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Visual Artists and HIV

Visual Artists and HIV

Since 1989, art galleries and museums have taken note of the toll that HIV has taken on artists and their communities.  While a number of HIV+ artists are well known, such as photographers Robert Mapplethorpe and Herb Ritts and painter Keith Haring, the disease still affects the art world today.  Profiled below are three artists whose work is making a significant impact in the art world today. Photographer John Dugdale produces fragile, beautiful cyanotypes and calotypes that often feature LGBTQ themes (even the flowers – really!).Born in 1960, Dugdale studied photography at New York’s School of the Visual Arts.  He was diagnosed with HIV in 1982 and lived with the disease mostly in check until 1993, when he suffered two … Continued
Protest Art and Music

Protest Art and Music

Protest as an expression for change can take many forms, from physical to economic to artistic.  Art and music have a rich history of conveying protest messages in unique and creative ways. Art A Brief History of Protest Art looks at artists from the Dadaists to Guerrilla Girls, and others viewed as “the most politically impactful artists of the last century.” An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940–2017, includes themes such as Resistance and Refusal; Strike, Boycott, Advocate; Stop the War; and Abuse of Power. Art Responds to Women’s Suffrage: Pro and Con features American and British women cartoonists whose political art in that time period represented varied views of the issues. Articles accessible via the … Continued
Opening Minds through Art … and intergenerational interactions

Opening Minds through Art … and intergenerational interactions

Happy Times #4, Margaret A. May is a good time to celebrate Spring (no matter how delayed or sporadic!) and also to celebrate Older Americans.  The 2019 theme for Older Americans Month is “Connect, Create, Contribute” and it encourages older adults and their communities to: Connect with friends, family, and services that support participation. Create by engaging in activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment. Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others. Happy Birthday to Me, Esther W. For five years, IU East has been involved in the spirit of Connect, Create, Contribute, through our partnership with Friends Fellowship Community (FFC) for the Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program. We are pleased to announce that throughout June … Continued
Student researchers’ special projects for Summer 2018

Student researchers’ special projects for Summer 2018

The IU East Campus Library is host to two students immersed in two different, and very interesting, research topics. An art tradition for forty years: The Whitewater Valley Art Competition Brittany Yoder, a Junior Communications major, was selected as an IU Bicentennial intern for summer 2018, to work on a “Connecting Campus and Community through Art” project. This internship is hosted by the IU Office of the Bicentennial. Under the supervision of IU East Archivist Beth South, Brittany will document the history of ways in which the campus engages with the community through art outreach. The project will be housed in an Omeka presentation site, within the “Arts in Culture” theme.  Selective content highlights will also be integrated into the … Continued
Artistically Inclined

Artistically Inclined

You might not think of the library first for the fine or performance arts. After all, you learn art by ‘doing’ – putting pencil to paper, or flute to lips. Words alone can’t fully articulate what it is. Sure, art students can frequently be found sketching in the library – the strong architectural and perspective lines here are great for compositions – but do they need to do research? The answer, of course, is yes. Art without context loses a lot of its meaning and power. And research helps both understanding and technique; whether you are yourself an artist training in new styles or merely a scholarly connoisseur. There are lots of resources available, including ProQuest Arts for scholarship and … Continued