March 27, 2013

National Gallery of Art images

Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait, 1889
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. John Hay Whitney
Image source: National Gallery of Art, Washington

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., has created a user-friendly digital image library of works in their collection. Most astonishing is that more than 22,000 of the images are open access, i.e. in the public domain! These are not all obscure images of 19th century landscapes - paintings by Monet, Leonardo, Manet, Van Gogh, Degas, Homer, Cassatt, Rogier van der Weyden are among the canonical works available!

The site features a Lightbox for users with annotation capability and print previews as well as downloads. Resolutions are high, appropriate for printing and digital presentation. Image data window provides a link to a fuller description on the museum's primary website. Several "collections" have already been created: the French Galleries, Self-Portraits, Gilbert Stuart and others. Go to NGA Images and start your own collection today!

H. Call, Prize Bull, 1876
Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch
Image source: National Gallery of Art, Washington

Edouard Manet, The Railway, 1873
Gift of Horace Havemeyer in memory of his mother, Louisine W. Havemeyer
Image source: National Gallery of Art, Washington

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February 18, 2013

Sculptures at University : Medical 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.

Leonardo Nierman, Flame of Wisdom, 2006
Source: President’s Advisory Committee on Public Art: The Collection: Medical Campus

About this work, the artist says: "Remembering my emotions, my original thought of creating this Flame of Wisdom during my visit to your campus and playing with the idea of doing a sculpture, I felt that it would be a great opportunity to pay tribute to the wonderful minds that live in the campus crystallizing so many wonderful dreams that will enrich mankind until the end of time."

Yitzhak Assour, Untitled ("I will exercise my art solely for the good of my patients"), 2009
Source: President’s Advisory Committee on Public Art: The Collection: Medical Campus

Douglas Holis, Rotations, 2009
Source: President’s Advisory Committee on Public Art: The Collection: Medical Campus

This kinetic screen memorializes the transplant team that died during a life-saving mission in 2007.

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February 01, 2013

ARTstor - new collection

Edouard Manet, A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, 1882
The Courtauld Gallery, London
© The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London
Image source: ARTstor

ARTstor, the immense digital image library subscribed to by our University Library, is always adding new collections to support research and teaching in the whole range of humanities, arts, and social sciences. The latest addition is that of the Courtauld Gallery: 500 of a projected 8,100 images of the museum's canonical works of western European art! We're displaying a few images from their collection; for more check this link. And remember, by logging in to ARTstor, you have access to amazing high-resolution images and their presentation software.

Marx Reichlich, Portrait of a Woman holding a Lily-of-the-Valley and a Pansy, 1510-1520
The Courtauld Gallery, London
© The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London
Image source: ARTstor

Agostino di Duccio, Virgin and Child, 1400-1499
The Courtauld Gallery, London
© The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London
Image source: ARTstor

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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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December 18, 2012

Sculptures at University : South 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.

Marshall Fredericks, American Eagle, 1950
Source: President’s Advisory Committee on Public Art: The Collection: South Campus

"At its August 1945 meeting, the Board of Regents received a petition from a group of Detroit alumni to rename Michigan Stadium in honor of former coach Fielding Yost. They submitted supporting letters from graduates including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Frank Murphy and New York Gov. Thomas Dewey. But Yost suggested in a letter that, instead, a war memorial should be erected to honor the university’s men and women who gave their lives for the country. In keeping with his suggestion, the American Eagle memorial, executed by Michigan artist Marshall Fredericks, stands at the southwest corner of the stadium."

Louis Marinaro, Wave Maker, 1988
Source: President’s Advisory Committee on Public Art: The Collection: South Campus

The sculptor describes it as "commemorating the time in our lives as well as the time of season in which we collect the fruits of our labors just as the farmer and the worker reap the benefits of their work. The female figure and the evergreen tree are images in this work intended to glorify the human and natural spirit of this earth. They signify the cycle of life (figure) and its everlasting qualities (evergreen). The reflection of the tree is meant as a metaphor for the fruits of our labors as they are a reflection of what we are and what we make."

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December 12, 2012

Sculptures at the University : North 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.

Dan Heikkinen, Wolverine 2001
© Renée Massarello
Source: AAEL Digital Image Collection

Heikkinen, Class of 1981, also created the wolverine sculpture in Crisler Arena.

Beverly Pepper, Triad Ritual 1993
Source: President’s Advisory Committee on Public Art: The Collection: North Campus

Artist Beverly Pepper designed the cast-iron forms to "stand like gods and goddesses against the sky."

Alice Aycock, Summaries of Arithmetic Through Dust, Including Writing Not Yet Printed
© Renée Massarello
Source: AAEL Digital Image Collection

Aycock's drawings for this work line the wall in the Duderstadt Center, just east of Mujo Café.

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November 12, 2012

Rijks Studio!

One of the premier art museums of the world, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, has opened a digital collection of 125,000 of its works to all - ultra high-resolutions images with no limitations! Just sign up to make your own Rijksstudio, search, browse and collect images, then order prints or download to create your own works!

“With the launch of Rijks Studio, we are excited to share the extensive collection with art lovers around the world using the latest digital technology. We created Rijks Studio based on the belief that the collection of the Rijksmuseum belongs to us all. The collection inspires; we want to unleash the artist in everyone.” Taco Dibbits, director of the Rijksmuseum.

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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 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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August 23, 2012

Fay Kleinman Retrospective

Courtesy of Joel Kleinman

From August 17 - September 14, 2012, Slusser Gallery at the University of Michigan School of Art & Design is presenting the paintings of Fay Kleinman (1912-2012).

The artist studied in New York City and her paintings were exhibited in that city, Massachusetts, and Europe. Not until some 16 years after moving to Ypsilanti in 1987 was her work shown in Southeast Michigan. Kleinman subsequently became quite popular in local venues.

This Slusser Gallery exhibit covers a range of Kleinman’s work — both in subject matter and media. It is a wonderful and possibly final opportunity to see her corpus, as her family will likely store the works in New York.

Read more about this exhibition at University of Michigan School of Art & Design.

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June 08, 2012

Scandinavian Art: Prehistory to Medieval

Gold Cups, Scandinavian Bronze Age
Source: California State University Scandinavia database

If you’re interested in Vikings and Scandinavia is your specialty, or if you’re just curious about the early eras of Scandinavian art and culture, the California State University Scandinavia database is the resource you’re looking for. From Paleolithic tools to medieval objects of gold and silver, these images provide a great range of Scandinavian art and culture of the era. Check it out today!

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June 01, 2012


If you live near Holland, MI or will be there for the summer, be sure to check out the local arts group Ambrose. Dedicated to bringing the arts to students and keeping arts education alive, Ambrose keeps their programs free by designing and selling T-shirts hand-printed by students and members. You can support them by volunteering, buying their T-shirts, or if you’re an artist yourself consider doing a workshop. Ambrose is an excellent program that demonstrates what creative people and a little brainstorming can do to foster the arts.

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May 09, 2012

Rhizome ArtBase

One of the challenges of new media art has been its preservation: works are often dependent upon technology that moves from cutting-edge to obsolete. The Rhizome ArtBase aims to counter the evanescence of this digital underpinning, and since 1999 has preserved over 2,500 art works. As they state, "The mission of the ArtBase is to provide free, open, and permanent access to a living and historic collection of seminal new media art objects."

Explore the variety of projects preserved so far - searching the Timeline is particularly fascinating for "old" new media works.

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May 04, 2012

"A Walk into the Sea" (video review)

Still photo of Andy Warhol
Film still courtesy of The Danny Williams Estate © 2006-8

Still photo of Danny Williams
Film still courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum. © 2006-8 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved.

A Walk into the Sea

Filmmaker Esther Robinson goes on a quest to find out what happened to her uncle, Danny Williams, who disappeared from his family home at 27. When his family began their search, only his car was found parked by some cliffs overlooking the ocean. As Robinson hunts for her uncle, many new things come to light, such as his excellent films and experimentation with lighting at The Velvet Underground concerts. A member of Andy Warhol’s Factory, Danny was involved in numerous artistic endeavors, and interviews with Chuck Wein, Billy Name, Brigid Berlin, and The Velvet Underground’s John Cale relate Danny’s personality and relationship with Andy. Robinson discovers more of the circumstances surrounding his disappearance, as well as more about his life, work and personality, but exactly what happened to her uncle remains a mystery.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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April 25, 2012

Detroit Institute of Art online images

The Detroit Institute of Arts is one of the world's premier art museums, and just a short trip from here. But you may still want to browse the collection from your own computer from school or home. Two options exist for viewing the portion of their collection which has been presented online.

You can search the collection on the DIA's own website.
Searching, for example, John Stanley Mix's Indian Telegraph (1860), results in the following:

Rolling your cursor over the image functions as a magnifying glass, giving great detail.

ARTstor also has over 1,500 images from the collection:

Selecting an image yields a separate window containing image with high zoom. Since ARTstor is a subscription database, you will need to log in with your University of Michigan password to download these images and to take advantage of other tools offered.

For futher assistance finding images, contact us at

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March 28, 2012

The Noun Project

Symbols are all around us and are an important part of our everyday as they communicate ideas, directions, and information. They create a visual language that can be deciphered worldwide and that grows with the advancement of technology. The Noun Project encourages the sharing and creation of new symbols, as well as providing dialogue in their blog about the process of designing symbols. Check out The Noun Project Blog for more information on the design, the invention of symbols, and their various uses in technology and art.

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March 15, 2012

The Art of Video Games

March 16, 2012 – September 30, 2012

One major question the art world grapples with today asks: Are video games art? The Smithsonian American Art Museum has answered this question in the positive with its latest exhibition: The Art of Video Games. This exhibit is designed to recognize the creativity, storytelling, technology and elements of art and design that are all part of a video game. Featuring games chosen by popular vote such as Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Halo 2, and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, artistic elements are examined in videos and prints of stills selected from the games. The exhibition also takes a look at the history of video games and their systems from the Atari to the PS3. The Art of Video Games opens this weekend with GameFest!, which will hold panel discussions with video game pioneers, designers, artists, and of course will feature live gaming. If you can’t make it out to Washington D.C., this groundbreaking exhibition is scheduled to travel, so check out the listings for the dates and location nearest you.

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March 08, 2012

Materials Collection open house

You have yet another reason to stop by Imageworks! We are now housing a collection of materials - 200 samples of the most advanced, innovative and sustainable materials and processes in the world! These samples are provided by Material ConneXion, and are a subset of the more than 6,000 samples available on their online database.

On Tuesday, March 13 from 4-6 p.m. we will have an Open House celebrating the collection - so come up to the 2nd floor of the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library and check it out!

