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September 25, 2011
|1. What are the GPS coordinates of this satellite photo?
2. On the premises of what organization is it located?
3. What event is this organization hosting starting at the end of October?
1. N 35.80969, W -78.702795 for center of letter C
2. The North Carolina Museum of Art
3. The Rembrandt Exhibition
|Mike could not wait to get here, asking about my weekend and preparing to work
your quiz, the weekend NPR puzzle, and whatever we could find on the Mental Floss
website. One of the first puzzles we did was a photo quiz from you. It became a
weekly tradition. Mike passed away last March from diabetes complications. I just
wanted you to know how much he enjoyed doing these with me.
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|Comments from Our Readers
This was a top notch quiz that I enjoyed very much. Stan Read
Loved finding the state motto in the "I" in "this" which lead me to North Carolina but it
was a google search of aerial photos that finally helped me solve this one.
This one was relatively easy. I solved it last weekend but procrastinated on sending the
answer. I searched the phrase in the I in the word THIS. It turned out to be the state
motto of North Carolina. I then knew the picture was somewhere in that state.
Searching "picture this" "North Carolina" yielded the picture on page one of the
images. The rest was a breeze. Milene Rawlinson
I started out searching +“picture this”+ampitheater. That was a bad start and I almost
gave up. Then I noticed “to be rather than to seem” on the “I” in THIS. That
narrowed it down to North Carolina. It is the state motto. Where I clicked from there
is anyone’s guess. The GPS coordinates are 35 degrees 48’35.57”N / 78 degrees 42’
10.04”W at the top of the letter “I” in PICTURE, elevation 430 feet. It goes downhill
as you head towards the letter “E”.
The organization is the North Carolina Museum of Art located at 2110 Blue Ridge Road,
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607-6494. PICTURE THIS is part of their Museum Park art
program. As for the third question, the word “event” threw me. I guess that if you
used the word “exhibition” it would have been a give-away that it’s a museum. So, I’m
going with the exhibit Rembrandt in America. Carol Farrant
I was so pleased with myself for finding the location. The breakthrough search was
'outdoor amphitheater "picture this"'. I tried searching for "picture this" but needed the
oudoor amphitheater clue to nail it down. It's a lot of fun when you can find the
answer. Kelly Acker
Rembrandt is one of my favorites. I visited his house in Amsterdam once. - Q. Gen.
Was he a good host? Marilyn Hamill
Yes as far as I could tell. He couldn't speak English and my Dutch was rudimentary.
But we did fine- as they say 'a picture is worth a thousand words'. - Q. Gen.
I must say that having a quiz from my adopted home state of North Carolina makes this
one special. While I have been to the museum on a number of occasions when my
daughter was young, I have not visited since the park was opened. I guess I will have
to put that on my "to-do" list. I wondered if you visited the museum while doing your
under graduate work at Duke. I am partial to that lighter blue university in Chapel Hill,
thus my introduction to this museum and others in the Research Triangle Park area. In
fact I think that I would point out that the outline of the state on the letter "I" seems to
be that shade of blue known to Tar Heels as "Carolina Blue". Since I always miss the
survey, go ahead and mark this one as my favorite. Jim Baker
I googled - "picure this" letters on ground of business - to get to answer. Picture This
is also the name of a movie. The word THIS (eye on this) is also the name of a TV
network dedicated to showing vintage movies and TV series. Mike Dalton
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|To Be Rather...
...Than to Seem
|I googled "picture this" and "to be rather than to seem" in one search.
No obvious immediate luck and Google Image didn't show anything
either. So I looked closer at the list of google hits (not Images), and
buried on the 3rd page of hits, on an "Untitled" entry
(http://tiny.cc/fnayc), was a mention of "photograph" and the two
quotations. So I looked at the web page, and it turns out to be this
thesis, and way down on p. 50 is your building.
So, p.50 of a M. Arch. thesis (Detamore, Mathias John) shows this:
"In a project titled Imperfect Utopia: A Park for the New World; the
Joseph M Bryan Theatre at the North Carolina Museum of Art, in
Raleigh, North Carolina; designed by Smith-Miller + Hawkinson
Architects and Nicholas Quenell, Landscape Architect, in
collaboration with artist Barbara Kruger, 1987-1996; space is
transformed into paradox through the clever use of metaphor. The
NCMA occupies a 167-acre site in Raleigh and the Imperfect Utopia
project engages three acres just to the southwest of the building
Rembrandt in America is the largest collection of
Rembrandt paintings ever presented in an American
exhibition and the first major exhibition to explore in
depth the collecting history of Rembrandt paintings
in America. The NCMA is the only East Coast
venue for this exceptional show that features works
of art from across the United States, including some
of the finest paintings residing in American
collections. NCMA Curator of Northern European
Art Dennis P. Weller serves as a co-curator of this
must-see exhibition, which has been more than five
years in the making.
