For those of you who cannot make it to Washington, D.C. before June 8, our local PBS affiliate did a nice promotional piece on my exhibition which includes loans from our colleagues at the University of Texas at Austin, New York Public Library, and the Morgan among others:
If you can make it to town, let me know, I am happy to give a tour.
-Kristen Regina, Head of Research Collections & Archivist, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
Last week’s ARLIS/NA 41st Annual Conference in Pasadena was a great success, due in part to the active participation of so many of our local colleagues. We provide here a list of chapter members’ conference activities in Pasadena. For those who were not able to attend the conference, we will update the list as the proceedings, presentations, and minutes are published in the coming months. In the meantime, we look forward to increasing our chapter’s presence at next year’s conference here in DC.
Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) 41st Annual Conference, “Crafting our Future”
Pasadena, CA, April 25-29, 2013
Conference Networking Guides:
- Roger Lawson (National Gallery of Art)
- Heather Slania (National Museum of Women in the Arts)
- Julia Wisniewski (Library of Congress)
APRIL 26, 2013
- ARLIS/NA Yearlong Career Mentoring: Crafting our Future Leaders
Instructors: Anna Simon (Georgetown University) and Heather Slania (National Museum of Women in the Arts)
- The Art of GLAM-Wiki: The Basics of Sharing Cultural Knowledge with the World on Wikipedia
Instructor: Sara Snyder (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)
- Crafting Assessment Questions: Creating the Tools to Assess Information Literacy Objectives for Art and Design
Instructor: Kathy Clarke (James Madison University)
- New Voices in the Profession
Moderator: Jenna Rinalducci (George Mason University)
Special Interest Group Meetings:
- Crafting a Thesaurus: An Update on the Artists’ Books Thesaurus from the Book Arts SIG
Presenter: Heather Slania (National Museum of Women in the Arts)
- Artists’ Files Special Interest Group
Presenters and Participants: Anne Simmons (National Gallery of Art), Heather Slania (National Museum of Women in the Arts), and Sarah Osborne Bender (The Phillips Collection)
APRIL 27, 2013
- Artists’ Books: Turning the Page to the Future
Presenter: Tony White (Maryland Institute College of Art), “Contemporary Artist’s Books Artist’s Publishing”
- Archaeology Archives: Excavating the Record
Presenters: Lucie Stylianopoulos (University of Virginia), “Managing the Digital Dig: Partnerships and Progress on the ArchaeoCore Metadata Project” and Shalimar Fojas White (Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection), “Surveying the Survey: Archival Processing, Buildings Archaeology, and Online Outreach”
- Emerging Technology Forum
Presenter: Bettina Smith (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution), “Tumblr: A How-to”
- The Evolution of Art Reference and Instruction: Outreach, Overlay, Online
Moderator: Anna Simon (Georgetown University)
- Mary Anne Dyer (Virginia Commonwealth University), “Full Speed Ahead: The Challenges of Cataloging a Historic Editorial Cartoon Collection”
- Sarah Osborne Bender (The Phillips Collection), “History and Identity: Experiments in Creative Institutional Blogging”
APRIL 28, 2013
- Gift Horses: Contending with Donated Labor and Library Materials
Presenter: Jacqueline Protka (Corcoran Gallery and Corcoran College of Art + Design), “I Don’t Do Copying” Structuring a Meaningful Library Internship”
- To the Front! Bringing Collections and Librarian Expertise into User Communities and the Classroom
Presenter: Yuki Hibben (Virginia Commonwealth University), “Crafting Hybrid Library/Studio Courses to Enhance the Arts Curriculum”
- 2014 ARLIS/NA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.
Presented by the conference planning committee co-chairs: Megan Halsband (Library of Congress), Roger Lawson (National Gallery of Art), Anne Simmons (National Gallery of Art), and Kathy Woodrell (Library of Congress)
Archival intern will assist the Archivist with the conversion of ICFA’s long-form Word-based finding aids to a hierarchical multi-level archival description maintained in the department’s new open-source web-based collection management system, International Council on Archives Access to Memory (ICA-AtoM).
Metadata intern will assist the Metadata and Cataloging Specialist with the migration of legacy metadata for implementation into a new collection management system.
For more information about joining the ICFA team, please check our website: Internship Policies and Opportunities.
Women’s Clothing during the Civil War Era: Dresses, Foundations, and Accessories from the Collection of Mary D. Doering will showcase original clothing from the nineteenth century. Planned to compliment “The Civil War in America” exhibit currently on display at the Library of Congress, this lecture and presentation will take place on Thursday, April 18, 2013 in Dining Room A, sixth floor of the James Madison Building, at noon.
The April 18 presentation “Women’s Clothing of the Civil War Era” will combine a traditional lecture and a discussion of original garments from the period 1855 to 1870 with an emphasis on the Northern States. The evolution of the garments’ styles, the accompanying foundations, as well as the related technology and marketing media will be discussed. Despite the trauma imposed by the Civil War, the mid 19th century witnessed the development of ready-to-wear garments and the growth of urban department stores, both of which were essential contributions to the modern American fashion industry.
