ID Student Projects Displayed in Greenfield

The Greenfield Library is delighted to display projects from Jason Lempieri’s History of Industrial Design and Architectonics classes. Works on the main level of the library were created for the assignment Hidden History: Know Your ID. Location and information booklets are available at the Greenfield circulation desk.

History of Radio by Marlena Sciambi
Did You Know? Marvin Glass Edition by Maria Gaston
I Want Legos and Dolls by Lena Feliciano Hansen
Ambassador of Good Design by Tito Williams
Where Did Flo Go? By Andrea Maddalo
Materials Effect On Shape Wear History by Jessica Hild

 

 

Inspired to create a communal space on campus, Architectonics students have designed and built Living Room. This model is on display in the lower level of the library.

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On Display: Volumes (of vulnerability)

Volumes (of vulnerability) is a collection of 23 artists’ books, curated by Katharine Meynell and Susan Johanknecht to commemorate the new millennium. Johanknecht is the founder of Gefn Press, which released Volumes (of vulnerability), and has collaborated with Meynell on various projects over the years.

Greenfield Display

The books contained within the unadorned, battered tin cover a multitude of subjects, dealing most generally with ideas such as vulnerability, impermanence, innocence, language and how the concept of a book can convey these and many other abstractions. Many of the books contain references or are responses to the fear and uncertainty that composed many people’s emotions around the turn of the millennium.

The Pool – Lily Markiewicz

The works included in Volumes (of vulnerability) include books by Sophie Artemis, Caroline Bergvall, Penny Bernard & Stephen Williams, Stephen Burry, Helen Douglas, Cate Elwes, Joanna Hoffmann, Susan Johanknecht, Lilian Lijn, Lily Markiewicz, Katarine Meynell, Jim Mooney, AMES, Hayley Newman & Casey Orr, Colin Sackett, Gary Stevens, Ulrike Stoltz, David Thorne, Claire Van Vliet and Elaine Worth.

Volumes (of vulnerability) Extinction – Claire Van Vliet

Houseworks – Penny Bernard & Stephen Williams

The Library – Ulrike Stoltz

Gefn Press
Katharine Meynell

Volumes (of vulnerability)
Visual Resources & Special Collections
BA V889v CB2

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MFA Summer Lecture Series: Lee Walton

MFA Summer Lecture Series

Walton, Lee. "Red Ball" Rhizome. n.d. Web. 13 Jun. 2014

Lee Walton
June 25, 12 p.m.
Connelly Auditorium, Terra Building 8th floor

Often regarded as an experientialist, Lee Walton’s work takes many forms – from drawings on paper, game/system-based structures, video and web-based performances to public projects, theatrical orchestrations and more. He holds an MFA in visual arts from the California College of the Arts and is an assistant professor of art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

20th Annual MFA Summer Lecture Series

Want to learn more about the first speaker in this summer’s lecture series? UArts Libraries’ databases are a great way to access information about contemporary artists. You can access reviews of works of art and exhibits, interviews with artists and curators, and art reproductions.

One of our newer subscriptions, Rhizome.org, is an online archive of new media art. Sign up through their website while on campus for full access anywhere.

RED BALL makes use of the internet as a medium for the exchange of ideas in a virtual space which is, at its purest, conceptual. Marking the conflict between what is real — a city, its architecture, its structure and culture — and what is experienced as concept, Lee Walton’s placing of a ball becomes an event of acute understanding.

-Rhizome.org. ”Red Ball” Rhizome. n.d. Web. 13 Jun. 2014

If you have questions about any UArts Libraries’ resources or services, just contact me, your very own liaison to the graduate program in Studio Art!

Kimberly Lesley
Access Services Librarian, University Libraries
University of the Arts
library.uarts.edu
215.717.6284

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June 15, 1824: Hamilton Hall cornerstone laid 190 years ago

The University of the Arts’ Dorrance Hamilton Hall is an excellent example of major work by three of America’s most important 19th-century architects: John Haviland, William Strickland, and Frank Furness. Today it is the oldest extant building on Broad Street, Philadelphia’s main north-south corridor, along which several of the city’s most important and prominent businesses and cultural institutions are located. It is also a prominent and vibrant part of Philadelphia’s designated cultural district, “The Avenue of the Arts.”

