MCAD LIBRARY

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design Library contains more than 45,000 books, more than 1,200 DVDs, and subscribes to more than 100 periodicals.

NEW ARRIVAL TO THE MCAD LIBRARY:

The Shadow Out of Time by I.N.J Culbard

Adapted from H.P. Lovecraft’s original novel by the same name, I.N.J. Culbard puts Miskatonic University’s professor, Nathaniel Peaslee’s tale into a comic form. Peaslee must unravel the mystery behind his five-year amnesia, and learn mankind’s  cosmic insignificance in his search for the truth.

Be the first to check it out at the MCAD Library!

NOW ON DISPLAY: brave new world: New Acquisitions to the Artists’ Books Collection Observing Social Change

Our second exhibition of the Fall 2014 session is brave new world, focusing on new acquisitions to the MCAD Library’s Artists’ Books Collection that investigate ideas concerning social justice and change. Subjects the books in this exhibition consider include the colonial gaze in the tourism industry, the relationship between homophobia and the early HIV+/AIDS epidemic, language and labor issues in immigration, and more. Artists include Mariona Barkus, Lisa Bloomfield, Karen Chance, François Deschamps, Brad Freeman, Ed Friedman, Anne Martens, Jana Sim, and Philip Zimmermann.

brave new world: New Acquisitions to the Artists’ Books Collection Observing Social Change will be on display now through October 3, 2014 in the MCAD Library.

– Allison, MFA ‘16 (Painting/Drawing, GA Assistant – Artists’ Books Collection)

NEW ARRIVAL TO THE MCAD LIBRARY:

Animal Architecture by Ingo Arndt

Photographer Ingo Arndt captures pictures of various structures created by animals. The architecture of humans is seen everywhere, but the buildings of other creatures goes by unseen—until now. From six foot-tall anthills to courtship arenas and nests of birds, this book offers a visual insight to the inventions and shelters of nature.

Be the first to check it out at the MCAD Library!

VISITING ARTIST: DO HO SUH 

WHEN: this Wednesday September the 17th at 1 pm

WHERE: auditorium 150

“Home is something I carry with me”

Do Ho Suh is a Renowned Korean sculptor and installation artist whose work explores themes related to the idea of home, cultural displacement, the perception of our surroundings, how one constructs a memory of a space, and the relation between individuality collectivity and anonymity.

He is best known for his fabric sculptures that recreate the spaces of his homes and the domestic objects found within.

To learn more about him and his work come check out the book display we have dedicated to him in the MCAD Library

Also watch this great ART21 clip about him and read this interview

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The artist’s guide to selling work by Annabelle Ruston

A question all “starving artists” grapple with at in some time of their lives is: “how do I sell my work?” if this is a question you have been pondering recently come check out this book.

It provides helpful, practical advice on many matters related to selling art from finding an agent to framing your art and even discuses taxes you may have to pay.

 

Going public – public architecture, urbanism and interventions

Looking for a book about art with interesting and inspiring ideas? Check out this book! Even if you are not interested in “public art” the art is thought provoking and could inspire you to make something using your preferred medium.

This book is interested in contemporary creative building practices in the public domain, and displays and discusses works that speak to that theme. Organized into six chapters with each chapter containing public art of a particular topic; like chapter two which discuses projects that blur boundaries between city and nature.

Happy Friday, book friends! It’s time for another Book Spotlight, and today we decided to focus on one of our books by a notable artist: Alphabet by Miriam Schapiro. 
Miriam Schapiro is known for her Femmages, considered to be a specific form of collage that draws from or alludes to the domestic. In Alphabet, Schapiro applies the Femmage treatment to a typographic exercise, with letterforms crafted from lush, hand-painted patterns populating the book literally from A to Z. Schapiro takes advantage of the unique form of her accordion fold – a complex format that integrates folds on the diagonal to make a sculptural format – to make reading Alphabet an exercise in non-traditional content formatting that still reads in a linear fashion without being, well, straight-forward. 
Alphabet is a great recommendation as an example of an artist book that sits in context of an artist’s practice that isn’t strictly about book arts – Schapiro, after all, is known best for her influences in painting, drawing, and collage. For more information on Femmages and a general biography about Miriam Schapiro and her contributions to art history, go here. For more information on how to view Alphabet and Schapiro’s other artist books, come to the MCAD Library and ask to view the Artists’ Books Collection.
– Allison, MFA ‘16 (Painting/Drawing, GA Assistant – Artists’ Books Collection)
Image courtesy of the MCAD Library Flickr page.

Happy Friday, book friends! It’s time for another Book Spotlight, and today we decided to focus on one of our books by a notable artist: Alphabet by Miriam Schapiro. 

Miriam Schapiro is known for her Femmages, considered to be a specific form of collage that draws from or alludes to the domestic. In Alphabet, Schapiro applies the Femmage treatment to a typographic exercise, with letterforms crafted from lush, hand-painted patterns populating the book literally from A to Z. Schapiro takes advantage of the unique form of her accordion fold – a complex format that integrates folds on the diagonal to make a sculptural format – to make reading Alphabet an exercise in non-traditional content formatting that still reads in a linear fashion without being, well, straight-forward. 

Alphabet is a great recommendation as an example of an artist book that sits in context of an artist’s practice that isn’t strictly about book arts – Schapiro, after all, is known best for her influences in painting, drawing, and collage. For more information on Femmages and a general biography about Miriam Schapiro and her contributions to art history, go here. For more information on how to view Alphabet and Schapiro’s other artist books, come to the MCAD Library and ask to view the Artists’ Books Collection.

