The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH has created a program for those affected by the opioid crisis. New Hampshire is ranked number three in the nation for drug overdoses.
Lynn Thomson, an assistant director of education and community engagement, explains that the program began with a simple question: What is Manchester dealing with now, and what does the community need?Collaborating with the Partnership for Drug Free Kids, the Currier’s “Art of Hope” came to be. (Hyperallergic)
Image above: The Art of Hope program discussing Claude-Joseph Vernet’s “The Storm” (1759).
“If we’re going to start selling … individual items, we are effectively erasing that archive,” he said. “We are effectively undoing the work of faculty and administrators who have been collecting these,” argued SUNY Fredonia English Faculty member Birger Vanwesenbeeck following the single lot sale of the painting, Georgian Woman Wearing a Lechaki, by the Georgian painter Niko Pirosmani.
Faculty and students at Fredonia, who regularly use the Stefan Zweig Collection in courses, felt as though the sale was wrong, despite the proceeds going to support the Reed Library, the building in which the collection is housed. (Inside Higher Ed)
Image above: Georgian Woman Wearing a Lechaki, Nike Pirosmani
During a recent Coffee Gathering: Curriculum Development Workshops with Liliana Milkova, Liliana Milkova discussed successful Curriculum Development Workshops she has hosted at Oberlin’s Allen Memorial Art Museum.
If you are organizing faculty workshops for professors or staff at your academic museum or gallery to integrate collections or exhibitions into their syllabi, you may find Liliana Milkova’s sample agendas a helpful resource.
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During a recent RAAMP Coffee Gathering with Liliana Milkova, Milkova spoke about the Allen Memorial Art’s pre and post museum visit surveys. Milkova and Steven S. Volk, Oberlin’s director of the Center for Teaching, Innovation, and Excellence, co-analyze survey results in “Transfer: Learning In and Through the Academic Museum,” a chapter published in Advancing Engagement: A Handbook for Academic Museums, Volume III (2015).
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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 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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ARIES: ARt Image Exploration Space
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.”
Treasures from the Color Archive—The New Yorker
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.