Friday, May 30, 2008

Archives News: May 2008

Conservation work is almost complete on GSA Archives’ Poster Collection. This collection comprises over 200 posters dating from 1960s – 1990s. Most of the posters relate to events held at The Glasgow School of Art such as degree shows, artists’ talks, fashion shows and student activities. Many of these were designed and printed in-house at GSA. The image shown here is a detail from a fashion show poster designed by the School’s Head of Printing, Robert Stewart. There are also a selection of posters relating to exhibitions of work by GSA staff and students held at GSA and at other venues.

Most of the posters are paper based. These have been mechanically cleaned and flattened with paper repairs carried out using a selection of high quality Japanese papers and a wheat starch paste adhesive. Several posters had damaging adhesive residues and tapes adhered to the verso and these were all removed successfully. They are now stored individually within polyester enclosures to ensure their long term preservation.

A small number of posters are printed textiles. These items have undergone light cleaning and repair where appropriate. The posters have now been given custom made storage using high quality conservation grade materials and are now stored rolled alongside other textile collections.

All treatments are fully reversible and have been documented and attached to the catalogue. This conservation work is part of the School's HLF funded Mackintosh Conservation and Access Project.

Archives News is a monthly update on what's been happening with The Glasgow School of Art's archive collections.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Increased Holdings in Philosophy and Social and Cultural Theory

We're just purchased a considerable number of new titles on philosophy, cultural theory, sociology, psychology and anthropology. This is in response to feedback from our students and researchers, and has enabled us to plug gaps in our collection in these areas. Our expanded holdings in these subjects will help us to serve the increasing emphasis on interdisciplinary study within art and design.
Holdings for the following writers and theorists have all been vastly expanded. Full details of all the titles can be found in the Library Catalogue.
  • Adorno, Agamben, Althusser, Arendt
  • Badiou, Barthes, Bataille, Blonsky, Bourriaud, Buber
  • Camus, Chomsky, Confucius
  • De Beauvoir, Debord, DeLanda, Deleuze, Derrida, Descartes, Durkheim
  • Engels
  • Foucault, Freud, Fromm
  • Gadamer, Galbraith, Girard, Gramsci, Guattari
  • Habermas, Hayek, Hegel, Heidegger, Horkheimer
  • Irigaray
  • Jung
  • Kant, Kierkegaard, Klein, Kropotkin
  • Lacan, Laclau, Lenin, Levi-Strauss, Levinas, Lyotard
  • McLuhan, Marx, Mauss, Merleau-Ponty, Mouffe
  • Negri, Niebuhr, Nietzsche
  • Popper
  • Ranciere, Ricoeur, Rousseau, Russell
  • Said, Sartre, Saussure, Schopenhauer
  • Veblen, Virilio
  • Weber, Williams, Wittgenstein
  • Zizek

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

New Fine Art DVDs- Jake Auerbach Films

We have recently added to the collection three DVDs from Jake Auerbach Films. Jake Auerbach, the son of painter Frank Auerbach, specialises in producing films that take a unique and in-depth look at the creative processes of some of Britain's greatest artists. Lucian Freud: Portraits (DVD 961) uses interviews with some of Freud's most famous sitters (including David Hockney and the Duke of Devonshire) to build up a picture of Freud himself. In John Virtue: London (DVD 965) Jake Auerbach follows the reclusive painter from Greenwich to Trafalgur Square as he works at painting the capital. Interestingly the film Frank Auerbach: To the Studio (DVD 975) is not directed by the subject's son, but by Hannah Rothschild. It captures the spirit and atmosphere of the notoriously prolific painters creativity through interviews with him and his sitters. You can visit Jake Auerbach's myspace page here for film clips and news on events.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Fine Art DVDs - theEye

TheEye is a series of interview-based profiles of contemporary visual artists in Britain. Each film provides an overview of an artist's work and ideas, and is illustrated by footage of key exhibitions and installations around the world. The films offer rare and personal insights into the creative process and influences of many reknowned contemporary artists. The Library now stocks all of theEye series on either DVD or VHS with a view to obtaining the full range on DVD in the coming months. To see the full list of artists available, along with the DVD/Videotape class numbers go to the library search page and type "theEye" in the keyword box. You can do this here.

