MassArt Library Blog

Beyond N
June 13, 2012, 6:48 pm
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I’m starting a new blog feature to highlight some of the items in our collection that you won’t find browsing the N sections (that’s where we put the traditional art books). Let me know what you think.


Giant Squid Book

Haggis-on-Whey, Doris. Animals of the Ocean, in Particular the Giant Squid. San Fransisco: McSweeney’s, 2006.

Call #: GC21 .A55 2006


Book Description from the McSweeney’s website:

Introducing the third installment in a proposed series of 377 reference books, all written by Dr. and Mr. Doris Haggis-on-Whey, a team of highly energized and deeply focused scientists with over sixty-seven combined years of experience at their command, including six months spent lifting awkwardly-sized boxes.


Animals of the Ocean, in Particular the Giant Squid, advances many heretofore unexplored discoveries and opinions, including squid dating dos and don’ts, why squid are not at all able to watch television in black and white, the ways in which people who don’t know any better might think fish are not animals, the long-term effects of salt water on musical theater, and also the adventure of Gunther.

Dr. Doris Haggis-On-Whey has seventeen degrees from eighteen institutions of higher learning. She is a world-renowned and much-feared expert on just about everything. With her husband Benny, she has traveled the world over, and has learned about all aspects of life, including outer space and food, first-hand. She has written or will soon write over 147 books.

Interior pages are full color and illustrated without reserve. This book does not contain a warning label, but if it did, it would advise readers to enjoy its pages only in small and furtive doses, such as while waiting your turn at tetherball.



ARTstor Introduces Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection
May 23, 2012, 3:40 pm
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As if there wasn’t reason enough to love ARTstor, they’re collaborating with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation to add thousands of works from the Guggenheim’s permanent collection to the image database.

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ARTstor just released 750 images including works by Louise Bourgeois, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Willem de Kooning, Paul Klee, Robert Mapplethorpe, Claes Oldenburg, Cindy Sherman, and Vincent van Gogh.

Ultimately the collection of Guggenheim images will number 7000 and will include exhibition installation views from the Guggenheim museums in New York, Venice, and Bilbao.

Nom nom nom…Edible Books
April 25, 2012, 10:03 pm
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Join us Tuesday May 1st for the MassArt Edible Books Festival.  Noon in the Library.

The Incredible Book Eating Boy

  • Creations will be viewed and consumed on Tuesday May 1st  in the Morton R. Godine Library (12 th floor, Tower Building).

    12 pm judging begins
    12:45 pm prizes awarded
    1 pm books consumed

    Celebrity judges, Judy Haberl, Sam Schlosberg, and Caitlin Pereira, will be selecting the best submissions in a variety of categories.

    Kurt Steinberg will emcee the awards ceremony.

    ***One lucky winner will have up to $50 of overdue library fines waived.***

    If you’re interested in participating, please fill out the submission form by Friday April 27 th .
    Please fill out a submission form here:
    Submissions can be dropped off in the library between 9 am and noon on May 1 st .

  • All faculty, staff, and students are invited to submit work and come view (and eat) the creations.What’s an edible book: a creation made of edible material that looks like a book, references a book, or is in some way inspired by a book.

    For updates, follow us on Facebook:

Art Librarians Take on Toronto
April 4, 2012, 4:48 pm
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Greg, Gabrielle, and I were in Toronto this weekend for the 40th annual conference of the Art Librarians Society of North America (ARLIS/NA).

We got to walk around a bit and see some of the cool Toronto sites like the CN Tower.

CN Tower

On Saturday evening the librarians let loose at a cocktail party at the Frank Gehry-designed Art Gallery of Ontario at Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD). Next store is the Sharp Centre for Design by architect Will Alsop.

Sharp Centre for Design, OCAD

On Sunday, I ate poutine.  Twice.


But for most of the long weekend our view looked more or less like this:

ARLIS/NA session 2011

We went to sessions on a variety of topics such as advances in cataloging, teaching with artists’ books, and preserving audio visual material. Just to name a few.  Greg presented JeopARTy and I led a workshop on mentoring.

The conference is an educational and inspiring treat for us, however it does take a few days to recover. So if you notice that we look a bit dazed, have no fear–by next week we will be refreshed and raring to go

DMI Theses
February 7, 2012, 10:18 pm
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The library recently received all of the 2005-2011 DMI (dynamic media institute) theses in print and digital formats from the Graphic Design Department.  They are awesome.  I want to catalog them immediately so everyone else can see them.  By the end of the semester… I promise.

