Library staff recommendation: Remaking Race and History: The Sculpture of Meta Warrick Fuller

"Emancipation", 1913.

Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller (1877-1968) is a UArts alumna (Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art (PMSIA), Class of 1898) whose fame has diminished over the years. Following her PMSIA graduation and an award of another year of post-graduate PMSIA study, Fuller studied and exhibited in Paris for three years. While in Paris she met Auguste Rodin, who gave her encouragement, and notables such as W. E. B. DuBois. Upon returning to Philadelphia she again attended PMSIA in 1903, studying ceramics. She is best known for her sculpture, “Ethiopia Awakening” (1914).

Ater states in her introduction that her aim “is to make Fuller’s art visible and to define its importance in the history of American art. The canon of American art continues to presume that there is one American art history and one way of telling it. We need to broaden the academic inquiry, for if we do not, we fail to acknowledge the entirety of American culture. Fuller’s art and the cultural moment in which she created it reveal the interdependence of art making, race, gender, history, and public culture in the United States during the Progressive era. Early twentieth-century critics hailed Fuller as a significant African American artist of her generation, often linking her to Henry Ossawa Tanner. Today, however, Fuller is marginalized, invisible, and isolated from serious scholarship. I write to rectify this situation.”

Recommended by Sara MacDonald

Music In the Process of Becoming/Music As the Process of Becoming . . .

From left to right: Pauline Oliveros, 2011 (Photo: Claudio Casanova/AAJ/Italia), Earle Brown, 1993 (Photo: Sabine Matthes), Karlheinz Stockhausen, 1971 (Photo: Ray Stevenson).

In their attempts to rupture preconceptions of what music is, many composers of the 1960s and 1970s concerned themselves with “concept” as opposed to aesthetics. Artists and musicians of many stripes questioned both how music should be understood as a cultural product and how music should be performed and appreciated as a human activity. Here we spotlight three figures possessed of an experimental turn of mind—renegades, perhaps, but more accurately, searchers. Occasional headline grabbers (not always intentionally so) during those decades, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Pauline Oliveros, and Earle Brown have in common only that they afforded listeners with no conventional points of reference. Stockhausen, somewhat mystically, sought “the sound not yet heard”; Oliveros strove to deemphasize the value conventionally assigned to formal training; Brown emphasized the “creative ambiguity” of all interpretation. Their compositions embody that tendency within modernism that insists upon, indeed creates crisis—as in “crisis of conscience”—as the historically appropriate response to a beleaguered moment in the history of our age. But their conceptualizations of form, notation, and performance also lie at the core of the mobile and open-ended improvisatory music associated with today’s so-called New York downtown scene.

Excerpts of the scores for Oliveros’s Sonic Meditations (above), Stockhausen’s Stimmung (right) and Brown’s Event: Synergy (below).

As part of a series highlighting ideas that connect different approaches to music-making, the Music Library is exhibiting several scores and recordings from its collection by these composers.

By way of inducement, look-&-listen here—recent performances of Stimmung at the New Museum (Manhattan), Event-Synergy in Boston, and Oliveros’s ambient Heart of Tones at the Kolumba Museum, Cologne, Germany.

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Stockhausen’s Stimmung performed by Magic Names Group at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, May 2009

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Earle Brown’s Event: Synergy II- version I “illustrated” with Abstract Expressionism.

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Pauline Oliveros’s Heart of Tones performed by the Kolumba Choir at the Kolumba Museum in Cologne, Germany, 26 June 2008

We hope you’ll take a few minutes to visit our exhibit “Rethinking Music” in the UArts Music Library, 3rd floor of the Merriam Theater Building.

—Article by Phoebe Kowalewski

Digital Resource of the Week: PBS Arts

PBS Arts is a visual and performing arts website of the Public Broadcasting Service. Explore visual art, filmdance, theater, music, and writing through video. View them all in the Exhibition Archives. Here are some highlights:

Off Book is a PBS Arts collection of videos on experimental and avant-garde contemporary art. Topics such as Art in the Era of the Internet and Product Design are featured.

Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders is a series of video interviews with musicians and singers from around the world. Learn about Seu George, Brazilian samba singer, and concert pianist Yuja Wang.

loopdiver: The Journey of a Dance goes behind the scenes with the group Troika Ranch to capture the lives and emotions of its members.

PBS Arts also invites you to submit your own artwork via Flickr or YouTube. If you like PBS Arts, check out the PBS DVDs and videos available at the UArts Libraries!

Library staff recommendation: Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Cave of Forgotten Dreams
A film by Werner Herzog
GD1132 Greenfield DVD

Film director Werner Herzog was granted a rare opportunity to film the Chauvet Cave in France, which contains some of the oldest works of human art making known to exist. Not only are we able to see the mysterious and haunting images created thousands of years ago, but Herzog introduces us to the people studying the cave, and allows us to the see the methods that they are using to learn about its origins. As always, Herzog brings a unique perspective to the proceedings, one which fits with the profound nature of the subject.

To see more films by Werner Herzog, please check out
Herzog / Kinski, GD 619 vols. 1-6 in the Greenfield DVD collection.

Recommended by Mike Sgier
Recommended by Mike Sgier

New in ARTstor from UArts Visual Resources: Robert Alan Bechtle

Visual Resources recently added works by American artist Robert Alan Bechtle to the UArts Visual Resources Collection in ARTstor. Check it out now!

"'61 Pontiac" 1968-69

Robert Bechtle is an American artist, born 1932. He is a Photorealist, which was most popular during the 1970s. Bechtle used photography to construct his paintings, taking a picture of something first, then working from the photograph.

"Roses" 1973

There is a certain simplicity to Photorealism that can be refreshing. The artists’ intentions are usually to just paint exactly what is seen. This holds true for Bechtle’s work, though his paintings also emit a sense of stillness. Now, they also exhibit some nostalgia for the American lifestyle.

 

"'71 Buick" 1972

If you would like to see more works by Bechtle, click on an image to be taken directly to ARTstor. For more information about the artist, please visit Grove Art Online.

Digital Resource of the Week: BBC Four Collections

BBC Four, one of the television and radio stations of the British Broadcasting Corporation, has made many of its programs available online. Called BBC Four Collections, they include:

All American programs aired in the mid 1960s and have continued through 2011. Most are a half hour to an hour in length and cover topics such as The Devil’s Music (that would be the Blues), an interview with Maya Angelou, a profile of Jackson Pollock, and the sex scandal of New York’s Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.

 

Victoria Spivey sings the Blues
Victoria Spivey sings the Blues

Army: A Very British Institution is about the history of the British Armed Forces.

Radio 4 Collections is broken into 4 areas: art, history, science, and society. There are interviews with theater actors and playwrights and programs about the ancient world.

Talk, a radio broadcast series, includes interviews with influential contemporary figures such as actor Nigel Hawthorne, artist Henry Moore, and film director Orson Welles.

 

Salvador Dali on Melancholic British Art
Salvador Dali on Melancholic British Art

UArts Libraries Workshops Spring 2012

It’s paper-writing and midterms time! Buff up your research skills and learn more about what the UArts Libraries have to offer. Bring your laptop — these are hands-on workshops — or watch, listen and learn.

Workshops will start on time so we can end on time and you can get to class.  All workshops run 12:00pm-12:40pm.

You can also see the workshops as events on our Facebook page.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 • Anderson Hall M-4

ARTSTOR: TEACHING AND LEARNING WITH DIGITAL IMAGES

What you’ll learn: ARTstor is a huge subscription database of digital images (1.4 million images and counting!), which also includes the images from the UArts Libraries’ Visual Resources Collection. Learn how to create your own account, search, save and download images into the Offline Image Viewer (OIV), ARTstor’s image presentation tool. Better than PowerPoint!

Who’s giving the workshop: Laura Grutzeck is the Visual Resources Librarian and digitizer extraordinaire.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012Terra 1212

GOOGLE LIKE A PRO: GETTING MORE OUT OF GOOGLE

What you’ll learn: Discover Google Scholar, Books, Video, and more. Learn new ways to find articles, browse images and other media, and explore advanced searching options.

