[ECP] Educational CyberPlayGround NetHappenings Newsletter

Nethappenings Newsletter Headlines and Resources

Utah Artists Project
The Utah Artists Project is part of the digital initiative work at the J.
Williard Marriott Library at the University of Utah. The goal of the project
is “to improve access to information about and knowledge of the work of
Utah’s most prominent visual artists.” The project began with a core list of
200 artists, and since then it has grown significantly. Each entry features
biographical information, images of key artworks, and archival materials. A
good place to start here is the entry for Anna C. Bliss, a
nonrepresentational artist whose work examines ideas about color perception
and geometry. The categories of art included here are a diverse, including
furniture making, mixed media, and textiles. New material is added to the
site on a regular basis, and it’s worth bookmarking for a return visit or
Tacoma Community History Project
Community histories have become increasingly popular, and this
interdisciplinary project from the University of Washington-Tacoma is part
of that growing trend. The materials here include oral histories gathered by
students working under the direction of Professor Michael Honey for his
undergraduate and graduate courses. This collection contains 50 oral
histories, and visitors can explore all of them via an interactive map or
the Explore By Communities tab. It is worth noting that the histories
include other communities within south Puget Sound, such as Gig Harbor and
University Place. Some of the titles here include “Italians in Hilltop” and
“A Blue Collar Town: The Tacoma Labor Movement.” The materials date back to
1991 and include transcripts of each interview. Finally, the About area
contains information about student involvement in the project, along with
information on community involvement and engagement.
Thomas H. and Joan W. Gandy Photograph Collection
The Louisiana Digital Library has a wide array of historical collections
that document everything from Acadian culture to the vibrancy of Mardi Gras
in New Orleans. This particular collection brings together photographs of
Natchez from photographers Henry Norman, Henry Gurney, and Earl Norman.
Visitors can make their way through over 160 images here, such as shots of
barbershops, prominent buildings, distinguished antebellum mansions, and
scenes of everyday life. The informal photos are quite wonderful; visitors
shouldn’t miss “Card game” or the “Children and Snowmen” image. As a whole,
the collection answers a number of compelling questions, including “How did
people dress to have their pictures taken?” and “What did Natchez-Under-The-
Hill look like in the late 1800s?”
Cabinet of Wonders
The noted musician and impresario John Wesley Harding has created a new
variety show for National Public Radio. It’s called “Cabinet of Wonders” and
on the program’s home page, it says that the show will “make you laugh,
think and sing along. Sometimes all at once.” The program is recorded live
at the City Winery in New York City, and so far performers on the have
included John Hodgman, Colson Whitehead, Rick Moody, and Edie Brickell.
Visitors can listen to each show in its entirety here, or download the
programs at their leisure. Each program features a brief description of the
performance, along with related links and other resources.
Simply put, Seaquence is “an experiment in musical composition”. It’s a
rather modest way to describe this truly unique online experience. By
adopting a biological metaphor, visitors can “create and combine musical
lifeforms resulting in an organic, dynamic composition.” There are visual
“creatures” on the site which can be manipulated by users as they are
encouraged to add different elements to the creation “dish” here. The
combination of different creatures results in unique musical compositions
that always change as they move about the screen. There’s a demonstration in
the About area, which is a great way to learn about how the different
controls work. After completing a composition via their creatures, visitors
can save each composition by clicking “share” so they can send them along to
friends and other creative types.
Irish Museum of Modern Art
If you’ve been thinking that art in Ireland is all penny whistles and
fiddlers and maybe some lace, it’s time to pay a visit to the Irish Museum
of Modern Art (IMMA). IMMA displays its collection “in rotating temporary
exhibitions, exploring the work of individual artists in solo displays, and
through curated group exhibitions.” Currently, Time out of Mind: Works from
the IMMA Collection is on view at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. At
the IMMA website, wander the Museum’s wings by taking one of the four
virtual tours provided: Mindful Media, work from the 1970s by New York-based
Irish artist Les Levine; the Madden Arnholz Collection – old master prints
collected by Fritz (Colm) Arnholz and Etain Madden Arnholz, an early
donation to the IMMA; paintings made in the last 10 years by Philip Taaffe;
and Twenty: Celebrating 20 Years of the Irish Museum of Modern Art. The
Permanent Collection Database is under construction, and a search feature
should be released this year.

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