Jazz on Wednesdays

Every Tuesday and Wednesday in the middle of the day I make myself available for an hour or so at a table in Tyler‘s grand foyer to answer reference questions. The new Tyler building on Temple’s main campus is connected to the Boyer College of Music and Dance and the two schools share public space. Most Wednesdays during the semester some jazz students form Boyer set up their band outside Presser Hall. This video was taken from my ‘Tyler Reference Desk’. This is one more reason why I absolutely love my job at Temple. 

Anne Harlow is Temple University’s Music, Dance and Theater librarian. Contact Anne if you need research assistance in those areas.

Sketchbooks from the Tyler School of Art


On the evening of March 23rd, after a day of Lynda Barry inspiration, Tyler Foundation students were invited to Paley Library to share their artistic process with a show and tell of the sketchbooks they created in their 2D Foundation courses. The Sketchbook Project is a semester long structured assignment designed to document the students’ progression and problem solving throughout the course. Four students were asked to bring their sketchbooks and discuss their process in creating their sketchbook and the process’ influence on their work during the course. Several sketchbooks from Foundation 2009 semesters are on display on the ground level of Paley Library, Temple University. Continue reading

Playing with images with Lynda Barry


What is an image? was the question Lynda Barry posed to the audience last Tuesday morning during her talk at Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia. Barry then proceeded to answer the question through her humorous graphic story telling and creative wisdom. Barry opened her talk by singing a biographical ditty to the tune of “Coalminer’s Daughter”–singing being her preferred method in relieving stage fright–which gave the audience a succinct image of the artist’s childhood. She immediately had her listeners captured and cozied in the palm of her hand. She was dynamic and real and accessibly truthful. Continue reading

New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC)


Four major New York museum libraries have collaborated to create an integrated library system, which combines their libraries’ holdings and makes their content more accessible to a wider audience. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum and Frick Collection now make up the New York Art Resources Consortium. This consortium will make research across these museum libraries easier and allow for greater exposure of their world class collections. Read the New York Times article to learn more.

First ArtTickle

I’m going to get this party started with a little video to challenge your knowledge of art history.

The works of art interpreted in this video are listed below. High resolution reproductions of most of the original works can be found in the libraries’ online database, ARTstor. To learn more about the original works or the artists who produced them, search the libraries’ online catalog for books or Oxford Art Online for artist information. Ask Jill, Temple’s Art Librarian, for further assistance.

1.   Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci, 1495-1498

2.   Birth of Veus, Sandro Botticelli, ca. 1482

3.   The Anatomy Lesson of Doctor Tulp, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1632

4.   Francois I, Jean Clouet, ca. 1530
      Girl in a Turban or Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer, 1660-1665

5.   Raft of Medusa, Theodore Gericault, 1819

6.   Death of Marat, Jacques-Louis David, 1793

7.   Creation of Adam (Sistine Chapel Ceiling), Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1508-1512

8.   Le fils de l’homme (Son of Man), Rene Magritte, 1967

9.   Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow, Piet Mondrian, 1930

10. Self-Portrait, Frida Kahlo, 1940
11. Dora Maar Seated, Pablo Ruiz Picasso, 1937

12. Scream, Edvard Munch, 1893

13. Self-portrait with Bandage, Vincent van Gogh, 1889

14. Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn), Any Warhol, 1967

15. Gabrielle d’Estrees and her Sister, Anonymous Artist, ca. 1595

16. Madonna Enthroned, Cimabue, ca. 1280-90

17. Salome with Head of St. John the Baptist, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, 1607-10

18. Olympia, Edouard Manet, 1863-1865

19. Liberty Leading the People (July 28th 1830), Eugène Delacroix, 1830

20. Portrait of the Journalist Sylvia von Harden, Otto Dix, 1926

21. The Kiss, Gustav Klimt, 1907-08

22. La Mariée, Marc Chagall, 1950
23. Las Meninas or the Family of Philip IV, Diego Velazquez, 1656
24. Sunflowers, Vincent van Gogh, 1880