On Exhibit: 2014/2015 Indiana University Metalsmithing & Jewelry Design


Come by and see our new Fine Arts Library Exhibit “2014/2015 Indiana Univeristy Metalsmithing & Jewelry Design”! This exhibit showcases work from MFA, BFA, and beginning and intermediate students in the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts. Works include a wide range of materials including brass, copper, silver, and even inner tube.

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The Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design program aims to provide students with instruction in traditional and experimental metalworking and jewelry technical skills. Students in the program are encouraged by the faculty to develop their personal and creative direction in their work to artistically express their individuality and ideas. With facilities that offer a wide range of tools and equipment, the Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design program is well supplied with the materials needed for students to carry out their studio work for both small and large scale projects.  Want to see more examples? Be sure to check out the Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design graduate and undergraduate work!

The display will be up until May 2nd.

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On Exhibit: Marking Time – A Showcase of Selected Digital Art Works from Spring 2014


Our new Digital Art library exhibit is now on display! Come by the entrance of the Fine Arts Library to see a selection of Digital Art Works from students in the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University Bloomington. Students Ilze Akerbergs, Chloe Buse, Wenyang Dong, Guinevere Dunlap, Ying Yu Hong, LiNa Huang, Yao Jia, Doori Lee, Kristen Ousley, Alanna Rhonemus, Claudia Shwarz and Aldea Sullivan showcase their emerging talents in the area of Interactive Multimedia through presentations of mark making and non-linearity in narrative and non-narrative time-based media concepts.

The Digital Art studio area of the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Art focuses on using computer technologies and the virtual environment for the means of artistic expression. Indiana University Bloomington offers courses in Digital Art at both the undergraduate and graduate level with cutting edge digital equipment facilities located in the Fine Arts Building and an impressive faculty who strive to be leaders in the Digital Art field. For more examples of digital art works by students, check out the undergraduate and graduate Digital Art pages on the SoFA website.

“Marking Time” will be on display through April 1st. There will be an opening reception with refreshments for this exhibit on Thursday, March 27th at 2:30pm at the exhibit display cases. All are welcome. We hope to see you there!

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28th Annual Friends of Art Benefit

Digital image courtesy of author.

Digital image courtesy of author.

This past weekend, the Fine Arts Library hosted the 28th Annual Friends of Art Benefit with a public lecture by Emeritus Professor of Printmaking Ed Bernstein and a reception in the reading room of the Fine Arts Library. The Annual Friends of Art Benefit is a vital event of the Friends of Art at Indiana University that offers an evening of learning, food, and friends to help benefit the library with new material purchases each year. Attendees even get to break the rules and eat in the library!


Digital image courtesy of author.

The public lecture entitled “Mythical Venice” drew a wide audience including faculty, students, staff, and members of the public. Following the lecture, ticket holders were able to attend the reception located in the library that included drinks provided by Oliver Winery and food provided by Cynthia Moriarty Catering. The reception gave attendees the opportunity to learn more about the Fine Arts Library and the Friends of Art through presentations and special thanks. In addition, a selection of recent purchases made possible by the Annual Benefit was on display and was comprised of a wide range of materials including artist’s books and reference materials. A silent auction of donated artwork took place, and guests even received a unique handprinted ceramic coaster created by Indiana University Printmaking students to take home! Needless to say, the event was marked by a love and excitement for the arts of Indiana University.

The Friends of Art offers programming and financial support to the students of the Henry Hope School of Fine Arts through donations, volunteering and proceeds from the Friends of Art Bookshop. They are responsible for providing numerous scholarships to School of Fine Arts students every year. You can learn more about the Friends of Art and how to become a member at their website!

Digital image courtesy of author.

Digital image courtesy of author.

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New Resource: Art and Architecture in Video

Art and Architecture in Video

Art and Architecture in Video is a brand new resource to Indiana University Bloomington that gives you access to over 500 hours of documentaries, interviews, and commentaries that discuss a wide array of art and architecture. From ancient to contemporary art, Art and Architecture in Video covers artistic topics, styles, and histories of the visual arts across many different mediums including architecture and design. In addition, it contains media that focuses specifically on art theory and practice so you can thoroughly investigate whatever art form, artist, or movement that interests you. The videos themselves range from short clips to full length features that allow you to create and share as well as keep track of your findings in a multitude of ways.

Art and Architecture in Video


If browsing is more your speed, Art and Architecture in Video has you covered. Whether you are looking for inspiration or just need to kill some time, the browsing option lets you discover all that Art and Architecture in Video has to offer. It gives you the option of browsing by title, discipline, people, subjects, publishers and even content types. This a great tool for you if you are just starting out with your research, brainstorming for ideas, or just wondering what videos are available on different artistic topics.


The advanced search option of Art and Architecture in Video is also a useful tool if you are searching for specifics. Have a particular documentary or interview in mind? You can search for it simply and easily using this option. You can also use predetermined search terms within the advanced search which will give you added accuracy in finding relevant results.

