|About the Institute||Schedule: time-place||Sat.-Mon: Library Research & lectures.|
|Goals & objectives Grading||Photo needs - bring a camera||Resources People & places|
|Met Floor plan||Readings Sample project||Project description/ format|
|Lion, Kennicott Bible, Bodleian Library, Oxford.||
Original edition on the Encyclopedia of Diderot et d'Alembert.
Paris, Bibliothèque centrale des musées nationaux.
Institute on Art Museum Librarianship at the Metropolitan Museum is an
intensive 10 day 3
credit course introduced and designed by Dr. Giannini for Pratt
students in the School of Information and Library Science and
made possible through the cooperative efforts of both institutions, the
Met and Pratt, working together. In an time when increasingly
turn their attention to the provision of distance education via the
Internet, the Institute takes on special significance for the way in
students learn and experience art and information.
a digital diet, they can feast on the collections of one of the
art museums worldwide, use primary source material for study, make
and new connections, attend lectures by leading scholars, discuss art
curators, exchange ideas with fellow students, and share learning
with them. The theme, crossing cultures and collections,
the guiding concept of individual student projects in the
an an exhibition catalog
project)- encourages students to experience art
through diverse social and cultural perspectives so that they will be
better prepared as librarians to serve diverse communities.
Working in a multimedia environment broadens and clarifies a student's
notion of information. Students will use the Watson
Library containing over 400,000 books and 2,500 serials in conjunction
with the Hazen Center for Electronic Resources and Central Catalog
maintains the object records of some two million works of
art. Thus, students will use in consort the museum
collections, library collections and electronic resources enabling them
to gain new insights as researchers into the interactions and
connections of these richly diverse art and information
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>Through hands-on experience over a 10 day intensive course of study, students will focus on themes of art and information, art as information, library resources and methods for art research, and using technology and electronic resources to support art research.
presentations, lectures, discussion and
individual research in the Watson Library and other libraries in the
Museum, students will gain understanding in art museum librarianship
the dual perspectives of the librarian and the
>Students will learn
how to document art objects through library research in print and
>Students will pursue individual research projects with an emphasis on how library resources are used to document and enrich the knowledge of the museum's collections. They will experience the many ways by which works of art communicate meaning, ideas, and information and see how works of art are interpreted in art literature, exhibitions and other media such as film.
>Study of collections and works of art will be considered in a variety of contexts and perspectives (including cultural and social, biographical, chronological, geographical, as well as by topical themes, media, genre and style), in order to give students a deeper understanding on how these influence our understanding of art and the content and organization of art resources.
>Students will understand how technology is changing the way museum collections are accessed, used and managed.
gained in the course will be expressed in student projects in the form
of an exhibition catalog based on
a theme selected by the student under the general notion of
'crossing cultures and collections.
>To understand the
role a curator plays in selecting and arranging works of art in the
context of an exhibition especially as it pertains to how art
communicates ideas and information, and the relationship of art objects
Attendance and participation - 15%
Project - 65% Carefully
read project description to
make sure that you include all required elements.
Project Presentation at final session - 10%
Review assignment - 10%
1. Identify a theme that can be expressed across collections (for example, general themes such as death and dying, religion, books and reading, landscape, self portrait, flowers, women, children, cities, towns and villages, love and lust, legends, the supernatural, war and revolution, etc.
2. Select 12 art works that express your theme. Focus your theme through the selection process.
3. Take two photographs of each work, one full image, and one detail. Select detail to highlight theme.
4. Take notes on the selected objects based on careful observation. Describe their subjects, attributes, qualities, materials, size, etc. Note museum captions for all art works selected. You will use these as the starting point for your research.
5. Art information and library resources, interaction & integration.
Approach your research from a number of perspectives. Consider selected works separately (a type of textual analysis), in relation to the other works selected, to the theme, and as it represents the broader group with which it is associated. Be mindful of the juxtaposition of works selected and note how new combinations of works effects meaning. Identify research sources that are relevant to varied aspects of artistic production.
c. the artist's life and work.
d. the artist's period and style.
c. the media and techniques used for each work selected.
d. General discussion of the theme; the theme as expressed by objects selected.
Create your own 'sources used' for the project exhibit catalog according to the following source types:
: *Bibliography, *Biography (general-encyclopedias, dictionaries; in depth studies-monographs) *Books, *Periodicals
(use Indexes & Abstracts), *Exhibition Catalogs, *Primary Source Material (depending on time, need and
availability), rare books, manuscripts (autograph letters, personal papers), vertical file.
Select on of the major current Met. exhibitions and write a review as though you were an art critic.
Search the literature (use Art Index, BHA, New York Times Index, etc.) to find a review of the
exhibit you have selected. Cite published review in your review.
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CATALOG - PROJECT FORMAT
1. Cover: title (expresses theme, place, type of work-exhibition catalog), author, image.
2. Title page: title, author, place, date, course, instructor.
3. Introduction: general discussion of the theme, the artists, the works. (2 pages)
4. The 12 works of art selects, for each: 2 photos with captions, about a paragraph of discussion.
5. Sources used, for each, a citation and annotation (minimum, 12 sources based on 2 each of categories above)
6. Personal perspectives: your thoughts on your experiences and the Institute, its content, format, etc.
Two examples of exhibition project themes:
musical instruments in art (iconography), and dance in art.