Courtesy of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia.

The first of the building’s three major building phases occurred in 1824 when John Haviland (1792-1852) designed a three-story, E-shaped building in the Greek Revival style for the Pennsylvania Institution for the Deaf and Dumb (now Pennsylvania School for the Deaf). Broad Street in the 1820s was still an undeveloped wooded area and rural pastureland on the outskirts of the city, which was then centered around Independence Hall at 5th and Chestnut Streets and east along the Delaware River. The Institution was among the first social and cultural organizations to move here to escape the noise of the city. Haviland’s granite-clad four-columned Doric portico immediately became a well-known landmark. Architecturally, Haviland may have taken some cues from Benjamin Latrobe‘s then-recently completed public water works pumping station which was then located on Center Square, where City Hall is today. As a popular past-time, city dwellers would take promenades or carriage rides out to the rural countryside of Broad Street to see these two impressive and memorable Greek Revival structures.

The laying of the cornerstone on June 15, 1824, was reported as follows and is transcribed exactly:

Democratic Press [Philadelphia], June 16, 1824:

    I yesterday attended at the corner of Broad and Pine streets to witness the ceremony of laying the corner stone of the new building now erecting by the Pennsylvania Institution for the Deaf and Dumb. I can truly say that never was time passed more entirely to my satisfaction. The day was fine and the event well calculated to arouse public attention, for it gave assurance of permanency and stability to one of the most valuable of the numerous charitable institutions which adorn the city of Philadelphia. The company assembled was, therefore, large and respectable. At an early hour the children of the institution, 74 in number, accompanied by Mr. Weld, the principal, the assistant teachers and the matron appeared upon the ground, and took their station within the foundation walls of the building. The ceremony was opened by an impressive address and solemn prayer from the Rt. Rev. Bishop White, President of the institution. A charity which calls forth the active and efficient services of one so venerable, so universally respected and so generally beloved as is Bishop White cannot but be entirely worthy of public patronage, and will assuredly never make a vain appeal to the benevolence of the citizens of Philadelphia. An address was then delivered by J. R. Ingersoll, Esq., which was characterized by his usual ability and eloquence. 

    In the plan of the building the Tuscan and Doric orders are stated to be harmoniously united and when finished it is expected to be as great an ornament to the city as the institution itself is honorable to the citizens of Philadelphia. “We participate,” says the New York Evening Post, “in the pleasure which it gives to every philanthropic mind that measures are thus taking to render such an institution permanent. The gratification would be greatly increased if a similar spirit prevailed in our own city.”

The Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art, now the UArts College of Art, Media and Design, purchased the building in 1893 and has occupied it ever since. It was named in 1996 in honor of a long-time trustee and donor, Mrs. Dorrance Hamilton. For more details, please see http://library.uarts.edu/archives/hamilton.html

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Study in New Zealand

This summer, July 12th through November 15th, I will be Studying Abroad in New Zealand! I have opportunity to spend Fall Semester 2014 at The University of Auckland studying dance and New Zealand Literature.  I am so excited to soak in the sun and Maori culture across the globe; although since it is across the globe it will be winter when I arrive. It isn’t so bad, considering their winter doesn’t drop below 45 degrees. If you aren’t familiar with Maori art you should totally check out:

Brown, Deidre. Maori Arts of the Gods. Auckland : Reed Books, 2005.

704.94708999442 B812m

Subject: Art, Maori.

I am going to be studying contemporary dance and choreography with Carol Brown, a collaborative dancer and choreographer who has a company in Auckland.  She works a lot with projection and blending mediums, which is so exciting to me because I am minoring in film! I will also be studying Maori dance and how it has shaped and informed eurocentric dance forms in New Zealand.  This will, hopefully, tie in nicely with my liberal arts course on New Zealand literature.  I have no idea what to expect because I am not super familiar with New Zealand culture, but I am hoping to immerse myself, gain a new perspective and diversify my dancing!

