Archive for March, 2009

More March uploads to the Commons

Posted by zyrcster in Recent Uploads

Recent uploads in the Commons:

Who are you? As noted here yesterday, the Smithsonian Institution requests your help in identifying the women in this set.
Women in Science
The State Library of New South Wales brings us athletes galore.
Olympic Games
More Carl Curman photos from the Swedish National Heritage Board.
Carl Curman – Sweden
Religious grandeur in architecture from the Bibliothèque de Toulouse.
Architecture religieuse
Powerful industrial architecture, from the Biblioteca de Arte–Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
Edifícios industriais


Help the Smithsonian: Women in Science

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in News

The Smithsonian Institution posted in the Flickr Commons group today requesting user help with information on new uploads to its Women in Science set. In the group post, you’ll find a link to those new uploads … and a link to the SI’s blog post about the Women in Science initiative at the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

The Smithsonian also has a survey about its Commons presence linked from its profile page. If you’ve looked even once at a Smithsonian photograph on Flickr, your input is valuable.

J. M. Deming

unidentified photographer
J. M. Deming, date unknown
Smithsonian Institution: SIA2008-0977

Then and Now: Cheesy goodness

Posted by zyrcster in Then and Now

Kaasmarkt Alkmaar

Nationaal Archief


Nash car dealership

Posted by zyrcster in Best of The Commons
Nash car dealership

Adolph B. Rice Studio
Nash car dealership, March 20, 1954
The Library of Virginia: Rice Collection 294F

view + comment on Flickr

Carnival of the Commons

Posted by zyrcster in Carnival of The Commons

Heard around the Commons:

  • The Swedish National Heritage Board posts some welcoming stats about their new Commons account!
  • They also receive favorable press!
  • The Brooklyn Museum gets press about the Sun.K Kwak installation that opens today.
  • Effie, at the Smithsonian Institution, discusses the effort the Commons as a collective made for Women’s Day.
  • The Oregon State University is also blogging about their Commons women.
  • Tags in Space! A great read about an astronomy project the National Maritime Museum is involved in on Flickr.
  • The Library of Congress boasts about their historic Stevie Wonder concert. View the webcast!
  • Paula at the Powerhouse Museum informs us about hi-res zooming on their digital archives.
  • Happy 75th birthday to the John Oxley Library, part of the State Library of Queensland, Australia!
  • Tony Bannon, Director of the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, is in California this coming week for the Palm Springs Photo Festival, and hopes to see you there!
  • The Bibliothèque de Toulouse reviews Phillippe Lioret’s new film, Welcome.
  • The New Curator discusses the Tate’s collection and Google Street View; OK, that’s not about the Commons, but it is cool, and might inspire someone to do something similar using the Flickr API, the Commons photos, and Street View. Any takers?

Go Visit!

Opens today – Sun K. Kwak’s Enfolding 280 Hours installation at the Brooklyn Museum. That’s a lot of tape! View it large.

Sun K. Kwak Enfolding 280 Hours

Sun K. Kwak Enfolding 280 Hours
Brooklyn Museum

30/31 March - A two-day symposium on the history and impact of the Black Power movement of the 1960s and 1970s, at the Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery.

02 Apr - Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney to lecture on Cherry Blossom Symbolism at the Library of Congress.

Closing 05 AprilBurning Down the House: Building a Feminist Art Collection at the Brooklyn Museum.

World Theatre Day

Posted by zyrcster in Across The Commons

Celebrate World Theatre Day across the Commons!

Courtenay Place, Wellington, 22 February, 1923

Robert Percy Moore
Courtenay Place, Wellington, 22 February 1923
National Library of New Zealand: PA6-017
From the art of backstage craft …
State Library of New South Wales
… to the splendid auditoriums of theatres around the world …
Biblioteca de Arte-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
… the actors take their places.
Library of Congress
Take a respite with a group of summering actors at Harry Woodruff’s cottage in Siasconset.
Nantucket Historical Association
Or take a stroll down a Japanese theatre street.
New York Public Library
Inquire at the stage door …
State Library of New South Wales
… for your chance to perform.
George Eastman House
All the world’s a stage, so …
Smithsonian Institution
Curtain up, light the lights!
George Eastman House
We’ve got nothing to hit but the heights!
Nationaal Archief

Tour more theatrical photographs in the Commons.

