During the first week of June, I attended a week-long course at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) at the University of Victoria. Even in the airport, I encountered enthusiastic DHers from all over the country and at all different points in their careers/education. The course I enrolled in for the week was called Taming Treacherous Data: Ethical Data Visualization and was led by Katherine Hepworth and Chris Church, both from the University of Nevada, Reno.
The Intern Insider: Perspectives on the Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection Internship Program
Each summer, the Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection opens its doors to a new cohort of interns. They work on projects that contribute to the mission of the museum. Additionally, the interns have the opportunity to tour nearby art museums and libraries, meet esteemed individuals in the New York art world, and learn about the Frick from resident experts. This past summer two interns, Heather Pilmar and Lauren Haberstock, had the opportunity to work within the Book Department of the Library, and they share their experiences in this post.
Bringing Comics to the Conference, a NYARC librarian’s experience with planning the 2018 Contemporary Artists’ Book Conference
I had the privilege of serving on the planning committee for the 2018 Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference in New York City. This event was free and open to the public. It was held in conjunction with the annual New York Art Book Fair, which is sponsored by Printed Matter. The planning committee for the conference consisted of nine art librarians from the New York metropolitan area who have an interest in artists’ books.
Through my research as a Frick Art Reference Library intern, I was taken by the correspondence between Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919) and Carel de Wild (1870–1922), a restorer and art dealer who advised the former. Poised at an exciting, transitional moment in the history of conservation and collecting, the story of de Wild reveals the shifting role of the early twentieth-century restorer.
Past, Present, and Future of Technology in Museums: A First-Time Participant’s Reflection on MCN 2017
A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend MCN 2017, the 50th annual meeting of the Museum Computer Network, thanks to a fellowship from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Digital Library Federation. The Kress+DLF GLAM Cross-Pollinator Fellowship is intended to foster connections between those who work in cultural heritage fields.
Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863) visited Morocco from January through June of 1832. He was part of the diplomatic mission of Charles-Henri-Edgar, Comte de Mornay. He made drawings and annotations in seven sketchbooks during the trip. The Frick Art Reference Library has facsimiles of two of the sketchbooks.
Megan De Armond, Assistant Digital and Metadata Librarian/NYARC Web Archiving Technician, and Coral Salomón, NYARC Web Archiving Fellow, currently work at The Frick Art Reference Library. Below, they discuss their first time attending an Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) Conference and what they learned from the experience.
Decades before Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919) moved to New York City and began filling his mansion with artistic masterpieces, another extraordinarily wealthy collector was populating his own mammoth structure with books and art in exactly the same location. James Lenox (1800–1880) was one of the richest men in New York in the second half of the nineteenth century, and one of its most influential philanthropists and bibliophiles.
The first impression of New York...is one of repulsion at the clangor, disorder, and permanent earthquake conditions. But this time...in the centre of the cyclone, I caught the pulse of the machine, took up the rhythm...and found it simply magnificent. —William James, 1907 (Heller, 113)