August 2020 Archives

August 27, 2020

a collection of photobook

Haas Arts Library will resume its popular Photobook Club series online this fall semester, on Fridays each month, from 2-3 p.m. This year’s program includes:

The Virtual Photobook Club events are free and open to the Yale community. Seats are limited and registration in advance is required. For more information about the Photobook Club and related library collections, contact  

Image: A close-up of a photobook in Arts Library Special Collections during the Fall 2019 Photobook event 

Post on August 27, 2020 - 10:13am |

August 21, 2020

Join Treasures from the Yale Film Archive online for a conversation with Yale alumnus and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Nick Doob '69, in conjunction with the online debut of his 1979 feature documentary Street Music. A collection of performances by street musicians across the country, from New York to San Francisco, New Orleans to Chicago, the film presents 19 musicians in seven cities, and was one of Doob's first feature-length films. Among the singers, guitarists, drummers, dancers, and other artists, Doob includes street performance legends such as Brother Blue, Gene Palma, Bongo Joe, the Automatic Human Jukebox, and bluesman Jimmy Davis. The film captures a cross-section of Americans filled with raw talent, showmanship, and hustle, and presents a time capsule of the fashion, architecture, and culture of the 1970s. Doob donated original materials for Street Music and numerous other films to the Yale Film Archive in 2015. Thanks to a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation, three of his earlierst student films were preserved on film by the Yale Film Archive in 2017: Plastic Saints (1968), Costumed Dancer (1969), and 42nd St Movie (1969). Along with Street Music, preserved in 2018, new prints of all four films premiered in a 2019 Treasures screening with Nick Doob in person.

In this new conversation, Doob discusses the making of Street Music, filmmaking as a student at Yale, and his work with fellow Yale filmmaking legends D.A. Pennebaker, Paul Newman, and George Roy Hill.

Watch the Filmmaker Conversation (34 mins)

Watch Street Music (57 mins)

Read the Film Notes

Both videos are presented with optional closed captioning, and both are available for viewing through the end of December, 2020.

What is Treasures from the Yale Film Archive?
Treasures from the Yale Film Archive is an ongoing series of classic and contemporary films in 35mm curated by the Yale Film Study Center and screened at the Whitney Humanities Center.

Post on August 21, 2020 - 3:00pm |

August 12, 2020

The Arts Library offers a range of workshops on arts-focused research topics including how to find images, how to use Tropy for file management, and how to get started with research. See full list and register here

Post on August 12, 2020 - 10:46am |

August 3, 2020

Julia Wolfe

Oral History of American Music (OHAM) is pleased to announce that its cornerstone collection, Major Figures in American Music, is now accessible online. Major Figures in American Music incorporates over 1400 interviews with noted American composers, performers and other significant musicians, dating from 1970 to the present. OHAM continues to conduct interviews and add these to the collection every year. The collection notably features multiple interviews with a number of celebrated musical figures, such as Aaron Copland, John Adams, Julia Wolfe, Willie Ruff, and David Lang. Interviews were often conducted at various stages of their careers, and this provides a unique insight into their life and work over time.

The collection's finding aid includes links to stream each interview online via OHAM's AV access system, Aviary. Yale users can connect to the Yale VPN to stream these interviews without restriction. Other users are able to request access to interviews directly through Aviary. For access instructions, see OHAM's website.

Users may also find interview Tables of Contents and request transcripts through OHAM's website.

Post on August 3, 2020 - 8:22am |