New Photo Books in the Art History / Classics Library

The Art History/Classics Library has received a gift of eight photography titles from donor Richard Sun. In addition to being the donor of a generous endowment to the Library Fine Arts Collection at Berkeley, Richard Sun annually selects and purchases specific titles for the Library. Among his recent selections for the library are several rare titles, limited editions, and Julia Borissova’s artist book “Let me fall again.” These books will be housed in the Art History / Classics Library.

March New Books in Art History

You can find these and other new art history acquisitions on the New Books shelf in the Art History / Classics Library.

Gather our of Star-Dust                                        Afrotopia                                                       Mama Casset

Lee Miller                                                         Se va mi Sombra, Pero yo me Quedo                       Nothing Personal


Berenice Abbott                                                     Shelley Niro                                                  Spirit Carvings of the Mah Meri

Art + Feminism + Race + Justice Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Library Wikimedia Poster

Join us at the Art+Feminism+Race+Justice Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
12-5 p.m.
Moffitt Library, Room 405

Wikimedia’s race and gender trouble is well-documented. While the reasons for the gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity is not: content is skewed by the lack of participation by underrepresented groups. This adds up to an alarming absence in an important repository of shared knowledge.

Let’s change that. Join us in 405 Moffitt Library on Tuesday, March 5 between 12noon-5:00pm for an all day communal updating of Wikipedia entries. We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials, and refreshments. Drop in any time; trainings take place every hour on the hour.

Art+Feminism is a national campaign improving coverage of cis and transgender women, feminism and the arts on Wikipedia, and at UC Berkeley we will team up with the American Cultures program’s Race+Justice edit-a-thon. So, bring your laptop, power cord and ideas for entries that need updating or creation! For the editing-averse, we urge you to stop by to show your support. People of all races and gender identities are invited to participate.

  • People of all gender identities and expressions welcome.
  • Bring a laptop or mobile device if you can.
  • Drop in for half an hour or stay for the whole afternoon — it’s up to you!
  • No editing experience necessary; we’ll provide training and assistance.
    • Optional: Training sessions every hour on the hour.
    • Get a headstart! Create an editing account ahead of time.
  • Refreshments will be provided.

Interested? Learn more here and RSVP (encouraged, but not required). Don’t forget: your Cal ID card is required to enter Moffitt!

The Library attempts to offer programs in accessible, barrier-free settings. If you think you may require disability-related accommodations, please contact us at

Let’s get editing!

January Brings New Books in Art History

You can find these and other new art history acquisitions on the New Books shelf in the Art History / Classics Library.

Black Out                                                      Federico Seneca                                                Joyce J. Scott

Ibrahin El-Salahi                                              Helen Lundeberg                                             Centering Modernism

Crtački dnevnik                                                 Poster workshop 1968-1971                                             Hodler, Parallelismus 

New Trial of the ‘Yale Art and Architecture ePortal’ through July 2019

yale eportal

UC Berkeley has a trial subscription to the new ‘Yale Art and Architecture ePortal‘ through July 2019. The portal includes access to eBook versions of many publications on art and architecture from Yale University Press and beyond. The site can be accessed from a campus IP address or through the VPN at:

Here is more information about the portal from the publisher website:

“This innovative and dynamic electronic platform provides individuals and institutions with access to important art and architectural history scholarship. With grant funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Yale University Press has developed this site to make key backlist and out-of-print titles on a wide variety of subjects more broadly available and easily discoverable within an interactive platform. The ePortal also features scholarship from other leading university presses and museum publishers, creating a meaningful and robust educational experience.”

Some of the features of the Yale Art and Architecture ePortal include:

Read offline by printing or saving chapters as PDFs
Highlight and take notes within online reader
Share links to chapters or books with students
Embedded image zoom within online reader
Full-text searching capabilities
Image searing capabilities



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January New Books in Art History

You can find these and other new art history acquisitions on the New Books shelf in the Art History / Classics Library.

