Avant-Garde Art in Post-War Japan

April 24th, 2014

The library has a new anthology containing documents, artist manifestos, critical essays, and roundtable discussions related to avant-garde art in postwar-Japan. This recent publication from the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York,  From Post-War to Post-Modern: Art in Japan 1945-1980, assembles a number of primary source documents by scholars, critics, and artists.  Focusing on a number of disciplines–painting, photography, film, performance, architecture and design– this book ” . . . offers an unprecedented look at over four decades of Japanese art–both as it occurred and as it is seen from the perspective of the present day.”  (From book jacket)

Learn more about Japanese art and check out some Japanese films at the library!

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Happy 100th Birthday Wrigley Field!

April 23rd, 2014

Most 100th birthdays of baseball fields are rarely celebrated. Many original fields have been replaced with newer facilities that reflect new technology, skyboxes and other amenities. There have been suggestions in the past to tear down or alter Wrigley field, and indeed, some changes have been made. Watch Wrigley Field grow older. Read about the future plans to improve the ball park and the surrounding neighborhood. 

MVCC  The Cub Collection

Go Cubs!

Street Art & Graffiti—Books, Videos and More!

April 23rd, 2014



Are you a fan of street art and graffiti?  Fascinated by the work of Banksy, Revok, or Shepard Fairey, Inkie, or Drewfunk?  Check out the new The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti by Rafael Schacter! This book, replete with beautiful color photos, features the work of 113 artists from 25 countries.  Schacter explains in art speak the history and practice of these  amazing renegade artists from around the world.

Also available for check out:

Video: Graffiti Verite: Read the Writing on the Wall

Books: SoHo Walls: Beyond Graffiti

A Guide to Chicago’s Murals

Visual Vitriol: The Street Art and Subcultures of the Punk and Hardcore Generation

100 Ideas that Changed Art (See Street Art chapter)

Articles: Graffiti

Convergence on the Street

Respray Your Reality

Art Attack (Banksy)

Web: graffiti archeology

NYC Graffiti & Street Art Project


World Book Night!

April 23rd, 2014

Tonight is World Book Night! Thousands of volunteers, hundreds in Chicago & the suburbs alone, will be handing out free books with the goal of getting their books to those who don’t regularly read and/or people who dWBN2014 LogoNoBkgdon’t normally have access to print books.

Check out this map to see where volunteers will be handing out books.


“The Polar Bears Are Us” (Report on Climate Change)

April 22nd, 2014

Since it is Earth Day, I thought it worth noting that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has offered their strongest statement about the threat the climate change represents. Their newest report is grounded in scientific data and outlines the serious consequences of inaction.

I thought that this discussion on On the Media outlines some of the approach taken by the IPCC.

For more information, take a look at this book in the library’s collection Overheated : the human cost of climate change by Andrew T. Guzman.

On the Media: Case Closed (on Climate Change)

Description: A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) not only presents dire evidence of global warming’s impact, it also offers a different narrative about who is at risk, putting humans at the center of the story. Brooke talks with science journalist Cristine Russell about the IPCC’s media-ready case.

Today, April 22, is Earth Day

April 22nd, 2014

Being an earth creature brings on some responsibilities. This month there are many activities stressing the environment, recycling, renewing, etc., our earth. Go to the Center for Sustainability initiative here at Moraine Valley for more information.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Table Outside the Library

April 22nd, 2014

We hope students, faculty and staff will take a moment to stop outside of the library to visit the Sexual Assault Awareness Month table organized from the MVCC Counseling Department. They have excellent information to share and people on hand to offer support for those in need.

Remembering Gabriel García Márquez

April 21st, 2014

Last week, Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez passed away in Mexico City. In 1982, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent’s life and conflicts.” The library currently has several books written by the author, including:

Prize for Revealing National Secrets: Snowden Reporting Wins Pulitzer

April 15th, 2014

This week the Pulitzer Prize, journalism’s highest honor, was given to the reporters and news organizations that broke the stories on US government surveillance. This was from a mass of documents released by former US government contractor Edward Snowden, who released classified documents and broke US law. Snowden is now living in Russia to avoid prosecution in the US. Some people hail Snowden as a hero who should be protected. Others view Snowden as a traitor who should be prosecuted. The video below discusses the implications of the Pulitzer Prize.

For more information on Snowden here are a couple of sources:
CQ Researcher piece on Government Surveillance
Overview of the NSA Files from the Guardian

Pulitzer Prize renews debate over controversial NSA surveillance reporting

Description: Journalism’s highest honor was awarded to The Washington Post and The Guardian U.S. for reporting that raised questions about privacy, surveillance and security, despite criticism about whether they should have published the stories in the first place. Gwen Ifill discusses this year’s Pulitzer Prize winners with Geneva Overholser of the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.

A Good Reason to Stay up Late: Total Lunar Eclipse

April 14th, 2014

In less than five hours (starting at about 1 AM), the moon will pass behind the Earth.  As long as the sky is clear enough, the event will be visible here.   Get live coverage and commentary from NASA. 

Or, if you’re really interested The Adler Planetarium is having a FREE Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party!