Library staff recommendation: Cosmos

by Carl Sagan
Greenfield Open Stacks 520 Sa18c

With the release of the new Cosmos television series, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, now would be an opportune time to revisit the original book written by Carl Sagan. Encompassing a wide variety of scientific fields, from biology to astrophysics, Sagan examines the connections between life on Earth and the universe at large, and how all it relates to our daily lives, whether we know it or not. Sagan’s writing is rich and lucid, aiming to take complex (and sometimes controversial) scientific subjects and make them accessible to a wider, general audience. It was Sagan’s belief that scientific literacy could be accessible to everyone, and was essential to help illuminate humanity’s role in the Cosmos.

Recommended by Mike Sgier
Recommended by Mike Sgier

MFA Summer Lecture Series: Dan Walsh

Painter Dan Walsh will be speaking in the CBS Auditorium Wednesday, July 2 at 12PM. Now based in New York, Dan is from Philadelphia, and studied at the Philadelphia College of Art.

Accessed via ARTstor; as exhibited at Paula Cooper Gallery, Fall 1993.

View more images of Dan Walsh’s work through the UArts Libraries’ subscription to ARTstor.

His work is featured in the following monographs in the UArts Libraries’ collection:

Painting abstraction : New elements in abstract painting 759.0652 N532p



USA Today : New American art from the Saatchi Gallery 709.730905 Sa12r

ID Student Projects Displayed in Greenfield

The Greenfield Library is delighted to display projects from Jason Lempieri’s History of Industrial Design and Architectonics classes. Works on the main level of the library were created for the assignment Hidden History: Know Your ID. Location and information booklets are available at the Greenfield circulation desk.

History of Radio by Marlena Sciambi
Did You Know? Marvin Glass Edition by Maria Gaston
I Want Legos and Dolls by Lena Feliciano Hansen
Ambassador of Good Design by Tito Williams
Where Did Flo Go? By Andrea Maddalo
Materials Effect On Shape Wear History by Jessica Hild



Inspired to create a communal space on campus, Architectonics students have designed and built Living Room. This model is on display in the lower level of the library.

On Display: Volumes (of vulnerability)

Volumes (of vulnerability) is a collection of 23 artists’ books, curated by Katharine Meynell and Susan Johanknecht to commemorate the new millennium. Johanknecht is the founder of Gefn Press, which released Volumes (of vulnerability), and has collaborated with Meynell on various projects over the years.

Greenfield Display

The books contained within the unadorned, battered tin cover a multitude of subjects, dealing most generally with ideas such as vulnerability, impermanence, innocence, language and how the concept of a book can convey these and many other abstractions. Many of the books contain references or are responses to the fear and uncertainty that composed many people’s emotions around the turn of the millennium.

The Pool – Lily Markiewicz

The works included in Volumes (of vulnerability) include books by Sophie Artemis, Caroline Bergvall, Penny Bernard & Stephen Williams, Stephen Burry, Helen Douglas, Cate Elwes, Joanna Hoffmann, Susan Johanknecht, Lilian Lijn, Lily Markiewicz, Katarine Meynell, Jim Mooney, AMES, Hayley Newman & Casey Orr, Colin Sackett, Gary Stevens, Ulrike Stoltz, David Thorne, Claire Van Vliet and Elaine Worth.

Volumes (of vulnerability) Extinction – Claire Van Vliet

Houseworks – Penny Bernard & Stephen Williams

The Library – Ulrike Stoltz

Gefn Press
Katharine Meynell

Volumes (of vulnerability)
Visual Resources & Special Collections
BA V889v CB2

MFA Summer Lecture Series: Lee Walton

MFA Summer Lecture Series

Walton, Lee. "Red Ball" Rhizome. n.d. Web. 13 Jun. 2014

Lee Walton
June 25, 12 p.m.
Connelly Auditorium, Terra Building 8th floor

Often regarded as an experientialist, Lee Walton’s work takes many forms – from drawings on paper, game/system-based structures, video and web-based performances to public projects, theatrical orchestrations and more. He holds an MFA in visual arts from the California College of the Arts and is an assistant professor of art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

– 20th Annual MFA Summer Lecture Series

Want to learn more about the first speaker in this summer’s lecture series? UArts Libraries’ databases are a great way to access information about contemporary artists. You can access reviews of works of art and exhibits, interviews with artists and curators, and art reproductions.

One of our newer subscriptions,, is an online archive of new media art. Sign up through their website while on campus for full access anywhere.

RED BALL makes use of the internet as a medium for the exchange of ideas in a virtual space which is, at its purest, conceptual. Marking the conflict between what is real — a city, its architecture, its structure and culture — and what is experienced as concept, Lee Walton’s placing of a ball becomes an event of acute understanding. “Red Ball” Rhizome. n.d. Web. 13 Jun. 2014

If you have questions about any UArts Libraries’ resources or services, just contact me, your very own liaison to the graduate program in Studio Art!

