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The Value of Museums

Museums are more than a collection of objects. Museums are more than a resource for a community. Museums are more than a place for solitude, for study, for socialising, for gathering, a place to learn, a place to find inspiration, a place to find joy. Museums are more than one thing to everyone who visits them.

In light of the proposal to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities I would like to request submissions to feature on this blog of all the things that your museum, art gallery or archive has done to bring value to your communities. Have you worked on a project for your visitors? Have you conducted research to explore something new in your field? 

Please email me at arts.museum.education at gmail dot com to start the conversation. I can’t wait to begin featuring your stories.

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Prints available here!

Hey guys! I’m starting university in the fall and I’m in need of more funds- I’ve applied for all the scholarships I can and I’m going to be working two jobs this summer but it still leaves unmet cost.

So, I will be selling prints of my artwork through society6. I have uploaded all of my senior AP Studio Art 2D concentration(pictured above), and will continue to upload more of my work as I scan it.

The artwork is not digital- they are high resolution scans of my actual works that are done in a variety of media- acrylic, watercolor, pen, collage- you name it. The availability of the sizes of prints depends on the resolution of the image, and the smaller works naturally don’t scan as large images, so the availability of larger print sizes is limited for some pieces.

Selling through society6 is slightly more expensive, but the quality is tenfold better than anything I could do with cheaper archival inks at home. As society6 states: “All art prints are gallery quality Giclée prints on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Custom trimmed with appropriately sized borders for framing.“ This means you don’t have to worry about the image fading or yellowing in the sunlight.

I appreciate any and all purchases, and any reblogs. I’m going to try my hardest to be at least a slightly less poor college student.

Thanks guys!

Prints available here!

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Artists in Action!

Meet Ryan McFadden and Kevin Iwaki, two Coordinators in Nickelodeon Animation’s Archive and Resource Library! We can’t get enough of their super passionate personalities and the incredibly valuable work they do for the studio from cataloguing archives to curating art galleries. This is the epitome of the dream team, people!! 

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1) What is your role here at Nick? How long have you worked here?

Ryan: I am the Creative Projects Coordinator with the Nickelodeon Animation Archive and Resource Library. What my position really amounts to is a Treasure Hunter, Researcher, Historian, Caretaker and Gatekeeper to Nickelodeon’s vast collection of traditional animation resources. I have been with the company for about 4 ½ years. 

Kevin: I am the Collections Coordinator at the Nickelodeon Animation Archive and Resource Library and I’ve been here for about two and a half years. My role at the studio is to catalogue and preserve all the original production artwork from our classic 90′s animated shows like Ren and Stimpy, Hey Arnold! and Rock’s Modern Life as well as more recent shows like SpongeBob SquarePants, Fairly Odd Parents and The Legend of Korra.

2) How did you get started in animation?

Ryan: From a professional standpoint, I got my start as an intern in 2011 with the “Tape Vault”. At that point in time there was no Animation Archive as it exists today. The library was a small section of the Post-Production department and was responsible for cataloguing and storing the final master tapes of all the shows being produced at NAS.

From a personal standpoint, I got my start as an authentic 90′s Nick kid. I was obsessed with the shows that were on Nickelodeon during my childhood: Ren and Stimpy, Rocko’s Modern Life, Rugrats, The Angry Beavers, etc…Really, my career as a Nickelodeon historian began at that time. Nothing could have prepared me for this position than having lived through and experienced the phenomenon of Nick’s golden age in the 90′s. 

Kevin: Like how anything starts in this business, I knew some people who knew some other people so after I graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts I got a position at the Warner Bros. Corporate Archives. My project was to help support the archive with all of their projects from curating exhibits like Comic-Con and the Paley Center to archiving and preserving all of their historical assets like Michael Keaton’s Batman costume to original Looney Tunes production art by Chuck Jones and Maurice Noble. After two and half years of discovering more Warner Bros. history than any book published, it was time to move on, and I was ready for a more unique experience in archiving. That’s when I heard about Nickelodeon, and their project to build an animation archive and library. I knew this was a great opportunity to really make a difference, and I wanted to be one of the founders of this archive. I would say the rest is history, but my story at Nickelodeon is still being written.

