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October 31, 2012


Johannes Vermeer,
Young Woman with a Water Pitcher, ca. 1662
Oil on canvas, 45.7 x 40.6 cm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Marquand Collection, Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1889
Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Reproduction of any kind is prohibited without express written permission in advance from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Today is the 380th anniversary of the baptism of Johannes Vermeer (his actual birth date is unknown). The 17th century Dutch artist is renowned for his exquisite handling of color and light in his genre paintings and landscapes. Explore more about the artist and his work in the comprehensive website essential vermeer; more images are available on ARTstor, AAEL digital images, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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October 29, 2012

Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection

Indiana University offers a collection of over 14,000 images spanning the years 1938-1969: the Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection. Cushman travelled across the United States and in several foreign countries, and his keen eye for the quotidian, the representative, and the surprisingly beautiful resulted in a remarkable set of images, valuable for their social documentation as well as their aesthetic. He was an early adopter of Kodachrome, and the color images from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s are particularly delightful. Browse or search by year, location, subject, genre, or keyword.

Click on the titles below to see some sample images:

Girl bathers and girl fisher
Promontory Point, Chicago, July 18, 1942
© Indiana University

Indiana Steel Co., Indiana Harbor>
East Chicago, Indiana, November 18, 1945
© Indiana University

Fire Alarm brings out Victoria, B.C. children
Victoria, British Columbia, September 17, 1938
© Indiana University

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October 23, 2012

Many Voices Video Workshops at UMMA, Fall 2012 - Winter 2013

Battery of lights are prepared for the making of a television commercial at the new
Filmways production center in New York, December 28, 1959

© AP Photo/Dave Pickoff
Source: AP Images

Apply by October 25th, 2012!

Be one of the 12–16 people ages 16 and up who create 2–3 minute videos about works of art in the University of Michigan Museum of Art collection. The videos will be shown in the museum's galleries and DialogTable next spring. Filmmakers, artists, writers, photographers, storytellers, and art enthusiasts are invited to apply.

After the four workshops scheduled on Saturdays 10am – 1pm, November 10 and 17, December 1 and 15, production and post-production of videos will start in January. Participants should be available on Saturday mornings through the end of February.

Visit University of Michigan Museum of Art for more information and to apply.

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October 16, 2012

Picasso’s Light Drawings

© Gjon Mili—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image
This photo ran in LIFE magazine, but in black and white, not color.

Benjamin Starr writes: "When LIFE Magazine photographer Gjon Mili visited Pablo Picasso in the South of France in 1949, the two began work on the captivating images you see here… and it all started quickly. LIFE wrote in its January 30, 1950 issue, in which these images first appeared, “Picasso gave Mili 15 minutes to try one experiment.” The results from the short session must have made a good impression because he worked with Mili on five more.

Known as Picasso’s “Light Drawings,” the images capture the artist drawing with a small electric light in a darkened room. In his art he was known for his excellent use of the line, using a minimal amount of detail to create highly expressive results… and here he hypnotically demonstrates that talent, drawing his iconic centaurs, people and even signing his name."

via Visual News

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October 10, 2012

Exhibition: "Disrupting Commerce"

Image courtesy of Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design

Warren Robbins Gallery
October 1 - 18
Reception: Thursday, October 11, 11:30 am - 12 pm

Check out the newest exhibition at the Warren Robbins Gallery, on the 2nd floor of the Art and Architecture building!

"Artists in this show see commercial sites as opportunites to speak out and reach a broader or more particular audience. These artists used various forms of culture jamming in the ART/DES course Shopdropping. Shopdropping, aka reverse shoplifting, involves making or altering objects and placing them back on the shelves of a store. The practices in this exhibition range from Allison Knoll’s appropriating existing products as potential anti-cell phone remedies, Casey Klugman’s T-shirt that calls attention to and corrects IKEA’s anti-semitism, Shin-Jung Kim’s use of light as the material for her work, and Sam Oliver’s attempts at trading that shifted value from the real to the symbolic, and the useful to the aesthetic."

via Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design

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October 01, 2012

Wellcome Image Awards 2012

Caffeine crystals: False-colored scanning elctron micrograph
Credit: Annie Cavanagh, Wellcome Images

Wellcome Images database is a great source for medical and science images, with a particular strength in modern imaging techniques and historical images from the Wellcome Library collection.

In addition to the standard "search" and "advanced search" options, the site offers Galleries, Explore [themes] and Favourites to browse. A fascinating gallery to browse is the Wellcome Image Awards 2012, from which the photos illustrating this post are drawn.

All Wellcome images are available for download for personal, or academic use, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial version 2.0 license or Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial No-Derivatives version 2.0 license.

Connective tissue: False-coloured scanning electron micrograph of collagen/connective tissue removed from a human knee during arthroscopic surgery
Credit: Anne Weston, LRI, CRUK, Wellcome Images

Lavender leaf: False-colored scanning electron micrograph
Credit: Annie Cavanagh, Wellcome Images

All Wellcome images are available for download for personal, or academic use, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial version 2.0 license or Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial No-Derivatives version 2.0 license.

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