Interview: Mary McKercher, of the Brooklyn Museum, on Egypt

Posted by zyrcster in Interviews

Photographs of Egypt have long fascinated the West. We talked with Mary McKercher, photographer and archaeologist for the Brooklyn Museum’s Mut Expedition, about the most recent season of work. Her new photographs are on Flickr in the Mut 2009: Sights at the Site and Beyond set and at the museum’s Dig Diary.

Mary McKercher

Mary McKercher

Mary, what is your involvement with the Brooklyn Museum and the Mut Expedition?

Based on work I had done for another expedition, Richard Fazzini, Curator of Egyptian art at the museum and Director of the Mut Expedition, hired me as expedition photographer in 1979. We first met face-to-face at the site and were married later that year. I am still the expedition photographer but I get involved in the digging as well since I am trained in archaeology and speak reasonable Arabic. Back in Brooklyn I handle the post-season photo work and have lately become interested in studying the pottery we have found.

Going back to the Mut Precinct year after year is the best part of the job. Luxor is a beautiful place and there is always the curiosity about what we will find this year. We also have many Egyptian, European and American friends and colleagues whom we only see in Egypt. Not only is it fun to catch up with the news, but the chance to work with people we like and respect and to talk to colleagues about what we are doing while we are doing it can be very useful.

Mut & Amun

What is the Mut Expedition?

The 20+ acre Mut Precinct, part of the Karnak temple complex, lies about 100 yards south of the Amun Precinct to which it is linked by an avenue of ram-headed sphinxes. It contains the Mut Temple (surrounded on 3 sides by a sacred lake called the Isheru), two other large temples, a number of smaller chapels, and remains of domestic buildings of various periods.

Mut, the consort of Amun and mother of the moon-god Khonsu, had 2 forms, like many Egyptian goddesses: beneficent Mut, and fierce Sakhmet, who protected Egypt but could destroy it if angered. This dual nature is the reason for the many large statues of lioness-headed Sakhmet at the site. Rituals to keep Mut/Sakhmet happy often involved singing, dancing, eating and drinking.

The earliest official dig took place in 1895-97 and was led by two Englishwomen, Margaret Benson and Janet Gourlay, the first women to lead an archaeological expedition in Egypt Although additional work was carried out by others during the intervening years, the Brooklyn Museum expedition, begun in 1976, was the first to undertake a systematic exploration of the site as a whole. Since 2001, we have shared the site with an expedition from the Johns Hopkins University. All work at the site is carried out under the supervision of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, which is responsible for the exploration, preservation, and restoration of Egypt’s rich cultural heritage.



Posted by zyrcster in Collections

The wonders of the Ancient World across the Commons …

Read more about this collection in the Flickr Commons group.

Images from the Brooklyn Museum, National Galleries of Scotland, New York Public Library, and the George Eastman House.

New Uploads from the Commons!

Posted by zyrcster in Recent Uploads

Recent uploads from the Commons:

In the past, we’ve grouped these in with the Friday Carnival of the Commons. We’re now splitting out new uploads to the Commons, to help you focus on the photographs. Stay tuned near the beginning of every week.

The Swedish National Heritage Board adds to their Carl Curman set. See snowy Sweden set in a prior century.
Carl Curman – Sweden
Incredible landscape architecture from the Biblioteca de Arte–Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. Visit Viseu, Portugal, without leaving your chair.
The Powerhouse Museum adds to its Tyrrell set with formidable landscapes of impossible feats.
Tyrrell Collection
Heard, understood and acknowledged! The Library of Congress adds photos of marines and ships at sea to the Bains collection of news photography.
News in the 1910s
See more glorious ships of the sea from the National Library of New Zealand.
William Hall Raine
The State Archives of Florida sings the blues with Richard Williams.
Florida Folklife Collection
The bustle of Sydney, Australia, in the ’30s, as captured by Max Dupain, from the State Library of New South Wales.
Discover Collections – Sydney Exposed
They’ve also got bohemians of every sort!

World Tuberculosis Day

Posted by Stephanie Fysh in Articles

There are times when the archival photos held in Commons collections on Flickr feel like long times past, but today I am reminded, by another archival collection, that much of the past remains with us today. As part of World Tuberculosis Day, I give you a 1910s photograph, below, from the collections of the Library of Congress, and a set of archival audiovisual material from right up until a few years ago, from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Bain News Service
Nurse & patient “Sea Breeze Jr.”, 1910 to 1915
Library of Congress: LC-B2-2302-3