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Frank Cancian. Shooting back, Juan Vásquez (Pig) family (Another Place). 1971. Black-and-white photograph. © Frank Cancian. Image and data provided by University of California Irvine Libraries.

Frank Cancian. Shooting back, Juan Vásquez (Pig) family (Another Place). 1971. Black-and-white photograph. © Frank Cancian. Image and data provided by University of California Irvine Libraries.

Photographer and anthropologist Frank Cancian has been documenting international communities for more than fifty years. His recent contribution to the Artstor Digital Library, in collaboration with University of California Irvine Libraries, traces his fieldwork from the Italian hill town of Lacedonia during the 1950s to the Maya of Zinacantán, Chiapas during the ’60s and ’70s, and to domestic workers in Orange County, California from 2000 to 2002. Continue Reading »

 

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What’s new in the Artstor Digital Library?

Collection:
Frank Cancian Documentary Photograph Archive

Contributor:
University of California Irvine Libraries, Photographer/anthropologist Frank Cancian, Professor Emeritus, UC Irvine

Content:
Approximately 175 photographs spanning Cancian’s career:
The work documents communities in California, Mexico, and Italy, including house cleaners in Orange County (2001-2002); the Maya of Zinacantán, Chiapas (1960-1971), and the townspeople of Lacedonia, a hill town in Avellino (1957).

Relevance:
Economic Anthropology and Social History, Immigration and Human Geography, Photography

*Image totals may vary from country to country, reflecting Artstor’s obligation to address the specifics of international copyright.

Artstor at VRA 2019

Carleton E. Watkins. Los Angeles. 1876. Image and data courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Artstor will be attending the 2019 VRA conference in Los Angeles, California. Join us at our user group meeting to learn the latest updates on Artstor and JSTOR Forum:

Artstor/JSTOR Forum User Group Meeting
Thursday, March 28
3:45 – 4:45 PM
Room TBD

 

You can also say hello at the Community Partnership Event on Wednesday, March 27 from 2:15 – 4:00 PM.

We look forward to seeing you in Los Angeles!

Artstor at ARLIS 2019

The Gast Lithograph & Engraving Company. Capitol of Utah in Salt Lake City, from the General Government and State Capitol Buildings series (N14) for Allen & Ginter. 1889. Image and data courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Artstor will be attending the 2019 ARLIS conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Here’s where you can find us–stop by and say hello!

Artstor + JSTOR Forum User Group Meeting
Friday, March 29 12:10-1:45 PM
Savoy room, Level 1
(Please RSVP to the event on Sched if you plan to attend)

Booth #72, Exhibit Hall (Level 1)
Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March 29
9:00AM – 5:00PM

A gilt-silver reliquary with translucent enamel decoration.

Attributed to Jean de Touyl. Reliquary Shrine from the convent of the Poor Clares at Buda. ca. 1325-50. Image and data courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Cloisters Collection.

Relics—bits of bone, clothing, shoes or dust—from Christian martyrs became popular in Western Christianity in the Middle Ages. The cult of relics dates back to the second and third centuries, when martyrs were persecuted and often killed in ways that fragmented the body, which was taboo in Roman society. The intention was to desecrate the body through execution and burning. But, Caroline Walker Bynum and Paula Gerson state that by the “late third to early fourth centuries the fragments of the martyrs had come to be revered as loci of power and special access to the divine” and, by the Second Council of Nicea in 787, relics were required for the consecration of altars. Continue Reading »

 

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It may come as a surprise that the Artstor Digital Library is flush with fashion. For a dose of glamour, how about a stroll down the red carpet, exploring designs through the ages?

Let’s begin with the ancients: In early dynastic Egypt, the beadnet sheath dress is often depicted in paintings and statuary. A faience (sintered-quartz ceramic) dress from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, reconstructed from thousands of beads found in a burial site, is our oldest surviving example from approximately 2551–2528 BC (this particular garment was used to dress a mummy). In life, these decorative nets were probably worn over plain linen sheaths, giving an effect that approximates the elegant lines of a deftly carved offering figure from the tomb of Meketre (c. 1981-1975 BCE). A similar silhouette is achieved five millenia later in an evening gown by the pioneering American designer Norman Norell through the layering of a peach satin under slip and black rhinestone beaded netting (c. 1963). Continue Reading »

Screen Shot 2019-02-11 at 5.00.35 PMThe CRAFT: Babka and Beyond public collection features 28 interviews conducted with people connected to the production and use of grain within the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area in Western Pennsylvania. The stories feature bakers, bakery owners, farmers, and even a Benedictine Monk talking about how grains contribute to larger themes of identity, community, and social capital — whether in agriculture, bread making, or baking. Continue Reading »