2011-2012 Selections of the Month

Summer 2012

Garry Winogrand
Public Relations
Introduction by Tod Papageorge
New York: Museum of Modern Art ; 1977
Gould Library

In 1973, Garry Winogrand was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to make photographs of events – press conferences, campaign speeches, rallies, and award ceremonies  – staged primary to be documented by the media. In these photographs, politicians grandstand and crowds gather for a closer look  while the media capture it all on film. Today, the images are digital, but the process Is much the same.

May 2012 

Tokyo Umbrella

Franticham (Francis Van Maele and Antic-Ham)
Tokyo Umbrella
Achill Island, Ireland: Redfox Press, 2008
Gould Library Special Collections

Traditional techniques and graphic popular culture images collide in this artist’s book produced by Franticham. Printed on traditional Korean paper with a wooden cover, the bright black-and-red silkscreen prints in this book suggest the visual vibrance and energy of a Tokyo street scene.

Franticham is a collaboration between Francis Van Maele, artist and founder of Redfoxpress in Ireland, and Antic-Ham, the alias of a Korean artist and bookmaker. Tokyo Umbrella was awarded the Birgit Skiold Memorial Trust Award
at the Whitechappel Artists’ Book Fair  in 2009.

April 2012

Rachel Carson
Silent Spring
Drawings by Lois and Louis Darling
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1962
Gould Library Special Collections

Beautifully illustrated with drawings by Lois and Louis Darling, Silent Spring is often credited with igniting the environmental movement. In the book, Rachel Carson traces the exponential growth of the use of chemical agents such as DDT to control insect pests, which was widely sprayed on crops and neighborhoods with little understanding of the possible environmental consequences. Her study of the effects of pesticides on water and air quality and on animal and human health helped alert the public to the dangers of DDT and other pesticides. DDT was banned in the United States in 1972, and use of DDT was restricted worldwide under the 2004 Stockholm Convention.

Siamese CatMarch 2012

 The Siamese Cat: Story and Cuts by Leon Underwood
New York: Brentano's, 1928

Gould Library Special Collections

Almost universally we have agreed to regard cats as mysterious. They say so little; the subtle movements and alternating contraction and expansion of their irises, their tails, imply so much. It is doubtful, however, if cats possess a secret. They are symbols of nothing but themselves. They have no meaning except as cats.  They live only to express catness. — Phillips Russell, in the Introduction

February 2011

Clifton Meador Cover

Clifton Meador
Long Slow March

Purchase, N.Y. : Center for Editions, Purchase College, 1996
Gould Library Special Collections

In this highly personal reflection on the civil rights struggles in the United States, Clifton Meador weaves together slave narratives, newspaper accounts of Martin Luther King’s march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and his own photographs of the road between those towns. For Meador, history is not a single story or a continuous, clear path: it is made up of many stories, sometimes converging, sometimes conflicting, always in flux. 

January 2012

Beauties of the Common Tool 

Beauties of the Common Tool
A Portfolio by Walker Evans
Fortune Magazine July 1955
Gould Library

Aside from their functions – though they are exclusively wedded to function – each of these tools lures the eye to follow its curves and angles, and invites the hand to test its balance.
—Walker Evans

Walker Evans was the staff photographer for Fortune Magazine from 1945 to 1965. During his twenty years at the magazine, he produced a number of photographs that are now considered some of his finest work, including this portfolio of everyday tools. Evans photographed the tools against a simple background to emphasize the beauty of objects made simply to be used.