3) What is your day-to-day like? Any interesting routines?

It’s always a bit different on a day-to-day basis. Some days we’re at a warehouse, digging through thousands of boxes of animation assets that have been untouched and all but forgotten for decades. On other days we’re meeting with members of the studio and providing them with art and reference materials. On other days we’re traveling offsite to setup and install art galleries. Really, our job is anything but routine and we enjoy that. Variety is the spice of life, as they say.

4) What continues to motivate you to work in animation?

It really boils down to our passion for this particular content. We feel personally responsible for the legacy and well-being of our artwork and history and we can see the value that an archive of classic Nickelodeon material brings to the studio and to our audience. It really reinforces the backbone of our brand and fuels the fires of creativity. It’s an honor to be in the position that we’re in.

5) What are the favorite parts of your job?

Our favorite parts of the job are the aspects that deal with people. We love meeting all of the various members of the studio and animation/entertainment community. They’re awesome, fun-loving people. We actually got the chance to go up to Skywalker Ranch this year and meet all of the Lucasfilm archivists. It was incredible! We’re huge fans of Star Wars and Indiana Jones. To get the chance to see their production assets was a life-changing experience. We saw the original Ralph McQuarrie concept art from Star Wars and even got to hold real lightsabers.

6) Tell us about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.

We’re very proud to have been agents of change in the studio and to have worked towards bringing our department from a humble tape vault to a thriving animation archive. Aside from that, we assisted in mounting a successful gallery exhibition at California State University Fullerton for the 25th anniversary of Nick Animation this past year. At the opening, several of the creators and architects of the early animated programs (Vanessa Coffey, Arlene Klasky, Jim Jinkins, Stephen Hillenberg, Mark Marek, Chris Viscardi) were in attendance and gave monumental speeches detailing their careers and experiences. It was surreal!

7) What/who inspires you?

We feel inspired and affected by practically everyone we meet and all of the art we come across, so it’s hard to pick just one person or thing. Above all, our families have always been very supportive of our efforts here. We’re both very grateful for the insight and support of our families and they certainly are an inspiration to each of us personally.

8) What is your advice for aspiring artists or people interested in entering animation?

There is a lot of cliché advice floating around Hollywood, but it’s often very true. It’s important to know/affiliate yourself with the right people and to be at the places where those people are. It’s all about being at the right place at the right time, and to be ready to seize the right opportunities. Be confident in your skills and abilities, but don’t get too cocky, and always try to be the type of person that people want to have around them.

9) Do you have a mentor or someone else who’s been an impactful person on your career?

Before we really started to build our own archive, we got the opportunity to tour several incredible archives: Disney, Paramount, Warner Bros., Sony, NBC Universal, The Writer’s Guild Archive, LACMA, The Japanese American National Museum and Lucasfilm. We are a very young archive when compared to these others, and the professionals that staff them graciously shared a lot of wisdom and experience with us on these tours. They really opened our eyes to the way things work in a successful archive and helped us figure out how to go about achieving our goals in our own archive.

10) What are your favorite hobbies?

Ryan: I am a musician. I love to play guitar, bass and also use software like Pro Tools and Ableton Live to compose all sorts of music.

Kevin: I love collecting high-end toys, and my office has some of my Marvel and Star Wars collections on display, which always starts a conversation with visitors. I’m also a Disneyland Annual Passholder and love going to Club 33 with my friends.

11) What is one of the most challenging aspects of your job?

We have a pretty small crew and are constantly spinning projects of all different kinds on all different timetables. Sometimes balancing all of them proves challenging, but we take it as a sign of growth and progress. We are hoping to expand our team in the not-so-distant future.

12) What is your spirit animal?

Ryan: Reptar.

Kevin: Something epic like Harry Potter’s Patronus Stag…

13) Favorite Nickelodeon show?

