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More Beyond N’s
July 12, 2012, 2:40 pm
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Hi there! My name is Tiffany Chan and I’ve worked here at the library for about 3 years now.  When I first stumbled across this book, I thought it belonged in  Special Collections with all the other cool and unique books. But here it is, open to the public for everyone to enjoy!

So it’s basically an ABC pop-up book but it’s just so beautifully designed, well crafted and pretty much ingenious. Honestly for lack of better words, this book is one of the coolest books I’ve found in this library and since no pictures or words can do it justice, here’s a video walk through of the book!


If you ever feel the need to gawk upon this book in person, it can be found hidden in the back of the library (like treasure!) under the call number Z1033. T68 B3874 2008


Beyond N continued
July 11, 2012, 7:40 pm
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Hello, my name is Rebecca Linthwaite and I’ve worked at the Morton R. Godine Library as a student worker for three years.  Throughout my time here Ive been fortunate enough to browse the large collection of art books.  I also have always loved classic literature and the library has some great reads.  You can check out the PR and PS section for some of these books.

I want to talk about the modern drama “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” by Eugene O’Neill.

O’Neill, Eugene, New Haven, Yale University Press: 1956. PS3529 N5 L6

I read this book in high school and also in my Modern Drama class at MassArt, and it has remained one of my  favorite pieces of literature.  Eugune O’Neill wrote this play slightly autobiographical.   The tale revolves around a family facing grave issues.  The main character, Edmund, suspected to be Eugene himself, is suffering from tuberculosis, but the family refuses to accept his fate.  His mother, Mary relinquished her dream of becoming a nun to marry her husband James, a stingy, outdated Shakespearean actor.  Mary is full of regret and starts taking morphine to calm herself.  Every night, she becomes more and more forgetful and walks out of her house by the beach into the fog.  Lastly, there is the older son Jamie who is an aspiring actor and an alcoholic.  Both Jamie and Tyrone share similar hostile characteristics, while Mary and Edmund are submissive, depressed and have suicidal thoughts.

This play takes place in one day, starting from the early morning into midnight.  The title is not only literal, but presents a descent of the emotional instability of each character.  The play is somber and metaphoric.  After reading this drama several times, it makes me try to understand the impact of one’s actions.  Also the themes in the story, regret, death, insomnia, loss of one’s potential and so on, are relatable and fascinating to read about.  This drama is hauntingly beautiful.  Despite the downfall of this family’s relationship,  there is a sense that they are all connected and care about each other.  I feel this drama helps one understand family dynamics and how to cope with psychological problems.

Eugene O’Neill died in Boston in 1953.  He is buried at the Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain.

John Baldessari
June 5, 2012, 2:27 pm
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“The epic life of a world-class artist, jammed into six minutes.
Narrated by Tom Waits.
Commissioned by LACMA for their first annual “Art + Film Gala” honoring John Baldessari and Clint Eastwood.

directed by Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman (
edited by Max Joseph (
written by Gabriel Nussbaum (
cinematography by Magdalena Gorka (
& Henry Joost
produced by Mandy Yaeger & Erin Wright”

Literary Hedgehogs
May 31, 2012, 7:07 pm
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Visiting artist and scholar Harold Ryterband is on sabbatical and will be utilizing the Morton R. Godine Library at Massachusetts College of Art and Design for part of the summer. He will be doing extensive research on visual literacy pedagogy. His recent publication “If it looks pointy it may hurt when you touch it” (March 2012) was widely received amongst his peers. A performance piece is in the works for Fall of 2012.  Harold is also hoping to be interim acquisitions librarian for retired librarian Richard McElroy. We expect Harold’s nocturnal tendencies will allow him to get Richard’s periodical cataloging backlog done in a jiffy. This will be in between snacking, playing, and running in his wheel.

MassArt Graduation 2012
May 17, 2012, 2:54 pm
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The MassArt library wants to congratulate all of our graduating seniors and grad students. Well Done!

