11th Annual Toy Piano Festival!

at UCSD Geisel Library, in the Seuss Room
Live performances on September 3 at 2:00 p.m. and September 6 at noon.

At these two free events (Sept 3 at 2:00 p.m. and Sept 6 at noon) you’ll hear new works for toy piano. Come early or else you’ll have to sit on the floor (the performers have to sit on the floor, so you’ll be in good company!). The Toy Piano Collection at Geisel Library consists of actual instruments, audio recordings, extant literature, and commissioned works. In May of 2001, the Library of Congress issued a subject heading and call number for toy piano scores because of the activities of the Toy Piano Collection at Geisel Library. The call number is: M 175 T69

For more information, contact Scott Paulson at (858) 822-5758 or spaulson@ucsd.edu

We had no idea!

The Smithsonian has an online streaming radio station. Amazing, right?

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Rhizome

Check out the online art resource dedicated to the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology through open platforms for exchange and collaboration at http://rhizome.org/. Rhizome, an affiliate of the New Museum (New York City) includes Artbase (online archive of new media art), Community (artists’ portfolios, etc.), and Programs (publications, exhibits).

The UCSD Libraries initiated a subscription to Rhizome, enabling UCSD students, faculty and staff using their UCSD email to register for full access to the powerful and interactive features of Rhizome.

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Lost Hitchcock Film, Found!

VIA The Film Archive
After a world-wide search, a large part of The White Shadow (1923), thought to be the earliest surviving feature by Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1990), the celebrated master of suspense has been found in New Zealand – just in time for the filmmaker’s 112th birthday.

A wild, atmospheric melodrama starring Betty Compson in a dual role as twin sisters, one angelic and the other “without a soul,” the lost film turned up among the cache of unidentified American nitrate prints safeguarded for the last 23 years by the New Zealand Film Archive. So far, only the first three reels of the six-reel feature have been found; no other copy is known to exist.
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Annual Paper Theater Festival

It’s the smallest show on Earth!

A full production in a scale model theater is featured, much like was done in the Victorian Era (when families gathered, after hours of cutting & pasting, to bring a play to life). Performance takes place Thursday, August 25 at noon, with an encore performance immediately following at 12:30 p.m. on the lower level, West wing of Geisel Library at UCSD.

Paper Theatre was a popular Victorian Era educational toy. These colorful scale model theaters were cut and pasted together from posters promoting specific playhouses or plays. The paper doll characters included were often in the likeness of popular actors of the era and were costumed as seen in the actual stage play. Distinctive architectural elements of the historic playhouses were meticulously recreated on the paper sheets of these scale-model promotional kits, including accurate miniature backdrops. Scripts, translated into several different languages, were included in these kits, showing the international popularity of these toys.

An exhibit of Victorian Era replicas and modern takes on paper theater is featured in the UCSD Arts Library the day of the paper theater performance. This year’s featured play, about shape-shifting folk legends of Hawaii, will be performed in a tiny replica of a 1922 theater still active in downtown Honolulu called the Hawaii Theater.

About this production:
Annie Flager of UCSD’s Pan-Asian Staff Association helped write and will perform this paper theater play along with readers Nancy Relaford and Glen Motil. Live music is provided by UCSD alumnus Scott Paulson. UCSD alumna & artist/playwright Miriam Manning created the play and built the replica theater for this production.

For more information, contact Scott Paulson at (858) 822-5758 or spaulson@ucsd.edu

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Robert Sklar, Film Scholar, Is Dead at 74

From NYT online

Robert Sklar, a film scholar whose 1975 book “Movie-Made America” was one of the first histories to place Hollywood films in a social and political context, finding them a key to understanding how modern American values and beliefs have been shaped, died on Saturday in Barcelona. He was 74.

The cause was a brain injury sustained in a bicycle accident, his son Leonard said.

Mr. Sklar, who was a professor of cinema studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for more than 30 years, came to film in the 1960s, when he was asked to serve as a faculty adviser to the Cinema Guild, the student film society at the University of Michigan, where he taught in the American culture program.

He found the proposal enticing. After publishing a cultural study of F. Scott Fitzgerald, he had begun focusing on Hollywood film as a lens for analyzing American society in the 1920s and 1930s.

