". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The New Acropolis Museum

If I have this correctly, the New Acropolis Museumofficially opens tomorrow in Athens.

Last week there was an article about it in the NY Times art section, with a slide show. It's one of the most breathtakingly lovely buildings ever created. This ediface is also harmonized with its location, which faces the Acropolis itself.

A fine place for the Elgin Marbles, and Greece is again demanding their return.

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