MassArt’s 2012 honorary doctorate of fine arts recipients are:

Matthew Carter, Type Designer

Frank R. Wilson, M.D. , Neurologist

Farewell Mr. Sendak
May 11, 2012, 7:19 pm
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As most of the world knows, Maurice Sendak died 3 days ago on Tuesday May 8th. The MassArt library grieves and celebrates a profoundly wonderful illustrator and writer. Here’s to you Maurice ! Chicken soup and rice will always be nice.

We Love You,

Morton R. Godine Library (MassArt)

In the Night Kitchen (1970) is currently on display on the 12th floor of the library.

Green is Good
April 9, 2012, 3:34 pm
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Be nice. Be green.

It’s good for all. We are doing our green awarness here at the MassArt library. Come see enviromentally oriented art books on exhibit.


No Ordinary Land by Beahan and McPhee

Boarderlands by Eirik Johnson

Reservoir By Christina Seely

Unearthed by Michelle Wilson

“LA AIR” from Artists and Photographs

Fake Snow by Heidi Neilson

Make sure to take time to check out some of these books too. We make sure to have a circulation companion shelf to each exhibit at the library. Happy Earth Day Aprill 22.

Women’s History Month
March 5, 2012, 4:33 pm
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In honor of Rush Limbaugh’s eloquence and the Republican party’s general decision to try and take us back to the dark ages, I thought I would remind everyone that it is women’s history month. Whether we are being vilified for being witches, accused for being seducers, or just plain underpaid in the work force, we women, seem to carry on. It is to my amazement that we don’t eat our young sometimes. Rush, clearly your mother couldn’t even stomach you…a pity. On a more positive note let’s thank our lucky stars that women have been around to contribute to society in the most amazing ways! Just a few below…

Louise Bourgeois

Sonia Delaunay

Frida Kahlo

Elsa Schiaparelli

Our wonderful Visual Resources librarian, Caitlin Pereira, has compiled an awesome delicious page full of images resources for us all to enjoy. This morning I began browsing Yale’s digital collection of medical posters, they are incredible, check them out.

Does it get any better than this???? This poster is from 1942 and was created for the Venereal Disease Education Institute, a gem.

This next image comes from an another amazing digital collection from Duke University called Ad*Access.

Ahhh… women’s greatest hygienic “problem,” I’m not going to touch this one.This image was published in The Saturday Evening Post in 1927.

Listerine’s campaign to frey our nerves as to whether or not we have bad breath, it seems to still be working!

Happy Leap Year and Wayne Thiebaud
February 29, 2012, 3:05 pm
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So another leap year has rolled around since the last one four years ago and thus far it has been pretty good albeit it is only 9:45 in the morning. I woke remembering that my college roommate’s mom has finally reach her 17th birthday and pondered if they had thrown her a sweet 16th party 4 years ago…hmmmm. The whole sweet thing led me to thinking about literal sweets so being hungry I made my way down to the 2nd floor tower cafe only to find it will be under renovation and closed. So word to the warning you need to go else where for a snack. This led me to the 8th floor vending machines, which are now quite fancy, touchscreens no less. We have staff members in the library with barely functioning computers but the school has pop tarts that can be dispensed via touch screen technology, something is wrong here. The wholesome snack I chose, being the strawberry pop tart got me thinking about Wayne Thiebaud’s confectionery paintings. If you haven’t seen them, come get a fix at the library…you may then need to visit a bakery, vending machine, and or Pete’s coffee for a cupcake right afterwards.

Red Carpet
February 27, 2012, 2:23 pm
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We’ll I hope everyone got their red carpet fashion groove on last night watching the 84th annual Oscars. I’m not sure who’s dress was my favorite yet but there was definitely a lot to choose from. Check the Fug Girls best and worst dress list!

Remember to swing by our stacks in the TT’s to browse some of the best designer’s fashion books.

Gwen looking classy in Tom Ford

Rooney Mara in Givenchy

Spencer in Tadashi Soji

White dresses seemed to be popular this year at the Oscars.

While watching last night I hadn’t realized just how totally out of touch to this seasons movies I had been. I made a list of movies I need to watch and those that needed to be ordered for the library. There were some great short films and animation films I am excited about. The movie Hugo seemed to do great…I hope everyone one knows we own the the graphic novel that inspired the movie, The Invention of Hugo Cabret.