ARLIS/NA Upstate NY Fall 2018 Meeting: November 2 at Syracuse University

The ARLIS/NA Upstate NY Fall 2018 Meeting will be held on Friday, November 2 at Syracuse University.

For more info and to register: https://arlisupstateny.org/2018/09/18/arlis-na-upstate-ny-fall-2018-meeting-november-2-at-syracuse-university/

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“Curious and Curiouser: Surprising Finds from the Rakow Library” exhibition at Corning Museum of Glass

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Femme de vitrier / Eine Glaserin (detail), Martin Engelbrecht, Augsburg, 1730.

The Rakow Research Library at the Corning Museum of Glass has an exhibition that offers visitors a taste of what they can find if they venture up the Library’s glass staircase to the reading room. The exhibition is on display from April 8, 2017 to February 17, 2019.

From advertisements for glass eyes to patents for preserving the dead in glass; from glasshouse dollars to drawings by world-famous artists such as Thomas Benton, Salvador Dalí, Eric Gill, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, and Georgia O’Keeffe: these rarely seen wonders are some of the curious and surprising objects from The Rakow Research Library of The Corning Museum of Glass. Artists, researchers, authors, and glass enthusiasts of all kinds use the Rakow Library’s holdings to learn more about glass, which often leads to voyages of discovery in unexpected directions. Discover how the rare collections and curiosities in the Rakow Library have inspired others and how they can inspire you.

Curious and Curiouser: Surprising Finds from the Rakow Library is curated by Rebecca Hopman, Outreach Librarian, with curatorial advisement provided by Karol Wight.

Find directions, blog posts, videos, and more on the exhibition page.

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“Mixed Media: The Interplay of Sound and Text” exhibition at Cornell

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“Mixed Media” examines how representations of text and sound have shaped our perceptions of the material world, tracing the technologies used to replicate and transmit them. The exhibition features rare artifacts that illuminate 500 years of inventions that record and distribute information—from movable cast metal type to Edison’s model wax cylinder-playing gramophone.

“Mixed Media” will be on view in the Hirshland Exhibition Gallery through March 8, 2019. The gallery is located in The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.

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2016 ARLIS/NA Upstate NY Silent Auction

We are now accepting donations for the 2016 ARLIS/NA Upstate NY Silent Auction!

When: The Silent Auction will take place during the ARLIS/NA Upstate NY Fall Meeting on Friday, November 11 at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

What: Whatever you want to donate, i.e. a handcrafted item, jewelry, artwork, a bottle of wine, a beautiful book, specialty teas or candles, local products. Whatever brings you joy to give or receive.

What will the monies raised be used for: To support student travel awards and/or professional development scholarships.

How: Fill out the Auction Form; scan it and send it to Marcie Farwell at msf252@cornell.edu. You may deliver your contribution(s) in person when you attend the fall meeting. You are also welcome to send your contribution ahead of time to one of the organizers (please contact via e-mail in advance) who will make certain that your item is delivered to the site and displayed in the most advantageous manner possible.

Keep in mind:  Some costs related to auction donations are tax deductible! (so save your receipts).

Questions? email: Marcie Farwell msf252@cornell.edu

ARLIS/NA Upstate NY Fall 2016 Meeting: November 11 in Ithaca

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ARLIS/NA Upstate NY Fall 2016 Meeting
Friday, November 11 at Cornell University, Ithaca

ARLIS/NA Upstate NY Fall 2016 Meeting Registration Form

9:00-10:00am   Coffee and Registration. Silent Auction.
Rare and Manuscript Collection – Conference Room

Feel free to wander through the Punk Exhibit, “Anarchy in the Archive”

10:00-11:30am Tour of the “Anarchy in the Archive” exhibit and
Art and Architecture Highlights from the RMC

Rare and Manuscript Collection – Exhibit Hall and Lecture Room

11:30-11:45am Auction Wrap-up
Rare and Manuscript Collection – Conference Room

Since we won’t be coming back to the RMC the Auction will have to be condensed this year. It will end at 11:45, so take your item and the sheet with it.
All payments including dues and registration will be taken at lunch.

11:45-12:45pm Catered Lunch
Olin Library Room 702 & 703

12:45-1:30pm  Business Meeting
Olin 703

2:00-3:00pm  Tour of Johnson Museum’s Current Exhibitions

3:15-4:45pm Letterpress Printing
Risley Hall

For this activity please come prepared with a line from your favorite book or a quote (short). We will learn the basics of letterpress printing and then we will be printing those quotes on coasters. Everyone will receive a mixture from the rest of the class. We’ll also have another press prepped for those that finish early and want to make more.

