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Colorado Neighborhood Considers Banning Sidewalk Chalk

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

The Denver neighborhood of Stapleton is reportedly considering banning the popular summertime pastime of children drawing on sidewalks with chalk.  Citing concerns that the art is distracting and disruptive to the neighbors.  The local CBS news station has more:

[Mother Sarah Cohen] said they moved to Stapleton because it was a family-friendly neighborhood.

“We live on a courtyard and we all bought into the notion that we were sharing a space,” said Cohen.

But the group — called a Innovations and Courtyard Traditions at Stapleton, a sub-association of the Stapleton MCA (Master Community Association) — said because it is a shared space, anything that offends, disturbs or interferes with the peaceful enjoyment isn’t allowed. It seems that some neighbors have complained.

“The association is trying to go down a path of do no harm and prevent the sidewalk art as opposed to… until such time as it can get together and discuss it,” said the attorney representing the group.

Cohen said no neighbors have mentioned anything to her. She also plans to keep letting her daughter use chalk to decorate the common area.

“It’s summertime and God forbid my daughter is drawing flowers, her name and hearts,” said Cohen.

Image: Sidewalk chalk, via Shutterstock

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New York Artist to Give Birth Before a Live Audience

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Marni Kotak, a Brooklyn, New York performance artist, has announced plans to deliver her first child in front of an art gallery crowd, calling giving birth “the highest form of art.”

The New York Post reports that Kotak, who is due in five weeks, plans to have her baby at the Microscope Gallery as part of a larger art piece on childbirth, called “The Birth of Baby X.”  Other parts of the exhibit include videos of audience members at a summer festival, projected onto her pregnant belly.

Kotak says she is prepared for what lies ahead.

“I wouldn’t say that I am scared to do this, because I have a good support team: my midwife, doula and wonderful husband,” Kotak told the Post. “Of course, I am a bit nervous about the whole process of giving birth and having a child, and like every mother, I am hoping that everything goes smoothly. But I am no more worried than I would be if I were having the baby at home or in a hospital.”

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Studies: Babies Prefer Picasso to Monet

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Picasso's La Paysage de Juan les Pins

Picasso's Landscape of Juan-les-pin

A series of five experiments involving 9-month-olds in Switzerland revealed that the babies preferred the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso over the French impressionist Claude Monet.  As MSNBC reports:

In one of the experiments, 24 infants (14 girls, 10 boys), were shown either six paintings by Picasso or the same number by Monet, and researchers measured their “look time” at each image. They then introduced two paintings side by side, one from each artist, Picasso’s “Landscape of Juan-les-pin” and Monet’s “Poppy Field Near Giverny.”

Babies who had been viewing the Monets preferred the Picasso — it was something new and different to their eyes. But the infants who had been shown the Picassos also looked longer at the new Picasso.

Another one of the experiments, which were all published in the journal Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, presented babies with black-and-white versions of Picasso’s and Monet’s paintings.  Again, the babies preferred Picasso’s work, surprising researchers who had theorized that the artist’s color palettes had influenced the preferences.

Researchers concluded that it’s the sharp contrasts of Picasso’s paintings, as compared to Monet’s softer, more fluid imagery, that stimulated the babies.  Parents might look for bright-contrast toys to keep their own babies interested in things for longer.

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