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African Artists’ Books Roundtable

African Artists' Book RoundtableOn September 16, the National Museum of African Art held the African Artists’ Books Roundtable to commemorate the opening of the Smithsonian Libraries’ new exhibition, Artists’ Books and Africa. Six artists discussed how they developed and produced artists’ books, and the inspiration for and recurring themes within their creations. The history of artists’ books in Africa was also discussed. Curator Janet Stanley led a tour of the exhibition following the discussion.

Featured speakers included:
Atta Kwami and Mary Hark – Listen, Listen
Matt Cohen and Blake Nolan – Colored People
Toufik Berramdane – Nadime
Bessie Smith Moltun – Tunisia

Corcoran Artists’ Books Collection at GW Libraries Special Collections Research Center

Horse hair, glass, metal screws, handmade paper, a cotton t-shirt—these are just some of the materials that compose the nearly three hundred artists’ books housed in the Corcoran Artists’ Books Collection at GW Libraries. Conceived by renowned artists such as Ed Ruscha or by up-and-coming artists from the Corcoran’s MA Art and the Book program, these art objects stretch the boundaries of what ‘book’ can mean: Alice Austin’s Milk, Butter, Eggs (2004) resembles a codex, but when opened reveals its accordion folds with illustrations of domestic scenes; Beth Thielen’s The Tower (2007) appears largely sculptural until small booklets unfold from its architectural, watch-tower-like form.   Thielen’s work, made in collaboration with women prisoners from San Quentin State Prison and the California Rehabilitation Centers, embodies the collection’s thematic focus of social justice and consciousness.

Beth Thielen, The Tower (2007); Photo by William Atkins / The George Washington University

Along with this focus on social issues, the collection’s primary purpose is as a teaching collection for book arts students. Each year the Artists’ Books Committee (made up of Art and the Book professors and students, and a librarian) identifies particular social justice issues, like LGBTQ rights or xenophobia, on which to concentrate for new purchases. The committee also selects formal aspects (e.g. flag books or box housings) which will support student work. In addition, the collection contains collaborative works by Art and the Book graduate students such as +/- One Percent (2010), and most recently, An Exquisite Future (2014); these works are published by Corcoran’s in-house publisher, Marginalia Press.

The Corcoran Artists’ Books Collection was slowly amassed over the past several decades by the Corcoran Library at the former Corcoran College of Art + Design—now the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design within The George Washington University. With the acquisition of the Corcoran Library by GW Libraries in 2014, this unique collection was transferred to its new home in GW’s Special Collections Research Center where individual students and class groups can view selected books upon request.

Alice Austin, Milk, Butter, Eggs (2004); Photo by William Atkins / The George Washington University

Alice Austin, Milk, Butter, Eggs (2004); Photo by William Atkins / The George Washington University

Right now through March 20th, you can view a selection of nineteen artists’ books from the Corcoran collection at GW’s Luther W. Brady Gallery. The exhibit entitled “Paper Window” presents a wide range of artist book categories, including photobooks, pop-ups, mixed media books, and altered books. The exhibit also features customized book housings and book-making tools on loan from the Art and the Book graduate program. Visit often as paged books will periodically have new spreads on display. Located on the second floor of GW’s Media and Public Affairs Building (805 21st Street, NW), the Brady Gallery is free and open to the public.

Shira Loev Eller
Art and Design Librarian
Gelman Library
The George Washington University

New Online Exhibit from Dumbarton Oaks ICFA: Artamonoff: Picturing Byzantine Istanbul, 1930-1947

The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) is pleased to announce the release of a new online exhibition, Artamonoff: Picturing Byzantine Istanbul, 1930-1947:

artamonoff_picturingbyz_screenshotThe online exhibit is a recreation of the physical exhibit that was presented at the Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (RCAC) in Istanbul from June 25 to November 10, 2013, within the scope of the Third International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium. The 2013 exhibition was co-curated by Günder Varinlioğlu, ICFA’s former Byzantine Assistant Curator, and Alyssa DesRochers, former ICFA intern. This new online exhibit presents the same selection of photographs from the Nicholas V. Artamonoff Collection that appeared in the Istanbul exhibition, as well as images from the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives and Robert College in Istanbul. It also includes an interactive timeline that places Artamonoff’s photography in the context of contemporaneous archaeological investigations at Byzantine sites throughout Istanbul.

Together, these images present a rapidly changing city as seen through Artamonoff’s camera lens:

Nicholas V. Artamonoff (1908-1989) left behind a photographic puzzle of over 1,000 images. He was a student and engineer, who, while studying and living at Robert College in Istanbul, gained an appreciation for the city’s history and culture. With his Rollei camera, he captured the Byzantine remains, entering the nooks and crannies of the fortifications and cisterns. He strolled through the city in the footsteps of architectural historians and archaeologists who explored and uncovered Byzantine Istanbul. His interests were broad: from imposing churches to the smallest details of architectural sculpture, from bustling marketplaces to the diligent work of lone craftsmen. This abundance of subjects makes the Nicholas V. Artamonoff Collection rich and engaging, providing a glimpse into the diverse urban environment in which he lived, and into the versatile photographer he was.