Monday, May 19, 2008

DVD just in- The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption (DVD 954) was released in 1995 to glowing reviews but a less than impressive showing at the box office. Warner Brothers struggled to get across the moral and philosophical scope of the picture in a two minute trailer and the masses stayed away, apparently convinced it was just your average prison-drama. However in the years that followed the film defied expectations and generated a huge word-of-mouth buzz that ensured it enjoyed great success on the home video market. Its popularity remains such that it is regularly ranked among the greatest films of all time and is currently the jointly best rated film by users of the Internet Movie Database. The film tells the story of a friendship that develops between two convicted murderers in the massive Shawshank Sate Prison who, in the face of the myriad difficulties of prison life, strive to retain their sense of dignity and integrity. Through acts of common decency they inspire those around them- ultimately showing prisoners and guards alike the importance of friendship and the power of hope.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

New DVDs in the Library

Over the last few months we have been expanding the DVD collection with many new titles. There is Lars von Trier's extraordinary Dancer in the Dark and the highly acclaimed dark fantasy Pan’s Labyrinth from director Guillermo Del Toro. We also have some of the best recent independent US films like the meditative Old Joy and the touching Junebug. Those of a nervous disposition should probably avoid The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and instead go for the groundbreaking anime fantasy Little Norse Prince which is one of the first films to feature the talents of the legendary Hayao Miyazaki. In addition we've got some old classics like The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Godzilla and both of James Whale's classic 1930s Frankenstein movies. From the small screen there are three great Natural World films- Lobo; Reindeer Girls and Moose in the Glen as well as some of the best recent art and architecture series including: Picture This; The Genius of Photography; This is Civilisation; Jonathan Meades Magnetic North and Dan Cruickshank's Adventures in Architecture. Go to the DVD shelves for a full alphabetical list and to check for all the latest additions.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Northern Italian Sketchbook

The Archive here at Glasgow School of Art holds an original sketchbook used by the celebrated architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh during a tour of continental Europe in 1891. Funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has enabled the digitisation of this unique resource and the creation of a website which presents both the sketchbook and the results of additional research into it. The website also includes maps and photographs, and is searchable and browseable.
Access: Free

Library Releases Updated Listings of Peer-Reviewed Journals

To support the School's growing research culture, the Library has just compiled updated listings of peer-reviewed journals in its 3 subject disciplines, plus Cultural Studies, Media and Film. Articles in these journals all undergo peer review as part of the editorial process, and publication of research findings within these journals is therefore well-respected. Our listings provide a useful and convenient way for GSA academics and researchers to identify potential routes to publication.

Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education

We have just activated online access to the Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education. Now all our students and staff can access back issues of this journal direct online, back to Vol. 3 in 2004. Access is available from on-campus only.
Access: On campus access only.

Journal of Visual Arts Practice

We have just activated online access to the Journal of Visual Arts Practice. Now all our students and staff can access back issues of this journal direct online, back to Vol. 4 in 2005. Access is available from on-campus only.
Access: On campus access only.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Archives News: April 2008

During April we have been working on our Gillespie, Kidd and Coia archive. The records of this celebrated architectural firm were gifted to The Glasgow School of Art in 2001. They include job files, photographs and drawings for all of the firm's major projects from the late 1950s-1980s, a total of over 18,000 items!

We are currently cataloguing and conserving this material in order to make it more accessible to users. This has been made possible by two HLF funded projects: Gillespie Kidd and Coia: Architecture 1956-1987 and The Mackintosh Conservation and Access Project Over half of the material has already been catalogued and a new Project Archivist, Mark Tripney has just started with us to continue this work. The material has recently been relocated to an area adjacent to our conservation studio - allowing our paper conservator, Ann Evans, easy access to the large architectural drawings she is working on.

The archive has already been used by researchers, architects, designers and journalists and we hope to make it even more accessible by putting the full catalogue online in 2009.

Archives News is a monthly update on what's been happening with The Glasgow School of Art's archive collections.