The New York Public Library has released more than 20,000 high resolution cartographic works (maps!) for free
, to view and download. "We believe these maps have no known US copyright restrictions." All can be viewed through the New York Public Library’s Digital Collections page
and downloaded through their Map Warper
. (Via) [more inside]
Gospel of Intolerance
- Excerpts of "God Loves Uganda"
, a feature documentary directed and produced by filmmaker Roger Ross Williams
is having its premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film explains how money donated by American evangelicals directly finances the violent antigay movement
The permanent collection of the (US) National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago contains more than 2,500 pieces of art by 250 artists, all of which can be seen at NVAM Collection Online
. The site includes biographical material on the artists who created the work. Featured Artwork
. A small selection
. (Via. Images at links in this post may be nsfw, and/or disturbing to some viewers.)
Seven boxes marked "WW3"
hold works ready for immediate evacuation if the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC faced catastrophic destruction. An essay published in the Washington Post discusses how Curator Andrew Robinson decides which seventy-four items in his area of responsibility hold top priority out of more than 100,000
watercolors, drawings, prints and rare books.
USMC Warrant Officer (ret.) Michael D. Fay served as a combat artist from 2000 through January 2010 under the History Division of the Marine Corps University.
He once described his orders from them as "Go to War. Do Art
." Fay was deployed several times to Iraq and Afghanistan, and has been keeping a blog of his sketches since 2005
. [more inside]
was a Philadelphian artist who created original and iconic illustrations and paintings found on posters for several popular 1970s and 80s American movies, including Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome
, The Dark Crystal
, Raiders of the Lost Ark
, and The Sting
. He also created unique artwork for TV Guide
covers, as well as album cover art
for Bette Midler and others. His Time
cover featuring Lily Tomlin
to the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution.
), painter, sculptor, perfomance artist, printmaker, photographer, theater designer, technologist, dead at 82
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In Memoriam and in Protest
--why not use an online deathmatch as a pedestal for speaking out against a war?
Artist/Professor uses US Govt-developed America's Army
(...placing Soldiering front and center within popular culture and showcasing the roles training, teamwork and technology play in the Army. ...
) as protest and art space. DeLappe's homepage (and jpgs) here
: Contemporary Chinese Art From China and the US.
By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA.
From the website at the Library of Congress, the posters consist of 908 boldly colored and graphically diverse original posters produced from 1936 to 1943 as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal. Of the 2,000 WPA posters known to exist, the Library of Congress's collection of more than 900 is the largest. These striking silkscreen, lithograph, and woodcut posters were designed to publicize health and safety programs; cultural programs including art exhibitions, theatrical, and musical performances; travel and tourism; educational programs; and community activities in seventeen states and the District of Columbia.
For examples, see a poster on the health dangers of Syphilis
and one for the play Alison's House: A Poetic Romance