Friday, January 28, 2011

The Diary

This new online exhibition from the Morgan Library and Museum, looks at the use of diary-keeping as a means of marking time, sorting out creative problems, capturing memories, and seeking comfort. All the examples are taken from the Museum's collections, and include diaries by Paul Horgan, Tennessee Williams, Charlotte Bronte and John Ruskin. A number of audio guides are also included.

British Sculptors

BBC Archives have just added a new collection to their website on British sculptors.
"In association with the BBC FOUR season, 'Focus on Sculpture', this collection explores the work of a series of influential British sculptors. Champions of modernism such as Jacob Epstein, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth heralded an extraordinary renaissance in 20th-Century British sculpture that would resonate throughout the art world. Successors including Anthony Caro and Eduardo Paolozzi would illuminate the 1960s and, in their turn, pave the way for the new wave of British sculptors, such as Anish Kapoor, Richard Deacon and Antony Gormley, who emerged onto the scene in the early 1980s."

Cornerhouse Podcasts

Cornerhouse (the gallery and cinema) in Manchester recently launched a new podcast service. Casts so far launched include The King's Speech and 127 Hours, Black Swan and NEDS.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Developing the Library's Photography Collections

GSA Library is currently seeking to update and refresh its photography collections, and has been holding a number of discussions and focus groups with both students and staff from Fine Art Photography. The information we get from these sessions is helping us to understand better what our readers require and to develop the collection in a student-focused way.
To showcase the books we are purchasing in the light of this feedback, we've just set up a new online showcase, accessible via the link above. As ever, we actively encourage any members of the GSA community with an interest in photography to feed back any observations or suggestions you might have about our collections. It's your library after all!

Costume Designs by Dorothy Carlton Smyth

GSA Archives and Collections have just made available digitised theatrical costume designs by Dorothy Carlton Smyth for Macbeth, Salome and Parsifal on their Flickr site.

Joan Eardley Sketches

GSA Archives and Collections have just made available digitised sketches by artist Joan Eardley on their Flickr site.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Royal Academy Exhibition Catalogues

The Royal Academy Winter loan Exhibition catalogues from their inception in 1870 to 1913 have been digitised and are now available online via the RA Collections section of the Royal Academy Website. For the first 100 years of its existence, the Royal Academy organised just one exhibition each year, the annual, Summer exhibition. It wasn’t until 1870, coinciding with its move to Burlington House, that the RA began organising an annual loan exhibition of Old Masters and works by recently deceased British artists, known from its inception and for many years as the Winter Exhibition.

Gabriel Orozco at Tate Modern

Inventors of Tradition

Items from the GSA Library's Stoddard Design Collection are currently being exhibited as part of The Inventors of Tradition exhibition. The exhibition looks at some of the pioneers of Scottish textile production, alongside the responses of contemporary designers. Open Tues - Sat 11-5, 22 Jan - 26 Feb 2011 at 21 Stockwell Street, Glasgow.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks

University of Glasgow Library Special Collections has just uploaded a number of images of the scrapbooks of Edwin Morgan, poet and Scots Makar who sadly died last year. The Flickr set shows a selection of pages fromthe scrapbooks Morgan compiled from the 1930s to the 1960s. The Special Collections Department holds a significant and extensive archive of his papers donated in recent years, including scrapbooks, correspondence and handwritten drafts of poems.

Liz Lochhead

Liz Lochhed is Scotland's new national poet, or Makar, succeeding Edwin Morgan who sadly died last year. Liz was also writer-in-residence at Glasgow School of Art until recently. Her poetry collections include Dreaming Frankenstein (Polygon, 1984), True Confessions and New Cliches (Polygon, 1985) Bagpipe Muzak (Penguin, 1991), and The Colour of Black and White: Poems 1984-2003 (Polygon, 2003). Most are available in GSA Library.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Eadweard Muybridge

Kingston University has launched a new web portal to celebrate the work of pioneering 19th century photographer Eadweard Muybridge. It includes links to around 100 public collections of Muybridge's work, along with a portfolio of 3000 images with commentaries.

Wellcome Trust on YouTube

The Wellcome Trust is a global charity dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. It does this by supporting the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities. Hundreds of films are now available on its YouTube channel.

Structural Genomics

The Structural Genomics Consortium is an international public-private partnership that aims to render 3D structures of medically important proteins. So far over 100 3D images have been released.