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January 28, 2013

Object of the Day

Subscribe to "Object of the Day" from the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum - or just bookmark the page. Every day an item from the museum's collection is featured, with a quick description. Featured objects range from posters to textiles to book covers to fans. We're partial to books, so here's a sampling of them:

Detail of binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe of London, ca. 1907.
Wine, women, and song; mediaeval Latin students’ songs now first translated into English verse, by John Addington Symonds.
Chatto & Windus, 1884. Smithsonian Libraries. PA8164 .S98.

Plates 5-7 from De la loi du contraste simultané des couleurs, by Chevreul, Michel Eugène.
Published by Pitois-Levrault et cie., 1839. Smithsonian Libraries. ND1488 .C52 1839.

Book cover: Selected Poems by Ezra Pound. Designed by Alvin Lustig.
Gift of Susan Lustig Peck. 2001-29-7.

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January 07, 2013

Sculptures at University : Central Campus

Curious about the sculpture you see around you on campus? Check out President’s Advisory Committee on Public Art: The Collection! A number of these sculptures are also represented in our AAEL Digital Image Collection.

Mark di Suvero, Orion, 2009
Source: President’s Advisory Committee on Public Art

Walking down State Street, it's hard to miss this large sculpture in front of the new wing of the UM Museum of Art!

Charles "Chuck" Ginnever Daedalus, 1977
Source: President’s Advisory Committee on Public Art

The "five parallelograms ... fan out and enclose a large concave space nearly eleven feet deep... The effect is of a serenity that is at odds with its size." Its original site on the west side of the building was selected so that the "pedestrian traffic flow" would "completely surround the sculpture, allowing people to look at it from every angle, as the piece changes dramatically, depending on the angle from which you look at it." Now on the south side of the building, its siting offers pedestrians a full view.

Tony Rosenthal, '36 The Cube "Endover", 1968
Source: President’s Advisory Committee on Public Art

Possibly the most beloved sculpture on campus, The Cube easily rotates with a slight push from a passerby.

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