Program Schedule – City Experience
Last updated February 11, 2010

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The City Experience is designed to engage ARLIS/NA attendees in learning about different parts of Boston, Cambridge, and Providence, RI. Attendees will travel to parts of the city they might not see from the hotel or on a regular tour on Friday. During the course of the day you will get to visit a different part of Boston or a neighboring city, take an art or architecture tour, have lunch with colleagues, and attend a session that ties the whole day together.

We’re combining the idea of tours and sessions, and engaging you with the experience of living in the Boston area. Come try it out with us!


Monday, April 26, 2010
10:30am - 4:00pm The City Experience: The Fenway
Maximum number: 30
Cost: $10
The Fenway City Experience brings you to Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace. Along this lovely greenway you will find the heart of artistic Boston: the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA), and Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt). As part of your City Experience you will enjoy a tour of the history of the Museum of Fine Arts by MFA Archivist and the author of Invitation to Art: A History of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Maureen Melton. No trip to Boston is complete without a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts and this tour offers a rare opportunity to experience it with a true expert. After lunch at the MFA or nearby restaurant (a list will be provided), you will head over to MassArt for an engaging session entitled “Defying Domains: Collectively Documenting Art Library Resources by Collaboration, Innovation, Cooperation and Transformation”. In the course of one day you will experience the best of the history and future of art.
Schedule
10:30am - 11:30am Travel with local guide to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston via public transportation
11:30am - 12:15pm Tour of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston with Maureen Melton
12:15pm - 1:30pm Free time in museum, gift shop, and lunch
1:30pm – 3:00pm Session at the Massachusetts College of Art: Defying Domains: Collectively Documenting Art Library Resources by Collaboration, Innovation, Cooperation and Transformation
3:00pm - 4:00pm Return travel with local guide to the Seaport hotel via public transportation
Session
Defying Domains: Collectively Documenting Art Library Resources by Collaboration, Innovation, Cooperation and Transformation
In a time of shifting library usage, increased demand and cost-cutting imperatives, collaboration among institutions is essential. This session will explore how three organizations seized opportunities to deliver library services collectively. Lily Pregill will describe the creation of Arcade, the shared ILS of the Frick Art Reference Library and the libraries of the Brooklyn Museum and MoMA. Jen Green, Caitlin Pereira and Chris Ford will recount the birth and growth of the FLO Image Group, a consortium of 10 Boston academic libraries creating a common digital collection. And Francine Snyder will explore the generation of Koha, an open-source ILS, as the first online catalog of the Guggenheim Museum Library.
Moderator
Susan Chute, Supervising Librarian, Circulating Art and Picture Collections, The New York Public Library
Speakers
Fenway Libraries Online (FLO): An Image Sharing Initiative
Jen Green, Art Librarian, Lamson Library and Learning Commons, Plymouth State University
Chris Ford, Forner Visual Resources Curator, Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University
Caitlin Pereira, Assistant Director of Visual Resources, Massachusetts College of Art
Open Source Reality: Guggenheim Museum Library's implementation of Koha, an Open-Source ILS
Francine Snyder, Manager of the Library and Archives, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Library and Archives
No Data Left Behind: Collaboration and the Building of Arcade
Lily Pregill, NYARC Project Coordinator & Systems Manager, NYARC (The New York Art Resources Consortium)
The City Experience: MIT
Maximum number: 30
Cost: $10
The City Experience in Cambridge and at MIT will bring you just across the Charles River to the city of Cambridge and the MIT campus. We’ll take public transportation from the Seaport to Cambridge, where we’ll meet with a curator from the List Visual Arts Center, one of the most prominent centers of contemporary art in New England, who will provide a tour of the amazing MIT Public Art Collection. The collection is a living archive of artist work that is integrated into the fabric of the campus. After the tour, we will find lunch at one of the eclectic restaurant options near to campus. Following lunch, we will attend the session “Seeing Past and Present Anew: Animating the Archive”. This City Experience will provide a day of experiencing Cambridge, MIT, and the idea of archives of different types in the contemporary world.
Schedule
10:30am - 11:15am Travel with local guide to MIT via public transportation
11:15am - 12:30pm Tour of MIT’s public art with List Visual Arts staff
12:30pm - 1:45pm Time for lunch and visit to the Rotch Library
1:45pm – 3:15pm Session at MIT: Seeing Past and Present Anew: Animating the Archive
3:15pm - 4:00pm Return travel with local guide to the Seaport hotel via public transportation
Session
Seeing Past and Present Anew: Animating the Archive