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Library Staff Recommendation: David Hockney: A Bigger Picture

David Hockney: A Bigger Picture

 

First Run Features, 2009

 

GD 1654

 

An uplifting, inspiring and beautiful documentary on David Hockney creating plein air paintings in his native Yorkshire. It’s wonderful and amazing to see these sometimes very large paintings take form in the sometimes cold, bleak and windy British weather. Fascinating glimpse into his thoughts and work practices and his philosophy on art and life.

 

Recommended by Barbara Danin, Acquisitions

 

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On Display: An Ode to Spring

“Give me the splendid, silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling.” –  Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass


Stop by the Greenfield Library display case to see some items that made us think of this much-anticipated season. We’ve pulled from the Floricultural Cabinet and Florists MagazineNatural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library, Wilderness; A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska, and The Naturalist’s Library: Entomology from the Visual Resources and Special Collections to create a display gives a nod to rebirth and renewal. To me, there is nothing better than sitting in the grass reading Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass so come by, take a look at the display and check out a book to read in the park! Happy Spring, everyone!


Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass and other writings are available in several formats and multiple copies. Check here to view the titles and call numbers.

 

Floricultural Cabinet, and Florists Magazine – Greenfield Special Collections a 635.9 F663f

Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library – Greenfield Special Collections 016.508 N219b

Wilderness; A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska – Greenfield Special Collections 979.8 K41w

The Naturalist’s Library: Entomology – Greenfield Special Collections a 595.7 J284n

 

 

This display was selected and arranged by Circulation Assistant Casey Murphy.

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Library Staff Recommendation: Textile Designers at the Cutting Edge

Textile Designers at the Cutting Edge

by Bradley Quinn

746.0922 Q444t

 

Chock full of inspiring ideas for designers working with fabrics, costume, and textiles. Numerous examples of textile collaborations with architecture, landscape design, interior design and product design. Photos of innovative structured textiles based on new sources of sustainable materials. Trash transformed into textiles. Many interviews with visionary designers exploring their inspirations and ideas.

Recommended by Barbara Danin, Acquisitions

 

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Borrowing During the Summer

Why hello there, and thanks for stopping by.

A man and a woman lying on Midland Beach

 

 

Byron Company. A man and a woman lying on Midland Beach. 1891. Museum of the City of New York. ARTstor.org 10 Apr. 2014.

So you’d like to borrow some fabulous materials from the UArts Libraries this summer? Your friendly library staff is happy to oblige!

All you need to do is:

  • Return all previously checked out library materials
  • Pay all fines
  • Show proof of registration for Fall 2014

Regular loan periods apply. Sorry, we can’t give you library materials for the entire summer. BUT…

You can renew online through My library record. Make sure your items have a new due date; just give us a call if you need any help.

Greenfield Circulation: 215-717-6280

Music Circulation: 215-717-6292

Blog link image:

Halsman, Philippe. Bathing Costumes. USA. 1946. Daytona Beach Florida. Magnum Photos. ARTstor.org.10 Apr. 2014

 

 

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Limited Edition Library Pin #2

We have given away the last of our second Limited Edition Library Pin. Thanks to everyone that stopped by!

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Don’t fret, the third in our series will be coming soon.

Hot Off the Presses

Now available at the Greenfield Library circulation desk is the second edition of a limited edition library pin series. Each pin comes with a QR code linking to the library resource highlighted on the pin. This month’s featured image:

Barnett, Mac, and Jon Klassen. Extra Yarn. New York: Balzer & Bray, 2012.

Only 25 pins are available, so pick yours up today!

To hear about forthcoming pins in this series, and other library news, follow us onFacebook (facebook.com/UArtsLibraries), Twitter (@UArtsLibraries) or Instagram(instagram.com/uartslibraries).

 

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