While the primary focus of the exhibition is on the
history of Rembrandt collecting in America, the
show also explores his work across various genres,
his artistic evolution, and his influence on other
artists of the day. Included in this exhibition are a
number of significant portraits from Rembrandt's
prosperous early career in Amsterdam as the city's
most sought-after portrait painter, as well as character studies, historical and biblical
scenes, and three of his celebrated self-portraits. In addition, the exhibition features a
gallery with Rembrandt catalogues since the mid-19th century. Visitors will also get a
glimpse into the world of conservation with a painting on loan from the Morehead
Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Consisting of about 50 paintings, the exhibition brings together 27 autograph paintings
by Rembrandt as well as others thought to be by the master when they entered
American collections but whose attributions can no longer be maintained. These include
Rembrandt van Rijn, Self
Portrait (Study in a Mirror), c
1629. Indianapolis Museum of
Art,Clowes Fund Collection.
Portrait of a Girl Wearing a
Gold Trimmed Cloak, 1632,
oil on oval panel, private
collection, New York
paintings by Dutch masters Jan Lievens and Govert
Rembrandt in America not only investigates the
overall issue of collecting Rembrandts in America but
also the collecting history of some of the works in
the NCMA’s collection. In the 1950s Museum
director and Rembrandt expert William Valentiner
recommended the acquisition of two paintings then
thought to be by Rembrandt. Since their acquisition,
however, the paintings have been reattributed to
other artists. This exhibition is the first to examine
these paintings within the larger context of attribution
and collecting Rembrandts during the 20th century.
Many exhibitions devoted to Rembrandt’s paintings
were held in 2006, during the 400-year anniversary
of the artist’s birth; however, Rembrandt in America
is unique in offering visitors a rare opportunity to
envision the evolving opinions of scholars and collectors regarding what constituted an
autograph Rembrandt painting over a period of more than a century.
The exhibition and its accompanying catalogue explore the often-controversial issues of
collecting and attribution, with a focus on individual paintings where these two related
Rembrandt in America is organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Cleveland
Museum of Art, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The exhibition is supported by an
indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Additional support
is provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
This exhibition is also made possible, in part, by the North Carolina Department of
Cultural Resources; the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.; and the
William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment for Educational Exhibitions.
|A History of Aerial Photography
|"Picture This" at the North Carolina Museum of Art
An Excerpt from
A Comprehensive Management Plan for the North Carolina Museum of Art Park,
Raleigh, North Carolina, with a Common Interest Analysis of Stakeholders.
by Kimberly Diane Shumate, Under the direction of Theodore H. Shear; p. 48, Figure 1.5
PICTURE THIS, 1995:
Picture this was created by Barbara Kruger, Henry Smith-Miller, Laurie Hawkinson, and
Nicholas Quennell. It is the largest sculpture in North Carolina and is a series of small
sculptures that, from a bird’s eye view, spells ―PICTURE THIS.
The individual sculptures that form the larger include:
P- cast iron retaining wall covered with phrases beginning with ―please
I- map of North Carolina with sixty highway historical markers
C- sand box with red concrete curb
T- blacktop surface with highway lines
U- depression in earth, covered with Liriope spp.
R- rows of chain link fence, covered in vines
E- concrete block walls, covered with aluminum plaques with quotes
T- painted areas of seating and roof of theater
H- sections of stage floor and roof of theater
I- concrete slab inset inscribed with ―To be rather than to seem
S- curving line formed with boulders
North Carolina Museum of Art
Meymandi Exhibition Gallery
47 WORKS OF ART
Vollis Simpson, 2002
|Collapse I, Untitled
Ledelle Moe, 2000
Thomas Sayre, 1999
Peering through the circles from
different directions shapes how you see
Martha Jackson-Jarvis, 2005
|Steed Taylor’s Invasive, 2008
As the path is worn down through
weather and use, the artwork is
designed to slowly fade away.
for the Trees and Sky
Chris Drury, 2003
The cloud chamber functions as a
pinhole camera, bringing an image
of the sky inside the chamber so
those inside can feel like they are
walking above the clouds.