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We’ve moved!
September 12, 2012, 10:36 pm
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Hello Friends,

We’ve moved our blog over to the new MassArt WordPress site. You can find us at Please update your bookmarks and stay in touch.



Garry Winogrand, Democratic Convention, LA, 1960
April 19, 2012, 2:38 pm
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Garry Winogrand, Democratic Convention, LA, 1960The NY Times has published a slide show of works that Garry Winogrand took at the 1960 Democratic Convention in Los Angeles. Most of these images have never been seen until recently and are now being exhibited in a retrospective of the artist at the SFMOMA.

As you can see, the photographer’s interest is often more with the parade watchers than with the parade itself, to paraphrase photographer and exhibition curator Leo Rubenfien.

In the photos, you will see many pols and public figures of the time, including JFK, RFK, LBJ, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Adam Clayton Powell as well as many anonymous (and often boisterous) convention goers whom the NY Times is seeking to identify through crowd-sourcing.

For those unaware, the 1960 election pitted JFK against Richard Nixon in a tight race. In the online feature, you can listen to George McGovern (the very liberal South Dakota senator who lost the presidential race to Nixon in 1972 in a landslide) talk about the tense relations between the Kennedys and running mate Johnson that hung over the 1960 convention.

If you like people watching or the retro appeal of Mad Men, you will love these images. Check them out at:

We Can Haz Credo Database?
April 17, 2012, 2:38 pm
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The MassArt Library is trying out Credo Reference through the end of April. Credo comes loaded with 600 online reference volumes and there are all kinds of neat add-ons like a crossword puzzle solver and a measurement conversion tool. There are also zillions of topic pages and a concept mapping feature that lets you explore related words and ideas. Credo even comes with cupholders. OK. Kidding.

To access Credo, click on this link and then choose on-campus or off-campus URL. And please, let me (Greg) know what you think of it. Just send me an email at

Material ConneXion Trial (through April 9th)
March 20, 2012, 7:29 pm
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The MassArt Library is running a trial of Material ConneXion. For those of you unfamiliar with MC, it is a database of materials used in industrial design, fashion, architecture, 3D fine arts, and other fields. Use the Advanced Search function to find materials that meet pre-determined characteristics. These might include qualities of texture, durability, and sustainability.

You can access MC from on campus by clicking this link. If you would like to access it from off campus, create an account using this link and then sign in.

Members of the MassArt community can also visit the Material ConneXion space in NYC to view real material samples. It’s located at 60 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10010 Phone: 212-842-2050. Hours: M-F, 9-6.

Guerrilla libraries
February 23, 2012, 3:22 pm
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A Columbia architecture grad is converting unused pay phone stalls in NYC into micro libraries. Read about it in the Atlantic.

The Art Museum from Phaidon
February 21, 2012, 11:00 pm
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The Art Museum from Phaidon is now available in the Reference section of the library. Weighing in at 992 pages and quite a few pounds, this is the ultimate grande coffee table book (assuming the table is strong enough to support it). It presents a fantasy gallery of over 2000 world masterpieces. Needless to say, it’s lavishly illustrated in full color. Text is good too. Record here.

September 9, 2009, 8:37 pm
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JeopARTy, Monday, September 21 & 28, 7pm:

New Venue for Sept. 28th: Smith Hall Lounge, 1st floor!

An interactive game show that asks if acts of artistic appropriation are fair or not. apphoto__1233803672_1542

AP photo by Manny Garcia and Obama Hope poster by Shepard Fairey, 2008.

Come join us for a fun evening in which panels composed to students and faculty as well as the studio audience get to vote on whether different cases of appropriation (such as Shepard Fairey’s use of an AP photo for his Obama poster) are ethical or not. There will be few clear right or wrong answers. Just a lot of interesting debate.

There will be two stand-alone sessions. The first will take place on Monday, September 21 at 7 PM. The second will take place on Monday, September 28 at 7 PM. The moderator is Greg Wallace, MassArt librarian. The event is sponsored by Project Discovery: The Studio Foundation Experience.


Art Rogers, Greeting card photo and Jeff Koons, String of Puppies, 1988

Some useful online resources:

US Copyright Office

Fair Use Project at Stanford University

National Coalition Against Censorship – Art Law Library

Harvard Law School (Art Law Overview)

University of Texas (Copyright Crash Course)

The Arts and Humanities in Public Life: Copyright Protection and Appropriation Art by William M. Landes.

New York Foundation for the Arts (Essay on Copyright and Fair Use)