It’s a toss-up between The Ren and Stimpy Show and Rocko’s Modern Life. Both were such boundary-pushing shows and had such unique and powerful styles. We consider both to be examples of fine art. There’s a special place in our hearts for Hey Arnold!, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Avatar: TLA/Korra too, for the same reasons. You don’t even have to be a kid to really enjoy these shows…they have something for everyone and are really a commentary on the human experience. A lot of Nick cartoons have that kind of depth and, truthfully, we get very excited about all of the shows we’ve done here at Nick.

14) Favorite Nickelodeon quote or catchphrase?

Ryan: “I can’t see my forehead.”  -Patrick Star (Patty Hype)

Kevin: “You sick little monkey!” –Ren Hoek (Stimpy’s Invention)

15) Favorite snack?

Ryan: Probably pizza…I seem to have an addiction. I think I could eat pizza every day for the rest of my life and actually enjoy it. I think I could get along with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pretty well.

Kevin: It’s a tie between a Krabby Patty and a Scooby Snack.

Portrait of Unknown Man with Postbag and Letters (date unknown; location unknown; subject and artist unknown)

From National Galleries of Scotland. 

[To my eye, the style of the subject’s uniform, and my general sense of photography – especially colonial photography, which I think we can assume this is an example of given the backdrop chosen and the literal grassy ground on which the subject stands – suggests to me this was taken in Africa ca. 1900. So vague as to be insulting, so please, if you know more specifics and can do some archival history deductions, clue me in!]

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Ryoji Ikeda

Book :

The Anti - Museum
An Anthology By Mathieu Copeland & Balthazar Lovay
Fri Art Kunsthalle Freiburg
König Books
2017

For the first time, this anthology is devoted to the Anti - Museum, through Anti-Art, the Anti-Artist, Anti-Exhibition, as well as Anti-Architecture, Anti-Design, Anti-Culture, Anti-Philosophy, Anti-Writing, Anti-University, Anti-Technology, Anti-Religion, Anti-Cinema and Anti-Music. This notion (unpatented but regularly reappropriated) traces the erratic and sometimes paradoxical counter-history of the contestation of artistic institutions.

From the first Anti-Exhibition to the first catalogue retracing the history of Closed Exhibitions, from Dada to Noise Music, from ‘Everything Is Art’ to ‘NO ! Art’, the Japanese Avant-Gardes to Lettrist Cinema, and not forgetting such major protest figures as Gustav Metzger, Henry Flynt, Graciela Carnevale, and Lydia Lunch, The Anti-Museum sketches a polyphonic panorama where negation is accompanied by a powerful breath of life.

'During the exhibition the gallery will be closed’
Robert Barry
1969

CD :

Byetone
Symeta
Raster - Noton
RN130

Music & Design by Olaf Bender

Raster - Noton . Archiv Für Ton Und Nichtton

iTunes :

Alva Noto
Xerrox
Raster - Noton
RN78

The Anti - GMA …

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Visit “Stories to Tell: Selections from the Harry Ransom Center” on the University of Texas at Austin campus. Daily tours; open 7 days; free! 

Many stories can be told from the Ransom Center’s extensive cultural collections—stories of inspiration, adaptation, innovation, confrontation, collaboration, and even frustration.

From the Collection: 1960–1969, now on view, celebrates a decade of artistic experimentation through works from all of MoMA’s curatorial departments and the museum archives. The galleries proceed chronologically, with work installed by year, providing a variety of fresh discoveries and unexpected connections. 


[Sir William Lyons, Malcolm Sayer, William M. Heynes. E-Type Roadster. 1961. Jaguar Ltd., Coventry, England Steel body. The Museum of Modern Art, New York]

gunny’s redbubble

as suggested by some fellow fan artists, anons, and close friends i have decided to open a redbubble store under the name runnxgun to reach out to those asking about art prints! 

at the moment, i have only stocked a few digital works, but i’m more than happy to add more upon request. please dm, tumblr message, or @runnxgun on twitter and i can add anything from my gallery/archives to the store. note that all traditional works will have to be scanned (as i currently take them with my phone) so those will require a bit more time to process. ^^* 

let me know which drawings you would like stocked!

lastly, please provide me with any feedback you might have! thank you so much for all your kindness and support! 

~gunny