You can feel like you’re viewing the
history of photography — as well as American history — from one of those
disorienting, spinning Rotor amusement-park rides as you walk through
Taft Museum of Art’s Enduring Spirit: Edward Curtis and the North American Indians.
How many people can make jokes in porcelain? Or even, going up to the next level, are witty in porcelain? Artists Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis regularly carry off that difficult feat in the course of creating works of considerable beauty and technical éclat.
As it stands now, there is barely any free time in the schedule of violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama. The married mother of two is a world-class instrumentalist and teacher with a constantly full slate of concert appearances and recording sessions, and the juggling necessary to balance it all could be considered just another of her many skills.