The online exhibit was built in Omeka by Alyssa DesRochers, Assistant Curator of the exhibition and former ICFA intern, and Michael Sohn, Web & Graphic Designer at Dumbarton Oaks.

~Shalimar Fojas White, Manager, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection

New Online Exhibit from Dumbarton Oaks ICFA: “A Truthful Record: The Byzantine Institute Films”

DO-ICFA_filmstill_iskender The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) at Dumbarton Oaks presents a new online exhibit entitled A Truthful Record: The Byzantine Institute Films: This exhibit aims to reveal the context of the films created by the Byzantine Institute between the 1930s and 1940s by combining them with archival records from the collection The Byzantine Institute and Dumbarton Oaks Fieldwork Records and Papers.

A Truthful Record features thirteen motion picture films from the Byzantine Institute, which are stored and preserved at ICFA: one of the Red Sea Monasteries in Egypt, eleven of the Hagia Sophia, and one of the Kariye Camii, both in Istanbul, Turkey. The color films created by the Byzantine Institute’s photographer Pierre Iskender provide significant testimony of the mosaics at Hagia Sophia and Kariye Camii and the techniques employed to uncover and conserve them. When combined with notebook entries written by Byzantine Institute fieldworkers such as Ernest Hawkins and the brothers Richard and William Gregory, the history of the films’ creation truly comes alive. Thomas Whittemore, who founded the Byzantine Institute in 1930, made wide use of the moving images, screening them for donors and patrons (such as Robert Woods and Mildred Bliss), the Byzantine scholarly community, and an interested general audience in the United States and Europe. The exhibit is divided into three sections that investigate how the films were made and how they were received by contemporary audiences: Style and Content, Technique, and Purpose and Reception. You can also explore the archival materials chronologically using a detailed Timeline.DO-ICFA_filmstill_whittemore

This online exhibit was created by Fani Gargova, ICFA Byzantine Research Associate. The ICFA team would like to give special thanks to the Dumbarton Oaks Publications Department for their generous assistance and support throughout this project. For more information about ICFA’s Moving Image Collection, please see our website or Vimeo album.

~Shalimar Fojas White, Manager, Image Collection and Fieldwork Archives, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

Field of Vision: Landscape in the Artist’s Book

Please join us for Field of Vision: Landscape in the Artist’s Book on Thursday, August 8, 2013, 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the American Art & Portrait Gallery Library, Suite 2100, Victor Building 750 Ninth Street, NW Washington, D.C.

See the link for more information: Field of Vision: Landscape in the Artist’s Book

We promise a little wine, some munchies, and some lovely works of art in book form.

-Anne Evenhaugen, Reference Librarian, Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library

Pageant of the Tsars on “Around Town”

For those of you who cannot make it to Washington, D.C. before June 8, our local PBS affiliate did a nice promotional piece on my exhibition which includes loans from our colleagues at the University of Texas at Austin, New York Public Library, and the Morgan among others:

If you can make it to town, let me know, I am happy to give a tour.

Kristen Regina, Head of Research Collections & Archivist, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

Mary D. Doering to lecture and show Women’s Clothing from the Civil War Era at the Library of Congress

1855 ikat dressWomen’s Clothing during the Civil War Era:  Dresses, Foundations, and Accessories from the Collection of Mary D. Doering will showcase original clothing from the nineteenth century. Planned to compliment “The Civil War in America” exhibit currently on display at the Library of Congress, this lecture and presentation will take place on Thursday, April 18, 2013 in Dining Room A, sixth floor of the James Madison Building, at noon.

The April 18 presentation “Women’s Clothing of the Civil War Era” will combine a traditional lecture and a discussion of original garments from the period 1855 to 1870 with an emphasis on the Northern States. The evolution of the garments’ styles, the accompanying foundations, as well as the related technology and marketing media will be discussed. Despite the trauma imposed by the Civil War, the mid 19th century witnessed the development of ready-to-wear garments and the growth of urban department stores, both of which were essential contributions to the modern American fashion industry.

Mary D. Doering has specialized in costume history for forty years as a collector, lecturer and guest curator.  Since 2001 she has taught costume and textile history at the Smithsonian Masters Program in the History of the Decorative Arts (an academic partnership with George Mason University).  In addition, she has lectured at numerous professional conferences and museums.  She earned her M.A. in Art History/Museum Studies at George Washington University in 1980.  She pursued additional study in the History of Dress at the Courtauld Institute (University of London) in 1982. Selections from the collection have been loaned to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the D.A.R. Museum, the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Smithsonian Institution, to name a few. Exhibitions at historic sites and regional museums have been a particular specialty, and Ms. Doering has worked as guest curator and lender for a variety of locations including Dumbarton House, James Madison’s Montpelier, the John Marshall House, and the Maryland Historical Society.