Who’s giving the workshop: Shannon Marie Robinson, Access Services Librarian and Googlehead, has an MFA in Fibers and earned her master’s degree in information science online. Also offered Thursday, March 15, in Anderson M-4.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012 • Anderson M-4

GOOGLE LIKE A PRO: GETTING MORE OUT OF GOOGLE

What you’ll learn: Discover Google Scholar, Books, Video, and more. Learn new ways to find articles, browse images and other media, and explore advanced searching options.

Who’s giving the workshop: Shannon Marie Robinson, Access Services Librarian and Googlehead, has an MFA in Fibers and earned her master’s degree in information science online. Also offered Tuesday, March 13, in Terra 1212.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012 • Terra 1212

APPS FOR RESEARCH & LEARNING

What you’ll learn: Come see what iPhone, iPad, and Android apps are available to help you find sources and organize your research from anywhere.

Who’s giving the workshop: Josh Roberts is the UArts Libraries Digital Initiatives & Systems Librarian and has undergraduate degrees in computer science and electrical engineering.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012 • Anderson M-4

EBOOKS FROM THE LIBRARY: EBRARY AND MORE

Take a hands-on tour of ebrary, the Libraries’ source for more than 70,000 downloadable ebooks, and learn about other online sources for free ebooks.

What you’ll learn: Setting up your own ebrary account; adding titles to your bookshelf and creating folders; how to highlight, take notes, and add your own hyperlinks; how to download and view.

Who’s giving the workshop: Josh Roberts, UArts Libraries Digital Initiatives & Systems Librarian, has undergraduate degrees in computer science and electrical engineering and a master’s in information science.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012Terra 1212

DIIGO: ORGANIZING YOUR RESEARCH ONE LINK AT A TIME

Diigo is a free social bookmarking site/mobile app that lets you save, organize, annotate, and share your favorites of the Internet right there in cyberspace – accessible anywhere, anytime from any web-enabled device.

What you’ll learn: Learn how to use Diigo to keep your research tagged and organized. Discover how to set privacy levels so you can share resources for group projects and find people with interests similar to your own, or keep your bookmarks to yourself!

Who’s giving the workshop: Shannon Marie Robinson, Access Services Librarian, has an MFA in Fibers and earned her master’s degree in information science online. She digs Diigo and has always wanted her own label-maker.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012 • Anderson M-4

EBSCOhost ARTICLES

EBSCOhost is the University Libraries’ largest source of full-text articles from thousands of publications in all disciplines. It’s an important online resource for all majors.
What you’ll learn: Learn what types of publications are available in EBSCOhost and explore various methods to search. Discover how to save, email, and cite sources as well as use EBSCOhost from your favorite mobile device.

Who’s giving the workshop: Shannon Marie Robinson, Access Services Librarian, has an MFA in Fibers and earned her master’s degree in information science online. She searches ESBCOhost almost every day.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012 Terra 1212

INTERLIBRARY LOAN AND WORLDCAT: ALL AROUND THE WORLD

The UArts Libraries may not own everything you need, but we can get it for you from another library.

What you’ll learn: How to search for and request books, articles, videos, not owned by the UArts Libraries.

Who’s giving the workshop: Mary Louise Castaldi is the UArts Libraries Reference & Interlibrary Loan Librarian and has been requesting materials for UArts patrons from all over the country and the world for 12 years.

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Can’t get to a workshop? We’d love to come to your class, your office, or schedule an appointment with you in the library to show you these great research tools.

Digital Resource of the Week: The Lively Morgue

The New York Times has started a Tumblr to showcase its extensive photo archive. Each week, The Lively Morgue will publish several photographs from the newspaper’s collection. Each photo has the date taken, explanatory caption, and photographer’s name.

Besides weekly updates, you can search The Lively Morgue by tags such as black and white photography, by decade (such as the 1970s), or by subjects like fashion and sports.

from an article about the New York Aquarium in Coney Island, 1993
from an article about the New York Aquarium in Coney Island, 1993

Additionally, The Times is posting images of the back-side of the photographs. David Dunlap, journalist for the newspaper, explains that this is where the life of the photograph is recorded. “In many cases,” he writes, “you’ll get to see how often the photo was used, in what context and at what size; the information provided by the photographer; and the information that made it into the published caption.”

