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Reminder: End of Summer Semester!

August 5th, 2014 by Heather Stenson

Just a reminder that the Summer Semester ends tomorrow, August 6. All library materials are due on August 6 as well!

The library will be closed until the start of Fall Semester on September 4. If you have overdue materials to return during that time, you can use the library book drop on the 1st floor of 180 New Montgomery.

If you have any questions, email us at library@academyart.edu or call us at 415-618-3842!

See you in September!

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Closed July 4

July 2nd, 2014 by Heather Stenson

Just a reminder: all academic buildings will be closed on July 4 in observance of Independence Day. This includes the Library! We will reopen for normal hours on Saturday, July 5. Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

Vogue Cover, July 1, 1942

Vogue Cover, July 1, 1942

This image is from the Vogue Database, which has full issues that span Vogue’s entire run, from 1982 to today!

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End of semester due date!

May 16th, 2014 by Heather Stenson

Remember, all Library material must be returned by the end of the day on May 17 in order to avoid late fines and other penalties! Please give us a call at 415-618-3842 or email us at library@academyart.edu if you have any questions.

Have a great break!

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Audio Arts Archive Available from Tate

April 18th, 2014 by Abby Dansiger

Tate has announced that the Audio Arts archive, a vast collection of materials related to the revolutionary sound art magazine, has been digitized and is now available online.

Founded in 1972 by the artist William Furlong, Audio Arts was originally distributed on cassette tapes. It was also unique in that it captured artists and curators in conversation, as well as provided documentation of artworks that incorporated sound as a medium. Please see the Tate webpage dedicated to the Audio Arts archive for more information and to access this incredible resource!

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Happy Birthday, Eadweard Muybridge!

April 9th, 2014 by Abby Dansiger

Johnston, Frances Benjamin. [Eadweard Muybridge portrait]. ca. 1890-1910. Library of Congress. Prints & Photographs Online Catalog. Web. 9 April 2014.

Eadweard Muybridge, one of the most important figures in the history of photography, was born today in 1830. Best known for his studies of animal locomotion and panoramic views of San Francisco, Muybridge’s work was groundbreaking at the time and continues to impress viewers today.

The Academy of Art University Library has many resources available to learn more about Muybridge’s images and life, including Muybridge’s Complete Human and Animal Locomotion: All 781 Plates from the 1887 Animal Locomotion; Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change; and River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West.

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Page 1 contest Friday 4/11!

April 7th, 2014 by Heather Stenson

Have you signed up for this year’s Page 1 contest yet? If not, better hop to it – spaces are filling up fast! Page 1 is the Library’s annual writing contest. Enter for the chance to win $100 for first prize or $50 for second prize in one of three categories: Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, and Spoken Word/Poetry.


  1. No music is allowed for your performance.
  2. Your entry must be no longer than 1 page / five minutes’ worth of material.
  3. You must read your own work.
  4. You must have fun!

Sign up at the Library’s Circulation Desk this week! The event will be held at the Library on Friday, April 11, from 6-9 PM. If you have questions, call us at 415-618-3842 or email us at library@academyart.edu. See you there!

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J.H. Williams III at the Cartoon Art Museum

March 14th, 2014 by Daria

The Cartoon Art Museum will be presenting a talk by J.H. Williams III, the artist behind Sandman: Overture, who will talk about his work on the book and his future projects. VIP tickets are also available, which includes priority seating at the event and the opportunity to attend a pre-event dinner with J.H. Williams III.

Other Sandman graphic novels are available for checkout at the Academy of Art University Library.

The Cartoon Art Museum is located at 655 Mission Street near New Montgomery. The event will be held on Saturday,  March 17th from 7:00-9:00PM. For more information about the event and the Cartoon Art Museum please visit their website.

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New database: Vogue Archive

February 12th, 2014 by Heather Stenson

New for Spring 2014: Vogue Archive!

This archive contains full issues of American Vogue, from the first ever in 1892 to the most current, and all of the editorials, captions, covers, and advertisements are fully searchable and discoverable.

The Vogue Archive database is a great resource if you’re researching fashion history, current fashion trends, advertising, graphic design and layout, photography, or American popular culture.  Search by clothing designer, cosmetics brand, fashion model, photographer, clothing type, and more to find full-text and color image results – or browse through full issues of the magazine!

We hope you enjoy this new database and find it very useful. If you have any questions about Vogue Archive or any of our other databases, let us know by calling 415-618-3842 or emailing us at library@academyart.edu.

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly (April 15, 1956 Issue)

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Jan Gehl at UC Berkeley

February 10th, 2014 by Joel

Tonight (Feb. 10) Jan Gehl, the well-known Danish architect and urban designer of Gehl Architects, will be speaking at UC Berkeley on the topic of “Places for People & Transit”. Gehl is one of today’s most important urban planners and has written several influential books on the importance of public space and of  designing cities around the needs of pedestrians and cyclists.

Attendance is free (first come first serve) and lasts from 6-8pm at Wurster Auditorium on the UC Berkeley campus. More information can be found at the UC Berkeley website.

The AAU library has several of Gehl’s books:

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Gene Luen Yang at SFPL

January 17th, 2014 by Heather Stenson

You’re probably familiar with indie comic book artist Gene Luen Yang’s influential graphic novel American Born Chinese. Gene has just released a new two-book set about the Boxer Rebellion in China, Boxers & Saints. He’s going to be at the San Francisco Public Library on Saturday, February 1, from 2:00 to 3:30 to talk about his new books. The event will be followed up by a book signing, and is totally free! Take a look at the SFPL announcement for more information.

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