April 28, 1996
Approximately fifteen members of the Decorative Arts Round Table attended the meeting, chaired by Moderator Jean Hines. who opened the meeting with a review of the agenda and some of the past yearís notable activities. The membership rose from fifty-two to sixty-five, but ten former members have not renewed. At the time of the meeting, the questionnaire concerning renewal had not yet been returned. The returns that had been received indicated that most non-renewing members no longer worked in libraries concentrating in the decorative arts or had joined other sections or divisions. There was a brief discussion of the Strategic Plan. It was noted that the plan does not specifically address the decorative arts, but the round tableís interests are subsumed elsewhere in the plan.
The rest of the meeting was devoted primarily to program ideas for the 1997 conference. Hines noted that members, via e-mail, had again raised concerns about inconsistencies in decorative arts terminology. Linda Bien of the Visual Resources Division addressed the meeting to suggest a joint session of DART and VRD. Katie Keller and Kitty Chibnick also attended the meeting and suggested a session on appraisal and issues of conflict of interest. Other suggestions included a session devoted to reference sources, a Website for the decorative arts and sources for auction records, since few of the standard sources track the visual arts. RLG is now addressing the problem of providing access to ìinaccessible domainî materials, a theme brought up at the Montreal conference in 1995. Bob Kaufmann raised the possibility of a tour of the German artisan community in the San Antonio area.
Linda Kruger volunteered to be chair of the round table for 1997, with Hines acting as co-chair.
Linda Kruger , Columbia University
Indigenous Art and Culture Round Table
April 28, 1996
Since the round tableís coordinator, Mario Klimiades, was unable to join us in Miami, an informal discussion took place among the six IACRT members who attended: Madelyn Cook, Ross Day, Ruth Games, Mary Graham, Barbara MathÈ and Steve Meckstroth. Because of the low turnout, there was discussion of the round tableís viability. Over the course of the meeting, those attending came to the consensus that a "self-study" of the round tableís mission is in order. The group supports and IACRT-sponsored program for the April 1997 meeting in San Antonio, which will promote the round table to its members and the wider membership of ARLIS/NA. Round table members based the groupís objectives for the next year on its discussion.
These objectives are:
1. To conduct a "self-study" of IACRT. It was decided that the members of the round table will be contacted for input on our mission statement. The information gathered will be collated for reporting back to the IACRT membership. Also, in keeping with the Strategic Plan, it was suggested that other groups in ARLIS and beyond ARLIS be queried for suggestions on "self-study."
2. To plan a program to highlight IACRT at the San Antonio conference. Names of potential speakers and their topics were put forth and discussed by the group. In particular, Ruth Games of Dallas Public Library, offered to contact several Texas artists and curators about participating in a San Antonio program. The advantages of developing a jointly sponsored program were stressed.
3. To develop a proposal and request for funding for a program for the April 1997 San Antonio conference. It was decided that a program proposal--with budget--will be submitted to the Conference Planning Advisory Committee by the May 31 deadline. Ross Day provided valuable information on requesting funding for honoraria and AV/technology for speakers.
Madelyn Cook agreed to serve as the coordinator for the coming year.
Madelyn Cook, Arizona State Museum
Serials Round Table
April 28, 1996.
Nine members of the dedicated and dynamic Serials Round Table were in attendance.
A proposal from John Benjamins to sponsor an award to recognize research and publication in the study and critical analysis of periodicals in the fields of fine arts, literature and cross-disciplinary studies was presented. Benjamins, members of the Research Committee, and two members of the Serials Round Table, Stephanie Moye (National Museum of American Art) and GisËle Guay (Canadian Centre for Architecture) discussed the proposal further at the conference.
A discussion of the draft ARLIS/NA Strategic Plan followed. Members were assigned responsibility for each of the five action items relating to the round table. An order of priority was also set.
Guay was appointed the new editor of the Serials (Round Table) column in Update, together with Ann Leslie Jones from the Art Institute of Chicago.
The group decided to work on an AskARLIS proposal for 1997 on integrating electronic art periodical indexes and art journals into the art library. It would be co- sponsored by the Technology Education Committee and the Serials Round Table. Alexandra de Luise will prepare the session proposal.
Guay was reelected coordinator for a second year.
Two sessions of Serials Swap, sponsored by the Serials Round Table, took place during the conference: on Monday, April 29 and on Tuesday, April 30. The first session was extended by one hour, for a total of five hours. An average of twenty people attended. Guay was the coordinator.
Giséle Guay, Canadian Centre for Architecture
April 28, 1996
The WAART annual business meeting was well attended: eighteen members, who were welcomed by Liesel Nolan, the coordinator of th is yearís WAART session on ìLatin American Women Artists: Their Contributions to 20th-century Art.î The ARLIS Executive Board was represented by Deborah Barlow (Los Angeles City Museum of Art) and Stephanie Sigala (St. Louis Art Museum) ARLIS Vice-President Roger Lawson addressed the meeting briefly.
Nolan presented a brief annual report, highlighting her activities as coordinator. She thanked those members who, at last year's business meeting in Montreal, had helped hammer out the parameters for this yearsí presentations on Latin American women artists and suggested that the contributions of Hispanic women artists could be kept in reserve for the San Antonio conference in 1997. She noted the thematic consistency of the past several WAART sessions and expressed her conviction that the continuing focus on the contributions of women artists were worthwhile and rewarding, even though she realized the necessary limitations of this approach.
Nolan ended her overview with regrets that, in spite of calls for volunteers to take over as coordinator of the papers, there was no response. She offered to continue in a limited role as the temporary ìclearing houseî for any relevant bibliographic contributions members might want to make. Krystyna Wasserman, director of the Research Library at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, offered to forward the bibliography that she staff had compiled in conjunction with the exhibition, Latin American Women Artists, 1915-1995.
Bonnie Reed (Texas Technological University, Lubbock) surprised everyone present by her last-minute offer to take over as the coordinator for San Antonio. We are grateful and wish her well. Her contribution will be much appreciated.
Liesel Nolan, University of Colorado Boulder