We’ve Moved!…

…back upstairs, and down the hall! Please come visit us in Suite 257 of the Cochrane-Woods Art Center.

The beginning of fall quarter is quickly approaching. Need help using ARTstor? Finding what you need in LUNA? Creating presentations? As a reminder, VRC staff are available for individual or group training sessions. We also provide in-class image searching orientation for students in the humanities. If you are interested in scheduling a session, please contact us.

Chapbook: Mobile App for Humanities Division News

Humanities Computing staff members have developed an application for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad called Chapbook. This “app” provides free access to all news, events, blogs, and podcasts currently available from the Division of the Humanities website (including our very own All Things Visual, as seen above). The program allows you to search the campus directory and view campus maps, as well as access articles from Tableau, the Humanities Division magazine.

To download the application from iTunes, click here.

VRC Temporarily Relocated

The second floor of the Art History Department, including the VRC, is undergoing extensive renovation this summer. The first stages are well underway. Faculty offices and the “old” VRC have been emptied in advance of construction and asbestos abatement.

This means that after a several weeks of packing and preparation, the VRC has temporarily relocated to the first floor of Cochrane-Woods Art Center, Room 156. We will be open for the duration of construction (except for days when the building will be closed for abatement). Our summer hours are: Monday – Thursday, 8:30-5; Friday, 8:30-2. Please come see us!

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.

Now Serving Intelligentsia!

We are now providing Intelligentsia coffee in the VRC! Stop by and have a cup. We brew a fresh batch every morning around 9am, and are happy to brew more in the afternoons by request.

As always, the suggested donation is: 25 cents per cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and 25 cents per cookie or treat.

Help us be green – please bring your own mug!

Happy (Turquoise) New Year!

Is the beginning of the quarter making you feel stressed? You might consider a new wall color for the new year. Pantone revealed in a recent press release that turquoise (Pantone 15-5519) is the color of the year for 2010. The reason? According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, turquoise “is believed to be a protective talisman, a color of deep compassion and healing, and a color of faith and truth, inspired by water and sky. Through years of color word-association studies, we also find that Turquoise represents an escape to many – taking them to a tropical paradise that is pleasant and inviting, even if only a fantasy.”