Author Archives: svaref

Mapping Anatomies of Show – new books!

Show time : the 50 most influential exhibitions of contemporary art / Jens Hoffmann. – N6486 .H64 2014

Walking and mapping : artists as cartographers / Karen O’Rourke – NX175 .O76 2013

Herman and Rosie / Gus Gordon – PZ7.G6573 He 2013

Drawing ideas : a hand-drawn approach for better design / Mark Baskinger + William Bardel -NC730 .B318 2013

Anatomies : a cultural history of the human body / Hugh Aldersey-Williams. – QP38 .A36 2013

New York over the top / Max Kozloff – TR659.8 .K69 2013

A Sugary Sphinx in Williamsburg

Have you seen Kara Walker’s A Subtlety: or the Marvelous Sugar Baby in the soon to be developed Domino Sugar Factory? It will only remain on view through July 6! Open Fridays 4–8pm, Saturdays 12–6pm, and Sundays 12–6pm and free to the public.

To explore Walker’s work in the stacks:

Bureau of refugees / Kara Walker – N6537.W239 A4 2008

Kara Walker: Narratives of a Negress / writings by Kara Walker – NX512.W36 A4 2007

Kara Walker : my complement, my enemy, my oppressor, my love / organized by Philippe Vergne – N6537.W239 A4 2007

Seeing the unspeakable : the art of Kara Walker / Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw – NC910.5.W35 A4 2004

Kara Walker : pictures from another time / editor, Annette Dixon – N6537 .W324 A4 2002

Oldest Letterpress Mermaids on Mars – new books!

The oldest living things in the world / Rachel Sussman – TR724 .S87 2014

Monsters & legends : cyclops, krakens, mermaids and other imaginary creatures that really existed! / written Davide Cali ; illustrations by Gabriella Giandelli – GR825 .C35 2013

Adventures in letterpress / Brandon Mise. – Z252.5.L48 M57 2014

Can’t we talk about something more pleasant? / Roz Chast – NC1429.C525 A3 2014

Packing for Mars : the curious science of life in the void / Mary Roach – QH327 .R63 2010

Massimo Vignelli and the MTA

It is hard to imagine anyone who has not come across or even been immersed in the design work of Massimo Vignelli . He was an enormous figure in the history of modernist design and set the example for generations of designers since. For New Yorkers, if you ride the MTA, you see his influence every day in the signage system his international design firm Unimark created, as codified in their NYC Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual, as well as their iconic map from 1972 (since adapted). To explore some of Vignelli’s Canon, click the links and take a look at the titles below.

Vignelli from a to Z/ Massimo Vignelli – NK1535.V53 V53 2007

Design is one / Lella and Massimo Vignelli – NK1535.V53 D47 2004

Design is one: Lella & Massimo Vignelli / a film by Kathy Brew & Roberto Guerra – V-D G843 Des DVD – (At Circulation Desk – in library use only)

Design–Vignelli : essays / by Germano Celant, et al. – NK1535.V53 D4 1990

Unimark International : the design of business and the business of design / Jan Conradi ; foreword by Massimo Vignelli – NC999.4.U55 C66 2010

Helvetica and the New York City subway system : the true (maybe) story / Paul Shaw – Z250.5.S24 S53 2009

A Phenomenal Woman Passes

Poet Maya Angelou reading ‘Phenomenal Woman’

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.
from ‘Caged Bird’ by Maya Angelou

The NYTimes obituary for Maya Angelou reads like the life stories of 4 or 5 people, crammed into one: poet, author, journalist, playwright, singer, dancer, first black conductor on the San Francisco trolley, and more. And all of that action was translated over a lifetime into poems and memoirs that inspired and left an impression on the culture. To sample her works and collaborations:

The Complete collected poems of Maya Angelou – PS3551.N464 A17 1994

Gather together in my name / Maya Angelou – E185.97.A56 A29

I know why the caged bird sings / Maya Angelou. – PS3551.N464 Z466 2009

Life doesn’t frighten me / by Maya Angelou ; illustrated by Jean-Michel Basquiat – PS3551.N464 L54 1993 OVERSIZE

Now Sheba sings the song / by Maya Angelou ; with art by Tom Feelings. – PS3551.N464 N67 1994

The Shallows of Doubt vs. the Depth of Permission with Collaborative Maps – new books!

The Shallows : what the Internet is doing to our brains / Nicholas Carr – QP360 .C3667 2011

The Depths : the evolutionary origins of the depression epidemic / Jonathan Rottenberg. – RC537 .R6585 2014

On the Map: a mind expanding exploration of the way of the world looks / Simon Garfield – GA201 .G366 2013

Merchants of Doubt: how a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming / Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway – Q147 .O74 2010

Biopunk: solving biotech’s biggest problems in kitchens and garages / Marcus Wohlsen – TP248.23 .W65 2011

Without their permission: how the 21st century will be made, not managed / Alexis Ohanian – HF5548.32 .O37 2013

What’s mine is yours : the rise of collaborative consumption / Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers. – HC79.C6 B68 2010

Memorial Day Holiday Hours


The SVA Library will close at 1pm on Friday, May 23rd and will be closed Monday, May 25th for Memorial Day. We will reopen to our summer hours on Tuesday the 26th.

Summer Hours:

M-Th: 9am – 7pm
F: 9am – 4pm

Tony Palladino Covers

Last week designer and SVA faculty member Tony Palladino passed away. Our archivist, Beth Kleber, has a nice remembrance of Palladino on the SVA Archives blog, Container List. While you are there, take a look the image collection to which she links. As it happens, the latest version of the SVA Archives’ display case in the front of the library is currently dedicated to Palladino’s work as a designer of book jackets. Like so many designers of note, a search for his name does not turn up a lot in the Vision catalog, but that does not mean he didn’t leave behind a considerable legacy.


Under Eden’s Selective Sequential Neuron of Nearness – new books!

Eden and After / Nan Goldin – TR681.C5 G67 2014

Under Wildwood / Colin Meloy & Carson Ellis – PZ7.M51635 Und 2012

Neurocomic / by Matteo Farinella, Hana Ros – QP376 .F37 2013

Sexual Selections: What We Can and Can’t Learn about Sex from Animals / Marlene Zuk – QL761 .Z85 2002

China is Near / Joyce Kozloff – N6537.K659 A4 2010

The Visual Language of Comics: Introduction to the Structure and Cognition of Sequential Images / Neil Cohn – PN6710.C64 V57 2013

HR Giger’s World

HR Giger, creator of the nightmarish world brought to life in the Alien films, just passed away. Before that Giger had worked on the visual style of Alejandro Jodorowksy’s Dune, a film which was never made (though is the subject of a recent documentary, Jodorowsky’s Dune – We’ll add that to the collection when it’s put out on DVD, but in the meantime, take a look at Jodorowsky’s Constellation).

“My planet was ruled by evil,” Giger said of his Dune design, “a place where black magic was practiced, aggressions were let loose, and intemperance and perversion were the order of the day. Just the place for me, in fact.”

Giger’s vision and style, mixing eroticism, horror, and biomechanical beings with a surrealist’s touch had a far reaching impact, from film design to album covers, and beyond.

(image from Www HR Giger com)

More on Giger: Juxtapoz slideshow, Dangerous Minds, boing boing, Rolling Stone album covers

In the stacks:

Www HR Giger com / text, H.R. Giger – ND1460.F35 G55 1997

HR Giger ARhβ‚Š / editing and production, Gaby Falk

H.R. Giger’s Necronomicon 2/ NC988.5 G53 N4

N.Y. City / H. R. Giger – NC988.5.G53N48

Alien – dir. Ridley Scott – V-F S467 AliD DVD