19 Sep

One of my favorite habits as a Classics Reader and citizen of West Michigan is finding references to our books amid the thousands of entries in one of the largest art competitions in the world, ArtPrize.  In years past I’ve seen bits of Gulliver’s Travels,


Moby Dick,

ArtPrize Moby Dicks Tail

and even an unintentional Great Gatsby reference.

ArtPrize Great Gatsby Glasses

This year’s festival just started yesterday, and I haven’t yet been downtown to see the works in their glory, but the media’s been pretty good at flooding my feed with glimpses of what awaits.  Including this rather unexpected entry:

Even though Mrs. Emma B. wasn’t my favorite character or novel, I would love to hear this.  The piece is by Grand Rapids Symphony’s principal oboist for their newly appointed principal cellist.  According to this interview it is heavily influence and inspired by Flaubert’s work.

It’s an actual ArtPrize entry, and if you can’t make the concert you can always listen to the midi file online.  Personally, I’d rather scramble to find a last-minute babysitter and some dough for some tickets.

*crickets chirping*

What?  That’s not the sound of crickets I hear?  Oh, I see, it’s the sweet music of electronic strings.  That makes more sense.


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3 responses to “ArtMusicLitPrize

  1. An Experiment with the Well-Educated Mind

    September 19, 2013 at 10:38 am

    This is awesome. How fun that you can see these art pieces – (or hear it). I did once see a painting of Sancho Panza and his mother up in a San Francisco museum. But that’s about it.

    • Christina Joy

      September 19, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      Awwww – I love Sancho.

      ArtPrize is really an amazing event. Some of the art is, well, questionable, but being surrounded by so much of it for this time every fall is quite a treat.

  2. Adriana

    September 19, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    How fun!
    Here is a piece I saw once: Don Quixote, by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot at the Cincinnati Art Museum. It is quite large in person.


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