#ARLIS2017 Conference Plus!

Hello ARLISians,

If you are lucky enough to be in town early for the conference, on Saturday night (February 4) there will be a photography exhibit opening of Eli Mergel’s work. He is the photographer for our conference, and all are welcome to attend.

It’s at the Jazz and Heritage Gallery / 1205 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA from 6-9pm.

Jazz and Heritage Announcement: http://www.jazzandheritage.org/events/class-got-brass-photography-exhibit

Go and enjoy!

E. Lee Eltzroth, ARLIS/NA 2017 Publicity Coordinator

#ARLIS2017 Exhibits Hall Schedule

Greetings, ARLIS/NA colleagues,

Remember to make time in your schedule to visit our exhibitors during the #ARLIS2017 conference! There will be two morning coffee breaks and an afternoon reception in the exhibit hall (St. Charles Ballroom).

On Tuesday Feb. 7th the exhibit hall opens with a coffee break from 9 – 9:30 am and closes the day with an afternoon reception from 4:30 – 6 pm.

On Wednesday Feb. 8th the exhibit hall opens with a coffee break from 9 – 9:30 am. The exhibit hall closes at 4pm.

Please also thank our sponsors for their support!

Wishing you all safe travels to the Big Easy,
Sandra Still and Teresa Burk, ARLIS/NA 2017 Exhibits Coordinators

Thinking About NOLA – Final Thoughts

Happy Friday, ARLISians!

Good news for attendees to our 2017 annual meeting in New Orleans!

With your member’s badge you will get into both the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art FREE. The Newcomb Art Museum (at Tulane) is always free and open to the public, but they would love to have ARLIS/NA members sign their visitors book when they visit.

At the Center for Contemporary Art you will have entry to the Shop only, and Louisiana State Museum has free venues, and we are waiting to hear about which of the fee venues will be free to our attendees. Stay tuned for updates on these and other “lagniappe” (a little something extra) for attendees!

And don’t forget, Tulane has several different libraries to visit. One is the Latin American Library on the fourth floor, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library. They have a collection of books (over 510,000), including those by Latin American women and artists’ books, newspapers (from 22 countries), periodicals, rare books (over 14,500 titles), an image archive (113,000 images), and much more. For instance, they have the Spratling-Taxco Collection — original design drawings by William Spratling and other sliver designers from Taxco, Mexico.

There is a link to this repository on our Pinterest board, too.

Another collection unique to New Orleans is The Charles F. Heartman Manuscripts of Slavery Collection. It consists of over 4000 pieces, 1724-1897. It relates to the social, economic, civil, and legal status of enslaved Negroes and Free People of Color in Louisiana, especially in the city of New Orleans.

New Orleans has a very rich history of having the largest population of free people of color in the United States. Xavier University of Louisiana (1 Drexel Drive, New Orleans, 504-520-7311), who purchased the collection, is actively digitizing it. You can see the collection guide or finding aid online, and view the collection at the Xavier University Archives and Special Collections – Digital Collections page.

Check out New Orleans Magazine for more “things to do” while you are in the Big Easy. Shopping? Music? Dancing? You will find links to all of it there.

I was interested to hear from a member that there is a Belloq Lounge at the Hotel Modern, named after the New Orleans photographer Ernest Joseph Bellocq (1873–1949). For you photo folks, the hotel is on the St. Charles streetcar line at 936 St. Charles Ave. at Lee Circle, near the Ogdon Museum.

Another ARLIS member told me something I wish I had known sooner. On Saturday February 4 is a symposium at the Historic New Orleans Collection called “Storyville and Jazz, 1917.” It includes Jeff Rosenheim on “A Taste of the Tenderloin: The Photographs of E.J. Bellocq and Eugene Atget.” Sigh. I hope some of you registered and are in town early to attend.

Don’t forget to check out the ARLIS/NA Instagram page (@ARLIS_NA) and Pinterest board (ARLIS/NA) for information and for fun. The Pinterest board now includes links to those people, places, books, movies, photo collections, etc. that I have mentioned in these “Thinking About —“ posts.

