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23 SEP 2014 · 5:00 PM
4 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019, USA
ARLIS/NA 43rd Annual Conference (2015)
19 MAR 2015 · 6:00 PM
Fort Worth, TX, USA
Event Notes: Discovering Collections at Yale University
On Friday, July 11, 2014, members of ARLIS/NY participated in a day trip to New Haven, CT, to explore the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Yale Center for British Art. This trip gave members a chance to experience collections outside of the New York metropolitan area. Its focus was archives, and exhibition planning and design. Sandra Markham, Archivist, at the Beinecke gave attendees an introduction to the library and its collections, giving particular attention to the way materials are acquired. The Beinecke is Yale University’s principal repository for literary archives, early manuscripts, and rare books. Sandra pulled many items held at the library that relate to art and artists for participants to examine. A highlight was items from the Alfred Stieglitz/Georgia O'Keeffe Archive.Elisabeth Fairman, Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the Yale Center for British Art, toured attendees through her exhibition “Of Green Leaf, Bird, and Flower”: Artists’ Books and the Natural World. She described the process of developing the exhibition over several years and discussed her interpretation of the term “artists’ books” as it relates to the exhibition, which includes objects created by self-taught naturalists and artists from the sixteenth century to the present. It specifically looks at the intersections of artistic and scientific interest. Participants wandered around the galleries examining the “cabinet of curiosity” display cases created for the exhibition.The day finished with a reception sponsored by the Center for British Art, as well as visits to its Reference Library and Archives, and the study room that provides access to the Prints & Drawings and Rare Books & Manuscripts collections.Suz Massen, Chief, Public Services, Frick Art Reference LibraryImage: ARLIS/NY members (L to R) Janis Ekdahl, Suz Massen, Jared Ash, Leigh Hallingby, and Faith Pleasanton outside the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Event Notes: Working Smarter with Artnet
Nearly two dozen ARLIS/NY members gathered on Thursday, June 19, 2014, for a lively presentation and conversation about the Artnet Price Database, hosted by Heidi Haas of The Morgan Library & Museum. The program, introduced by Heidi Lee-Komaromi, Director of Strategic Partnerships, was presented by Jordan Quitko, Senior Manager of Client Services. Jordan first spoke briefly about other Artnet subscription products, such as “Market Alerts,” “Analytic Reports” (formerly “Market Reports”), and the newly introduced global Artnet News website, before concentrating on the Price Database.Artnet’s Price Database (“PDb”) boasts more than eight million art auction results records dating from as early as 1985. PDb includes records for more than 1,600 auction houses and 300,000 artists. (By the way, a user can check the date coverage of any given auction house by searching the house by a single-year date range, working backwards until he or she hit zero results.) Artnet gallery information is not included in the Price Database, since sale prices are not public, legal record.From the beginning of the presentation, Jordan opened the floor to the attendees for their comments, complaints, and suggestions. Artnet’s pricing structure, and its relationship to users’ expectations and usage came up for early discussion. Artnet charges subscribers per search. One search can comprise up to 100 results, with additional results charged as additional searches in units of 100 results. Multiple charges based on a single search may put a premium for subscribers on filtering their search parameters and on checking the number of results (by using the optional “Check Results” feature) before viewing the outcome of their searches.One recommendation during the presentation for reducing unwanted results was to limit a search by sale date with the current date as the end date, eliminating results for lots in sales not yet held. Search results by artist default sort by lot number. A user can elect to sort (ascending or descending) by price, work date, or sale date. Another point of note is that when searched a single artist might appear multiple times in the drop-down menu depending on collaborations with other artists. For now, separate searches must be made for each of the collaborations listed in the menu. Jordan pointed out an interesting no-cost workaround to find recent auction sales results for an artist in Artnet without using the Price Database. An artist search of Artnet using the search box at the top of the webpage (rather than within the Price Database) will pull up all entries for the artist. Clicking on the artist’s name in any entry that appears will direct a user to his or her home page. Click “Auction Results” and then “Recent Auctions,” and you will see a webpage for sales within the last thirty days. Auction houses in Artnet’s “Auction House Partnership Program” will display auction information, including sale and house, estimate and hammer price. Results from non-participating members will only display the artist, title, and medium.Toward the end and just before the sumptuous reception, Jordan asked the participants what features they would like to see in future upgrades to Artnet. Suggestions ranged from hot-linked auction sale names (to capture other lots in the same sale) to more ways to distinguish saved searches from each other.Ross Day, Collection Development Librarian, Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Event Notes: Waterweavers Exhibition Tour
