This post was guest written by Sarah Young, Library Services Department Assistant
As anyone who has walked around Main Campus recently has likely noticed, there are some big changes coming to the library. While the end results will be nice, in the meantime, we are left looking at some ugly temporary walls.
Never fear – we have a plan! Sarah Uthoff, one of our librarians, suggested that a mural would add some nice color to the space. Jennifer Cunningham and Ben Jensen from Arts & Humanities suggested that a collaborative painting project would be a fun way to add color and let people across campus get involved (think Chalk the Walk, but with a wall and acrylic paint). Ben and I discussed a plan and artworks, and we will soon be ready to paint!
Beginning July 8th, we will be painting famous artworks and cover our temporary walls one section at a time. If you would like to paint a square, you can sign up at Calendly: https://calendly.com/kirkwood-arts/painting-a-mural?month=2021-07
Here’s a preview of a couple of the artworks we’ll be recreating:
Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was one of the founding members of the German Expressionist group Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider). Expressionism moved away from depicting the world as it and instead focused on art as a depiction of subjective experience. Kandinsky was especially interested in color and the different energy each color conveyed, which he explored in his 1910 treatise On the Spiritual in Art. These interests led Kandinsky away from representational imagery altogether, and he is credited as being one of the first abstract artists.
Want to learn more about Kandinsky? Here are some resources from Kirkwood Library:
- Browse these and other print books at the Main Campus or Iowa City campus libraries in the circulating collection at 757.7 K16 or request to have them held or delivered to any campus:
- Wassily Kandinsky by Max Bill – covering his interest in music and influence on modern art
- Kandinsky exhibition catalogue from the Guggenheim Museum – features writings by the artist and previously little seen artworks
- Paths to the Absolute: Mondrian, Malevich, Kandinsky, Pollock, Newman, Rothko, and Still by John Golding – discusses how each of these artists developed their approach to abstraction
- Explore eBooks and streaming video about Kandinsky
Keith Haring (1958-1990) started as a graffiti artist in the New York city subways and developed a iconography of pop art cartoon-like images including babies, barking dogs, and flying saucers. He was one of the first graffiti artists, along with his friend Jean-Michel Basquiat, to gain recognition by the high art market. Haring was interested in breaking down the barriers between “high” and “low” art and opened his Pop Shop in New York City in 1986, so anyone could have a bit of his art affordably. Haring, who was openly gay, also used his artwork as a form of advocacy for issues he cared about, including AIDS awareness and his mural Crack is Whack.
Want to learn more about Keith Haring? Here are some resources from Kirkwood Library:
- Browse these and other print books at the Main Campus library in the circulating collection at 759.13 H or request to have them held or delivered to any campus:
- Keith Haring exhibition catalogue from the Whitney Museum of American Art – retrospective of his career with more that 300 illustrations
- Keith Haring: Heaven and Hell – focuses on his painting and drawings and the iconography in his work
- Keith Haring by Jeffrey Deitch, Suzanne Geiss, and Julia Gruen – follows the history of Haring’s career
- Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, and Walt Disney – Haring drew inspiration from both Warhol and Disney
- Future Primeval – captures an overview of Haring’s work and includes essays by William Burroughs and Timothy Leary.
Excited about recreating these artworks? Sign up at Calendly: https://calendly.com/kirkwood-arts/painting-a-mural?month=2021-07