ARLIS/NA International Relations Committee
Tejada assumed the role of committee chair effective March 22, 2002.
Irene Puchalski was named the new board liaison to the IRC, while
Jeannette Dixon continued to serve ably as IFLA representative.
IRC was downsized from a committee of ten to that of eight.
Nonetheless, an infusion of new members—Frances
Clymer (Buffalo Bill Historical Center), Kate E. Cunningham-Hendrix (Colorado
State University), Jing Liao (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and
Irene Puchalski (University of Toronto)—joined continuing members Jeannette
Dixon (Museum of Fine Arts Houston), Renata Guttman (Canadian Centre for
Architecture), Beverly-Joy Karno (Howard Karno Books), and Susana Tejada
(Albright-Knox Art Gallery) in the important work of the IRC.
committee’s proposal to host an International
Relations Social at the Baltimore 2003 Conference was approved.
Funding, however, for the social has not yet been secured; fundraising
this year has been especially difficult, with some previous sponsors dropping
out. Should funding be made available, the event will serve as a
promotional tool to orient and welcome international conference attendees, and
more importantly as a means of encouraging their continued membership in the
Society. Much like the New Members
Orientation, the social will target a specific segment of conference attendees,
including but not limited to international visitors, international travel award
winners, IRC mentors, the ARLIS/NA Executive Board, and other committee
members—such as the North American Relations, Diversity, and Membership
Committees—who also hold a vested interest in forging stronger relationships
with the international art library community.
committee received approval to host a panel session at Baltimore 2003 entitled Nordic
Expeditions: Exploring Art Information Resources for Denmark, Finland, Iceland,
Guttman continued to update the committee web site: www.cam.org/~renata/irc_top.html
improve communication among committee members, the chair’s employing
institution—the Albright-Knox Art Gallery—served as host to an IRC
Headquarters is now routing international publications from affiliate
organizations directly to the IRC chair.
IRC chair has been in contact with Okwui Enwezor, Artistic Director of Documenta
11, to invite him to participate as a plenary speaker at the ARLIS/NYC 2004
Conference. Mr. Enwezor has
expressed an initial interest in participating at the annual meeting.
Given the meeting’s location, the IRC
is in the process of developing a special series of sessions with a
transnational theme including, among others, a panel on researching and
documenting international fairs and biennials.
by: Susana Tejada, Chair, ARLIS/NA IRC