In addition, you can monitor conference happenings and updates through the conference website and blog, the ARLIS/NA Facebook page (ARLIS/NA FB), and via Twitter (@ARLIS_NA). Please track and share your conference questions and experiences and snapshots using the official conference hashtag: #ARLIS2017.

And now for something completely different — Staying Safe.

In any big city it is always important to be aware of and to pay attention to your surroundings — whether you are simply crossing the street, going outside the hotel for a walk or a meal, or going to catch the streetcar to explore more of the city.

Your conference badge makes it plain that your are a visitor to the Crescent City. Unless you are with an ARLIS-sponsored tour group, or with a group going out of the hotel to a Conference reception, remember to take off you conference badge and tuck it away (to pull out for those FREE museums!). As in every big city, there are sometimes persons out there who “target” visitors.

But think about this! “Downtown is one of the safest neighborhoods in New Orleans, thanks in part to the Downtown Development District’s robust Public Safety Ranger program.” New Orleans offers us an excellent service with its Downtown Public Safety Rangers.

More detailed information on the DDD and the Safety Rangers is found at the Downtown NOLA website. Take a look at the additional information and the additional Tips and you will realize how very useful the Safety Rangers are!

The Rangers are on duty every day of the week from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. They assist visitors with directions, maps, etc. as well as act as extra eyes and ears for the police. Speaking of police, the DDD provides NOPD Officer Details for Downtown around the clock.

The DDD also has their Downtown SafeWalk escorts who are offered free of charge and will safely escort you to your Downtown destination. To take advantage of this service, just call or text (504) 415-1730 and check availability (put this number into your smartphone). Give them your name, location, and when they should meet you, but they do need a 20 minute lead.

Be smart, and you will have such fun in New Orleans at Arts du Monde! Can’t wait to see you there!

E. Lee Eltzroth, ARLIS/NA 2017 publicity coordinator

Final Call for #ARLIS2017 Tours

Only two weeks until the conference, and tours are filling up fast! If you are already registered and want to add a tour, you can call ARLIS/NA HQ at 414-908-4954 ext 116 to pay over the phone or email registration@arlisna.org.

The last tour we are going to highlight is a very special opportunity to tour the Backstreet Cultural Museum in the Tremé neighborhood with Museum founder Sylvester Francis. The Museum officially opened its doors in 1999, however it really began in the 1980’s when Mr. Francis began documenting Carnival celebrations, jazz funerals, and second-line parades throughout New Orleans. He would often give copies of the photographs he took to the people they documented. In thanks, many of them donated their Mardi Gras Indian costumes as well as an array of other memorabilia. These artifacts now make up the bulk of the Museum’s collection.

Our tour will last an hour, and transportation will be provided. However, participants are encouraged to stay in Tremé to explore Armstrong Park with it’s historic Congo Square or the St. Augustine Church, founded in 1841 by free African Americans, both right across the street from the museum.

  • Time: 10:00-11:30am
  • Cost: $40 (includes transportation)

Don’t forget that Monday, January 23 is the last day for advanced registration. After that there will be on-site registration only, February 5-9.

Lindsey Reynolds, ARLIS/NA 2017 Tours Co-Coordinator


Thinking About NOLA: Airport Transportation, Weather, and What to Wear

Happy Friday ARLISians!

We are on the home stretch and getting close to the dates of our annual meeting in lovely New Orleans. Let’s talk about the nitty-gritty of getting to the hotel from the airport.

If you take a look at our conference site’s “About New Orleans” page, you will find all kinds of information about getting from the airport to the hotel including taxi, Uber, bus, and shuttle.

I have used airport to hotel shuttles in many, many cities and have never had a problem. They may take longer than you would like, depending on the number of hotels they must stop at to drop off passengers, but at times your hotel stop will be the first one! Just sit back and enjoy the ride.

The conference site says there is not a mass transportation option from the Airport available, but the Louis Armstrong International Airport site gives information on two bus options.

