Category Archives: Art & Design

Nan Goldin’s Varied Tones

Nan Goldin looks back at her pathbreaking career and where her work is now in Eden and After, a new book coming out this month (and on order for the SVA Library’s collection).
>> As the years go by, one senses that mortality itself is her underlying subject and that all her books are books of remembering.
“Yes,” [Goldin] agrees, “but my work is full of light now, too. Sometimes people don’t seem to see that. They refer constantly to The Ballad of Sexual Dependency and think I am the same person that took those pictures. That series is stark. It’s all flash-lit. I honestly didn’t know about natural light then and how it affected the colour of the skin because I never went out in daylight. The work I do now has so many different tones. There is a huge difference in it and in me.” <<

Fantastic tales : the photography of Nan Goldin / Jonathan Weinberg, Joyce Henri Robinson. – TR680 .G65 2005a

Nan Goldin / Guido Costa. – TR680 .G65 2010 Rare Book Case – In Library Use Only

Beautiful smile : the Hasselblad Award 2007 / Nan Goldin ; edited with Jack Ritchey, Gerhard Steidl, Walter Keller. – TR680 .G65 2007

Nan Goldin : I’ll be your mirror / edited by Nan Goldin – TR680 .G65 1996

Difficult Posters Against Aesthetic Appetites – new books!

Art deco poster / William W. Crouse – NC1845.A68 C76 2013

Elliott Erwitt’s kolor /Elliott Erwitt – TR654 .E79 2013

Art and appetite : American painting, culture, and cuisine / edited by Judith A. Barter – ND1460.F64 A66 2013

Modern art cookbook / Mary Ann Caws. – TX714 .C39 2013

Hold it against me : difficulty and emotion in contemporary art / Jennifer Doyle. – NX650.E46 D698 2013

Our aesthetic categories : zany, cute, interesting / Sianne Ngai – BH201 .N485 2012

Shakespeare’s End of the Never Family Monster Crown – new movies!

Much ado about nothing / adapted for the screen and directed by Joss Whedon

Monsters University / directed by Dan Scanlon. – V-AN D476 MonU DVD

Parade’s End / written by Tom Stoppard ; directed by Susanna White – V-TV W557 Par DVD

The Hollow Crown. The complete series : Richard II, Henry IV part 1, Henry IV part 2, Henry V / by William Shakespeare – V-TV S534 Hol DVD

Metallica : through the never /directed by Nimród Antal – V-M M483 Thr DVD

Family tree. The complete first season / directed by Christopher Guest ; written by Christopher Guest & Jim Piddock – V-TV G847 Fam DVD

SVA Library Photo Contest

The SVA Library is holding a contest to find great photos of the library from the perspective of our students. Have a composed photo, a snapshot, an Instagram pic, any shot that you think illustrates the library well? Please enter to win a prize and help us advertise the library.

Theme: My SVA Library

1st Place – $100 SVA Computer Store gift certificate.
2nd Place – $50 SVA Computer Store gift certificate.
3rd Place – $25 SVA Computer Store gift certificate.

All winners will have their submission displayed in the SVA library from April 1st to May 5th

All submissions should be sent to and must be received by March 28th 2014.
Submissions should include:
1. Student’s Name, 2. ID#, 3. Major and 4. Year.
Submit up to 2 jpeg images in any format.

Milton Glaser for Mad Men’s Last Season

This morning on my commute I happened to see the poster for the upcoming and final season of Mad Men. Admiring the image I looked for the signature and was not surprised to see it was the work of SVA’s Milton Glaser. In a neat historical trick the master designer who helped give the late 60s/early 70s its distinctive visual look returns with a thematic poster for the end of the show’s era.

To explore Mad Men, the era, and Milton Glaser’s work further:
Mad Men:
Season 1 / Season 2 / Season 3 / Season 4

Mad men unbuttoned : a romp through 1960s America / Natasha Vargas-Cooper. – PN1992.77.M226 V37 2010

Mid-century ads : advertising from the Mad Men era / edited by Jim Heimann ; introduction by Steven Heller. – NC998.5.A1 A66 2012 v.01 & v. 02 – OVERSIZE Stack

In search of the miraculous or one thing leads to another / Milton Glaser – NC999.4.G55 A4 2012

A Font Is Born: Inside the Creative Process of Hoefler and Frere-Jones

Interested in cool typefaces and typeface design? Take a look at “A Font Is Born: Inside the Creative Process of Hoefler and Frere-Jones”. Frere-Jones created Gotham, the breakout typeface of the 2008 Obama election. And now it looks like they are breaking up their partnership!

To explore typography and typographers further:

Tobias Frere-Jones : Gerrit Noordzij prize exhibition / – Z250.A2 F73 2009

Just my type : a book about fonts / Simon Garfield. – Z250 .G237 2010

Design for Obama : posters for change : a grassroots anthology / edited by Spike Lee and Aaron Perry-Zucker ; essay by Steven Heller – E906 .D49 2009

Lettering & type : creating letters and designing typefaces / Bruce Willen, Nolen Strals – Z250 .W598 2009

Designing type / Karen Cheng – Z246 .C44 2005

The elements of typographic style / Robert Bringhurst – Z246 .B74 2004

Aycock Erects “Park Avenue Paper Chase”

Artist and SVA faculty member Alice Aycock has a new installation of seven sculptures called “Park Avenue Paper Chase” on the eponymous avenue’s median strip. They look like frozen animations of paper billowing in the wind tunnel of the Park Ave. from the pictures.

To explore her previous work in the library:

Alice Aycock drawings : some stories are worth repeating / Jonathan Fineberg – N6537.A94 A4 2013

Alice Aycock : sculpture and projects / Robert Hobbs. – NB237.A94 H63 2005

Complex visions : sculpture and drawings by Alice Aycock : May 21-October 31, 1990 / [interview and essay, Jonathan Fineberg]. – Location: Exhibition Catalogs – Call Number: Alphabetical by Artist – A

Alice Aycock : waltzing Matilda / curated by Donna Stein. – Location: Exhibition Catalogs – Call Number: Alphabetical by Artist – A

Project entitled “The beginnings of a complex …” (1976-77) : notes, drawings, photographs / by Alice Aycock. – Location: Exhibition Catalogs – Call Number: Alphabetical by Artist – A

Shows to See

Whitney: Biennial Exhibition!!
MoMA: Gauguin Metamorphoses / Isa Genzken / Ileana Sonnabend
Guggenheim: Kandinsky in Paris / Carrie Mae Weems / Italian Futurism

100 Years of Seuss

Or thereabouts. Yesterday marked what would have been Theodor aka “Dr. Seuss” Geisel’s 100th birthday. Unlike the recent 100th anniversary of the First World War, the centenary of Dr. Seuss is a bit more fun to contemplate. To explore the world of Seuss, see below:

Your favorite Seuss : 13 stories written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss with 13 introductory essays / compiled by Janet Schulman and Cathy Goldsmith. – PZ8.3.G5738 You 2004 OVERSIZE

Dr. Seuss goes to war : the World War II editorial cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel / Richard H. Minear – D745.2 .G45 2001

The secret art of Dr. Seuss / [author, Theodor Geisel] ; introduction by Maurice Sendak ND237.G325 A4 1995

Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel : a biography / Judith & Neil Morgan. – PS3513.E2 Z785 1995

How the Grinch stole Christmas – V-AN S487 How DVD

Write Your Way to the Top – Enter the 2nd Annual Writing Context!

The Humanities and Sciences Department Writing Program is looking for writers of all types to contribute short works in their 2nd annual writing contest. See link or below for details.

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