A new material type in the Library

November 20th, 2014 karyn hinkle Comments off

Albers app for iPad

Josef Albers’s 1963 Interaction of Color is one of the twentieth century’s most influential teaching aids and handbooks for color theory.  Your grade school art education teacher likely used its principles. Its famous color experiments are constantly used to illustrate stories and studies, such as this one last week on NPR’s All Things Considered. The BGC Library has had a copy of a trusty, abridged 1975 edition in its collections — and now has Yale University Press’s brilliant new 2013 edition, which is an app for iPad!

The iPad app won the Art Libraries Society of North America’s prestigious Wittenborn book award in 2014, and we are thrilled to add an iPad app to our collection. (It’s our first one!) Please inquire at the reference desk if you’d like to look at the book: one of my favorite parts of the new edition is that you can explore and carry out Albers’s famous exercises yourself right within the app using a huge array of colored squares. It also includes tons of archival video and other previously unpublished material; a fascinating publication.

Open house!

October 1st, 2014 karyn hinkle Comments off

MoMA library Frick Art Reference Library

Two great museum libraries in New York City will hold special open houses for students this month, both highly recommended events!

The Frick Art Reference Library will hold a Student Open House on Thursday, October 2 (tomorrow!) from 1 to 4 p.m., with tours on the half hour.

The MoMA Library and Archives will hold a Fall Open House on Tuesday, October 14 from 3 to 5 p.m., a walk-in event with a special presentation about the Archives from 3 to 4 p.m.

From MoMA:

MoMA Library and Archives Fall Open House onTuesday, October 14, from 3-5pm
Faculty and students are invited to the MoMA Library and Archives Fall Open House on Tuesday, October 14, from 3-5pm.

This walk-in event includes staff contact, stacks tours, collection highlights, electronic resources, and a special presentation about the Archives from 3-4pm.

Groups are also welcome. The open house supersedes individual interviews. Students are expected to bring curiosity, enthusiasm, and discussion points.

Date: Tuesday, October 14
Time: 3 to 5pm, with special Archives presentation at 3
Place: The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building at 4 West 54 St, part of the Museum complex in midtown Manhattan. moma.org/visit/plan/gettinghere

Also, on view in the Education Building lower level is Analog Network: Mail Art 1960-1999.

We look forward to meeting you and your students.


Jennifer Tobias

Reader Services Librarian
The Museum of Modern Art
11 W 53 St, New York, NY 10019

From the Frick:

Frick Art Reference Library Student Open House, October 2
Following Jenny’s lead, the Frick Art Reference Library Student Open House is Thursday, October 2, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. . Introductions to the Library given every half an hour. Bring a photo ID to register, and see the link below for more information:
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The IKEA catalog

September 5th, 2014 karyn hinkle Comments off

IKEA 1969

The BGC Library staff was hotly enamored of two IKEA items this week.

First, the Home Designing blog, along with PR folks at IKEA HQ, has put together a collection of images of the front covers of every IKEA catalog published (in Sweden), since the first in 1951.  It’s so great to see them en masse.

Secondly, IKEA itself has created a very, very funny ad for its latest catalog — a spoof of many recent Apple/tech commercials, and a great illustration of many librarians’ love for print (via Apartment Therapy).

Happy Friday!

A PSA regarding the Wedgwood Museum

September 5th, 2014 BGC Library Comments off

artfund - wedgwood

An important decorative arts and design archive is in danger in the U.K.  From the Save the Wedgwood Collection campaign:

The Wedgwood Collection, one of the most important industrial archives in the world and a unique record of over 250 years of British art, is under threat of being separated and sold off. The Art Fund now has the opportunity to purchase it for the nation intact, provided the final £2.74m of a total £15.75m fundraising target can be raised by 30 November 2014.

See savewedgwood.org for news or to donate.

Women in architecture

August 30th, 2014 karyn hinkle Comments off

Hays cover Julia Morgan

Studies of the first licensed female architect in the U.S., and, a generation later, the first in California:

Hadley Meares and Karen McNeill look at the work of Julia Morgan in California [Curbed]

Johanna Hays publishes a biography of Louise Blanchard Bethune [ARLIS/NA Reviews]

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Some June material culture

June 25th, 2014 karyn hinkle Comments off

Ken Price at Mattew Marks

There are a few days left to see two beautiful exhibitions of the ceramicist Ken Price’s work at Matthew Marks — Large Sculptures and Specimen Rocks are up through Saturday, June 28.

