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Bread and Puppet Residency at MassArt February 2016

If you haven’t seen a Bread and Puppet show before, there are still several left!

Wednesday through Saturday, February 17th-20th: 7:30 pm; Sunday, February 21st: 3:00 pm


The Seditious Conspiracy Theater Presents: A Monument to the Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera

Tower Auditorium, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

And check out their artwork, installations  and of course, bread!

Art Exhibit:
Friday, February 12 – Sunday February 21 
7 am-7 pm

North East Kingdom Weapons and Tools for Decapitalization

political art installation created by Peter Schumann

Hours: 7am-7pm, and after all performances

And if you don’t know who they are, please check out their website.

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Graffiti in other countries – Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel in the Azores

I recently returned from a trip to the largest of the nine islands in the Azores, which are located  in the North Atlantic, not far from the coast of Portugal. I noticed immediately that there was an abundance of beautiful graffiti all around the capital city of Ponta Delgada. Some examples:

White flower FacesSeahorseSea facesDeer tentaclePineapple shipSquidGirl with dogKid in carriageMonkeyguyOld womanPufferfish

For more information on the history, politics and art of street graffiti , please check out some of these books from our stacks:

The art of getting over : graffiti at the millennium

The history of American graffiti

Crimes of style : urban graffiti and the politics of criminality

Getting up : subway graffiti in New York

Graffiti women : street art from five continents

Stencil graffiti

Street art : the graffiti revolution

RackGaki : Japanese graffiti

The world atlas of street art and graffiti

…And many more!

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2015 Harvey Award winners announced

One of the most prestigious awards for comics and sequential art, The Harvey Awards were recently presented in Baltimore, MD, during the Baltimore Comic-Con. Named in honor of the late Harvey Kurtzman, the Harvey Awards are the only ones in the industry both nominated and selected by comic book professionals.

Some of the winners include:

Best Artist: Fiona Staples, Saga 

Best Continuing or Limited Series: Saga

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Best New Series: Southern Bastards

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Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers: Lumberjanes

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Special Award for Humor in Comics: Chip Zdarsky, Sex Criminals

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Best cartoonist: Terry Moore, Rachel Rising

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Special Award for Excellence in Presentation: Little Nemo, Dream another Dream

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Several of these books can be found in the MassArt library, or we may have other work by the same artists and authors. For the complete list of winners, please see the 2015 list here. You can also see past winners on the main page for The Harvey Awards. Enjoy!

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Sculpture Show at the Roger Williams Botanical Gardens – RI

This past weekend, a friend and I went to see the Sculpture show in Roger Williams Botanical Gardens. It was wonderful to be in the warm enclosed greenhouses, which smelled of blooming flowers and dirt, while it was still snowing outside.

The sculptures were mostly ceramic based, with other materials incorporated, and the artists were from New York mostly.

Tomoko Abe, NY

Linda Huey, MA

Kathy Ruttenberg, NY

Leigh Taylor Mickelson, NY

Arnold Zimmerman, NY

Susan Crowell, MI

Almost all of the sculptures were installed among the indoor gardens and pools, including a piece that was put into the koi pond. It ranged from large statues, porcelain abstracts, plant-like pieces, and creatures that would fit right into Alice and Wonderland.  And the variety of plants, trees and flowers the Gardens contain were beautiful and plentiful. They even had a carnivorous plant section!

 

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Skeletons in the library

We have recently added a number of skeletons (resin replicas, not real ones) to our collection and they are available for anyone to come draw from.  The Illustration Dept. has been kind enough to bring them to us. They are not able to leave the library, but we may consider letting faculty check them out for classes in the future.

As of right now, we have acquired:

2 full human skeletons

1 cat skeleton

1 small dog skeleton

1 child skull (5 years old)

1 snake skeleton

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ICA upcoming event- Cocoon

Artist Bea Camacho will be crocheting herself into a yarn cocoon on November 13 or 15, so if you are looking for something interesting to watch, head to the ICA! The performance is in response to the current fibers show “Fiber Sculpture:1960-Present,” whic features 50 works by 33 international artists.

The Godine library has a copy of Fiber: sculpture 1960-present – come check it out!

Here is a previous work by Camacho, done at a similar performance in London at the Tate Modern.

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The Future Library Project

So libraries…what will they be like in a 100 years?

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In a recent article in The Guardian, the Scottish artist Katie Paterson introduced a long-term project called The Future Library Project. which involves 1,000 trees and 100 years. Every year, starting in 2014, a writer will be invited to contribute a text to the collection, until 2114, when the trees Paterson has planted will be cut down and used to publish all of the texts. None of them will be available to be read before then. Margaret Atwood, one of my favorite authors, is the first to sign on with the project. Author of such works as The Handmaid’s Tale and  Oryx and Crake, Atwood believes this will be a challenging feat, as the authors have no idea as to what audience they will be writing for, 100 years out. Language will have changed, and they will need to make the words accessible to a wide audience, regardless of their age, gender or culture.  The texts will be housed in the Deischmanske Public library in Oslo, Norway.  Please see the article for more information and check out Paterson‘s website which features past and current  projects. And look for Atwood’s books in the Godine library!

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