Examples of themes: flowers, food, musical instruments,
pain and suffering, war, weapons, fashion, a color, the ocean, lovers,
fantasy, death, animals, etc.
|Met museum Programs: Gallery
Talks, Lectures and Film.
Students are required to be present for all events and meetings listed on the schedule. Titles in italics indicate Met Museum programs on relevant themes which will help students familiarize themselves with many facets of the collections and include gallery talks, lectures and films. Programs are listed and described in the January-February Calendar which indicates program location. Each student should obtain a Calendar and floor plan from the information desk.
Cafeteria sessions and informal class meetings provide an opportunity to ask questions and share information.
Consultation with instructor
Library research on days the Met's Watson Library
is closed - the following options are available:
Taking photographs of objects for exhibition
catalog - YOU WILL NEED TO BRING A CAMERA AND FILM, 400 ASA.
|Date||Time - Place and Meeting.|
14th St. << This is the only session not held
at the Met.
2:00 -5:00 PM - Introduction to the Institute.
use art databases on the Web to begin researching your topic (see Resources)
in Watson Library, Metropolitan Museum.
Note - Students will need to bring a camera for taking photographs of art objects. No flash; use fast film, about ASA 800. Tripods are allowed.
11:00 am Introduction to Electronic Resources - Meet in the Watson Library at 11 am sharp!
2:00 pm Serials - Watson Library -
following serials session: we will have a brief discussion of individual topics.
2:30 - 5:00 pm - Work on Project.
Begin selection and photography of 12 representative objects for exhibition catalog, 2 pictures per object - 1 whole object; 1. detail of object showing them
10:00 - 5:00 pm -
work on project - focus on object
selection and photography;
| Meet at 5th
Ave. entrance for Introduction to the Goldwater Library.
1:30 pm - Introduction to the Godlwater Library -
Focus on Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas
Mother and Child from Chief's
Housepost, 19th–early 20th century;
Sentani Sentani people;
Irian Jaya, Lake Sentani,
Wood; H. 36 1/8 in. (91.8 cm)
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial
Collection, Bequest of Nelson A.
Rockefeller, 1979 (1979.206.1440
9/18 & 9/19
For Saturday and Sunday work at the Met, the Uris Library and Teacher Resrouce Center is open.
Additionally, you may use the Pratt Library, NYPL, 42nd st. at the Wallach Art and Architecture Library (open Sat. 10 am-6pm), or the Frick Museum Library (open Monday, 10 am-5pm and Sat. 9:30 am -1 pm).
Working from home you will have access to Wilsonweb, Firstseacrh and other art resources. See under "Resources" in the syllabus.
|Monday 9/20||Use the Frick Library, open Monday 10:00-4:45, or the Pratt Library, Art and Architecture Reference Room.|
Morning - Individual work on project, library research
11 AM - Uris Library
2:00 pm - Special session with Ken Moore, Frederick P. Rose Curator in Charge of
Teukgyeong, ca. 1981
Wood, marble, feather, beads, horn;
H. 82 5/8 in. (210 cm), W. 39 3/4 in. (101 cm), D. 26 1/2 in. (67.4 cm), L. of beater 16 1/16 in. (40 cm)
Gift of Korean Cultural Service, 1982 (1982.171.3a,b,c)
10:00 am - 2:00 pm - Work of Project
3:00 PM - Meet at the Cloisters
10:00 am - 5:00 pm - Work of Project
|Friday 9/24||10:00 am - 5:00
pm work on project; complete project.
3:00 pm - PMC Conference Roon - 613, Finale Celebration! - Presentations. & Refreshments.
MUSEUM LIBRARY CATALOGS:
All titles acquired by Thomas J. Watson Library since 1980, 70
Readers are advised to search Watsonline first and then to check
Watsonline offers help and search tips (type the letter i at the
MoMA | DADABASE http://www.moma.org/
ART RESOURCES - WEBSITES
ADAM, the Art,
Design, Architecture & Media Information Gateway
Encyclopedia Mythica: Home http://www.pantheon.org
WWW Virtual Library: Art
The Art History Research Centre http://www-fofa.concordia.ca/arth/AHRC/index.htm
Art History Resources http://history.evansville.net/art.html#Art References
Art History Pathfinder http://www.library.american.edu/pathfind/arthist/arthist.html
Voice of the Shuttle: Art and Art History Page http://vos.ucsb.edu/shuttle/art.html
ART HISTORY RESOURCES ON THE WEB http://witcombe.sbc.edu/ARTHLinks.html
ArtLex - visual arts dictionary http://www.artlex.com/
Art: The Oxford Dictionary of Art http://www.xrefer.com/books/oupda/about.jsp
Gateway to Art History: Research Resources in Art History http://www.harbrace.com/art/gardner/ResRes.html#books
Art Resources http://www.usg.edu/galileo/internet/arts/art.html
Shakespeare Illustrated http://www.emory.edu/ENGLISH/classes/Shakespeare_Illustrated/Shakespeare.html
INDEXES AND ABSTRACTS
AATA ONLINE -
Getty Preservation database. http://aata.getty.edu/NPS/
de la culture - Base Joconde
Ken Soehner, Chief
Linda Seckelson, Reader Services
Evelyn Stone, Periodicals
Shawn Steidinger, Systems/Reference
Mindy Dubansky, Conservation
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Museum of Modern