Fun read: “Fatal Victorian Fashion and the Allure of the Poison Garment” by Allison Meier [hyperallergic]

Up for discussion: are you following this spring’s spate of digital humanities opinion? Here are several pieces, pro and con, in venues scholarly and popular:
Worthey, Glen. “Why are such terrible things written about DH? Kirsch v. Kirschenbaum” on the Stanford Digital Humanities blog (May 7, 2014).
Kirsch, Adam. “Technology Is Taking Over English Departments: The False Promise of the Digital Humanities.” The New Republic (May 2, 2014).
Kirschenbaum, Matthew. “What is ‘Digital Humanities,’ and Why AreThey Saying Such TerribleThings about It?” differences 25.1 (2014): 46-63. [PDF]
Schaffner, Jennifer, and Ricky Erway. Does Every Research Library Need a Digital Humanities Center? OCLC Research, 2014. [PDF]

And here’s a fun project from a few years back that I’ve seen resurface online recently: the artist Jesse England’s “E-Book Backup” (it involves a photocopier).

Preserving modern and contemporary materials

June 25th, 2014 karyn hinkle Comments off

From the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts:

Meant to Last?

Preserving the Modern & Contemporary

Presented by the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities

Hosted and co-sponsored by The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Save The Date

October 27 – 28, 2014

8:30 – 9:00am  Registration & Refreshments

9:00 – 5:00pm    Program

Interested in receiving more information more about Meant to Last? Complete this form and we’ll send you an update when registration opens!

About the Program:

The twentieth and twenty-first centuries introduced a bewildering array of new materials, used to design a broad range of objects now collected in museums, libraries, and archives.   Many artifacts were designed to last the centuries, while others that were once innovative show signs of deterioration.  Colors change and fade, structures lose their integrity in unanticipated ways, or material components become obsolete.  Cultural institutions must understand the long-term preservation needs of these items in order to determine appropriate priorities for conservation, storage, exhibition, documentation, and digitization.  This two day conference will explore the guiding principles of collecting and caring for artifacts of key historic importance from the recent past. Participants will attend general sessions in the morning and then have the option to select from concurrent sessions in the afternoon.

This program is intended for collections care staff responsible for documenting, curating, conserving, and archiving modern and contemporary materials.

Topics to be covered include:

• Thinking about Collecting

• Working with Living Artists: The Artist/Conservator Relationship

• Collecting Materials with Inherent Vice

• Interpreting Collections from the Recent Past

• Legal and Copyright Issues

• Collecting the Controversial

• Where Do We Go From Here?

Speakers to date include:

Barbara Fahs Charles, Staples & Charles, Ltd.

Anna Dhody, Curator, Mütter Museum

Jon-Paul C. Dyson, PhD, Director, International Center for the History of Electronic Games, The Strong National Museum of Play

Charles Hardy, Professor of History, West Chester University

William Davies King, author, Collections of Nothing, University of California, Santa Barbara

Amber Morgan, Collections Manager, The Andy Warhol Museum

Linda Norris, author, The Uncatalogued Museum, Norris Museum Consulting

Sarah Pharaon, Program Director for North America, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

Gwynne Ryan, Sculpture Conservator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Samantha Sheesley, Paper Conservator, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts

Gregory Dale Smith PhD, Otto N. Frenzel III Senior Conservation Scientist, Indianapolis Museum of Art

Interested in receiving more information more about Meant to Last? Complete this form and we’ll send you an update when registration opens!

Major funding for this program was generously provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional funding from The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Independence Foundation.

Questions?  Call Preservation Services at 215-545-0613 or email us at pso@ccaha.org

The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is the largest nonprofit conservation laboratory in the United States, serving other nonprofit cultural, education, and research institutions, as well as private individuals and organizations.  Founded in 1977, CCAHA specializes in the treatment of works of art and historic artifacts on paper, photographs, and books, as well as works on parchment and papyrus.  CCAHA’s conservation and preservation services staff develop and present educational programs; conduct preservation assessments; provide assistance with preservation planning; and develop emergency preparedness plans.  Its development department provides fundraising and grant writing support to nonprofit institutions seeking assistance for preservation and conservation projects.  CCAHA also offers digital imaging services, fellowships, and disaster assistance.

264 South 23rd Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

To learn more about CCAHA and its programs, please visit our website at www.ccaha.org.

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, founded in 1787, is the oldest professional society in the country.  Throughout its 224-year history, the College has provided a place for medical professionals, community leaders, and the general public to learn about medicine as a science and as an art.  Through its museums, library, and programs, the College continues to advance the cause of health while upholding the ideals and heritage of medicine.

19 South 22nd Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Academy of Certified Archivists will award Archival Recertification Credits to eligible Certified Archivists attending this program.  For more information, go to www.certifiedarchivists.org.