What can be more festive than a gingerbread house?? Well how about our librarian Caitlin Pereira’s rendition of Gropius House. Gropius House, located in Lincoln, Ma is now a National Historic Landmark. It is managed by Historic New England. Walter Gropius was one of the founders of the Bauhaus school. He came to the US to teach architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He is probably on of the most influential architects of the 20th century and I think he would be proud to see his masterpiece in gingerbread!
I was able to find another masterpiece of architecture on wonderful inter-webs. Frank Loyd Wright’s Falling water.
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Corbusier’s Villa Savoye
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I am rather crushed that I could not find a rendition of The Beinecke Library at Yale in gingerbread. So for the love of all things sacred, someone create this masterpiece!!
Architect Gordon Bunshaft’s Beinecke Library
One of the most significant recent legal cases involving art, copyright, and fair use has been Cariou v. Prince. Here’s a quick summary: Patrick Cariou is a photographer who created a book depicting Rastafarians in Jamaica. Richard Prince, the famed appropriation artist, used Cariou’s images without permission to create a set of photomontages and exhibited them in a show called Canal Zone at Gagosian Gallery. Cariou found out about Prince’s unauthorized reuse of his work and brought a lawsuit alleging copyright infringement. His complaint has been winding its way through the courts as one court has overruled another on appeal. Well, the Supreme Court has finally spoken by refusing to hear Cariou’s appeal, which lets stand a lower court’s finding that Prince’s appropriation is a fair use. You can read more about it in Hyperallergic. (Thanks to Jen Hall for the link.)
“Bon Hiver” is the traditional way to greet the first day of snow in french. So Bon Hiver! MassArt 11/12/13
So here is a little Snow
Snow by Dieter Roth
Image from “wait, later this will be nothing” editions by Dieter Roth MoMA
Snow / Dieter Rot with an introd. by the author (fotoversion des originals von 1964)
MassArt Artists’ Books
[ArtBk] N70 .R68 1970
Perhaps my favorite thing about hosting artist’s book classes in the library is that I learn so much from the students. Not only do the students provide ingenious insights into the books I’m showing them, they also turn me on to new books, magazines, websites, and artists.
Today’s very cool discovery is that there is a “fold of the week” website, where one can subscribe and be e-mailed short video tutorials of really nifty paper folds. http://www.foldfactory.com/
They also have hundreds of their archived videos available on youtube.
Here’s one mind-blowing example for all you paper-folding, artist book-makers.
The weather is getting colder, the nights are getting longer, and the flu season has already started.
NPR shared a beautiful animated short earlier this week by artist Ben Arthur on the world of microbes living in the human body.
An excellent reminder to eat right, get plenty of sleep, and wash your hands during this busy time of year!
Watching the Halloween Charlie Brown special is a tradition in my household but I never noticed the amazing color choices until I came across this article written by animator Justin Hilden.
In the article, Hilden takes a look at the reasons behind the use of color in the 1966 television special and its effect on the story.
I will admit that I was a lousy baseball fan this year. I had a baby in the summer who prevented me from watching a single inning until the World Series started last week, but I love Boston and I love when our teams win things! GO SOX! To celebrate those bearded fellas that play on the other side of the Fens here are some vintage Fenway images from the Boston Public Library.
Fenway Park, Home of the Boston Red Sox
Fenway Park 1914 World Series
Red Sox ca. 1935
Dana Carter : Keyword Cosmos
Location : 12th floor of tower in the Morton R. Godine Library
An exhibit including artists’ books, video, and studio ephemera co-mingled with a selection of books on color, light, and perspective from the MassArt special collection. The framework for the project is largely inspired by the short fiction, The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges. Taking a cue from the library as a location for the exhibition, the constellation of elements included reconsider the idea of a “search term” and the complexities that come with it today, from optics on a grand scale to the deep drift of on-line wandering.
“You who read me, are you certain you understand my language?
The certainty that everything has already been written annuls us or renders us phantasmal.
The library is unlimited but periodic. If an eternal traveler would journey in any direction he would find after untold centuries that the same volumes are repeated in the same disorder, which repeated, becomes order.
–Jorges Luis Borges, The Library of Babel
Sophie Calle : Last Seen
If you don’t know the work of Sophie Calle I highly recommend you check out some books of hers from our library.She can be best described as a photographer, installation artist, and conceptual artist. One of my favorite books and pieces of work of hers is called Suite vénitienne.
Ms. Calle had created a show called “Sophie Calle : Last Seen” that is based on the thefts of several paintings from our neighbors at Isabella Stewart Gardner. For the first time ever this show will be coming to Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Do not miss this! It will be running OCTOBER 24, 2013–MARCH 3, 2014. For more information visit the museum page.
I think MassArt’s Albert Munsell (1858-1918) might have enjoyed Blendoku, a color game for iPhone and Droid in which the user moves color tiles to their proper positions based on hue, value, and saturation (or chroma as Munsell would have called it). Very addictive, good for developing one’s color sensitivity, and free. (Thanks to a student in Frances Hamilton’s class today for telling me about it.)