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"Mustang" (video review)

Lo Manthang, Capital of Upper Mustang, Nepal
Source: Boerniefischer, Wikimedia Commons
Attribution: GFDL, CC BY 3.0

Mustang: Journey of Transformation
Will Parrinello, producer/director; Sarah Kass, writer
PBS Home Video

Situated in the north of Nepal and just south of Tibet, Mustang is a region that is technically part of the country of Nepal, but shares closer cultural ties with Tibet. Once a major trading site on the Silk Road, Mustang experienced its Golden Era during the middle ages and spent much of its wealth building its grand Buddhist monasteries. The monasteries, with their exquisite decoration, became crucial centers for education and tradition in the culture of Mustang. However, during the 18th century the wealth and trade of Mustang began to decline with the onset of conflicts and wars that eventually led to the region being closed off from the rest of the world. In 1991, the southern border of Mustang was finally re-opened, and conservators were welcomed to begin restoration projects for their ancient monasteries. John Sanday, a conservation architect, worked four years to repair and stabilize the structures with the approval of Mustang’s king, Jigme Palbar Bista. Luigi Fieni, an Italian conservationist, then began a ten-year project to restore the elaborate mural programs within the monasteries. Fieni worked to train local villagers in restoration work, thus involving and reconnecting the people of Mustang with their rich heritage. Featuring interviews with the conservationists, the Dalai Lama, and the people of Mustang, the film documents the truly inspiring efforts of a society to preserve their culture and identity.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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February 23, 2012

"STASH" (video review)

Stash Media Inc.

What do whales, pigs, undercover agents and carousals have in common? Easy, they’re all part of the latest from STASH. With DVD volumes 49 through 67 (subsequent issues are available online), our STASH collection features a wide range of projects including short films, advertisements, and video game graphics. Ranging from humorous to sorrowful, each clip features the best in animation techniques and a variety of styles. So stop by Imageworks to check out what we have featuring the latest in animation, motion graphics and VFX.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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February 16, 2012

"Eames" (video review)

Charles Eames, Lounge Chair and Ottoman, 1956
Photo: Davis Digital Images
Source: AAEL Digital Image Collection

Eames: The Architect and The Painter
Narrated by James Franco

The works, lives, and abundant creativity of Charles and Ray Eames, the iconic couple whose work became the pinnacle of mid-20th century design, are examined in this film. Charles and Ray met while working at the Cranbrook Academy of Art here in Michigan. Subsequently they moved to L.A. with the dream of creating quality furniture for everyone, starting with their mass-producible plywood chair. They set up their studio in Venice, CA, and the rest is history. Their studio became known as the “Eamery” where creative artists and designers worked around the clock. Not limiting themselves to furniture, Charles and Ray explored a wide range of media including painting, architecture, film, and photography. Their amazing lives and the many accomplishments they achieved to re-create the very idea of design are still highly influential in the design world today.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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February 14, 2012


Hailed as the “Facebook for the Art World” by ReadWriteWeb, my-artmap is the latest in resources to connect with art professionals worldwide. The site is available in Dutch, Chinese, English, French, Italian, Russian, and Spanish with the goal of allowing members to share, show, and discuss art with others. Take the artmap tour to check out the numerous opportunities the site offers. There is something for every art enthusiast from its Dashboard featuring the latest art news, to the ability to create your own gallery to share your pictures with others, and finally to its Newscafé where you can check out and discuss the latest sales and developments on the art market. Take a look and join today to become a part of the vast resources my-artmap has to offer!

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February 08, 2012

"Sacred Hands"

Image from Sacred Hands exhibit
Courtesy of Special Collections Library

Sacred Hands: An Exhibit of Manuscripts with Texts of the Three Abrahamic Faiths
From the Special Collections and Papyrology Libraries
Through March 4, 2012

Sacred Hands, the latest exhibition at the Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery, features the Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible, donated to the university by Carlos and Clara Quintanilla. Commissioned by the Saint John’s Abbey in Minnesota, Welsh artist Donald Jackson was able to achieve his childhood dream of creating an illuminated Bible in 2007. For this project he designed his own alphabet and worked with other Welsh artists to create exquisite illustrations that artfully combine the traditions of illumination throughout history with the developments in contemporary art. The Heritage Edition, a high quality, print facsimile, was then created so that this manuscript can be shared worldwide. For more information on the project check out The Saint John's Bible website.

This exhibition places the Heritage Edition of this contemporary illuminated manuscript within the tradition of manuscript illumination and holy texts from the Abrahamic faiths, drawing a most comprehensive connection between the past and present. Papyri from Egypt featuring Gospels written in Greek from the 4th century are featured alongside medieval illuminated Bibles. The exhibit also features examples of Torah scrolls and manuscripts as well as Islamic manuscripts of the Qur’ān. Finally, the first pages of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition are on display, featuring the most profound vision of creation I have ever seen.

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February 01, 2012

"Vermeer" (video review)

Vermeer: Light, Love, and Silence
Directed by Michael Gill

He is one of the most famous Dutch painters of all time, a master of capturing light and quiet, reflective moments, yet so little is known about Vermeer himself. Almost no documentation of his career or life remains and only 35 paintings survive him. However, through analysis of the artist's techniques this film pieces together what can be inferred about him from his paintings. Vermeer's interest in science is superficially evident in his paintings such as The Astronomer and The Geographer, as well as his friendship with the scientist Anthony van Leyden. This interest in science is clearly deeper when it is seen how Vermeer applied the use of inventions such as the camera obscura to help him create his masterpieces. The film also reveals more about Vermeer through the history of the Netherlands and the contemporary events of his time, proposing how that context along with the work of other artists may have been influential to his work. Discover more about this Dutch master today by checking out Vermeer: Light, Love, and Silence.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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January 17, 2012

Amsterdam Rijksmuseum Online

Caspar Netscher, Portrait of an unknown young woman, 1649 - 1684
Source: Rijksmuseum API Collection

Rijksmuseum API Collection

Search over 100,000 works of art for some of the finest examples of the Rijksmuseum’s collection. You can search by keyword or by a number of subject categories such as Religion and Magic, Abstract Art, Literature and Classical Mythology. These high quality images help provide a great sense of the breadth and wealth of the Rijksmuseum and are great for studying works of art in detail. With numerous paintings, drawings and prints that include everything from portraits to pastoral scenes all under a Creative Commons license, this collection is worth a look!

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December 13, 2011

Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus

Rembrandt's Amsterdam [video]
© Detroit Institute of Arts, 2011
Source: Detroit Institute of Arts website

The latest exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus, aims at presenting the two big names of Jesus and Rembrandt together in a whole new way. The main question posed by the exhibition asks: How did Rembrandt revolutionize the religious traditions surrounding the depiction of Jesus within his art? Part of the answer is found in the living models Rembrandt used for his depictions, including his Jewish neighbors, rather than painting an idealized human figure. This adds another layer to the exhibit, which examines Rembrandt’s own fascination and curiosity for the Jewish culture in the Netherlands expressed in his works. Overall it is an impressive presentation with plenty of spectacular examples of Rembrandt’s paintings and drawings and plenty for everyone to check out before the end of the show on February 12, 2012.

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December 08, 2011

Diego Rivera anniversary

Carl Van Vechten, [Portrait of Diego Rivera, March 19, 1932
Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-88104 DLC
Source: American Memory, from the Library of Congress

One hundred twenty-five years ago today the Mexican muralist and painter Diego Rivera was born.

Locally, we can visit what Rivera himself believed to be the best work of his career: Detroit Industry in the Detroit Institute of Arts. This fresco cycle, created in 1932-1933, covers the walls of Rivera Court.

Find more images of works by Rivera in ARTstor and the AAEL Digital Image Collection.

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November 28, 2011


Europeana is a cultural database featuring Europe’s conservation efforts for everything from art to science and to make these digital resources available to a wide audience. Musical scores by Mozart and Darwin’s The Voyage of the Beagle are among the many things to discover at Europeana. The site also includes virtual exhibitions that include Eastern European wedding traditions, Art Nouveau, and Yiddish Theatre in London. These exhibits incorporate sound recordings, photos and memoirs to provide a detailed sensory experience. Search for information by exhibitions, new content, provider, timeline or featured search today to discover some of Europe’s vast cultural treasures.

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November 18, 2011

2011 All Student Exhibition Opens

© Ellen Rutt
Source: The School of Art & Design

November 18 - December 14, 2011
Slusser Gallery, Robbins Gallery, Work•Ann Arbor
and all the corridor venues in the Art & Architecture Building

Gala receptions
November 18
6:00 to 9:00 pm
all Ann Arbor galleries

There will be refreshments, music, and bus shuttles between North Campus and Work • Ann Arbor on State Street.

Awards will be presented.

via The School of Art & Design

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November 08, 2011

Images from the Walters Art Museum

Need a great art image for a class project? The Walters Art Museum of Baltimore now offers 10,000 free images from their collection, many of which are works not on display in the museum. The images are all in the public domain for anyone to use for non-commercial purposes, and you can also tag and create your own image collection through Facebook. They offer a wide range of artworks from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Ancient Americas, including sculpture, arms and armor, painting, jewelry, and manuscripts. Search for specific artworks or browse their collection to find surprising and exciting works within the Walters Art Museum!

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October 25, 2011

Play Gallery

Play Gallery is the virtual exhibition space for the University of Michigan's School of Art and Design. The site offers a plethora of videos, images, interviews, tutorials, and news items about and by artists in the UM community. And, if you're an undergraduate or graduate student at the U, submit an image of your work for the image gallery!

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October 11, 2011

Papyrology Collection

Table of Fractions and Arithmetical Problems, (Early) 2nd century CE
Papyrology Collection, University of Michigan
© The Regents of the University of Michigan
Source: Advanced Papyrological Information System (APIS), MLibrary Images

Featuring a wide range of papyrus documents, the University of Michigan’s world-famous Papyrology Collection was begun from Francis Kelsey’s excavations at Karanis, Egypt in the 1920s and 1930s. This collection now contains around 12,000 pieces, of which 1500 have been studied in detail to date. Many examples of the University's collection are available digitally online, via the Advanced Papyrological Information System (APIS).

On exhibit now in the Papyrology Collection's physical location (807 Hatcher Graduate Library South) are select examples that have been chosen to demonstrate the breadth of this collection. The oldest item is a sheet from The Book of the Dead, dating from the 11th century BCE, in the New Kingdom period. Also displayed are "recycled" papyrus sheets including a mummy cartonnage painting of Isis and foot wrappings. These sheets, like many others, once served as tax documents or other government forms and were re-used for mummy wrappings (as papyrus was cheaper than linen), at times stuccoed and painted over. Other documents include a birth certificate for a Roman citizen, a sheet from Homer’s Iliad, and a letter from a Roman fleet recruit to his mother. For more information check out the Learning About Papyrology section, which includes how papyrus is made and fun games like Papyrus Puzzles. For a fascinating review of the excavation and conservation of papyri, Leyla Lau-Lamb provides detailed presentations of the techniques she employs to bring illegible and curled up papyrus sheets to a flat and legible state on her website.

