ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America

Category: Lecture

Book Arts Lecture, National Museum of Women in the Arts, November 9, 2015

Where Books & Sculpture Meet: Carol June Barton’s Artist’s Books

Book artist Carol June Barton will talk about creating sculptural books, her research on historic movable books, and her background as a painter. See the Book Arts Lecture flyer for more details.

When: Monday, November 9, 2015, 7:00-8:30pm
Where: Performance Hall, National Museum of Women in the Arts
Admission: Free, reservations not required

Symposium at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, October 16-17

Register now for Shifting Terrain: Mapping a Transnational American Art History at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on October 16–17, 2015!

The increasing internationalization of the study of American art has altered the topography of the discipline in ways that are widely acknowledged but not yet clearly defined. This two-day event will map out the changes that are occurring in the field of American art as it becomes enmeshed in a global art history. Sessions will examine current trends of inquiry and suggest new directions for scholarship. Shifting Terrain is the capstone event in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s five-part series The Terra Symposia on American Art in a Global Context, initiated in 2006 with support from the Terra Foundation for American Art. More information along with speakers’ bios can be found online at

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

Archives of American Art Symposium on American Art History and Digital Scholarship

Please join us on November 15, 2013 for the symposium American Art History and Digital Scholarship: New Avenues for Exploration organized by the Archives of American Art and generously supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art. The purpose of the symposium is to convene scholars, curators, archivists, librarians, graduate students, technical experts, and the public to consider American art history in a digital world.  We will examine ways to integrate digital tools and/or resources into the study of American art and to encourage collaboration.

To register online or see the day’s schedule, see our website.

~Bettina C. Smith, Librarian, Digital Projects, Archives of American Art

Dumbarton Oaks Symposium: The Botany of Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century

Durian FruitDumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C., is hosting an interdisciplinary symposium on “The Botany of Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century,” on 4-5 October 2013. The meeting will focus on international botanical explorations, exchanges, and publications in the period spanning the mid-seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth century. This era saw an increased traffic in specimens, taxonomic innovation, and heightened competition among imperial powers for new plant discoveries and applications. Economic botany, the art and science of botanical illustration, and the modes and means of botanical knowledge will be areas of study. Papers will explore developments in Europe, Russia, East Asia, Africa, North and South America.

The symposium coincides with the 50thanniversary of the Rare Book Room at Dumbarton Oaks, and will be accompanied by an exhibit of rare books and illustrations from the period.

Registration is now open and a full program is listed below. Should you or your colleagues be interested in attending, please find more information about the symposium, including the full program and paper abstracts, at:

To register for the symposium, please fill out this form:

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