July 29, 2009
U.S. Geological Survey
As you would expect, the U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library is a rich source for images of the American landscape and natural wonders. However, did you know the U.S.G.S. also archived portraits, images of pioneers, Native Americans and settlers? There are great gems like the series of photographs documenting how an Inuit tent is made. Best of all, the entire collection is public domain, so the images are free to be published, posted, and shared.
Click on the images for source information
July 28, 2009
New Metropolis Lecture Series from Virginia Tech
July 22, 2009
Flickr Commons highlighted on Wired
In response to the Library of Congress' recent flickr slide show of the most popular items from their Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Wired Magazine decided to feature some images they felt stood out among the free public domain image collections on Flickr Commons. These images might be things you missed if you were you just browsing, but are well worth taking a look at.
NUCOA MARGARINE, ca. 1955, Nickolas Muray (American 1892-1965), no known copyright restrictions Click on the image to see the rest of the Nickolas Murray Collection from George Eastman House on Flickr Commons
July 20, 2009
40 years ago today
From the NASA Images site: the bootprint of Buzz Aldrin, second man on the moon, July 20, 1969.
Apollo 11 bootprint, 7/20/1969 © NASA please click on the image to be taken to the original site
July 15, 2009
Bad at Sports Podcast
Bad at Sports is an artist run podcast on contemporary art. Though the podcast is based in Chicago, contributions and topics come from around the world. There are interviews with curators, critics, and artists as well as reviews of exhibitions, movies, and books. All the content is kept somewhat informal, so it has a fresher, more spontaneous feel to it than some of the museum-led podcasts. One of the best features of the website is that in the podcast archive, each podcast has a list of links to artists, museums, curators and other items mentioned in that week's podcast. This way, it's easy to do more exploring after the show are learn about something you didn't quite understand while you were listening.
As an example of a typical show, this week's podcast is an interview of Manon Slome who is currently curating a project called No Longer Empty in New York. The project takes empty New York storefronts and connects them with artists for installations in these raw spaces. Not only does the project speak to the current economic times but it also incorporates the community in a way regular galleries and museums can't. To hear more, go listen at Bad at Sports or on iTunes.
July 09, 2009
Jing is a product from Techsmith, a screen capture and media sharing company. Jing performs both still screen shots as well as video capture of your screen and microphone. Automatically upload these captures to Screencast, a media storage site, or to YouTube, Vimeo or Viddler with the Pro version. If you upgrade to the Jing Pro version for $14.95/year, you get added features like logo free captures, the option of saving files as MPEGs, and the ability to capture from your computer's built-in video as well.
Check the Jing Blog to get tips on posting captures to blogs, tips for working with bugs, and other helpful hints. TechSmith's Education Blog can also be a good place to learn about ways other educators are using TechSmith's products.
If you have a PC, and you're looking for something a bit more powerful than Jing that you can also use for simple editing, you might want to check out the pricier Camtasia.
July 08, 2009
Eckersley Poster Archive on VADS
image: Advertisement for Gillete, Tom Eckersley, Eckersley Archive: University of Arts, London (1960)
July 07, 2009
UMMA's Dialog Table
The University of Michigan Museum of Art opened its new wing just a few months ago, and the addition as well as the pre-existing portion of the museum are full of delightful surprises. Located in the vertical gallery on the first floor of the new wing, the Dialog Table allows you to browse the museum's collection, watch videos related to content, compare different works from similar periods or styles, and create your own portfolio. After you leave the museum, your interaction with the collection doesn't have to end either, you can retrieve the portfolio you made at the dialog table, email it, tag it, and submit your own content about the works you chose.
There are a few other delights in the restored and expanded museum as well including the Open Storage Room on the second floor of the Alumni Memorial Hall. The Open Storage is a room loaded with art objects from many eras and places stored in well-lit, glass cabinets. If a particular objects strikes your imagination and you want to learn more about it, you can scroll through the collection on two computers in the room and click objects for more information.
Finally, keep your eyes open for display cases with drawers. There are a few of these located throughout the museum, and they house delicate prints and drawings that can't be exposed to light for long periods of time. However, you're free to open the drawers to take a peek!
Don't forget that you can stop in for quiet study or to meet a friend in the commons area from 8 am - midnight daily, even though the full museum hours are:
Tuesday/Wednesday/Saturday 10 am–5 pm
Thursday/Friday 10 am–10 pm
Sunday 12–5 pm
July 02, 2009
Rem Koolhaas on CNN
The BBC recently aired an interview with the architect, Rem Koolhaas, entitled The Architect Planning for the Future. You can also find other interviews and specials relating to architecture by searching the CNN videos page, like this sample search here. You can watch the rest of the special here by clicking on the thumbnails beneath the main video.
July 01, 2009
Image above: Prefab/Refab II (detail) Daniel Bare, porcelain and post consumer objects, 2008