Category Archives: Collection Highlights

A Cinematic Celebration Black History Month

The SVA Library is celebrating Black History Month with a curated selection of films, including art, dance, docs, & features. Highlights include:

spike_lee_redhook_summer_2_page-bg_15384_800_500_81_sRed Hook Summer, Spike Lee, 2012

Another chapter in Lee’s continuing chronicle of various Brooklyn neighborhoods, Red Hook Summer was criminally under-seen upon release but stands as one of Lee’s more engaging recent releases.

still1The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975Goeran Olsson, 2011

Olsson’s powerful and captivating documentary compiles original 16mm found footage with archival interviews. Hear directly from many important civil rights activists, including Stokely Carmichael, Eldridge Cleaver, Huey Newton, & Angela Davis.


Tupac: Resurrection, Lauren Lazin, 2003

Tupac Shakur narrates his own life story in a documentary that features music videos, home movies, and archival interviews. Get deep into Tupac’s mind as he details his love of poetry & hip-hop, as well as his turbulent legal issues. Produced in association with Tupac’s mother, former Black Panther Afeni Shakur.

Find these films and more on the DVD display case near the circulation desk.


New Books: Whitechapel Documents of Contemporary Art

The SVA Library has just added several books from the Whitechapel Documents of Contemporary Art series to our collection. This anthology series covers broad themes in the visual arts, and is available in our main stacks. The library plans to add all volumes from the series as they are released. Search for these volumes in Vision with the phrase “documents of contemporary art.”

From MIT Press:

In 2006 London’s famous Whitechapel Gallery and the MIT Press formed an editorial alliance to produce a new series of books. Documents of Contemporay Art combines affordable paperback prices, good design, and impeccable editorial content. Each volume in the series is a definitive anthology on a particular theme, practice, or concern that is of central significance to contemporary visual culture. The aritsts and writers included in these books, like the guest editors who conceive them, represent the diversity of perspectives, generations, and voices defining art today.

Now available:

exhibitionExhibition, edited by Lucy Steeds / N6486 .E94 2014





colourColour, edited by David Batchelor / N7432.7 .C63 2008





timeTime, edited by Amelia Groom / NX650.T5 T56 2013





studioStudio, edited by Jens Hoffmann / N8520 .S77 2012





danceDance, edited by André Lepecki / GV1588.3 .D33 2012





moving imageMoving Image, edited by Omar Kholeif / NX650.M64 M68 2015





materialityMateriality, edited by Petra Lange-Berndt / N6490 .M337 2015




networksNetworks, edited by Lars Bang Larsen / HM851 .N477 2014





ethicsEthics, edited by Walead Beshty / N72.E8 E845 2015

Cabinet of Curiosities: Genre Benders

The Cabinet of Curiosities presents a quartet of curious, genre-bending artist/writers and writer/artists.  It’s located in the nook next to the Reinhold Brown collection – right before the handicap bathrooms and picture collection area.

This space has been curated with works by four interdisciplinary artists: W.G. Sebald, Anders Nilsen, Ray DiPalma, and Joseph Cornell.

Students and patrons are welcome to explore the cabinet and are encouraged to borrow any books they discover while peeking inside, but please handle with care!

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Featured Resource: Oxford Art Online


Oxford Art Online is an excellent gateway into art research and is the access point for Oxford art reference subscriptions and publications which include Grove Art Online, Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.

SVA students, faculty, and staff can access Oxford Art Online from the library’s databases page. From off-campus, users will be prompted to login with their MySVA credentials.

Entries in Oxford Art Online are encyclopedia style, and include bibliographies for each article section. While the most popular online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, is a great starting point for research, Oxford Art Online is an authoritative source with verifiable information written by subject experts. If you’re using OAO as a source for a research paper, each subject entry in OAO  has a “Cite” button at the top of the article for easy addition to your works cited or bibliography.

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For questions about this resource, or if you’re having access problems, Ask Us.

Extended Trial: Credo Online Reference


Credo Reference Complete Core is now on trial until September 30, 2015!

Credo Reference provides full-text online versions of about 1,200 published reference works from more than 70 publishers in a variety of major subjects. These include general and subject dictionaries as well as encyclopedias.

