Trick-or-Treat for Unicef

Now through Halloween National UNICEF Day,
donations for coffee from VRC’s convenient, green, fair-trade coffee stand
will go to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.

View Historical Halloween photos on UNICEF’s flickr page:


Powerpoint Presentation

PowerPoint Shortcut: Loading a Folder of Images

On a PC, it’s easy to load a folder of images directly into PowerPoint. With your presentation open, click on Insert in the menu bar, then click on Picture, then New Photo Album… This option lets you select an entire folder of images to add to your presentation. To learn more, download the VRC’s Powerpoint Manual for PC (pdf).

Macs do not have a built-in photo album option. You can, however, install a simple program to import a folder of images. For a free version of this program, please contact the VRC. Let us know what version of PowerPoint you are using (i.e. PowerPoint 2007, 2008, 2011) and what operating system you have (i.e., Mac OS 10.5).



Robot-Powered Library

Wired features the UofC’s Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, which opens next week:

“If Google Books was a physical place instead of a web service, it would probably look a lot like the University of Chicago’s new library.”

Read more…

East Asian Exhibitions

Tibetan Art & Culture: An Exhibition of Photographs and Drawings

Location: Regenstein Library, 1st Floor Lobby
Dates: Monday, March 28th to Friday, June 3rd (Spring Quarter 2011)
Public Hours: M–Th. 8:30am–7pm ; Fri. 8:30am–5pm; Sat. 9am–1pm; Closed Sundays
Guided Tour & Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 29th at 4:30pm

Presented by Eric Huntington, Ph.D. Candidate Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations


VRC Closed February 2-3, 2011

The VRC will be closed Wednesday, February 2nd and Thursday the 3rd due to inclement weather. We will open again when classes resume.

Thank you,
VRC Staff


The Estate Collection in LUNA

Today is World AIDS Day 2010.

“The Estate Collection is a database of high quality images representing the works of artists with HIV/AIDS. With the ability to find and see these works of art in detail, the Estate Project will ensure continued access, presentation, and study of the cultural legacy created by the artistic community during the AIDS crisis. The images are drawn from the collections of Visual AIDS, Visual AIDS/Boston, Visual Aid/San Francisco, and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Center.”

Click here to view the Estate Collection in LUNA.
Or, click here if you don’t have a cnet id.

Powerpoint Presentation Software Tech Support

YouTube Videos in Powerpoint or Keynote


Here’s a quick way for PC users to add YouTube links to PowerPoint presentations:

Mac users have to download videos before inserting into a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation. This is easier with free software like Tooble. Here’s how it works in Keynote:


Architecture Images on the Web Medieval Renaissance - Baroque

Architecture of Fools

In honor of April Fools’ Day, here’s a look at the basilica dedicated to the notorious holy fool Saint Francis. Sacred Destinations–an online guide to sacred sites, religious art & architecture, and historic religious places–features a comprehensive virtual tour of the Basilica di San Francesco, Assisi, including frescoes by Giotto.

Aesthetics News

The History of the Color Pink

Pink Is for Battleships: A history of a decidedly unladylike color by Slate writer Jude Stewart explores the history of the color pink from children’s toys to kamikaze planes. Click the image above to launch the slide show.


Women Writers Online

The Women Writers Project is providing free public access* to Women Writers Online, a database of early modern texts written by women, during Women’s History month. While the database does not contain images, you may find some interesting commentary on art and artists, for example:

excerpts from pages 89 and 111 of Margaret (Lucas) Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, The World’s Olio, 1655 (pages  89, 111)

Or it were better see a Gentleman hew down trees, or dig in the bowels of the earth amongst minerals, than painting, or pencilling: for that shews manly strength, command and force over the hardiest of natures works, so as it be voluntary and not slavish. It is more manly to be a Souldier . . .

“There be some that condemn the Art of Painting in Women, others that defend it; for, say they, as Nature hath made one World, so Art another, and that Art is become the Mistris of Nature; neither is it against Nature to help the Defects. Besides, those that find out new Arts, are esteemed so, that they become as Petty Gods, whether they become Advantageous to Man, or no . . .”

* WWO is always available to the University of Chicago community via library subscription.