Thursday, April 7, 2011

Come to the Library During National Library Week & Enter to Win These Items

Monday 11th April

Five Hundred Self-Portraits with an introduction by Julian Bell, 2000 - See how other artists saw themselves from the time of ancient Egypt to the present in this beautifully illustrated book with a full plate on each page.  Find out what your favorite artists look like and compare their different approaches to this pursuit with your own.

A World History of Film by Robert Sklar 2002 - Here is a readable illustrated chronicle of film over the last 100 years with genres, trends, best films and actors and explanations of filmmaking.  It's a great overview but also is detailed including international films from all around the world and documentaries. Read it for fun or use for reference.

Futurama v. 2 (Season 2 Episodes 1-19) created by Matt Groening - Enjoy the animated science fiction sitcom featuring Philip J. Fry and his pizza delivery crew in the 31st century.  This show holds the Guinness World Record for "Current Most Critically-Acclaimed Animated Series"and won seven Annie Awards and three Emmy Awards.  This is the complete second season which aired Nov 1999 - Dec 2000. The four disc boxed set also includes commentary, deleted scenes, easter eggs, still gallery and concept art and alien alphabet.

Tuesday 12 April

Making Worlds: 53rd Venice Biennale (2009) - the catalog of the international exhibition with two volumes so you can see the national artists represented with their work and learn how Daniel Birnbaum who curated the show thought about selecting and exhibiting the artists.

The Spirit of Folk Art (1989) - a look at 300 of the finest world-wide examples of baskets, pottery, textiles, jewelry, beadwork etc. in the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe.  This is a beautiful book of colorful plates but it also gives important background information about the cultures and creators.

The Visitor; written and directed by Tom McCarthy (2008) - Find out what happens to a hapless professor who finds  2 illegal immigrants (a Syrian musician and a Senaglese street vendor) have moved into his apartment in New York's East Village.

Wednesday 13 April

Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, by Jonathan Katz (2010) - an exploration of same sex desire as seen in portraits: drawing, painting, photography and illustration from the early 1900s to the present.

Ansel Adams: An Autobiography (1985) - Find out about this master photographer, his love for the wild lands of the west, his friendships with Weston, Strand, Lange, O'Keeffe and Stieglitz and his precise methods, as shown in his photographs, both famous and unknown.

The Simpsons: complete 7th season (7 disk set) - Matt Groening's animated TV series,winner of Emmie, Annies and a Peabody featuring Homer, Marge and Bart. This is all 25 shows from 1995, including "Who Shot Mr. Burns?", "Bart sells his Soul" and "Two Bad Neighbors"with deleted scenes.

Thursday 14 April

The Art of Gilbert and George, or An aesthetic of existence, by Wolf Jahn (1989) - Find a complete summation of these British artists' work with 291 color illustrations.  Learn more about this intriguing duo of "living sculptures".

William Blake: The Complete Illuminated Books (2001) - Enjoy the poetry and prints that Blake (1757-1827) created as integrated books full of his mystical view of life and love.

Life on earth ; a film by Abderrahmane Sissako (2000) - Watching this lovely film by a Mauritainian about life in a Mali village will transport you to a world lived closer to the earth's rhythms.

Friday 15 April

Andy Warhol: A Retrospective, by Kynaston McShine (1989) - Learn all about this iconic Sixties artist from his paintings to his films with over 600 illustrations. Also read his own statements and comments of his colleagues.

Frida Kahlo, by Luis-Martin Lozano (2000) - Lose yourself in the story of the Mexican painter's tortured life with photographs and reproduction of her art including large fold-outs.

The Simpsons: complete 8th season (4 disk set) - See all 25 episodes from 1996's acclaimed season with bonus materials: introduction by creator Matt Groening, commentaries, original sketches, deleted scenes and animators' illustrated commentaries.

National Library Week is April 11-15

To celebrate the Library is holding a book & DVD giveaway!

How to win:

Two books and one DVD will be given away each day.

Fill out an entry ticket when you visit the Library Monday, April 11th through Friday, April 15th.

Entry is open to MCAD students, faculty, and staff.

Items will be on display at the Library's Circulation Desk for your inspection along with entry tickets.

Three names will be drawn after the Library closes and the winners notified by email the next morning.


One entry per person per day (indicate your interest in one, two, or all three items on the entry form)

You are eligible to win once during the week 

Good luck!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Mitchell Green, graphic design major recommends....

Graphic Design major, Mitchell Green
Graphic Design is next in our series of student recommended Library material for the MCAD majors.  The Library thanks Mitchell Green for sharing his selections.  Mitchell is an avid library user so come by and check out what he wants you to know about.  They're now on display in the main reading room.  Thanks a bunch, Mitchell!!

The books I have chosen are books that either represent a contemporary or historical view of graphic design as well as a few design reference books. I enjoy that the MCAD Library not only offers the latest and greatest in Graphic Design, but also older, and in some cases hard to find, out of print graphic references. This range offers us designers a great survey of, and foundation to help position ourselves in the design world. Several of the books in this collection are published by Gestalten, an amazing publisher on the topics of art and design and a must know for any designer.

Turning Pages is an amazing book looking at the world of publication design and the designers who are redefining the boundaries of print media. Regular Graphic Design Today is a broader survey of design media and looks at the current state of graphic design and presents a new generation of creative excellence. 

 For the older books I picked one that references the old styling of wood type, and one that explores the creative genius of an old master. Wood 2 is a beautiful book showing the nuances of the old wooden type. The layout of the book is incredibly exciting as it is all about the forms. Printed Matter is a book that looks at the process of one of my Graphic Design heroes, Karel Martens (he’s also featured in the current issue of Idea Magazine), and his experimental approach to form making.

One of the reference books I choose, Biblio Graphic is a book that highlights 100 books about graphic design which are must reads for any aspiring designer!

Here is Mitchell's full list of recommendations:

Turning Pages : Editorial Design for Print Media
Gestalten, 2010
Call No.
Z246 .T87 2010

Regular Graphic Design Today
Die Gestalten Verlag, 2009
Call No.
NC998.4 .R45 2009

Neogeo : a new edge to abstraction
Gestalten Verlag, 2007
Call No.
NC997 .N46 2007

SHD : Super Holland Design : new graphics
Actar Barcelona ; 2008
Call No.
NC998.6.N4 H37 2008

Stereographics : graphics in new dimensions
Viction:ary, 2008
Call No.
NC997 .S847 2008

Tokyo TDC. Vol. 19, The best in international typography & design
Azur, 2008
Call No.
NC997.A1 J357 2008

Tres logos : [a collection of selected logos]
DGV, die Gestalten Verlag, 2006
Call No.
T325 .T74 2006

Hyphen Press, 1996
Call No.
NC999.6.N4 M37 1996

Handbook of early advertising art, mainly from American sources
Dover Publications, 1956
Call No.
NC997 .H58 1956

The encyclopaedia of type faces
Blandford Press ; Distributed in the U.S. by Sterling, 1983
Call No.
Z250 .J37 1983

Wood 2.
Morgan Press, 1964
Call No.
Z250 .M84