The MassArt library collection never ceases to amaze me. Come by the library and view the vivid pochoir prints within the 5 book folio set of Repetoire Du Gout Moderne or The Repetory of Modern Taste by Albert Levy, 1928 – 1929.
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.
People are making virtual reality apps based on works of art. Here’s one using Bosch’s trippy Garden of Earthly Delights. Don’t want to pay for an expensive VR headset? You can use this with a $20 Google Cardboard viewer.
Hoorary for classes and crits getting wrapped up!
If you’re looking for suggestions for your newly found free-time, consider some vacation reading.
Here are a few of the enriching, entertaining, and eclectic titles we added to the library collection in 2015.
Crochet coral reef : a project / Margaret Wertheim + Christine Wertheim.
Los Angeles : Institute for Figuring, ©2015.
On Kawara — silence / Jeffrey Weiss with Anne Wheeler.
New York : Guggenheim Museum Publications, 2015.
N7359.K38 A4 2015
Brick / edited by William Hall ; essay by Dan Cruickshank.
London : Phaidon, 2015.
NA4120 .B73 2015
Civil rights and the promise of equality : photographs from the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Washington, D.C. : National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution ; London : D Giles Limited, 2015.
E185.615 .C582 2015
50 knots you need to know : learn 50 knots for sailing, climbing, camping and more.
New York : Dog & Bone, 2015.
VM533 .A44 2015
Fire in Cairo / Matthew Connors.
London : SPBH Editions [Self Publish, Be Happy], 2015.
TR647 .C654 2015
Funk & soul covers.
Köln : Taschen, 2015.
NC1882.7.F86 P38 2015
Secret language of flowers : notes on the hidden meanings of flowers in art.
Boston : Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum ; Arles : Actes Sud, ©2015.
N7680 .O58 2015
Paul Dobbs started working at MassArt in 1978 as an assistant in Continuing Education. He was just 25. He came to the position with several years of experience in journalism, having written for the Salem News, and in communications freelance work. Notably in the 70s he wrote a press release marking the gift of a miniature model radio to an Iranian general to thank the general for his order of American-made radios to operate Iranian air-force jets. That general was killed in the Iranian revolution shortly thereafter.
While working in Continuing Education, Paul was able to make both administrative and curricular improvements. After completing a course with Professor Emeritus John Holland he wrote a program for an Apple2e that the CE office used to automate registration. All transactions had previously been on paper. He employed The Graphic Workshop activists Felice Regan and John Hayes as faculty members. He created a course to take advantage of the tall ships coming to Boston Harbor. Maritime painting at the time was not in style so it was a hard fought course offering.
Paul quickly moved up the ranks. By the time he moved over to become the Registrar of the College in 1985, he had been promoted to Associate Dean of Continuing Education. Paul was eager to face new challenges posed by becoming Registrar. On applying for the position he secured references from Marjorie Hellerstein (Liberal Arts), Meg Hickey (Architecture), and Morton R. Godine (Vice President of Administration and Finance). Paul held the position of Registrar for only four years and used much of that time to clean up data and processes in the department. While in the Registrar’s office he worked with then Graphic Designer Professor Bernie LaCasse to design a more attractive, informative, and professional-looking transcript. This transcript design was used for years. After pulling several all-nighters to get grades out on time (and they always were!), Paul was ready to explore a new area of the College.
In 1989 President Bill O’Neil asked Paul what he would like to do next, and Paul responded that in meeting with other Registrars he had learned about Records Management and thought MassArt should be more proactively managing its own records. Bill agreed to let Paul found a Records Management program for the college on the condition that he would also establish an Archive for the college, for which Diana Korzenik (Chair of Education) had been agitating.
So in 1989 Paul founded the college’s Archives/Records Management Program. During his time as archivist/records manager, he twice served as Circulation Manager of the library. In 1989 during his second stint as Circulation Manager, Paul helped the library migrate away from the physical card catalog and adopt a consortium-wide automated library system.
In 2001 Paul was appointed interim Library Director and in 2005 permanent Library Director. As Library Director, among other accomplishments, Paul initiated library instruction in color theory and intellectual property ethics and curated two very successful exhibitions about the history of the college Gaining Perspective: A Visual History of MassArt and Rebellion and Grace: The Graphic Workshop, 1970-1992. He has served on the boards of Fenway Library Consortium, Fenway Libraries Online, and Massachusetts Council of Chief Librarians of Public Higher Education. At FLO he was board vice president and president during a crucial transition from one director to the next. Paul is leaving the College a significant gift in the form of the TJ Lyons type collection, the second largest collection of type in the United States. Together Professor Emeritus Al Gowan and Paul secured this generous donation for the College, which will be ready for its public unveiling early 2016.
The library staff is extremely grateful to Paul who has been the warmest and most generous Director one could hope for. But we’re pleased to think his retirement will allow him more time to grow organic produce, stop crude oil pipelines, bird watch, hike, and rabble rouse.
Gems from the Archives:
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:
For more information on the history, politics and art of street graffiti , please check out some of these books from our stacks:
…And many more!
Check out this interesting chronology of attempted charts in the quest to make sense of color.
Here is one of my favorites:
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.
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
Best New Series: Southern Bastards
Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers: Lumberjanes
Special Award for Humor in Comics: Chip Zdarsky, Sex Criminals
Best cartoonist: Terry Moore, Rachel Rising
Special Award for Excellence in Presentation: Little Nemo, Dream another Dream
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!
They have all been at some point among the books censored or suppressed in the United States on basis of obscenity, explicit language and subjects. The ban on those and other publications has since lifted, as obscenity laws loosened over time, often after a series of charged court cases. (see: Allen Ginsberg’s Howl) However, the conversation about the extent of free speech and the justification for its restriction is not a relic of the McCarthian era and is still taking place today. On one hand, schools, educators and parents in the United States take it onto themselves to investigate books that may contain themes, language or imagery unfit for minors, or specific age groups: the famous example being Huckleberry Finn, and the controversy about Mark Twain’s use of racially offensive language.
On the other hand, a number of books around the world are investigated in terms of their ideological stance to determine their moral and legal right to be published and distributed. Using the definition of hate speech, “harmful materials” or “false news”, and the state’s right to restrict them, certain countries are banning works such as Holocaust denial books or works of white-supremacist content. Is there a limit to free speech? If so, where is the line we draw?
September 27-October 3 – Banned Books Week
Learn more at
And while at it, take a look at the once-upon-a-time banned books we have in our collection:
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Grapes of wrath by John Steinbeck
Lady Chatterley’s lover by D. H. Lawrence
Naked lunch by William S. Burroughs
Uncle Tom’s cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe