The Oxford Dictionary team has designated “selfie” as the Word of the Year, and it is not hard to see why. With the ubiquity of camera-loaded smart phones and social media sites like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, everyone is a photographer these days. And snapping shots and sharing them with friends, family, and the rest of the world, has never been easier. With actual film you had to develop the film and then expose the actual photographs, or pay a lab to do it for you, where now no sooner is the image snapped then it can be sent or uploaded for millions to see. All that ease translates into more photos being taken and evolving modes of photography. Case in point, the selfie, which of course has a long history in representational art with self portraits, in drawings, paintings, and, of course, photographs. Oxford University Press has a brief overview of the history of self-portraits in photography here.
Below are a few titles to explore in the history of self portraiture:
Auto focus : the self-portrait in contemporary photography / Susan Bright – TR681.P56 B75 2010
Artists’ self-portraits / Omar Calabrese – N7618 .C35 2006
Concepts of identity : historical and contemporary images and portraits of self and family / Katherine Hoffman. – NX165.H58 1996a
Mirror images : women, surrealism, and self-representation / edited by Whitney Chadwick – N8354 .M57 1998
American photobooth / Näkki Goranin – TR680 .G68 2008
Reflections/refractions : self-portraiture in the twentieth century / edited by Wendy Wick Reaves – N7619 .R44 2009
Want to learn a new foreign language, or go from Basic to Advanced in a language you have already studied? Maybe you need to polish your skills in English, if it is not your first language? Take a look at a new resource available through the SVA Library: Mango Languages.
Mango Languages offers interactive courses in over 60 languages (click for a current list), and 17 courses on learning English for speakers of another language (ex. for speakers of Korean, Spanish, Hebrew, etc.). The courses, available on your computer and iOS/Android devices, keep track of your progress and guide you from Beginner to Advanced along that way. For more details on how Mango works, click here.
Follow the steps below to get started. Let us know if you have questions – firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Access Mango Languages via the SVA Library’s Database page – sva.edu/library > Find Articles & Images. If you are off-campus you will use your MySVA username/password to login
2. Create a profile with Mango Languages by submitting your email address and a password of your choosing.
3. You will then receive an activation link in your email. Click it to get started.
4. Choose a course and begin.
To download the Mango Languages for Libraries app:
iPhone, iPod and iPad
Attention Comics fans: Don’t miss “Comic Arts Brooklyn” this weekend. Check their Tumblr page for sneak peaks of work by participants. Explore work by new and established comic artists. Check out their panels with experts in the field. Here’s a full schedule of events.
Some of the cartoonists’ work featured in the CAB programs:
The Hive / Charles Burns. – PN6727.B87 H58 2012
City of glass / Paul Auster ; adaptation by Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli – PN6727.M39 C58 2004
The Amazing, enlightening and absolutely true adventures of Katherine Whaley / by Kim Deitch – PN6727.D383 A46 2013
New school / Dash Shaw – PN6727.S412 N49 2013
RASL / by Jeff Smith. – PN6727.S546 O86 2013
What do Coke bottles, packs of Lucky Strikes, and the Shell logo have in common? They were all designed, or re-designed, by Raymond Loewy, an industrial design powerhouse who helped give the 20th century a sleeker look. Today marks the 120th anniversary of Loewy’s death and Google has honored him with a doodle picturing his concept design of a art deco train for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company.
Gizmodo calls Loewy the real “Tony Stark”, inventor/designer/playboy alter-ego of Iron Man, and the illustration they post makes a bio-pic starring Robert Downey Jr. seem like perfect casting.
To explore Loewy’s work further:
Industrial design / Raymond Loewy – TS140.L63 A34
The Locomotive / by Raymond Loewy – TJ603.L66 1988
Raymond Loewy / Paul Jodard – NK839.L82 J63 1992
Raymond Loewy : pioneer of American industrial design / edited by Angela Schönberger – T183.G32 B43613 1990 OVERSIZE
SVA Animation BFA grad Rebecca Sugar has already made a name for herself as a writer/animator on the hit series “Adventure Time“, but she’s poised to make history with her new show, debuting on Comedy Central tonight. Welcome “Steven Universe” to the world!
On the eve of her debut as show creator, Sugar had this advice for other developing artists: >>“Don’t wait to get permission, and don’t worry about it not being good,” says Sugar, her voice gathering with conviction. “ . . . Make it as good as you can and keep moving on. Don’t be afraid to make stuff now. You have to start immediately.”<<
For examples of Sugar's work and more on creating, writing, and producing animation:
Adventure time. My two favorite people / V-AN W373 Adv DVD
Character animation crash course! / by Eric Goldberg- NC1765 .G65 2008
Producing independent 2D character animation : making and selling a short film / Mark Simon – TR897.5 .S54 2003
Animation writing and development : from screen development to pitch / Jean Ann Wright – PN1996 .W646 2005
Makin’ toons : inside the most popular animated TV shows and movies / Allan Neuwirth – PN1992.8.A59 N48 2003
Producing animation / by Catherine Winder and Zahra Dowlatabadi – TR897.5 .W65 2001
Here are a few current shows up at MoMA and the Whitney along with their catalogs, available at SVA Library. Your SVA ID will grant you free access to both institutions.
Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938 through Jan. 12, 2014
Magritte : the mystery of the ordinary, 1926-1938 / edited by Anne Umland – ND673.M35 A4 2013
American Modern: Hopper to O’Keeffe through Jan. 26, 2014
American modern : Hopper to O’Keeffe / Kathy Curry and Esther Adler – N620.M9 M87 2013
Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE through Jan. 5th, 2014.
Robert Indiana : beyond Love / Barbara Haskell – N6537.I53 A4 2013
The Books That Shaped Art History: from Gombrich and Greenberg to Alpers and Krauss / edited by Richard Shone and John-Paul Stonard – N7480 .B66 2013
Peter Doig : no foreign lands / Peter Doig – ND497.D65 A4 2013
Bright! : [typography between illustration and art] / edited by Slanted – Z246 .B754 2012
Hilma af Klint : a pioneer of abstraction / edited by Iris Müller-Westermann, with Jo Widoff – N7093.K63 A4 2013
Urs Fischer / Urs Fischer – N7153.F485 A4 2013
The Armory Show at 100 : modernism and revolution / edited by Marilyn Satin Kushner and Kimberly Orcutt – N6448.A74 A76 2013
Infographics creators and fans have experienced a bevy of new options in the last few years, as the field has expanded immensely. This is fitting, since we are also living in a time of an avalanche of data. Making sense of raw information graphically can help people grasp complex concepts more easily and tame the flood of facts that is modern life. But how do you tell the wheat from the chaff? David McCandless, of Information is Beautiful the book and blog, has a collection of entries for Kantar Information Is Beautiful 2013 Awards, a collection of the best infographics for the year. The entries are broken up by categories into Data Visualization, Infographic, Interactive, Motion Infographic, and Tool. If you know of a great example of an infographic that is not listed here (perhaps you made it?), go ahead and submit it to them for a chance to win best of the year!
To explore further:
Information is beautiful / David McCandless. – P93.5 .M33 2009
Data flow : visualising information in graphic design / edited by Robert Klanten – NC998.4 .D38 2008
The Functional art : an introduction to information graphics and visualization / Alberto Cairo. – T385 .C357 2013
Information graphics / Sandra Rendgen, ed. Julius Wiedemann. – P93.5 .R46 2012 – OVERSIZE
The Wall Street journal guide to information graphics : the dos and don’ts of presenting data, facts, and figures / Dona M. Wong – HF5718.22 .W65 2010
The information design handbook / Jenn + Ken Visocky O’Grady – NK1510 .V57 2008
Super vision : a new view of nature / Ivan Amato – Q161.7 .A43 2003
Fruit : edible, inedible, incredible / Wolfgang Stuppy & Rob Kesseler – QK660 .S98 2008
The falling raindrop / by Neil Johnson and Joel Chin – PZ7.J63419 Fal 2010
Hans Richter Encounters / Timothy O. Benson – NX550.Z9 R52 2013
Solo : the deluxe edition / written and illustrated by Tim Sale, Richard Corben, Paul Pope, Howard Chaykin, Darwyn Cooke, Jordi Bernet, Michael Allred, Teddy Kristiansen, Scott Hampton, Damion Scott, Sergio Aragonés, Brendan McCarthy. – PN6728.S496 S65 2013
A new sculpturalism : contemporary architecture from Southern California / organized by Christopher Mount – NA730.C2 S686 2013
The connection of graphic novels and memoir is long and deep. For examples, to name just a few, check out Joyce Brabner and Harvey Pekar’s Our Cancer Year, Phoebe Gloeckner’s The Diary of a Teenage Girl: an Account in Words and Pictures, David Small’s Stitches: a Memoir, Lynda Barry’s Picture This, or Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: a Family Tragicomic. What about gag comics, those one shot cartoons that used to be everywhere, but are now primarily found in the New Yorker? Turns out some of them are drawn from real life as well. The New Yorker offers a few with commentary by the creators, including the Roz Chast ‘toon above.
To explore further:
The Comic worlds of Peter Arno, William Steig, Charles Addams, and Saul Steinberg / Iain Topliss – NC1428.N47 T66 2007
The Complete cartoons of the New Yorker / edited by Robert Mankoff – NC1428.N47 C66 2004
Theories of everything : selected, collected, and health-inspected cartoons, 1978-2006 / Roz Chast. – NC1429.C525 A4 2006
Discovery of America / Saul Steinberg. – NC1429.S588 A4 1992
Chas Addams : a cartoonist’s life / Linda H. Davis. – NC1429.A25 D38 2006