 

Many of the photographs will also be posted on The Lens, The Times’ photography and videography blog. Essays accompany the series of photographs, providing more insight into the people and places depicted in the images.

If you have your own Tumblr account, you’ll be able to repost and like photos posted on The Lively Morgue, creating your own collection of cultural, political, and social history.

 

from a fashion report on paper dresses, 1968
from a fashion report on paper dresses, 1968

 

New in ARTstor from UArts Visual Resources: Charles Ephraim Burchfield

Visual Resources recently added works by American artist Charles Ephraim Burchfield to the UArts Visual Resources Collection in ARTstor. Check it out now!

"The Insect Chorus" 1917

Charles Burchfield was an American artist who lived from 1893-1967. He is known for his beautiful and colorful watercolors. His early works are decorative in style and somewhat abstract in subject, often depicting emotions, sounds or occurrences in nature. Later, his work shifted to a more realistic style as he began to paint urban and industrial scenes, including houses, railway yards and mines.

"Over Porch Roof" 1933

Eventually, he reverted back toward his original style, based slightly in Expressionism and dealing with the subject of nature. His changing methods showcase his many abilities as a painter.

"Edge of Town" n.d.

Perhaps one of the most interesting facets of Burchfield’s work is how modern it looks, despite Burchfield not being exposed to this type of art.

If you would like to see more works by Burchfield, click on an image to be taken directly to ARTstor. For more information about the artist, please visit Grove Art Online or come see some of the books on Burchfield in the Greenfield Library.

"The Four Seasons" 1949-60

The Alan Lomax Archives and Global Jukebox

Have you ever wanted to know what Russian folk music sounded like during the Soviet era? Listen to some rare recordings of Woody Guthrie and other folk musicians, both famous and obscure? Watch a New Orleans funeral parade? Now you can experience these things and more thanks to the Alan Lomax Archives and its label, Global Jukebox.

Sonny Terry (obscured), Woody Guthrie, Lilly Mae Ledford, Alan Lomax, New York, 1944. Photographer unknown. Source: American Folklife Center
"Congregant of the Union Holiness Church with Tambourine", Portsmouth, Virginia, 2 May 1960. Association for Cultural Equity reference number: 01.01.0709

Folklorist and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax (1915-2002) devoted his life to collecting and promoting folk music. It was Lomax who was the first to record  music legends such as Muddy Waters and Woody Guthrie, and in the 1930s and 40s he counted among the first to recognize African American music as a valuable part of American cultural heritage. Not limiting his interest to American music, Lomax also travelled to such far-flung places as the Caribbean, Britain, Morocco and the former USSR, not only to document their folk music but also to cast a light on the “commonalities among music styles from the world over”. By the time of his death Lomax had amassed over 5,000 hours of sound recordings, 40,000 feet of film, 3,000 videotapes, 5,000 photographs and an equally vast number of manuscripts—one of the largest archives ever to document folk music.  In 2004 Lomax’s materials were transferred to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, where the long process of digitization commenced.

It was Lomax’s dream to use this wealth of materials to create what he called a “global jukebox”, a multimedia experience that would not only connect music from around the world, but also make it accessible to the public. Ten years after his death, in January 2012, Lomax’s dream was finally realized. Thanks to the collaboration between the American Folklife Center and the Lomax’s own Association for Cultural Equity, the “global jukebox” is now accessible online. Additionally, as of this week, 17,000 unique and rare recordings will be available for free streaming. Many more will be able to be purchased as MP3s and CDs through Global Jukebox, the aptly named first independent label of the Alan Lomax Archives. The recordings include a large cross section of 20th-century folk music– from the renowned likes of Woody Guthrie and Spanish flamenco singer Anastacio Baque to obscure and often anonymous figures such as Italian fishermen and Caribbean revelers. In addition to these sound recordings, there is an impressive array of video clips, photographs, and interviews. Lomax’s digitized archives create a highly dynamic multimedia experience that is sure to engage you, no matter where your musical tastes might lie.

"Al paru bagpipe player", Maletto, Sicilia, 9 July 1954. Association for Cultural Equity Reference number: 01.03.0150

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