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Google Art Project + the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Detail of Rachel Ruysch's Roses, Convolvulus, Poppies, and Other Flowers in an Urn on a Stone Ledge (ca. 1680s)

Detail of Rachel Ruysch’s Roses, Convolvulus, Poppies, and Other Flowers in an Urn on a Stone Ledge (ca. 1680s)

Whether you’re traveling for spring break or holed up studying — you can visit the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) online through the Google Art Project! In honor of International Women’s day this past weekend, the NMWA made 59 pieces from their collection available online as high-resolution images. Not only can you zoom into an artwork to see vivid detail, you can use Google’s “museum view” feature to zoom out and move around three floors of the museum.

Also in honor of International Women’s day, the Google Cultural Institute partnered with museums (including NMWA), archives, and cultural groups from around the world to launch “Women in Culture,” a special collection of online exhibitions highlighting achievements by women artists, leaders, and innovators.

Learn more from:
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Journal of the Month: WSQ

WSQ: Engage

In honor of Women’s History month, we’re featuring the Women’s Studies Quarterly (WSQ) as the journal of the month for March. WSQ is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal published twice a year in June and December as a joint project of The Feminist Press and the Center for the Study of Women and Society at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Since 1972, WSQ has been an interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of emerging perspectives on women, gender, and sexuality.

WSQ Volume 41, Numbers 3-4, Fall/Winter 2013 is dedicated to the topic of engagement:

Engagement is entanglement—the drawing together of participants into a cooperating unit. So what does it mean to breach participation? How do the dynamics of social and political engagements inform one another? How are our relationships to institutions and identities defined by the degree to which we engage?

Along with essays, poetry, and fiction, two visual arts projects are included: Contact Sheet of Nike Missiles for a Moon Calendar (2012) photography by artist MPA, and Art, Environment, Action! (2012), by Radhika Subramaniam. Stop by the library to view this journal, and browse the back issues on display!

Women’s History Month at Moore: Anna Russell Jones

To conclude this series in celebration of Women’s History Month, we would like to present a contemporary of Alice Neel, Anna Russell Jones (1902-1995).

Anna Russell Jones in 1987

Anna Russell Jones in 1987

In 1920 Anna Russell Jones was the first African American woman to receive a scholarship from the Philadelphia Board of Education to attend Philadelphia School of Design for Women (PSDW). In 1925 she was the first African American woman to graduate from PSDW. She was among the first women to work as a freelance designer in Philadelphia and New York in the 1920s and 1930s. She was (or is believed to have been) the first African American woman from Philadelphia to enlist in the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) in 1942. Her ambition was boundless.

“She always told me I could do anything I wanted to do.” Anna Russell Jones, speaking of Dean Harriet Sartain.

1924-1925 PSDW Catalog Cover design by Anna Russell

1924-1925 PSDW catalog cover design by Anna Russell

Anna Russell Jones was born in Jersey City, NJ, the youngest daughter of a Pullman porter on the Pennsylvania Railroad. After her father’s death in 1911, her family moved to Philadelphia. She graduated from William Penn High School for Girls in 1920, and against convention and her family’s advice, she applied for college. With her scholarship from the Board of Education Jones attended PSDW for Textile Design. Upon graduation in 1924, she won three awards: for original rug design, original wallpaper design, and for her design of the 1924-1925 PSDW catalog cover. College Dean Harriet Sartain helped her find work as an in-house designer at James G. Speck Studio, a well established carpet design studio in Philadelphia.

“You see, I had three strikes against me: I was a woman, black, and a freelancer.”

In 1928, after four years at Speck Studio, Jones set out on her own. She established her own studio and began to seek commissions for her designs in Philadelphia and New York. This was not just unusual for the time, but almost unheard of. Gradually the Great Depression ended her freelance career, but she did manage to sell her wallpaper and carpet designs until 1935, no small feat for an African American woman in the architecture and design industry during the 1930s.

“I wanted to do it, so I did.”

Jones (left) working as a graphic artist for the WAAC

Jones (left) working as a graphic artist for the WAAC

In 1942 Jones decided to enlist in the newly formed Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) — she was 40 years old. For three years she was stationed in Fort Huachuca, AZ, where she designed maps, posters and booklets for military publications. Before she was honorably discharged in 1945 Jones received the WAAC Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. After the war she studied medical illustration at Howard University, and in the 1950s she worked as a licensed practical nurse at Hahnemann University Hospital. In 1952 she married William Albert Marsh Jones Jr., a former elevator operator and Democratic committeeman in Germantown.

In 1986 Anna was awarded the Honor of Excellence Award from the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum (now African American Museum) in Philadelphia. And in 1987 she received an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Fine Arts, from Moore College of Art. She continued to paint until her death in 1995 at the age of 92.

For further information:

McMillan, Janet. “Success Against the Odds.” Philadelphia Inquirer, (Philadelphia, PA), November 23, 1986.

Richberg, Barbara J. “Anna R. Jones, 92, Pioneer In Many Fields.” Philadelphia Inquirer, (Philadelphia, PA), April 5, 1995.

Walls, Nina de Angeli. Art, industry, and women’s education in Philadelphia. Westport, Conn. : Bergin & Garvey, 2001.

Women designers in the U.S.A, 1900-2000: diversity and difference. Edited by Pat Kirkham. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000.

Journal of the Month and Spring Break

WomenintheArtsIn celebration of Women’s History Month, the Journal of the Month for March 2013 is Women in the Arts.

Women in the Arts is published three times a year as a benefit for members of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. The museum brings recognition to the achievements of women artists of all periods and nationalities by exhibiting, preserving, acquiring, and researching art by women and by teaching the public about their accomplishments.

Volume 31, no. 1 features:

“A World Apart: Anna Ancher and the Skagen Art Colony”—Innovative painter Anna Ancher (1859-1935) was an integral part of a seaside artists’ community at Skagen, in northern Denmark. Her landscapes, interiors, and portraits are remarkable for their light-filled Impressionist technique and their anticipation of the twentieth century.

“Freya Grand: Minding the Landscape”—Grand’s landscapes express a profound connection with the earth, evoking the exhilaration, wonder, and serenity she experiences when traveling to remote sites.

“Exploring the Archives”—NMWA’s Archives of Women Artists contains the papers of artist Edna Reindel, who created iconic paintings of WWII-era women at work.

Be sure to browse this month’s journal, along with the rest of our collection!

Also, as a reminder, the Library is open regular hours over Spring Break. If you are in town and feel like getting ahead (or caught up), please come in.

We hope you have a restful week off!


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