Apply now for the Wolfgang Freitag Professional Development Award!

Are you looking to fund a new project? Or are you doing research related to art librarianship intended for publication or presentation? Or, maybe you have your eye on a conference you would like to attend?…

Apply for the Wolfgang Freitag Professional Development Award for $1000 in award funding to defray the costs associated with a variety of professional development activities.

Apply by Friday, November 8, 2019 by sending application materials to John Schlinke, ARLIS/NA New England Chapter Past-Chair, jschlinke@rwu.edu. Applicants will be notified of results by Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

For application details: http://newengland.arlisna.org/resources/scholarships-awards/freitag/

Apply now for the ARLIS/NA Annual Conference Travel Award!

Are you planning to attend the 2020 ARLIS/NA Annual Conference?

Would you like $1,000 to help defray the cost?

ARLIS/NA New England Chapter members are eligible to apply for the chapter’s annual travel award.  One applicant will receive $1,000 to help cover registration, travel, and lodging expenses.

To be considered, please complete the application form by Friday, November 8, 2019.  Applicants will be notified of results by Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

For more details: http://newengland.arlisna.org/resources/scholarships-awards/travel/

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. Photo by Joshua Ness on Unsplash.

2019 Elmar W. Seibel Scholarship Recipient

ARLIS/NA New England is pleased to announce this year’s recipient of the chapter’s Elmar W. Seibel Scholarship is Carolina Quiroa.  Carolina is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science at Simmons University, with a focus in Archive Management.

In her application letter, Carolina wrote about an internship experience that has strongly influenced her intended career path.  In summer 2018, Carolina worked as an intern at The Center for MesoAmerican Research in Antigua, Guatemala.  Working in the center’s photo library, she helped process a collection of photographs by Johnathan Moller that document the genocide of indigenous peoples in Guatemala in the 1980s.  Carolina explains that Moller’s photographs of grave exhumations that occurred between 1990 and 2000 serve as evidence of the mass killings that many people in Guatemala continue to deny.  She wrote, “This is an example of one collection’s critical role in preserving a people’s culture and history in the face of oppression.”

Carolina’s interest in the preservation of cultural heritage emerged from her undergraduate studies in art history and Spanish language and culture.  Those studies, combined with her lived experience as a Latina, have prompted Carolina to pursue a career as a museum or archives professional who is dedicated to preserving the cultural artifacts of marginalized peoples.

Congratulations Carolina!

Fall Chapter Meeting – Friday, October 11, 2019

Join us on October 11, 2019 at the Mystic Seaport Museum for the chapter’s fall meeting! We’ll hold a business meeting, hear updates and news from ARLIS/NA New England colleagues, and explore the museum (including the J.M.W Turner exhibition!).

RSVP by Tuesday, October 8th at 5pm. You have the option to attend the meeting online or in person!

The Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard is a working shipyard that engages in historic vessel restoration and maintenance. Photo credit: Mystic Seaport Museum

Summer Excursion: The Glass House

Post by Bonnie Vigeland, ARLIS/NA New England member

On July 22, 2019, a joint group from the ARLIS/NA New York and ARLIS/NA New England chapters met in New Canaan, CT for a guided tour of Philip Johnson’s Glass House and its extensive grounds and outbuildings. The iconic house, completed in 1949, is one of the best known – perhaps the first – Internationalist style residence in the U.S.

Image of the Glass House
The Glass House. Photo by Bonnie Vigeland.

It is sited on a small promontory, with exquisite Mies Van der Rohe furnishings inside, and four glass walls that connect to the landscape outside. The landscape is intentionally a sculptural element of the site, carefully constructed and populated over the years with plantings and outbuildings, both functional and decorative: the Brick House (for guests), separate galleries for painting and sculpture, the pond pavilion, a ghost house.

Image of the Sculpture Gallery
The Sculpture Gallery. Photo by Bonnie Vigeland.

We explored the house and the grounds, and visited both the painting and the sculpture galleries, filled with the collection curated by Johnson’s partner, David Whitney. It includes works by artists who also became personal friends of the couple – Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Julian Schnabel, Bruce Nauman, George Segal, among others.  A perfect walking tour for a gorgeous summer day!