Water Lilies

A single panel from a triptych by Monet. The last time all three panels were displayed together were in 2011 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City. Monet began these paintings in 1915 and reworked them for over ten years. Their completion date is unknown. Click on the image for a larger view.

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget is a photographic exhibition of holocaust survivors at the National World War I Memorial in Kansas City. This is the work of the German-Italian photographer and filmmaker Luigi Toscano. He took portraits of almost 400 Holocaust survivors in the United States, Germany, Ukraine, Russia, Israel, Belarus, Austria, and the Netherlands. 70 are presented here on large semi-tranparent panels. The exhibition runs until October 8th. Click on the image for a larger view.

Kansas City Japan Festival

Naomi and I will be speaking at this year’s Kansas City Japan Festival. We will be giving a one-hour presentation on our experience of the 88 Sacred Places of Shikoku Pilgrimage, a 700-mile walking pilgrimage around the island of Shikoku in Japan. Our presentation is at 1 pm in the recital hall, but events are planned for the entire day.

The festival is on October 5th at the Johnson County Community College and sponsored by the Heart of America Japan-America Society. More can be found on the festival website.

Dîner en Blanc

Dîner en Blank began in Paris in 1988 and is celebrated around the world. August 8th was the first time it was held in Chicago, with diners gathering in the public space in front of the Richard J. Daley Center. In the background, the 50ft steel sculpture known as Untitled by Picasso can be seen. Click on the image for a larger view.