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October 06, 2011

"Waste Land" (video review)

Jardim Gramacho: February 10, 2011
© AP Photo / Felipe Dana
Source: AP Images

Waste Land
Directed by Lucy Walker

Vik Muniz, a contemporary artist based in New York and originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, takes on one of his largest projects at one of the world’s largest landfills, the Jardim Gramacho of Rio de Janeiro. In this film, Muniz photographs and interviews the people of Jardim Gramacho, who are known as the "Pickers" for their job of collecting recyclable materials from the landfill. Their individual personalities emerge as Muniz works with Tião Santos, the leader of the Association of Pickers of Jardim Gramacho, to understand the conditions at Gramacho and what is being done to improve them. Working with Muniz and providing their own creativity and inspiration, the Pickers help create their own stunning portraits from the photos Muniz takes and the materials of the landfill. Throughout the film Muniz addresses the question “Can art change people?” and by the end both he and the Pickers have their own answers to this question.

Jardim Gramacho: woman collecting recyclable material, February 10, 2011
© AP Photo / Felipe Dana
Source: AP Images

Jardim Gramacho: workers collecting recyclable material, February 10, 2011
© AP Photo / Felipe Dana
Source: AP Images

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September 13, 2011


"After World War II, Berea College created a general studies course called "Man and the Humanities," in which students studied literature, music, and art. One of the first assignments asked students to draw their home community. Over the four-decade life of this course, some 7,000 drawings were saved. Because many of the students who came to Berea during these years were from Appalachia, these drawings are now primary sources that offer revealing glimpses of Appalachian life over the last half of the twentieth century. Mappalachia is an effort to make the drawings accessible to scholars, alumni, and the wider public."

From ira on the website's forum:

"Through out the films, travels, and discussions it re-enforced the thought of that my people are part of this region that we come to know as Appalachia. Before I came I never even thought of this area to be special in any way, in fact I thought the rest of the world was similar. These thoughts became complete obsolete. I have learn that this is an ever changing region of people with traditions that are deeply rooted that are unique only to this area alone. The films we watch reminded myself of home, a home that I have tried to leave behind, but realized that it is something that I should try to move on from, but be proud of. We as a people of this region never had anything to be embarrassed about, even if outsiders couldn't understand it, and this is one of the reason why we are still strong. We have lasted all these years and I say that we will last a few more years as long as we keep our traditions, keep out whit, and keep true to ourself. For me, I will stop running from whom I am, and be that mountain man that I was born to be, after all how could I be anything else."

via Mappalachia

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August 30, 2011


Find and share your favorite works of art with Artfinder. Information such as artist, location, and date is provided with each artwork along with the option to create your own art profile. Search for specific art pieces, browse via Art Shuffle or take a Magic Tour, an art tour generated from your choice of three different works of art. Have fun with the tour and pick different works, especially ones you may not feel inclined to choose, and you may discover some new and interesting types of art!

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August 18, 2011

"Ajanta" (video review)

Cave Temple, Ajanta, India
© Robert C. MacLaurin
Source: AAEL Digital Image Collection

Ajanta: Written in the Stone
Laurence Castle Productions

Laurence Castle presents the work of Univerity of Michigan’s professor emeritus Walter M. Spink who studied and proposed an entirely different dating system for the caves of Ajanta. Re-discovered after years of abandonment in 1819 by British officer John Smith, the Ajanta caves are richly decorated Buddhist temples located in the Sahyadri Mountains of India. From the time of their re-discovery the cave temples were the subjects of a great debate concerning the date they were created. Over time general consensus held that the majority of the caves were from the 7th century. However, Spink refutes this theory and supports the much earlier date of the 5th century. He provides evidence by examining the dedicatory inscriptions of figures such as Varahadeva, the prime minister of Emperor Harisena and the events of Harisena’s reign. Details in the caves such as candle soot, unfinished works and the style of door hinges also provide clues for the dating of the caves. The film, set amongst the caves themselves, presents detailed footage of everything from the construction to the elaborate decoration of these incredible temples.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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August 09, 2011

"Alice Neel" (video review)

Alice Neel
Arthouse Films

Andrew Neel, the grandson of Alice Neel, creates a portrait of his grandmother by exploring the events of her life with the people who knew her. Throughout this film he raises the question of why artists paint and the guilt that Alice felt throughout her life about the impracticality of painting to make a living. In interviews, Alice’s sons share the difficulties of growing up in a transient environment but also the balance their mother achieved between her work and supporting her children to pursue their own dreams. Andrew also includes footage of interviews with Alice Neel in which she relates incidents in her life and her creative process. She expresses how she creates portraits, what it is she wants to portray about mankind and the importance of psychology in her paintings. Finally art historians such as Jeremy Lewison and Robert Storr assess her work and its place in the contemporary events surrounding her life as well as her final recognition as a great artist in the later years of her life.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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July 25, 2011

"Things That Move"

Nicole Deschamps-Benke, Biofuel

Be sure to catch U of M’s School of Art and Design Alumni Show, Things That Move, before it closes August 5. The show is featured at the Slusser Gallery in the Art and Architecture building and explores movement through different media and themes from sculpture, photography, sports, dance and technology. Participating artists include alumni graduating as early as 1948 to the most recent. This range of exhibitors demonstrates the development of the School of Art and Design and its many students over the years, as well as being a fascinating investigation of movement.

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July 19, 2011

Tissandier collection of aeronautical prints and drawings

Ascension du 26 septembre 1876, 700 mètres
[Gaston and Albert Tissandier ascending in their balloon "Zénith"]

Albert Tissandier, artist

Among the wealth of images in the Library of Congress's Prints & Photographs Online Catalog is the Tissandier collection. These images, collected by the balloonists Albert and Gaston Tissandier, document the early history of aeronautics. The prints and drawings range from 1773-1910; most concern balloon flight and concepts for heavier-than-air vehicles.

Flying, ca. 1830
Lowry, Joseph Wilson, engraver

[Airship powered by an electric motor developed by Albert and Gaston Tissandier departing from Auteuil, Paris, France, October 8, 1883]
Poyet, del ; E. A. Tilly.

Descente du ballon le Neptune dans les falaises du Cap Gris-Nez Voyage en ballon, Calais, 15 août 1868
Drawing, A. Tissandier

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June 29, 2011

Kunsthalle Detroit

Kunsthalle Detroit Museum of Multimedia & Light-Based Art

The neglected building that once housed the Comerica Bank in Detroit has found a new purpose as “the first U.S. museum of multi-media and light-based arts and the second of its kind in the world”. Contemporary art specialist Tate Osten has recently renovated and transformed the space to create the Kunsthalle Detroit, a museum dedicated to build awareness and support for the growing medium of light-based arts. The inaugural exhibition “Time and Place” that presents the film, video and multimedia works of 12 artists from around the world opened June 10, 2011 and will run through September 10, 2011.

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June 14, 2011

Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

The Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History is an ongoing project illustrating The Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection with interactive timelines, maps, and thematic essays. These visual tools offer quick and easy access to works of art from different cultures, periods and locations across the world. The thematic essays provide further depth and cover various topics that include everything from Italian paintings, funerary art, Japanese tea ware, to the origins of the kilt. With 300 timelines, 900 essays and 6,000 works of art, the Heilbrunn Timeline is an excellent resource for anyone interested in exploring diverse forms of art.

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June 09, 2011

"Visual Storytelling with Iain McCaig" (video review)

© Iain McCaig, The Gnomon Workshop and Design Studio Press

Visual Storytelling with Iain McCaig vols. 1-4
Gnomon Workshop and Design Studio Press

Iain McCaig leads us through the art of visual storytelling, creating a space age version of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” in a re-telling that captures all the enchantment of the original. McCaig gears his presentation for all levels of skill and experience from beginners to advanced artists. He stresses that the basic elements for creating a story can be implemented in composition and placement regardless of the level of drawing ability one has.

McCaig guides us through the process for developing character concepts beginning with the creation of a storyboard. He demonstrates his techniques with both traditional drawing and digital media, and the transitions between the two going from paper to Photoshop. Throughout he relates the importance of using references from nature and one's everyday surroundings to achieve accurate anatomy and lighting effects. These effects are essential to creating believable representations of even the most fantastical or mythological creatures. In each lesson McCaig relates his work and process to both the previous and the next step in order to never lose sight of the story he is trying to tell and how this affects his visual choices.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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May 20, 2011

"It's a Zoo in Here!"

Oshaweetuk, Owl, Fox and Hare Legend, 1959
University of Michigan Museum of Art
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene B. Power

Source: UMMA online collections

The zoo isn’t the only place to go this summer to see some exotic animals! Be sure to check out the Detroit Institute of Arts current exhibition It's a Zoo in Here! Prints and Drawings of Animals. The show features works by a wide range of artists, such as Dürer and Cassatt, and of all types of creatures including lizards, dolphins and lions. Fun for the whole family, this exhibit displays the wild side of art and runs through to September 25, 2011.

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May 10, 2011


Cumulonimbus Cloud Over Africa
"High above the African continent, tall, dense cumulonimbus clouds, meaning 'column rain' in Latin, are the result of atmospheric instability. The clouds can form alone, in clusters, or along a cold front in a squall line. The high energy of these storms is associated with heavy precipitation, lightning, high wind speeds and tornadoes."
Image credit: NASA

Warmer temperatures incline more of us to gaze at the clouds in the sky. How do we find what those clouds mean, and what they are called? As ever, NASA is a great resource for clouds. Search their image gallery for more photos.

You could also check out one of the Corel CDs in Imageworks' collection: Clouds. Each Corel CD has 100 high-resolution, royalty-free (but not copyright-free) images, covering a myriad of subjects. A few images from Clouds:

Nimbus clouds
Copyright © 2011 Imageworks and its licensors. All rights reserved.

Chinook clouds (stratus)
Copyright © 2011 Imageworks and its licensors. All rights reserved.

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April 26, 2011

John James Audubon's "Birds of America"

White-headed Eagle
Birds of America, Plate XXXI
image courtesy University of Pittsburgh, University Library System

Today is the 226th anniversary of the birth of John James Audubon, the American ornithologist and artist who created "Birds of America". This eight-volume set of hand-colored prints was the first book purchased by the University of Michigan Library.

Images from this very book can be seen via the Library's own PictureIt Rare Book Reader. Or, go to "Audubon's Birds of America at the University of Pittsburgh" to browse their plate images, along with Audubon's text Ornithological Biography.

