Blog topic: Art

Vanessa Kam with students

Vanessa Kam to return to Canada

June 29, 2021
by Matt Marostica

After almost five years as Head of the Bowes Art & Architecture Library, our wonderful colleague Vanessa Kam is leaving Stanford for the role of Electronic Resources Librarian at Emily Carr University of Art and Design (ECUAD) in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she shares a home with her husband Tonel, an artist, curator and writer from Cuba. At ECUAD, Vanessa will liaise with the faculty of design and dynamic media.  Founded in 1925, ECUAD is one of British Columbia’s oldest post-secondary institutions and one of only four art institutions of its kind in Canada. 

Composite view of one section of the mural with full color, 3d photgrammetry, and a blend of the two.

Scientific Imaging of Diego Rivera's 'Pan American Unity' Mural

Stanford Libraries is proud to announce a new Spotlight exhibit: Diego Rivera's San Francisco Masterpiece - Virtual Preservation of "Pan American Unity". The exhibit is devoted to rich scientific imaging of Diego Rivera's 1940 mural Unión de la Expresión Artistica del Norte y Sur de este Continente (The Marriage of the Artistic Expression of the North and of the South on this Continent), also known as Pan American Unity. It highlights 3D photgrammetric documentation of the mural created by Cultural Heritage Imaging as part of an arrangement between City College of San Franscisco and SFMOMA to display the mural at SFMOMA from 2021 to 2023. This exhibit takes advantage of both the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) and the Mirador viewer to allow users to explore the mural's colors and surface textures, the progress of the work as it was created, and work done by SFMOMA and Site & Studio Conservation to describe the condition of the mural.

Mayacamas 3 by Bernice Bing

Announcing the Archive of Visual Artist Bernice Bing

September 24, 2020

The Bowes Art & Architecture Library and the Department of Special Collections of the Stanford Libraries are pleased to announce the acquisition of the archive of visual artist, community activist, and Beat Generation proponent Bernice Bing.  Bing (1936–1998) overcame numerous obstacles in her life to create paintings combining elements of New York and Bay Area abstraction with Chinese calligraphy and landscape painting practices.  Her dynamic amalgamation of Eastern and Western aesthetics and philosophies led to unique abstract and gest

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