MassArt Library Blog

Marjane Satrapi
April 4, 2012, 6:19 pm
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Iranian comic artist Marjane Satrapi is delightful. You are free to see for yourself in this video from the Sundance Channel discussing how she found her medium. I have always admired her work and now I am want to fly to Paris to try to be her friend and hang out in her studio all day.
A plane ticket to France isn’t in the budget for me, but thankfully we do have her graphic novels and  Persepolis on DVD available in the library.

Persepolis – PN6747.S245 P4713 2003

Persepolis 2 : the story of a return – PN6747.S245 P4913 2004

Embroideries – PN6747.S245 E42 2005

Chicken with plums – ML419.K495 S313 2006

Persepolis (DVD) – VT 2971 cat. 25 DVD

The video series, Beginnings, also includes videos featuring designer Carolina Herrera,  double threat Charlotte Gainsbourg,

Color Theory: Advanced and Beginner
February 2, 2012, 9:18 pm
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One of the most poplar classes here in the library is the color class. Often taught by Greg, the class covers color systems by Munsell and Albers that use objects and prints to explore color interaction.  Being the ever vigilant library staff we are we keep our eyes open for new ways to study color.  The Munsell hue test is online here, and can be a fun way to test your skills from the comfort of your sofa.

If that whet your appetite, designers Maria Munuera and Mark MacKay have created Color to test all of your hue and saturation skills. Be forewarned this game is not for the faint of heart. (Full disclosure: I quit in the middle of complimentary.)

After that task has sapped you of all your color distinguishing skills you can start at the beginning again with this charming video from Sesame Street and the band OK Go about primary colors.  Ah going back to basics feels good.

The History of Stop Motion
November 11, 2010, 8:57 pm
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Here is a great short making its way across the internet about stop motion animation by Chloe Fleury. I now know that I can thank Emile Cohl when I am blissfully watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for the 800th time this holiday season.

How Apropos
September 24, 2010, 3:00 pm
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I have be plagued with guilt for not posting recently, and had been preparing the summer-went-so-fast-so-many-things-to-do-where-is-my-mind excuses, when this project from Corey Achangel came to my attention.
Sorry I Haven't Posted

Archangel has compiled enough apologies from slacking bloggers across the internet to get me off the hook. I’ll be back soon.

Hot town, summer in the city
July 7, 2010, 2:28 pm
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Frog Pond on the Common

Frog Pond on the Common from the BPL Flickr Feed

Kids, if you are in town, I don’t have to tell you its HOT! Moving at all is hard unless motivated by a promise of central air. Well you are in luck, many of our fine cultural institutions here in Beantown want to help the cause.

The ICA is one of our favorite spots to cool off, it boasts the double bonus of being waterfront AND having a brand spanking new HVAC system. This summer the work of tatoo artist Dr. Larka is on display. Additionally they have many great programs running all summer one worth checking out is CO LAB: Process + Performance with Jenny Holzer and Miguel Gutierrez on July 28. Dancing and text based art, can it get any better?

Instead of catching a mindless summer blockbuster this week get serious with a foreign film. The Boston French Film festival is at the MFA July 8 through the 25.

If you are in a more outdoorsy spirit get out on the water and take the ferry to one of the Boston Harbor Islands.  In addition to the many performances, workshops, and hot-dog eating contests happening on the islands all summer, on July 31 and August 1 you ucan check out the very cool Art Encampment projects.

For five days, eight artist groups will take temporary ownership of eight plots of land on Bumpkin Island. As “homesteaders,” they will build some kind of home on the land, live on the land for five days, and “improve” the land via a site-specific, temporary performance or installation.  –Berwick Research Institute

Think cold thoughts!

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Boston Harbor Islands

Berwick Research Institute

New Animation!
April 8, 2010, 2:00 pm
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Here is an animation about the Visual Resources department created by our own fabulous Kate Howley!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day
March 17, 2010, 12:52 pm
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Also known as Evacuation day to the MassArt community. The state keeps trying to take this holiday away from us lucky folk who work or go to school at a state or city school here in Boston, so enjoy it while you can! Here’s is a little video for you to enjoy on your day off eat so soda bread, wear something green, ERIN GO BRAGH!

The History of Playing Card Art
March 9, 2010, 4:13 pm
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German Playing Card designed by Ludwig Burger ca. 1885

My personal browsing produced a really neat new find today! The World of Playing Cards is an amazing archive of images and information of playing cards from the hand drawn cards from the Native Americans to ornate cards designed for royalty (above) and cards designed by abstract artists (below). When looking a the history of such a specific, ordinary item it clearly illustrates the greater history of art, illustration, and printing. So neat.

SIMULTANÉ PLAYING CARDS by Sonia Delaunay, 1964

SIMULTANÉ PLAYING CARDS by Sonia Delaunay, 1964

The World of Playing Cards – Via Design*Sponge

All the ArtStor help you’ll ever need
February 24, 2010, 8:58 pm
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Louis Gueymard as Robert le Diable

Louis Gueymard as Robert le Diable by Jean-Désiré-Gustave Courbet

ArtStor’s Help Page

contains great handouts

ArtStor’s You Tube Channel – Artstor in 3 mintues

Register for an Artstor account – video

ArtStor’s blog

MDID help-o-rama
February 24, 2010, 8:06 pm
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Paris Exposition: Palace of Decorative Arts

Paris Exposition: Palace of Decorative Arts, 1900 from the Brooklyn Museum

MDID is our local image database which is contains 20,000 art, architecture, and archeological images chosen by MassArt faculty and VR staff. Its a great resource for viewing and presenting slides.

Below is the ultimate guide for using MDID as an instruction tool. The guide should cover every question you could have about our image database.

MDID guide for instruction