MFA Summer Lecture Series: Zoe Strauss

Philadelphia native Zoe Strauss will be speaking on Wednesday, July 30 at 12:00PM in the CBS Auditorium.

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Learn more about her work through UArts Libraries’ resources. EBSCO hosts numerous articles and reviews of Strauss’ work, including the following articles:

Orvell, Miles. “The Absolute Power Of The Lens: Zoe Strauss And The Problem Of The Street Portrait.” Afterimage 40.2 (2012): 10-13. Academic Search Elite. Web.

Schwabsky, Barry. “The Complete History Of Every One.” Nation 294.9 (2012): 33-35. Academic Search Elite. Web.

Don’t forget about the wealth of information in the bound periodical collection, housed in the Greenfield Library Vault.  Many of our periodicals are indexed and can be found by searching ProQuest. The FindIt@UArts links in your databases results list will direct you to online full text, when available, or to an ISSN search in the UArts Libraries’ online catalog.

Robertson, Rebecca. “Finding HUMANITY Where It’s Hidden.” Artnews 112.10 (2013): 92-95.


MFA Summer Lecture Series: Garth Johnson

Craft activist Garth Johnson will be speaking Wednesday, July, 23 at noon in the CBS Auditorium.



Paintball Plates by Garth Johnson. From:




Through UArts Libraries’ EBSCO subscription you can read the full text of the Studio Potter issue that Garth Johnson guest edited: Studio Potter 40.2 (2012): 4. Art Source. Web.

and read a review of the exhibition Pursuit of Porcelain, that featured works by Johnson:

Copeland, Colette. “The Pursuit Of Porcelain.” Ceramics: Art & Perception 88 (2012): 42-45. Academic Search Elite. Web.

More materials the topic of craft and DIY in the UArts Libraries:

Biel, Joe. Beyond The Music : How Punks Are Saving The World With DIY Ethics, Skills, & Values. Portland, OR:, 2012. eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost). Web.

Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY Art, Craft and Design. Dir. Faythe Levine. Milwaukee DIY, 2009. DVD. GD1026

Held, Peter. Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft. Santa Barbara : Perpetua Press, 2013. 745.50973 T89c

Relyea, Lane. Your Everyday Art World. MIT, 2013. 709.051 R383y



Library staff recommendation: Philadelphia Mural Arts @ 30

Philadelphia Mural Arts @ 30 edited by Jane Golden and David Updike
Temple University Press, Philadelphia, 2014
Greenfield Open Stacks 751.730974811 G565mu
More than 3800 murals have transformed the city of Philadelphia and been a model and inspiration for cities around the world. This program has brought together artists, writers, designers, musicians, students, social service providers, the young and the old, and has taught art skills, civic engagement, and personal responsibility. It has helped many ex-offenders train for new jobs, provided a way for people to give back to their communities and has been a huge catalyst for communal healing. This is a beautiful celebration of three decades of creativity and collaboration.

Library Staff Recommendation: The Daniel Clowes Reader

Daniel Clowes is one of the most well-known cartoonists of the past 30 years. Starting with his serialized comic book, Eightball, Clowes has written and drawn a large number of comics and graphic novels, in addition to writing two screenplays (Ghost World and Art School Confidential) and having a number of exhibitions of his work in contemporary art museums around the world. The Daniel Clowes Reader is the most recent collection of comics, interviews, and essays about Clowes and his work.


Taking up the largest chunk of the book is an annotated critical edition of Clowes’s most famous work, Ghost World, which includes a glossary, personal annotations by Clowes, as well as several essays on the alternative culture Ghost World emerged in and several personal reactions to the story. As a personal fan of Clowes’s work, each essay was very illuminating in regards to Clowes’s life as well as the meaning or story behind even very small details in Ghost World as well as the other comics contained in The Daniel Clowes Reader.


The second third of The Daniel Clowes Reader contains shorter stories such as “Blue Italian Shit”, “The Party” and “Black Nylon”, which relate most closely to Clowes’s adolescence and adolescence in general. Clowes draws upon memories of his childhood as well as the forms and cliches of comics he remembers from his youth. These stories are Clowes at his most misanthropic and psychological. Clowes has much to say on the scenes he came up through in college and at the start of his career and at many times throughout his work he comes across as both dismissive and nostalgic simultaneously.


The final third of the book contains Clowes’s thoughts and comics on the comic industry as a whole, including his notable manifesto, “Modern Cartoonist” as well as his satirical stab at higher art education, “Art School Confidential.” Clowes has much to say on the Artist-Art-Audience relationship and how that affects his art and the future of comics.

Overall, The Daniel Clowes Reader is a fantastic resource for long-time fans of Clowes’s work or for readers who have yet to delve into his vast library.

The Daniel Clowes Reader 741.5973 C626d Greenfield Open Stacks


MFA Summer Lecture Series: Angela Dufresne

Angela Dufresne will speak in CBS Auditorium on July 16, at 12 p.m.

Read the full text of gallery show reviews in LexisNexis and view more of her work in ARTstor.

Smith, Roberta.”Chelsea: Art Chockablock With Encyclopedic RangeNew York Times. 14 Nov:28. Accessed via LexisNexis.


“Margaret Antonioni and Catherine Pearl in Cedar Rapids, MI c.2046” as exhibited at Monya Rowe Gallery, Summer 2005. Accessed via UArts Libraries’ ARTstor subscription.