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Digital Resource of the Week: International Music Scores Library Project

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The International Music Scores Library Project (IMSLP) aims to catalog all the free, public domain music scores available online in one simple, searchable interface. The Project was started in 2006 by Edward Guo, a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and currently a doctoral student at Harvard Law School.

IMSLP, commonly called the Petrucci Library after the Italian sheet music printer Ottaviano Petrucci, has over 210,000 scores and 20,000 recordings. The Library is a wiki searchable by composer, nationality,  genre, and more. But the Library is more than a collection of music: the IMSLP Journal and Forums are digital meeting places for musicians and music lovers to share ideas and collaborate on projects.

IMSLP works hard to follow all copyright regulations, as The New York Times reported last year, though this is difficult given that different countries have different rules. Volunteers help check for copyright violations. Considering signing up to become an IMSLP contributor yourself and help keep the project going!

Studio Art MFA Food for Thought Lecture Series: Paulina Kolczynska

Curator Paulina Kolczynska will speak Friday, August 3 at 7pm in Terra, Connelly Lecture Hall.

Kolczynska is an art historian and freelance curator. She has organized exhibitions at the Edinburgh Film House and the Edinburgh City Art Center. She has also worked as a reporter for the Polish section of the BBC in London (radio). She now works for the Art Dealers Association of America in New York.

Read Kolczynska’s essay, “Miroslaw Balka with Anda Rottenberg and Anna Kamachora at the Polish Pavilion” in New Art from Eastern Europe: Identity and Conflict (London: Academy Editions; Deerfield Beech, Fla.: VCH Publishers [distributor], c1994). It’s available in the Greenfield Library Open Stacks, call number 709.4309045 N42a.

Also read her essay “Bread and Circuses” in Performance Art: Into the 90s (London: Academy Editions; New York: Distributed by St. Martin’s Press, c1994). It’s available in the Greenfield Library Open Stacks, call number 700.922 P416a.

 

 

Digital Resources of the Week: The National Trust Library Historic Postcards

Postcards have always been a popular souvenir and a fun way to send a quick message home while on vacation. Often depicting famous buildings or landscapes, The National Trust Library Historic Postcard Collection suggests that “these postcards also provide unique evidence of the evolution in American architecture, with rare glimpses of buildings or places that may no longer exist or have dramatically altered over time.”

The National Trust Historic Postcard Collection has over 20,000 postcards. The University of Maryland’s University Libraries’ Digital Collections provides images of many of these postcards. Browse by state (there are 830 postcards depicting aspects of Pennsylvania) or enter a keyword search such as Philadelphia, ocean, or flower.

 

Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida, circa 1908
Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida, circa 1908

Want to see more postcards? Search the UArts Libraries’ catalog for the subject postcards. We have many beautiful books including one about Philadelphia postcards from the early 1900s. Happy travels this summer!

 

Philadelphia's City Hall, circa 1901-1907
Philadelphia's City Hall, circa 1901-1907

Studio Art MFA Food for Thought Lecture Series: Amira Hanafi

Amira Hanafi will lecture Wednesday, July 25th at 7:00 pm in Hamilton Hall, CBS Auditorium.

Hanafi is an internationally exhibited artist,  published writer, and curator. She grew up in America, earning her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, but returned to Egypt in 2010 where she started collaborating with the Artellewa Art Space in Giza, Egypt.

Read a lengthy interview with Hanafi by Caroline Picard – How to Get Lost in a City at Bad at Sports Contemporary Art Talk and How to Get Lost in a Text at Lantern Daily.

Watch Hanafi’s spoken word video Trinities on Vimeo. Learn more about her books Forgery and Minced English.

from Hanafi's Testimony
from Hanafi's Testimony

Studio Art MFA Food For Thought Lecture Series: Julien Robson and Susan Myers

Curator Julien Robson will speak Wednesday, July 18, at 7pm in Terra Building, Connelly Auditorium. Originally from Scotland, Robson is currently the curator of Contemporary Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). Read an interview with Robson by Roberta Fallon for the Philadelphia Weekly (September 3, 2008) when he was new to PAFA. You can also read reviews of exhibitions Robson has curated at Fallon’s blog, theartblog.