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April 07, 2011

"Big Blue Bear" (video review)

"I See What You Mean" by artist Lawrence Argent
© Annette Haines
Source: Flickr

Big Blue Bear
Just Media Presentation

When the Denver Convention Center held a competition for a public artwork that would encourage visitors to the center to explore the rest of the city, artist Lawrence Argent won. His commissioned work "I See What You Mean", more popularly known as "Big Blue Bear", is profiled in this eponymous documentary.

The film covers the development of the large scale art project, from its initial inspiration and the making of a model to its final creation and installation. Interviews with Denver public art director John Grant and fabricator Bill Kreysler provide a full description of their roles and assistance in the making of Big Blue Bear. Throughout this engaging film Argent displays the sense of fun and the collaboration involved in his creative artwork.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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March 29, 2011

Watermarks from Venice

Preclarissimus liber elementorum with figures
Euclides; Abelard of Bath (translation); Campanus of Novara (commentator)

© Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
Source: LUNA Commons, Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts

Currently at the Hatcher Graduate Library in the Special Collections on the 7th floor is an exhibition on early print books from Venice from the late 15th century onwards. Due to Venice’s many paper mills, its importance as a trading center, and its wealth of scholars and translators, printmakers traveled from France, Germany and all over Europe to work in this flourishing print environment. On display are books including the works of Aristotle and Euclid printed by Nicolaus Jenson, Erhard Ratdolt, Aldus Manutius and Andreas Torresanus. The innovations employed in print, from Ratdolt’s use of print for both text and graphics to Manutius’ design for smaller books, are displayed along with information on printing techniques, the use of watermarks, printing tools and the development of printed books in Greek. This captivating exhibit that tells the story of the printed book in Venice is well worth a visit before it ends on June 30th.

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March 15, 2011

Modern Art Iraq Archive

[Title unknown], Widad Al-Orfali, 1991

Online Archive Educates and Encourages Public Participation to Trace Lost Works

"The Modern Art Iraq Archive (MAIA) was made public last week. MAIA started as the result of a long-term effort to document and preserve the modern artistic works from the Iraqi Museum of Modern Art in Baghdad, most of which were lost and damaged in the fires and looting during the aftermath of the 2003 US invasion of Iraq. As the site shows, very little is known about many of the works, including their current whereabouts and their original location in the Museum. The lack of documents about modern Iraqi art prompted the growth of the project to include supporting text. The site makes the works of art available as an open access database in order to raise public awareness of the many lost works and to encourage interested individuals to participate in helping to document the museum’s original and/or lost holdings..."

Via Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources (AMIR)

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March 10, 2011

"Palmyra" (video review)

Triumphal arch of temple at Pa... Digital ID: 88482. New York Public Library>

Triumphal arch of temple at Palmyra, Syria
Digital ID: 88482. 1860s-1920s
Repository: The New York Public Library. Photography Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
Source: NYPL Digital Gallery

Palmyra: Venice of the Sands
Part of the Living Stones: Where Archaeology Begins series
Presented by Alpha Line Productions

A look at the ancient city of Palmyra in the Syrian Desert, this film covers the history and fall of a once prosperous desert oasis. Originally known as Tadmore, the city was conquered by Alexander the Great and then later by the Roman Empire, which gave the city its current name Palmyra. The wealth of the city, visible in the ruins of its great monuments, was due to its location on major caravan trade routes. The impact of the consequent diversity is seen in the temples to various deities as well as its varied art and architecture. Also covered is the city's rebellion against Roman rule under Queen Zenobia and the resulting destruction of the city by Emperor Aurelian. Using archaeological evidence and computer models the filmmakers explore the layout and plan of the city and attempt to recreate the atmosphere of the once flourishing Palmyra. In less than half an hour, this video provides a fine overview of the economic, political and multicultural history of this city.

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March 08, 2011


Marlin Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida
The Art Deco Architecture Site

The photographer Randy Juster shares his interests and work with Art Deco on his website Decopix. His galleries contain over 700 images of Art Deco art and architecture, along with an overview of the origins and boom of Art Deco. Documenting the wealth and elaborate nature of this art movement are Juster's photographs covering buildings, glass, woodwork, and murals with excellent photos of minute architectural details. Further sections are devoted to color schemes, demolished Art Deco buildings and Lawson Clocks, providing a varied and valuable image resource of the Art Deco movement.

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March 04, 2011

"The Master Techniques of Marquetry" (video review)

Writing Table [detail], Jean-François Oeben, ca. 1761-1763
Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Reproduction of any kind is prohibited without express written permission in advance from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Master Techniques of Marquetry
By Silas Kopf

This how-to video also covers the history of marquetry and the various techniques employed in its creation and design. In his studio, Kopf first explains the difference between inlay and marquetry with their various advantages and disadvantages. He then displays the making of Parquetry, Boulle, Chevalet, and Piquage, explaining the differences in technique and the technological innovations that brought them about. With patterns ranging from simple checkerboards to elaborate pictures Kopf demonstrates the processes step by step, including the materials and tools he uses in the work. At the end of the video is a gallery displaying many of this artist's accomplished works.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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February 25, 2011

"Isamu Noguchi" (video review)

Isamu Noguchi: The Sculpture of Spaces
Sapporo Television Broadcasting and Alternate Current

This biographical film presents the unique understanding sculptor Isamu Noguchi brought to his works and examines his renowned sculptural projects. With numerous clips of Noguchi expounding upon his art and his early vision of the earth as sculpture, the film persuasively shows how he incorporated these thoughts into his own innovative work. Documenting his vision and the inspiration he drew from Japanese stone gardens are some of his commissions throughout the world: the UNESCO Garden of Peace, Bayfront Park in Miami, the Billy Rose Sculpture Garden in Jerusalem, and his final project, Moerenuma Park in Sapporo. The working methods Noguchi employed, such as his use of 3-D models rather than drawings for plans, as well as the difficulties and controversies surrounding such large-scale sculptural projects are also addressed. As a whole, the film shows that Noguchi's sculpture continues to be a longstanding testimony to his life and vision.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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February 15, 2011

Art Project

Recently launched by Google, Art Project brings famous works of art with stunning image quality directly to you. Using floor plans and 360° views, navigate your way through art galleries around the world from the Palace of Versailles to the MoMA. You can choose to “Explore the Museum” or to examine individual works with amazing zoom abilities that allow you to perceive the thick application of paint on Van Gogh’s The Bedroom or the fine details of Holbein’s The Ambassadors. Find information on artists and paintings, and sign in with your google account to create and share your own artwork collections complete with details and notes.

See behind the scenes footage of the Art Project:

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February 08, 2011

Virtual Sistine Chapel

screen capture of upper wall of the Last Judgment, Sistine Chapel
© Vatican Museums
Source: Sistine Chapel, The Holy See

Experience the Sistine Chapel like never before with the Vatican website's new 360 experience providing astonishing views from floor to ceiling. Take a close look at Michelangelo's Last Judgment or Perugino's Handing over of the Keys, and gather a sense of the dimensions of the room and the magnificence of its entire decorative program.

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January 25, 2011


With the goal of making knowledge of Asian art available to the rest of the world and overcoming boundaries such as language, covers Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Khmer, Indonesian, Malaysian and Japanese art. A wide variety of artistic expression is explored, from traditional and folk art forms to innovative ones such as Thai coffee painting. Contemporary artist bios and the ability to browse through the works of individual artists in online exhibition galleries are also provided. Learn about different types of painting and the various techniques and materials frequently used in Asian art including wood block prints, sculpture and textiles, or watch instructional videos on Chinese brush painting.

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January 20, 2011

"The Way Things Go" (video review)

The Way Things Go
Directed by Peter Fischli and David Weiss

A presentation by the artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss, the film documents a work in which everyday objects are used to explore the properties of physics and chemistry. Their elaborate 100 ft. structure demonstrates objects and movement in fluid arrangements of slow to quick action in a fascinating combination of science and art. With no narration and only the sound of the objects themselves as they undergo motion catalyzed by water, gas, fire and chemical reactions, Fischli and Weiss allow the objects to tell their own mesmerizing story. Bonus features include biographies on the artists and information on their work.

This video is among the many available to borrow from the Visual Resources Center in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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January 11, 2011

Bruce Shapiro and the Art of Motion Control

© Bruce Shapiro

After retiring from his career as a medical doctor, Bruce Shapiro began experimenting with motion control and art in the early 1990s. His projects with machinery and art combine elements of engineering and science to create truly unique works. Shapiro's website contains his explanations of the use of industrial materials and machines in his art providing information on how to create your own motion control projects with scrap materials. His media include everything from eggs, bubbles, ribbons and sand; and his installations, such as Pipe Dream and Ribbon Dancer, at science museums reflect his interests in motion, music and mathematical patterns. To see these and other art experiments created by Shapiro visit The Art of Motion Control.

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December 16, 2010

"Codec/X: New British Video & Sound Art" (video review)

© Lee Patterson and Pharmakon

Codec/X: New British Video & Sound Art
Curated by Dave Griffiths and Nick Jordan

A compilation of the latest work in video and sound, Griffiths and Jordan have created a straightforward presentation of the latest works of artists working in northwest Britain. With no narration or explanations, they allow the unique combinations of videos precedence. Progressing steadily from one clip to the next in a mesmerizing sequence of sound, image and light everything from film to photography to animation is used in conjunction with musical instruments, sounds from nature and machinery. Featured artists and musicians include Carl Turton, Suki Chan, Joe Devlin, Happy Fingers, Mark Pilkington, Illuminati and others along with the curators themselves. Some fun and some abstract, the clips involve sparklers, balloons, and baby dolls, often pairing the discordant with the rhythmical for distinctive explorations in art.

This video is among the many available to borrow from the Visual Resources Center in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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December 09, 2010

"The Techniques of Ryan Church" (video review)

© Ryan Church and Gnomon Workshop

The Techniques of Ryan Church: Volume 3: Hi-Tech Architecture
A joint production of The Gnomon Workshop and Design Studio Press

A digital illustration lecture given by Ryan Church as he creates a digital painting using Corel Painter, this film gives useful insight into the illustration process. For this volume Church focuses on the mood and the appearance of an architectural scene, designing a painting resembling a film shot and demonstrating his techniques step by step. He explains the tools he uses as well as the differences between them, his drawing methods and compositional tactics. A clear and comprehensive look at digital art production, Church sets a good pace for the film, working within the realistic time constraints common to his field and demonstrating the quick and effective techniques necessary for such situations. The film is an excellent resource for beginners and experienced alike, providing useful tips and ideas. Bonus features include notes from the lecture, information on various digital media resources such as Gnomon, DV Garage, and Design Studio Press, and a gallery featuring other works by Ryan Church.

