Archive for October, 2013

Syria and the arts

October 3, 2013

If you are folprotecting-mihrab-640lowing the distressing situation in Syria, we recommend that you take a look at the art blog Hyperallergic. In collaboration with the news site Syria Deeply, the editors of Hyperallergic have started a series of posts on Syria that explore the visual and cultural responses to the crisis in Syria.  Their first post delves into the issue of art, education and therapy for children living in the Syrian refugee camps. Their most recent post addresses the International Council of Museums “The Emergency Red List of Syrian Cultural Objects at Risk.”13

Our Heghnar Watenpaugh, professor of Art History here at UC Davis and scholar of Syrian architecture and urban history, has also contributed to the conversations on the Syrian crisis and its impact on Syrian culture. We have linked her contributions to the SAH Blog (Society of Architectural Historians) and interviews on NPR at the Department of Art and Art History’s news page.

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Government shutdown and the arts

October 2, 2013

Budget BattleSo the government shutdown has become a reality — the first shutdown since the month long closure in 1995. What does that mean for the arts and for our image/research users? The National Endowment for the Arts is essentially closed and half its staff furloughed. The Smithsonian’s 19 museums and galleries are closed although the institutions remain guarded, HVAC systems are operating and maintenance crews are on call. Some current exhibitions may end early and others will have their rollouts disrupted. The National Zoo is closed and the panda cam is offline.ngaclosed National Parks are closed until further notice and national monuments are barricaded. Not only is the Library of Congress closed but its website is down. While you can’t access LC’s American Memory Project and the Prints and Photographs Collection, the National Archives catalog remains online (for the moment…) but without updates.