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Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

Some excellent stories we’ve been reading this week:

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By now you know that Shared Shelf Commons is Shared Shelf’s open-access library of digital media. And you know that its contents include everything from flowers and turtles to medicine labels and political memorabilia. And you may even be aware that Shared Shelf Commons’ collections are now accessible alongside the images in the Artstor Digital Library. But did you know that the Commons are also becoming a great resource for theatre studies? Four collections are now offering a fascinating view of the history and art of theatre, including books, costume and set design, and even photographs of productions.

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Reading the Codex Mendoza

The Codex Mendoza, early 1540s

The ‘Codex Mendoza’, pt. I.; fol. 002r, early 1540s. Image and original data provided by the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. Copyright Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.

As we built our AP® Art History Teaching Resources over the last three years, we found ourselves fascinated by some of the newly required content. Over the next year, we will offer periodic webinars on some of these works of art and architecture; the first one will be on the Colonial Americas.

The art of the Colonial Americas is represented in the curriculum framework by six distinct objects. One of these is the “Codex Mendoza,” named for the first viceroy of Mexico (1535-1550), who commissioned it c. 1542 (contributed to the Artstor Digital Library by the Bodleian Library). Intended as a gift to Charles V, the manuscript never reached the monarch.

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Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

Some stories we’ve been reading this week:

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Alliance will enhance access to multimedia digital resources to support education and research

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James Shulman, President of Artstor, and Kevin Guthrie, President of ITHAKA, today announced a new strategic alliance between the two nonprofit organizations that will benefit thousands of colleges, universities, schools, museums, and other educational institutions. Artstor, the provider of the Artstor Digital Library of images and the Shared Shelf platform for cataloguing and digital asset management, will now function under the umbrella of ITHAKA, which currently operates the services JSTOR, Portico and Ithaka S+R.

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Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

Some stories we’ve been reading this week:

  • The Getty is running what it calls a “Historical Serial” on Tumblr, and we’re overcome with jealousy because it’s so brilliant. Start here.
  • The popular perception of artists is often of brooding intellectuals, but it turns out that a fair number of them aren’t above the occasional fisticuffs.
  • Beneath a painting of John Dee performing an experiment for Elizabeth I lays a dark and slightly terrifying secret.
  • This story has been freaking out everyone who reads it: Museums are keeping a ton of the world’s most famous art locked away in storage. (Though you can still see most of it in Artstor, ahem.)
  • Fascinating peek at Louise Bourgeois’ house as she left it. Bonus: great photo of the artist wearing a latex cast of one of her works!
  • Could the mysterious paintings in one of the world’s most famous caves be the oldest-known depiction of a volcanic eruption?
Shanghai: colors, textures of traffic, advertising and housing

Shanghai: colors, textures of traffic, advertising and housing. Image and original data provided by ART on FILE, http://www.artonfile.com

More than at any other time in history, images dominate our lives. Instructors need the resources to teach students how to find visual media, interpret its meaning, evaluate its sources, use it effectively, and explain the ethical, legal, social, and economic issues surrounding its creation and use.

Join Artstor’s User Services team and your fellow instructors on Twitter to share your experiences, successes, and challenges—and your questions—on teaching Visual Literacy.

Among the questions up for discussion will be:

  • What place does visual literacy have in your curriculum?
  • Which departments teach it?
  • What resources do you use?

Follow and participate with @ArtstorHelp on Tuesday, February 9, 1-2 PM EST (10-11 AM PST) using the hashtag #artstorchat

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