Art and Architecture in Video

Videos and Playlists

This resource has a very interesting feature that allows you to save videos to lists and create your own playlists from those lists. First, you have to create an account with Alexander Street Press in order to access the feature. Once you are signed up, you can select items to save to lists or add them directly to playlists which you can organize for your needs. These lists and playlists can be emailed and shared via numerous social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, and you can even send a short link to the video to your mobile device. In addition, the resource will cite the video for you in your citation style of choice and give you permalinks to the videos of your choosing for later viewing.



For more information on how to navigate and use Art and Architecture in Video, you can visit the Alexander Street Press help page.

You can access this resource through the IUB Libraries website here.

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On Exhibit: Graphic Novels at the Fine Arts Library

Like graphic novels? Want to learn a little more about their history? Then come by the Fine Arts Library to view the most recent exhibit relating to graphic novels and comics. We have loads of images and books on display for your viewing pleasure. What’s even better is that the Fine Arts Library holds numerous titles relating to graphic novels and comics, so whether you are looking for inspiration or just some leisurely reading, we have you covered! You can also search IUCAT, Indiana University’s online library catalog, to see what is available at any time. Here are just a few titles that are currently available for checkout from FAL.

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Interested in other comics or graphic novels not currently in the IU Libraries’ collections? Try looking at the Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels database which contains over 100,000 pages of material from both famous and overlooked authors. For tips and instructions on how to search the database, check out our own FAL blog on the subject!

This exhibit will be on display until January 22nd.

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On Exhibit: Collect – Selected Works from a Local Private Collection


Gilbert Albert Necklace, Circa 1985, 18k gold, diamonds, pearl, beetle, fur. Photo: Vincent Pontillo-Verrastro

An exhibit of metalsmithing and jewelry design will be on display at the Fine Arts Library from October 4-25. The exhibit includes pieces from around the world that were made in the 20th and 21st centuries. Among the diverse pieces selected for the exhibit is jewelry by former IU professors Alma Eikerman and Jerald Jacquard as well as current IU professor Nicole Jacquard. There are also several small puzzle sculptures by Miguel Berrocal and cutlery by Porter Blanchard.

This exhibition is in conjunction with the Zoom: Examining the Future of Craft Symposium taking place at IU from October 17th to the 19th.

The reception for this exhibit will be October 18th from 6-8pm at the Fine Arts Library.

Books on jewelry and metalsmithing can be found at the Fine Arts Library in the call number sections NK and TT.

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On Exhibit: African Music Album Covers


Currently on display at the Fine Arts Library is an exhibit of African music album covers in conjunction with the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival. The exhibit was arranged by IU professors Patrick McNaughton, Diane Pelrine, and Daniel Reed, and will be up until October 4, 2013.

If you want enjoy more album cover art, the Fine Arts Library  has several books on the topic  in the NC section of the stacks including:

1 Andy Warhol: The Record Covers 1949-1987 (NC1883.3.W37 A4 2008)

2Coverscaping: Discovering Album Aesthetics (NC1882 .C684 2010)

3 Album Cover Album (NC1882 .A43 2008)

At IU the Cook Music Library and the Archives of Traditional Music also have an abundance of related resources.

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Gordon Parks Segregation Series

Untitled, Mobile, 1956

Untitled. Mobile, 1956. Image courtesy the Gordon Parks Foundation.

Untitled, Mobile, 1956

Untitled. Mobile, 1956. Image courtesy the Gordon Parks Foundation.

Gordon Parks (1912-2006) was an American photographer and social activist. The Gordon Parks Foundation recently discovered a set of photographs Parks took while on assignment for Life magazine in 1956.  The photographs document black families living the rural south.  Twenty of these photographs became part of a photo-essay entitled Restraints: Open and Hidden.   More than 70 additional photographs, many of them in color, were found in a box marked “Segregation Series.”  You can view more of the photographs and read more about the discovery here in this New York Times article.  To learn more about Gordon Parks, visit the Foundation’s website, or check out these resources:

Bush, Martin H. The Photographs of Gordon Parks. Wichita, Kan: Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, 1983.
Location:  TR647 .P37 1983  Fine Arts Library

Fleischhauer, Carl, Beverly W. Brannan, Lawrence W. Levine, and Alan Trachtenberg. Documenting America, 1935-1943. Berkeley: University of California Press in association with the Library of Congress, 1988.
Location:  E806 .D616 1988  Wells Research Collection

Kasher, Steven. The Civil Rights Movement: A Photographic History, 1954-68. New York: Abbeville Press, 1996.
Location:  E185.61 .K347 1996  Wells Research Collection

Parks, Gordon, and Maren Stange. Bare Witness: Photographs. Milan: Skira, 2006.
Location: TR820.5 .P275 2006  Fine Arts Library Special Collections

Parks, Gordon. A Choice of Weapons. New York: Harper & Row, 1966.
Location:  PS3566.A73 C5   ALF

Parks, Gordon. A Hungry Heart: A Memoir. New York: Atria Books, 2005.
Location:  TR140.P35 A3 2005b  Wells Research Collection

