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Occupy images

December 2, 2011

The Occupy Movement that started at Wall Street has quickly spread around the globe, aided in part by the vivid, compelling and, at times, chilling images produced by participants or (citizen) journalists. The Occupy Movement is also actively producing and syndicating some pretty amazing protest posters for distribution among its various movements through a site called OCCUPRINT: Posters form the Occupy Movement. Occupy participants can submit and share their own creations. Occuprint has established a PrintLab to generate prints for use in the protest movement (not to generate money — all prints are free).

The Visual Resources Facility has also documented the art and architecture produced by UC Davis Occupy. In our image catalog,  you can see the memorial produced by Robin Hill and her students at the campus rally (November 21) and the UC Davis encampment aka Quad Village.

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.

Banksy at the VRF

April 13, 2011

The VRF is excited to announce the addition of “Exit Through the Gift Shop: a Banksy Film” to our DVD collection. The film was premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for best documentary at the 2011 Academy Awards. “Exit Through the Gift Shop” is the story of an eccentric French shop-keeper turned amateur film-maker as he attempts to document many of the world’s most infamous contemporary street artists, only to have the British stencil artist, Banksy, turn the camera back on its owner.

The VRF houses a modest collection of about 350 art-related DVDs and videos. Current faculty, students and staff are welcome to borrow films from our collection or just come in to browse. Find our staff contacts on our webpage if you have questions regarding access and circulation.

Dr. Jack Warner on color and vision at the Crocker Art Museum

April 5, 2011

Dr. Jack Werner, Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science, will be leading a lecture series, Color Transformations in Impressionism, at the Crocker Art Museum on April 26, May 17 and June 14.  This lecture series will examine the science of color as it was understood during the age of Impressionism and how the aging or ailing eye experiences color. The Visual Resource Facility has been working with Dr. Warner to provide him with high resolution images for his talks and as a result, we are working to enhance our collection of material on optics and vision. For more information about this lecture series, go to the Crocker Art Museum’s Lectures & Symposia.

Welcome back students, faculty & spring!

March 28, 2011

Happy Spring Quarter everyone! In the spirit of Springtime, we thought it appropriate to include an image of our resident chicken who makes her home behind the VRF. There’s a lot going on this quarter: the Art Studio Lecture Series continues with talks by artists Desiree Holman (April 7) and Anders Ruhwald (April 21) and a conversation between writer and critic Bill Berkson and the Nelson Gallery’s Renny Prtikin (April 28). The Nelson Gallery is showing “Across the Great Divide: a Photo Chronicle of the Counterculture”, an exhibition of photographs by Roberta Price and guest curated by Professor Simon Sadler (Art History and Design Programs).  Don’t miss the panel discussion on March 31 that accompanies the exhibition. The “Touching Base” exhibition continues at the Pence Gallery until April 21. “Touching Base” is curated by Professor Robin Hill (Art Studio) and includes 11 former UCD art majors.

And of course the VRF is open too: Spring Quarter hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday and Friday by appointment. Hope to see you soon in the VRF.

VRF Winter Quarter hours

January 11, 2011

Welcome back students and faculty! The VRF is in business again — our Winter Quarter hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday and Friday by appointment. During the break, the VRF worked with Professor Diana Strazdes to add many new images for her Art History 188e course (“The American Home”) to our online catalog (take a look @ http://images.ucdavis.edu). The VRF also just received course reserve materials for Art History 1E and 190/290. We hope to see you soon in the VRF.

New videos in the VRF

November 1, 2010

This past year, we added a number of new, interesting videos to the VRF media collections. This isn’t a complete list of all recent DVD additions but here are a few highlights:
Pryings by Vito Acconci (Video Data Bank), The Blindness Series by T. Kim-Trang Tran (Video Data Bank), Bruce Nauman: Make Me Think (Artcore Film), Alice Neel (Arthouse Films), Marion Cajori’s Joan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Artist (Christian Blackwood), The Giant Buddhas by Christian Frei, Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio (Big Beard Films), Rural (Aspect — Chronicle of New Media, Volume 10), Cinemad: Almanac 2009 (Mike Plante, curator), Valie Export: 3 Experimental Short Films (ARGE Index), Chiara Clemente’s Our City Dreams (First Run Features), Herb and Dorothy by Megumi Sasaki (Arthouse Films), Beautiful Losers (Sidetrack Films) and the 2 volume set Treasures from American Film Archives: IV, Avant-Garde, 1947-1986 (National Film Preservation Foundation). Our complete video holdings can be found in our catalog (see the link to our Image Database in the menu on the right)

Welcome to the VRF blog!

October 12, 2010

Welcome to the Visual Resources Facility’s blog! A new address, a new blog… the timing seemed appropriate. Since we just moved this summer from the Art Building to our new space in Everson 163/165, we thought this would be a good time to introduce our new home and a new blog.  Our goal is to help keep our users up-to-date on image news, technology tips and interesting stories from the art and art history world.  We hope you check in regularly and find the site useful. And we hope to see you in the VRF soon.