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Staff Recommendation – Cultural Resistance: A Reader

tumblr_oktcpnXixC1tmeqwzo1_500Cultural Resistance: A Reader, presents a historical look at the ways in which human cultures have been used and inspired by resistance to oppression. From the English Levellers of the 1600s, to the the 19th century marxists and anarchists, to the feminists and Black power activists of the 20th century, this work explores culture as a weapon through varied and interesting essays. In these pages we hear from such notables as Theodor Adorno, Virginia Woolf, Mikhail Bakhtin, Stuart Hall, Bertolt Brecht, Janice Radway, Abbie Hoffman, and Mahatma Gandhi. We glimpse into how the realms of art, music, and philosophy have helped define resistance. And, importantly, we are presented with examples of how to use and build cultures which create a more just, free, world.

This book is available in the Greenfield Library open stacks at call # 306.2 C485.

— Mike Romano, Circulation Assistant

Welcome to new library staff!

Julia, Lessa, and Mike

We welcome all new staff to the Music Library this fall! Julia Mullen will be with us part-time in Music, working on the weekends and some other hours. Julia went to Philadelphia’s High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), has a master’s in English, and previously worked at the Eugene Ormandy Music and Media Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael Romano joins the Greenfield Library AND the Music Library, since he’ll be working in both. Fortunately for us, he is both an artist (painting, pen and ink) and a musician (hammered dulcimer). Michael has a BA in history with a minor in fine arts from Rutgers University and worked in the Rutgers University Libraries prior to joining us. He is excited to join the UArts community of artists.
Lessa Keller-Kenton joins the Music Library as Circulation Assistant. Lessa (pronounced Lisa) has a BA in religious studies and will be starting her master’s in information science at Drexel in January 2015. Besides working in libraries and museums, Lessa has earned a graduate certificate and is a musician who plays the hammered dulcimer. That’s right: we now have two staff members who play the dulcimer.
Phoebe Kowalewski is switching over from the Music Library to the Greenfield Library, where she’ll serve as the Cataloger and Archival Processor Librarian.

MFA Summer Lecture Series: David Page

Artist David Page will be speaking at noon on Wednesday, July 9th in Terra Hall’s Connelly Auditorium.

Monstrous Comfort


View a time lapse video of Page’s interactive exhibition at the Hamiltonian Gallery.

See photos on from the opening of The Object Is Dead on April 5, 2014.








Born in Cape Town, South Africa, David Page earned a National Diploma in Fine Arts from the Cape Tecnikon in 1986 and received an MFA from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2002. Recent solo shows include God and Lunchmeat at Old dominion University and “Staan Nader, Staan Terug!” (come closer, get away!) at Stevenson University. Group shows include Familiar/Peculiar at Jordan Faye Contemporary in Baltimore; “Simultaneous Presence, Sculpture at Evergreen 6”, Outdoor Sculpture Biennial, Evergreen Museum & Library, Baltimore, MD and “Bad Ideas Dead Ends and Guilty Pleasures” at the Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington DC.

– American University, Sculpture in Residence Bio.



Library Staff Recommendation: Nine Stories

Nine Stories
by J.D. Salinger
Greenfield Open Stacks 813 Sa33n 2001

One of the few books of J.D. Salinger’s published work, Nine Stories collects an array of diverse stories, each a gem in its own right. There’s the story of the frustrated housewife, the soldier stricken with post-traumatic stress disorder, and the boy genius on a cruise ship with his family, to name a few. The collection also includes two stories featuring members of the Glass family, who are featured in Salinger’s book Franny and Zooey (Greenfield Open Stacks 813 Sa33f). Nine Stories is perfect for both readers new to Salinger’s work and to those who are already familiar with his literary worlds.

Recommended by Mike Sgier
Recommended by Mike Sgier

Library staff recommendation: Class Pictures

Class Pictures
Photographs by Dawoud Bey
Greenfield Open Stacks 779.2 B468c 2007

Whether it is a quick flip through the pages, or a deeper reading of the profiles, Dawoud Bey’s Class Pictures is a great book to pick up. Bey intimately photographs high school students and juxtaposes these images with reflections written by themselves. The accompanying text keeps the viewer returning to the portrait of the subject. I recommend this book for the casual viewers and the intense readers. You can read just a couple profiles or the entire book, but hopefully you will go away feeling as captivated as I do.

Recommended by Greenfield Library workstudy assistant Sarah Gantt.