This video is among the many available to borrow from the Visual Resources Center in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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December 07, 2010

"Fakes, Forgeries and Mysteries"

Detroit Institute of Arts
November 21, 2010 - April 10, 2011

Now featured at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the exhibition Fakes, Forgeries and Mysteries investigates the authentication and misidentification of art from around the world. Displaying the fakes and forgeries in a show of their own, the DIA presents the clues and methods used to discover the origins of a work of art. An interactive exhibit, it includes an investigation lab that emphasizes the relationship between science and art and invites viewers to make their own discoveries. The exhibition provides an inside view of the workings of a museum and a tantalizing look at the art mysteries that remain unsolved.

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November 09, 2010

Ann Arbor Film Festival at MOCAD

Shadowbox Cinema II
© Ann Arbor Film Festival

MOCAD presents the AAFF Traveling Tour Program 2
Nov 13 2010
8:00pm - 11:00pm
Detroit, MI

"Program 2 features new avant-garde and experimental films from established and emerging North American makers. Several works creatively document landscapes, including Sleeping Bear, Scene 32 and Laura Kraning's portrait of Hollywood's last drive-in theater, Vineland. Daichi Saito's Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis, won the AAFF "Best of Festival" award with gorgeously textured hand-processed 35mm and a visceral soundtrack. Handcrafted animation is masterfully represented by several artists, including a puzzle piece treatise by Martha Colburn and a meditation on the effects of cancer by Karen Aqua. Continuing his exploration into machinima and multiplayer game sampling, Phil Solomon presents his newest work Still Raining, Still Dreaming."

Nov 20 2010
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Detroit, MI

"This program presents 10 short international works, featuring experimental animation, documentary and narrative films making their Michigan premieres. The audience will vote to decide cash awards for their favorite films. Shadowbox Cinema II is co-curated by the AAFF's Donald Harrison and MOCAD's Ben Hernandez. This is a free public screening."

via Ann Arbor Film Festival

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November 02, 2010


If you have not already done so, now it is time to use Google for fun! Try Montage-a-google and see what kind of cool photos will pop up in your montage. When you enter a search term, Google finds twenty images and arranges them in a grid. You can see photo details by placing mouse over the image, click on it and it will take you to the image website.

The image above is a cropped version of "Montage-google" for the search term ; the full image appears below:

Have even more fun, play Guess-the-google!

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October 26, 2010

The New Addition to the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

The Kelsey Museum's latest addition, the William E. Upjohn Exhibit Wing, allows even more of the Kelsey collection to be displayed than ever before. With two spacious floors, the addition houses a wide variety of objects from locations such as the Ancient Near East, Dynastic Egypt, Rome and Pompeii. The addition provides a light and open gallery space with a plan which progresses seamlessly through the various displays. A plethora of objects provide surprises around every corner from jewelry, sculpture, and Egyptian mummies to the everyday items discovered on archaeological digs such as ancient preserved food and inscribed eggshells. Also on display is the full-scale replica of a room in the Pompeiian Villa of the Mysteries with a watercolor rendition by Italian artist Maria Barosso of the fresco frieze that wraps around the whole of the interior. The new space features the Edwin E. Meader and Mary U. Meader Special Exhibition Gallery, which currently displays the exhibition Vaults of Heaven: Visions of Byzantium running until January 23, 2011. A collection of the photography of Ahmet Ertug, Vaults of Heaven covers Byzantine art and architecture from exquisite mosaics to magnificent domes displayed along with items from the Kelsey's own collection such as Byzantine coins and ivories. Free to the public, the Kelsey Museum is a rich find that offers something for all ages.

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October 19, 2010

Haltadefinizione and the Uffizi Gallery

The Italian company Haltadefinizione's latest digital project features artworks from the Uffizi Gallery, providing paintings online of absolutely incredible image quality, and allowing a closer view of each painting than ever before! There are currently several paintings available for viewing online including works by the artists Botticelli, Bronzino, Caravaggio, and da Vinci. Providing the ability to navigate the painting by zooming in and out where you wish, it is a fabulous tool for studying and appreciating the art in great detail, allowing you to see right up to each individual brushstroke. Check out the Haltadefinizione website to revitalize the way you see art and to experience the richness of the Uffizi's collection.

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October 07, 2010

"Who Gets to Call it Art?" (video review)

Who Gets to Call it Art?
Produced and Directed by Peter Rosen

Rosen presents the life of Henry Geldzahler, curator of contemporary art at the Met from 1960-1977, through the art and artists he helped define. Henry was not just a curator, but also got involved with the artists and the creation process. Rosen conveys this interaction with interview clips with artists such as David Hockney and Frank Stella who relate their experiences with Henry. Also the film provides footage of interviews from the 1960s with William de Kooning, Andy Warhol, and Mark di Suvero among other artists talking about their work, along with a discussion of the movement from abstract expressionism and artists such as Pollock and Rothko to pop art with Lichtenstein and Warhol. Rosen also covers Henry's major work, the exhibition "New York Painting and Sculpture 1940-1970" relaying the controversy and the triumphs resulting from the show. Overall the film aims to get a sense of Henry and his eye for art and how his work and personality helped to further and to define the pop art movement. Painting a picture of his life, with images, interviews and a soundtrack featuring artists from The Velvet Underground to The Monks, the film tries to match the feeling of the art of the 1960s at the same time as present it. Special features include further interviews with artists relaying amusing anecdotes from Henry's life, the film happening "Fotodeath" by Claes Oldenburg in which Henry participated, as well as an interview with director Peter Rosen and artists James Rosenquist and Larry Poons.

This video is among the many available to borrow from the Visual Resources Center in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

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September 21, 2010

The Sketchbook Project

Featured by the Art House Co-op

Ever wanted a chance to have your artwork exhibited in galleries across the U.S.? Then take part in The Sketchbook Project, a tour of sketchbooks that will be exhibited in cities such as Brooklyn, San Francisco, Chicago, and Atlanta. Simply visit the Art House Co-op's Sketchbook Project webpage and choose a theme for your sketchbook to be exhibited under, from "Things Found on Restaurant Napkins" to "The Greatest Story Ever Told", or have a theme chosen at random for your sketchbook. Anyone in the world may participate, and each participant will be sent a moleskin sketchbook to fill with sketches. At the end of the tour each sketchbook will have its own barcode and be placed in The Brooklyn Art Library where they can be viewed by the artist and general public. The deadline is October 31, 2010, so sign up now for your opportunity to exhibit your work!

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July 21, 2010

Geo Coded Art

Discover the location of famous scenes in art through the use of Google and Bing Maps! This site allows you to search by name, artist, or region to locate the placement of a painting's setting. Although it's currently limited in locations and mostly comprised of oil paintings, Geocoded Art provides an innovative way to study art and the world.

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July 06, 2010

Banksy in Detroit

Image © Romain Blanquart\Detroit Free Press

From the Detroit Free Press:

Bearing trademarks of the internationally known British graffiti artist called Banksy, a 6-foot mural of a yellow bird inside a cage has been found in the Packard Plant in Detroit.

A photograph of the piece has been posted on the artist’s Web site, typically the way Banksy authenticates his work.

It was carved out of the wall and carted away on June 17th.

Last month, artists from 555 Nonprofit Gallery and Studios controversially removed another Banksy mural from the Packard and displayed it in their Detroit space.

Image ©


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June 29, 2010

Keith Haring

Artist Keith Haring shown in his studio.

© AP Photo
Source: AP Images

"Keith Haring was born on May 4, 1958 in Reading, Pennsylvania, and was raised in nearby Kutztown, Pennsylvania. He developed a love for drawing at a very early age, learning basic cartooning skills from his father and from the popular culture around him. In 1978 Haring moved to New York City and enrolled in the School of Visual Arts.

"Between 1980 and 1985, Haring produced hundreds of public drawings in rapid rhythmic lines, sometimes creating as many as forty “subway drawings” in one day. Between 1980 and 1989, Haring achieved international recognition and participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions.

"Throughout his career, Haring devoted much of his time to public works, which often carried social messages. He produced more than 50 public artworks between 1982 and 1989, in dozens of cities around the world, many of which were created for charities, hospitals, children’s day care centers and orphanages." (Official Keith Haring website)

The Visual Resources Center has a new video "The universe of Keith Haring" (VIDEO-D N 6537 .H37 U55 2008) by Christina Clausen. Also check the AAEL VRC image database and ARTstor for images of and by Haring.

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June 07, 2010

Graphics Atlas

Created by the Image Permanence Institute at Rochester Institute of Technology, the Graphics Atlas explores the science behind prints from the pre-photographic to the digital. The Graphics Atlas allows you to view details of photographic prints produced using different techniques. You can not only zoom in on the surface of an image to see the emulsion, you can also see the edge of the photo, view it under different lighting conditions, and compare views of two different processes.

via Deep Focus

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June 04, 2010

House of Sound at MOCAD

Four Seasons (Keren Cytter, 2009)

Sat. June 5th at 8PM
Images Festival and MOCAD
present House of Sound

"MOCAD and Toronto's Images Film Festival are thrilled to be collaborating on an evening of short experimental films culled from recent festival presentations, alongside classic avant-garde shorts. This salon-style screening will highlight experimental short works by film and video artists from around the world who are pushing the boundaries of the medium in form and/or content."

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March 16, 2010

Michael Craig-Martin

‘An Oak Tree’ (1973) by Michael Craig-Martin

Next to the glass of water is the following text:

Q. To begin with, could you describe this work?

A. Yes, of course. What I’ve done is change a glass of water into a full-grown oak tree without altering the accidents of the glass of water.

Q. The accidents?

A. Yes. The colour, feel, weight, size …

Q. Do you mean that the glass of water is a symbol of an oak tree?

A. No. It’s not a symbol. I’ve changed the physical substance of the glass of water into that of an oak tree.

Q. It looks like a glass of water.

A. Of course it does. I didn’t change its appearance. But it’s not a glass of water, it’s an oak tree.

Q. Can you prove what you’ve claimed to have done?

A. Well, yes and no. I claim to have maintained the physical form of the glass of water and, as you can see, I have. However, as one normally looks for evidence of physical change in terms of altered form, no such proof exists.

Q. Haven’t you simply called this glass of water an oak tree?

A. Absolutely not. It is not a glass of water anymore. I have changed its actual substance. It would no longer be accurate to call it a glass of water. One could call it anything one wished but that would not alter the fact that it is an oak tree.

Q. Isn’t this just a case of the emperor’s new clothes?

A. No. With the emperor’s new clothes people claimed to see something that wasn’t there because they felt they should. I would be very surprised if anyone told me they saw an oak tree.

