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The Institute Archives is currently processing the Herb Alpert School of Music Papers and found cool photographs from the annual Contemporary Music Festival.

New Circulation Policy

Students may now check out audio compact discs from the CalArts Library's collection for 7 day loan period.  The Library's CD collection contains over 8,000 items, ranging from standard classical repertoire to new and cutting edge experimental music.  LP records must still only be used in the library.

New Acquisitions From Special Collections

The Other Room
Brian Evenson & Aaron Cohick
Call Number:PS3555.V326 O85 2017

The Other Room features a short story by CalArt Critical Studies faculty, Brian Evenson. The typeface used in this book is Lirico, designed by Hendrik Weber and published by OurType in 2008. The painting on the pages is acrylic gesso. The text was letterpress printed from photopolymer plates. The large numbers and letters on the title page were printed from collagraph blocks. The images were made with a variety of collagraph matrices. The text paper is Rives Lightweight, and the cover stock and endsheets are from the French Paper Company. The Cotlin bookcloth wrapping the boards is painted with gesso and printed from collagraph and photopolymer plates.

The Drownable Species : A Story ... and an Object
Brian Evenson & Aaron Cohick
Call Number: N7433.3.E9 D7 2008

The Drownable Species features a short story by Brian Evenson. The text in this book was printed letterpress from photopolymer plates. The typeface is Palatino Linotype. The paper is Somerset Book (pages) and Mohawk Letterpress (cover). The images were made by inkjet printing on top of gesso, then brushing or pouring various liquids (water, ink wash, and/or gesso) on top of them.

Amissa Anima: A Book of the Dead
Stephanie Gibbs
Call Number: BF1343 .A457 2016

A fully assembled kit for contacting those who have passed beyond the veil. The user selects a spirit from the photograph album; chooses the emotional distillation that will pull that spirit into this realm; and uses the bell, book, and candle in the summoning. The enclosed Ouiji board then allows conversations between the realms.

Family style : the recipes of Helen Marchese
Stephanie Gibbs
Call Number: TX715 .M364 2016

These 86 recipe cards were collected, compiled, edited, and expanded upon throughout the life of Helen Marchese, primarily from the late 1940s through the 1980s. As domestic cooking becomes more and more professional, and personal recipe collections are held online rather than in boxes or in notebooks, it is reassuring to look back through the physical remnants of cookery and the exchange of favorite recipes, when the moment of sharing a recipe with a friend was perhaps more important than the finesse of preparation. These recipes tell both the story of an immigrant family learning to cook “American style,” and the shared social tradition of food.

Helen Hiebert
Cal Number:N7433.4.H533 C67 2012

The simple one-sheet book structure for Cosmology was inspired by my interest in Japanese architecture. The artist-made paper is 100% cotton, featuring a pigmented pulp lamination. Portland poet, Carl Adamshick, wrote the poem Cosomology specifically for the book. Letterpress printing by Diane Jacobs; laser cutting by Joe Freedman.

Alpha, Beta...
Helen Hiebert
Call number: N7433.4.H53 A83 2010

A book in the form of a unique lantern structure with a flexible hinge that allows it to be set up in a variety of ways. Each panel of the shadow lantern features an alphabet letter cutout that casts a shadow onto a second layer of handmade paper. The letters are in the Arts and Crafts style font designed by Dard Hunter, who is often referred to as the father of hand papermaking in 20th century America.

The Pop-up Hand Shadow Book
Helen Hiebert
Call Number:N7433.4.H533 P66 2012

The Pop-Up Hand Shadow Book features four illustrated animal hand shadow in a theatrical book structure. The animals are brought to life as the viewer plays with a mini flashlight (packaged with the book), casting shadows onto panels behind the pop-ups in the book. A verse about each animal, by poet Nora Robertson, appears on each page.

Ai WeiWei
Call Number: N7349.A59 A4 2014b

This book, signed by the artist, is the first comprehensive monograph on Ai Weiwei's life and work. Compiled in close collaboration with Ai and with direct access to his own archives, it explores the artist's particular brand of expression and activism over more than 700 pages of images and text.
Included are many previously unseen images, from photos taken during Ai’s time in New York to production shots of large installations in the workshop and pictures from his studio; essays from Uli Sigg, Ai’s long-time friend and former Swiss ambassador to China; Roger M. Buergel, who curated the 2007 Documenta and hosted the artist’s Fairytale piece; and experts on Chinese culture and politics, Carlos Rojas, William A. Callahan, and James J.
Lally. Also includes numerous statements derived from exclusive interviews with Ai Weiwei, conducted especially for this publication. Full-page chapter openers designed by the artist in traditional paper-cut style.

The Fire Next Time
James Baldwin & Steve Schapiro
Call Number: E185.61 .B195 2017

James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time is reprinted in a letterpress edition with more than 100 photographs from Steve Schapiro, who traveled the American South with Baldwin for Life magazine. The encounter thrust Schapiro into the thick of the Civil Rights movement, allowing for vital, often iconic, images both of civil rights leaders—including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Fred Shuttlesworth, and Jerome Smith—and such landmark events as the March on Washington and the Selma March. Also included are Schapiro’s stories from the field, a new introduction by civil rights legend and U.S. Congressman John Lewis, captions by Marcia Davis of The Washington Post, and an essay by Gloria Baldwin Karefa-Smart, who was with her brother James in Sierra Leone when he started to work on the story. The result is a remarkable visual and textual record of one of the most important and enduring struggles of the American experience.

New donation to CalArts Library's Special Collection

October 15, 2016

The CalArts Library is happy to announce The Magician by Chris Byrne and Scott Newton is being generously donated by John D. Harkey, Jr. to the CalArts Library Special Collections. The Magician is an epic graphic novel, a bookmaking tour de force, a mesmerizing art object, and the completion of over a decade-long obsession of author Chris Byrne. This enigmatic box of wonders houses a dozen separate publications, printed and hand bound using a variety of techniques.

The books include Theogony, Handmade, Down the Head, Mountain Man/She-Wolf, Letterpress Flipbook, 4-Ply Toilet Paper, Moleskine, The Magician Manual, M-Phase, Unfinished Versions, Colophon, and Curtains.

Please join us for a reception and talk in the CalArts Library with author/artist Chris Byrne on: 
October 18th @ 4:00pm

The Magician

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