Metalsmith Susan Myers will speak Thursday, July 19, at 7pm in Terra Building, Connelly Auditorium. Myers is a Philadelphia-based artist who has exhibited nationally. Her work has been included in many books. Read “Susan Myers: Sleight of Hand” by Christine Tate in Metalsmith, 2011, 31(3): 53. This article is available through the UArts Libraries’ subscription database, EBSCOhost. If you are off campus you will be prompted to log in with your username and password to access the article. You can also read Myers’ opinion piece for Ganoksin entitled “The Artist as Curator and Critic.”

Julien Robson
Julien Robson
from Susan Myers' Disposable series
from Susan Myers' Disposable series

Digital Resources of the Week: Book Cover Design

Graphic design, illustration, printmaking, painting. All types of artwork decorate the covers of books. 50 Watts is Will Schofield’s beautiful blog about book jackets and book illustrations. Schofield is a Philadelphia-based book dealer and you can read more about him in Steven Heller’s “Design Blogs: The New Museums” for The Atlantic (from May 19, 2011).

from Ruth Marten's 2007 Histoire Un Naturelle
from Ruth Marten's 2007 Histoire Un Naturelle

Navigation will allow you to search the blog by topics such as artists’ books, photography or film. Click on the image for a short description, more high resolution images from the book (if available), and links to resources about the book.  Schofield also provides an image index and resource links.

Are you a digital reader and missing the great designs of printed book covers? Check out Craig Mod‘s essay “Hack the Cover” and gain some insight into 21st century book jacket display. Also watch designer Chip Kidd’s TED talk “Designing Books is No Laughing Matter: OK, It Is.” Then, learn more about the history and art of book jacket design by searching the UArts Libraries catalog for the subject “book covers“.

from a 1925 Japanese edition of Aesop's Fables
from a 1925 Japanese edition of Aesop's Fables

Studio Art MFA Food For Thought Lecture Series: Cristiana de Marchi and Lonnie Graham

Artist and curator Cristiana de Marchi will speak Wednesday, July 11, at 7pm in Hamilton Hall, CBS Auditorium. Originally from Italy, de Marchi lives and works in Dubai and Beirut. She has published internationally about contemporary art as well as exhibited her own work in the UAE, Mexico, Spain, and Italy. Her profile and links to some articles she’s written are available through ArtTribune, an arts and culture website and magazine. You can watch one of her video artworks, Fish Market, a meditative performance in the Sharjah Fish Market.

still from de Marchi's Fish Market
still from de Marchi's Fish Market

Photographer and professor Lonnie Graham will speak Thursday, July 12, at 7pm in Terra Hall, Connelly Lecture Hall. Graham‘s work is sociological in nature, documenting the lives and culture of the people he interviews and photographs. Learn more about Graham by reading:

“Culture, Context Add to Appreciation of Photographs of a New Guinea Tribe” by Victoria Donohoe in The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 21, 1999: pg MC04. This is available full-text through UArts Libraries’ subscription to LexisNexis. You will need to log in with your UArts username and password if you are off-campus.

Context: Public Projects September 9 to 19, 1998 with project co-directors Anne Raman and Gerard Brown (Philadelphia: Foundation for Today’s Art/NEXUS, 1998). Available in Greenfield Library Open Stacks, call number 725.9 F825.

Committed to the Image: Contemporary Black Photographers edited by Barbara Head Millstein (Brooklyn, N.Y.: Brooklyn Museum of Art in association with Merrell, 2001). Available in Greenfield Library Open Stacks, call number 770.8996073 C767m.

New Land Marks: Public Art, Community, and the Meaning of Place edited by Penny Balkin Bach (Washington, DC : Editions Ariel, c2001). Available in Greenfield Library Open Stacks, call number 709.74811 N42.

photo by Lonnie Graham
photo by Lonnie Graham
photo by Lonnie Graham
photo by Lonnie Graham

 

 

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.
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