Tag Archives: art

Smokey Bear Archive

12 Dec

The National Agricultural Library might not be the first place you’d think to visit for its fine art, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture repository actually has a sophisticated collection of oil and acrylic paintings on public display. The artwork has been accumulated over the course of the Forest Service’s seven decade-long Smokey Bear public information campaign.

Read the Atlas Obscura post about the Smokey Bear archive here.

In These Surreal Times: Detecting Fake Reality with Artist Pawel Kuczynski

3 Jul

Combining humor with frustration over Poland’s political situation and global issues such as poverty, war, and racial division, Pawel Kuczynski uses visual metaphors to bring out uncomfortable truths: In These Surreal Times: Detecting Fake Reality with Pawel Kuczynski by Shana Burleson

WPA Posters

30 Nov

The Library of Congress has an online collection of WPA posters: About this Collection – Posters: WPA Posters | Digital Collections | Library of Congress

Indigenous ‘Dignity’ Towers Over the Missouri River

13 Oct

Northwest Iowa Center for Regional Studies

Artist Dale Lamphere created “Dignity” a 50-foot statue of a young Lakota girl in a star shawl open to the wind that in an embodiment of hope. Read about Lamphere’s statue overlooking the Missouri River at Chamberlain, SD on I-90 here at Indian Country Today: Indigenous ‘Dignity’ Towers Over the Missouri River – ICTMN.com

View original post

Keep Mum: WPA Posters Do the Talking

25 Jun

Indian court, Federal Building, Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco, 1939 Pomo Indian basket, California /

At the Library of Congress, Kristi Finefield reminds us of WPA poster art:

Artists working for the Federal Art Project (FAP), a part of the Work Projects Administration (WPA), created thousands of posters between 1936 and 1943. The posters took on all manner of topics: public health and safety, cultural events and exhibitions, education, tourism, and wartime warnings, to name a few. Only a small percentage of those posters survive, and today they continue to deliver their messages with strong graphics and few words.

With that in mind, it seems only fair that I let the posters do the rest of the talking, while I keep mum!

See some examples here: Keep Mum: WPA Posters Do the Talking | Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos.

John Mix Stanley and Art of the U.S. West

12 Nov

John Mix Stanley is not a name as well known as George Catlin, Thomas Moran, or Albert Bierstadt so far as painting the American West goes. This is largely because so much of his work was lost in an 1865 fire at the Smithsonian Institution.

As Nancy McClure explains, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West has acquired an 1855 painting by Stanley: Untitled Teton Valley Scene. The painting should help draw more attention to this neglected 19th-century artist.

Buffalo Bill Center of the West acquires John Mix Stanley painting.

Flash Mob Rembrandt, by the Rijksmuseum, the Netherlands

22 Dec

Exploring the Past

Reading, Thinking, and Blogging about History

Enough Light

"In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't." - Blaise Pascal

Lenten Lamentations

Preparing to Participate in God's Mosaic Kingdom

The Text Message

Discoveries from processing and reference archivists on the job

john pavlovitz

Stuff That Needs To Be Said

Wirelesshogan: Reflections from the Hogan

"History is the record of our loves in all their magnificent and ignoble forms." Eugene McCarraher

The Way of Improvement Leads Home

"History is the record of our loves in all their magnificent and ignoble forms." Eugene McCarraher

the way of improvement leads home

reflections at the intersection of American history, religion, politics, and academic life

The Pietist Schoolman

The website and blog of historian Chris Gehrz

Reformed Journal: The Twelve

Reformed. Done Daily.


by Alex Scarfe


Thoughtful Conversation about the American West

Northwest History

"History is the record of our loves in all their magnificent and ignoble forms." Eugene McCarraher

%d bloggers like this: