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April 3, 2015

Friday links: Lit-up Rothko, nude museum tour, gluten-free art

Robert Howlett, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern, ca. 1857-1858. George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

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April 2, 2015

Hopping through cultures: the rabbit in art

Albrecht Dürer, Hare (A Young Hare), 1502, Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Image and original data: Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.

Albrecht Dürer, Hare (A Young Hare), 1502, Graphische Sammlung Albertina. Image and original data: Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.

Easter is around the corner, and with it comes the inevitable barrage of images of the Easter bunny. The strange thing is that the only mentions of rabbits in the Bible are prohibitions against eating them in the Old Testament. So what gives?

The underlying idea is that rabbits are connected to the idea of rebirth—not only do they reproduce prodigiously, at one time they were believed to reproduce asexually. The connection of rabbits to rebirth also occurs in non-Christian societies: The Rabbit in the Moon (instead of our Man in the Moon) is a familiar symbol in Asia, and was part of Aztec legend, tying the idea of rabbits to a “rebirth” every night. But other qualities of rabbits and hares also get highlighted in folklore, including their mischievous side, playing the role of cunning tricksters in Native American and Central African mythologies.

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March 27, 2015

Friday links: AbEx cooking, more King Tut mishaps, and old underwear

Robert Howlett, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern, ca. 1857-1858. George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

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March 20, 2015

Friday links: bodies lost, bodies found, thefts, and replicas

Robert Howlett, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern, ca. 1857-1858. George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

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March 13, 2015

Friday links: purloined Michelangelo letter, melting mummies, and more

Robert Howlett, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern, ca. 1857-1858. George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

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March 12, 2015

At-risk collections to receive preservation and distribution support from Artstor

artstor_logo_rgb2Artstor announces the first four recipients of a new initiative to preserve and increase the availability of at-risk collections. The selected projects are:

  • The James Cahill Archive of Chinese art (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Excavations and finds in Oaxaca by Judith Zeitlin, 1973 and 1990 (University of Massachusetts, Boston)
  • Ronald M. Bernier Archive, Buddhist initiation rituals in Nepal in the ’70s and ’80s and key historical sites from Myanmar (University of Colorado Boulder)
  • The Mohamed Makiya Archive, Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT’s archive of Iraqi architect and urban planner Mohamed Saleh Makiya (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

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March 10, 2015

Now available: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Ben Shahn | Untitled (Four Men, One Playing a Guitar) | ca. 1930s

Ben Shahn | Untitled (Four Men, One Playing a Guitar) | ca. 1930s | Art © Estate of Ben Shahn/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. This work of art is protected by copyright and/or related rights and may not be reproduced in any manner, except as permitted under the ARTstor Digital Library Terms and Conditions of Use, without the prior express written authorization of VAGA, 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2820, New York, NY 10118. Tel.: 212-736-6666, fax: 212-736-6767, email: info@vagarights.com.

Artstor and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) are now sharing more than 300 additional images of modern and contemporary art in the Digital Library. The 1,300 images now available in Artstor consist of highlights from the museum’s permanent collection of modern and contemporary art.

International in scope, SFMOMA‘s permanent collection includes more than 26,000 works of painting, sculpture, photography, architecture and design, and media arts from 1900 to the present. Artists represented include: Robert Arneson, Robert Bechtle, Elmer Bischoff, Louise Bourgeois, Joan Brown, Jay DeFeo, Richard Diebenkorn, Dan Flavin, Sam Francis, Philip Guston, Sargent Johnson, Ellsworth Kelly, Dorothea Lange, Sol LeWitt, Nathan Oliveira, David Park, Robert Rauschenberg, Doris Salcedo, Richard Serra, Clyfford Still, Wayne Thiebaud, and Edward Weston, among others.

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March 10, 2015

Now available: The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art

Jamini Roy, Queen on Horseback. University of Florida: Harn Museum of Art

Jamini Roy, Queen on Horseback. University of Florida: Harn Museum of Art

Artstor and the University of Florida are now sharing more than 700 images from the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art in the Digital Library.

The images are a selection of artworks representing the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art’s five core collecting areas: African art, Asian art, modern art, contemporary art, and photography, as well as its holdings of Ancient American art, Oceanic art, and Prints and Drawings before 1850.

As an integral part of the University of Florida, the museum advances teaching and research and serves as a catalyst for creative engagement between the university and diverse local, state, national and international audiences.

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