Monday, June 26, 2006


Back to the Caves

Attention all you cave-art fans (and CultureGrrl knows you're out there, because so many of you e-mailed me for travel tips about Dordogne, after I wrote about Lascaux, Font-de-Gaume and Rouffignac):

Check your local listings for How Art Made the World, a PBS series airing five consecutive Mondays, starting tonight (10 p.m. on Channel 13 in New York City). Hosted by art historian and University of Cambridge lecturer Nigel Spivey, the series "takes viewers on a quest to comprehend mankind's unique capacity to understand and explain the world through artistic symbols."

Spanning 100,000 years and five continents, it explores prehistoric art in the caves of Altamira and Lascaux, Native-American and African rock paintings, Egyptian and Greek antiquities, and "the pop culture and advertising imagery that bombards us in the digital age."

Today's installment examines "the search for, and obsession with, the body-beautiful." I haven't seen any of the series yet, so we'll watch it together.

Next Monday: the episode eagerly awaited by all you spelunkers!

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