How to Read El Pato Pascual                           Bauhaus                                       Van Gogh & Japan 

Carlos Amorales                                          Perfect Spectator                                          Komplaint Dept.

The Archaeology of Art                          Enchantment and Engagement                 Ugo Rondinone 

NYT’s Best Art Books of 2018

Check out these titles from the New York Time’s Best Art Books of 2018, available in the U.C. Berkeley Libraries.

Flash                                                                   Flights                                                                 The Love of Painting

Decoding Mimbres Painting                                          Vile Days                                                        Posing Modernity

Ninth Street Women                                              Lina Bo Bardi                                                       Agents of Faith

December New Books in Art History

You can find these and other new art history acquisitions on the New Books shelf in the Art History / Classics Library.

They Drew as they Pleased                                   La Vie Parisienne                                     Course of Empire

The Sculptures of Atauro Island                          The Printed Image                              Sites Unseen

Faberge: His Masters and Artisans                         Behdjat Sadr                                        Kyffin Williams

Julia Bryan-Wilson’s “Fray: Art and Textile Politics” Awarded ASAP Book Prize



Doris and Clarence Malo Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art Julia Bryan-Wilson has been awarded the 2018 Book Prize from the Association for the Study of Arts of the Present (ASAP) for her book FRAY: Art and Textile Politics.


From the ASAP website:

“Congratulations to Professor Julia Bryan-Wilson for winning the prize for Fray: Art + Textile PoliticsAmongst a very strong short list, the book prize committee recognized Fray for its inspiring mix of methodological innovation, sense of feminist and social engagement, and amazing re-articulation of contemporary art history around the material practices of textile art and craft in the United States and Chile from the 1970s to the present. Fray is a book that traces not only the emergence of an increasingly prominent artistic mode out of various craft and labor practices, but also shows how artists working with textiles–mainly women but also others operating on the margins of both the economy and the art-market–developed new material forms of expression and protest out of some of the most ancient technologies at our disposal as human beings–braiding, weaving, tying knots. Bryan-Wilson’s case studies explore the work of feminist knitting collectives, Chilean activists, emerging queer artists, and the vast numbers who contributed to the AIDS quilt. This is a book that provides a scrupulous examination of contemporary culture from the perspective of a medium whose materiality and immersion in bodily, physical labor challenge many of the stories we tell ourselves about art in an age of digital innovation and conceptual self-consciousness. At the same time, Fray assembles a picture of hemispheric contemporary art that offers scholars and critics in all the fields and area that ASAP embraces a chance to consider how female labor is valued, recognized, exploited, and made invisible. Bryan-Wilson’s work promises to change how scholars in various fields pay attention to craft-making practices and their representations in art, drama, literature, and everyday life.”

The Sea Ranch Exhibit Now Open


The Sea Ranch
November 05, 2018 – December 20, 2018
Environmental Design Library
Wurster Hall, Room 210

This exhibit focused on The Sea Ranch explores the early design development and planning of the site, significant buildings and residences, the marketing of this community of second homes, and its ongoing evolution. Featuring archival material from numerous collections, the show also includes student designs from the 2018 furniture competition. Curated by EDA staff Chris Marino and Emily Vigor, the exhibit showcases materials from the Joseph Esherick (EHDD); Moore, Lyndon, Turnbull, and Whitaker (MLTW); Marquis & Stoller; Dmitri Vedensky collections, and graphic designer Barbara Stauffacher Solomon who created the famous rams head logo. Architect Obie G. Bowman, FAIA generously allowed us to exhibit materials from his archives highlighting his early involvement with designing for The Sea Ranch, as well as the firms Fernau + Hartman Architects, Donlyn Lyndon, and Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects and The Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design (PennDesign).

The exhibit will run from November 5 through December 20, 2018 in the Raymond Lifchez and Judith Stronach Exhibition Cases in the Environmental Design Library, Wurster Hall room 210.

More Information: Sea Ranch Virtual Collection