Digital Resource of the Week: Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive

Jacob’s Pillow, “America’s longest running international dance festival,” brings you an interactive website full of performances from the 1930s through today’s hottest dancers. The history of Jacob’s Pillow is rooted in an old New England farm, purchased by dance couple Ted Shawn and Ruth St. Denis in 1930. And it’s still making history – in March of this year, President Obama awarded Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival the National Medal of Arts.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive showcases dancers from the annual festival. Search by artist to find your favorite performer, like Alvin Ailey or Pearl Primus. You can also search by genre, such as ballet or cultural, or by era, like the 1950s.

Virtual Pillow leads you to even more interactive resources, including PillowTalk (interviews and conversations with choreographers, dancers, and others).

Want to learn more about Jacob’s Pillow? Search the UArts Libraries’ catalog for “Jacob’s Pillow” as a keyword (in quotation marks!), Ted Shawn or Ruth St. Denis to find more great resources. There’s also an entry on Jacob’s Pillow in the online International Encyclopedia of Dance.

from Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
from Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Ruth St. Denis
Ruth St. Denis

Library tours start Wednesday, 9/14/2011

UArts Libraries Fall 2011 Tours

This year’s library tours start Wednesday, September 14. See schedule below.

Each student participant is eligible to win one of two $100 Visa gift cards! Even if you don’t like money, you’ll learn a lot from a library tour.

Wednesday, September 14

12:00 pm – Greenfield Library & Music Library

5:00 pm – Greenfield Library

Thursday, September 15

12:00 pm – Greenfield Library & Music Library

5:00 pm – Greenfield Library

Friday, September 16

12:00 pm – Greenfield Library

Tours are open to ALL students! Tour both libraries and enter the drawing twice!

The Greenfield Library is on the first floor of Anderson Hall.

The Music Library is on the third floor of the  Merriam Theater.

Tours are about 30 minutes and start on time. No late arrivals.


Library staff recommendation: Tracey Emin: 20 Years

Tracey Emin: 20 Years
By Patrick Elliott and Julian Schnabel
709.24 Em47s Greenfield Open Stacks

Initially, I thought Tracey Emin’s work was a joke. I wrote it off quickly and
reshelved it. I was 17 or so at the time. I have since revisited it. I am now able to
see just how much is really happening. I consider Tracey Emin one of the most
honest and pure artists of this century. Whether or not the work is “good” is an
entirely different matter. Her work is compelling, pulling from emotional states
nearly all of us have been in. I find myself lost in the pages of this book, reading
and re-reading her appliquéd messages or prints and reflecting. Julian Schnabel’s
essay is as honest as the work, and is followed up with Emin’s own writing, a perfect
set up for the plates of work that follow. In addition to Schnabel, Patrick Elliott
states it perfectly, “She lays herself open to scrutiny with a disarming frankness
and fearlessness that can be excruciating to observe… Everything she does can be
recycled into art.”

Recommended by Casey Murphy

Digital Resource of the Week: Europa Film Treasures

from the 1904 French film Le Baquet de Mesmer
from the 1904 French film Le Baquet de Mesmer

Europa Film Treasures provides free access to nearly 150 early European films. You can search the collection a number of ways, making browsing this treasured archive easy and fun. Limit by time period (the collection includes films from 1895-1999), country of origin, or genre (such as animation, dance, drama, and fiction). An interesting search feature is element; you film buffs can see the difference between hand couloured and stencil coloured! (Note the British spellings.)

Each entry contains a brief essay about the film and a link to view the film. Enjoy!

Like watching films? The University Libraries has an extensive collection. Browse the Greenfield Library collection here and the Music Library collection here. You can also browse by subject and limit your search to videos. We also have films on animation, dance, drama, and fiction! Students can check out two videos at one time for three days.