Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Library Display: Papermaking

In conjunction with the upcoming MIA lecture, Cave: Handmade Paper and the Artful Book, papermaking resources are on display in the MCAD Library.

Also, on display from the Artists' Books Collection are Tamashi by Amanda Degener and Winter Reader by Louise Erdrich. Both books feature the work of this Saturday's lecturers, Amanda Degener and Bridget O'malley of Cave Paper.

Stop by and check it out today!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Library Display by Reading & Writing II Students

Students in Dr. Jen Caruso's Reading & Writing II class installed work in the library's card catalogue. Functioning as a cabinet of curiosities, the card catalogue is filled with items referencing the work of Charles Darwin.

Stop by today and check it out!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Library Display: James Casebere

The Library's new display features work of this weeks visiting artist, James Casebere.

The display also includes Casebere's Artists' Book titled "In the Second Half of the Twentieth Century..."

MCAD alumni (BFA '76) James Casebere's, pioneering work has established him at the forefront of artists working with constructed photography. Early bodies of work focused
on images of the suburban home. He followed this with both photographs and sculptural installations dealing with the myth of the American West. In the early 1990s, Casebere turned his attention to the development of different cultural institutions during the enlightenment and their representation as architectural types.

The lecture will be held in Auditorium 150 on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 1pm.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Liberal Arts Works in Progress : Learning and Doing

Thursday, February 16
Auditorium 140
noon–1:00 p.m.

Allan T. Kohl, Library
“Paint, Print & Pixels: Learning from the History of Teaching with Images"
Visual Resources Librarian since 1987, Kohl is past-President (and now Treasurer-Elect) of the Visual Resources Association, the “international organization of image media professionals.” His work focuses on copyright issues affecting the use of images in the educational environment, and also the interaction of high art and popular visual culture in late 19th and early 20th century materials.

Diana Green, Liberal Arts
Diana Green is adjunct faculty in Liberal Arts, and has also taught studio courses and continues to produce her own art. She will discuss the challenges and rewards of juggling a career in academia and a studio practice. She will attempt to address the question of whether one can serve two (or more) masters in profession and do justice to them all!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Mike Kelley: 1954-2012

The library has a display of books in honor of artist Mike Kelley, who passed away January 31st. The display includes Kelley's 1986 Artists' Book, Plato's Cave, Rothko's Chapel, Lincoln's Profile. Kelley's installation, of the same title, concluded with a performance at Artists Space in New York. The performance text, rewritten in prose, was published in book form.

For more information on Mike Kelley and the performance of Plato's Cave, Rothko's Chapel, Lincoln's Profile, visit:

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Fine Press Book Designer and Illustrator, Schanilec, at Groveland

Now we can go to Groveland Gallery Annex and see the beautiful engravings of Gaylord Schanilec on the walls instead of in the pages of books.  We can stand and take in successive prints in one sweep of the eyes.  Here you will see a variety of his works from various books: cross-sections of lumber from Slyvae, New York street scenes from The Bicycle Diaries, detailed close-ups of insects from Mayflies of the Driftless Region, small town buildings from House in the Country, and water overflowing cliffs from Waterfalls of the Mississippi.  His work is exquisitely rendered and haunting, which makes it easy to understand how he has won the Carl Hertzog Award and The American Institute of Graphic Arts Award of Excellence.

You may be familiar with his books or have seen his illustrations for writers, such as  W. P. Kinsella, Anthony Bukowski, Meridel Le Seur, Thomas McGrath, Mary Logue, Bill Holm, Jon Hassler and many others.  In our library you may have seen any of the six books we have, four of which are in our Artists' Books Collection.  Whether you have seen these and loved them or are unfamiliar with his work, you now have an opportunity to see his color wood engravings in a different way.  Observing them in a gallery will change your experience of viewing and appreciating the images because they will exist without words, as an entirety of their own.  Go and see what happens when you gaze at "Cherry long-grain", "Lilydale Ice Falls" or "Lexington Avenue".  Then come back and look at the his books in our collection for an intimate viewing with texts.

Eva Hyvarinen, Visual Resource Assistant
Minneapolis College of Art and Design