New: Relationship

rela1Relationship is a full-color collection of photographs, film stills, letters and ephemera documenting a six-year relationship between its creators, Zackary Drucker (BFA 2005 Photography) and Rhys Ernst, during which time both were transitioning genders. The two artists, who might be most popularly known as producers of the Amazon-series “Transparent,” turned to their personal archives to curate this selection of work. The two described the impetus for the project in a recent New York Times article, How Two Producers of ‘Transparent’ Made Their Own Trans Lives More Visible: “Even as transgender stories are becoming more mainstream, there are few public examples of trans people leading ordinary lives, filled with love and lazy mornings. There are even fewer cases… of trans people taking control over how they are represented.” From the publisher’s description, “A major feature of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, this series of photographs that the New York Times called ‘extremely provocative’ explores ideas of transformation both physical and psychological.” The book includes contributions by curator Stuart Comer, artist and gender theorist Kate Borenstein, and Maggie Nelson, a 2016 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship recipient and author of The Argonauts.


For more photographs on couples and gender identity, check out Don’t Kiss Me: The Art of Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore on the shelves in the Main Library.


New Book by SVA alum: Cat on the Bus


We’ve just received a new book written and illustrated by SVA alum (and former library employee!) Aram Kim. Cat on the Bus is the story of a street cat who encounters the warmth of others and finds a home with a kind stranger after a winter ride on a city bus.

Holiday House, the book’s publisher, interviewed Aram about this book and becoming an author.

Find Cat on the Bus in the SVA Library, here!

New: The Newsstand

Opened in June 2013, The Newsstand operated for eight months inside of the Metropolitan/Lorimier subway station in Brooklyn. A hub for independent publishing, it stocked zines, books, comics, screen-prints, records, in short: anything anyone dropped off“as long as it wasn’t offensive or racist.” A dynamic space, artists would work as “guest clerks” and show art or stage events. In its short time, The Newsstand hosted nearly 100 events and stocked over 1,200 different zines. This new book published by Rizzoli features a selection of those zines, as well as interviews with their makers.


tns-layout-final_021716_17-1542x1085Although The Newsstand project was “by and for everyone,” the selection in this book represents only a fraction of the diverse voices, experiences, and creative visions of those who participate in zine-making culture. For even more examples of zines, you can check out Zine Scene and The Riot Grrrl Collection. Never made a zine before? Take a look at Whatcha Mean, What’s a Zine? The Art of Making Zines and Mini Comics.


New: Boxers & Saints

Boxers & Saints is a two-volume graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang about the Boxer Rebellion, an uprising which took place in China between 1899 and 1901. The books, Boxers and Saints respectively, tell the parallel stories of two young people caught on opposite sides of the violent rift.


Boxers follows the tale of Little Bao and a band of commoners (trained in kung fu) who set out to free China from the foreign missionaries and soldiers who are terrorizing the countryside. Saints follows the experiences of Vibiana, one of the Chinese Christians persecuted by the uprising, as she struggles between her country and her faith.


You can find both volumes on the new book shelf in the main library alongside other books by Gene Luen Yang and those of Lauren Redniss (MFA 2000 Illustration)—both graphic novelists were recently awarded 2016 MacArthur Fellowships.

New Database Trial: Flipster


The SVA Library has just begun a trial of Flipster, a digital magazine solution that makes it easy to read magazines on your computer or mobile device. Visit our Flipster trial here to browse over 1,100 magazines in Flipster’s digital newsstand. Click on Flipster from the EBSCO landing page. The trial is also accessible from our A-Z Databases page.

Download the Flipster app (iTunes, Google Play)  to your mobile device to download magazines for offline reading. On screen instructions in the app will guide you.


Flipster’s web interface


A spread from Threaded magazine in Flipster


The Flipster app

This trial expires on October 22, 2016.

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New Database Trials: AP Collection, Sexuality & Gender, Nat Geo and more


We’ve just begin a trial of five of Gale’s Primary Sources databases. The following 4 collections can be accessed HERE:

  • Archives of Sexuality & Gender
  • Associated Press Collections Online
  • Illustrated London News Archive, 1842-2003
  • Liberty Magazine Historical Archive, 1924-1950

…and the entire digitized run of National Geographic magazine can be accessed here:

These trials expire October 11, 2016.

About these collections:

Archives of Sexuality & Gender:
LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940 covers topics including LGBTQ activism and the HIV/AIDS crisis. It provides researchers with the documents necessary to delve deep into the Gay Rights Movement with resources that may otherwise go undiscovered. Repositories for this collection include: Lesbian Herstory Educational Foundation; Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives; Women’s Energy Bank; GLBT Historical Society; National Library of Medicine; among other archives.

Associated Press Collections Online:
Gives insight into major events, people and trends from the mid-1800s through the twentieth century from the Associated Press Corporate Archive. Collections may include: original wire copy, personal papers, AP style books, internal publications, and more. Hundreds of videos from the AP Archive and thousands of striking images from AP Images archive add depth to the original reporting and stories behind the news from this venerable news agency.

Liberty Magazine Historical Archive, 1924-1950:
Liberty flourished when illustrated magazines were the most important form of mass entertainment. This was an era of unique creativity and growing involvement in world affairs. Middle class America became much more interested in world events and their impact on everyday life in America. This digital collection provides a unique opportunity to view Liberty and how it charted the moods, attitudes, lifestyles, fads, and fortunes of middle class America through its three most significant decades.

The Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003:
The complete digital edition (over 260,000 full colour pages) of the world’s first illustrated weekly newspaper. Celebrated for its vivid pictorial commentary on global news, the ILN is a unique resource for the history of the last 150 years.

National Geographic Magazine:
The complete archive of National Geographic magazine — every page of every issue — along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos.

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New Stacks Signage, now with Subjects!

We’ve updated our stacks signage to include subjects! Our old signs only labeled call number ranges, like so:


Our new signs list the subjects covered within each call number range:


Since we field a lot of questions like “Where are the photography books? Where are the art history books?” we aimed to improve the browse-ability of our stacks. You can still lookup specific books, authors, or subjects in our Vision catalog, and here’s a handy guide to reading our Library of Congress call numbers.

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