Category Archives: Art & Design

RIP, Marisol


RIP, Maria Sol Escobar, the artist better know as Marisol, who died on Saturday, April 30th in Manhattan. Her fusion of Pop Art imagery with pre-Columbian folk art caused a stir when she first began exhibiting in New York in the late 1950s.

We’ve created a display at the front of the library to highlight her life and work. Books on display include:

marisol sculpMarisol: Sculpture and Works on Paper




marisol septMarisol: September 20-October 21, 1995




marisol recentMarisol, recent sculptures : March 4-28, 1998, Marlborough




…and more.

German Cinema at the SVA Library

The spotlight is on contemporary German cinema at the SVA Library! Post-reunification, German cinema exploded with a fresh and powerful energy as new directors filled screens with a veritable feast of impressive films. Below are some trailers to whet the appetite:

Fatih Akin has tackled issues of German cultural identity with regards to Turkish immigration in such forceful films as The Edge Of Heaven:

Hans Weingartner’s The Edukators is one of the coolest political thrillers of the 00’s:

Lastly, Tom Tykwer is perhaps best known for his crossover smash Run Lola Run but his follow-up film is just as good:

Check out these films and more at the SVA Library!

Extended Hours & Free Coffee Next Week!

The SVA Library will have extended hours for the final week of the Spring 2016 semester, as follows:

Monday 4/25 – Thursday 4/28: 8:30am – 11pm
Friday 4/29: 8:30am – 10pm
Saturday 4/30: 12pm – 8pm
Sunday 5/1: 12pm – 10pm

Extended hours sign


To aid in your end-of-the-semester scramble, the library will be serving free coffee Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings next week from 5-10pm!


Good luck with your final projects and papers!

New Book: The Art of the Simon and Kirby Studio

skcoverJoe Simon and Jack Kirby worked collaboratively for over three decades. In that time they wrote and illustrated several hundred comics, created classic characters (such as Captain America), and pioneered new comics genres. This new book from Abrams, The Art of the Simon and Kirby Studio, includes over 350 pages of artwork photographed directly from the originals housed in Joe Simon’s private archive. Complete with white-out, tape, and overlays, the book not only offers a chance to view these rare materials, but also a glimpse of the development process. From the Popmatters review: “Reading this book is like entering the offices of Simon and Kirby and rifling through their files, scouring the slush pile, even breathing in the smoke from one of Kirby’s cigars. It’s a museum in miniature, and like so much else these two artists touched, it’s a wonder to behold.”





New Books: Modern Memoir

The SVA library has added a selection of new memoirs to its collection. Writers, musicians and comedians share their personal experience and observations through this timeless form of writing. Sometimes called a “tell-all” or “auto-biography,” memoir helps an author give shape to their life through writing, while allowing an audience to experience the singular life of another person. Some recent additions to our collection include:

41NSFN39qtL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_M Train by Patti Smith: Legendary artist Patti Smith creates a “road map” of her life in this new memoir. Travelling between New York, Mexico, Berlin, and Michigan, we follow the artist and her thoughts via notebook entries written over the course of decades. From the personal to the societal, Smith’s reflections offer a portrait of both the artist and the times in which she lives.




Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein: Before Carrie Brownstein created the popular TV series Portlandia, she was famous for her songwriting, singular guitar style and feminist activism in the bands Sleater-Kinney and Excuse 17. Part of a 1990s wave of female musicians that relentlessly demanded space for both themselves and other women in the music industry (and elsewhere), Brownstein recounts the years that led from the riot grrrl scene of the Pacific Northwest to being named one of Rolling Stone’s most underappreciated guitarists of all-time.


Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon: Musician, visual artist, and fashion icon, Kim Gordon is best known as a founding member of the band Sonic Youth. Concurrent to the band’s three decades of prolific touring and recording, Gordon maintained solo projects in a full-spectrum of creative mediums. Girl in a Band examines her creative life, relationship to motherhood and marriage, and the fluid nature of identity.



RIP, Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid, the groundbreaking Iraqi-born British architect, died on Thursday, March 31st in Miami at the age of 65.

Visit our display at the front of the library to learn more about her career, her designs, and her legacy.


Amazing SVA Alumni Graphic Novels arrived in the library today, NO April Fools joke! 

Shawn Martinbrough, Thief of Thieves, Image Comics



Joe Flood, Science Comics: Dinosaurs, FirstSecond Books (​I​llustrator)


Meredith Gran, Marceline Gone Adrift, KaBOOM! Comics


Leslie Stein, Bright Eyed at Midnight, Fantagraphics 


James Jean, Fables Covers: The art of James Jean (new edition), Vertigo

Alex Juhasz, The Little Prince, production designer, and illustrator