Food for Fines – Spring 2015

Do good and reduce your library fines at the same time! The SVA Library is offering a $2 fine forgiveness for every can of food brought in from Monday, April 27th – Monday, May 4th. (No ramen noodles, frozen food, or perishables)

All food donations will be given to City Harvest.

2food for fines poster

Extended Hours April 24 – May 2, 2015



The SVA Library will have extended hours for the final week of the Spring 2015 semester, from Friday, April 24th through Saturday, May 2nd.

Monday – Thursday: 8:30am – 11pm
Friday: 8:30am – 10pm
Saturday: 12pm – 8pm
Sunday: 12pm – 10pm

Good luck on your final projects and papers!

Extended Hours SVA 2015 (1)

New books: Focus on photography

The new book shelf features quite a few beautiful  photography books. Here is a group, each one depicting the texture of daily life in a very different location: New York City, mid-20th century;  Naples, Italy; Braddock, Pennsylvania  and Southern California.


Vivian Maier: A photographer found
TR659.8 .M35 2014

Vivian Maier’s story—the secretive nanny-photographer during her life who becomes a popular sensation shortly after her death—has, to date, been pieced together only from previously seen or known images she made and the handful of facts that have surfaced about her life. During her lifetime she shot more than 100,000 images, which she kept hidden from the world. In 2007, two years before her death, Chicago historic preservationist John Maloof discovered a trove of negatives, and roll upon roll of undeveloped film in a storage locker he bought at auction. They revealed a surprising and accomplished artist and a stunning body of work, which Maloof championed and brought to worldwide acclaim.


 Larry Fink on composition and improvisation / introduction by Lisa Kereszi.
TR140.F56 A4 2014

In this book, Larry Fink—well-known for his layered pictures in social settings—explores composing photographs and improvising within a scene to create images with both feeling and meaning. Through words and photographs, he reveals insight into his own practice and discusses a wide range of creative issues, from connecting with the subject in front of the lens to shaping a vision that is authentic. Photographer Lisa Kereszi, a student of Larry Fink, provides the introduction.


Larry Sultan : here and home / organized by Rebecca Morse ; essays by Philip Gefter, Sandra S. Phillips ; artist’s writings and quotes by Larry Sultan.
TR647 .S90 2014

Larry Sultan: Here and Home is the first retrospective of California photographer Larry Sultan (1946–2009). The exhibition includes more than 200 photographs ranging from Sultan’s conceptual and collaborative works of the 1970s to his solo works in the decades following. Sultan never stopped challenging the conventions of photographic documentation, exploring themes of family, home, and façade throughout his career. Five major bodies of work are represented including: Evidence (1977), made collaboratively with Mike Mandel; Swimmers (1978–81); Pictures from Home (1982–92); The Valley (1998–2003); and Homeland (2006–2009). The show is augmented by a “study hall,” with documentation and ephemera providing a glimpse of Sultan’s modes of inquiry as an artist and a teacher.


 Latoya Ruby Frazier : the notion of family / essays by Dennis C. Dickerson and Laura Wexler ; interview by Dawoud Bey.
TR681.F28 F73 2014

In this, her first book, LaToya Ruby Frazier offers an incisive exploration of the legacy of racism and economic decline in America’s small towns, as embodied by her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania. The work also considers the impact of that decline on the community and on her family, creating a statement both personal and truly political—an intervention in the histories and narratives of the region. Frazier has compellingly set her story of three generations—her Grandma Ruby, her mother, and herself—against larger questions of civic belonging and responsibility. The work documents her own struggles and interactions with family and the expectations of community, and includes the documentation of the demise of Braddock’s only hospital, reinforcing the idea that the history of a place is frequently written on the body as well as the landscape.



Gomorrah girl / Valerio Spada.
TR681.Y6 S63 2014

“Gomorrah Girl shows the problems of becoming a woman in a dangerous, crime-ridden area,” says Spada, who studied in Milan and has worked as a fashion photographer. “At age 9 they make themselves up as TV personalities and dream of becoming one of them. At age 13 or 14 they often become mothers, skipping the adolescence which is lived fully everywhere else in Italy.”

