Studio Art MFA Food for Thought Lecture Series: Nelly Massera

Media artist Nelly Massera will speak Thursday, July 5, at 7pm in Terra Hall, Connelly Lecture Hall. Massera lives and works in France. She has exhibited internationally, participating in numerous residencies and solo exhibitions. Below are details about two of her films. Check out her website for more.

video still from Made in China
video still from Made in China

The Shout (2009)

“The Shout is a split screen video, a sound and visual diptych. Territories appear and follow one another, empty on one side, each occupied by a person on the other. Doubled images, long panoramic pictures, echoing narration. They are waiting, looking at us. Interior/day, prison scene: suddenly, a shout starts, carrying all the others along, the one of the children in the ruined building, the one of the woman in the bunker… The territory, the person and the shout are mutually embodied, occupying the entire screen and sound space. This split screen video has been realized in Latvia on the territory of Karosta, during an artist residency. This territory, at the same time fascinating and oppressive made to emerge this project, these presences, these shouts. I asked to people to choose a place, as a territory to shout.”

Starry Night (2010)

“A totally dark space of projection.The gaze has to get used to the twilight. The shot is taken at night, a space of basic architecture, covered by a faint light, barely unveils. The all-present sound of a cyclic flowing water fills the space. The sky thunders, the rain falls and mixes with the fountain’s sound. A violent, pale, almost unreal light flashes the scene and reveals it furtively to the viewer; then comes the sound of the lightning that splits the scene. The frequency of the lightnings increases, the rain becomes stronger, the sound gets denser, the howling of the wolves joins in the scene.”

 

 

Library staff recommendation: Sometimes I Think, Sometimes I Am

Sometimes I Think, Sometimes I Am
By Sara Fanelli
This collection of Fanelli’s collage work and drawings serves as a peek into her private thoughts and dreams. As a children’s book author and illustrator, her words often mingle with images, typography becomes animate. Fanelli often draws what I think of as her sweet, though sometimes devious, imaginary friends – an onion-headed girl, little devils, and flying angels. Her colors are often primary and undiluted while her papers are found sheets of old lined notebooks, yellowed and sometimes torn. Her work is a wonderful blend of delight and melancholy that is always intimate and immediate.
Recommended by Shannon Robinson

Studio Art MFA Food for Thought Lecture Series

The annual Studio Art MFA lecture series, Food for Thought, kicks off with four lectures. All lecture are free and open to the public.

Below is a selection of resources available online or from UArts Libraries on the artists lecturing this week.

Charles Long (Monday, June 25, 7pm in Hamilton Hall, CBS Auditorium)

Long is a University of the Arts alumni (BFA in Painting, 1981) and is an internationally exhibited artist with over 30 solo shows. He is represented by the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York City.

Long’s work is included in Silver Star Alumni Award Exhibition from the University of the Arts, College of Art and Design (Philadelphia: The University of the Arts, 2009). Find it in Greenfield Library Open Stacks, call number 709.22 Un384s.

Also watch the video Charles Long (Philadelphia: University of the Arts, 2006). Ask at the desk for Greenfield Library VHS call number GV822.

Check out Charles Long: More like a Dream than a Scheme curated by Vesela Sretenovic (Providence, R.I.: David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, 2005). Find it in Greenfield Library Open Stacks, call number 709.24 L85d.

Charles Long, Poem of the River, 2005
Charles Long, Poem of the River, 2005

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Jeanne Quinn (Tuesday, June 26, 7pm in Terra Building, Connelly Auditorium)

Jeanne Quinn is a ceramics artist and has exhibited internationally, including Sweden and Taiwan. Read an interview with her from the American Crafts Council website.

Her work is also included in Crafting Content: Ceramic Symposium 2008 (Fayetteville, Ark.: Univ. of Arkansas, College of Arts & Sciences, 2008). Find it in Greenfield Library Open Stacks, call number 738.0922 C842u.

Jeanne Quinn, A Thousand Tiny Deaths, 2009
Jeanne Quinn, A Thousand Tiny Deaths, 2009

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Pedro Reyes (Wednesday, June 27, 7pm in Terra Building, Connelly Auditorium)

Pedro Reyes is a Mexican sculptor and media and performance artist. His works aim to increase individual or collective agency in social, environmental or educational situations.

Read more about Reyes’ work in Rethinking Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education edited by Eungie Joo and Joseph Keehn II (New York: Routledge, 2011). Find it in Greenfield Library Open Stacks, call number 707.1073 R314n 2011.

Harper Montgomery reviews Reyes’ Sanatorium from 2009 at the Guggenheim from Art Nexus.

Pedro Reyes, The Museum of Hypothetical Lifetimes SANATORIUM, 2011
Pedro Reyes, The Museum of Hypothetical Lifetimes SANATORIUM, 2011

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Sadia Salim (Thursday, June 28, 7pm in Terra Building, Connelly Auditorium)

Sadia Salim studied design, majoring in ceramics, at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (IVS) in Karachi. She has exhibited internationally and won numerous awards.

Read about Installation in the Bluecoat Vide Art in Liverpool and about Transience from aSYNEDOCHEme.

Sadia Salim, Transience, 2009
Sadia Salim, Transience, 2009

Library staff recommendation: MOME

MOME v. 6 – 9
Edited by Eric Reynolds and Gary Groth
741.5 M732 v. 6 – 9 Greenfield Open Stacks

One of the last great comic anthologies published, MOME presents a wide overview of the current crop of alternative and independent cartoonists, from established figures to emerging artists. Highlights include the experimental work of Tim Hensley, the psychedelic visions of Jim Woodring, and the autobiographical work of Lewis Trondheim and Gabrielle Bell. But no matter what, each page is guaranteed to show a unique world within the comics medium.

Recommended by Mike Sgier
Recommended by Mike Sgier

Digital Resource of the Week: Rare Book Room

Through the publishing house Octavo, the Rare Book Room currently has over 400 digitized books available to read online. Many of the books are beautiful examples of the histories of print design, typography, and illustration.

You can search by subject such as literature (where you will find Shakespeare’s work), graphic arts (including a work by Bodoni), music (mostly Beethoven and Mozart), or photography (the Pennsylvania Railroad Photographs from the 1870s are here).

Many of the libraries that hold the original materials are right here in Philadelphia! In the drop-down menu for Find by Library, check out The American Antiquarian Society, The American Philosophical Society, the Ewell Sale Stewart Library of the Academy of Natural Sciences, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, The Library Company of Philadelphia, the Rosenbach Museum & Library, and the University of Pennsylvania Library.

Please note that you will have to allow pop-ups on your web browser to use the site.

Here are some highlights of the collection:

A book of hours - "Horae Beatae Mariae ad usum Romanum" - from 1524
A book of hours - "Horae Beatae Mariae ad usum Romanum" - from 1524
Louis Renard's "Poissons, Ecrevisses et Crabes, de Diverses Couleu" (1719)
Louis Renard's "Poissons, Ecrevisses et Crabes, de Diverses Couleu" (1719)

 

Lewis Carroll's "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass" illustrated by Blanche McManus, 1900
Lewis Carroll's "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass" illustrated by Blanche McManus, 1900
German Christian text, unknown author, circa 1475
German Christian text, unknown author, circa 1475