Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House,

Some stories we’ve been reading (and watching) this week:

    • This week, Sally Mann’s memoir “Hold Still” was released. Charlie Rose led a rare interview with Mann on her photographs, family, and the places and memories that move her.
    • This art interview may be one of the last that requires human interlocutors. Smithsonian Magazine reports that computers are getting better than ever at identifying characteristics in works of art.
    • Over a third of American museum directors are at retirement age. What does the role of Museum Director mean today and what challenges will new leadership face? (That is, assuming they’re not all replaced by artificially-intelligent art robots first.)
    • And what better time to ask these questions than in the lead-up to International Museum Day on May 18th. See you in the galleries!

  • A glimpse at of some of the most unique libraries in the world, from one that travels on a camel’s back in rural Mongolia to one that swings from French treetops.
  • Finally, 15 facts you may not know about one of art history’s most enigmatic women, Vermeer’s Girl With A Pearl Earring.