Q. Was it difficult to effect the change?

A. No effort at all. But it took me years of work before I realised I could do it.

Q. When precisely did the glass of water become an oak tree?

A. When I put the water in the glass.

Q. Does this happen every time you fill a glass with water?

A. No, of course not. Only when I intend to change it into an oak tree.

Q. Then intention causes the change?

A. I would say it precipitates the change.

Q. You don’t know how you do it?

A. It contradicts what I feel I know about cause and effect.

Q. It seems to me that you are claiming to have worked a miracle. Isn’t that the case?

A. I’m flattered that you think so.

Q. But aren’t you the only person who can do something like this?

A. How could I know?

Q. Could you teach others to do it?

A. No, it’s not something one can teach.

Q. Do you consider that changing the glass of water into an oak tree constitutes an art work?

A. Yes.

Q. What precisely is the art work? The glass of water?

A. There is no glass of water anymore.

Q. The process of change?

A. There is no process involved in the change.

Q. The oak tree?

A. Yes. The oak tree.

Q. But the oak tree only exists in the mind.

A. No. The actual oak tree is physically present but in the form of the glass of water. As the glass of water was a particular glass of water, the oak tree is also a particular oak tree. To conceive the category ‘oak tree’ or to picture a particular oak tree is not to understand and experience what appears to be a glass of water as an oak tree. Just as it is imperceivable it also inconceivable.

Q. Did the particular oak tree exist somewhere else before it took the form of a glass of water?

A. No. This particular oak tree did not exist previously. I should also point out that it does not and will not ever have any other form than that of a glass of water.

Q. How long will it continue to be an oak tree?

A. Until I change it.

Michael Craig-Martin

Visual Resources Center has DVD "Michael Craig-Martin" VIDEO-D N 6797 .C92 A23 2007 from theEYE series

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March 12, 2010

Art : 21

A favorite resource on contemporary art - for both students and instructors - is the video series from PBS
Art:21. Each season comprises 4 hour-long programs organized around themes such as spirituality, humor, and paradox. In-depth interviews with artists cover their works, techniques, and philosophies. Laylah Ali, Matthew Barney, Margaret Kilgallen, Jeff Koons, Kerry James Marshall, Julie Mehretu, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Andrea Zittel are among the more the 80 artists appearing.

The Visual Resources Center has the five seasons available on DVD for borrowing. The first four seasons can also be viewed on the Art21 website. Even more resources such as interviews, slide shows, instructional material, and videos are available at the website. Enjoy!

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February 25, 2010

World Beach Project - you can be part of it!

"The World Beach Project is a global art project open to anybody, anywhere, of any age. Building on the experience many of us have of making patterns on beaches and shorelines, this project combines the simplicity of making patterns with stones with the complexities of shape, size, colour, tone, composition, similarity and difference."

Here is the map where you can see what others have been doing.

You can view and search all contributions.

'Tikida Dunas, Agadir, Morocco, West Africa', Bernard Martin, 2009

'Brighton', Toni and Anton, 2009

'La Pulente, St Ouen's Bay, Jersey', Rik Maguire, 2009

'Ross Island, Antarctica', Susan Allspaw Pomeroy, 2009

via Museum 2.0

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February 01, 2010

History of Art Symposium

Contemporary Strategies in Documentary Photography

Part II: Allan Sekula and Sally Stein
Saturday, February 6, 1–5:30 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Shipwreck and Workers by Allan Sekula

This two-part symposium (Part I Jan. 30) explores new practices in documentary photography through the work of some of its most important contemporary practitioners. Each talk will be followed by a panel discussion.

Since the 1970s, Allan Sekula has been on the forefront of documentary practice, expanding our understanding of the photographic “objectivity” in his dual role as both photographer and theoretician.

Sally Stein is an art historian whose field is the history of photography with particular interest in American photography of the New Deal era. Feminist issues and methodology consistently inform her efforts toward an interdiciplinary critical perspective.

via UMMA

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January 29, 2010

History of Art Symposium

Contemporary Strategies in Documentary Photography

Part I: Alec Soth
Saturday, January 30, 1:30–4 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Sleeping by the Mississippi Project by Alec Soth

This two-part symposium (Part II Feb. 6) explores new practices in documentary photography through the work of some of its most important contemporary practitioners. Each talk will be followed by a panel discussion.

Alec Soth rose to international prominence with the publication of his first monograph, Sleeping by the Mississippi (2004). This project revealed Soth to be a new and important voice in the tradition of lyrical documentary developed by Walker Evans, Robert Frank, and others. His more recent projects, including NIAGARA, Fashion Magazine, Dog Days, Bogotá, and The Last Days of W, have cemented his reputation as one of the United States’ most important contemporary photographers.

via UMMA

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January 05, 2010

Contemplating the Void

For the building’s 50th anniversary, the Guggenheim Museum invited more than two hundred artists, architects, and designers to develop a visionary concept for an installation/intervention in the Guggenheim's Frank Lloyd Wright Rotunda. Submissions were received from all over the world. Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum will be on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York from February 12 to April 28, 2010.

Image above shows project Art Trap by architect Minsuk Cho, Mass Studies, Seoul. The project would separate the spiral museum interior from the void through the installation of an undulating plastic barrier. But this barrier would not be visually inert. Instead, it would have 180 “saddle-like seats” built into its inside face. Each of these seats would feature 5 holes – for the occupants legs, arms, and head – and would be accessible from short ladders or from the floor.

Contemplating the Void: The Central Park Market, Olson Kundig Architects, Seattle

Erratic Void, SelgasCano, Madrid

Experiencing the Void, JDS Architects, Oslo/Julien De Smedt


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December 07, 2009

Click: Photography Changes Everything

The Smithsonian recently announced an online exhibition exploring how photography changes the way we see and experience the world. Invited contributors have offered essays and stories discussing how photography shapes our culture and our lives. The exhibition Click: Photography Changes Everything explores the following themes: Where We Go; What We Want; What We Do; What We See; What We Remember, and Who We Are. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 31, 2009, so click through today!

To submit your own photo and story, go here:

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November 23, 2009


"We want to create works of joy and beauty."

"The temporality of a work of art creates a feeling of fragility, vulnerability and an urgency to be seen, as well as a presence of the missing, because we know it will be gone tomorrow.

"The quality of love and tenderness that human beings have towards what will not last - for instance the love and tenderness we have for childhood and our lives - is a quality we want to give to our work as an additional aesthetic quality."

Jeanne-Claude, the collaborator with Christo on their environmental art projects for the past 51 years, died last week.

Visit their website for further information about their work.

Wrapped Trees
Fondation Beyeler and Berower Park
Riehen, Switzerland, 1997-1998

Wrapped Coast
Little Bay, Australia, 1968-1969

Also, the VRC holds a number of videos about the work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Images of their work can be found at AAEL VRC Images and through ARTstor.

Quotes from interview with Jeanne-Claude and Christo, 2002 and press release December 3, 1998. Images from their website.

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October 23, 2009


Designer Paul Burgess created ColorSuckr, a color app that extracts the 12 most common colors from any images and displays each color on a new page with the HEX, RGB and web safe color. You can choose from one of the photos on the main page, search Flickr, or input the URL of any webpage to find source material.


* Easily extract colors from photos and create color schemes.
* View results in XML, RSS and JSON formats.
* Download schemes as Adobe .ASE swatch file.
* Firefox addon that makes color extraction even easier provided.
* Provides a permanent link to the color scheme.
* Option to switch between the dark/light backgrounds.
* Free, no sign up required.

via download squad

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October 16, 2009


Discover the artworks you might not have encountered before.The ArtScope is visual browsing tool based on Stamen's Modest Maps tile engine, features more than 4,000 objects from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art collection, arranged in a continuous, map-like thumbnail grid. Zoom in on an eye-catching image, search by keyword or artist, or just have a look around.

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September 29, 2009


Scientists at the U-M Center for Organogenesis create beautiful images in the course of their research in organ growth, function, and disease. These photomicrographs of tissues, usually stained to highlight various elements and changes, are a fascinating combination of science and art. A selection of BioArtography is now on display at the Digital Media Commons Gallery in the Duderstadt Center, September 29-October 19.
A reception with the scientists/artists will be held Wednesday, September 30, from 4-6 pm.

Curious, by Maria Morrell, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cell and Developmental Biology (Click on the image for a description of the image on the BioArtography site)

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August 27, 2009

New at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Diego Rivera; Detroit Industry (1932-33)
Photo by Diametrik / CC BY 2.0

Whether you're new to southeast Michigan or have been here for a while, you'll want to make time in your schedule to visit the Detroit Institute of Arts. The museum has an astonishing collection and just reopened a year and a half ago after a multi-year renovation and expansion designed by Michael Graves & Associates. One of the highlights of your visit will be Diego Rivera's stunning mural entitled Detroit Industry.

Check out the DIA's website for their current exhibit schedule, as well as more information about the museum's hours and directions to the museum.

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August 12, 2009

Battle in Queens

If you happen to be in Flushing Meadows Corona Park tomorrow (and could slip into a toga), you could witness Duke Riley's Those About to Die Salute You. Riley is staging the epic battle using representatives from different New York boroughs' art museums, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Queen's Museum of Art, the Bronx Museum of Art, and the El Museo del Barrio.

For more on the piece, check out this Wall Street Journal piece, and to see details of the battle, keep your eyes open for twitter updates and flickr uploads from the various museums.

Click on image to see original posting at the Queens Museum of Art

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August 05, 2009

Animation Collections in the VRC

Are you interested in animation? Did you know that the Visual Resources Collection has tons of videos with great animated shorts? Some of the series showcasing great animation are the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival, Resfest, and the Stash Series. The items on these collections range from award-winning animated shorts to clever ads. Visit the Visual Resources Collection to check out some great animation for this weekend!

image: Concept Art (Character development) by Tony Piedra for the animation Goobees. Please click the image to see the original site

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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.

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July 08, 2009

Eckersley Poster Archive on VADS

A good morning for some might be finding a good resource for vintage posters. One such resource is from the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS), a collection of posters by the graphic designer, Tom Eckersley. If you enjoy the Eckersley Collection, you may also want to peruse other poster collections on VADS, too, like Posters of Conflict and the Spanish Civil War Collection.

image: Advertisement for Gillete, Tom Eckersley, Eckersley Archive: University of Arts, London (1960)

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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

Images: top photo: UMMA's Dialog Table, Photo by Christine Hucal ummaphotog3's photostream; bottom photo: UMMA Open Storage, Photo by Lainie Kokas UMMA Museum's photostream (both images on Flickr)

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July 01, 2009

Access Ceramics

Access Ceramics is an image database begun by the ceramics department and the visual resources collection of Lewis and Clark University. The collection consists of contemporary ceramicists' work approved by a small curatorial board. The images are all hosted by flickr but the team has developed a website containing citation information as well as links to artists' web pages and other ceramics resources, so you can use whichever method of browsing or searching you prefer.

Image above: Prefab/Refab II (detail) Daniel Bare, porcelain and post consumer objects, 2008

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June 25, 2009

Photographers and Privacy

As a photographer whether professional or aspiring to be, there can be sticky legal issues if you're snapping shots of copyrighted material or people. The World Intellectual Property Organization has put together some guidelines that might keep you safe on their Legal Pitfalls in Taking Photographs page. When people are easily identifiable in your photographs, you may want to consider getting them to sign a release form especially if you want to use the image commercially. New York Institute of Photography has a simple sample form here. You may also want to purchase or to check out a good guide such as The Professional Legal Handbook for Photographers.

