New Artstor resource: 36,000 images from the Center for Creative Photography

Brett Weston, untitled, 1973, Gelatin silver print (Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona; Gift of Wynn Bullock; Accession Number: 76.3.3; Artstor Image ID: AWSS35953_35953_37981071)The Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona has contributed nearly 36,000 images to the Artstor Digital Library. The Center is recognized as one of the world’s finest academic art museums and study centers for the history of photography.

The Center opened in 1975 with the archives of five living master photographers — Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, and Frederick Sommer — and has grown to include 239 archival collections. Among these are some of the most recognizable names in 20th-century North American photography: W. Eugene Smith, Lola Alvarez Bravo, Edward Weston, and Garry Winogrand.

This selection from the Center is an essential resource for Photography and a rich repository for Interdisciplinary Studies, supporting research in Environmental Studies, Geography, Social History, and Sustainability.

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British Library releases Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Arundel online

Screenshot of Leonardo da Vinci, Notebook ('The Codex Arundel'), Folio 24v (left) - Studies for an underwater breathing apparatus. Folio 25r (right) - Notes on water and on astronomy of the sun and moon (courtesy British Library)Tthe British Library and Microsoft have partnered to make Leonardo da Vinci’s Notebook, known as The Codex Arundel, available online. There are two ways you can explore it:

  1. Turning the Pages: as it sounds, view the notebook by “turning” pages with your mouse, and read notes from the British Library as you go. Note: depending on your internet speed, it will take a minute or two to load. If you’d rather turn the pages of only notebook highlights, view them here. Visit Turning the Pages 2.0 for information about the technology.
  2. Browse the text: while it doesn’t have the exciting features of Turning the Pages, you can zoom in close here, exploring the handwriting or drawings (or even the binding and paper).

Click here to see all of the British Library’s virtual books.

via Archdaily

Save the Date – PST: LA/LA Free Day

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LAOver 50 museums across southern California will offer free admission on Sunday, September 17, to celebrate the launch of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. Click here for a list of participating museums.

Visit PST: LA/LA for the extensive event calendar and information on exhibitions.

John Margolies Roadside America Photograph Archive

Wigwam Village Motel, Rialto, California, image date 1977 (John Margolies Roadside America photograph archive (1972-2008), Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

The Library of Congress has digitized over 11,000 slides by architectural critic and curator John Margolies (1940-2016). Photographed over a span of forty years (1969-2008), Margolies’ Roadside America work chronicled a period of American history defined by the automobile and the ease of travel it allowed. The Archive is one of the most comprehensive documentary studies of vernacular commercial structures along main streets, byways, and highways throughout the United States in the twentieth century.

Five Cutting-Edge Innovations in Art History Tech

A demo of how the AR Mail postcards bring the Saint Sophia Cathedral of to life using augmented reality (image courtesy The Getty Iris)The Iris, the behind the scenes blog from The Getty, posted highlights from the recent SIGGRAPH Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Los Angeles that they found relevant to the future of museums.

They found, among the rigging demos and VR experiences, “real opportunities for advancements in programming and outreach for galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAMs).” Take a look at:

  • Open vs. Proprietary Data: Michelangelo’s David in VR
  • Arts Edutainment: Ghost Paint
  • Intuitive Architecture: AR Mail from Harbin
  • Tech-Mediated Human Interaction: Digital Playground
  • Diversity and Disruption: Latin America and Technology

Update on UCSB access to Kanopy film streaming service

KanopyBecause of the overwhelming popularity of the film streaming service Kanopy but a limited budget for film licenses, the UCSB Library is changing the way the UCSB community will be able to use the service.

Now films will be available for unlimited UCSB viewing only until the film’s fixed license expiration date, which can be found via the UCSB Library Search: search for “kanopy” and then select the Audio Visual material type on the right to find nearly 300 Kanopy videos. A film’s license can be found by clicking on its title.

If you find a video on Kanopy that you’d like to use for teaching but is not in the Library’s collections, contact Chizu Morihara. For general information on the Library’s video collections and Instructional Development’s video services, see Films & Videos at UCSB.

Library of Congress Archive adds born-digital content

Information Superhighway: Welcome to the Internet / Enjoy the Ride (via http://www.web-wise-wizard.com/internet-dns-web/)The Library of Congress has added two new born-digital collections to their archives.

The Webcomics Web Archive focuses on comics created specifically for the web and supplements the Library’s extensive holdings in comic books, graphic novels and original comic art. It has award-winning comics as well as webcomics that are significant for their longevity, reputation or subject matter. Also included are works by artists and subjects not traditionally represented in mainstream comics, including women artists and characters, artists and characters of color, LGBTQ+ artists and characters, as well as subjects such as politics, health and autobiography.

The Web Cultures Web Archive is a representative sampling of websites documenting the creation and sharing of emergent cultural traditions on the web such as GIFs, memes and emoji. As part of the American Folklife Center, the archive documents traditional cultural forms and practices, and the proliferation of smart phones, tablets, and wireless Internet connections has positioned networked communication as a space where people increasingly develop and share folklore.


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