3-D printing and conservation

April 9th, 2014 karyn hinkle Comments off
Factum Arte Piranesi

Image: Alicia Guirao, Factum Arte; via newscientist.com

NewScientist took a look at the work that Factum Arte, a “design company that straddles the worlds of museum conservation and contemporary art,” did for the Piranesi exhibit at Sir John Soane’s Museum in London this spring. The article, “How 3D printers forge new art from old etchings,” is a fun introduction to the exhibit (“Diverse Maniere: Piranesi, Fantasy and Excess,” good BGC themes), and it gave me a great reason to learn more about Factum Arte in Madrid.  Very interesting work is happening there!

via Above the Fold

New web projects

March 12th, 2014 karyn hinkle Comments off


I don’t know if more email is what any of us needs, but if that’s the Met’s chosen way to share information on its curators’ favorite new works recently added to the collection, I’ll probably sign up with interest: MetCollects aims to send subscribers a monthly email with links to a multimedia web series introduced by the curators on different works of art. The director calls it “ambitious,” so I bet they have some good content planned.

Mackintosh Architecture

image: Mackintosh Architecture

Speaking of ambitious art world web projects, I am counting the months until the Charles Rennie Mackintosh architecture catalogue raisonne debuts online:


In July 2014 The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, will launch a major new online resource: Mackintosh Architecture: Context, Making and Meaning. This website is the culmination of a four-year project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, which has developed the first catalogue raisonné of Mackintosh’s architecture and that of the practice of John Honeyman & Keppie /  Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh.

The sample entries currently on the site are great; I really can’t wait to see it all :)

Dec arts, research, academia links to start the week

February 24th, 2014 karyn hinkle Comments off
Brooklyn Based Brooklyn Museum

image: Brooklyn Based

This Kiss to the Whole World: Klimt and the Vienna Secession, an online exhibition featuring rare materials from the special collections of the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC), launches as part of the Vienna, City of Dreams festival currently happening in New York. [NYARC]

Paul Hiebert considers the history of humans loving inanimate objects. [Pacific Standard Magazine]

An interview with Barry Harwood, curator of decorative arts at the Brooklyn Museum, as he walks through the museum’s decorative arts and design collection. [Brooklyn Based, image above]

The Frick Collection has collaborated with the William Randolph Hearst Archive at LIU Post to present “Gilding the Gilded Age: Interior Decoration Tastes and Trends in New York City,” an Omeka exhibit funded by METRO. [Frick]

Archnet, for the study of Islamic material and visual culture, has been restructured as an online portal rich with websites, publications, images, etc. for architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, visual culture, and conservation issues related to the Muslim world. [archnet]

On the New Yorker‘s book blog, Joshua Rothman argues “Why Is Academic Writing So Academic?“, reminding me of Clay Shirkey’s recent blog post, “The End of Higher Education’s Golden Age,” and interesting to think about regardless. [Page-Turner / shirky.com]

Spring 2014

January 21st, 2014 BGC Library Comments off

BGC Libary reading room

Welcome back to the BGC Library for the Spring 2014 semester! We’re excited to see what you’re researching this semester, and to help you find anything you’re looking for. It’s amazing that we’ll start the semester with all today’s snow, but finish it in short sleeves in May.

In the spirit of January and new year’s resolutions, we’re reminding library researchers that there is no food or drink (even water) allowed in the library, particularly in media-rich spaces like VMR and anywhere printed books and periodicals are in use.

Please also take care with the materials you remove from the stacks–we are going to begin a gargantuan process of locating over 200 misplaced books this semester and we want to strive to avoid misplacing more!  Double-check: are you guilty of any of these library malpractices?

Otherwise, we’re looking forward to seeing you soon!

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Watson Library extends Saturday hours

January 17th, 2014 karyn hinkle Comments off

Watson Library

From the Met:

To meet the increasing demand for access to our collections and resources, the Thomas J. Watson Library is pleased to announce that we will extend our Saturday hours until 5:00 p.m., beginning on January 4, 2013.

The Library will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

Books will be paged until 1:30 p.m. and reference service will be available until 2:00 p.m.

Please see the library website at libmma.org/portal for additional information and holiday closings.

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Get rewarded for your library research at Columbia!

January 15th, 2014 karyn hinkle Comments off

From Columbia University Libraries:

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (CUL/IS) invites applications from scholars and researchers to its annual program designed to facilitate access to Columbia’s special and unique collections, the Library Research Awards.

CUL/IS will award ten (10) grants of $2500 each on a competitive basis to researchers who can demonstrate a compelling need to consult CUL/IS holdings for their work.  Participating Columbia libraries and collections include those located on the Morningside Heights campus: the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts LibraryThe Burke Library at Union Theological SeminaryButler Library, the Lehman Social Sciences Library, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, and the Libraries’ Global Studies Collections.

Applications will be accepted until February 15, 2014. Award notifications will be sent to applicants by April 30, 2014 for research conducted at Columbia during the period July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015.

To apply, please visit the Library Research Awards website.

Happy holidays from the BGC Library!

December 20th, 2013 karyn hinkle Comments off
Art Inst Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago decorates for the holidays

Congratulations to faculty, students, and staff on the end of the semester, to the Gallery on two beautiful shows this fall, and especially to those who have finished their degrees this December!

If you have a museum ID badge, you likely already know about this great benefit, but we’re spreading the news widely.  If you’ll be in New York on January 6, here is a great chance to see the Mauritshuis exhibit sans tourists.  From the Frick Collection:

Museum Colleagues Viewing at The Frick Collection

The Frick Collection has arranged for a private viewing time of the special exhibition: “Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis” for museum colleagues to be held on Monday, January 6, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There will be no charge for your admission with your museum ID badge, and admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. The museum shop will be open that evening, and colleagues receive a 10% discount on all shop purchases. This is a great opportunity to see the exhibition without the crowds!

Finally, here are a few research items that caught our eye this month:

  • Like the BGC, the Institute of Fine Arts has a similar Mellon-funded conservation research initiative in progress right now. The big December 7 conservation conference at the IFA was streamed live, and is now available to view online. [NYU]
  • The Vatican and the Bodleian libraries have received a grant to help digitize 1.5 million manuscript pages of ancient biblical texts to be made freely available online. [hyperallergic]
  • Beginning in 2014, the Smithsonian’s longstanding Archives of American Art Journal is now an even more research-intensive peer-reviewed publication, and they invite submissions for new articles researched using the amazing collections of the AAA. [Archives of American Art]

Happy holidays!  The library will reopen January 6, and reference desk service resumes January 21.