Thanksgiving Hours 2016

The SVA Library will close at 1pm on Wednesday, November 23rd for the Thanksgiving holiday, and reopen at 8:30am on Monday, November 28th.  Enjoy the holiday!


Author Event: Alan Kaufman and the Outlaw Bible of American Art

The SVA Library presents Alan Kaufman discussing and presenting rare images from his latest book in the Outlaw Anthology  series – The Outlaw Bible of American Art. A book-signing and reception will follow the talk. Refreshments to be served!


When: Tuesday, November 15th, from 7-9pm
Where: 380 2nd Avenue, 2nd Floor

Free and open to the public.


Alan Kaufman is an American novelist, memoirist and poet who was instrumental in the development of the Spoken Word movement in literature. He is the author of the memoirs Jew Boy and Drunken Angel, the novel Matches and the anthologies The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, The Outlaw Bible of American Literature, and The Outlaw Bible of American Essays.

New: Diane Arbus

The SVA library has two new books on the American photographer Diane Arbus (1923–1971). Most popularly known for her photographs of societal outsiders, Arbus challenged the delineation of normality and abnormality, allowing the ordinary to be seen for its exceptional qualities, and the estranged to become the extraordinary. From Oxford Art Online, “Arbus exemplified clearly the shift during the 1960s from objectivity to subjectivity in documentary photography. Her portraits are an exposition of her personal fascination with American mores as seen through outsiders such as dwarfs, giants, twins, and the elderly. Arbus did exploit her subjects in that she used them as metaphors of her own sense of what it was to be an individual, but her self-searching was not mere self-indulgence; her cri de coeur was a collective one that encompassed not only the stigmatized members of society but also the ‘normal’.”

begdiane arbus: in the beginning, was created to accompany a Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition of the same name. Focusing on the first seven years of the photographer’s art practice (1956-1962), the collection includes many of her most iconic images, although over half of the photographs in the book are published here for the first time, creating a comprehensive guide to the formative years of Arbus’ artistic style. In addition to photographs, the book includes negatives, appointment books, notebooks, and an essay by curator Jeff L. Rosenheim.

diane-arbus-coverDiane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer is a new biography by Arthur Lubow that draws on exclusive interviews with the people closest to Arbus and previously unknown letters to expand our understanding of her life. From the publisher’s description, “It is impossible to understand the transfixing power of Arbus’s photographs without exploring her life. Lubow…deftly traces Arbus’s development from a wealthy, sexually precocious free spirit into first, a successful New York fashion photographer and then, a singular artist who coaxed secrets from her subjects. Lubow reveals that Arbus’s profound need not only to see her subjects but to be seen by them drove her to forge unusually close bonds with these people, helping her discover the fantasies, pain, and heroism within each of them, and leading her to create a new kind of photographic portraiture charged with an unnerving complicity between the subject and the viewer.”

You can find both of these titles on the new book shelf of the Main library. For more work by the Diane Arbus, check out Diane Arbus: Revelations and Diane Arbus: The Libraries. We also have a DVD of the film Furan imaginary portrait of Diane Arbus starring Nicole Kidman.

SVA Library’s Fall 2016 Book Sale!



SVA students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to the SVA Library’s Fall Book Sale, taking place in the main library from 10am-6pm on Monday, November 14th through Wednesday, November 16th, 2016.

We’ll be selling a wide range of books from across our collections. All books for sale will be $10 or less – some free! Payment by credit card only.

New: The Factory, Graffiti, and Zelda (Fitzgerald)

name1Billy Name: The Silver Age: Black and White Photographs from Andy Warhol’s Factory Billy Name lived in a closet in Andy Warhol’s studio, the Factory, which was originally called the Silver Factory thanks to Name’s decorating technique of covering all surfaces in tin foil, silver paint and broken mirrors. According to the publisher’s description, “When Warhol gave Name a Pentax Honeywell 35mm camera, he took on the role of resident photographer and archivist.” This new book from Reel Art Press is a comprehensive collection of those photographs, accompanied by testimonials and remembrances, in the format of a visual essay.


graf1Training Days: The Subway Artists Then and Now This new publication from Thames & Hudson features full-color photographs and interviews with graffiti artists from the heyday of 1970s-80s New York City graffiti culture. Highlighting each artist by chapter, the book includes first-person accounts from: Bil Rock, Breezer, Daze, Jon One, Kel, KR, Lady Pink, Sak, Sharp, Skeme, Spin, and Team. It also includes a glossary, in case you’re left wondering what “rack” (steal paint) or “burner” (an exceptional composition) might mean.


zelda1Superzelda: The Graphic Life of Zelda Fitzgerald This graphic novel by Tiziana Lo Porto and Daniele Marotta tells the fervent and tragic tale of Zelda Fitzgerald—a dancer, writer, and painter who was most popularly known as the wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. From the publisher’s description, “Zelda Fitzgerald is one of the most iconic figures of the Jazz Age. Born in Alabama in 1900, she was only 18 when she met F. Scott Fitzgerald, an ambitious young writer who would turn into one the greatest American authors of all time. Beautiful, talented, irreverent, extravagant, and alcohol-driven, the newly married couple took New York’s high society and the whole literary world by storm. They traveled to France, Italy, and Africa; hung out with Ernest Hemingway, Dorothy Parker, and Gertrude Stein; managed to both charm and enrage most of the people they were acquainted with; and ended up destroying their love and themselves.”

You can find all these books and many others on the new book shelf at the SVA main library!

New Map Feature in Library Catalog!

We’ve added Stack Map mapping software to the library catalog! Now in your search results list you’ll see a “Map” button which will open a new window with a floor plan of the library with the book’s stack location highlighted. For items with multiple copies, you’ll see the button in the individual item record.



This feature is also in the library’s One Search interface, for results found when searching the Everything or Catalog tabs on the main library website:




Got a question about this? Ask Us!

New York Times Webinars October 2016


The SVA Library subscribes to for all students, faculty, and staff in the SVA community. Their monthly webinar series for October is happening this Thursday, the 27th in a 2-part series. Please join The New York Times in Education on Thursday, October 27, 2016, to learn how to activate a account, briefly tour, and tour the online teaching resource from The New York Times in Education,, in 2 sessions.

Register for either or both sessions below. You will receive a confirmation email with your personal webinar meeting link and may select the ‘Add to Calendar’ option to place the webinar session in your time zone.

Webinar 1: 11:00 AM – 11:15 AM EST

Activating a account using your school email address

Click HERE to RSVP

Or download GoToWebinar from App Store and enter Webinar ID: 442-413-635 at 11am EST.


Webinar 2: 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST, NYT apps and The New York Times in Education Website

Click HERE to RSVP

Or download GoToWebinar from App Store and enter Webinar ID: 265-035-139 at 2pm EST.

The meeting platform GoToWebinar will install a plug-in for your internet browser (once installed, you may be prompted to give permission for the plug-in to run), so please be sure to click link 2-3 minutes before we start. Feel free to use the chat box to ask questions; they are answered near the conclusion.