Category: On This Day

Eva Hesse: Postminimalism Pioneer

Eva Hesse was born into a Jewish family in Nazi Germany on January 11, 1936. In December of 1938 her parents sent Eva and her older sister, Helen Hesse Charash, to the Netherlands to escape on one of the last Kindertransport trains out of Germany. The family reunited and fled to New York City in 1939, where …

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“Penang Beach Scene” by Yong Mun Sen

Drawn to watercolor landscapes and inspired by Chinese calligraphy, Malaysian artist Yong Mun Sen was born on this day January 10, 1896 in Kuching, Sarawak.

Joan Baez – “500 Miles”

Happy birthday to folk legend Joan Baez, born Joan Chandos Baez on January 9, 1941 in Staten Island, New York.

Nora Dean – “Mojo Girl”

Happy birthday to rocksteady turned gospel singer Nora Dean, born on this day January 8, 1944, in Spanish Town, Jamaica.

The Photographic Travels of Roloff Beny

Often referred to as “a poetic photographer,” Roloff Beny was a passionate world traveler, and spent much of his life traveling and photographing the places and people he met there. The Canadian travel photographer and painter was born on this day January 7, 1924 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. Beny was an international photographer, but …

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Pink Floyd – “See Emily Play”

Pink Floyd singer, songwriter, co-founder, and original frontman Syd Barrett was born on this day January 6, 1946 in Cambridge, England. “See Emily Play” was written by Barrett and first released as a non-album single, then later released on the U.S. version of the band’s 1967 debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

Hayao Miyazaki Brought Manga to the Masses

One-of-a-kind animator, artist, and masterful storyteller, Hayao Miyazaki brought delightful “manga” (Japanese comic books) and “anime” (Japanese animation) films to venerating audiences via Studio Ghibli, which Miyazaki co-founded with director Isao Takahata in 1985. Some of the first Studio Ghibli films made were Castle in the Sky (1986), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), and Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989), receiving recognition and …

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Joy Division – “Atmosphere”

Happy birthday to singer, songwriter, and Manchester icon Bernard Sumner, prominent figure and founder of Joy Division, New Order, and Electronic. Here is “Atmosphere,” originally released in 1980 and written by Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, and Ian Curtis.

Aretha Franklin: 1st Female Artist in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

On January 3, 1987, Aretha Franklin was the first female artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The singer, songwriter, pianist, and “Queen of Soul” has also been honored in Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time twice. Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee on March 25, 1942. Here is “I Say …

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Looking Through David Bailey’s 1960s Eye

“We were so young. I don’t think Bailey or anyone had any idea how important the work we were doing was…we were just kids really, I was 18 when I first started working with Bailey. I met him on the roof of Vogue” -Jean Shrimpton English portrait and fashion photographer David Bailey was born on …

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