Mapping LA’s Historic Places

Pereira & Luckman, Airport Theme Building Exterior and Interior Lobby, LAXThe Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources (OHR) has partnered with the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) to create and launch HistoricPlacesLA: Los Angeles Historic Resources Inventory, the “first online information and management system specifically created to help inventory, map, describe, and protect Los Angeles’ significant cultural resources.”

HistoricPlacesLA is published through Arches, a open-source geospatial software system for cultural heritage inventory and management. The software allows searches for specific buildings or browsing by themes and neighborhoods. The inventory itself is still in progress and community residents and organizations are encouraged to contribute information.

via LA Times

Preserving and capturing objects with the Endangered Archives Programme

EAP254: Preservation of the historical literary heritage of Tigray, Ethiopia: the library of Romanat Qeddus Mika'el: EAP254/1: Romanat Qeddus Michael Manuscript Collection [Second half of the 16th - 20th century], EAP254/1/6: "Tä'amrä Maryam ""Miracles of Mary" [18th century], Double-page frontispieceThe Endangered Archives Programme, hosted by the British Library and funded by Arcadia, is celebrating its 10th anniversary as a contributor to the preservation of archival material that is in danger of destruction, neglect or physical deterioration world-wide. The Programme depends entirely upon researchers, archivists and librarians with an interest in a specific subject, region or culture to apply for grants for particular collections-related projects.

While the EAP does not identify or approach institutions directly, it provides funds for an applicant to locate relevant endangered archival collections, transfer collections to a suitable local archival home where possible, create digital copies of the material, and deposit the copies with local institutions and the British Library. Visitors to the EAP website can also follow the progress of more than 240 projects on the Endangered Archives blog.

CAA publishes Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts

College Art Association's Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual ArtsThe College Art Association (CAA) has published the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts, a set of principles addressing best practices in the fair use of copyrighted materials based on a consensus of opinion developed through discussions with visual-arts and legal professionals. Initiated by CAA in 2012, it will be a vital resource for everyone working in the field, including artists, art historians, museum professionals, and editors by addressing copyright and fair use in Analytic Writing, Teaching about Art, Making Art, Museum Uses, and Online Access to Archival and Special Collections. The Code of Best Practices also provides numerous ways to evaluate and disseminate the applicability of fair use in a variety of situations.

Amazing photos of a starling “murmuration”

la-fg-flock-of-starlings-fly-murmuration-20150-008 If you’ve never seen a murmuration of starlings (and probably few of us have) these photos in the LA Times will make you gasp.  A murmuration is the mass movement of an entire flock.  The photos are like a series of very temporary sculptures. A digital library of images and more

Amedeo Modigliani, Nude on a Sofa (Almaiisa), 1916 (Private Collection: Mr. & Mrs. Paul Wurzburger, Cleveland OH), another source for research and images, is a German language site with a scope similar to Open Library and Project Gutenberg but also includes over 40,000 works of art in sizes suitable for teaching presentations. The site is organized by subject matter and ebooks, or you can search names and keywords for images and texts relating to specific artists.

Undeveloped film from WWII and the Rescued Film Project

RescuedFilm Photographer Levi Bettweiser specializes in recovering, developing and printing “found film.”  Last year at an Ohio auction he came across 31 rolls of undeveloped film taken by an unnamed American soldier in WWII. He painstakingly processed as many as he could (some were water damaged) and the results are wonderful documentation of one soldier’s experience. There’s more background here, and this video about the project is fascinating.

You can read more about the Rescued Film Project here.

SoCal “Museums Free-For-All” on January 31

lacmaMark your calendars for Saturday, January 31, when Southern California museums will band together for their tenth annual “Museums Free-For-All” Free Admission Day. The event will have over twenty museums—presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science—opening their doors to visitors to explore their permanent collections (note that this offer will not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions nor parking fees). You can find a list of participating museums here.

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