Traditionally the “archive” is thought of as a treasure trove of primary source materials, developed via an ongoing cumulation and classification that, over time, allows researchers to triangulate in their investigations into past cultural practices. The Future Archive Project at MIT expands this notion by documenting artists’ methods of creation and collaboration so other artists, historians, and theorists can view artistic process as works are created via a Web portal, not years later. At Stanford a reconceptualization of “collection” from an incrementally increasing aggregate to an ever reconstituting and redefining mass of cultural detritus redefines collection development and instructional practices.
Moderator
Günter Waibel, Program Officer, OCLC Research
Speakers
Research at the Intersection of Creation, Archiving, Dissemination and Study of Contemporary Art
Michael Mittelman, Associate Director of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Founder and Publisher of ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art, Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rediscovering the Archive: Playing in the Fields of Cultural Production. Case Study: 1959 – More Than Robert Frank’s The Americans
Peter Blank, Head Librarian, Stanford University Art & Architecture Library
The City Experience: Harvard
Maximum number: 30
Cost: $10
The City Experience at Harvard will take us via subway from the Seaport across the river to Cambridge. First an architectural walking tour led by Design School Special Collections Librarian Mary Daniels will focus on the modern architecture of Quincy Street including Le Corbusier's Carpenter Center. Loeb Library at the Design School and the Fine Arts Library will be open to receive us afterward and the prospect of seeing the Harvard Art Museum, the Peabody Museum and the Harvard Museum of Natural History will tempt us to take a very short lunch break. Following lunch at a choice of campus cafeterias and restaurants, the afternoon session held back at the Design School will be "Focus on the Near: Mastering Local Architecture and Urban Planning Information".
Schedule
10:30am - 11:15am Travel with local guide to Harvard Square via public transportation
11:15am - 12:15pm Tour of Harvard architecture focusing on the Quincy Street arts corridor
12:15pm - 1:45pm Time for lunch, visits to the Design Library, Fine Arts Library and Harvard Museums
1:45pm – 3:15pm Session at Harvard: Focus on the Near: Mastering Local Architecture and Urban Planning Information
3:15pm - 4:00pm Return travel with local guide to the Seaport hotel via public transportation
Session
Focus on the Near: Mastering Local Architecture and Urban Planning Information
The mass media would have us believe that all the information we need is ubiquitous and readily available. One might also imagine that location and place no longer matter—having been replaced by digital connectivity. Ironically, successful and sustainable building projects often rely on a thorough understanding of the local climate, materials, customs, codes, and expectations, information that is often obscure or unpublished. More than ever, architects and urban planners (students and professionals alike) need access to local, detailed and site-specific resources. How do we become experts on local subject matter? This session will focus on strategies that architectural and urban planning librarians can employ to become experts in local information, ranging from the concrete, such as municipal building ordinances and regional ecosystem conditions, to the abstract, such as local social conditions and customs.
Moderator
Kitty Chibnik, Associate Director/Head, Access Services, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University
Speakers
A Micro Focus in a Macro World: Mastering Local Urban Planning Information
Alan Michelson, Head, Built Environments Library, University of Washington, Seattle
The Place of Architecture: Mastering Local Architectural Information
Rebecca Price, Architecture, Urban Planning, and Visual Resources Librarian, Art, Architecture & Engineering Library, University of Michigan
10:30am - 5:00pm The City Experience: RISD and Providence
This is a shared bus excursion with the Providence tour.
Maximum number: 20
Cost: $30
The City Experience in Providence, RI will include a bus trip to Providence hosted by the Rhode Island School of Design, a tour of the RISD Library, and an architectural orientation to the RISD Campus. Lunch will be on your own and because there are so many wonderful places to eat, a list of nearby places will be provided. The engaging and interactive afternoon session will be an “Artist Book Slam”, held in the Special Collections department of the RISD Library. An exhibit of artists’ books from the collection will also be on view. Refreshments will be provided for the return bus ride. This City Experience will give participants a taste of Providence and RISD plus the benefit of a lively and hands-on discussion of the issues and practices surrounding the use of artists’ books in the academic environment.
Schedule
10:30am - 11:30am Travel to Providence via bus
11:15am - 12:15pm Tour of of the RISD library and orientation to the RISD campus
12:15pm - 1:45pm Time for lunch on your own. A list of places will be provided.
1:45pm – 3:15pm Session at Harvard: Artists' Book Slam
3:15pm - 4:00pm Return travel to the Seaport hotel via bus
Session
Artists' Book Slam
To start the session we will have an “Artist Book Slam” with each participant discussing, critiquing, and analyzing a pre-selected artist book from the RISD Library collection. After that there will be a facilitated discussion of creative strategies for integrating and using artists’ books in the studio classroom. More information about this session and details about pre-selecting artists’ books from the collection can be found on the ARLIS/NA Book Art SIG blog: http://arlisnabookartsig.blogspot.com/.
Presenters
Tony White, Head, Fine Arts Library, Indiana University
Laurie Whitehill Chong, Special Collections Librarian / Curator of Artists’ Books, Rhode Island School of Design