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Vacation Reading

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.
N6512.5.F48 C58

On Kawarasilence / 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


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Paul Dobbs Retires After 37 Years at MassArt

Paul Dobbs as Walter Smith's Art Education

Paul Dobbs as Walter Smith’s Art Education

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.


Marjorie Hellerstein

Marjorie Hellerstein

Meg Hickey

Meg Hickey

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.

Bill O'Neill

Bill O’Neill

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.

Al Gowan

Al Gowan

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.

Fundraiser with student Rob Foley, President Kay Sloan, Bernice Godine, and Robert Pinsky

Fundraiser with student Ryan Foley, President Kay Sloan, Bernice Godine, and Robert Pinsky


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:

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Material Connexion Trial


The Library is providing trial access to the Material Connexion database.

“Material Connexion owns the world’s largest database of innovative materials and processes. It includes over 7000 materials representing eight categories: carbon-based materials, cement-based materials, ceramics, glass, metals, natural materials and derivatives, polymers and processes. This database provides comprehensive product information, technical specifications, application information, manufacturer and distributor contact information, and images for each material in the collection. 

Our database provides students and faculty with exposure to a wider range of materials, processes, and technologies than those that they see in their own field of study. We strongly believe in multi-disciplinary learning, and promote this belief by encouraging the use of materials in innovative applications for which they were not originally intended. By identifying parallels across disciplines, students gain a broader perspective that leads them to more informed conclusions in their own coursework.”
If you haven’t tried it out yet, please do and let us know what you think before the trial ends on 10/9.
Send feedback to: or
We thinks it’s pretty cool. Would it be a good resource for MassArt?
Material Connexion results screen


  • Over 7,000 of today’s most innovative materials
  • 24/7 access to a comprehensive online database
  • Monthly updates on 50-60 new materials


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Wangechi Mutu

If you missed Wangechi Mutu’s fantastic Adderley Lecture last night, or if you were there but just can’t get enough, here a few more treats for you.

A short documentary about her work from the Art Gallery of Ontario:

An interview with Mutu produced by Artnet:


And an excerpt from The End of Eating Everything:

The library will eventually get a copy of last night’s lecture, so check back for that.

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Suzanne Lacy at Lesley

Suzanne Lacy, an LA-based artist known for her socially engaged performances and founding director of the graduate public practice program at the Otis College of Art and Design, will be speaking tomorrow night at Lesley University.

If Lacy’s name rings a bell but you can’t place it, you may be familiar with the Godine Library’s copy of Rape Is by Suzanne Lacy.

Rape Is cover

Rape Is page

Rape Is page

Here are the details about the talk:

Thursday 12/4 @ 7 pm
Marran Theater
34 Mellen St.
Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

Internationally exhibited artist Suzanne Lacy is known for her installations, videos, and large-scale performances that focus on social themes of race, class, and gender equity, as well as urban issues.  Perhaps her most famous performance piece, The Crystal Quilt, was broadcast live on PBS and featured 430 women talking about their lives as they created an 82 foot square tableau in the shape of a quilt.   For the last 30 years, Lacy has taken her art out of the gallery and into the world to engage new audiences and galvanize a public discussion about race, poverty, and social justice.  Lacy’s 1995 book, Mapping the Terrain:  new genre public art is an influential anthology of essays about the impact of performance art in public spaces.  More recently, she published Leaving Art:  Writings on Performance, Politics, and Publics, 1974 – 2007.

To register:


And if you’d like to learn more about Lacy:

Lacy’s website–

Suzanne Lacy : spaces between / Sharon Irish (e-book)–

Art in America interview–

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Design Quarterly

Selected issues of the publication Design Quarterly are now freely available online.

Design Quarterly

“The Walker began publication of Everyday Art Quarterly in 1946, the first design journal issued by a museum. Through the Quarterly, audiences were introduced to the work of now-legendary designers. In 1954, the publication was renamed Design Quarterly, focusing on in-depth explorations of singular topics—an editorial practice that would continue until the 1990s. During the 1960s and 1970s, under the direction of Peter Seitz and later Mildred Friedman, the journal increasingly embraced topics that examined design’s impact on society. A range of subjects were explored that reflected the changing currents of design thinking: the visionary architecture of Archigram and Superstudio; issues of ecology and product obsolescence; the development of mass transit and urban renewal strategies; the ergonomics of everyday objects; and the impact of technology on design. The list of writers and contributors from this period reads as a who’s who of contemporary design.”

It’s fab. The Godine Library has many issues, but not all, in print.

You can find online issues here:

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Free Getty E-Books

In 2014, Getty Publications launched its Virtual Library with more than 250 titles spanning its forty-year publishing history. Titles are searchable by title, author, and keyword and include full descriptions, tables of contents, and links to read online. Only those titles that could be offered in their entirety were included in the initial launch of the Virtual Library. More will be added as they can be made available.

The Godine Library has added records for these titles to our online catalog so they are easy to find when doing research.

If you are curious to see what’s available, go to the catalog and do a keyword search for “Getty Publications virtual library”.

oudry's painted menagerie

You’ll find Oudry’s Painted Menagerie.

And Metalwork from the Hellenized East.


Along with nearly 250 other titles. All available to you from any computer.

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Media Viewing/Group Study Room


The Library’s new 60″ TV is installed and ready to go with streaming movies. It can also play DVDs and blu rays.

We’ve co-opted the office next to the conference room to make available to students and faculty, a group study/media viewing area.

  • The room can be reserved by MassArt students, faculty and staff for 3-hour blocks of time during the library’s open hours during the regular semester.
  • To reserve the room stop by the Reference Desk or e-mail When you arrive at the Library for your scheduled booking, please pick up the key at the Circulation/ Reference Desk. Your library account must be in good standing.

We’re also installing homasote on the walls. During crits the room will be bookable for 24-hour periods. (Accessible during the library’s open hours.)

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