Category Archives: Art & Design

New: Hot Dog Taste Test

hdtt-01The SVA library just received a copy of Hot Dog Taste Test by Lisa Hanawalt. From the publisher’s description, “Hot Dog Taste Test serves up Lisa Hanawalt’s devastatingly funny comics, saliva-stimulating art, and deliciously screwball lists as she skewers the pomposities of foodie subculture. From the James Beard Award-winning cartoonist and production designer /producer of Bojack Horseman, Hot Dog Taste Test dishes out five-star laughs as Hanawalt keenly muses on pop culture, relationships, and the animal in all of us.”

Find some images from the book below, and you can find the book itself on the New Book section of the Main Library.



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.

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 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.

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.