On-Campus, access with this link:

Off-Campus, access with this link:


The Complete Core includes the following 6 video collections:

  1. Masterworks
    The Masterworks Collection is a rich collection of art history videos. Each short documentary showcases an artist and a key piece, illuminating the context and history of the work. Comprehensively illustrated and compellingly presented (detailed narration accompanies each film), these films provide a deeper insight into master works of painting.
  2. The Visual Guides: Understanding Plants and The Vegetable Kingdom
  3. The Visual Guides: Understanding The Earth
  4. The Visual Guides: Understanding The Human Body
  5. The Visual Guides: Understanding The Universe
  6. The Visual Guides: Understanding Weather and The Environment

The Complete Core also has the following collections of images from Bridgeman Art Library:

  • Charmet Collection
  • Christies Collection
  • Cultural Collection
  • DeAgostini Library
  • European Masterpiece Collection
  • Fine & Decorative Arts Collection
  • Fine Art & Antiques Collection
  • Florence Masterpiece Collection
  • Florentine Collection
  • Global Masterpiece Collection
  • Hermitage Collection
  • Italian Masterpieces Collection
  • Ken Welsh History Collection
  • Peter Newark American Pictures
  • Peter Willi French Masterpieces Collection
  • Spanish Masterpiece Collection
  • Stapleton Collection
  • William Morris Collection

Including the Bridgeman collections above, the Complete Core has a total of close to 400,000 art images.

Please click here to see a list of all 1,100+ full-text titles included in the Complete Core.

In addition to the Complete Core, Credo’s Art History Subject Collection has been added to this trial.

This collection curates 27 noteworthy reference sources from top publishers, including the National Gallery, Wiley, and Greenwood. With titles such as, “A Companion to Medieval Art,” and, “Artists of the American Mosaic: Encyclopedia of Native American Artists,” the Art History Collection dives into topics like, technique, notable artists, periods of art and more that are relevant to any student at any level.

Please click here to see all 27 titles in the Art History Collection (Version 2)

Please click here to see a list of titles within the trial Art History Collection

If you have any questions or trouble accessing these trials, Ask a Librarian.

For a full list of databases available from the SVA Library, visit our A-Z Database List.



New Trial Databases from EBSCO

We’re trialing three databases from EBSCO: Flipster, Literary Reference Center Plus, and International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text. These trials are active through October 11, 2015.

ebsco flipsterFlipster is a next-generation digital magazine solution that makes it easy for you to read your favorite magazines on your computer or mobile device.

Via a computer, tablet, or phone:

Click on the Flipster link to easily access a site where you can browse available
magazines. You can then click on a magazine to view it within your browser.
This means you can access Flipster from any computer, laptop, or mobile device,
as long as you are connected to the Internet.

Via the Flipster app (iOS and Android):

Use the Flipster app, available through the
iTunes store for the iPad and iPad Mini, and on the Google Play store for Android tablets, to download magazines for offline reading. Simply browse and view magazines through the Flipster link on your library’s website, and select the “Open in App” option to download magazines to the app, where they can be read and managed offline.

Click here to access the Flipster trial:,uid&profile=eon


ebsco ibtd

The International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text is the definitive research tool for the study of theatre and the performing arts. International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text was initiated by the American Society for Theatre Research, and since 1984, the Theatre Research Data Center (TRDC) at Brooklyn College has published 14 volumes of the IBTD. These volumes comprise a fully indexed, cross-referenced and annotated databank of journal articles, books, book chapters and dissertation abstracts on all aspects of theatre and performance in 126 countries.

Click here to access the International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance trial:,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=ibh


ebsco lrcp

Literary Reference Center Plus is a robust full-text database that provides the most relevant information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes—to give students, teachers and librarians a complete foundation of literary reference works to meet any and all of their research or instructional needs. In addition to all of the content in Literary Reference Center, Literary Reference Center Plus includes full-text resources focusing on plays/drama, poetry, religious literature, and children’s literature. This database also includes volumes of fantasy/science fiction, contemporary literature, world philosophy and religious literature, and literary study guides covering American Literature, English Literature, and literary genres.

Click here to access the Literary Reference Center Plus trial:,uid&profile=plus

If you have any questions or trouble accessing these trials, Ask a Librarian.

For a full list of databases available from the SVA Library, visit our A-Z Database List.


Updates to Material ConneXion

Material ConneXion is a materials database containing over 7,500 materials applicable to interior and industrial design. All SVA students, faculty, and staff have access to the database with their MySVA credentials.


Material ConneXion recently made an update to the database that makes creating personal accounts much easier. To create a personal account, click the “Personal Accounts” button (located on the top right-hand-side of the page) after accessing. Simple instructions will follow. Personal accounts can be used on and off campus, and offer certain added benefits and features. For example, students and faculty can easily “tag” their favorite materials and create folders to keep track of research.

This video will help faculty and students understand how to best use the database: Material ConneXion Database Walkthrough.

If you have any questions about this or other databases, Ask a Librarian.