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Dayanita Singh Artist’s Book in Gallery Exhibition

Dayanita Singh’s Sent a Letter (2007) is on display at the Paine Gallery as part of the Looking In/Looking Out exhibition, which examines contemporary Indian art. The work, which is on loan from the MassArt Library, consists of 7 accordion-fold mini photo books that each document the artist’s travels to a city in India. The individual volumes look stunning on the custom-built shelves against a purple backdrop. Check out the exhibit, which runs through Dec. 5.

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Farewell, Yvonne Craig

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Librarians everywhere are no doubt sad to say goodbye to Yvonne Craig, dancer and actress, who played Batgirl in the 1960s hit TV show “Batman.” When not defending Gotham City against Evildoers, she was of course a librarian, helping library patrons find information. In addition to appearing in “Batman,” Craig was an advocate for women’s issues, especially equal pay. She will be missed. See her obit in the Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/20/arts/television/batgirl-dies-yvonne-craig.html?_r=0 

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Colorful Composition

Thanks to Amy Yang from the Counseling and Wellness Center for sharing this wonderful photo, which she shot from the stairs in the library. As you can see, the library is quiet today. Plenty of chairs and books to go around. unnamed

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Seeds of Knowledge Opening

We had a great turnout for the Seeds of Knowledge: Sustainability Books and Posters from the MassArt Library opening last week. Edward Morris gave a great talk about how he came to the idea of using posters to motivate people to take action on climate change. Initially he used photos of the effects of global warming but then after seeing an exhibit of World War II posters, he realized that a combination of words and images was best suited to provoke action.

The show will be up until April 30. Stop by a take a look and enjoy Christy Chow’s installation reading room. Below are some pictures from the opening showing Ed Morris giving his talk, students and others at the show, and lastly Ed Morris with co-organizers Greg Wallace, Jane Marsching, and Christy Chow.

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Seeds of Knowledge: Sustainability Books and Posters from the MassArt Library

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One of the fastest growing areas in the library collection has been in the field of sustainability. This reflects intensifying interest in the subject from MassArt students, faculty and staff alike. To coincide with Earth Day, the library is organizing an exhibition of our new materials with Jane Marsching and Christy Chow. The materials fall into the categories of books and posters. We will feature artists’ books in display cases and there will be a number of books that people can peruse in a designated reading area. The library will also be decked out with posters from the Just Seeds and Green Patriot Posters projects among others. The show will run through the month of April.

Christy Chow is transforming a section of the library into a nature-inspired zone of contemplation where people will be able to read while being surrounded by plants and moving water.

In addition to the exhibition itself, there will be a keynote talk given by Edward Morris of the Canary Project on Monday, April 6th at 6:30 pm. The mission of the Canary Project is to call attention to climate change and environmental destruction through the use of art and media. The event is open to all and there will be refreshments.

Interested in what books and posters will be on display? Check out our online research guide.

Image: Henni Sundlin, http://www.greenpatriotposters.org/posters/index.php?p=633

 

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Superbowl Stadium

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When the Patriots meet the Seahawks in the Superbowl this Sunday they will be playing in the University of Phoenix Stadium, which is the home of the Arizona Cardinals. This stadium was designed by “starchitect” Peter Eisenman in collaboration with the firm Populous. It features not only a fully retractable roof but a retractable field. Yes, the actual football field is mounted on rails and can slide out into the open air. The grass can then get sunlight and not cause humidity problems inside the stadium structure. You can see a clip from a documentary in which Eisenman talks about some of the design features here:

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Hidden in the Light

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When was the last time you saw the Milky Way, the galaxy we live in? Few now ever see it. City lights brighten our nighttime skies and make the myriad of stars impossible to see for all except those far from human civilization. What we lose is not only a view of a marvel of nature but a sense of perspective. Seeing the Milky Way reminds us of our smallness and our transient passage on earth. The French photographer Thierry Cohen wanted to imagine what it would look like if the great cities of the world turned off their lights and the result is a cosmic spectacle set amid an urban landscape. Obviously Cohen could not ask cities to shut off the lights so he created a series of photomontages in which city scenes are melded with views of the night sky taken from remote locations such as the Nevada desert. Read about his project in the NY Times or visit the Danziger Gallery website to see more views.

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Sneak Peak: Harvard Art Museums

Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 1.38.37 PM After a very long closure, the Fogg and other Harvard art museums will finally be open to the public on November 16. Boston Magazine has some images of the renovation and expansion project that was designed by Renzo Piano. One of the highlights of the new museum complex will be the restored Mark Rothko murals that hung in a faculty dining room for years and faded badly in the sun. Check out the images and read the details in Boston Magazine.

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Artsy

One of the most intriguing art websites I’ve come across recently is Artsy. It is ambitious in scope and seeks nothing less than to make  “all of the world’s art accessible to anyone with an internet connection.” So what does it have to offer? It includes about 200,000 images, profiles of 25,000 artists, a feature that lets you browse numerous museums and galleries, updates from the art world. My favorite part of it though is the “Art Genome Project,” still in development. This allows a user to search by category and find relevant works of art. For instance, if you select “Stolen Moments” from a list of categories, you get a large selection of images showing casually observed private moments such as the one pictured by Juan Escauriaza. large

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artsy also provides solid metadata about the images it includes (date, medium, etc.) and even lets you know if they’re for sale. So take a look at Artsy. I think you’ll find it a useful and engaging way to learn about artists and movements in contemporary art.

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