When he could not find a satisfactory history of American film, he decided to fill the gap himself and wrote “Movie-Made America: A History of American Movies.” It immediately became a standard work on the subject and has never been out of print. In 1994 it was reissued in a revised and expanded version.

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July is International Zine Month!

To celebrate International Zine Month, our rich collection of graphic novels & comics at UCSD and the wonder that is Comic-con, the Arts Library and Grrrl Zines-a-go-go present a summer exhibit at the UCSD Arts Library: Comics & Zines! (Exhibit runs July 6 through August 6)

Plus make your own zine at the exhibit site on Thursday, July 28 at 2:00 p.m. with the artists from Grrrl Zines A Go-Go, participants at the workshop will have the opportunity to construct, collage, and create their own zine! But what exactly is a zine you ask?

We’re celebrating the colorful, tactile world of comics with a month-long exhibit here at the UCSD Arts Library.
Yes, some of us still spend time in a page-turning world of paper, ink & imagery.

Exhibit is ever-changing throughout the month of July and early August, visit often!
You’ll see items from the UCSD Libraries that celebrate comics and call attention to more recent developments in the world of zines, plus some classic zines from the good old days.

The UCSD Arts Library thanks Grrrl Zines A Go-Go for all their assistance: http://www.gzagg.org/

Lower Level, West wing, Geisel Library, UCSD
Info:  (858) 822-5758, http://artslib.ucsd.edu or spaulson@ucsd.edu

R.I.P. Leonora Carrington

Leonora Carrington, a British-born Surrealist and onetime romantic partner of Max Ernst whose paintings depicted women and half-human beasts floating in a dreamscape of images drawn from myth, folklore, religious ritual and the occult, died on Wednesday in Mexico City, where she lived. She was 94.

“The Inn of the Dawn Horse (Self-Portrait),” oil on canvas, 1939, Ms. Carrington’s first major Surrealist work. The painting is now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

A sculpture from a recent exhibition of Leonora Carrigton’s work at the Estación Indianilla Cultural Center in Mexico City.

The cause was pneumonia, Wendi Norris, the co-owner of Frey Norris Contemporary and Modern gallery in San Francisco, said.

Ms. Carrington, one of the last living links to the world of André Breton, Man Ray and Miró, was an art student when she encountered Ernst’s work for the first time at the International Surrealism Exhibition in London in 1936. A year later she met him at a party.

The two fell in love and ran off to Paris, where Ernst, more than 25 years her senior, left his wife and introduced Ms. Carrington to the Surrealist circle. “From Max I had my education,” she told The Guardian of London in 2007. “I learned about art and literature. He taught me everything.”

She became acquainted with the likes of Picasso, Dalí and Tanguy. With her striking looks and adventurous spirit, she seemed like the ideal muse, but the role did not suit. Miró once handed her a few coins and told her to run out and buy him a pack of cigarettes. “I gave it back and said if he wanted cigarettes, he could bloody well get them himself,” she told The Guardian. “I wasn’t daunted by any of them.”

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Roger Reynold’s PING

The UCSD Libraries are pleased to collaborate with Professor Roger Reynolds and MFA student Ross Karre for sound and image restoration services for Reynold’s Ping. Some of these digitized materials will be used for a performance of Ping on Friday, May 27th, 2011, 8:00 pm, at the Conrad Prebys Music Center Recital Hall (free!) The performers are Rachel Beetz (flute), Paul Hembree (live electronics), Ross Karre (percussion and video), and Roger Reynolds (piano).  The concert will include a screening of “Ping Migration,” a documentary short by Ross Karre.

The Arts Library is also hosting a “Ping Migration” exhibit through June 10th,  presenting images and artifacts related to Ping’s creation and UCSD premiere in 1968, while using an audio/visual component to contrast them to the new performance technologies.

The Ping digitization project involves excerpts and creative materials such as compositional sketches and diagrams, as well as interviews with Reynolds and photographs from both the 1968 and 2011 UCSD performances.  These digitized images will be part of the Libraries’ collection and made available to the public online.

Cindy Sherman Pic is Most Expensive Art Photo Ever

 Art dealer Philippe Segalot purchased Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled #96″ (1981) for $3.89 million at a Christie’s auction last week..

 “Cindy Sherman Print Sells For $3.9 Million At Auction, The Highest Ever For A Photograph

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