Luna is currently making some changes to its database, including the Luna Commons Collections. As of today, we no longer have access to the following collections through the University of Chicago’s Luna login. If you would like to access these collections, you’ll need to visit the individual collections websites listed below. Access to these collections will eventually be restored to the University of Chicago’s Luna login.
Users still have access to 13 existing Commons Collections—including the popular David Rumsey Historical Map Collection—through our instance of Luna. The VRC will keep you updated on access to Luna commons collections and other improvements coming to the database, including their planned interface redesign.
If you have any questions about changes in Luna or access to your content, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at email@example.com.
The Visual Resources Center recently added a beautiful group of French medieval cathedrals to the publicly available Lantern Slide Collection. These images are some of the finest examples of large format architectural photography in the collection. We continue to add images to the Luna collection on a regular basis, so check back in to see what’s new!
The Visual Resources Center is very pleased to offer over 6,000 new images of architecture and outdoor sculpture loaded overnight to the Archivision Collection. Archivision is a subscription-based collection of almost 78,000 high-resolution, high-quality images of architecture, urban design, gardens, and outdoor sculpture from around the world and all time periods. The collection is curated by Scott Gilchrist, a trained architect and professional photographer.
The latest upload, Module 10, contains a wealth of images of architecture in the United States, including modern and contemporary works in California and the desert southwest. There is also early Modernist buildings from the Netherlands, important buildings in India, campuses of both the Cranbrook Academy and Yale University, topographic views of many US cities, and even images from Yellowstone National Park.
All images are cleared for educational use and publication rights may be obtained at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The VRC is excited to announce its new publicly available LUNA collection, Images of Black Chicago: The Robert Sengstacke Photography Archive. Born in Chicago on May 29, 1943, Robert “Bobby” Sengstacke is one of the city’s most prolific documentary photographers who is best known for capturing the African American experience. Having grown up in the newspaper business (he is the grand-nephew of Robert Sengstacke Abbott, founder of the Chicago Defender), Sengstacke was able to learn from established African American photographers at a young age and had unique access to important events and people. With the help of Art History Professor Rebecca Zorach, the VRC has scanned over 3,000 negatives featuring the artistic community and street life of Chicago’s South Side in the late 1960’s. To obtain high resolution images and permission contact Robert A. Sengstacke (email@example.com or 773-744-7487).
For Saving Single Images in LUNA:
- Once you find an image you want to save, click on the thumbnail. This will give you a larger-sized image with cataloging information.
- Click on “Export” button in the upper right corner.
- If the image is going to be displayed in PowerPoint, select the size closest to 1536 pixels.
- Save the file to a specified location.
- Unzip the downloaded file. The image is inside the folder and can be dropped into PowerPoint at this point.
To Save a Group of Images in LUNA and Export to PowerPoint:
- Either open a media group or create a new one. For information on media groups, see LUNA’s video tutorial here.
- Once the media group contains all the images you want, in the order you want, click on the “Export to PowerPoint” button.
- This will bundle the set, open PowerPoint, and populate a new slideshow with both images and cataloging data.
In collaboration with Art History Professor Rebecca Zorach and Chicago artist, Mark Rogovin, the VRC is happy to announce the “Public Art Workshop Mural Archive“, a new collection in our LUNA database.
The collection contains images of murals and public projects of the Public Art Workshop, along with documentation of the workshop’s activities and images of other murals created in Chicago from the late 1960s to the early 1980s.
To read more about Mark Rogovin, please visit Never the Same.
The VRC recently added more than 65,000 images from the Archivision Collection to LUNA. The collection focuses on architecture, archaeological sites, gardens, parks, and other works of art from all over the world and throughout history. The collection curated by Scott Gilchrist, an architect and photographer.
Check it out here, and let us know what you think!
The Museum at FIT has a comprehensive list of Costume and Textile Collections Online, with annotations about what you’ll expect to find in the database and other information about each particular collection. Their list includes collections from all over the world and highlights some of the best images of textiles and garments online.
In addition to these websites, there are several other collections and databases that could be useful for researching fashion, textile, and costume:
At the University of Chicago Library
Image credit: Elsa Schiaparelli. Doll, Fashion (Evening Ensemble), 1949. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Syndicat de la Couture de Paris; Photographed by Lolly Koon. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
LUNA will be undergoing scheduled maintenance on Thursday, March 28th from approximately 11a (central) to 1p.
During this time, we suggest using ARTstor for your image needs. If we can help with anything, please don’t hesitate to contact the VRC.
Update: All collections in LUNA are now available on- and off-campus. Thank you for your patience!