Thursday, June 8, 2017  
Muir vessel acquired by Toledo Museum of Art | License-plate recognition coming this fall


“Cycladic Figure Impregnated,”
by Thomas Muir
Work by award-winning metalsmith Thomas Muir, Distinguished Artist Professor, has been shown around the world, featured in a number of books and magazines, and is collected in museums and by private owners. Muir is highly regarded both for his art and his craft, particularly in hollowware. He blends the functional with the aesthetic, often using human anatomy as a reference — a hand might serve as a teapot or infuser, for instance.

Now his work can be found closer to home, in the Toledo Museum of Art. The museum recently purchased “Cycladic Figure Impregnated,” a coffee server made by Muir in 1987. It is the second in a series he created between the mid-1980s and ’90s; the first is in the Art Institute of Chicago. They are Muir’s interpretation of that most ancient and basic of forms, the vessel, and combine his playful perspective and intense attachment to and fascination with natural history.

The series also represents a turning point in his work, Muir said, as the first in which he uses a direct reference to historical artworks, in this case the Cycladic figures in the Indiana University Art Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vessels and sculptures from this Greek regional civilization dating back to before 3200 B.C. often referred to the female form and tended to maintain harmony of parts and attention to proportion.


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BGSU Parking and Shuttle Services has announced a more convenient way to park on campus.

Starting this fall, faculty, staff and students will no longer receive hangtags after registering and paying for their parking permit. Similarly, visitors will no longer have to place receipts on their dashboards after registering and paying through kiosks. Instead, registration will be monitored via license-plate recognition.

To register for your new parking registration, open MyBGSU, click “Manage Parking Account” on the left under “Misc. Services” and then click “Get Permits.” You will then follow prompts to register and pay for your permit.

Find more information about this convenient new process.

Dr. Tony Vinci of Ohio University Chillicothe studies materials in the Ray and Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies.

The name Ray Browne is synonymous with popular culture studies, not just in Ohio, but also around the world. After his arrival at Bowling Green State University in 1967, he established the Center for the Study of Popular Culture and the Department of Popular Culture Studies. He promoted “the academic study of roller coasters, Barbie dolls and the Three Stooges,” said Dr. Lynn Bartholome, co-director of a popular culture research institute held recently at BGSU.

The foundations that Browne used to establish the center and the department were dear to him and led to the founding of the Ray and Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies and the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives. The special collections have developed into some of the most significant collections of their kind, drawing scholars from around the world. During the Popular Culture Association Summer Research Institute, nearly two-dozen scholars dug into the special collections to advance their research.

Bartholome, who is a professor emeritus of English, philosophy, religion, interdisciplinary humanities and popular culture at Monroe Community College, organized the second annual PCA Summer Research Institute with the help of Drs. Jeremy Wallach and Esther Clinton of BGSU’s Department of Popular Culture Studies, and staff from the University Libraries.