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Exhibits include dinosaurs, paleontology, minerals, the geology, history and first natives of Florida, shipwrecks and underwater archaeology, Pre-Columbian ceramics AfricanAmerican, Egyptian, and many Mediterranean cultures. School tours, workshops, outreaches, birthdays and theme parties available. Family archaeology and fossil excursions.

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Things you should know about Morris Graves

Things you should know about Morris Graves

About Morris Graves:

Morris Graves was a well-known modern American painter and also a member of Northwest School of Visionary Art. Graves was born in Oregon in 1910. Morris Graves family moved to Seattle when he was two-years-old. Morris graves arts reflect his spiritual bond with the culture of Pacific Northwest. He served in the merchant navy at the age of seventeen, which eventually lead him to Asia, where he had the ability to experience various forms of arts.

Morris Graves

Graves’ Art Form:

Morris graves started formal training in art in Beaumont, Texas.  He began full-time painting after returning to Seattle. He also received regional recognition in the annual art exhibition help in the modern art museum.  Before settling in Ireland in 1954, he traveled a lot through Europe and Asia.

Graves’ craft does not fit effortlessly into acknowledged categories. His style was influenced by both territorial and worldwide impacts. In the wake of being named a surrealist at a very early stage in his career, Graves immediately surrendered most stylist related with surrealism. He stayed focused on the surrealist philosophy that arts must uncover the artist’s intuitive and serve as a gateway to the unknown art world.

Morris Graves paintings of the wounded bird and extraordinarily brilliant radiant flowers combined the soul of American Transcendentalism with Asian logic. Morris Graves passed on 2001in his home in Loleta, Calif. He was 90 when he died.

Morris Graves thought the mechanical catastrophe of industry and technology, the planes that flew over his roof and cars in his street was a noteworthy hindrance to his journey.

Some of the major institutions that have the work of Graves as permanent collections are,

  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY)
  • Art Gallery of Ontario, Museé des Beaux-Arts de l’Ontario (Toronto, Canada)
  • Art Institute of (Chicago, IL)
  • Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore, MD)
  • Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY); Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, OH)
  • Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, TX)
  • Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, MI)
  • High Museum of Art (Atlanta, GA)
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC);

Animals possess large amounts of his compositions and birds show up with extraordinary recurrence.  They are more metaphorically represented rather than just illustrations. Avoiding contact with contemporary modern life, Graves in the 1960s painted reflections in light of the noise of the machine age with a level of understanding possible only to Graves himself.

Archaeology Discoveries that will Blow your Mind

Archaeology Discoveries that will Blow your Mind

Archaeology is not only a magical gateway to past but also has an important role in the society. Despite archaeology being crucial to research history more clearly, it also has a great deal of economic value and community. Archaeology has the ability to offer new information on human history. Let’s discuss some archaeological discoveries that will blow your mind.

Voynich Manuscript

Headless Vikings of Dorset:

The Archaeologists made a great discovery in the seaside town of Weymouth in England in June 2009. They discovered a grave that was holding back the skeletons of 50 Viking warriors, but their heads were missing. The archaeologists at first concluded that some villagers managed to survive the attack and beheaded the Viking warriors. But they later discovered that the beheading cuts on the skeletons are perfect and appeared to be done by specialized warriors or beheading experts.

Baghdad Battery:

A jar was discovered in Baghdad, Iraq which was 2,200 years old. The Clay jar is said to be the oldest known electric battery. The jar is composed of clay with a top made of asphalt. Brazing through the asphalt, an iron rod is present, which is surrounded by a copper cylinder. The Jar produces 1.1volts of electricity when filled with vinegar or other electrolyte solution.

Voynich Manuscript:

Voynich Manuscript was written in Central Europe toward the end of the fifteenth or sixteenth century.  The origin, dialect, and time period of the Voynich Manuscript are yet being debated as overwhelmingly as its riddling illustrations and un-deciphered content. The Voynich Manuscript got its name from American antique bookseller, Wilfrid M.Voynich.

Mount Owen Moa:

While exploring Mount Owen Moa in 1986, the archaeologists discovered a huge scary-looking claw. It was conserved well at the time of discovery. It was later determined that it belonged to an upland moa. An upland moa is a pre-historic bird.

Rapa Nui:

Archaeologists discovered 887 statues called Moai, in the Rapa Nui or Easter islands. It is the most isolated place in the world. The Easter Island heads are known as Moai by the Rapa Nui individuals who cut the figures in the tropical South Pacific to the west of Chile. The Moai stone monuments, cut from stone found on the island, are in the vicinity of 1,100 and 1,500 CE.

Ancient Troy:

Troy is a renowned historical city. It is situated in Anatolia now called as Turkey. English archaeologist Frank Calvert discovered a field of a local farmer in 1868. The field was later found to be the battling field of the troy warriors.