This year we will be screening the dance documentary A History of Dance on Screen by Reiner Moritz from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. After a brief intermission we will show a selection of screen-dance short films, which include Aloft, Waterdrops, Outside In, Dervishes, White, Well Contested Sites and Momentum.
At this event, Jessica will share ideas on how library sources at San Francisco Public Library and beyond can inspire hands-on creative projects. Attendees will get the chance to try their hand at using vintage letter designs to create a stitched paper monogrammed bookmark.
Every year the San Francisco Public Library organizes a staff only reference fair so that Main departments and selected branches can highlight their collections and remind all staff what they do.
What treasures do big main libraries hold that even the librarians don't know about? This fair gives all our departments the chance to share and explore.
At past Reference Fairs, the Art, Music and Recreation Center highlighted specific resources used to answer specific reference questions by patrons. This year our goal is to illustrate a more subjective type of reference question. This is the kind of bibliographic brainstorming a visual artist might do using our collection. It could also be the kind of "forensic" reference work you need to do for the patron who doesn't know, or can't articulate, exactly what they're looking for. Our hypothetical artist needs to find images based on the elements of Color, Pattern, Graphic Lettering and Copyright Free Images.
We created four sample boards, one for each of the subjects above, filled with examples from our collection.
1. COLOR was further broken down into “theory”, “in combination”, “form and space”, “mixing pigments” and “psychological aspects”. A few Library of Congress subject headings that can be used to find more books on this subject are: Color in art; Colors; Color guides; Color Decoration And Ornament; and Color In Art Exhibitions.
Color Index by Jim Krause. (Cincinnati, Ohio: HOW Books, c2010)
2. PATTERNS, PRINTS AND TEXTURES - Subject headings and keywords that can be used to find books on these topics are: Mosaics – technique; Tiles – history; Decorative arts – history; Patchwork – patterns; Repetitive patterns (Decorative arts); Symmetry (Art); Stencil work; Decoration and ornament; Design -- Themes, motives
Japanese Stencil Designs; one hundred outstanding examples collected and introduced by Andrew W. Tuer.(New York : Dover Publications, 1967)
Floral Design. Second series by Alan Weller designed by Juliana Trotta. (Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications, 2011)
3. GRAPHIC LETTERING - Use subject headings and keywords such as: Graphic Design (typography); Type and type-founding; Calligraphy; Lettering; Alphabets; Printing; Letterpress printing; Signs and signboards; Electric signs; Posters; Graffiti; Words in Art; Illumination of books and manuscripts.
A selection of books used to design this board:
Vintage Neon by Len Davidson (Atglen, Pa. : Schiffer Pub. c1999)
4. COPY-RIGHT FREE IMAGES. The main source of inspiration for this board was the library's own Etching and Engraving Picture File. The list of subject headings can be found here and the actual etchings and engraving can be found in Art, Music and Recreation Center at the Main library. Twelve items can be checked out at a time and there is a scanner and copy machine available at the library. Also search the catalog with the keyword Dover Clip-Art Series.
David Talbot's Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love (Free Press, 2012) is the story of a turbulent but formative period in recent San Francisco history from 1967 to 1982. This book has stayed on San Francisco Chronicle's local best-sellers list. Another indication of this book's popularity is that presently 195 San Francisco Public Library patrons are borrowing one of our copies of the book.
Talbot goes far beyond the social turmoil of the time to devote many pages to the City's performing arts and sports. Each chapter of his book includes a reading list. Naturally, the music of the Summer of Love is prominently discussed. The story of the seminal, gender-bending performance group The Cockettes also gets told. Finally, as a story of redemption, Talbot narrates the San Francisco 49ers path from perennial failure to the Super Bowl.
Here is a listing of the titles that Talbot cites in his book, all available to borrow from the Library.
In conjunction with “Art of the Walk: An Instagram Tour of Art by Women in San Francisco” the Art and Music Center created a Pinterest board showing the 31 photos of public art that were posted in March. Each one of these art works is displayed (in reverse order- the first photos that were posted are at the bottom of the page.) Viewed on a desktop computer these photos show up on the left side of the monitor, while a map displays in the remaining area on the right. Clicking on one of the markers on the map will locate the work on the left side by highlighting it in red. If you click on the right side, on one of the photos, you’ll bring up a larger photo with text and a small map underneath.
If you're interested in discovering these art sites yourself, there’s a high concentration of "Art of the Walk" art work near the Market St. corridor. One possible itinerary could start in the Civic Center, at 8th St., 100 yards south of Market. You’ll see the mural created by Lady Mags and Amanda Lynn. Cross Market at Hyde and Grove Streets to enter the Main Library where you’ll find a work by Ann Chamberlain and Ann Hamilton covering the southeast walls of floors 3-5. Here are 50,000 library catalog cards annotated by volunteers. In City Hall there are 2 works by women available to view. A bust of Angelo Rossi by Ruth Wakefield Cravath sits in an alcove, near the west entrance. Near the south side is one of the heart sculptures benefiting General Hospital. This heart, created by Deborah Oropallo, is entitled “LOVE + MARRIAGE,” and celebrates marriage equality by listing first names of many of the gay couples who wed in 2004.