Art Libraries

Museums by Design

An Anonymous Patron sends "this piece from Cultural Commons about how museums have had to reinvent them selves in many ways, to stay viable.

There is no doubt that museums like most other cultural institutions (including symphonies, ballet companies, theaters, or universities) have had to become more Warholian, more entrepreneurial, in order to deal with economic recessions and cuts in public funding. Increasing competition within the cultural and entertainment marketplace has also led to increased programming costs and expansive building projects to attract and maintain audiences.

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New Digital Art Library Could Revolutionize Teaching

Anonymous Patron writes
"'A giant art database offering thousands of photos of paintings, sculptures and architecture throughout history began accepting clients Monday. ARTstor, which currently offers 300,000 of the most famous art images used in the enjoyment and teaching of art, is planned to hold more than 500,000 images when the database is accessible in July.'

Before you think about googling it, 'The cost for access to ARTstor's services varies depending on the size of the institution, from "Very Large Institutions" to "Very Small Institutions" and community colleges.' Very Large Universities will have to pony up about 60 grand for access. The rest o' the story here at the Badger Herald.
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British Library acquires unique 19th Century Famil

Charles Davis writes "Spotted at
The ResourceShelf.
A unique and important album of nineteenth-century Indian watercolours has been acquired by the British Library. The paintings show views of Mughal and pre-Mughal monuments in Delhi, many of which no longer survive...Following
conservation work the Metcalfe Album is now on display in the John Ritblat Treasures
Gallery at the British Library in London, until 1 October 2003. The album will also be
digitised and the images will be freely accessible on the Library's Collect Britain website at
www.bl.uk/collectbritain during 2004. Some information and images are already
available on the British Library website."

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art to display Chatsworth

Charles Davis writes "Beginning September 13,2003,
visitors to the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art will have the opportunity to see
over 250 priceless treasures from the
private collection of the Duke and
Duchess of Devonshire. Amassed over five
centuries, the collection includes old
master paintings and drawings,
sculptures, masterpieces of gold and
silver, porcelain, gems, jewellery,
furniture, early photographs, and rare
books and manuscripts from Chatsworth's private library, considered the greatest in the world.
More at
Yahoo! News. "

Washington's Museums Are in Expansion Mode

Jen Young spotted This NYTimes Look At happenings at all the museums in DC these days.
Thanks to an infusion of federal and private money, some $2.4 billion in spending is in the works for new and revamped museums, theaters and other projects in and around the nation's capital.

Support the Art Library at Cologne

Klaus Graf writes "The city government of Cologne in Germany is planning to close down the renowned 'Kunst- und
Museumsbibliothek' (KMB) in the very near future! On the 22nd of May 2003 the city council will decide
what will happen with one of the biggest art libraries in Germany. The Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Kunst- und
Museumsbibliotheken (AKMB) has set up a German focus-webpage on their site to give more information
about all this, The Art Library Society of Flanders/Belgium
(OKBV) took the initiative to set up a temporary support-site so that people can also react individually to
these plans. By signing the on-line petition, you can support this art library and send some
encouragement to the people working there."

Art museums go interactive

Jen Young writes "CNN Says Taking a cue from their science and natural-history cousins, art museums are increasingly offering varying degrees of hands-on excitement. Artist-led studio classes, or mere half-hour beginner sessions with an instructor, are turning passive scrutiny into passionate immersion.

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KMB, Cologne (Germany) threatened with closure

Mark writes "Kunst- und Museumsbibliothek der Stadt Köln (KMB) is one of the largest art libraries in Germany. It specialises in contemporary art, and in particular art and artists of Germany, The Netherlands, and Belgium. The library is under threat as a consequence of the Cologne City Council’s financial problems. The library’s users are mounting a protest campaign in an attempt to save the library.

More Info Here, and
Here."

Note: pages are German, Translation Says "To threatening smashing of the art and museum library of the city Cologne"

Treasures of a Passionate Collector

Jen Young sent along A NYTimes Travel Article on The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens - a grand institution that encompasses a world-class library; fine, far-reaching art collections including Constable landscapes and elegant French clocks; and encyclopedic botanical gardens on 207 rolling green acres - is mind-boggling in its riches.

\"microsound\" in California libraries

Today\'s edition of Studio 360 on NPR showcases an emerging art form called microsound. In an interview, microsound artist Steve Roden discusses one of his sound installations, placed in a library. His exhibition and performance history lists two shows in California libraries, and he sounds like an interesting avant-garde artist and performer.

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