The Studio Museum in Harlem has launched a new initiative titled “Find Art Here,” which will see reproductions of works from its collection go on display at public schools, libraries, and service centers across Harlem. The museum began installing these reproductions at the end of September at the initiative’s participating organizations, who collaborated with the museum to choose the works. They will host work by artists that the museum has supported throughout its history, including Derrick Adams, Benny Andrews, Jordan Casteel, Elizabeth Catlett, LeRoy Clarke, Glenn Ligon, Mickalene Thomas, and Stephanie Weaver. (ARTnews)
The Met Museum recently opened Art of Native America: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection, marking the first time the museum has held a show of Native American art in its American wing. (artnet news)
The CAA Conversations podcast is back with new episodes. This week, Amy K. Hamlin, associate professor of Art History at St. Catherine University, and Karen J. Leader, associate professor of Art History at Florida Atlantic University, discuss Art History That. Launched in 2014, Art History That curates, crowdsources, and collaborates on the future of art history.
Amy K. Hamlin is Associate Professor of Art History at St. Catherine University. Karen J. Leader is Associate Professor of Art History at Florida Atlantic University. They are the co-founders of Art History That, and are co-authoring the book Art History That: Initiatives for the Future of a Discipline.
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The Frick Art Reference Library and New York Unitersity’s Tandon School of Engineering recently debuted a free web-based platform that allows art historians, curators, and researchers to easily explore and organize digital art collections.
“ARIES provides a novel, intuitive interface to explore, annotate, rearrange, and group art images freely in a single workspace environment, using organizational ontologies (collections, etc.) drawn from existing best practices in art history. The system allows for multiple ways to compare images, from using dynamic overlays analogous to a physical light box to advanced image analysis and feature–matching functions available only through computational image processing. Additionally, users may import and export data to and from ARIES.”
A major U.S. foundation, group of private donors, and Christopher Cardozo Fine Art are donating complete sets of an artisanal Republication of The North American Indian by Edward Curtis to 12 tribal colleges. The donation includes several hundred contemporary Curtis photographs, and a curated, digital collection of materials originally created by Edward Curtis for his landmark photoethnographic publication. With an aggregate value of over $500,000, the donation is being made in recognition of the 10,000 Native Americans who collaborated in the creation of the original publication, and to support current efforts by Native people to reconnect with their history, culture, and traditions.
Begun in the early twentieth century, the Forbes Pigment Collection at the Harvard Art Museums’ Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies contains over 2,500 samples, ranging in dates back to 1,000 BCE. Art historian, Simon Schama discusses the collection, and how it ties into the emergence of art conservation in the United States.
World-renowned Houston photojournalist Janice Rubin was preparing to donate a sizeable part of her collection to the University of Houston when Hurricane Harvey hit. The storm that drenched a portion of her prized photography only motivated Rubin to work faster to preserve what survived.
“I was beginning slowly to scan things with the idea that some day the archive would come to the University,” said Rubin, who chose UH after a tour of the UH Libraries Special Collections. “I would have gone much, much slower. It might have taken me 10 years to do what I did in a year.”
From September 2015 through September 2017, the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College conducted a cross-sectional study that asked, “What makes K-12 public school educators choose to use a museum as part of their curriculum?” At the time of this research, no qualitative studies—either regional or national—could be found on this subject. Studies addressing the “how” and the “what” involved in museum-school collaborations had been published, but none looked at the “why” that motivated such partnerships. Continue reading “What makes K-12 public school educators choose to use a museum as part of their curriculum?—AAM”
One exhibition at the Legion of Honor shows how curators and institutions are rethinking the ways they organize and frame exhibitions on figures whose behavior is considered inappropriate, or even criminal, today. At a time when museums are cancelling shows by artists facing allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior, the Legion of Honor presented the show as an opportunity to talk about power, wealth, identity, self-invention, and social media.