Art Libraries

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.

NYPL Celebrates Joe Papp's "Public Theater" With Celebs On Hand

Yesterday (June 20) marked the opening of the New York Public Library exhibit, “A Community of Artists: 50 Years of the Public Theater� honoring the Public and its founder, Joseph Papp.

Open All Night features some celebrity photos (and gossip of course) from the opening; here's the more serious-minded NYPL background on the exhibit , open through October 15.

Confusion Over Columbus (GA) Library Abstract Statue

The Muscogee County (GA) Library Board has approved funding for a new, abstract sculpture to be placed in front of the library; $250,000 for a single metal sculpture by Albert Paley of Rochester, NY.

But the "sculpture approval process" has been far from clear-cut; here's the story from the Columbus Ledger Enquirer and WTVM-TV.

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