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Staff Recommendation: David Bowie: The Last Interview and Other Conversations

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David Bowie: The Last Interview and Other Conversations consists of ten interviews collected over a timeline of four decades. Each of the selected conversations focus on a variety of topics outside of the realm of the musician’s technical process. The conversations also provide readers with the ability to explore the personal identity of the man behind the music. The collection begins with Bowie’s first interview at age sixteen on BBC Tonight in 1964, touching on everything from the performer’s childhood experiences on the calloused streets of South London, to his battles with substance abuse. The series concludes with his final interview in 2006, just a decade before his final album release and imminent death.

This book is a perfect quick summer read, recommended for any individual interested in David Bowie’s personal identity outside of his role as a musical performer. It is available in the Music Library new books display area at call # ML420.B754 B694 2016.

-Nichole Seedes, Circulation Assistant

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

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

Digital Resource of the Week: PBS Arts

PBS Arts is a visual and performing arts website of the Public Broadcasting Service. Explore visual art, filmdance, theater, music, and writing through video. View them all in the Exhibition Archives. Here are some highlights:

Off Book is a PBS Arts collection of videos on experimental and avant-garde contemporary art. Topics such as Art in the Era of the Internet and Product Design are featured.

Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders is a series of video interviews with musicians and singers from around the world. Learn about Seu George, Brazilian samba singer, and concert pianist Yuja Wang.

loopdiver: The Journey of a Dance goes behind the scenes with the group Troika Ranch to capture the lives and emotions of its members.

PBS Arts also invites you to submit your own artwork via Flickr or YouTube. If you like PBS Arts, check out the PBS DVDs and videos available at the UArts Libraries!

Digital Resource of the Week: Tate

The Tate Collection is comprised of the National Collection of British Art, the National Archive of British Art, and international modern art. With four physical locations in England, the Tate provides a wonderful website for exploring its collection from anywhere.

Each work of art in the collection has its own information page on the website, with images when possible. Search by artist or do a subject search. They also provide an interactive glossary of art terminology. You’ll find works by artists such as Alexander Calder,  Damien Hirst and Sophie Calle.

Damien Hirst's Away from the Flock (1994)
Damien Hirst's Away from the Flock (1994)

Tate Channel lets you watch films by artists (including Rafael Bonachela’s Muse), interviews with artists (such as Mike Nelson), and watch artist performances.

Raoul Hausmann's The Art Critic (1919–20)
Raoul Hausmann's The Art Critic (1919–20)

Tate Papers is an online journal of scholarly articles about artists, museum studies, and visual culture. Each essay has selected terms and artists’ names hyperlinked to online images of example artwork. They also include bibliographies. Read the current issue or browse by category. There are papers on artists such as Richard Serra and topics like The Sublime Object.

The Tate also publishes books and the University Libraries has many of them. Search by author for Tate Gallery or Tate Modern (Gallery) to see a variety of excellent books on artists and art movements.