While still in High School Ms. Doering was given a small collection of family heirloom clothing dating from the 19th century. In the intervening years her collection has grown to comprise over a thousand items, which span the period from 1600 to 1975.  In March 2008, Arts and Antiques Magazine included the collection among its “Top 250 Collectors”.

Kathy Woodrell, Reference Specialist, Fine & Decorative Arts, Library of Congress

In the Library: Announcements from the Vertical Files









Greetings ARLIS DMVers! The show I organized in the Library here at NGA will be closing at the end of next week, Friday, April 26. Please come and take a look–and maybe we can grab coffee or lunch, as well?

Please note that the exhibition is open only during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, 10:00 am- 4:30 pm.

In the Library: Announcements from the Vertical Files

Often printed on simple postcards, museum and gallery announcements advertise upcoming exhibitions—conveying the who, what, when, and where. The objects in this show, however, do more than merely inform; they reflect the materiality of the art they promote. Through imaginative use of layout, color, form, and material they distill the spirit of the works of art into a handheld package. Crafted of paper, vinyl, plastic, and sand, they expand, light up, reflect, and decode.

This exhibition is culled from the vertical files of the National Gallery of Art Library, which houses an extensive collection of announcements, pamphlets and small exhibition catalogues.  Also on display here are installation views borrowed from the Library’s department of image collections. Together, this group of objects provides insight into the overall experience of  gallery-going and the material culture of the art world.

— Anne Simmons, Reference Librarian for Vertical Files and Microforms, National Gallery of Art Library

Pageant of the Tsars: The Romanov Coronation Albums

Pageant of the Tsars: The Romanov Coronation Albums

Hillwood Estate Museum & Gardens

16 February – 8 June 2013

Pageant of the Tsars

In recognition of the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty’s founding, the Hillwood Estate Museum & Gardens is pleased to announce a special exhibition highlighting sumptuous books and Imperial treasures created to commemorate coronation ceremonies for posterity.

In the first exhibition to gather six of the seven monumental albums, detailed engravings and lavish chromolithographs  illustrate the splendor of the events and enhance the enduring Romanov mystique. Objects from Hillwood’s renowned Russian art collection and other private lenders will explore the Romanovs’ lasting influence on Russian art and culture.

For more information, please see the exhibition Web site.

The museum is also holding a special Valentine’s Day benefit event to celebrate the exhibition opening.

For more information, please visit the event Web site, “From Russia with Love.”

“Comfort Women” Exhibition and Symposium

Unveiling the Truth: The Sorrow and Hope of “Comfort Women”

An exhibition presented by the Washington Coalition for Comfort Women Issues (WCCW)

Reception: Friday, Nov 30, 6-8 pm (artist talk/film screening @7 pm)
Exhibition Dates: Monday, Nov 26 – Friday, Dec 14, 2012
Venue: Mason Hall Atrium Gallery, George Mason University, 4379 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030 (map)
Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm
Contact: Jungsil Lee, Curator: 301.755.7067; Walter Kravitz, Gallery Director: 703.993.4375

The exhibition “Unveiling the Truth” brings together works created by distinguished Korean, Japanese, and American artists who have expressed their concerns with “comfort women” issues through their works. “Comfort women” is a euphemistic term used by the Japanese military to refer to women they imprisoned and forced into sexual slavery during World War II. This exhibition explores sexual violence, historical truths, the physical pain, and the mental trauma those women suffered. The artists interpret the women’s experience in hopes of preventing future war crimes and to affirm basic human rights. The participating artists are Steve Cavallo, Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, Chang-Jin Lee, Sasha Yungju Lee, Yong Soon Min, Youngmi Song Organ, Yoshiko Shimada, In-Soon Shin, and Arin Yoon.

Washington Coalition for Comfort Women Issues, Inc.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, November 30, 2012

  • Exhibition Opening Reception 6:00 pm
  • Artist Talk and Dai Sil Kim-Gibson’s Film Screening 7:00-8:00pm

Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • Reception 3:00-3:30pm
  • WCCW’s 20th Anniversary Ceremony 3:30-4:30pm, Keynote Speaker: Hon. Mike Honda, House Representative (CA-15)
  • Symposium, chaired by Dr. Jungsil Lee 4:30-6:30pm: Korean/Asian “Comfort Women,” Then and Now, Tracing the Historical, Political and Cultural Aspects of the Comfort Women Movement in the United States and South Korea
  • Dinner 6:30-8:00pm

4379 Mason Pond Dr. Fairfax, VA 22030 Atrium Gallery & Edwin Messe III
Conference Room in Mason Hall, George Mason University (see map)

This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome. The event is made possible by sponsors ArTrio, Prof. Youngchan Ro (Director of Korean Studies Center), Prof. Walter Kravitz (Director of George Mason University Art Gallery), and the Academy of Korean Studies, Korea.

Please RSVP:
For more information please call: 202.746.2186 (President of WCCW, Christine Choi)

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