Thank you for everything, Linda Nochlin

Feminist art historian Linda Nochlin died on the weekend.  There’s a lengthy obituary in Art News.  And you may want to read this illustrated guide to her 1971 essay, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?”  Or view this video of her 2009 lecture at the Smithsonian, “Consider the Difference: American Women Artists.”

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Artstor announces three major releases in material culture and Anthropology

Feather cape – made of peacock feathers, etc. (pelerine). South African? 1820-1830. Image and original data provided by Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. © President and Fellows of Harvard College (courtesy Artstor, harvard_peabody_awss35953_35953_387510640Artstor has just released more than 170,000 new images in Anthropology from three major institutions:

  1. Réunion des Musées Nationaux and Art Resource are contributing nearly 1,400 images of works from the Musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac.
  2. The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia has released approximately 75,000 images of art and cultural objects from the museum’s permanent collection.
  3. The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University is contributing more than 95,000 additional images of objects from their permanent collection, bringing their total in Artstor to approximately 143,000.

These releases span global cultures past and present – including African, Native North American, Pre-Columbian, European, Oceanic, Aboriginal Australian, and Asian cultures – and includes rare and valuable material including sacred objects and architecture, as well as clothing, jewelry, and tools.

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.

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

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