Thursday, November 19, 2009

Criterion Collection Movie Exhibit

The Criterion Collection Movie Exhibit is on the 2nd or main floor of Alkek Library in the display cases near the elevators. The exhibit is a selection of international movies from the Criterion Collection arranged by country. The Criterion Collection is a series of almost 500 significant classic and contemporary films on DVD. For more information about what the Criterion Collection is and for a list of movie titles included in the exhibit please see the Criterion Collection Movie Exhibit page. The movie title list includes links to the library catalog record for each movie and links to the movie information on the Criterion site. Several of the movie pages on the Criterion site include clips of the movie.

Please see the circulation desk about access to the movies included in the exhibit. Movies from the Criterion Collection, not included in the exhibit, are located on the 3rd floor of Alkek Library in the DVD shelves. You can physically browse the collection or you can use the library catalog to search for movies by keyword or title. If you just aren’t sure what you want to see, search by keyword and use "Criterion and horror”, for example. You will get a list of horror movies within the Criterion Collection with information about each one.

The Criterion Collection Movie Exhibit will be on display now through January 2010. As the movies rotate in the exhibit, the list of titles on the Criterion Collection Movie Exhibit page will be updated as well.

I am the curator of the exhibit so let me know if you have any questions about the exhibit or the movies at

Happy movie watching!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Art Full Text expands coverage and ARTstor adds more MoMA

The art database that Alkek Library subscribes to with the most access to art journals including peer reviewed journals with art criticisms, Art Full Text, has expanded their coverage to include 63 new journals, of which 43 are full text. The new journals cover art subjects from history to cultural studies, including Latin American, Canadian, Asian and non-Western art, new artists, contemporary art, exhibition reviews, and feminist criticism. In total, Art Full Text contains indexed articles from over 500 journals, magazines, and other periodicals from 25 years back, which includes full text articles from over 250 journals back to 1997. They also have 800 plus original artist profiles. Read more about Art Full Text.

ARTstor adds Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) collection of modern and contemporary painting and sculpture. The works in the Department of Painting and Sculpture represent a comprehensive overview of major artists and artistic movements from the late 19th century to the present, including masterworks by Umberto Boccioni, Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Paul Gauguin, Natalia Goncharova, Frida Kahlo, Vasily Kandinsky, Georgia O'Keeffe, Willem de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Fernand Léger, Rene Magritte, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Piet Mondrian, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Auguste Rodin, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Vincent van Gogh, and Andy Warhol, among others.* These selections will join two other collections that MoMA has shared through ARTstor for scholarly and educational use: the Architecture and Design and the Exhibition Installation Photograph Collection from The Museum of Modern Art Archives.

Monday, September 21, 2009

2 new faculty Research Reports avalibe on Texas State's eCommons

Two Art & Design faculty have their Research Enhancement Program Final Reports available on Texas State's eCommons, the institutional repository, or a digital collection of the intellectual output of Texas State University - San Marcos. In 2008, Beverly Penn published Genius Loci: The Spirit of Place and Michelle Hays published Layers of Perception: Unfolding Meaning in 2007. Both of these are available on the main Research Enhancement Program Final Reports page.

Friday, July 24, 2009

3 new web resources added to Art & Design Research Guide

I have added a few of new interesting sites to the Art & Design Research Guide under Web Image Databases and Art Web Sites.
International Architecture Database that lets you look for a special project via an architect, town or keyword.

News about art and design culture around the world. Includes Art Sales Index Search tool for searching lots at auctions.

Browse the image gallery, ask Joan of Art a question, look through the archives of American Art, or browse the many Smithsonian art collections.

Check the other Web Image databases and Art Web Sites on the Art & Design Research Guide and if you know of any great art or design related sites that are good for research let me know. Thanks!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

What's new at Grove Art Online?

The Grove Art Online database has added new content on materials and techniques in art.
Read more and browse some of the newly added images and content at the Grove Art Online What's New page

If you have trouble accessing any of the links try going through the library's website to the Databases by Subject page and then going to Grove Art Online from the Art & Design databases or the G's at the top of the databases page. The What's New at Grove page can be found on their home page under Find Out More on the right hand links.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Current and former Texas State art students give first show at new studio

Local art co-op, F8TL, includes former and current Texas State art students. Their first show at their new San Marcos studio was Saturday April 25, 2009. To find out more about the artists/members read the full article, "F8TL opening shows ten artists".

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Exporting citations for images found in ARTstor to RefWorks bibliographic software.

