Digital preservation: it’s an issue.

The Library of Congress has released a short video, “Why Digital Preservation is Important for Everyone“. Digitization was thought to be the answer to many information system questions of access, storage, and preservation, but as time has passed we’ve realized that it’s more complicated and a lot more work than was anticipated (some photographers are going back to film!). Check out this short video, and learn as much as you want from the rest of the site. There’s also a video with tips on how you can preserve your own materials.

Digital Library of the Week: Quilts and Quiltmaking in America

Seize the Day (1994) by Linda Harshbarger
Seize the Day (1994) by Linda Harshbarger

Quilts and Quiltmaking in America, 1976-1996 is a wonderful collection from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

This beautiful collection contains over 400 images and over 150 recorded interviews with the quiltmakers, making it an invaluable primary resource for anyone interested in textiles, Americana, and women’s history. Two terrific essays by Laurel Horton, internationally famous for her quilt research and lectures, are also included.

If you are new to quilting check out the glossary. Each term is linked to images in the collection that illustrate the technique or concept. And don’t forget the bibliography!

As always, don’t forget the UArts Libraries resources! Search for the subject “quilt” to see a full selection of materials. Oxford Art Online has a great entry on quilts and lots of additional images to view as well as biographies of famous quilters such as Faith Ringgold.

SuMFA Food for Thought Lecture Series: Stuart Elster

Stuart Elster is a painter and University of the Arts assistant professor. He is also the coordinator for the UArts Painting and Drawing department and participates in the Summer MFA program as a critic. He has a master of fine arts degree in painting and printmaking from Yale University.

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He writes in his UArts faculty biography:

“I am interested in paintings that enable me to question the relationship between authority and the individual. I believe in the role of the artist as a cultural commentator. For me, the representational aspect of painting acts as a form of protest. It can be a platform for the expression of artistic power in the face of authoritarian forces. Working within the structures and definitions of painting’s history, I combine traditionally opposed and/or antagonistic positions such as hierarchy and simultaneity, representation and abstraction, optical projection (perspective) and flatness (the grid), the sublime and the banal and humor and mourning, among other combinations in my work.”

Find out more information on the Summer MFA Food for Thought lecture series. Lectures are about an hour long, free, and open to the public.