And until then, check out the DMI website, which is also very cool.

Garden Lab Library
January 20, 2012, 9:32 pm
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Garden Lap poster










Brant Gallery would like to invite you to Garden Lab 2012:
Exhibition Dates: Spring 2012
Opening Reception Party: Thursday, January 26, 6:30 – 7:30pm

Garden Lab is an installation with a theme of conversations in art, design, food and community with a focus on sustainability and interaction.  Visiting artists present a series of workshops that encourage students and the community to participate through dialogue and creation.

The Library has created a subject guide for the Garden Lab that recommends websites, books, and articles for further exploration.  Take a look:

Garden Lab Library

December exhibit
December 5, 2011, 6:27 pm
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Ice Cream contemporary art          Visionaire BibleVisionaire Woman







For our December in-library exhibit we’ve thrown content out the window.  We’re featuring books that are white and silver.  Books are objects and they’re pretty and sometimes they’re even prettier when you see them en masse.

So if you need to decompress from final projects and holiday preparation, stop by and enjoy. We promise we’ll give you something thought-provoking next semester.

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Mango Languages
November 17, 2011, 4:07 pm
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The library has just added Mango Languages to its collection of resources.

mango languages

Mango’s online language learning tools  include a variety of resources to help patrons of all kinds learn practical conversation skills for the world’s most popular languages. With convenient remote access, a fun and engaging format.

There are 37 languages to choose from including: Arabic, Cantonese, French, German, and even pirate.

To access Mango, go to the Library’s main page and find it listed under highlights.  From off-campus remember to login in using your webmail username and password.

Amusez-vous bien!

October 12, 2011, 6:59 pm
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Godine Family Gallery                                                                   October 10 -27

Variation on the Powers of Ten

Futurefarmers is a group of artists and designers working together since 1995. Their design studio serves as a platform to support art projects, artist in residency program and research interests. They are teachers, researchers, designers, gardeners, scientists, engineers, illustrators, people who know how to sew, cooks and bus drivers with a common interest in creating work that challenges current social, political and economic systems.

And they’re coming to MassArt!

  •                 October 24th 7:30 pm Visiting Artists Talk in the Pozen Center
  •                 October 27th time tbd Gallery Closing


Included in the exhibit is a reading room with materials from the Library about Futurefarmers, sustainability, and topics that have been an inspiration to Futurefarmers members. The Library is delighted to work with SIM on this very cool project.

If you can’t visit the exhibit and the reading room (or even if you can), definitely check out the digital bibliography:

To get more of a sense of what Futurefarmers is all about, take a look at this video of Futurefarmer member Michael Swaine talking about his project Free Mending Library.

And since the library is more than just videos and digital bibliographies, I’d also like to point out that on view in the Library is the Futurefarmer’s first artist’s book Soul/Sole Sermons.

Soul/Sole Sermon

Sole/Soul Sermons is a limited edition of 50 books published for the occasion of Futurefarmers’ exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Five custom inks are cast upon the pages of this book. Each ink is made of particulate matter [soot] collected from the streets of the five burroughs in New York City. For more information about Soul/Sole Sermons or to read excerpts of the text:

Opening at Ars Libri
October 7, 2011, 2:32 pm
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One of our favorite art book dealers is having an opening tonight as part of SOWA First Friday. I’m going to be there (and more importantly so is the artist) and I hope you will join us.

Here are the details:


Vision Bound Unbound: The Drawings of Alireza Darvish


Opening Reception: 7 October  5:30-8pm     

Exhibition: 7 October – 29 November  

 Alireza Darvish

Ars Libri Ltd.

500 Harrison Avenue

Boston, MA 02118


Alireza Darvish is a contemporary Iranian artist currently living in Germany. Some twenty years ago, he began a series of finished watercolors and drawings exploring the metaphorical meanings of  the book in the modern world, particularly in the context of totalitarian politics. Darkly surreal, whimsical, and provocative, the series is a testimony of gratitude to the freedom and hope that books offer the imagination, and a commentary on the refuge they provide. The series now numbers more than eighty works, nearly all of which are included for sale in this exhibition.

A catalogue to accompany the exhibition will be published and available from Ars Libri for $25.  For more information, please email us: or telephone us: 617 357-5212.