MassArt Library Blog

Announcement: by rmcelroy
May 9, 2012, 12:21 pm
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Richard is Retiring!

Last day will be May 31…..


Airplane Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style by abisweeney
April 27, 2012, 3:19 pm
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I have seen this article a couple times and just think its hilarious.

Seat Assignment, Lavatory Self Portraits in the Flemish Style by Nina Katchadourian

The artist,  Nina Katchadourian, enjoys adorning herself in toilet paper while in airplane bathrooms and photographing herself  in the style of Flemish Renaissance paintings.

Some of her other art  projects include a series of C-prints of a pet snake befriending a mouse that should have been its dinner, and  genealogy charts of characters from supermarket products.

Nom nom nom…Edible Books by rachelresnik
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.

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Garry Winogrand, Democratic Convention, LA, 1960 by Greg Wallace
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:

Everything Is Separated by Water: The work of María Magdalena Campos-Pons by corispencer
April 17, 2012, 4:21 pm
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The work of Boston-based artist, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, is beautiful and sumptuous, blending rich colors and provocative staging to
“probe questions of race, class, cultural hybridism, and national identities in African diasporic communities.”

“With a diverse oeuvre ranging from painting to mixed-media installations to performance, video, and photography, María Magdalena Campos-Pons is one of the most significant artists to emerge from post-Revolutionary Cuba.”

Click to see an interview with María Magdalena Campos-Pons

We Can Haz Credo Database? by Greg Wallace
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

Green is Good by gvlr
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.

Marjane Satrapi by caitlin
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,

Art Librarians Take on Toronto by rachelresnik
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

Bill T. Jones: A Good Man by corispencer
March 22, 2012, 12:46 pm
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“Bill T. Jones, the recipient of a prestigious MacArthur “genius” grant and winner of two Tony Awards, has been named “an irreplaceable treasure” by the The Dance Heritage Coalition. Above all, he is a socially conscious choreographer who never shies away from controversy — tackling thorny subjects such as race and politics with elegance and intelligence, artistry and originality.

Watch the full documentary, Bill T. Jones: A Good Man, detailing his creative process creating the work Fondly Do We Hope… Fervently Do We Pray.

What I found particularly striking about this film was how human and how familiar Jones’ creative process was. It was inspiring and, in many way, comforting to see such a celebrated dancer and choreographer struggle to bring his vision to life. It’s a wonderful reminder of the common path that artists of every kind are travel–that the work we strive to create is rarely easy, but it is always worth it in the end.

Click here to see the entire documentary on