Parks, Gordon. To Smile in Autumn: A Memoir. New York: Norton, 1979.
Location: TR140.P35 A34 1979    Wells Research Collection

Parks, Gordon. Voices in the Mirror: An Autobiography. New York: Doubleday, 1990.
Location: TR140.P35 A3 1990   Wells Research Collection and Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center

Parks, Gordon, and Charles Johnson. The Photographs of Gordon Parks. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 2011.
Location:  TR820.5 .P2755 2011   Fine Arts Library

Parks, Gordon, and Philip Brookman. Half Past Autumn: A Retrospective. Boston: Little, Brown and Co, 1997.
Location:  TR140.P35 P35 1997  Wells Research Collection

Reporting Civil Rights. New York, N.Y.: Library of America, 2003.
Location:  E185.61 .R47 2003  Wells Research Collection


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Harper’s Weekly Online


Harper’s Weekly, Saturday July 13, 1867

HarpWeek provides fulltext access to Harper’s Weekly, a nineteenth and early twentieth century American periodical.  A great resource for historians interested in the American Civil War and Gilded Age, Harper’s Weekly contains foreign and domestic news, fiction, poetry, editorials, satirical essays, travel narratives, as well as illustrations and cartoons.   Harper’s is also an important source of primary subject material for art historians as it includes reviews of art exhibitions in addition to illustrations by important American artists, such as Winslow Homer and Thomas Nast.   All issues published between 1857-1912 are available on HarpWeek.

Harper’s Weekly had never been properly indexed until the people at HarpWeek went through each page manually indexing every aspect of every issue.  For that reason, one of the most useful features of HarpWeek is its indexes.  Searching the index terms is an incredibly easy to locate different types of articles, and it makes it extremely easy to find images.  One can easily access exhibition reviews, or browse all of Winslow Homer’s illustrations.   HarpWeek has divided its terms into four indexes: subject, illustration,  literature & publishing, and advertising.  You can search one of, or any combination of the four.  HarpWeek also allows you to browse the issues by date.  You can also browse by subject using HarpWeek’s finding aid.   Additionally, when conducting a standard keyword search HarpWeek allows you to limit your search by item type.  This is extremely useful if you are looking for examples of a specific type of feature, i.e. illustration, fiction, obituary, satirical commentary, etc.   HarpWeek has also created summaries of every literary work published in Harper’s, which you can browse or search.  The scans are high quality and are available in a variety of sizes.  HarpWeek is incredibly easy to use and impeccably indexed.  It is sure become an invaluable resource for those interested in any aspect of nineteenth century American history.


Sketches from the 24th Annual Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society at the National Academy of Design, New York. Harper’s Weekly, July 2, 1891, pS4 c3-4.


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2013: the year of Italian culture in the United States

As a graduate assistant at the Fine Arts Library, I often evaluate new books that come into the library to help determined where they should be placed (stacks, Special Collections, the catalogue raisonne section, etc.).  In the process of evaluating a newly received shipment, a book came across my desk that gave me pause. Page four of the recently acquired Next Stop: Italy stated that 2013 was the year of Italian culture in the United States. With my curiosity piqued, I went in search of information on what exactly it meant to be the year of Italian Culture.


Bianca Sforni, Supernatura IV, 2012, carbon fresson print, page 63 of Next Stop: Italy.


Renato D’Agostin, Paris from the project “Metropolis, 2006, silver gelatin print, page 39 of Next Stop: Italy.

According to the official website for the Year of Italian Culture it is

“A year long journey: the Year of Italian Culture in the United States. A journey that will communicate and promote our Country, engage and enthuse Americans, strengthen the bonds that unite us and create new ones. A journey that will reveal today’s Italy, its brilliance and its excellence anchored in the present and driven by an unparalleled past, it will present an Italy of innovation moving forward, engaged in projects and looking ahead. The concept of 2013 as a showcase of Italian culture and what it means to the American public is an ideal opportunity to promote Italy as a whole in both the cultural thematics and the economic features of the Italian Brand.”

Events will take place throughout the United States celebrating the art, music, language, literature, theatre, design and food of Italy.

Art is a great way to explore the history and influence of Italy to the country itself as well as to the rest of the world. Browsing through the results from a subject search Italy in the Fine Arts Library will give you an understanding of the size of its impact.

These two books in particular, in addition to Next Stop: Italy offer information about the transmission of Italian art:

Artistic exchange and cultural translation in the Italian Renaissance city by Charles Dempsey

Cultural exchange between the Low Countries and Italy, 1400-1600, edited by Ingrid Alexander-Skipnes.

The exhibition catalog Follow your shade: young Italian artists, edited by Chiara Bertola and Dede Auregli for the Galleria d’arte moderna show in Bolgna, Italy demonstrates that Italy continues to have a strong presence in the art world.


Additional materials on Italian culture can be found by browsing through the items from the Italian Culture subject search on the new IUCAT.

More information about this celebration can be found on the Italian Embassy to the United States’ Italy in the US 2013 website.


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