level. While there’s a myriad of information available on getting started with off camera flash, the tutorial here is tailored for you. It will give you a start using these techniques with relatively cheap and portable equipment while on the road. The tutorial will cover the basics of gear you will need, along with real world examples of different techniques you can use to make your images pop.

via Off Camera Flash for Your Travel Photography.

Happy Birthday Frank Gehry

 

Get out your titanium-cladded forks and get ready to Deconstruct the cake – Frank Gehry is 85 years old today.

Born in 1929, the internationally acclaimed architect has been headlining architectural news platforms since he established his Los Angeles practice in 1962 and remodeled his home in Santa Monica. Notorious for his expressive use of architectonic form (and its inflationary effect on project budgets), Gehry is best known for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, which fellow architect Philip Johnson once dubbed “the greatest building of our time.”

via Happy Birthday Frank Gehry | ArchDaily.