Gabriel de Chavez, Meztitlán, Mexico, 1579. Courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art. I learned about the European conquest of the Americas the same way most children in the U.S. do: as a series of portentous discoveries followed by total obliteration. I slowly came to understand this history as tautological; the stories of modernization and cultural erasure are the same. The Eurocentric telling of these tales renders the colonizers heroic.
Still from Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Courtesy of Kevin Baker/Netflix. In The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, the ten-episode prequel to Jim Henson’s 1982 fantasy epic, The Dark Crystal, memory is a tangible thing—not corporeal, but not wholly ineffable, either.
Chan Jae Lee (Grandpa Chan), “Grandpa and Astro” (2018) (all images courtesy of Drawings for my Grandchildren and Ji Lee)Around five years ago, 77-year-old Chan Jae Lee was recently retired, suffering from chronic pain, and increasingly sedentary. Chan, who’d emigrated to South Korea with his wife Marina in 1981, found the most happiness and bursts of energy in the afternoons he spent with his grandchildren.