Kimberly Lesley
Access Services Librarian, University Libraries
University of the Arts

June 15, 1824: Hamilton Hall cornerstone laid 190 years ago

The University of the Arts’ Dorrance Hamilton Hall is an excellent example of major work by three of America’s most important 19th-century architects: John Haviland, William Strickland, and Frank Furness. Today it is the oldest extant building on Broad Street, Philadelphia’s main north-south corridor, along which several of the city’s most important and prominent businesses and cultural institutions are located. It is also a prominent and vibrant part of Philadelphia’s designated cultural district, “The Avenue of the Arts.”

Courtesy of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia.

The first of the building’s three major building phases occurred in 1824 when John Haviland (1792-1852) designed a three-story, E-shaped building in the Greek Revival style for the Pennsylvania Institution for the Deaf and Dumb (now Pennsylvania School for the Deaf). Broad Street in the 1820s was still an undeveloped wooded area and rural pastureland on the outskirts of the city, which was then centered around Independence Hall at 5th and Chestnut Streets and east along the Delaware River. The Institution was among the first social and cultural organizations to move here to escape the noise of the city. Haviland’s granite-clad four-columned Doric portico immediately became a well-known landmark. Architecturally, Haviland may have taken some cues from Benjamin Latrobe‘s then-recently completed public water works pumping station which was then located on Center Square, where City Hall is today. As a popular past-time, city dwellers would take promenades or carriage rides out to the rural countryside of Broad Street to see these two impressive and memorable Greek Revival structures.

The laying of the cornerstone on June 15, 1824, was reported as follows and is transcribed exactly:

Democratic Press [Philadelphia], June 16, 1824:

    I yesterday attended at the corner of Broad and Pine streets to witness the ceremony of laying the corner stone of the new building now erecting by the Pennsylvania Institution for the Deaf and Dumb. I can truly say that never was time passed more entirely to my satisfaction. The day was fine and the event well calculated to arouse public attention, for it gave assurance of permanency and stability to one of the most valuable of the numerous charitable institutions which adorn the city of Philadelphia. The company assembled was, therefore, large and respectable. At an early hour the children of the institution, 74 in number, accompanied by Mr. Weld, the principal, the assistant teachers and the matron appeared upon the ground, and took their station within the foundation walls of the building. The ceremony was opened by an impressive address and solemn prayer from the Rt. Rev. Bishop White, President of the institution. A charity which calls forth the active and efficient services of one so venerable, so universally respected and so generally beloved as is Bishop White cannot but be entirely worthy of public patronage, and will assuredly never make a vain appeal to the benevolence of the citizens of Philadelphia. An address was then delivered by J. R. Ingersoll, Esq., which was characterized by his usual ability and eloquence. 

    In the plan of the building the Tuscan and Doric orders are stated to be harmoniously united and when finished it is expected to be as great an ornament to the city as the institution itself is honorable to the citizens of Philadelphia. “We participate,” says the New York Evening Post, “in the pleasure which it gives to every philanthropic mind that measures are thus taking to render such an institution permanent. The gratification would be greatly increased if a similar spirit prevailed in our own city.”

The Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art, now the UArts College of Art, Media and Design, purchased the building in 1893 and has occupied it ever since. It was named in 1996 in honor of a long-time trustee and donor, Mrs. Dorrance Hamilton. For more details, please see

Study in New Zealand

This summer, July 12th through November 15th, I will be Studying Abroad in New Zealand! I have opportunity to spend Fall Semester 2014 at The University of Auckland studying dance and New Zealand Literature.  I am so excited to soak in the sun and Maori culture across the globe; although since it is across the globe it will be winter when I arrive. It isn’t so bad, considering their winter doesn’t drop below 45 degrees. If you aren’t familiar with Maori art you should totally check out:

Brown, Deidre. Maori Arts of the Gods. Auckland : Reed Books, 2005.

704.94708999442 B812m

Subject: Art, Maori.

I am going to be studying contemporary dance and choreography with Carol Brown, a collaborative dancer and choreographer who has a company in Auckland.  She works a lot with projection and blending mediums, which is so exciting to me because I am minoring in film! I will also be studying Maori dance and how it has shaped and informed eurocentric dance forms in New Zealand.  This will, hopefully, tie in nicely with my liberal arts course on New Zealand literature.  I have no idea what to expect because I am not super familiar with New Zealand culture, but I am hoping to immerse myself, gain a new perspective and diversify my dancing!

Library Staff Recommendation: David Hockney: A Bigger Picture

David Hockney: A Bigger Picture


First Run Features, 2009


GD 1654


An uplifting, inspiring and beautiful documentary on David Hockney creating plein air paintings in his native Yorkshire. It’s wonderful and amazing to see these sometimes very large paintings take form in the sometimes cold, bleak and windy British weather. Fascinating glimpse into his thoughts and work practices and his philosophy on art and life.


Recommended by Barbara Danin, Acquisitions