The story comes together in the book’s innovative design—Spada’s own documentary photographs, along with a smaller book of photographs detailing the police investigation, are bound together. Captions offer details into the personal tragedies suffered by the subjects alongside stone-cold factual information provided by police evidence. “At first glance, Gomorrah Girl may seem to be an unassuming even haphazard book,” says Larissa Leclair, a photography curator/writer and a judge in this year’s contest, “but as each page unfolds, the viewer is challenged by layers of meaning.”

Trial Databases – The Criterion Collection & Theatre in Video

alexander_street_press_logoThe SVA Library is currently trialing two streaming video databases from Alexander Street Press: The Criterion Collection and Theatre in Video.

Both databases will be available to SVA students, faculty, and staff until May 1, 2015. Use the links above to access these databases. From off-campus, you will be directed to login with your MySVA credentials.

criterion coll

The Criterion Collection includes 315 films that cover the history of cinema throughout the 20th century, from early silent films like Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush (1925) to releases from contemporary filmmakers like Gus Van Sant and Guillermo del Toro. Other renowned directors within the collection include Ingmar Bergman, Luis Buñuel, Federico Fellini, John Ford, Jean-Luc Godard, Alfred Hitchcock, Akira Kurosawa, Francois Truffant, and Orson Welles.

Alongside a wealth of feature films, The Criterion Collection includes seminal documentary films such as Alain Resnais’s Night and Fog (1955), Jean Rouch’s Chronicle of a Summer (1961), and Albert and David Maysles’s Grey Gardens (1975). It also features works in popular subgenres of film including French New Wave, Italian Neorealism, and New German Cinema. See more about the collection here.

theater video

Theatre in Video contains more than 250 of the world’s most important plays, together with more than 100 video documentaries, online in streaming video. Included are television broadcasts of New York productions in the 50s, contemporary revivals of classic works and experimental performances from the 60s and 70s, and more.


SVA Library’s Spring Book Sale – Next Week!

SVA students, faculty, and staff are invited to the SVA Library’s Spring Book Sale, taking place in the library from 10am-6pm on Monday, April 6th through Wednesday, April 8th, 2015.

We’ll be selling a wide range of books on art, design, comics, criticism, and more. All books for sale will be under $20; payment by credit card only.
Book Sale Poster Spring 2015__

How do I…? Ask Us or be Guided

Have you ever been frustrated when trying to search for something in a library database? Not sure if we have a book, or where to find it? Don’t know where to start?

ask a librarian

Fill out our question form to ask us questions by email, or chat with a librarian on our homepage by clicking ‘Chat With Us:’


Librarians can also be reached by phone at 212-592-2660.

If you’re doing subject research, check out our guides for focused information on a range of topics from Advertising and Graphic Design to Photography and Building an Online Portfolio, and more:

New Books: Recent Exhibits

This selection from our New Books shelf represents books that accompany museum exhibits mounted within the last year. These books are a great way to get a sense of an exhibit either in conjunction with a visit or after the exhibit has been taken down.


New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America / N6502.5 .N49 2014

This exhibit opened at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York on November 4, 2014 and runs until April 6, 2015





dorothyDorothy Iannone : This Sweetness Outside of Time : a Retrospective of Paintings, Objects, Books, and Films From 1959 to 2014 / N6537.I26 A4 2014

This exhibit ran at the Berlinische Galerie in Berlin, Germany from February 20 – June 2, 2014




keithharing Keith Haring: The Political Line / N6537.H348 A4 2014

This exhibit ran at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco from November 8, 2014 – February 16, 2015




fiberFiber Sculpture: 1960-Present / NB1203 .F53 2014

This exhibit ran at the Institute of Contemporary Art – Boston from Oct. 1, 2014 – January 4, 2015