MoMA Acquires Gilbert And Lila Silverman Collection
The collection, which was assembled in Detroit over three decades by the Silvermans, comprises approximately 3,000 works in mediums ranging from printed ephemera, multiples, drawings, and sculptural objects, to photographs and film. In addition, an archival component includes more than 4,000 files with such items as artists’ correspondence, notebooks and scrapbooks, as well as documents and photographs related to Fluxus performances and events. The final component of the Silverman Fluxus Collection is a reference library of over 1,500 related books and catalogues.
A Tug of War Over Robert Motherwell
Dueling legal complaints filed on the same day in different New York courts present strikingly contradictory portrayals of Joan Banach, who for 10 years was a personal curator and cataloger for the Abstract Expressionist artist Robert Motherwell.
Reading in a digital age: Everything is changing
He jumped into his topic from the platform of a National Endowment for the Arts study which showed that the annual reading of a novel or a collection of short stories by Americans has been eroding by percentage points since the 1980s. In 2009, Bohjalian said that the study only indicated 50 percent of the public could make that contention, "because reading is changing and the Internet is changing reading behavior."
Detroit newspapers hope fewer days can add up
Detroit is trying a hybrid: keeping daily publication, but cutting back on its commitment to serve homes every day. The newspapers hope that by nurturing their ink-stained legacy, and reaping only partial savings in production and delivery, they can keep enough revenue and staff to grow beyond print and become profitable on the Internet, cell phones and other mobile gadgets.
Stop The Presses! Newspapers As We Know Them May Cease To Exist ... But What Will Become Of The News Itself?
And what about the "local angle"? (Editors always tell their reporters to "get the local angle.) Well, you can't get more local than the suburban community of Montclair, New Jersey, where Debra Galant and Liz George have launched a Web site, Baristanet.com. "We are much more different because we are more dynamic," George said. "People are coming to have a conversation, and you cannot do it with a newspaper."
Archie Green, 91, Union Activist and Folklorist, Dies
At the same time, Mr. Green energetically promoted the idea of public folklore — that is, that folklorists should work outside the academy to gather, preserve and publicize local cultures through government agencies, museums, folk festivals and radio stations. His signal achievement in this area was the lonely lobbying campaign he conducted for nearly six years to create a national folklife center, which became a reality when Congress, by a unanimous vote, passed the American Folklife Preservation Act, signed into law by President Gerald R. Ford in January 1976.
The Beat goes on: Michelle Kraus helps preserve the voice of Beat poet Allen Ginsberg
Her career has been in the field of technology, which, she says, dovetails nicely with a dream she nurtured decades ago as a "scholar on fire." In her afterword for "Allen Ginsberg," she wrote: "Public access to nontraditional information was the motivating force behind this compilation. As computer technology is adapted to library systems, one hopes that this process of data retrieval will be simplified. However, in lieu of advances in application, this sourcebook has been provided with material that is not readily available."
Help solve the mystery of the Gardner art heist
The pilfering of the Manet deviates from the rest of the theft in other ways. It was the only painting stolen from a gallery not on the second floor. Mysteriously, no alarms were triggered on the entire first floor during the thieves’ 81-minute spree - despite the fact that “Chez Tortoni” was taken from a first-floor gallery. What does this tell us about how the theft was conducted?
Hidden treasures in antique books
The resurrection of these lost titles to the world market has attracted the interest of large customers, mainly universities with reputable book collections. İşli adds that there are still valuable and rare items out there, waiting to be brought to light, but one would have to look east: Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. He explains that the former Iron Curtain countries have impeded the flow of such books across national borders.
Hitler, assassination plot, personal documents
Stefan Fisher of Blue Lake purchased the personal military papers of the German Cmdr. Johannes-Georg Klamroth more than 30 years ago -- having no idea that they belonged to an intelligence officer tried, convicted and executed for his advance knowledge of a 1944 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
Recession sees business boom for Norwich second-hand traders
The enthusiasm of buyers has also helped. He said: “One of the things about specialist book sales is buyers know that if they see a rare book and don't buy it, they may never see it again as it will be out of print. “If book buyers see a £100 edition they want and only have £90 in their pocket they will go without food and beg, borrow and steal to get that extra £10 because they want it.
Celebrating 400th Anniversary of Henry Hudson’s Historic Voyage
The 400th anniversary of Hudson’s departure will be celebrated this week in Amsterdam and in Manhattan, where the Museum of the City of New York opens “Amsterdam/New Amsterdam: The Worlds of Henry Hudson.” The exhibition includes 275 artifacts in an installation that evokes the hull of Hudson’s 85-foot-long ship, the Half Moon.
Celebrating kids literature
The children's book festival also highlights the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection. Founded in 1966, the collection holds the original manuscripts and illustrations of more than 1,200 authors and illustrators, as well as 100,000-plus published books dating from 1530 to the present. "We are especially thrilled to have someone of Judy Blume's stature to receive the Southern Miss Medallion," said Ellen Ruffin, de Grummond Children's Literature Collection curator. "Her influence with young people is incomparable."
Stalker who loved Dickens
The stalker’s identity is revealed in the diary of Annie Fields, a Boston society hostess and the wife of Dickens’s publisher, who attended some of the novelist’s shows. Her account of the “Bigelow terror” forms the basis for several scenes in The Last Dickens, a bestselling novel by Matthew Pearl, a New York historian who found it in archives.
Laser etch your laptop with the map to Super Mario Land
From customizing shoes to Pac-Man shirts on Threadless, the remix culture really knows no bounds. Now anybody can slap a Mario sticker on their laptop and call it unique, but RevolvingDork over at hypercombofinish has a new twist on the practice: making it permanent through laser etching.