On June 12, 2014, nine ARLIS/NY members and guests gathered at the Bard Graduate Center (BGC) for an illuminating tour of Waterweavers: The River in Contemporary Colombian Visual and Material Culture. Following a welcome by BGC’s Chief Librarian Heather Topcik the group toured this engaging exhibition with gallery educator Tracy Grosner. She introduced Waterweavers by explaining that the curator, José Roco, had selected works that explore the confluence—metaphorically and literally—of the image of the river with the act of weaving. Colombia is a country in which waterways have historically been the only means of transportation and communication between communities; weaving is a traditional craft technique that continues to be central to Colombian artists, designers and craftsmen. Throughout the Waterweavers exhibition the river was used as a conceptual device to explore the intersections of design, craft, and art in Colombian culture. Works in the exhibition that were of particular interest to the ARLIS/NY group included Olga de Amaral’s dramatic fiber pieces, David Consuegra’s indigenously-inspired graphic work, Alberto Barayas’ poignant projects Hebario de plantas artificiales (Herbarium of Artificial Plants) and Proyecto del árbol de caucho (Rubber Tree Project), and Jorge Lizarazo’s eye-catching bead-clad canoe. Equally engaging were Susana Mejía’s paper and fiber exploration Color Amazonia, Barayas’ disturbing video Rio, and Monika Bravo’s floor-to-ceiling digital video Weaving Time. The immersive environments on the gallery’s upper floors were surrounded and complemented by craft-inspired pieces of a more domestic nature: colorful Corocora stools made with a traditional spiral-basket-weaving technique, massive chairs constructed of bamboo, and hanging lamps woven from recycled plastic bottles. A few members extended the evening’s tour with a quick visit to BGC’s small Focus Gallery where a related exhibition, Carrying Coca: 1,500 Years of Andean Chuspas, featured items from the American Museum of Natural History textile collection. Following the Waterweavers tour the group migrated down West 86th Street to the BGC Library for a festive reception on the top floor overlooking the Upper West Side. In addition to informal socializing, the group enjoyed seeing and handling the wonderful collection of contemporary Colombian artists’ books, which the Library recently purchased to complement the Waterweavers exhibition. Janis Ekdahl, Acquisitions Librarian, Bard Graduate Center Library
Member Spotlight: Deirdre Donahue
Name: Deirdre Donohue Title: Stephanie Shuman Librarian Institution: International Center of Photography Number of years you have been an ARLIS/NY member: On and off since 1995, mostly on since 2000. What is your favorite aspect about being a librarian? I love to see and learn new things every day, and facilitate others to, as well. I also love connecting people, and the library is a great forum, in that way...live human interaction...great to connect curators with teachers with students with critics, etc.. Best of all is to watch a spark of inspiration experienced in the library grow and connect to a channel of distribution and then become a new acquisition to inspire the next seeker. Describe a memorable ARLIS/NY event and how it impacted you. Oh wow, there are so many! The tour of the [new - outstanding] Barnes last summer on the day of a Philadelphia monsoon was really fantastic because Judy Donovan was so welcoming and informative and I think Barnes was SO avant-garde [enriched my perspective on the dance among museums, education and how research entities document it], a holiday party one year tucked away in a Weimar-feeling upper floor of the National Arts Club [really I learned art librarians are the most fun by being both smart and wild, necessarily, as one must be to make so much of so little], and a recent evening where Carole Ann Fabian answered 10 million questions about the collaborative acquisition of the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives by Columbia and MoMA AFTER leading a tremendous tour of the show at MoMA...I could go on. I love ARLIS/NA and ARLIS/NY for teaching me so much over the years. What are you currently reading? I'm finishing 24/7 by Jonathan Crary, starting No Medium by Craig Dworkin [I overlap because I cannot bear the sense of loss I have when a good book ends] and via audio am leaving The American by Henry James [always James in the Summer, when I cannot afford to travel] and entering Dickens' Barnaby Rudge [because a recent Mike Walker dramatization on the BBC reminded how relevant and modern it is]. I also picked up the catalog for the terrific Waterweavers show at Bard Graduate Center, and am eager to plunge in because the show was really really thought provoking. Share something new that you have learned recently. Last week Todd Carter, CEO of Tagasauris, mentioned that, in plotting words from Congress proceedings in terms of frequency of use, "metadata" [thank you for that Edward Snowdon] was tops, and "megadata" [the Congress misspeakings are now codified...hello Reverend William Archibald Spooner!] was also up there. Image: Portrait of me is an 8 X 10 tintype by the artist Keliy Anderson-Staley taken in July of 2008.
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