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Staff Recommendation – A Short Life of Trouble: Forty Years in the New York Art World

“Institutional thinking tells us to look very, very carefully before leaping—and such thinking virtually guarantees that we’ll never leap at all. As an antidote to this, my motto has been “Act first, think later – that way you might have something to think about.” (174)

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In 1969, the Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City hired Marcia Tucker, as their first ever woman curator. Shortly after organizing an exhibition for the post-minimalist artist Richard Tuttle, the Whitney decided to terminate her after receiving dissatisfied reviews regarding the show’s conceptually perplexing style. A Short Life of Trouble: Forty Years in the New York City Art World, edited by Liza Lou, focuses on Marcia Tucker’s persistent desire to challenge the traditional norms and role of the institution through her radical approach to exhibition-making. Her memoir is adorned with personal details of the curator’s private life while simultaneously providing an insightful perspective behind Marcia Tucker’s decision to open the New Museum of Contemporary Art shortly after being fired from the Whitney.

Recommended for any individual interested in curatorial practices, museum and institutional policies, or to simply learn more about the founder of the New Museum, and her relentless desire to push the boundaries of the New York City art world.

Nichole Seedes, Greenfield Library Circulation Assistant 

This book is accessible through our Ebsco database as an E-book, simply follow the link below, and log-in with your UArts credentials.

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Our Library Tour Winners!

Thanks to everyone who attended the UArts Libraries Open House and took library tours! This year’s winners of our drawing for $100 VISA gift cards are Hye Lee, an animation major, and Peter Lemos, a photography major. Peter toured the Greenfield Library and the Music Library, and it was his Music Library drawing slip that was his winning ticket. It pays to come to the library!

 

 

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: the Mucha Foundation

 

Poster for ’Gismonda’ (1894)
Poster for ’Gismonda’ (1894)

Alphonse Maria Mucha was a Czech painter in the late 1800s. He is best known for his French Art Nouveau style illustrations for theatrical posters. The Mucha Foundation was established in 1992 and is devoted to teaching and sharing his art.

The Foundation’s website is an excellent source of reading and imagery about Mucha. The Timeline section places Mucha in political and cultural contexts. The Gallery has over 300 works available for online viewing. Browse all the works or by themes. For fun, there are Color Your Own Mucha downloadable pdfs.

There is also an excellent bibliography on Mucha to help you further your research. Learn more about him at the UArts Libraries. Search for his name as a subject and as an author.  Read a biography on Oxford Art Online (you’ll be prompted to log in if you are off campus) and view images in ARTstor (you’ll be prompted to log in if you are off campus).

Digital Resource of the Week: Craft in America

Craft in America is an excellent resource for anyone interested in the history, techniques, and preservation of American arts and design. The organization is dedicated to educating students of all ages about historical and contemporary craft.

Dorothy Gill Barnes, Ella’s Mulberry Marked, 1995, Courtesy of Arkansas Arts Center
Dorothy Gill Barnes, Ella’s Mulberry Marked, 1995, Courtesy of Arkansas Arts Center

The website introduces contemporary artisans in all craft media: clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, and paper/book arts. A section is dedicated to each material, linking to articles on the craftsmanship and history, as well as providing a list of craft galleries, museums, and magazines. The education section discusses craft by themes such as memory and community. The website gives access to virtual exhibitions.

The organization also produces a TV series that airs on PBS. Each episode focuses on a topic and how crafters in each material approach that topic. You can watch much of the series on PBS’ website and also get access to episodes of the show by downloading PBS’ free iPhone or iPad App. Or, borrow the first three episodes from the UArts Libraries.

Finally, check out the book Craft in America published in 2007. It’s full of beautiful color images representing all crafts, focusing on American craft communities and education. The UArts Libraries has a copy, of course!

L: Beth Lipman, Candlesticks, Books, Flowers and Fruit, 2010, Courtesy of Heller Gallery   R: Beth Lipman, After You’re Gone, 2008, Courtesy of Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
L: Beth Lipman, Candlesticks, Books, Flowers and Fruit, 2010, Courtesy of Heller Gallery R: Beth Lipman, After You’re Gone, 2008, Courtesy of Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence

New in ARTstor from UArts Visual Resources: Edmond Francois Aman-Jean

Edmond-Francois Aman-Jean was a French artist who lived from 1858-1936.

"Lady In Pink" 1898

He worked mainly in pastel, painting and lithography. The content of his works are most often portraits of women, and he is known for using painterly strokes and warm color tones. Although academically trained, he was also influenced by the Symbolists, allowing him to explore the connections between image and meaning.

If you would like to see more works by Edmond Aman-Jean, click on an image to be taken directly to ARTstor. For more information about the artist, please visit Grove Art Online.

"Woman In Pink" 1900-1902

New in ARTstor from UArts Visual Resources: Pierre Alechinsky

Pierre Alechinsky, born 1927, is a Belgian artist who has worked in painting, printmaking and film.

"The Tall Grass" 1951

He is considered one of the founding members of the Cobra movement, which was an international group of artists who shared a fondness for experimentation and had a vision for a new art.

"Leather and Brass" 1961

They rejected Western aesthetics and received inspiration from folk and naive art. The characteristics of the Cobra group can be seen in Alechinsky’s vivid colors and spontaneous line, as well as his fantastic subjects.

If you would like to see more work by Alechinsky, click on an image to be taken directly to ARTstor. And for more information about Pierre Alechinsky or The Cobra Art Movement please visit Grove Art Online.

"Termites" 1956

New in ARTstor from UArts Visual Resources: Ida Applebroog

"ooze/whose" 1991

Ida Applebroog is an American artist. Born in New York in 1929 and educated in Chicago, her work became well known in the 1970s. Her success has continued since then and she is still currently producing art. She has received several awards and has had her work displayed in some of the most prominent museums in the U.S.

"Now Then" (detail) 1980

Her artworks have very powerful connotations, which address issues of feminism, morality and social consciousness, and she often juxtaposes cartoonish images with far more serious subject matters.

If you would like to see more works by Ida Applebroog, click on an image to be taken directly to ARTstor. For more information about the artist, please visit Grove Art Online.

"Marginalia (Isaac Stern) 1992

The Visual Resources Collection, now in ARTstor!

The Visual Resources’ digital image collection will now be hosted on ARTstor.  This means that all of the images that were previously available in MDID will now be in the ARTstor collections. The images function just like the other images in ARTstor, they can be searched, saved, and downloaded into the Offline Image Viewer for presentations.

To browse the images in the Visual Resources Collection, just click on the orange link for “The Visual Resources Collection of the University of the Arts” towards the bottom of ARTstor’s main page at http://library.artstor.org/library/welcome.html.

The images in the Visual Resources Collection are only visible to UArts faculty, staff and students. Other organizations using ARTstor will not be able to see the collection.

In the future, all new digital images will be added to the ARTstor collection rather than MDID. As always, if you are not finding the images you need in ARTstor, let us know, we would be happy to locate or create them for you.

If you have any questions about ARTstor or the Visual Resources Collection, please contact Laura Grutzeck, the Visual Resources Librarian.