Archive for September, 2011

Living the California Modern style

September 30, 2011

From October 1, 2011 to March 25, 2012, LACMA will run its new exhibit “California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way.” The exhibit is the first major study on California mid-century modern design, and with more than 300 objects on view, this exhibit promises to be significant and eye-opening.  Perhaps the most exciting installation will be the (temporarily) relocated and reassembled living room of the Charles and Ray Eames House (Pacific Palisades, 1949). The LA Times has a video clip of the packing and reassembly of the room in the LACMA gallery. To read more on the exhibition and the conservation efforts of the Eames House, go to LA Times, “Conserving the Charles and Ray Eames House” and “Charles and Ray Eames’ living room makes an interim home at LACMA”.

Welcome back!

September 22, 2011

Welcome back everyone! Sadly, our too-short summer break has ended but there is plenty to look forward to during the 2011-2012 academic year. This Fall Quarter, you can check out the Art History Colloquium “Art Between Europe & Asia in the First Age of Global Trade” on Friday, September 30th at 3:00 pm (see previous post).  Other events include “Birds: A Kinetic Installation” at the Nelson Gallery, opening on September 29 and running through December 11. “Birds” will display the computer-driven kinetic sculpture of Brooklyn-based artist Chico MacMurtrie. The Design Museum, relocated to Creuss Hall, will present the installation work of Robert Gaylor in “Gyre, A Grand Tragedy of the Commons” (October 10 to December 2). And stayed tuned for the annual Art Studio Visiting Artist Series which will be start this Fall Quarter. More information to come when we get it.

This was a busy summer in the VRF but we did manage to add new material to online catalog. For example, we added gorgeous images of the Modena and Parma Cathedrals taken by Lisa Zdybel last spring, and photos of “Crested Oak,” a site-specific sculpture created by landscape architecture student John Gainey for the Arboretum. Our hours remain the same as usual — Fall Quarter hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday and Friday by appointment. We hope to see you in the VRF soon.

Art History colloquium: September 30th

September 22, 2011

Join us for the Art History Program’s colloquium “Art Between Europe & Asia in the First Global Age of Trade.” This colloquium will be held Friday, September 30th at 3:00 pm in Art 217. Timothy Brook, chair in Chinese Research at the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia, will present “China on Vermeer’s Table: The Cultural Impact of Early Global Trade” and Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, Frederick Marquand Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, will address “Reflections on World Art History.” The colloquium has been made possible by the generous support of Alan Templeton (UC Davis alum 1982), and by the Art History Program, the  Davis Humanities Institute, the Department of East Asian Studies and the Mellon Initiative in Early Modern Studies.

The VRF has some copies of material written by Brook and Kaufmann for review as well as their CVs. You may also want listen to this podcast interview of Brook by Russ Roberts on EconTalk.  For a flyer, click here. For more information, contact Jeffrey Ruda, Chair, Art History Program.

Follow the new Dumbarton Oaks blog

September 22, 2011

The staff of the Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) at Dumbarton Oaks have created a blog that allows readers to follow along as they explore, processes and assess the Robert L. Van Nice Collection of papers, fieldwork materials, architectural drawings, and photographs. Robert Van Nice (1910-1994) undertook a monumental architectural survey of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey between 1937-1985 and later gave his research materials (all 70+ boxes) to Dumbarton Oaks for publication. If you want to work in archives or with image collections, take a look at this blog — it is a nice blend of personal and professional writing about working in with research and image materials.

Réunion des Musées Nationaux images now in ARTstor

September 21, 2011

Duchesne, Cycling race, 1902

In collaboration with Réunion des Musées Nationaux (RMN) and Art Resource, ARTstor has added nearly 4,000 of a projected total 12,000 images to the Digital Library. The Réunion des Musées Nationaux (a French public establishment under the trusteeship of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication) includes 28 premier national and regional museums of France, including the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay. The majority of images focus on works by key artists from major European schools, as well as decorative arts and furnishings from castles and royal residences throughout France. French museums with significant holdings in the arts of Asia, Africa, and Oceania are also included