This summer ARTstor is introducing video tutorials to help users explore newly released tools or navigate established features. Currently available: “Export to PowerPoint,” “Folders and image groups,” and “How to unlock a password protected folder.” Coming soon: “Faceted Search” and step-by-step PDF guides. You can find these new videos on YouTube and ARTstor’s Help Wiki. Also available: the ARTstor blog
Archive for June, 2011
In collaboration with the Library of Congress, ARTstor is releasing 6,884 documentary photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnston from the Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South. With support from the Carnegie Corporation in 1933-1940, Johnston (1864-1952) photographed buildings and gardens in nine Southern states in an attempt to document disappearing antebellum architecture.
ARTstor has also collaborated with Franklin Furnace, an organization founded in 1976 by Martha Wilson to promote ephemeral art forms. ARTstor will add 3,345 images of artists’ books, performance art, site-specific works, and other time-based ephemeral arts. For more information on Franklin Furnace, go here.
The Warburg Institute, founded in 1921 to study the influence of the classical tradition in Western arts, is now sharing 10,000 images of Renaissance and Baroque book illustrations from their rare book collection.
In addition to these available collections, ARTstor has just signed several new collection agreements. Soon to be added:
•Via Lucas will contribute 2,000 images of medieval Christian churches in France and Spain
• The Justin and Barbara Kerr collection will add 500 still and rollout images of Maya Pre-Colombian vases and artifacts
John Baldessari, the American conceptual artist, is offering you a shot at 15 brilliant, sparkling seconds of fame. In Your Name in Lights, Baldessari reflects on the changing cult of celebrity in modern society and recalls Andy Warhol’s prediction that in the future everyone will have their 15 minutes of fame. Drawing on imagery from Broadway theatre displays and Hollywood films, this ambitious new work will involve more than 100,000 participants. Register here and watch your name appear on the Australian Museum’s William Street facade during the Sydney Festival 2011.
For months now Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has threatened to chop state funding for the arts; on March 28th, he made good on his promise. Brownback eliminated all state funding for the Kansas Arts Commission (KAC), leaving it without a budget ($689,000), staff (5 employees) or offices. The Republican governor has maintained that the arts will flourish with private support and even made a failed attempt to replace the KAC with a privately funded Kansas Arts Foundation. Arts advocates counter that eliminating the commission may cost the state as much as $1.2 million in federal funds.
To read more: Bloomsberg Businessweek, Culture Monster at the LA Times, and the Kansas Reporter