Image above: Lyon, Nuits sonores 2009 Marché gare scène 1, photograph by Biphop on Flickr,

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June 23, 2009

CC Zero and Public Domain

If you're creating an image, music or other type of creative work that you wish to designate as copyright free, how do you do so? Creative Commons has a copyright designation called CC0 which allows you to mark even newly created work as part of the public domain. Public domain means that anyone can use, alter, and sell the image, film, or music in question. The Stanford University Library Copyright & Fair Use page gives a good explanation of what it means for something to be part of public domain.

Public domain materials can be a great source for adding visual materials to your blog or online courses. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine whether items are part of the public domain. Digital Inspiration has a post up about using Google, Yahoo, and other sites like Digg to find public domain works. Below are a few other links that might help you determine and find works belonging to the public domain:

Public Domain Flow Chart
Copyright Durations
Cornell listing of Copyright Terms
Creative Commons blog entry including links to Science Commons and more

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June 03, 2009


Glocal is a collaborative project operated out of the Techlab at the Surrey Art Gallery. Its aim is to examine the role of digital images in culture.

Out of this project have come several useful tools. Two such tools that are a hybrid of browsing and analyzing are Image Breeder and Similarity Maps. These tools use similarities within the visual or compositional structure of images to group and compare them. In addition to these comparative tools, Glocal has also been working to teach users about the technical and historical aspects of making photographs. The software toolkits allow you to turn your computer's camera into "an innovative photographic device" with time lapse, exposure, and diptych tools. You can utilize the similar techniques as Muybridge, Marey, and other early photographers without leaving your laptop.

[via Deep Focus]

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May 28, 2009

Art on Air launched

After some restructuring at the MoMA and PS1, the radio station formerly known as WPS1 has become its own entity, Art International Radio (AIR). MoMA and PS1 have agreed to license much of the old material from WPS1 and the staff of AIR are working hard to create new features. You can choose between listening at AIR's website, listening through iTunes, Live365 or Real Player.

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May 01, 2009

Walker Art Center's Sculpture Garden in Process

The Walker Art Center has been in the process of restoring Claus Oldenburg & Coosje Van Bruggen's Spoonbridge and Cherry, and we thought we'd take a moment to highlight the event to show how social networking sites allow museums the chance to have a different kind of interaction with their patrons. Whether you follow the Walker Art Center on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, or Twitpic, you'd have the chance to get updates about lectures, parties, and happenings you might not hear about elsewhere. Many museums are jumping on board with the new technology, so look for links to "follow us" when browsing your favorite museum websites or search for them on your preferred social networks. You might just enjoy behind the scenes workings of museums and announcements like this or this.

All images from Walker Art Center's Flickr stream or Twitpic stream

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April 30, 2009

Art21 Blog

You may already know that Art21 has a great website full of useful material and videos, but did you know that they also keep a regularly updated blog? The blog keeps tabs on the artists who have been featured on the documentary. You can find teaching tips, videos, and news about shows and grants awarded to Art 21 artists. They even posted the sneak peak for season 5 (seen above).

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April 10, 2009

Participate in CONTINUOUS CITY

The Builders Association, a New-York based performance and media group will be presenting a new work entitled CONTINUOUS CITY. The piece explores our relationship to place, our experience of location and dislocation and what it means to live in the highly connected and networked world today. You can become part of the project by recording your thoughts on what home is at Xubu.

The group will be performing at the Wexner Center for the Arts next week from April 16-18 in Columbus, OH.

The above video is a recording of the Builders Association performance at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in November 2008

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April 08, 2009


ArtBabble is a video website with only art-related content that went public Tuesday. The Indianapolis Museum of Art has partnered with several other institutions to bring high quality videos of artists and exhibitions to a central site. ArtBabble is simple, user friendly, and reminds its users they don't have to have an art degree to use the content. To help viewers find out more information on artists mentioned or tangential topics, ArtBabble has included a notes panel beside each video. This panel lists links to wikipedia entries for artists mentioned as well as related resources. Try it out today!

Story about the roll out in NYT. Become a Facebook fan of ArtBabble, here.

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April 07, 2009


What happens when a small group of professors found themselves frustrated with the unengaging massive texts for introductions to Art History but weren't satisfied with stifled web content? You get a resource like Smarthistory, an interactive "web-book" currently focusing on Western Art History. There's little text on the site, but what's left out in textual information is made up for with videos, images, and interactive timelines. One of the nice things about the video material available is its conversational style. It takes the same raw information one might hear in a lecture and places it the more natural flow between two speakers. While the site is limited to more introductory material, it doesn't mean that there isn't something for everyone.

Smarthistory also shares and collaborates on Flickr, Vimeo, YouTube, Twitter, and Dippity, an online timeline tool.

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March 03, 2009

Brooklyn Museum and the Crowd as Curator

If you haven't already heard of the Brooklyn Museum's Click! exhibition, you might want to check the website out. The show sprung from the ideas around the intelligence of large groups laid out by the book, The Wisdom of Crowds. The Brooklyn Museum allowed users to log in and vote on images one time and without knowing how others were voting. Based on the results, the museum printed the images to mirror its popularity with the online users. On the results page you can see the images and graphical data on how votes were cast based on location and expertise. Reviews of the show are definitely mixed, but whether you agree with the crowd's selection, what remains regardless of are important questions about how we digest art in the 21st century, the differences between curatorial expertise and the average person, and where the failures of current curatorial practices might be.

Listen to a discussion of the exhibition below:

Image above: screen shot of the virtual tour of the Click! Exhibition available of the Brooklyn Museum's website

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February 03, 2009

Museum of Online Museums

Looking for something that doesn't fit neatly into a museum collection? Interested in vintage japanese robots? Or maybe you just want to peruse some images of boomboxes? Or maybe just want to see what a slide rule looks like?

The Museum of Online Museums is a listing of several different online resources. Some of them are standard like MoMA or the Rhode Island School of Design. Others are less well known but valuable like the National Portrait Gallery, and still others are obscure but might just suit your fancy. The list is a great place to check if you're having a hard time finding images in other resources. It helps fill in the gaps that some of the more academic sources might leave out. It's a great place to browse for ideas and new inspirations.

image: Mechagodzilla, Vintage Japanese Robots Collection, Wired photo © Richard Nichol

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January 15, 2009

Quick Time Videos in ARTstor

Through a partnership with Columbia University's Department of Art History and Archeaology, ARTstor now offers Quick Time Virtual Reality images known by their acronym as QTVR. These virtual reality nodes allow the viewer to experience the architectural space in 360º. The Visual Media Center a division of the Art & Archeaology department has documented many important ancient, Renaissance and Baroque architectural sites as well as a handful of contemporary works. You can read more about the project on ARTstor's site, here.

To search for these images, you must go to the advanced search function. Type QTVR in the keyword box and make sure "in any field" is selected from the drop down menu. Once you have your search results, you must click on the link labeled QTVR beneath each thumbnail. Clicking on the thumbnail alone will give you the simple still frame picture. While there isn't a direct way to download the QTVR clips as there is with the images, you can link to the QTVR in presentations or use QuickTime Pro to download the virtual realty clip.

Image: Le Corbusier, Church of Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, France © Columbia University Visual Media Center, photographed by Andrew Tallon

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January 08, 2009

Lantern Slide Collections

Before there were digital images, glass or Plexiglas slides, there were lantern slides. Lantern slides are larger than more modern film-based slides and usually have dimensions between 3" and 4". Sometimes the slide is developed directly onto emulsion coated on the glass, and other times film is placed between two pieces of glass. In many cases the images are painstakingly hand-colored.

The Art, Architecture, & Engineering Library has its own Collection of Lantern Slides. The majority of the collection has been digitized, but many of the undigitized images are of poor quality, damaged or fragile.

Because lantern slides production ended with the advent of smaller more sturdy glass and film slides, their production ended in the mid-twentieth century. This makes them a great resource for historical images.

Click here to view a sampling of the Lantern Slide Collection.

There are other lantern slide collections available on the web, a good one to check out is the George Eastman House Collection. There is also the Walter McClintock Glass Lantern Slide Collection at Yale.

Click on the image to view information details.

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January 02, 2009

Historical Anatomies on the Web

Whether looking for anatomical illustrations to bolster your medical and biological studies or in preparation for your figure drawing class, the National Library of Medicine provides the Historical Anatomies on the Web. The collection while relatively small still offers many historical highlights such as Andreas Vesalius and Albrecht Dürer.

From the Historical Anatomies site, you can also access the National Library of Medicine site, History of Medicine, and National Institutes of Health sites from the header bar.

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December 18, 2008

Creative Commons Explained

We've mentioned the Creative Commons a few times on this blog, so we thought we'd take a little bit of time to explain what it is incase you weren't already familiar with it. The Creative Commons was founded to help those in the image making business in order to make it easier to grant copyright on images and also to find and share those images. The two part function means that you can protect your work and use the Creative Commons engine as a search tool.

Let's start by looking at the image licensing. At first glance many of the licenses might sound a bit odd: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs, Attribution-ShareAlike? The Creative Commons uses a system of gradated copyright licenses. This way there's a little more lee way between a full all rights reserved copyright and a completely public image. You can check the Creative Commons license page for a full explanation.

Here's a brief description of what the symbols mean:
Attribution: All licenses require that you cite the source of the image.
No Derivative: You may not alter the image in your own work.
Non-Commerical: You can't use the image for any project that will make money.
Share Alike: If you alter or transform the image, you must relicense the image in the same way.

The search box at the Creative Commons allows you to check whether you want to find an image you can publish or alter. The image above was found using a Creative Commons search and is licensed as Attribution-Share Alike. This means that I must attribute the image to Al Abut's flickr page, and if I were to alter it in some way, I would have to alter the image as Attribution-Share Alike as well.

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December 16, 2008

The Art of Photogravure

Photogravure is a printmaking technique closely associated with the early days of photography. Though it helped early photographers share their images with a wider audience, the practice has almost died out in contemporary art with only a handful ofprintmakers still making these types of prints. The difficult and pain-staking process now has a beautiful website dedicated to it.

Almost all museums have an extensive print collection, but there are few resources which group together prints from a specific technique. The site has a fairly large collection of prints to search, brief history of the medium, timeline of its history, and highlights of some of the major photogravure practitioners.

Hosoe, Eikoh Awakenings, 1961 12 x 18 in, Photogravure image © the artist. Please click the image to find the original posting at

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December 12, 2008

Ubu web

UbuWeb is a non-profit autonomous website which focuses on visual, concrete and sound poetry. The founders', volunteers' and supporters' efforts have translated into a deep resource for much of what you often can't find at museum sites: essays, videos, poetry, sound pieces and much more.

