I walked over to GSD and spoke with a couple of incoming students and a couple of alumni. They all seemed nice. I even got advice on preparing my application.
I visited Washington D.C. via overnight bus to research I.M. Pei manuscripts at the Library of Congress. I used the Library of Congress from eight thirty to five. I found interesting information on the Museum of Fine Arts West Wing design and funding process. I visited the White House, National Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, among over a dozen other museums after five p.m.
I drew caricatures of my professors for them, visited the JFK Library and chatted with my mother online using Google Chat about my future in the next few years.
The most memorable part of this day was being one of three students to work on the answers until the end of the exam, and Dr. Lippit saying, “Good group. Let’s keep in touch” at the end.
For those for whom this may be news, there is a lot of writing involved in art or architecture history final exams. Students write what they know about an issue or artwork or building, maybe etc.
I must have been too busy studying to write anything this day (This sentence was written in late 2019).
My Harvard Summer experience consisted of high purity reading (Almost all of my memories outside of class meetings are of completing reading assignments).
I woke up around five in the morning and began to finalize my Introduction to Japanese Art final paper. I thought, wrote, revised my thesis and corresponded a couple of times via e-mail with Dr. Yukio Lippit throughout the morning. I had lunch at Annenberg, finished the paper in the afternoon and printed it out at the Science Center computer lab before heading to class with a stop at the grocery store for a quick bite to eat. Dr. Yukio Lippit went over the final exam format before beginning his lecture this evening. The lecture was on Ukiyo-e prints, particularly Hokusai’s Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji and Hiroshige’s One Hundred Views of Edo. Dr. Yukio Lippit also discussed Japan’s early modern prints representing the imperial family and the changes in fashion and culture in Japan at the turn of the 20th century. More naturalistic representation was introduced into woodblock prints as well and we even had watercolor designs for the key block. I asked the professor about the exact printing process in the case of the watercolor designs and Dr. Lippit’s answer was that the exact process for this particular type of print remains unclear among scholars.
The titles of the two final lectures on July 31st, 2013 for The Architecture of Boston were “Post-Modern Boston” and “New Moderns vs. Old Boston.” The lectures were excellent because Dr. Von Hoffman demonstrated to the class what creativity in architectural design looks like through Post-Modern architecture in Boston, including the Boston City Hall building by Kallman, McKinnell and Knowles in 1968, and how tradition continued to shape even Post-Modern architecture, e.g. the Leonard Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, the world’s widest cable-stead bridge designed by Christian Menn in 2002 which is decorated with granite obelisks. I had a brief chat with Javi Ors, the architect, who asked me if I wanted to come study architecture at Harvard, to which I replied I would be highly interested in attending Harvard but held off on what program I would apply to just for my own suspense. I had another brief chat with Dr. Alexander von Hoffman after class and I always appreciate his feedback on my class performance. The students applauded Dr. Von Hoffman at the end of the lecture.