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September 24, 2009

UbuWeb is a completely independent resource dedicated to all strains of the avant-garde, ethnopoetics, and outsider arts. Founded in 1996 as a repository for avant-garde visual, concrete, and sound poetry, UbuWeb has expanded to become a formidable online collection of visual, audio, and written material that is freely available for noncommercial, educational use.

ACRL’s description…”The diversity of UbuWeb’s content is represented by the categories under which it is organized. “Contemporary” chronicles the transformation of concrete poetry from linear text to text, image, and electronic media, and “focuses on the rich tradition bestowed by the 1950s pioneers in electronic form.” “Ethnopoetics” offers visuals, sound recordings, and discourse on poetry from oral traditions and cultures. “Films” provides a collection of downloadable films. “Historical” provides a historical analysis of visual and concrete poetry, from the 16th century to the 1970s. “MP3 Archive” furnishes an extensive collection of MP3 files featuring music, poetry, and spoken word recordings (including interviews). “Outsiders” is defined by UbuWeb as the work of artists “reflecting broader cultural trends toward the legitimization of Outsider work, be it in the visual, musical, or literary arts.” Collections include music and visual content. “Papers” pulls together written analysis on poetry, sound, ethnopoetics, and radio. “Sound” includes historical and contemporary sound art. “/Ubu Editions” is a collection of full-text publications available for download in PDF.

UbuWeb is a commercial-free, independent site with technical support from SUNY Buffalo, University of Pennsylvania, and West Virginia University. UbuWeb’s digitization policy with respect to copyright is stringent, as exemplified in their FAQ: “If it’s out of print, we feel it’s fair game. If it’s in print, we won’t touch it.”

Read more about UbuWeb here and here.

UbuWeb videos don’t seem to embed into WordPress, but here’s one of their holdings via YouTube



September 24, 2009

Charles Burchfield

The Archives of American Art celebrates the 50th anniversary of its oral history program with “Speaking of Art: Selections from the Archives of American Art’s Oral History Collection, 1958-2008.” This special exhibition will be on display Oct. 11 through Jan. 26, 2009, in the Archives of American Art’s Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery in the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture.

“Speaking of Art” features audio excerpts from 28 of the Archives’ most fascinating interviews, paired with photographs from the Archives’ collection. Visitors are encouraged to spend time in the gallery, listening to and experiencing the particular inflections of artists, collectors and dealers as they speak candidly about their lives and work.

Among the accounts included in the exhibition, visitors will hear firsthand Lee Krasner reject the word “drip” as an accurate description of Jackson Pollock’s painting techniques, Charles Burchfield read poems that he penned on the verso of his paintings and Emmy Lou Packard recount working with Diego Rivera on the “Pan-American Unity” mural in 1940.

These samplings, which represent only a fraction of the 3,000 interviews in the Archives’ collection, chronicle the great diversity of the American scene, augmenting and refining our perception of individual artists, dealers, critics and curators and their social worlds. Through the ongoing production of oral history interviews, the Archives continues to collect and preserve the distinct voices and memories of the American art world.

The Archives of American Art’s Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery is located on the first floor of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, at Eighth and F streets N.W., Washington, D.C. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, except Dec. 25. Admission is free.