Some highlights of the collection are:

The Tellus cassette magazine which comprised of experimental sound and music pieces.

Short films from the experimental art group Fluxus.

Ubu's Anthology of Conceptual Writing.

The 365 days project where over 200 people contributed to create a collection of found, obscure, or just plain cool audio recordings.

image above: Nam June Paik, Violin with Strings ("Violin to be dragged through the streets"), ©UC San Diego

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December 10, 2008

iTunes U

In several of the entries, we've mentioned how particular institutions offer podcasts or streaming audio or video. However, there's also a great source of broader strictly educational material available on iTunes U. Many students and faculty may already be using the University of Michigan materials located on iTunes U, whether public lectures or private course offerings.

The Penny W. Stamps Lectures as well as TCAUP lectures are frequently posted to iTunes U, but access to audio and video podcasts through iTunes U is not limited only to University of Michigan programs. Many museums and other Universities also post lectures or instructional videos. In the Fine Arts category, for example, you can find everything from lectures on Rembrandt to demonstrations of how to use Final Cut Pro or Dreamweaver.

If you want to find lectures or performances from a museum, click the "Beyond Campus" button on the left of the screen, this will bring you to a list that includes institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, and the National Science Digital Library. So, whether you're a mac or pc person, art student, chemistry major or engineering grad, there's something on iTunes U for you.

If you're a faculty member and are interested in offering extra items or recordings of your lectures on iTunes U contact: Make sure to check out the contribute page on Michigan's iTunes U for copyright policies and other instructions.

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December 09, 2008

Met Timeline of Art History

There are a lot of times where you might need to find an example of a style or art work from a period, and you aren't looking for a specific artwork. The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Timeline of Art History is a great basic resource for getting an overview of a specific part of art and architecture history.

The Timeline of Art History is generally a good starting point. If you're looking for an image with a certain type of style, but you don't really know any artist's names, you can find the style or period on the Timeline and use the information to search more specifically on other image databases such as ARTstor.

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December 04, 2008

Encyclopedia of New Media

Much of the documentation of video or multimedia art occurs in the form of film stills or photographs. If you've ever been frustrated by this, the Encyclopedia of New Media might be a great resource for you. In conjunction with the Centre Pompidou, the Encyclopedia of New Media is an online collection of video and multimedia artists. Under each artist, there is a brief biography, examples of work, and a bibliography. The exciting part of the site is that most of the work listed for each artist is available either as a quicktime, real media player or flash video.

The site also has an extensive general bibliography page that makes for a great resource for students and faculty interested in new media topics. The listing includes dozens of links to other video resources online.

Image: The Atlas Group Hostage : The Bachar Tapes #17 and #31, by Souheil Bachar 2001, Video PAL, colour, sound, 18' © Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (France)

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December 02, 2008

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Galleries and museums exhibition pages are one of the key ways to find really images of work from really contemporary artists and designers, but these institutions are making great strides to offer more than just nice images from their exhibitions. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has tons of interactive media, videos, and audio clips. The Museum has created special flash sites for about 80 different artists and exhibitions. The sites focus on some of the main concerns of each artists or major themes of a stylistic movement. Within the specialized sites are video and images, but SFMOMA also lists their video and audio offerings separately as well.

When you choose a video, there are lists of all the related media below it. This set-up makes it really easy to find connections among artists. For example, if you watch the installation of Sol LeWitt's drawing, you'll not only find links to the deinstallation video but also to his commentary on Eva Hesse's work.

SFMOMA also has an iTunes podcasts. Most of these are audio only, but they do have some video podcasts as well.

And, just for fun, SFMOMA has a feature called ArtScope. You can randomly click on tiny thumbnails of images or search for specific artists or subjects.

Tony Feher, It Seemed a Beautiful Day, 2001; plastic bottles, wire, and water; Collection SFMOMA: photo © 2008 Tony Feher
Please click the image to go to its orginal posting on the SFMOMA site.

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November 06, 2008

BBC Audio Interviews

As one of the largest broadcasting companies in the world, the BBC has a wide range and depth of information to offer. A subsection of the company, BBC Four, is one of the many BBC channels and focuses on programs of cultural interest. On their website is a small archives of historical audio interviews. The interviewees include such figures as Mies van der Rohe, Bob Marley, the Dalai Lama, and Salvador Dali. Many of the sound clips are brief but might be ideal for using in a presentation or lecture for class. The site uses Real Player or Windows Media Player, so you'll need to download one of those here if you don't already have it on your computer.

Read further for links to interviews in specific subjects.

Above image: Ted Husing and Dink Templeton listen to BBC broadcast in the Laguardia Airport, 1948 © AP


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October 30, 2008

Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art

In honor of the new exhibition, Burning Down the House: Building a Feminist Art Collection opening tomorrow, Friday, October 31, at the Brooklyn Museum, we thought we'd highlight a related feature of the museum's website. The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art is a facility under the umbrella of the Brooklyn Museum and offers a great resource to anyone interested in studying feminist art. Their website offers a database of prominent feminist artists called the Feminist Art Base. You can browse these by alphabet, search, or tags such as video or empowerment. On each of the artist pages, there are links to personal and gallery websites, biographies, and even contact information as well as selected images from the artist's work.

Apart from the Feminist Art Base, the site offers lots of other useful material such as videos, podcasts, and links to galleries and organizations that emphasize feminist art. If you're interested in current happenings and shows, then you can peruse their blog.

image Carrie Mae Weems (American, b. 1953). Untitled (Man Smoking/Malcolm X), from the Kitchen Table series, 1990. Gelatin silver print, edition 5 of 5. © artist and Caroline A. L. Pratt Fund

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October 28, 2008

Archives of American Art

Ever looking for images of more than just an artist's work? Researching his or her biography and need some personal photographs, or maybe you're curious about the correspondence between two artists? Most of the big Art and Architecture image databases focus primarily on images of a person's work, so these types of personal images can sometimes be hard to find. However, the Smithsonian Institute's Archives of American Art is a great resource on the lives of American artists. The archive consists of interviews, letters, photographs. It's true that many of these items are only available on microfilm through interlibrary loan, but the extra trouble might be well worth it.

Read further for image copyright info and links within the Archives of American Art.

Collections of Individuals
Special Focus Guides
Oral History Interviews, some with sound clips from interviews
Collections by Artists' Groups (such as the Guerrilla Girls)
October is Archives Month!

image © info: top: [Jackson Pollock, Clement Greenberg, Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner and an unidentified child at the beach], ca. 1952 / unidentified photographer. © Archives of American Art. bottom: [Jackson Pollock holding a can of paint], 1950 / Rudy Burckhardt, photographer. © Archives of American Art.

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October 21, 2008

Jane Evelyn Atwood

The Penny W. Stamps lecture for October 23 will be Jane Evelyn Atwood. The photojournalist has spent her long career photographing the lives of prostitutes, those suffering from AIDS, blind children, incarcerated women, and land mine survivors. Her work has been widely used in numerous publications from Anthropological Quarterly to Vanity Fair and countless others. Her talk will emphasize her journalistic and photographic methods.

For more information and portfolios, read further.

Agency VU portfolio

Contact Press Portfolio

Too Much Time at Amnesty International

University of Michigan's copies of Too Much Time: Women in Prison

Interview in the Paris Voice

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October 09, 2008

Something's happening to Grove Art Online

The Grove Art Online database has been a staple of studio and art history majors for quite some time, but over the last year it's had some major changes. It is now part of the Oxford Art Online portal. You will still be able to access all the useful information from the old Grove Art Online, such as the Grove Art Dictionary, artists' biographies, articles, and more.

As part of Oxford Art Online, we now have access to the Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and the Concise Oxford Dictionary for Art Terms. As well as having the four sources provided in one website, Oxford Art Online has lots of links to outside reputable resources such as ArtStor and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. If the Oxford Art Online doesn't have an image you're looking for, there's a good chance, they'll have a link where you can find it.

For more tips, keep reading. For image copyright information, click on Johannes Vermeer's Woman with Lute

If you've been using Grove Art and just need to be caught up on what all the changes mean, check out their Experienced Users Guide.

If you're a new user needing some help, try the Guided Tour Powerpoint.

Need some help with a lesson plan, Oxford Art Online has some suggestions, here.

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October 03, 2008

Think Modern!

Don't get to New York often? You can still see lectures geared to professional and student artists via the Think Modern! podcast. Currently subjects include: 2006 & 2007 Graduate Symposia, The Feminist Future, The Art of Engagement, and The Art of Perception.

Clicking the Think Modern Logo will open your iTunes application or you can download individual MP3s directly from the MOMA website

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September 19, 2008

Use M-Tagger for Images!

Try the new M-Tagger tool to tag images in the AAEL VRC Online Image Collection. You can then search for your tags and find the images you've tagged. You can tag with words that describe the image or you might tag with a course name or number for which that image is relevant.

Simply go to the collection, conduct your search, click on a thumbnail and then click on Tag This Page!

To search tags (your own or all tags), simply go to the MTagger Search Page or to any image and click on the Search Tags link in the MTagger window.

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September 11, 2008

Looking for images that don't fit in neat subject categories?

Try AP Images. AP Images provides 100's of 1,000s of images from newspapers, magazines, and online news sources. You can search in several news categories (national, international, sports, etc.). You might want to browse through some of their historical image groups (i.e., Man on the Moon, Jazz Greats, Early Computers, etc.).

When searching for images in AP Images, remember that you're searching through captions, so choose words that you might expect to find describing the image you're hoping to find. For example, if you don't find what you need with "tornado," try "funnel cloud." Remember to search common abbreviations in addition to words. For instance, searching for WTC New York will find different and additional images from a search for World Trade Center New York.

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ARTstor Training Session -- Oct. 10th

Needing high quality images for teaching? Interested in learning how to search for images and teach with ARTstor? Come to the training session on October 10th at the Faculty Exploratory in the Graduate Library. To register:

Questions? Contact Rebecca Price : 647-5274 or rpw at

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September 10, 2008

Changes to ARTstor

ARTstor is one of the most extensive databases of digital images available; unfortunately, until now, many shied away from using the source regularly because its old format was cumbersome. Thanks to changes in the site unveiled over the summer, the navigability of ARTstor's collections has been vastly improved.

One of the most helpful additions to the ARTstor page is the new browsing function. You can now browse by location, collection or media. These classifications are then broken down even farther to refine your browsing.

ARTstor is available from any computer without logging on as long as you are on campus. If you wish to access ARTstor from home, you will need to create an account with your umich email address. For more information on registering, please go to the ARTstor webite's information page here. Or view the above video and other instructional ARTstor videos on YouTube.

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