Events
  • In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney

     

    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak

     

    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

  • Emily Raboteau’s nonfiction work Searching for Zion was named a best book of 2013 by the Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle, and was a finalist for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award, grand prize winner of the New York Book Festival, and a winner of a 2014 American Book Award. She is the author of a novel, The Professor’s Daughter, and her fiction and essays have been published and anthologized in Best American Short Stories, the New York Times, The New Yorker, Tin House, Buzzfeed, LitHub, The Guardian, Guernica, Virginia Quarterly, The Believer, and Salon. Other honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, and fellowships from the NEA, the Lannan Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. Raboteau teaches creative writing at City College in New York.

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Please read this explanation of Primary and Secondary Sources

Primary Source Material in Anthologies

Primary sources are writing or objects created either during the time period being studied or soon afterward by people reflecting on their involvement in the events of that time.
Art in Theory 1900 - 2000

An Anthology  of writings by artists, critics, philosophers, politicians, and literary figures of the century.

Reserve N 6490 A7167 2002

Art in Theory 1815 - 1900

An anthology of writings by artists, critics, philosophers, politicians, and literary figures of the century.

Reserve N 6490 A779 1998

Art Retrospective [prt of Art Source]

Enormous bibliographic database covering hundreds of art magazines from 1926 to 1984. But this is not a full-text database. You will find only citations and then you must find the actual magazine. Most magazines from before 1990 must be paged from the Circulation Desk. The Library owns very few magazines from before 1950.

Available online through the Databases page or follow this link

Artists on Art from the 19th to the 20th Century

An anthology of short excerpts of writing by artists from the 14th to the 20th centuries.

N 79 G57 1972 (Non-Circulating)

Aspects of Modern Art

An anthology of writing on modern art from L'Oeil, a European art magazine.

N 7443 O3 1957 (Non-Circulating)

A Century of Artists' Letters

Reproductions of over 50 letters from many of the most famous painters in Paris between 1855 and 1968. Nicely illustrated.

N 6847 S6 2004 (Non-Circulating)

Letters of the Great Artists: v. 2 From Blake to Pollock

Reprints of over 250 letters and other words by modern artists.

N 40 F8 1963a Vol. 2

Manifesto: A Century of Isms

An anthology of original writings and manifestoes. 1855 to 1985.

Reserve CB 427 M287 2001

Modern Art in the USA: Issues and the Controversies of the 20th Century

Short excerpts from journals and books. Organized by decade.

N 6512 H47 2001 (Non-Circulating)

Modern Arts Criticism
4 volumes

Each volume covers 20+ artists and about each there is a biographical introduction, statements written by the artists.

Reference N 40 M63

Modernism: An Anthology of Sources and  Documents

Short exceprts of writings from the time including the emergence, aesthetics, avant-garde, manifestos for art and literature.

PN 49 M478 1998b (Non-Circulating)

Primitivism and Twentieth-Century Art: A Documentary History

Essays of historical importance pertaining to the encounter between Western modern artists and "Primitive art" written mostly in the first half of the 20th century.

Reserve N 72 P68 P75 2003 (Reference)

Reflections on Art

Anthology and source books of writings by artists, critics, and philosophers published in 1958.

N 79 L2 1961 (Non-Circulating)

Selected Writings on Art and Artists

Baudelaire's discussion of Delacroix, Ingres, and Corot, among other writers and musicians of the period.

NX 65 B3813 (Non-Circulating)

Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art

Anthology of writings by important artists.

Reference N 6490 S765 2012, 2nd edition
Reserve N 6490 S765 1996, 1st edition

 

Theories of Modern Art

Authoritative anthology of theoretical source materials on painting and sculpture since Cézanne.

Reserve N 6450 C62 T396

Voices of Women Artists

Anthology of writings from letters, journals, interviews, and autobiographies. Artists include Cassatt, Köllwitz, O'Keeffe, Kahlo, Nevelson, etc. 

Reserve N 43 S5 1993

Cultural, Social, and Historical Context

Looking at source materials for the period being studied is a good method to determine context. Luckily there are many histories and anthologies which include reprints of original materials such as diary writing, ads, photographs, and newspapers. These reprinted materials actually could be considered secondary sources because an author/editor selected what to include based on their own bias and interpretation, thereby changing the original context. How we think about what is a primary source, however, is rapidly changing because of the digital revolution. Libraries are now providing digitized images of original sources over the Web.
Ads That Put America on Wheels

Early 1900's through 1960's. Shows through actual ads how automobiles were marketed.

Reserve HF 6161 A9 D74 1996

Advertising and the Motorcar

Early 1900's through 1960's. Shows through actual ads how automobiles were marketed. An essay is included.

Reserve HF 6161 A8 F74

American Century: Art & Culture 1900 - 1950

Based on a Whitney exhibition, this is an in-depth overview of art of the period.

Reserve N H335 1999

American Decades
4 volumes

One volume per decade beginning with 1950's. Organized with chapters on world events, education, politics, lifestyles, media, the arts, etc.

Reference E 169.12 A419

Fashions of a Decade
8 volumes

Just fashion. We have the 20's through the 90's.

Reference GT 596 misc

Hulton Getty Picture Collection
6 volumes

One volume per decade. All pictures with captions. We have the 20's through the 70's.

D 426 Y362 [to Y367] 1998

This Fabulous Century
7 volumes

One volume per decade beginning with 1900-1950. Overview of the popular culture of the period. Mostly images.

Reference E 161 T55

20th Century Day by Day: 100 Years of News

Headlines and front pages of newspapers from 1900 through 1999.

D 422 C53 1999

Websites of Interest

Ad Access Images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. 
AdFlip Archive of classic ads from 1940 to the present. 
American Cultural History: The Twentieth Century The purpose of these pages is to present a series of web guides on the decades twentieth century. The pages are perpared by the Reference Librarians. Period pictures used.
American Memory Thematic access to images, sound recordings, web sites, and other documents on American cultural history. Provided by the Library of Congress.
Calisphere Provides access to more than 150,000 images, documents and other primary source materials from the libraries and museums across California, including photographs, documents, newspapers, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other cultural artifacts that reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history. 
Decades in 20th Century America Students, or anyone else interested in American history and culture, will find a serviceable collection of print and online sources for each of the century's decades, as well as several that cover more than one decade. Annotated and regularly updated. 
Year by Year 1900-2001 This site describes historic events of the twentieth century by year and by decade.  

Other Resources

Digital Image Database

A very good Art History Writing Guide is available from University of NC at Chapel Hill.

Citation Machine: Free webtool to help you turn bibliography items into correct format.