Library staff recommendation: Krazy & Ignatz: Shifting Sands Dusts its Cheeks in Powdered Beauty

Krazy & Ignatz: Shifting Sands Dusts its Cheeks in Powdered Beauty
by George Herriman
Greenfield Open Stacks 741.5 H435kr 2006

Krazy Kat is one of those comics that I’m always returning to, either for inspiration or for a brief respite from my daily troubles. The shifting landscapes, the playful language, the diverse residents of Coconino county, the continual love quadrangle of cat, mouse, dog and brick – it all exudes pure joy from the page. This book is an especially worthy addition to Fantagraphics efforts to reissue and restore these comics for future generations to discover.

Recommended by Mike Sgier
Recommended by Mike Sgier

Library staff recommendation: Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance

Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance
by Eric Franklin
Greenfield Open Stacks 792.807 F854d

Eric Franklin is a scholar in dance and movement imagery. A former professional dancer in New York, he now teaches at numerous universities and dance festivals in the United States and Europe. This book is a compilation of metaphysical exercises to enhance one’s body awareness. I have used his exercises to help me re-experience my improvisation skills and technique. Franklin’s writing is  equipped with a multitude of graphics to help the reader fully understand the feelings he is trying to convey for each particular movement.  Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance provides metaphors for several aspects of dance, including intention, space, weight, music and rhythm. This book is brimming with new ways to connect the mind and body in space, transporting the way dance feels and appears into a more advanced consciousness.

Recommended by Greenfield Library workstudy assistant Haylee Warner.


Library staff recommendation: 500 Chairs: Celebrating Traditional and Innovative Designs

500 Chairs: Celebrating Traditional and Innovative Designs
New York : Lark Books, c2008.
Greenfield Open Stacks 749.32 F586h 2008

This book exhibits a wide range of one of my favorite everyday objects, the chair. There is something very personal and quietly beautiful in a chair and this book captures 500 different takes on this very common object. Some of the artists and craftspeople whose work is depicted include former UArts ceramics shop supervisor and Philadelphia ceramicist Hope Rovelto, and visiting artist lecturer (2009) Matthias Pliessnig. From more traditional styles to Craig Nutt’s “Celery Chair with Peppers, Carrots & Snow Peas” (pg. 292), or my favorite, Bobby Hansson’s “Chair for Bored Housewife” (pg. 110), 500 Chairs is sure to please.

Recommended by Casey Murphy

New in the Music Library: The Natural Mystics: Marley, Tosh, and Wailer

The Natural Mystics: Marley, Tosh, and Wailer / Colin Grant. NY: W. W. Norton, c2011. Music Library ML 385 .G726 2011

“Over one dramatic decade, a trio of Trenchtown R&B crooners swapped their 1960s Brylcreem hairdos and two-tone suits for 1970s battle fatigues and dreadlocks to become the Wailers-one of the most influential groups in popular music. Colin Grant presents a lively history of this remarkable band from their upbringing in the brutal slums of Kingston to their first recordings and then international superstardom. With energetic prose and stunning, original research, Grant argues that these reggae stars offered three models for black men in the second half of the twentieth century: accommodate and succeed (Marley), fight and die (Tosh), or retreat and live (Livingston [Bunny Wailer]). Grant meets with Rastafarian elders, Obeah men (witch doctors), and other folk authorities as he attempts to unravel the mysteries of Jamaica’s famously impenetrable culture. Much more than a top-flight music biography, The Natural Mystics offers a sophisticated understanding of Jamaican politics, heritage, race, and religion-a portrait of a seminal group during a period of exuberant cultural evolution.” [product description]

Check out what else the UArts Libraries have on reggae music. Feelin’ irie? Go to Music Online and search by genre for reggae or ska.Please note that Music Online is a subscription resources for current UArts students, faculty and staff only. Off-campus access requires logging in.

A Holiday Playlist from Music Online

Alexander Street Press’ Music Online — one of the UArts Libraries’ premier streaming audio resources — has put together this playlist of classic holiday songs. Listen to it now.

Bing Crosby, “White Christmas”
Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby, “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow”
Rosemary Clooney & Bing Crosby, “Jingle Bells”
Eartha Kitt, “Santa Baby”
Elvis Presley, “Here Comes Santa Claus”
Louis Armstrong, “Zat You Santa Claus?”
The Tennessee Tech Trombone Choir, “Deck the Halls”
El Paso Brass, “I Saw Three Ships”
The Tennessee Tech Trombone Choir, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”
Elvis Presley, “Blue Christmas”