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Guy de Cointet | Two Drawings | 5/9/1978 | This image was provided by the Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.

Guy de Cointet | Two Drawings | 5/9/1978 | This image was provided by the Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.

We are delighted to announce that Artstor is collaborating with the Franklin Furnace Archive to introduce videos in the Digital Library in the coming months. Franklin Furnace has been championing performance and other ephemeral arts for more than three decades. Martha Wilson, Franklin Furnace’s founding director, elaborates on the significance of this collaboration:

While there is undeniable value to gathering objects from performances such as costumes, props, and ephemera, video offers an irreplaceable key to understanding temporal works. Moving images are the best window we have into the past—no amount of caption text or notes from scripts can convey the look and feel of this pivotal time! Franklin Furnace is pleased to be working in collaboration with Artstor to bring video documentation of our performance art events to a broad scholarly audience.

We hope these fifty videos featuring Franklin Furnace alumni such as Alice Aycock, Ericka Beckman, Lee Breuer, John Cage, Guy De Cointet, Constance De Jong, Richard Foreman, the Kipper Kids, Jill Kroesen, Matt Mullican, Michael Smith, and William Wegman will provide insight into the intentions of avant-garde artists from 1976 forward, and will help to embed the value of ephemeral art practice in art and cultural history.

- Martha Wilson, January 2014

You may also be interested in 35 Years of Ephemeral Art: Martha Wilson on Franklin Furnace

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Technology recap 2013

Cathedral Saint-Etienne de Bourges; Interior, Ambulatory window 10, Prodigal Son window, detail | building, 13th century | Bourges, France | Image and original data provided by Madeline Caviness

Cathedral Saint-Etienne de Bourges; Interior, Ambulatory window 10, Prodigal Son window, detail | building, 13th century | Bourges, France | Image and original data provided by Madeline Caviness

Happy New Year and welcome to the start of the spring 2014 semester! As students and faculty are returning to campus we’d like to remind you of some of the improvements we made to the Artstor Digital Library in 2013:

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Printing flashcards to help you study for your Art History finals? Use Artstor Mobile instead!

Sandro Botticelli | Primavera; Allegory of Spring | c. 1478 | Galleria degli Uffizi | Image and original data provided by SCALA, Florence/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.; artres.com; scalarchives.com | (c) 2006, SCALA, Florence/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.

Sandro Botticelli | Primavera; Allegory of Spring | c. 1478 | Galleria degli Uffizi | Image and original data provided by SCALA, Florence/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.; artres.com; scalarchives.com | (c) 2006, SCALA, Florence/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.

It’s easy: Simply visit the Artstor Digital Library on your mobile device, open an image group, and then tap on the Flashcard button on the upper right.

Tap within an image to turn the image over to reveal the caption information; tap again within the box to restore the image. And you can sort the images randomly by tapping the Shuffle button in the upper left.

Prefer to study on your desktop? Go to mobile.artstor.org on Safari or Firefox and follow the instructions above.

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email-4-trainingSign up for a free webinar to learn the many ways to use the ARTstor Digital Library – including advanced features, our ever-growing list of interdisciplinary image collections, and how to find images for specific areas of study.

Live sessions are available for users at subscribing institutions as well as for anyone interested in learning more about subscribing to ARTstor. Please note that registration closes 24 hours prior to the webinar.

Subject-specific webinars for subscribers and non-subscribers:

What’s New in the ARTstor Digital Library? September 17, 3:00 PM
Latin American Studies September 19, 3:00 PM
The History of Photography September 26, 3:00 PM
Medieval Art October 22, 3:00 PM

Webinars for subscribers:

Register for an upcoming session:
ARTstor Mobile September 18, 2:00 PM

View the complete webinar schedule for subscribers

Are you a non-subscriber who wants to learn more?

Register for an upcoming session:
What Can You Do with ARTstor? September 18, 10:00 AM

View the complete webinar schedule for non-subscribers

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email-4-trainingSign up for a free webinar to learn the many ways to use the ARTstor Digital Library – including advanced features, our ever-growing list of interdisciplinary image collections, and how to find images for specific areas of study.

