Art Institute Online

The Art Institute of Chicago has recently enhanced the online availability of its digital archives, making much more of its collection available for online viewing. More than 44,000 images of its collection are now available online with unrestricted access. The images are all downloadable under a Creative Commons license. Image viewing has also been enhanced, allowing the user to see the image in much greater detail, even down to the brushstroke level.

Explore the collection here. You can browse through varies genres or use the search function to look for more specific pieces.

To find out even more about the collection of the Art Institute check out these books from the MVCC library.

Comic Book Documentaries

Stream the following comic book documentaries recently added to our Films on Demand collection to coincide with this year’s One Book One College. Each documentary presents a different aspect of comic book history.

  • The American Comic Strip surveys the history of comic strips with renowned artists Mort Walker, John Romita, Will Eisner, John Cullen Murphy, Sean Kelly, and Milton Caniff.
  • The Art of Spiegelman is a biographical film on Art Spiegelman, creator of popular comic strips Maus and In the Shadow of No Towers. The film features interviews of Spiegelman and his wife, Françoise Mouly.
  • In Search of Dan Cooper examines the creation of the French-Belgian Dan Cooper series, inspired by Canadian pilots stationed overseas, and how the comic strip evolved over time.

Want to learn more? Stream Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle. Season 1 and Dear Mr. Watterson: An Exploration of Calvin & Hobbes through Hoopla and browse our extensive graphic novel collection in person.

Planning for the Future

If you’re planning to transfer to a four-year college after your time here at Moraine, stop by Moraine Valley’s Transfer Day from 10am-1pm, today, October 10th, located on the second floor of buildings B and L by the bridge. There you will be able to meet and talk to representatives from nearly 60 four-year institutions.

To assist in your future college search the Moraine Valley Library has resources available to compare and research different colleges and universities throughout the country. Also, the library has a variety of resources to help you choose a future career or major. Transfer guides are available through the college to assist you in the transfer process.

 

Hispanic Heritage Month: Frida Kahlo

NorthSouth Books

Commemorate National Hispanic Heritage Month by exploring our extensive collection of books, eBooks, and audiovisual materials on renowned Mexican painter and feminist icon, Frida Kahlo. Special mention to two award-winning picture books in our Juvenile Collection, Viva Frida! by Yuyi Morales and Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown. Both books feature colorful illustrations that are sure to bring the artist’s creativity to life.

Also see the Huffington Post article, “19 Children’s Books to Read in Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month,” by Taylor Pittman for additional suggestions.

Smile…You’re on CCTV!

Many novels have been written with plots that center on  dystopian societies.  Brave New World,  1984 and The Hunger Games are well known dystopian titles.  These books are fiction but many citizens all over the globe are wondering if the dystopian restraints found in  books are more fact than fiction.

For example, Google “CCTV and private citizens” or “biometrics and privacy” and you will be amazed at the results. One fascinating website,  Leave no dark corner, is a video report  published on September 18, 2018 by The Australian Broadcasting Company.

How would this system affect you?  This may be a topic that you could use for a research paper or a speech. The MVCC  databases are  great tools to help you with your research.

 

New Words to Use in Scrabble

The new edition of the official Scrabble dictionary has added hundreds of new words, such as sheeple, bitcoin, emoji, and puggle. Other big news in the Scrabble world is that the word “OK” is now acceptable. Scrabble has been around since the 1930s but it needs to change as language changes.  The library does not have any books about Scrabble specifically, but we do have a book about board games: It’s All a Game: The History of Board Games from Monopoly to Settlers of Catan by Tristan Donovan. And the library has many dictionaries for you to use, including online access to the Oxford English Dictionary.

An American Author…Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe, a best selling author and journalist, died today at the age of 88.  Mr. Wolfe authored many famous works.  The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, written in 1968, is a classic read on the 1960s hippie movement. The Right Stuff, a non-fiction book written in 1979, describes the first 15 years of America’s space program.  The Bonfire of the Vanities, a novel written in 1987,  gives a vivid picture of New York City in the 1980s.  Wolfe is credited with numerous colorful phrases that include “The Me Decade” and “Radical Chic”. “His decades of creativity with the written word have undoubtedly left an enduring impact.”

Check out the MVCC catalog or databases for more information on Tom Wolfe.

Fast Food History

Most of us have eaten at McDonald’s. Do you know how the company started? Two brothers in California developed a system in the 1950s to serve just a few quality items quickly at their hamburger stand. They were the McDonald brothers and, at the time, they were pretty satisfied with their company and product. But a shake machine salesman from Illinois saw a big future in the business.

The Founder is a movie from 2017 that tells how Ray Kroc got into business with the brothers. At first, he had the job of setting up McDonald’s franchises around the country. After a few years, he took over the company. He then called himself the founder of the company. You can decide if you agree. Check out the DVD and see the performances by Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, and John Carroll Lynch.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

We finally have a print copy of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss. The book was announced (and released) on March 18th during an episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver with some controversy. Independent booksellers were blindsided by the release and questioned business ethics as the book was first made available to Amazon.¹ The larger conversation was around the fact that the book was published as a parody of Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President, written by Charlotte Pence and illustrated by Karen Pence. Both books star the Pence family pet, Marlon Bundo, but one is a biography of the Vice President, while the other is about same-sex marriage.

The release of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo was political, serving as Oliver’s response to Mike Pence’s indirect support of anti-gay organizations.² The plot is about gay marriage and pictures contain cues for adults. At the same time, the book introduces broader themes that go beyond this specific political situation. Twiss writes about the essentials of democracy and diversity, ideas that are universal regardless of who is in power. You can checkout the book in print or electronically from our library.

  1. Green, Alex. “Booksellers Outraged by Chronicle’s Rollout of John Oliver Book.” Publishers Weekly, 26 March 2018, https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/76440-booksellers-outraged-by-chronicle-s-rollout-of-john-oliver-book.html. Accessed 26 April 2018.
  2. “Mike Pence: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO).” YouTube, uploaded by LastWeek Tonight, 18 March 2018, https://youtu.be/rs2RlZQVXBU.

New Name in Sports

Our local professional sports stadium is getting a new name. After the end of this current MLS season, Bridgeview’s Toyota Park will become SeatGeek Stadium. The 20,000 seat facility opened in 2006 and is the home to Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire and to National Women’s Soccer League’s Chicago Red Stars. Besides the new naming rights, SeatGeek, the online ticket broker, will also work with the stadium’s management to bring more events to Bridgeview including concerts, music festivals, and international sporting events.

Naming stadiums after companies is nothing new. Chicago Cubs owner and chewing gum manufacturer William Wrigley named Wrigley Field back in 1926. But selling off just the right to name a stadium, without any other ownership involved, has become more and more common in recent years. While often very expensive for corporations, naming rights also garner lots of exposure for the brand through on-camera views and audio mentions.

If you are interested in reading more about this topic, here are few resources you might find helpful. To read more about naming rights in sports in general, have a look at these articles from our Academic Search Complete database. For a more Chicago area stadium focus, try these Chicago Tribune articles. Finally, to learn even more about sports stadiums, including some local Chicago ones, this search from our library catalog will be helpful.