Another thing that I learned how to do at the ARTstor workshop was to export citation information from ARTstor to RefWorks. RefWorks is a web based program that lets you organize your citations for books, magazines, and works of art into lists or folders which you can eventually use to create your bibliography or reference list for you research papers. I made a video tutorial with the steps of how to do this:

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Nifty ARTStor tips

Hello. I wanted to share a few tips that I thought were very interesting from the ARTstor workshop that we had in the library a couple of weeks ago.
  • ARTstor has thousands of Quick Time Virtual Reality (QVTR) images of many famous art and architecture sites around the world. The QVTRs let you zoom in as well as go 360 degrees from in front af the work. You can even 180 degress up and down. You will have to try it to see.
  • You can browse all the QVTRs by doing a basic search for QVTR or you can do an advanced search and use QVTR as one search term and then put the art or artist you are searching for in the next search field, such as Parthenon. When your results come up click on the QVTR link to see it rather than the image.
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  • Another useful tip I learned was that you can search for images with with the keyword IAP to get "Images for Academic Publishing". You can do an advanced search with "IAP" in one search field and your art, architecture or artist keyword in the next search field. You can use these images for blogs or other published material.
  • The other cool thing I learned was that you if you are searching for articles about art/artists in JSTOR you can access images from ARTstor that relate to that article with the tab in JSTOR that says Images in ARTstor.
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Hope you enjoyed these useful tips! Have a good one. Tara

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Link to new Art & Design titles list in the catalog

New titles for the department of Art & Design are added to the library catalog once a week. The new titles list link is available from the main catalog search page. The list keeps growing for 4 weeks. After 4 weeks the titles stop being posted on the NEW titles list and appear only in the regular catalog.

This new titles list contains new titles for Art, Communication Design, Theatre, Dance. The only way to tell which department ordered what title, since this list contains more than one department, is to look at the full record of a title and check the line that says "Local Subject". The first 2 numbers are the fiscal year the title was purchased and the next 2 numbers are the department it was for. If it says 31 then it was for Art & Design. If it says 30 it is for Communication Design MFA. Any other numbers are Theatre or Dance. The letter after the numbers on the "Local Subject" line is a F for ordered by faculty or L for ordered by librarian. Now you know some library secrets! I will repost the new titles link from time to time.

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Have a great weekend!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

ARTStor Training this Friday, 1/30/09, at Alkek Library

Hello and welcome to my Art & Design Inforama blog. Just wanted to let everyone know that there is an ARTStor training for staff, librarians, and faculty only this Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm in the ITS training room, Alkek 119. It will be presented by an ARTStor representative.

Here is the lineup in case your interested in coming to a particular part of the training:
  • 10-11 ARTstor for Information Professionals (geared toward librarians and staff)
  • 11-12 Introduction to ARTstor
  • 1-2:30 Teaching with ARTstor
  • 3-4 Presenting with ARTstor
See you there!

New Art & Design Titles in Alkek Library

When perusing the list of new titles please be aware that the title links go to the library catalog record with location and availability information. The books cover images are links to reviews and more information about the title. Some titles do not have cover images so only a link appears in the list. These are newly received or processed titles ordered by the Art & Design Department faculty and library liaison, or the Communication Design MFA program faculty and library liaison. Enjoy!

Book Cover Active literature : Jan Tschichold and new typography / Christopher Burke.

Book CoverAll his jazz : the life & death of Bob Fosse / Martin Gottfried.

Book Cover American animated cartoons of the Vietnam era : a study of social commentary in films and / Christopher P. Lehman.

Book CoverBody of war / [videorecording] / Phil Donahue and Mobilus Media present a film by Phil Donahue and Ellen

Book Cover Book of hours / illuminations by Simon Marmion ; with an introduction and commentary by James Thorpe.

Book Cover Brancusi's Endless column ensemble : Târgu Jiu, Romania / essays by Sorana Georgescu-Gorjan ... [et al.] ; edited by Ernest Beck.

Book Cover California Mediterranean / photography by Melba Levick ; text by Marc Appleton.

Book Cover Camille Fauré : Limoges Art Deco enamels : the geometry of joy / Alberto Shayo.

Book Cover Candice Breitz : exposición múltiple = multiple exposure / [editor, Octavio Zaya ; essays, Jessica Morgan, Octavio Zaya].

Book Cover The changing face of childhood : British children's portrait and their influence in Europ / edited by Mirjam Neumeister ; Dulwich Picture Gallery, Städel Museum ; [English translation]

Book Cover A childhood memory by Piero della Francesca / Hubert Damisch ; translated by John Goodman.

Book Cover China : contemporary painting / Lorenzo Sassoli de Bianchi.

Book CoverCinco llaves del mundo secreto de Remedios Varo / Alberto Ruy Sánchez ... [et al., autores] ; Margarita de Orellana, edición or Five keys to the secret world of Remedios Varo / Alberto Ruy Sánchez ... [et al., authors] ; editor, Margarita de Orellana

Book Cover The Clark brothers collect : impressionist and early modern paintings / Michael Conforti ... [et al.] ; with additional contributions by Daniel Cohen-McFall

The collectible moment : catalogue of photographs in the Norton Simon Museum / Gloria Williams Sander, editor ; essays by Therese Mulligan, Gloria Williams Sander

Book Cover Colonial modernities : building, dwelling and architecture in British India and Ceylon / edited by Peter Scriver and Vikramaditya Prakash.

