New in the Flaxman Library 6th floor exhibition cases:
Student work from Burt Isenstein’s ALT CRAFT class
The exhibition shows prototypes of products the students have been developing over the course of the semester. The products are loosely organized around the topic of contemporary craft, and are made with both traditional methods and methods that utilize technology that is available at the school. Each student has had the opportunity to choose and research their material, subject matter, and method of working to develop a product that they are personally connected to. The class has also explored various ways that artists, and ” crafters”, are distributing their products, in order to consider ways they might tap into these markets to help sustain their own practice in the future. 
Pictured: GLITTERGHEIST by Katie Bourgeos

New in the Flaxman Library 6th floor exhibition cases:

Student work from Burt Isenstein’s ALT CRAFT class

The exhibition shows prototypes of products the students have been developing over the course of the semester. The products are loosely organized around the topic of contemporary craft, and are made with both traditional methods and methods that utilize technology that is available at the school. Each student has had the opportunity to choose and research their material, subject matter, and method of working to develop a product that they are personally connected to. The class has also explored various ways that artists, and ” crafters”, are distributing their products, in order to consider ways they might tap into these markets to help sustain their own practice in the future. 

Pictured: GLITTERGHEIST by Katie Bourgeos

Did you know that the Flaxman Library has digitized and created a database for our collection of art activist Jean Toche’s mailings?
Jean Toche, born in 1932 in Belgium, immigrated to the US at the age of 33 and has been actively involved in New York’s political art scene ever since. Critical pamphlets and mailings have long been part of his artistic strategies and have explicitly and mercilessly expressed his wide-reaching  societal concerns, whether they apply to racism, environmental destruction, federal surveillance, or any other form of repressive and intolerant behavior.
A small selection of letters held in Flaxman Special Collections are but one examples of Toche’s output where he uses the US postal service to disseminate his ideas and critique as widely, quickly, and directly as possible. Viewable by appointment or through our database.You can search or browse the database here:http://digital-libraries.saic.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/toche/

Did you know that the Flaxman Library has digitized and created a database for our collection of art activist Jean Toche’s mailings?

Jean Toche, born in 1932 in Belgium, immigrated to the US at the age of 33 and has been actively involved in New York’s political art scene ever since. Critical pamphlets and mailings have long been part of his artistic strategies and have explicitly and mercilessly expressed his wide-reaching  societal concerns, whether they apply to racism, environmental destruction, federal surveillance, or any other form of repressive and intolerant behavior.

A small selection of letters held in Flaxman Special Collections are but one examples of Toche’s output where he uses the US postal service to disseminate his ideas and critique as widely, quickly, and directly as possible. Viewable by appointment or through our database.

You can search or browse the database here:
http://digital-libraries.saic.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/toche/

A selection images that were added to MDID over the past couple weeks. We’ve uploaded images by artists including Thomas Bayrle and Odd Nerdrum.  We’ve also included books like “Both Sides of peace: Israeli and Palestinian Political Poster Art” and “Off the Wall: Political Posters of the Lebanese Civil War.”  MDID is a library curated digital collection of art images for use by SAIC Faculty and Students. Visit MDID and login with your artic username and password to view these and thousands of other images. For more images from these weeks, visit https://mdid.artic.edu/default.aspx?direct=slideshow&id=9262

History of Painting" (2014) by Jan Tichy, part of aroundcenter  at the Chicago Cultural Center (Feb 1-April 27, 2014)

In the spring of 2012, the Flaxman Library deacessioned their historic slide library, which had been used for teaching at the School and museum for decades. Rather than simply dispose of the collection, the slides were given back to the community, allowing students, staff, and faculty to take the slides for study, reference, or as raw material to create art.

Faculty member and artist Jan Tichy asked to take the bulk of what remained after the main giveaway. Rather than take the whole of the remaining slides, he took the @40,000 slides which made up the Painting section of the collection. As a part of his current exhibition aroundcenter, currently on display throughout the Chicago Cultural Center, 9,261 of these slides become the piece “History of Painting.” The slides make a mosaic across windows on the interior of the third floor of the south side of the Center, looking down on the top of the great dome. They are arranged by color, and as the light comes through the windows throughout the day, present an ever changing mosaic.

The staff of the Flaxman Library were lucky to receive a tour of the full exhibit by Tichy this week. These photos attempt convey some of what the slides convey, along with a few images of the slide library that they were once a part of.

aroundcenter will be at the Chicago Cultural Center from February 1 to April 27. You can find more information about the exhibit at http://aroundcenter.org/

2014 Fred A. Hillbruner Artists’ Book Fellowship Competition, for graduating students only
Wednesday, April 16  - submissions accepted
April 21 - May 2 - exhibition
Download the application to submit works for consideration. Please contact Special Collections, 312.899.7486 or jfabc@saic.edu with questions.
This fellowship recognizes students who create outstanding work in the field of artists’ publications. It has been established in honor of the late Fred Hillbruner, longtime librarian at Flaxman Library who was greatly invested in the development of the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection. The fellowship competition and exhibition is open to any student who will graduate from SAIC by Summer 2014. Two awards of $750 will be given — one to a graduate student and one to an undergraduate student. The Flaxman Library Special Collections may seek to purchase the award-winning publications, as well as other entries of merit, and add them to the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, a world-renowned collection of artists’ publications in all media forms.

2014 Fred A. Hillbruner Artists’ Book Fellowship Competition, for graduating students only

Wednesday, April 16  - submissions accepted

April 21 - May 2 - exhibition

Download the application to submit works for consideration. Please contact Special Collections, 312.899.7486 or jfabc@saic.edu with questions.

This fellowship recognizes students who create outstanding work in the field of artists’ publications. It has been established in honor of the late Fred Hillbruner, longtime librarian at Flaxman Library who was greatly invested in the development of the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection. The fellowship competition and exhibition is open to any student who will graduate from SAIC by Summer 2014. Two awards of $750 will be given — one to a graduate student and one to an undergraduate student. The Flaxman Library Special Collections may seek to purchase the award-winning publications, as well as other entries of merit, and add them to the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, a world-renowned collection of artists’ publications in all media forms.