New York City-based artist Firth MacMillan will discuss her work Wednesday, June 29 at 1 pm in Hamilton Hall’s CBS Auditorium. She received her MFA from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln and now teaches on the various campuses of the City University of New York.
Ms. MacMillan’s work is included in Contemporary Ceramicsby Emmanuel Cooper (London: Thames and Hudson, 2009). Find it in Greenfield Library, call number 738.09051 C78c.
She is also featured in “The Walter Ostrom Legacy” in Ceramics Monthlyv. 51, no. 4 (April 2003) which is available in print in Greenfield Library.
Contemporary Literary Criticism Select (CLCS) is a collection of published scholarly criticism about the works of major modern authors including novelists, poets, and playwrights. This is a great place to start your research on most contemporary authors.
CLCS can be searched by author, title of the work, or even themes such as screenplays (you’ll find Quentin Tarantino and Francis Ford Coppola here), musicals (David Mamet and Arthur Millerare included), and essays (JRR Tolkien is here along with Ayn Rand). Each entry contains biographical information on the author, a list of major works by the author, additional resources for further study, and critical essays. If available, interviews with the author (a primary source!) are also included.
To access CLCS from the UArts Libraries’ homepage, under Online Resources click on Articles. You’ll find CLCS and have 24/7 access (if you are off campus you’ll need to login with your UArts username and password) to scholarly sources for all your research needs.
With spring in full-bloom, let’s take a look at an interesting collection of how flowers are depicted in painting. The BBC created a website to accompany a television show called Painting Flowers. This site follows the layout of the show by focusing on four flowers often used in paintings: the sunflower, the lily, the tulip and the rose. Besides viewing paintings by the type of flower incorporated, you can compare uses through themes such as love and beauty or death (what a contrast!). A small section on contemporary artists show how flowers are still being used as inspiration.
Ocean Flowers: Anna Atkins’s Cyanotypes of British Algae, from the New York Public Library Digital Gallery, is truly a one-of-a-kind digital collection. In 1841, William Harvey published Manual of British Algae, but it did not contain any images. Atkins sought to illustrate Harvey’s Manual by experimenting with William Henry Fox Talbot‘s “photogenic drawing” technique. By placing an object against light-sensitized paper and then exposing it to sunlight, the paper darkens around the object, creating a silhouette of the object. We know this process today as blueprint, or cyanotype.
The final product of Atkins’ work is Photographs of British Algae. What makes algae so interesting? In this case, Photographs is “a landmark in the histories both of photography and of publishing: the first photographic work by a woman, and the first book produced entirely by photographic means.”
This week, we’ll look at some websites and open-access journals that focus on the authorship question surrounding Shakespeare. Who was William Shakespeare? Did someone else write his works or contribute to them? Why consider whether the unschooled Shakespeare was really the playwright? As Shakespeare biographer Samuel Schoenbaum notes, “there is something incomprehensible about genius. Shakespeare was superhuman.”
Others believe Christopher Marlowe wrote much, if not all of Shakespeare’s work. The International Marlowe-Shakespeare Societywas created by a group of scholars who have published works arguing in favor of Marlowe as our Elizabethan bard. They also have a terrific blog that keeps up to date on the controversy, citing excellent resources.
However, not everyone believes Shakespeare is too good to be true! Shakespeare Authorship is “dedicated to the proposition that Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare.” Designed much like a blog, Shakespeare Authorship refers to the readers to online resources intended to prove the author.
Please note: If you are off-campus, you will need to log in using your UArts e-mail log-in.
AP (Associated Press) Images is an incredible resource for those in the visual arts and anyone interested in current events. The AP is the oldest and biggest news organization in the world and has won numerous Pulitzer Prizes for outstanding journalism. In AP Images, there are over 4.6 million photographs, as well as audio and text material, from all these years of international reporting. Each image is high resolution, available for download for educational use only, and has an informative caption describing the photograph.
AP Images is the perfect source for quality images of politicians and celebrities, action shots, and fashion. You can also find images by concepts, such as happy, boredom, wet, and even by color! These search options make the database an excellent electronic picture file for visual inspiration.
For the month of April, we’ll look at some wonderful open-access (aka free!) resources on William Shakespeare, who was born in April 1564 and died in April 1616! This week, I’ll share some websites that give a general overview of the famous bard’s life and writing.
American History in Video offers more than 5,000 videos related to the history of the United States. There are documentaries from companies such as PBS and The History Channel. There are also interviews, public debates on contemporary issues, and archived newsreels – before television, a newsreel (a brief film of the current news) was shown before the main feature in movie theaters. These are PRIMARY sources that can’t be beat!
The database provides many ways to access the videos (remember, like all our subscription resources, you will need to log in with your name and library barcode if you are off-campus). You can browse by decade, era, historical event, or by subjects such as dance, music, and fine arts. Also check out their subject-themed playlists or create your own – perfect for class presentations.
Finally, a horrible tragedy that, thankfully, encouraged better working conditions for all Americans. March 25, 2011 is the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Factory Fire. Cornell University has a wonderful website dedicated to educating the public about the fire, which occurred March 25, 1911 at the Triangle Waist Factory, a textile factory in New York City. Within minutes of the fire starting, 146 people, mostly women and many of them young immigrants, had perished. Because of this horrific event, labor laws and building codes all over the country were updated and enforced.
Finally, we can’t let Women’s History Month go by without mentioning The Guerrilla Girls. In 1985, a group of women artists created the group that is still going strong today. Each woman in the group assumes the name of a dead woman artist and wears a gorilla mask in public so that the focus is on the issues they are tackling, rather than the woman herself.
The Guerrilla Girls use performance, posters, and writing to raise awareness of women in the arts – read their FAQ page for more details on this dynamic group. You can also follow them on Facebook for the latest on how they are “reinventing the f-word – feminism.”