Book Cover Comic abstraction : image breaking, image making / Roxana Marcoci.

Dead history, live art? : spectacle, subjectivity and subversion in visual culture since / edited by Jonathan Harris.

Designing for interaction : creating smart applications and clever devices / Dan Saffer.

Book Cover Designing the seaside : architecture, society and nature / Fred Gray.

Duane Hanson : sculptures of the American dream / edited by Thomas Buchsteiner and Otto Letze.

Edward Hopper : light and dark / Gerry Souter.

The essential Neruda : selected poems / edited by Mark Eisner ; translated by Mark Eisner ... [et al.].

Book Cover Ghosts in the landscape : Vietnam revisited / photographs by Craig J. Barber, essay by Alison Devine Nordström

Great escapes around the world / edited by Angelika Taschen.

GRR30 : Urban recordings / Ingo Giezendanner.

Book Cover Harry and me, 1950-1960 : the familiy years / Niki de Saint Phalle.

Book Cover I'd rather be in the studio! : the artist's no-excuse guide to self-promotion / Alyson B. Stanfield.

Jeremy Blake : Winchester / Benjamin Weil, Mitchell Schwarzer, Jeremy Blake.

Book Cover José Guadalupe Posada : illustrator of chapbooks / written by Mercurio López Casillas ; [translator, Gregory Dechant].

Book Cover Julie Speidel / [foreword by Elizabeth A. Brown ; with an interview by Clare Henry].

Learn to draw : volume one / by John Lurie.

Book Cover A life on paper : the drawings and lithographs of John Thomas Biggers / Olive Jensen Theisen.

Book Cover Life's pleasures : the Ashcan artists' brush with leisure, 1895-1925 / James W. Tottis ... [et al.] with contributions from Michael E. Crane and Kirsten Olds.

Das literarische Werk. / Herausgegben von Friedhelm Lach.

Book Cover Louis Comfort Tiffany and Laurelton Hall : an artist's country estate / Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen ; with contributions by Elizabeth Hutchinson ... [et al.].

Book Cover Making art history : a changing discipline and its institutions / edited by Elizabeth C. Mansfield.

Book Cover The manual of strategic planning for museums / Gail Dexter Lord And Kate Markert.

Mary Kelly / Margaret Iversen, Douglas Crimp, Homi K. Bhabha.

Book Cover Masters of the comic book universe revealed! / Arie Kaplan.

Book Cover Michelangelo and the human dignity : an anthropological reading of the Sistine frescoes / Kleetus K. Varghese.

Book Cover Modern art : a very short introduction / David Cottington.

Book Cover Nancy Spero / Jon Bird, Jo Anna Isaak and Sylvère Lotringer.

Book Cover Not built in a day : exploring the architecture of Rome / George H. Sullivan.

Book CoverOnly in America : one hundred paintings in American museums unmatched in European collect / Pierre Rosenberg.

Book Cover Optic nerve : perceptual art of the 1960s / Joe Houston ; introduction by Dave Hickey.

Book Cover Painted enamels : an illustrated survey 1500-1920 / Erika Speel.

Book Cover Paolo Veronese : piety and display in an age of religious reform / Richard Cocke.

Book Cover Piero della Francesca / preface by Oreste del Buono ; [translation, Anne Ellis Ruzzante].

Book Cover Please listen I have something to tell you about what is / by Chris Johanson ; introduction, Aaron Rose ; texts, Sean Kennerly, Jack Hanley.

Book Cover Pop art and vernacular cultures / edited by Kobena Mercer.

Book Cover Portraits of a people : picturing African Americans in the nineteenth century / Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw ; contributions by Emily K. Shubert.

Book Cover Pressed in time : American prints, 1905-1950 / Jessica Todd Smith and Kevin M. Murphy.

Book Cover Real-time rendering / Tomas Akenine-Möller, Eric Haines, Naty Hoffman.

Book CoverSelling Shaker : the commodification of Shaker design in the twentieth century / Stephen Bowe and Peter Richmond.

Surreal people : surrealism and collaboration / Alexander Klar.

Tabaimo / [édition, Sophie Perceval ; traduction français/japonais, Nanae Yuyama

Book Cover The triumph of Eros : art and seduction in 18th-century France.

Visite(e) : Werke aus der Sammlung Zeitgenössischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland / Herausgeber: Der Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien

Book Cover What is web design? / Nico Macdonald.

Women in Impressionism : from mythical feminine to modern woman / edited by Sidsel Maria Søndergaard ; with contributions by Susan Strauber ... [et al.].

Book Cover Wonderland / Rochelle Steiner ; with contributions by Giuliana Bruno ... [et al.].

Book Cover Years of friendship, 1944-1956 : the correspondence of Lyonel Feininger and Mark Tobey / edited by Achim Moeller.