Mary D. Doering has specialized in costume history for forty years as a collector, lecturer and guest curator. Since 2001 she has taught costume and textile history at the Smithsonian Masters Program in the History of the Decorative Arts (an academic partnership with George Mason University). In addition, she has lectured at numerous professional conferences and museums. She earned her M.A. in Art History/Museum Studies at George Washington University in 1980. She pursued additional study in the History of Dress at the Courtauld Institute (University of London) in 1982. Selections from the collection have been loaned to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the D.A.R. Museum, the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Smithsonian Institution, to name a few. Exhibitions at historic sites and regional museums have been a particular specialty, and Ms. Doering has worked as guest curator and lender for a variety of locations including Dumbarton House, James Madison’s Montpelier, the John Marshall House, and the Maryland Historical Society.
While still in High School Ms. Doering was given a small collection of family heirloom clothing dating from the 19th century. In the intervening years her collection has grown to comprise over a thousand items, which span the period from 1600 to 1975. In March 2008, Arts and Antiques Magazine included the collection among its “Top 250 Collectors”.
– Kathy Woodrell, Reference Specialist, Fine & Decorative Arts, Library of Congress
Greetings ARLIS DMVers! The show I organized in the Library here at NGA will be closing at the end of next week, Friday, April 26. Please come and take a look–and maybe we can grab coffee or lunch, as well?
Please note that the exhibition is open only during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, 10:00 am- 4:30 pm.
Often printed on simple postcards, museum and gallery announcements advertise upcoming exhibitions—conveying the who, what, when, and where. The objects in this show, however, do more than merely inform; they reflect the materiality of the art they promote. Through imaginative use of layout, color, form, and material they distill the spirit of the works of art into a handheld package. Crafted of paper, vinyl, plastic, and sand, they expand, light up, reflect, and decode.
This exhibition is culled from the vertical files of the National Gallery of Art Library, which houses an extensive collection of announcements, pamphlets and small exhibition catalogues. Also on display here are installation views borrowed from the Library’s department of image collections. Together, this group of objects provides insight into the overall experience of gallery-going and the material culture of the art world.
– Anne Simmons, Reference Librarian for Vertical Files and Microforms, National Gallery of Art Library
The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is pleased to announce the publication of four new finding aids on the department’s archival collections webpage.
ICFA staff completed the archival processing and finding aids for the following collections:
- Thomas Whittemore Papers, ca. 1875-1966
- Early Archaeological Projects Associated with Thomas Whittemore, 1910s-1930s
- Byzantine Institute and Dumbarton Oaks Fieldwork Records and Papers, ca. late 1920s-2000s
- Paul Atkins Underwood Research Papers, ca. 1936-1950
Additionally, ICFA has revised existing finding aids for collections produced by Byzantine scholars and/or Dumbarton Oaks staff, including:
- Hans Belting Research Papers and Photographs, ca. 1960s-1980s
- Nathalie P. Scheffer Research Papers, 1940-1954
- Josephine Harris Research Papers and Photographs, ca. 1950s-1970s
- Sirarpie Der Nersessian Papers and Photographs
In future months, ICFA plans to complete the processing of the Robert Van Nice Fieldwork Records and Papers and the Margaret Alexander Fieldwork Papers. While these projects are still in progress, ICFA staff and interns have created online resources to document these collections, including:
More importantly, ICFA is currently moving its long-form finding aids to an open-source web-based collection management system (International Council on Archives Access to Memory or ICA-AtoM) for increased accessibility. While the change has opened the door for lively debates about archival description and “More Product, Less Process,” this challenge has definitely been an educational and exciting journey for the staff in ICFA.
The Smithsonian Libraries’ Summer Internship Program includes an internship for working with artists’ books at three of the art libraries at the Smithsonian (the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the American Art Museum / National Portrait Gallery, and the National Museum of African Art). Interns will be working closely with staff from all three libraries and the Smithsonian Libraries’ internship are unique learning experiences that benefit from professional mentorship from SIL staff, as well as internship programming opportunities and events from the Libraries and the Smithsonian Institution. Please note that this internship does not carry a stipend, though we are happy to work with students to help them obtain credit from their college or university.
Information about the project (titled “Artists’ book accessibility and research”) and how to apply for an internship can be found at:
Please note that although the deadline is given as April 12, we will be accepting applications until the internship is filled.
The Fellowship Program at the Smithsonian American Art Museum cordially invites you to attend three afternoons of lectures in American art delivered by Smithsonian art history research fellows. The talks will be held in the museum’s McEvoy Auditorium, located at 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, D.C. This event is open to the public and no reservations are required. For further information, please contact Amelia Goerlitz at (202) 633-8353 or email AmericanArtFellowships@si.edu.
