An excellent online resource offered through the University Libraries, Daily Life through History will help you explore arts and culture throughout the world, from prehistory through the 20th century. (If you are off-campus, you will be asked to log-in with your UArts email username and password.)
Start here for all your historical research needs. Search by era, such as Renaissance Europe, the Roman Empire, or Contemporary America (Hey First Year Writers – this is perfect for all that decades research!). Each section contains a thorough review of the domestic and political trends and events, with links to images and maps, and recommended further reading. The section Idea Exchange documents scholarly opinions on contemporary topics such as the Internet’s impact on the individual or questioning if women’s lives are better now than in the past.
Originally published in the 1950s, this illustrated collection of 28 fairy tales from around the world is a classic. The contents include well-known stories such as “Sleeping Beauty”, “Thumbelina”, and “Cinderella”, and lesser-known tales such as “Finn, the Keen Falcon” and “Green Snake”. What sets it apart, though, are the beautiful and intricate illustrations by Adrienne Ségur (1901-1981). The head- and tail-pieces are just as beautiful as the full-page illustrations.
Not much is known in the United States about Ségur, who was born in Greece to a French father and Greek mother, but a diligent researcher has translated a pamphlet about her. If you’re familiar with Ségur’s works, you’ll see her own resemblance to her illustrations.
Sir Henry Wellcome (1853-1936) was an inventive pharmacist who also collected items related to medicine and health. As well as establishing medical research centers, Sir Henry wanted his collections to available to professionals to help them learn more about the history of science and the development of modern medicine.
Now open to the public, The Wellcome Collection pairs Sir Henry’s collection with new acquisitions not only in the fields of medicine and biology, but also the arts. Wellcome Images has thousands of historical and contemporary images on various themes. The collection will lead you to more images and video as subject explorations, such as Science and Artand Genetics.
Congratulations to sophomore Erik Ilawan and freshman Jessica Kaster, both Illustration majors and both winners of our library tour drawing! They took tours of the library, and they each won a $100 Visa gift card.
Long before the term graphic novel was coined, and before it was acceptable for a comic to be considered art, Lynd Ward was using the power of pure images to create ‘stories without words.’ Like fellow printmaker Frans Masereel, Ward used the technique of wood engraving to create a series of rich and intricate images that when put together told a powerful narrative. No theme was too large for Ward, as he tackled death, fate, sex, and the struggle of the individual against insurmountable forces. Of special note are the stories “God’s Man” and “Vertigo”, both contained in this volume.
Jacob’s Pillow, “America’s longest running international dance festival,” brings you an interactive website full of performances from the 1930s through today’s hottest dancers. The history of Jacob’s Pillow is rooted in an old New England farm, purchased by dance couple Ted Shawn and Ruth St. Denis in 1930. And it’s still making history – in March of this year, President Obama awarded Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival the National Medal of Arts.
Initially, I thought Tracey Emin’s work was a joke. I wrote it off quickly and
reshelved it. I was 17 or so at the time. I have since revisited it. I am now able to
see just how much is really happening. I consider Tracey Emin one of the most
honest and pure artists of this century. Whether or not the work is “good” is an
entirely different matter. Her work is compelling, pulling from emotional states
nearly all of us have been in. I find myself lost in the pages of this book, reading
and re-reading her appliquéd messages or prints and reflecting. Julian Schnabel’s
essay is as honest as the work, and is followed up with Emin’s own writing, a perfect
set up for the plates of work that follow. In addition to Schnabel, Patrick Elliott
states it perfectly, “She lays herself open to scrutiny with a disarming frankness
and fearlessness that can be excruciating to observe… Everything she does can be
recycled into art.”
Europa Film Treasuresprovides free access to nearly 150 early European films. You can search the collection a number of ways, making browsing this treasured archive easy and fun. Limit by time period (the collection includes films from 1895-1999), country of origin, or genre (such as animation, dance, drama, and fiction). An interesting search feature is element; you film buffs can see the difference between hand couloured and stencil coloured! (Note the British spellings.)
Each entry contains a brief essay about the film and a link to view the film. Enjoy!