The Decker Library is deaccessioning ~9,200 glass lantern slides, and we are providing faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to take them for their own collections. They include b/w and color images, and the subjects include art history andarchitecture.
The collection will be available until Friday, August 8. Please contact Michael Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-225-7005) to set up an appointment to make a selection.
In honor of Earth Day, check out the newly digitized 1985 Archives of American Art documentary on sculptor David Barr’s “Four Corners Project.” Barr is seen above examining a model for the project, which was to inscribe a tetrahedron inside a sphere (not just any old sphere - in this case, the earth) and burying one of the actual corners at one of the four carefully mapped geographic locations. He traveled to Easter Island, Greenland, South Africa, and New Guinea to complete the project. You can watch the whole video on youtube through the link below. For more, see the smithsonianavarchivistspost on this video today.
In celebration: the four corners project, 1985 / David John Barr and Archives of American Art. 16 mm : 1 film reel : sd., col. ; 16 mm. Miscellaneous sound, film, and video recordings collection. Archives of American Art.
In case you missed it, cinema lost one of its greatest innovators this weekend, Alain Resnais. Though he was often lumped in with the big names of the French New Wave, Resnais’ work was closer aligned with that of the so-called Left Bank Group. Along with directors like Agnès Varda and Chris Marker, Resnais vigorously searched for new approaches to film-making and narrative construction throughout his career, often collaborating with such literary greats as Marguerite Duras and Alain Robbe-Grillet, and earning countless awards in the process. At the Berlinale last month, he premiered his final film, Life of Riley, at the age of 91.
January 15th marked the 150th birthday of the photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston, who worked from the 1880’s right up until her death in 1952. From art photography to photojournalism and portraiture, Johnston (shown at her desk in the cyanotype above) eagerly explored the medium’s full variety of approaches throughout her life.
Check out more of her work and read up on her biography here.
Curious about cyanotypes? There’s a fascinating old post on the SFMOMA blog detailing some background on the beautiful and deadly process.
The end of the semester is so close and our winter holidays are already upon us! But before you pack up for the break, why not drop by and check out our fantastic new exhibition Traditions of the Season, curated by Allison Fischbach and Kathy Cowan.
Materials on display include handmade cards by past students and faculty, photos of holiday events, and MICA-related newspaper articles, as well as illustrated editions of classic holiday tales.