This year is the 50th anniversary of the start of the Studio Glass Movement, which started in Toledo in 1962. The Toledo Museum of Art and the city of Toledo just finished up hosting the 2012 Glass Arts Society Conference, and it was an incredible week!
To coincide with the conference the museum has reinstalled its Glass Pavilion galleries and opened the exhibition Color Ignited: Glass 1962-2012. “The exhibition focuses on the role of color—from the conceptual to the political to the metaphoric—in artistic expression. More than 80 objects from private collections, galleries, other museums and TMA’s own collection are shown, including works by Littleton, Dominick Labino, Marvin Lipofsky, Dale Chihuly, Dan Dailey, Judith Schaechter, Ginny Ruffner, Fritz Driesbach and Klaus Moje.” The show has opened in TMA’s brand new Wolfe Gallery for Contemporary Art, a beautiful new space, and will be open until September 9. Click here to find out more about the exhibition.
Also, in the Ohio Valley, the Huntington Museum of Art has a focused exhibition on the father of the Studio Glass Movement, Harvey Littleton.
Swallow Press/Ohio University Press announced one of its newest publications, Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement by Suzi Parron with Donna Sue Groves. From the website:
The story of the American Quilt Trail, featuring the colorful patterns of quilt squares painted large on barns throughout North America, is the story of one of the fastest-growing grassroots public arts movements in the United States and Canada. In Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement Suzi Parron takes us to twenty-five states as well as Canada to visit the people and places that have put this movement on America’s tourist and folk art map.
Through dozens of interviews with barn quilt artists, community members, and barn owners, Parron documents a journey that began in 2001 with the founder of the movement, Donna Sue Groves. Groves’s desire to honor her mother with a quilt square painted on their barn became a group effort that eventually grew into a county-wide project. Today, quilt squares form a long imaginary clothesline, appearing on more than three thousand barns scattered along 120 driving trails.
With more than eighty full-color photographs, Parron documents a movement that combines rural economic development with an American folk art phenomenon.
The Ohio University Press has released a new book entitled Mariemont: A Pictorial History of a Model Town by Millard F. Rogers, Jr.
From the book’s website:
Located near Cincinnati, Mariemont was designed as a self-sufficient town, its inspiration derived from the English Garden City and concepts developed in the early twentieth century. In 2007, Mariemont earned National Historic Landmark status from the Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior. Today, it serves as a “National Exemplar” for twenty-first-century developers, including those of the New Urbanist movement.
“The Glass House Conversations is an online public dialogue moderated by leaders from across the creative disciplines of architecture, art, design, landscape architecture and preservation, inspired by the Philip Johnson Glass House of New Canaan, Connecticut, USA.”
Designers & Books is devoted to publishing lists of books that esteemed members of the design community identify as personally important, meaningful, and formative—books that have shaped their values, their worldview, and their ideas about design. — About Designers and Books
A call is out for nominations for the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) Worldwide Books Awards for Publications and Electronic Resources.
This award is given in recognition of outstanding publications by ARLIS/NA Individual members in the fields of librarianship, visual resources curatorship, and the arts. The form of recognition may range from a certificate of merit to a cash award of up to $1,500. Nominated works must have been published during the 2010 or 2011 calendar year.
This award is given in recognition of outstanding electronic resources by ARLIS/NA Individual members in the fields of librarianship, visual resources curatorship, and the arts. The form of recognition may range from a certificate of merit to a cash award of up to $1,500. Nominated works must have been published during the 2010 or 2011 calendar year.
Applications and accompanying material must be postmarked by February 3rd, 2012.
It features the early years of the Klub and their affiliation with Cleveland Public Library, the annual Bal Masques, membership by artists, costume design, decorations, and posters created for community events and activities.
The Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College recently published their first illustrated collection catalog, Allen Memorial Art Museum: Highlights from the Collection, 2011. The museum recently re-opened after an extensive renovation and the new catalog is such a great way to reintroduce their amazing collection.
The brand new, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened its doors on November 11, 2011. Along with the opening of the new museum in Bentonville, Arkansas, a collection catalogue was published, Celebrating the American Spirit: Masterworks from the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art.
The Oldest Books in the University of Louisville Art Library
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This is the first in a series of blog posts that look at some of the earliest rare books in the Art Library’s collection. These books are all housed in the Art Library’s rare book room.
Why does the library collect rare books? Because they are primary source materials of art history, offering a first-hand account of an artist’s life, the first critical response to a building or painting, or a new theory of art or architecture. As the building blocks of art history, they remain relevant sources for researchers.
Doni, Anton Francesco. I Marmi del Doni, Academico Peregrino. Vinegia, F. Marcolini, 1552-53.
Anton Francesco Doni (1513-1574) was an Italian writer and poet. He served at courts in Piacenza, Milan and Pavia but, finding it difficult to accept the conservative rules of court life, he started his own press in Florence. Unfortunately, his business lasted only two years. He was an eccentric figure in Renaissance Italy, working outside the traditional cultural centers of court and church. I Marmi is a satirical poem, parodying the Petrachan idea of feminine perfection and is the oldest book in the Art Library’s collection.