Posts Tagged ‘image databases’

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)

New collections coming to ARTstor

October 28, 2010

ARTstor is collaborating with Aida Laleian to share approximately 960 images of architecture in Romania and Armenia in the Digital Library. Laleian, a photographer and scholar, traveled extensively in both countries to document architecture and historic sites. In Romania, she photographed ancient and medieval churches, monasteries, and castles.
ARTstor is also collaborating with the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to share approximately 9,100 images from a variety of special collections in the Digital Library. The collection in ARTstor will consist of images digitized from visual materials held in the University Library, which are relevant to a variety of fields, including Irish political history, theater and costume history, and campus architecture and design.
Available now are new photos of ancient through medieval archaeological and architectural sites throughout Europe and the Middle East by Sites and Photos are now available in the Digital Library. The images provide broad and in-depth documentation of the ancient world, including Classical, Megalithic, Islamic, Crusader, and Gothic archaeology and architecture, as well as Greek and Roman painting, sculpture, mosaics, and decorative arts. The collection is especially strong in its coverage of religious and Biblical sites in Israel, Jordan, Tunisia, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Malta, and Cyprus.

Database of art plundered by the Nazis

October 21, 2010

Adolf Hitler’s Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR) was a Nazi agencies engaged in the plunder of cultural valuables in Nazi-occupied countries during the Second World War. During 1940-1944, the looted art from French Jewish and a number of Belgian Jewish collections was brought to the Jeu de Paume in Paris for processing by the ERR Sonderstab Bildende Kunst or “Special Staff for Pictorial Art.” A new online database allows access to more than 20,000 art objects taken from Jews in German-occupied France and in Belgium. The database is a detailed record of a small but important part of the vast seizure of cultural property that was integral to the Holocaust.