– Allison, MFA ‘16 (Painting/Drawing, GA Assistant – Artists’ Books Collection)

Image courtesy of the MCAD Library Flickr page.

Do you like old photos? Learning cool things about MCAD’s past? Hanging in the Library? We do too. Wow, we have so much in common.
Come on down to the Library Gallery and check out the Selection from the Archives we’ve got displayed for you beautiful MCADians. We’ll give you a thumbs up for being cool if you do.
On display from 9/10 until 9/27! 

Do you like old photos? Learning cool things about MCAD’s past? Hanging in the Library? We do too. Wow, we have so much in common.

Come on down to the Library Gallery and check out the Selection from the Archives we’ve got displayed for you beautiful MCADians. We’ll give you a thumbs up for being cool if you do.

On display from 9/10 until 9/27! 

NEW BOOKS IN THE MCAD LIBRARY:

The Future Will Be … China  by Hans Ulrich Obrist

"What the future will be like" is an interesting question to think about, especially if the answers are from a variety of artists. Hans Ulrich Obrist invited hundreds of Chinese artists with different backgrounds including Ai Weiwei, Liu Xiaodong, Jia Zhangke to answer this question.

Some artists talk about the concerns they have for the future of China. Some talk about the future in more general way. Another artist deconstructs the Chinese character for ” future”. Some artists present a photo. Some artists write poetry .

It is always interesting to share the artists’ wisdom. So go and check out this book in the MCAD library. 

100 Ideas That Changed Art By Michael Bird

Do you feel that an art history book is too boring to read? This book is not edited chronologically, but highlights 100 ideas that changed art. In the left upper corner of a page is an idea with a brief introduction. Then the book explores how each idea first evolved and developed up to the present day with abundant illustrations. The way that this book groups different artists offers you a new approach to their masterworks.

By Dream (Mengqian) MFA 2014 animation

Happy Friday! Today, we’re starting off a new feature called Book Spotlight, which will highlight some of the new, weird, wonderful, and innovative gems in the MCAD Library’s Artists’ Books Collection. Book Spotlight’s goal is to let you have a peek into our collection and show you the variety of books our collection has, along with showing you that sometimes a book doesn’t always look like a book – or even have a cover.
Case in point, our first book under the Book Spotlight: Helen Hiebert’s Sound Blocks. Here’s a little bit about the book, as described by the artist:

[Sound Blocks is a] set of five paper building blocks in the shapes of vowels, each one featuring a unique handmade paper. Housed in a cherry wood box, with a glass top that slides on and off. The blocks, which can be lined up, stacked or scattered, create a visual and tactile play on letters and language. While a word can be formed without any consonants — such as the English words I or way — no word may consist of only consonants, without a vowel. Vowels create the sounds in words, and sounds are the basic element of spoken language.

Sound Blocks is a beautiful example of how artists’ books often toe the line between what is considered a traditional book and what is not. In this case, Sound Blocks applies the roughest definition of what a book is – an object that conveys information within a binding (in this case, the wooden box) – while also pushing the idea of a book into the realm of the sculptural and aesthetic. 
If this item sounds like a book you’d love to view in person, come to the MCAD Library to see it! You can also explore selected works on the  MCAD Library’s Flickr gallery for artists’ books.
– Allison, MFA ‘16 (Painting/Drawing, GA Assistant – Artists’ Books Collection)
Image courtesy of the MCAD Library Flickr page.

Happy Friday! Today, we’re starting off a new feature called Book Spotlight, which will highlight some of the new, weird, wonderful, and innovative gems in the MCAD Library’s Artists’ Books Collection. Book Spotlight’s goal is to let you have a peek into our collection and show you the variety of books our collection has, along with showing you that sometimes a book doesn’t always look like a book – or even have a cover.

Case in point, our first book under the Book Spotlight: Helen Hiebert’s Sound Blocks. Here’s a little bit about the book, as described by the artist:

[Sound Blocks is a] set of five paper building blocks in the shapes of vowels, each one featuring a unique handmade paper. Housed in a cherry wood box, with a glass top that slides on and off. The blocks, which can be lined up, stacked or scattered, create a visual and tactile play on letters and language. While a word can be formed without any consonants — such as the English words I or way — no word may consist of only consonants, without a vowel. Vowels create the sounds in words, and sounds are the basic element of spoken language.

Sound Blocks is a beautiful example of how artists’ books often toe the line between what is considered a traditional book and what is not. In this case, Sound Blocks applies the roughest definition of what a book is – an object that conveys information within a binding (in this case, the wooden box) – while also pushing the idea of a book into the realm of the sculptural and aesthetic. 

If this item sounds like a book you’d love to view in person, come to the MCAD Library to see it! You can also explore selected works on the  MCAD Library’s Flickr gallery for artists’ books.

– Allison, MFA ‘16 (Painting/Drawing, GA Assistant – Artists’ Books Collection)

Image courtesy of the MCAD Library Flickr page.

NOW ON DISPLAY: Selections from the MCAD Artists’ Book Collection by MCAD Faculty

Our first artists’ book exhibition of the school year features a variety of work by faculty in the MCAD Artists’ Book Collection. From accordion di-cuts and miniature book works to documentation projects, this display is a great introductory primer to the breadth of variety artist books as a medium can provide. Artists featured include Erik Brandt (Chair and Professor, Design) in collaboration with Elisabeth Workman, Stevie Rexroth (Chair and Professor, Media Arts), Jody Williams (Adjunct Faculty, Fine Arts), and Karen Wirth (Vice President, Academic Affairs). 

Selections from the MCAD Artists’ Books Collection by MCAD Faculty will be on display now through September 11, 2014.