Live sessions are available for users at subscribing institutions as well as for anyone interested in learning more about subscribing to ARTstor.

Are you a user at a subscribing institution?

Register for an upcoming session:
View, Print, and Download Images August 30, 10:00 AM

View the complete webinar schedule for subscribers

Are you a non-subscriber who wants to learn more?

Register for an upcoming session:
What Can You Do with ARTstor? August 29, 3:00 PM

View the complete webinar schedule for non-subscribers

Subject-specific webinars for subscribers and non-subscribers
Psychology September 6, 10:00 AM
Using ARTstor Images in the Classroom September 12, 1:00 PM
Fashion and Costume September 12, 3:00 PM
What’s New in the ARTstor Digital Library? September 17, 3:00 PM
Latin American Studies September 19, 3:00 PM
The History of Photography September 26, 3:00 PM
Medieval Art October 22, 3:00 PM

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zip files

As of today, users who download single image files from the ARTstor Digital Library will receive a zip file that contains a JPEG image and an HTML file with the associated metadata (find out why here).

Many versions of Windows come equipped with a built in zip program, but if you need to install a program on your PC, ARTstor recommends 7-Zip, available free at 7-zip.org. Mac users will not need to install software to handle zip files as it is already built into OS X.

We recommend that you clear the cache and restart your Web browser before first downloading images today.

You can find instructions on how to download images and open files on the ARTstor Help Wiki, and you can also download our guide for using zip (PDF, 621 KB).

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact User Services at userservices@artstor.org.

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zip filesWe are happy to announce an update that will eliminate the need for Java in the ARTstor Digital Library. In the near future, single image downloads will be delivered in zip files.

ARTstor has been using Java for downloads of individual images, but recently the U.S. Department of Homeland Security began recommending that Java be disabled due to security concerns. After our update, users who download single image files will receive a zip file that contains a JPEG image and an HTML file with the associated metadata. In addition to removing the need for Java, using zip will allow ARTstor to pursue other feature enhancements, such as additional options for image group downloads.

For some users, mainly those on PCs, it will be necessary to install software such as 7Zip to unzip their downloads.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact User Services at userservices@artstor.org.

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update_OIVA new version of ARTstor’s Offline Image Viewer (OIV) for Mac OS X 10.7 and OS X 10.8 is now available for download. This version includes all the features of the previous release.

To download the Offline Image Viewer for your Mac:

  1. Log in to your ARTstor account
  2. Click Tools > Download offline presentation tool > and accept the Terms & Conditions of Use
  3. Select OIV 3.1.3 for Mac and click Download

The OIV enables instructors to give reliable classroom presentations using high-resolution images from the ARTstor Digital Library without being connected to the Internet. OIV allows users to download much larger images (up to 3200 pixels on the long side) than individual or PowerPoint downloads, and these can be combined with the users’ own content to create digital slide show presentations that feature side-by-side comparisons, zooming and panning, and the ability to customize text on the slides.

For more information about installing and using the OIV software, please see our Online Help.

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John Marin | Hurricane | 1944 | Image © Indianapolis Museum of Art; imamuseum.org | © 2008 Estate of John Marin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

John Marin | Hurricane | 1944 | Image © Indianapolis Museum of Art; imamuseum.org | © 2008 Estate of John Marin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

How the ARTstor Digital Library Weathered the Storm
By Mary Finer, Project Coordinator

ARTstor is in the goal-setting time of the year, and expanding our disaster recovery efforts is high on the Technology department’s list—especially after last year. We’re in pretty good shape though. While sites such as Buzzfeed and The Huffington Post were down during “Superstorm” Sandy, the ARTstor Digital Library remained accessible.

ARTstor has servers in Manhattan and Denver, and each location has backups of each other in case disaster strikes. In New York our servers are at 60 Hudson Street, a.k.a. “the Hub,” a 1.8 million square foot facility where the Internet’s transatlantic cable lands. It used to be the center of Western Union’s telegraph network when it was built in the late 1920s, and is now the Grand Central Station of the Internet.

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