In conjunction with the lecture series, the Library will be offering for sale a wide variety of books on American art. Book sales will be held in the auditorium lobby from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. each day and during the afternoon intermissions. All proceeds benefit the Library acquisition funds.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10
2:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., moderated by Karen Lemmey, Curator of Sculpture, Smithsonian American Art Museum
- Katelyn Crawford, Terra Foundation Predoctoral Fellow in American Art, University of Virginia: “West Indies Portraits: Traveling British Artists and Eighteenth-Century Jamaica”
- Laura Turner Igoe, Predoctoral Fellow, Tyler School of Art, Temple University: “‘Covert of Danger and Blood’: The Incorporation of Philadelphia’s Centre Square Waterworks”
- Catherine Holochwost, Patricia and Phillip Frost Postdoctoral Fellow, Independent Scholar: “Living Fossils and Rural Idylls, or Nature in the City”
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., moderated by Eleanor Harvey, Senior Curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum
- Kenneth Hartvigsen, Predoctoral Fellow (National Museum of American History), Boston University: “Banjos, Rifles, and Razors: Black America’s Changing Image on Nineteenth-Century Sheet Music”
- Shana Klein, Wyeth Foundation Predoctoral Fellow, University of New Mexico: “Cultivating Grapes, Cultivating Empires: A Study of Horticultural Imperialism in Late Nineteenth-Century Still-Life Representations of Fruit
THURSDAY, APRIL 11
2:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., moderated by William Truettner, Senior Curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum
- Miri Kim, Predoctoral Fellow, Princeton University: “Dust, Dirt, and Gems: Imagining Geological ‘Deep Time’ in Albert Pinkham Ryder’s Moonlit Marines”
- Adam M. Thomas, Douglass Foundation Predoctoral Fellow in American Art, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: “Out of Darkness: Irving Ramsay Wiles and Indeterminacy in the 1890s”
- Emily Burns, Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in American Art, Washington University in St. Louis: “The Indian and the Cowboy: American Primitives in Fin-de-Siècle Paris”
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., moderated by Emily D. Shapiro, Executive Editor, American Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum
- Abra Levenson, Predoctoral Fellow (National Portrait Gallery), Princeton University: “Charles Demuth’s Token Subjects”
- Nicholas Miller, Predoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University: “Painting the Self, Painting the Other: The Ambiguities of Identity and Diaspora in Palmer Hayden’s The Janitor Who Paints”
FRIDAY, APRIL 12
2:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., moderated by Virginia Mecklenburg, Chief Curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum
- Susanneh Bieber, Postdoctoral Fellow, Freie Universität Berlin: “Building a Better Future: Ben Shahn’s Mural Resources of America”
- Hyewon Yoon, Predoctoral Fellow (National Portrait Gallery), Harvard University: “Lisette Model—The Window Reflections Series, 1938–41”
- Berit Potter, Terra Foundation Predoctoral Fellow in American Art, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
- “Beyond Skyscrapers and Automobiles: Exhibitions, Inter-American Cultural Exchange, and the War Emergency”
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., moderated by Joanna Marsh, James Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum
- Michael Maizels, Predoctoral Fellow (National Portrait Gallery), University of Virginia: “The Aftermath, Again: Re-staging the Work of Barry Le Va”
- Gregory Zinman, Postdoctoral Fellow, New York University: “Analog Circuit Palettes, Cathode Ray Canvases: Situating Nam June Paik in the History of Motion Painting”
Dumbarton Oaks has been named a host institution for the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR), a groundbreaking program created by the Library of Congress in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). As one of only ten such institutions in the program’s inaugural year, Dumbarton Oaks is seeking a recent Master’s graduate with a passion for digital preservation to help the organization identify an institutional solution for long-term digital asset management.
Beginning in September 2013 the residency entails a paid, nine-month opportunity to work at Dumbarton Oaks. Following an intensive, two-week digital stewardship workshop at the Library of Congress, the chosen resident will be embedded in the Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA), and with the guidance and support of Shalimar Fojas White, ICFA Manager, and Anne-Marie Viola, Metadata and Cataloging Specialist, will engage with departments across campus to catalog assets, discuss needs and raise awareness about digital preservation. The resident will also undertake an evaluation of possible digital asset management systems (DAMS), and ultimately, reach a recommendation and produce a detailed inventory and an institutional policy addressing digital asset appraisal and selection at Dumbarton Oaks.
To learn more about this exciting opportunity read our project proposal, http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/ndsr/documents/DO.pdf
In addition to Dumbarton Oaks, the inaugural NDSR host institutions include: the Association of Research Librarians, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Library of Congress, the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, the National Library of Medicine, the National Security Archive, the Public Broadcasting Service, the Smithsonian Institution Archives, and the World Bank.
Visit the NSDR website for more details about the program: www.loc.gov/ndsr. For application instructions see: http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/ndsr/applicationinfo.html.
Applications will be accepted until April 2013.
(Source: “Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives”: A blog from the Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives of Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C.)