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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.

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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.

ARCHIPORN: A Guide to World Architecture

ARCHIPORN: The definitive guide for architecture loversDeveloped in 2008 and with an eye-catching name, ARCHIPORN is a world architecture guide created by architects to identify, gather and share information about architectural works around the world by both renowned and emerging architects.

The online guide is a world map covered in clickable colored squares, each identifying the work’s location and date (colored coded from before 1749 to the 2010s). Its also web-based and, if available, utilizes architect’s sites, Wikimedia, ArchDaily and others to provide links to information and images of each site.

via ArchDaily

Rodolfo Lanciani Digital Archive: Images of Rome

Giacomo Sangermano, engraving of a scaffolding for the restoration of the vault of St. Peter’s Basilica (1700) [In. nos. 16577_56 and Roma XI.54.57]Archaeologist, professor of topography, and secretary of the Archaeological Commission Rodolfo Lanciani (1845–1929) was a pioneer in the systematic, modern study of the city of Rome. His personal collection included his notes and manuscripts as well as a large collection of historic and contemporary images of the city.

The physical Lanciani Archive housed in Rome is usually open to scholars during limited hours only. But now, a new online Archive hosted by Stanford offers 24/7 access to almost 4,000 records with high quality images, generally organized in Lanciani’s preferred method of categorization, dividing material based on site, but users can also perform specific searches or filter results by medium, artist, date, topic, or publisher. A good place to start is the section of curated essays that explores focused topics such as Rome’s many domes and urban scenes of labor and production throughout time.

via Hyperallergic


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