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Summertime at the ICI

Friday, July 18th, 2014

The Institute would like to send a warm welcome to our new interns for summer 2014, April Zhang and Britney Ko, who will be working on the Library and the Earth Cabinet, respectively. We hope that your internships prove to be a fruitful and rewarding experience for us all, as we work together to improve and expand upon the ICI’s unique collections.

Wishing everyone a mild, fun-filled and productive summer.


The Meaning of Colors: BLUE

Friday, February 28th, 2014


Blue is the most common favorite color of people worldwide. It is often associated with the sky, oceans, water, ice, cold, peace, serenity, and at times sadness.

Naturally occurring blue foods are rare which may be why blue is also commonly thought to be an appetite suppressant.

“Feeling blue” “I’ve got the blues.”

“Blue is a power like that of nature in winter, when all germination and growth is hidden in darkness and silence. Blue is always shadowy, and tends in its greatest glory to darkness. It is an intangible nothing, and yet present as the transparent atmosphere. […] Blue beckons our spirit with the vibrations of faith into the infinite distances of spirit.” — Johannes Itten, The Elements of Color, 1970



The Meaning of Colors: GREEN

Sunday, December 15th, 2013


The color green is universally associated with nature, but can also be tied to luck, energy, fertility, springtime, wealth, envy and in some cases even nausea.

Green is the most restful and soothing color for human eyes, and is thought to promote feelings of calmness.

“Green thumb” “The Green-eyed monster” “Green with envy.” “Green around the gills” “It’s not easy being green.”

“The eye finds a physical satisfaction in green. When the mixture of the two colors which yield green is so evenly balanced that neither color predominates, the eye and soul come to rest on the mixture as if it were something simple. We cannot and will not go beyond it. Thus green is often chosen for rooms where we spend all our time.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, “Theory of Color,’ 1808 in Goethe: The Collected Works, volume 12: Scientific Studies, edited and translated by Douglas Miller, 1995


Another Year, Another Period of Reflection

Friday, October 25th, 2013


As October comes to an end, and we begin to head toward another holiday season, it is once again time to prepare for World AIDS Day / Day With(out) Art and reflect on the passing year in AIDS history. Now, more than 30 years after the term was first used by the CDC (Center for Disease Control), the fight against AIDS still continues. Our outlooks, public attitudes and statistics may have ebbed and flowed over the years, but the nature of the disease process remains unchanged. Despite increasingly lax attitudes, the threat is still real. Which is why, each year, we return our focus to spreading awareness in the hope that one day, this will no longer be true.

Only time will tell what the future holds, but here’s hoping the end of the pandemic is near.

Busy Bees

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013


Summer is in full force upon us now and here at the ICI we’re gearing up for a season of productivity. In an age of multi-tasking and ‘go-go-go’ mentalities, it is refreshing to occasionally be able to take a step back and singularly focus on a task at hand. This summer, we’re doing just that.

We’re slowing down and re-focusing on projects and collaborations (old and new), while getting back to some of our hands-on, do-it-yourself  roots.

One element, one project, one task at a time … and it couldn’t be better.