Visual Resourcefulness at MassArt

The History of Stop Motion by caitlin
November 11, 2010, 8:57 pm
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Here is a great short making its way across the internet about stop motion animation by Chloe Fleury. I now know that I can thank Emile Cohl when I am blissfully watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for the 800th time this holiday season.


Underground Art School by caitlin
January 27, 2010, 3:36 pm
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The main goal of this blog is to present the best image resources the internet has to offer to the MassArt community. Often the resources we find lean toward the art history side of the curriculum, but another important part of making art is seeing what others are working on right now at this very moment. Creating a venue for new art is one of the things the internet does best. I have a few favorite blogs that are constantly barraging me with new amazing work from folk all over. Booooooom and my love for you is a stampede of horses just to name a couple. I have a new favorite to add to the list Underground Art School .

UAS has set out to support art students, graduates, and teachers with a print magazine and a blog. There is an open call for work for every issue. Recent blog posts have both shown work and given job hunting hints. Check them out and maybe submit some work!

The Photo Archive by caitlin
October 30, 2009, 9:27 pm
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Glass by Natalie Rose

Curious about what is happening on the 6th floor of Kennedy? The senior photo majors are working diligently as usual and producing some fabulous work. Luckily for us we don’t have to wait until the senior show or sneak in to critiques to see it this year. Fellow student Rebecca Buonopane is undertaking an extended project of compiling the work of the class of 2010. Each week she will feature a new student’s work and interview them about their current project. The samples of work will provide a record for everyone involved of both the work and process of the final year at MassArt.

The Photo Archive

MoMA on Artstor by caitlin
October 19, 2009, 8:12 pm
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We have loved Artstor for a long time. It’s true, but now we love it even more.  Artstor has just added over 1,400 new painting and sculpture images from the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. This is very exciting for those of us who are fans of art from the late 19th century to the present. The modern and contemporary collections on Art tor have never been its strongest, but this addition is a step in the right direction.

Homage to the Square: Two Whites Between Two Yellows by Josef Albers

Homage to the Square: Two Whites Between Two Yellows by Josef Albers

If I were to walk to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston… by caitlin
September 18, 2009, 3:45 pm
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Madame Cézanne in a Red Armchair by Paul Cézanne

Madame Cézanne in a Red Armchair by Paul Cézanne

I was walking by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, when Jonathan Richman started singing to me about the room where they keep the Cezanne. My iPod had selected “Girlfriend” by hometown heroes and proto-punkers The Modern Lovers. Don’t you just love it when your consumer electronics synchronize with you external environment? With Richman as my tour guide, I surveyed the progress on construction on the museum’s new wing.

“If I were to walk to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston / Well, first I’d go to the room where they keep the Cezanne / But if I had by my side a girlfriend / Then I could look through the paintings, I could look right through them / Because I’d have found something that I understand, I understand a girlfriend, ” sings Richman, providing us an emotional tour of the Fenway, our backyard. Unlike Richman, the room with the Cezanne wouldn’t be my first stop – I generally like to check out the special exhibits in the Foster Gallery before I do anything else. But I digress – Cezanne’s not going anywhere, this new wing is for the American collection.

The song and the walk reminded me to remind all of you, dear MassArt community members, to take advantage of the MFA being only a stones throw from campus. MassArt students get in with your MassArt ID and the library has passes that can be checked out if you want to treat your Mom to a nice Sunday outing while showing off all the fancy knowledge you’re gaining at school. Next Thursday, September 24, the Museum is hosting a College Night that promises live music, DJs, and perhaps most importantly, free Mexican food.

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Jonathan Richman – Girlfriend/Roadrunner live

The Modern Lovers – Pablo Picasso

Jonathan Richamn and the Modern Lovers – New England

Happy birthday dusty footprints! Apollo 11 is 40 by caitlin
July 14, 2009, 4:34 pm
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Apollo Bootprint

Apollo Bootprint

Next Monday marks forty years since the Apollo 11 crew members first walked out on to the moon’s surface.  While some of us were not here to witness it the first time around the footage surrounding the event can bring us close.  So much of the imagery from the early days of the space program has become ingrained in our collective memory.  The media is gearing up for a space-centric week and I am not immune from it.  Here is a great crowd shot of the launch by the fabulous street photographer Gary Winogrand, found through the MassArt Digital Image Database (

Apollo 11 Moon Shot, Cape Kennedy, Florida by Gary Winogrand

Apollo 11 Moon Shot, Cape Kennedy, Florida by Gary Winogrand

NASA shares some of their images with us through MDID as well.

Apollo Astronaut on the Moon from NASA Image eXchange via MDID

Apollo Astronaut on the Moon from NASA Image eXchange via MD

The NBC News channel on Hulu has a full length special about the landing from what looks like the 3oth anniversary, chock full of original footage.

Here are some other spots on the internet that have space fever:

Off the Shelf ( – When astronauts photographed on the Moon – HOW TO: Experience the Apollo 11 Moon Landing in Realtime

We Choose the Moon

Lens ( – Showcase our moon

Public Art at MIT by caitlin
May 15, 2009, 4:37 pm
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We have a lot of great stuff surrounding us here in America’s college town.  So with classes ending and the weather reaching perfection get out in the sunshine and check out what the richer schools have to offer!

The List Visual Art Center at MIT has created a map of all their public art pieces scattered around campus.  It also has markers for architecturally significant buildings such as Alvar Aalto’s Baker house and the MIT Chapel designed by Eero Saarinen. You could really impress your friends and family with all your art school knowledge (even if you have to print out a cheat sheet). Honestly what could be better that walking around town on a sunny day with an iced coffee in hand looking at art for free?

Baker House dormitory at MIT by Alvar Aalto image by ryan_d_cole

Baker House dormitory at MIT by Alvar Aalto image by ryan_d_cole