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Unknown, Chinese, Qing Dynasty, for export. House Boat. 19th century. Ink and color on paper. Image and original data provided by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Unknown, Chinese, Qing Dynasty, for export. House Boat. 19th century. Ink and color on paper. Image and original data provided by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has contributed approximately 4,300 additional images of its encyclopedic and exceptional permanent collection to the Artstor Digital Library bringing its total to more than 7,500.* The current contribution centers on the museum’s comprehensive Chinese collections. Continue Reading »

Jacob Lawrence. Confrontation at the Bridge. 1976. Screen print. Image and original data provided by Seattle Art Museum. © 2014 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Jacob Lawrence. Confrontation at the Bridge. 1976. Screen print. Image and original data provided by Seattle Art Museum. © 2014 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) has contributed an additional 1,200+ images of its diverse permanent collection to the Artstor Digital Library, bringing its total to approximately 5,000.* The full selection in Artstor encompasses the curatorial departments of the museum from Ancient Mediterranean, African, American, and European to international contemporary art.
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Woman's Dress (Cheongsam)

Artist/maker unknown, Chinese. Woman’s Dress (Cheongsam). Early 20th century. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Bettison Bayliss, 1962-232-2.

Guest post by Raymond Pun

Raymond Pun is the first year student success librarian at the Henry Madden Library, Fresno State. He coordinates and organizes the first year information literacy program and student engagement activities across campus. He holds an M.L.S. from City University of New York – Queens College, M.A. in East Asian Studies, and B.A. in History from St. John’s University.

May is Asian-Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month. It’s an opportunity for all to reflect on and celebrate the cultures, traditions, achievements, and contributions of Asian and Pacific Americans in the United States. It’s also a chance to have meaningful conversations about important issues that affect APA communities, such as cultural appropriation–one critical topic of discussion that affects all ethnic groups. This concept is defined as the adoption of features from one culture, often minority ones, by members of the dominant or another culture. In APA experiences, we find that there are a number of examples of misappropriations occurring today in popular culture, music, images, performances, food, and clothing.

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The Cincinnati Art Museum has contributed approximately 1,000 images from its inclusive permanent collection to the Artstor Digital Library.* The selection in Artstor provides a survey across many curatorial areas with an emphasis on European and American paintings and sculpture, Asian paintings and ceramics, decorative arts (notably American), and fashion.
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Larry Bell. Untitled. 1961. Oil on paper, mounted on board. Image and original data provided by the Norton Simon Museum. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Larry Bell. Untitled. 1961. Oil on paper, mounted on board. Image and original data provided by the Norton Simon Museum. © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

The Norton Simon Museum has contributed approximately 1,060 images of their permanent collection to the Artstor Digital Library.* The selection in Artstor reflects the caliber of the collection, with an emphasis on the highlights from the European and American paintings collections and sculpture from South and Southeast Asia.
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Artstor has released more than 17,000 new images from leading museums across North America, bringing the total number for these four diverse collections in the Artstor Digital Library to nearly 40,000.* Though anchored in North America, these institutions’ works range from artists across continents and across subject matter: from Canadian landscapes and Puerto Rican art to Asian decoration and Russian photography.

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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) has contributed more than 10,000 additional images of their global permanent collection to the Artstor Digital Library, bringing their total to over 15,500.*

The existing selection from Houston in Artstor offers a comprehensive view and highlights the collection, encompassing diverse curatorial areas, including ancient Egyptian sculpture, Japanese earthenware, Renaissance painting, American colonial silver, film, and contemporary design. The new contribution is notable for its extensive coverage of the museum’s distinctive collection of photography.
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