Decorative Arts Round Table Business
March 28, 1999
Art Libraries of North America 27th Annual Conference, Vancouver,
Jean Hines, Chair convened the meeting; 14 attended. She acknowledged
Elizabeth Gulacsy for moderating the DART listserv, Stephen Van Dyk for
editing and submitting material for the DART column in ARLIS UPDATE, and
Linda Seckelson for recording the minutes of this meeting.
Karen Mackenzie, incoming president of ARLIS, made an appearance, announcing
the Leadership Breakfast to be held on Tuesday, March 30 from 7:30 to 9:30,
which next year’s DART Moderator is to attend. She also reminded
the group to evaluate the Strategic Plan (an exciting raffle prize is being
offered to all who submit Strategic Plan evaluations), and to be sure to
submit program proposals and funding requirements by the May 31 deadline.
Peter Blank gave a brief explanation of the different kinds of sessions.
A 2-hour session usually includes 3 speakers and involves a scholarly
approach to the subject at hand. An “Ask ARLIS” session is usually
1 ½ hours long, can include a varying number of speakers,
and is characterized by a less theoretical approach, often reflecting local
practices at one or several institutions.
After reviewing the agenda (attached) and dispensing with “old business,”
of which there was none, we began a discussion of possible program ideas
for next year’s conference:
Jean Hines called for the election of a new moderator; Elizabeth Gulacsy
(Alfred) was nominated and elected. Jean suggested that someone might
be a a co-moderator to join Elizabeth and Linda Seckelson volunteered.
Stephen Van Dyk agreed to continue to edit the DART column for ARLIS UPDATE.
The West Virginia Heritage Quilt Search; Jean answered a question concerning
the nature of this program, which is an ongoing project to identify quilts,
described in an article which is being circulated
Andy Warhol as collector, with the obvious connection to the Warhol Museum
in Pittsburgh, and Warhol’s interest in objects of material culture; a
reference was made to a recent exhibition is titled Deep Storage Arsenal
of Memory (Munich, Seattle). It might be possible to co-sponsor this
with the Museum Division. DART has a history of successful collaborations
with other ARLIS divisions.
Decorative Arts in the Ohio Valley. This began as a suggestion for
a program on glass, but was expanded to include other media; this proposal
should include traditional as well as contemporary work, and might touch
on collecting patterns of private collectors and museums.
ASK ARLIS session on research in the decorative arts with local emphasis,
possibly with staff from the Pittsburgh Public Library; if the Antique
Road Show was ever in Pittsburgh, which is likely, the public television
station might be a source for local experts to speak at such a session.
The DART membership was again reminded to respond to the Strategic
Plan, especially those items dealing with Round Tables.
The meeting was adjourned.