Monthly Archives: February 2011

Lunch with Landmarks – Discussion of Bernard Meadows' Sculpture "Augustus"

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Join the College of Fine Art’s public art program Landmarks for lunch and a discussion about Bernard Meadows’ sculpture “Augustus.” Learn about the inspiration behind this powerful work of art with themes related to war, symbolism, and psychology. This event is apart of UT Art Week entitled “For the Love of the Arts,” taking place from February 24 to March 3, 2011. The lunch will take place on Tuesday, March 1st from 12-1 pm in the Townes Hall Lobby outside the Law Library. This event is free and open to the public.

Art Night Austin 2011


Join Art Alliance Austin tomorrow, February 26th from 6:30 to 10 PM, as they host their annual Art Night Austin event. The event features a number of Austin art venues,  previewing a number of spring exhibits. Complete with local culinary delights and DJs, this cultural event is one not to miss!

Decision to Move Solar Decathlon Off National Mall Reversed

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After the U.S. Department of Energy in conjunction with the National Park Service decided to move the Solar Decathlon competition to an unspecified location, many students and professors in the architecture and engineering fields were upset with the relocation of the contest. Participants protested and petitioned to keep the Decathlon on the Mall, and through their tireless effort, the Department of Energy and the Department of the Interior have reversed the decision and plan to keep the competition at the centralized location.

"A Well-Made Object: Conversations with Architect Howard Meyer" Film

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The School of Architecture is screening the film “A Well-Made Object: Conversations with Architect Howard Meyer” on Wednesday, February 23 in Goldsmith 3.120 at 5pm. Born in New York City and educated at Columbia University, Howard Meyer was one of the leading modernists in Texas. Throughout his travels in Europe, Meyer came in contact with Le Corbusier as well as the work of the German Werkbund modern exhibition, adopting a modified form of the International Style. Meyer later moved to Texas in 1935 where he built some of his most famous works, including: the Sanger House, the Rose House, and the Zale House.  In the 1980s, Meyer donated his personal archive to the University of Texas’ Alexander Architectural Archives. A former client of to Meyer, Carolyn Clark, produced a short documentary film exhibiting the life and work of the famed architect during his donation to the University. After the film viewing, an open house reception will immediately follow in the Alexander Archives, where a collection of Meyer’s drawings will be on display.

Opening TOMORROW! New VRC Exhibit: Capturing Light and Time

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Please join the VRC tomorrow in celebrating the opening of the new Spring/Summer 2011 exhibt Capturing Light and Time. The opening is from 2-4 pm in Sutton Hall 3.128. The exhibit focuses on work done in the fall of 2010 by Professor Judy Birdsong’s Design V studio students. Refreshments will be served!

Opening in the VRC for the Spring/Summer 2011 Exhibit: Capturing Light and Time

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Catch the new Spring/Summer 2011 VRC Exhibit featuring Professor Judy Birdsong’s fall 2010 Design V students’ work of pinhole cameras and photographs. The exhibit focuses on the themes of light and time and their relationship to architecture. As a means to understand the concept of light, Professor Birdsong’s students created their own pinhole cameras; to experiment with the element of time, the students used their cameras to capture photographs. To ensure that the timing matched with the lighting, students created “negatives” of their pinhole image. Students used both analog and digital methods to create positive prints – both are represented in this show.

El Tanque


On Saturday, February 19th, from 3-4:30 PM, UTSOA Sustainable Design student Patrick Bresnan’s documentary exhibit “El Tanque” will open at the Austin Public Library Terrazas Branch. Developed through the sponsorship of El Povenir Nicaragua, the exhibit documents villagers as they travel from the refugee village of El Tanque to locate and retrieve water supplies. These images were originally employed as a fundraising mechanism, raising nearly $40,000 for the installation of safe and local water and sanitation facilities in El Tanque. Opening this Saturday, the exhibit will be on view at the Austin Public Library Terrazas Branch through April 30th.

Notes on Photographs Forum Presented by the George Eastman House


Established by the George Eastmen House in 2006, Notes on Photographs is an international forum for gathering information that enhances the communal understanding of the photographic print. The forum addresses issues like materials and techniques, conservation, and reference resources, providing an excellent resource for those doing research on photographers like Eugene Atget, Berenice Abbott, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Margaret Bourke-White. The forum also allows contributors to create discussion boards to verify and find out new information.

Digital Sanborn Maps of Charlottesville, VA Online

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The Digital Sanborn Maps collection provides academic and public libraries digital acess to more than 660,000 large-scale maps of more than 12,000 American towns and cities. In electronic form, these maps can reach a much larger population than in its original microfilm format. The Charlottesville, Virginia maps are one series of the American towns highlighted in the Sanborn Collection. The maps show the growth of the city from 1907 to 1920. Other states in the series include Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, Utah, Florida, and South Carolina.

The Prelinger Archives

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Created in 1983, The Prelinger Archives holds over 60,000 “ephemeral” (advertising, educational , industral, and amateur) films. The Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division acquired the film collection in 2002, but Prelinger still remains in existence, adding a new collection to their archives that now subsists of over 4,000 films. As a whole, the collection currently contains over 10% of the total production of ephemeral films between 1927 and 1987, and it exists as one of the most complete and varied collection in existence of films from this time period.