Wednesday, January 23, 2008
On the fourth floor, images of city settings, landscapes and life taken from the Art, Music & Recreation Center’s books and periodicals are blended with samples of Valentine’s American urban images. Works by turn-of-the-century photographers Robert Doisneau, Lee Friedlander, Samuel Gottscho, Bernice Abbott, Ilse Bing and Henri Cartier-Bresson are also on display. The exhibit also includes 1950s sheet music and dance instruction books.
The sixth floor exhibit showcases Emilie Valentine’s photographs integrated with the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection’s prints depicting San Francisco lifestyle and entertainment. Highlights from San Francisco History Center’s ephemera and realia collections include restaurant menus, bar napkins, guidebooks and glassware circa 1940s to 1960s. Valentine’s contemporary photography coupled with mid-20th century photographs represent an absence of time that occurs upon entering some of San Francisco’s nightclubs, bars, and dining establishments.
The exhibit will last from January 19 to March 20, 2008.
The following books about photography are available at the Main Library. Because some of them are included in the exhibit, their availability may be limited. Some may also have additional copies available to check out both from the Main Library collection from the branch libraries or may be available through Link+. The original prints in this exhibit are courtesy of Emilie Valentine, whose work can be viewed at www.emilie.com.
American Photography, 1890–1965, From the Museum of Modern Art, New York by Peter Galassi. New York: The Museum, 1995.
Henri Cartier-Bresson: the Man, the Image and the World: A Retrospective by Henri Cartier-Bresson. London: Thames & Hudson, 2003.
Ilse Bing: Photography Through The Looking Glass by Larisa Dryansky. New York: H. N. Abrams, 2006
Invisible City by Ken Schles. Pasadena, CA: Twelvetrees Press, 1988
The Mythic City: Photographs of New York by Samuel Gottscho, 1925–1940 by Donald Albrecht. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2005
New York Changing: Revisiting Berenice Abbott’s New York by Douglass Levere. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2005
Open City: Street Photographs Since 1950 by Kerry Brougher and Russell Furguson. New York: Distributed Art Publishers, 2001
Portraits of Community: African American Photography in Texas by Alan Govenar. Austin, TX: Texan State Historical Association, 1996
Reframing America: Alexander Alland Otto Hagel & Hansel Mieth, John Gutmann, Lisette Model, Marion Palfi, Robert Frank. Essays by Andrei Codrescu and Terence Pitts. Tucson: Center for Creative Photography, 1995
Robert Capa: Photographs by Robert Capa. New York: Knopf, 1985
Robert Doisneau’s Paris by Robert Doisneau. Paris: Flammarion, 2005
Social Dance: Steps to Success by Judy Patterson Wright. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2003
Sticks & Stones: Architectural America by Lee Friedlander. San Francisco: Fraenkel Gallery, 2004
Swing Dancing by Simon Selmon. New York: Sterling Pub. Co., 2002
Minnie the Moocher (The Ho De Ho song) by Cab Calloway
from the Dorothy Starr Sheet Music Collection - ask at 4th Floor Art Music & Recreation Desk
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
The Art, Music, and Recreation Center has several books on Lange’s life and work. Here are a few recommended titles:
Dorothea Lange - A Visual Life, edited by Elizabeth Partridge. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1994.
Celebrating A Collection: The Work Of Dorothea Lange, by Therese Thau Heyman. Oakland, CA: Oakland Museum, 1978.
Dorothea Lange. Parma: Artegrafica Silva, 1972.
Dorothea Lange. New York: Aperture, 1987.
Dorothea Lange: Photographs Of A Lifetime. New York: Aperture, 1982.
779.092 L26c 1998
Dorothea Lange: A Photographer's Life, by Milton Meltzer. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1978.
Photographing The Second Gold Rush: Dorothea Lange And The East Bay At War, 1941-1945. Berkeley, CA: Heyday Books, 1995.
The Art Full Text Database on the Library's Articles and Databases web page indexes reproductions and articles (some full-text) about Lange.
The Oakland Art Museum has presented many scans of Lange’s work through the Online Archive of California. The web page for the Early Years (1918- ) Portraits & Lange Personal Photos includes low resolution images of prints presented in the Library’s exhibit.
The Library of Congress’s American Memory web page has an online exhibit entitled America From The Great Depression to World War II that includes many of Dorothea Lange’s iconic images from her work with the Farm Security Administration.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Before the Library began acquiring CDs in 1991, the Main Library collected audio on long playing records - referred to as Phonodiscs (or PDs) in the Library. The Library still maintains and circulates a collection of these 12 inch vinyl records in the Art, Music, and
We have not added any items to this collection since 1989. Though the collection is gradually getting smaller as the records wear out, it still contains a variety of significant recordings.
Using the Advanced Search feature in our online catalog makes it is possible to limit your query to only LP records. These records are available for loan. We have no facilities to listen to phono discs at the library.
We circulate two important recorded series of American music that on vinyl that were issued at the time of
The Folk Music in
The 100 volume Recorded Anthology of American Music was issued by New World Records. It consists of historical recordings of music in all styles and from all time periods of
Listeners interested in this series can consult the Index to the New World Recorded Anthology of American Music: A User's Guide to the Initial One Hundred Records.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
December 20 marked the passing of legendary Mexican-American singer and songwriter Lydia Mendoza at the age of 91. "The Queen of Tejano music" sang from the year 1928 at the age of 8 until the year 1988, a career spanning 60 years. Known as "The Lark of the Border" (La Alondra de la Frontera), Lydia Mendoza performed music in the ranchera, corrido, tango, habanera genres. Late in her life she received many honors including singing at President Carter's inauguration in 1977, a National Heritage Fellowship in 1982 and National Medal of Arts in 1999. At the ceremony, President Clinton remarked that "Lydia Mendoza is a true American pioneer and she paved the the way for a whole new generation of Latino performers, who today are making all America sing."
The library owns two biographies of Lydia Mendoza:
Lydia Mendoza: A Family Autobiography compiled and introduced by Chris Strachwitz with James Nicolopulos (1993)
Lydia Mendoza's Life in Music: Norteño Tejano Legacies by Yolanda Broyles-González (2001).
Ethnic Recordings in America: A Neglected Heritage published by the American Folklife Center of Library of Congress (1982) also includes a short bi-lingual autobiography.
The library also has recordings of Lydia Mendoza's music.
Here is a short listing of books to learn more about tejano music.
Tejano Proud: Tex-Mex Music in the Twentieth Century by Guadalupe San Miguel, Jr. (2002).
Puro Conjunto: An Album in Words and Pictures: Writings, Posters, and Photographs from the Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio, 1982-1998, edited by Juan Tejeda & Avelardo Valdez (2001).
Música Tejana: The Cultural Economy of Artistic Transformation by Manuel Peña (1999).
The Billboard Guide to Tejano and Regional Mexican Music by Ramiro Burr (1999).
The Texas-Mexican Conjunto: History of a Working-Class Music by Manuel H. Peña (1985).