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What’s in a Poster? 

If you can answer this question, then you are well on your way. What does it take to make a good poster? Consider: a headline that's easy to read from a distance; a few pertinent details, outlining the what, when, and where; and, importantly, an eye-catching, thought-provoking visual, for this is what people often see first! …

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Today in History: Guggenheim Museum Opens in NYC 

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright to house the large contemporary art collection of mining tycoon Solomon Guggenheim, the Guggenheim Museum opened its doors to the awestruck public on October 21, 1959. It was itself considered a work of art, resembling in white concrete a sea shell with a long ramp spiraling up from a large rotunda. …

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Today in History: Chagall’s Ceiling: Unveiling at the Paris Opera 

Color. Joy. Whimsy. Life. A lyrical poem, marriage of art and music, celebration of light, embrace of vision, dream of humanity, glorious theater. Marc Chagall's stunning masterpiece on the ceiling of the Paris Opera was presented to the public on September 23, 1964 in the presence of thousands of guests. His work, a gift to France, …

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Library Resources and Services for A&HA 4085, Historical Foundations of Art Education 

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for Professor Ami Kantawala's Fall 2016 course A&HA 4085, Historical Foundations of Art Education. The resources, primarily electronic but also some print, have been selected to support the objectives of the course, i.e., …

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Posters, Posters, Posters! 

With the start of classes, Fall is in full swing, and the Gottesman Libraries' Education Program, tied to the broad interests of Teachers College, is moving forth. There is plenty for all to see and do, from tours and workshops, through to book, guest, and film talks ... Maybe you've noticed a few colorful posters around …

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Poster Art 

Did you know that the poster is one of the earliest forms of advertisement and it developed as a medium for visual communication in the nineteenth century? It spread rapidly throughout the world, becoming key to graphic design and political persuasion? Our archive, Pocketknowledge, has interesting documents on posters, including teaching guides and images, with the medium …

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Wearable Books 

Most of us librarians really...really love books. I also really love jewelry. Last week, my like-minded coworker and I visited an exhibit at The Gallery at Reinstein|Ross on 30 Gansevoort Street in Chelsea. Located in the gallery's back room, "Read and Worn: Jewelry from Books" exhibited works by five artists from around the world. Their wearable pieces had with one …

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Visiting the Cooper Hewitt, Part 1 

One morning I arrive at work to find a cartload of framed art pulled from the library's closed stacks for the Brushes with History: Imagination and Innovation in Art Education History conference and exhibit – select pieces from the Dow and Ziegfeld collections loaded up for loan to Macy Gallery. As I compile the inventory, I discover a …

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The Future Library Project 

Future Library Tree Rings by Katie Paterson In the Library and Information Science field, so much focus is put on improving and changing libraries now and in the immediate future. But what about imagining what a library might look like in the far future? That's exactly what Scottish artist Katie Paterson is doing by establishing the Future Library, …

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Data artist Laurie Frick 

New York and Austin-based installation artist Laurie Frick recently gave a talk at Pratt (where I study library & information science) entitled "The Art of Self-Surveillance" (here's a storify of some tweets about the talk). Though unfortunately I wasn't able to attend, I was intrigued by her use of "self-tracking" about things like mood, sleep …

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Artist Turns Old Books into Crystallized Art 

San Francisco based artist Alexis Arnold,  inspired by the world's gradual transition from books to e-books, began turning abandoned books into crystallized memorials. He explains,"the crystals remove the text and transform the books into aesthetic, non-functional objects. The books, now frozen with heavy crystal growth, have become artifacts or geologic specimens imbued with the history …

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Our History Show, Now in Vinyl 

Thanks to the Services team for their help researching and curating the history of TC, education, health, and psychology this past spring term. The first set of materials is up on the third floor! More will be coming soon, including the title of the show, and instructions for anyone who wants to help tell the …

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Electronic Visualization and the Arts 

Just as the TC library took down its data visualization exhibit a few weeks ago, Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science professor Chris Sula was winning best paper for his paper "Quantifying Culture: The Value of Visualization inside (and outside) Libraries, Museums, and the Academy" at the Electronic Visualization and the Arts 2012 …

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Resources for A&HA 5922: Master’s Seminar in Art Education (INSTEP) 

This virtual research guide has been created for students in Dr. Razia Sadik's A&HA 5922 Master’s Seminar in Art Education (INSTEP). The resources listed should be relevant for students at any stage of the INSTEP program, from those formulating their thesis ideas to those completing their Master's Special Project. This guide was created by Allen Foresta …

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Reanimation and MoMA 

The Reanimation Library collects old, out of print, and out-of-circulation books specifically for the use of artists and writers looking for odd or quirky materials to assimilate into their art.  This is, perhaps, the coolest mission statement for a library I can think of (and a great place for de-accessioned library books to die). …

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Library Your Way Around Town, Part 2 

Another weekend, another library. After sampling delicious food at Smorgasburg with friends (the more friends you bring, the more things you can try), we moseyed on over to the Brooklyn Art Library (103A N. 3rd Street, Williamsburg). The library is an extension of Art House and includes art supplies, vintage books that you can buy, …

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Children and Their Art: Art Education for Elementary and Middle Schools 

Title: Children and Their Art: Art Education for Elementary and Middle Schools Authors: Michael Day and Al Hurwitz Publisher: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 9 edition (January 1, 2011) Call Number: N362 .D39 2011 From the Publisher: A trusted guide and companion for current and future art educators, CHILDREN AND THEIR ART presents a professional approach to teaching art consistent with national …

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The Novel: An Alternative History 

Title: The Novel: An Alternative History (Beginnings to 1600) Author: Steven Moore Publisher: Continuum, 2011 Call Number: PN3451 .M66 2010g From the Publisher: Encyclopedic in scope and heroically audacious, The Novel: An Alternative History is the first attempt in over a century to tell the complete story of our most popular literary form. Contrary to …

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Beautiful Pain – My Favorite Albums of 2011 (So Far!) 

This year has already inspired a lot of great music.  I decided I would write about my five favorite albums of 2011 (so far).  Not that I am by any means an authority on what “great music” constitutes.  But if you have a weakness for beautiful lyrics or just simply songs that are so …

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Tattoo or not to Tattoo: The body as canvas 

I find myself engrossed with tattoos these days - I see it everywhere I go; on the subway, the bus, sidewalks, magazines, television...everywhere - and I sigh.  I want one, and I am entranced. Why do they do it? Why tattoo ALL over your body? Is it celebration? Is it art? Is it sacrilege? So many …

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