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Punk flyers from the 1970s to the 1990s shared many of the qualities of the music they promoted–a DIY aesthetic, an embrace of cheap and accessible technology (i.e., photocopiers), plus a healthy dose of humor. In contrast to the often ornate Art Nouveau-inspired rock posters of the psychedelic 1960s, punk flyers typically featured dissonant collages, crude handwriting, and amateurish drawing–not to mention a strict limitation of color.

While punk rock continually regenerates, with new bands and subgenres popping up cyclically, the advent of digital technology for design and social media for dissemination has made the flyer less central to the community. And since these flyers were temporary announcements often stapled or pasted in public places, they are a particularly evanescent form of folk art.

Thankfully, the Cornell University Rare and Manuscript Division is sharing freely more than 2,000 of these rare flyers as an Artstor Public Collection.

Cataloged and shared via JSTOR Forum, Cornell’s Punk Flyers collection is made up of the Johan Kugelberg punk collection, which includes hundreds of fliers, posters, zines, original art, and more, and the Aaron Cometbus Punk and Underground Press Collection, which includes punk, new wave, and hardcore flyers and other ephemera from the San Francisco Bay area and beyond.

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You may also be interested in another one of Cornell University’s Public Collections in Artstor: Hip Hop Party and Event Flyers


An update from our friends at The New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA)

Last summer, The New Hampshire Institute of Art’s John Teti Rare Photography Book and Print Collection received a second major gift from collector and philanthropist John Teti. This gift contained original photographic prints of many leading 20th-century photographers, including Harry Callahan, Paul Caponigro, Imogen Cunningham, Lee Friedlander, Andre Kertesz, Man Ray, Minor White, and more. These works are now being added via JSTOR Forum to the NHIA Photograph Collection, which is available as a Public Collection on Artstor. The collection has now grown to nearly 600 images. Continue Reading »

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The Public Collections in Artstor are a library of freely accessible images, documents, and multimedia files generously made available by JSTOR Forum-subscribing institutions. To help users navigate the wide variety of collections available, we’ve created a Public Collections LibGuide. Continue Reading »

us-welcome-webinarJoin us for a webinar discussing how we build our diverse collections on Wednesday, August 15th at 3:00 PM ET.

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Artstor launched a record number of images in 2017 across diverse subject areas—including photography, decorative arts, and modern and contemporary art—and 2018 promises to be another prolific year. In this webinar our in-house experts will present highlights from recent and upcoming releases and provide a look behind the scenes from the metadata perspective, with a focus on the challenges of collection-building and how to ensure optimal discoverability. Continue Reading »

In this second installment of our college art museum collection launch, the Artstor Digital Library has released 14,000+ images from four additional institutions. Between the two launches, there are now more than 29,000 new images available to Artstor participants.* Highlights from this release include American and European paintings and works on paper, and historical objects from around the world.
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Gif: adding images to your personal collection

Personal Collections are back! You can once again upload your own images to Artstor and work with them seamlessly alongside our collections. This functionality was temporarily halted as we built the new Artstor site. Visit our support site to learn about their new functionality. Continue Reading »

The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) has contributed 2,600 additional images of its permanent collection to the Artstor Digital Library, bringing their total to more than 2,750.* The selection in Artstor represents the Museum’s holdings across Western, African, Eastern, and ancient collections. Continue Reading »