Art Libraries

Famous Writers in Their Rooms

The painter Elena Climent has painted the workspaces of famous writers in a mural that measures 10 feet high by 30 feet wide, composed of six panels painted for New York University’s Languages and Literature building at 19 University Place.

The mural, “At Home With Their Books,” measures 10 feet high by 30 feet wide and depicts, in six chronologically ordered panels, the writing spaces of six authors who spent part of their careers in New York. Ms. Climent said the university selected three of the authors and asked her to choose three, but stipulated that none could be living. Slide show and article from the New York Times.

Artist's Doll Removed from Library Display

The New Haven Advocate reports on the removal of a naif-style
doll modeled after Mayor John de Stefano at an exhibit in the New Haven Free Library. Here's a promotion on YouTube for the art show.

Could it have been a slap in the face to the politician who recently announced massive budget cuts to balance the city's huge budget gap? Over 100 city employees were laid off. When the exhibition opened on June 21 the doll, by local artist Kim Mikenis, was a part of it—but a week later, it was gone. Mikenis claims that this particular doll was only the first in a series portraying Connecticut mayors, and was not meant as an exclusive statement about DeStefano.

The decision to remove it was made by James Wellbourne, city librarian. According to Kathy Hurley, the library's spokeswoman, Wellbourne was concerned that the "personal" reference to an identifiable individual "within the community" could be locally offensive.

You be the judge...as they say.

A Home for the World's Largest Treasury of Cartoon Art

Once upon a time there was a Comic Book Museum, started by cartoonist Mort Walker of Beetle Bailey and Hi & Lois fame. The museum was originally located in 1973 in a mansion in Greenwich, CT then moved to nearby Rye Brook, NY and then on to a facility built in Boca Raton, FL That shut down in 2002 when two major financial backers went bankrupt, said Walker, 84. A plan to relocate to New York City fell through in 2006. Cartoon aficionados were sad.

Now the contents of the museum have found a new home at Ohio State University...happy ending. Ohio State University's Cartoon Research Library said it's acquiring and plans to display the collection of the International Museum of Cartoon Art, about 200,000 works that have been in limbo since the museum's last physical location closed six years ago.

The museum's original drawings for comic books, comic strips and animated cartoons, as well as display figures, toys, collectibles and films, will double the size of the library's cartoon art collection, said Lucy Shelton Caswell, the library's curator. Ohio State expects the collection to arrive early this summer and is looking for a larger space for its Cartoon Research Library, Caswell said.

AP story here.

Where A Picture Is Worth Innumerable Words

One of the world's most enduring stories, The Ramayana has been told and retold throughout India and South East Asia for more than 2,000 years. Today, a collection of lavishly illustrated 17th-century manuscripts of the Sanskrit epic, hidden away in the archives of the British Library since 1844, goes on public display for the first time.

The Ramayana follows the quest of Prince Rama, exiled from his kingdom of Ayodha, to rescue his beautiful wife Sita from the demon king Ravana, with the help of an army of monkeys. Dating to somewhere between 500 and 100BC, and traditionally attributed to the sage Valmiki, the story originated in northern India, but quickly spread throughout the whole subcontinent, crossing religious as well as geographical boundaries. Story and, of course, pictures from The Independent UK.

A Celebration of the Work of William Steig

The Jewish Museum in New York City is presently hosting an exhibit of the works of artist William Steig “From The New Yorker to Shrek: The Art of William Steig”.

Many of best known works were his illustrations for children's books but amazingly, his career writing children’s books did not begin until he was 60 years old. He died at 95 in 2003, working up until the end. More from today's New York Times.

First impressions

Check out artist Jane S. Noel's very interesting experiment in first impressions...
at her website.

Serving Underserved Communities With Books About Art

Do you work in a library in an underserved community or know of other librarians who do? You should know about the DUC Program where publishers distribute books on contemporary art and culture free of charge to rural and inner-city libraries, schools and alternative reading centers nationwide.

Check out their FAQ page to find out if your library qualifies.

Sorting Books...Differently

There's the Dewey Decimal System, there's the Library of Congress System and then there's Nina Katchadourian's system...an artistic but thoughtful departure from the standard. Allow yourself to wiggle out of your librarian mold and enjoy the possibilities of sorting books as an artistic form.

Want to add your own combos? Please do so in the form of a comment.

Be There, Or Be There to View it On The Web - Saturday in NYC

If you're in Manhattan this weekend, you might be able to come to the assistance of a library-lover.

On Saturday, June 9th precisely at Noon, an attractive, single and slightly bookwormish woman carrying a stack of books and loose papers will descend the steps of the NYC Public Library.

Halfway down the steps, she will awkwardly stumble and spill her papers and books everywhere.

Will you be there to help her?

a web happening (wappening #3) created by my friend, experiential artist Lee Walton.

Library Licks Ice Cream

tqft writes "from the Australian Courier Mail "Do you want to get an ice cream," a father asked his waist-high daughter. "Or do you want to go to the State Library?" The child's answer, that the ice cream could wait, reflects just how much the universe has changed since the Queensland Art Gallery was opened 24 years ago on the South Brisbane site.

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