A member tells me he has taken the bus from/to the Airport, but I see that the bus, or busses, take (at least) 50 minutes, and I am unsure of how close to our hotel they come, so you may need to make a transfer.

See the Airport site given above for a description of the difference in the two bus routes that  run from the Airport to downtown.

As for the weather – be prepared! Winter in the south is rainy and New Orleans is no exception. I do not travel anywhere without my hooded rain slicker (remember the rainy walk to the welcome party in Seattle?), and you will at the very least want to pack an umbrella, as well as shoes you don’t mind getting wet! Add New Orleans to the cities on your smartphone weather app, or stay apprised of the forecast another way. The weather can change rapidly, and don’t forget how windy it can get when you are near a body of water.

Wear your favorite things, but it is winter so it’s always smart to pack layers (sweaters, vests, jackets) in addition to having a coat.

During this current week in New Orleans, it’s balmy with rain showers, but some days of full sun are in the forecast. This being said, I know the Conference committee members have ordered beautiful weather for the week of February 5th especially for you!

See you in New Orleans,

E. Lee Eltzroth, ARLIS/NA 2017 Publicity Coordinator

Call for photographers for #ARLIS2017

The Fashion, Textile, and Costume Special Interest Group has partnered with Librarian Wardrobe to share photos from the ARLIS/NA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA. We are looking for volunteer photographers to assist with the Librarian Wardrobe’s coverage of the ARLIS/NA 2017 Annual Conference from Sunday, February 5 to Thursday, February 9.

Please sign up for this volunteer position here. We will take volunteers on a first come, first serve basis. This is a great opportunity for new ARLIS/NA members and student members. We will take the first four volunteers. Thank you for your assistance.

Nicole LaMoreaux, Moderator of Fashion, Textile, and Costume SIG
Lauren Gavin, Vice-Moderator of Fashion, Textile, and Costume SIG

#ARLIS2017: Final Workshops Reminder

As the 2017 ARLIS/NA Annual Conference in New Orleans draw closer, consider adding a workshop to your conference schedule before Advanced Registration ends on January 23rd.

Some workshops are sold out. Workshops with remaining slots include:

Slots are filling up fast! Check out the conference program for dates, times, and detailed descriptions on the open workshops: http://www.arlisna.org/neworleans2017/program.php

Kristin Keough, Workshops Coordinator

Reminder: NOLA Pre-Conference Chat TODAY

Reminder: join us this afternoon for an informal and informative chat discussion about the upcoming ARLIS/NA conference in New Orleans!

Learn about fun things to do, tips for getting the most out of your conference experience, resources available for first-time attendees, and how to get involved in ARLIS. This is your chance to ask questions, share advice, and get ready for our meeting!

Crescent City Connections: Developing your ARLIS/NA 2017 Conference Experience
Thursday, January 12, 2017, 3pm EST / 12pm PST

This chat features Kim Collins and Kasia Leousis (Program Co-Chairs), Marty Miller and Nancy Hampton (Local Arrangements Co-Chairs) and E. Lee Eltzroth (Publicity Coordinator).  The chat is organized by the ARLIS/NA PDC Education Subcommittee and will be moderated by Amy Ballmer.

You can join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/474683533

You can also dial in using your phone.

Teresa Burk, Outgoing Chair, PDC Education Subcommittee

Reminder: volunteers still needed

We are just a few weeks away from our 45th annual conference in New Orleans, and I still need a few more people to volunteer some of their time.  We still need people to assist at the registration and hospitality desk to welcome members and hand out bags and badges. We also need exhibit hall ambassadors to answer questions and assist any solo exhibitors.  You could also contribute to our organization by volunteering at the silent auction, or perhaps lead a walking group to our Convocation site.

You will have the opportunity to volunteer when you register for the conference, or you can complete this form at anytime: https://goo.gl/forms/pS32kfciat4XErXH3

For those of you have already volunteered, thank you!  I will be emailing confirmations and schedule details a week before the conference. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly at pgimenez@scad.edu.  See you in New Orleans!

Patricia Gimenez, ARLIS/NA 2017 Hospitality & Registration Coordinator