Where's Art? with Annie Dugan: stories told and stories untold plus painting down on the farm

Aug 17, 2020

Juliana Louis Pierson, Countess de Castiglione, c. 1860, albumen print (Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY)Credit FlickrEdit | Remove

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's celebration of 150 years opens in person at the end of the month, but you can take part virtually - with coffee in hand! - and explore the museum's history and how its role has changed over the years. 

While you're "there," make some time to enjoy Met Stories, "a year-long video series and social media initiative that shares unexpected and compelling stories gathered from the many people who visit The Met."

Meanwhile, back at the ranch ...

A study published in the journal Nature shows that Artificial eyespots on cattle reduce predation by large carnivores.

a artificial eyespots (bicolour as pictured, or white/yellow inner only, or black outer only, for maximum contrast depending on cattle coat colour). b cross-marked procedural control (black or white depending on coat colour for contrast). c unmarked control.
Credit Cameron Radford/Communications Biology

A collaboration between the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust (BPCT) in Africa and the Centre for Ecosystem Science at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), and Taronga Conservation Society, both in Australia, recently completed a program they called the "i-cow project." Its tongue in cheek [pun intended] moniker might just as easily be spelled "eye-cow," since what it involved was painting large eyes on cows' hind quarters to see if they might deter lion attacks. They did, reports Robby Berman in "Big Think".