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ARLIS/NA Upstate NY visits Storm King Art Center: June 17

aboutPlease arrive at Storm King around 11:30, and meet at the Café.  Identify yourself as ARLIS members to the attendant at the admissions gate and you’ll be directed to the Café.  We can gather there and have lunch before the tour.  Either bring a picnic or lunch can be purchased there.  (I may bring some possible lunch/beverage items—let me know if others plan to do so)  There is a roof over the pavilion where the Café is, so if it’s raining (which it won’t be!) we will be protected somewhat.  Watch the forecast and bring rain gear if needed (it won’t be!).  The tour will start at 1, and lasts a little over an hour.  There is an indoor gallery as well as the grounds to see throughout the rest of the afternoon.  The Center closes at 5pm.

Storm King Art Center is one of the world’s leading sculpture parks. Located in New York’s Hudson Valley about an hour north of New York City, Storm King encompasses over 500 acres of rolling hills, woodlands, and fields of native grasses and wildflowers. This landscape provides a dramatic backdrop for a collection of more than 100 large-scale sculptures by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time, including Alice Aycock, Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Mark di Suvero, Andy Goldsworthy, Sol Lewitt, Maya Lin, Louise Nevelson, Claes Oldenburg, Nam June Paik, Richard Serra, David Smith, and Ursula von Rydingsvard, among others.

Special Exhibitions:
Dennis Oppenheim: Terrestrial Studio
Outlooks: Josephine Halvorson

Contact Stephanie Frontz, sfrontz@library.rochester.edu if you are interested in joining us at Storm King on June 17th.

Travel Award Report for ARLIS/NA + VRA 3rd Joint Conference, Seattle, WA By Tina Chan

Thanks to the ARLIS/NA Upstate New York conference travel award, I was able to attend the ARLIS/NA + VRA 3rd Joint Conference in Seattle.  Before arriving in Seattle, I noted the sessions to attend that were relevant to my position at work and in the chapter, as well as the galleries and museums I was interested in attending.  The following are some of the highlights of my conference experience.

I attended the session titled “Connecting the Past to the Present: Promoting Cultural Understanding through Collections and Exhibitions.”  The presenters discussed their experiences with academic freedom and the library exhibit, showcasing a war exhibit, digitizing a Japanese American collection, and highlighting an indigenous graphic novel collection.  As exhibitions coordinator at my library, their experiences helped me think of the implications of a potentially controversial exhibition or display, as well as the educational rewards as evidenced by the presenters’ experiences.

Another session I attended was “Connecting Social Justice to the Workplace: Issues of Diversity in our Professional Lives.”  The presenters discussed their experiences with processing social justice collections, managing the LIS Microagressions website and zine, designing a toolkit for inclusive learning environments, being a token, and developing intergroup relations and intercultural competency.  It was great to see how libraries and archives are inclusive of all people, collections, and learning environments, and that the presenters educate the public to be fully inclusive.

Chapter member Beth Hylen moderated and was one of the presenters in “Contemporary Glass: Seattle and Beyond.”  The presenters discussed a short history of American studio glass, the Chihuly archives, studio and contemporary glass resources for researchers, the Pilchuck Glass School, and working as a glass artist.  Having little prior knowledge of glass and glass making before attending the session, I was not aware of the large glass artist community in the Pacific Northwest and its impact on society.  As a result, I have a deeper appreciation for the study and making of glass.

As chapter president, I attended the chapter chairs meeting.  The meeting was an opportunity for chapter presidents, vice presidents, and chapter representatives to share recent successful stories from their chapter, learn from other chapters’ successes and challenges, and network with fellow chapter leaders.  Listening to what chapters have done allowed other chapters to have additional ideas they may want to try for their chapter.  Meeting chapter leaders in person allowed everyone to make contacts for possible future collaborations.

The convocation speaker was Sarah Bergmann, Seattle-based designer and director of the Pollinator Pathway, an ongoing multidisciplinary design project that incorporates urban planning, design, and ecology.  The project helps green spaces be an environmentally friendly environment for pollinators such as honeybees.  The project has gotten local and national media attention, and has been exhibited at Seattle Art Museum.

In addition to attending the above sessions, I also visited the exhibitors, poster session, Seattle Art Museum, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle Public Library, and the Henry Art Gallery.  Additionally, our chapter held two informal meetings at the conference hotel lobby on the same day in the morning and evening.  Meeting at different times of the day allowed members to attend when it was more convenient for them.  It was also an opportunity to catch up with each other during a busy conference.

My thanks to the conference travel award committee (Beth Hylen, Rose Orcutt, and Marsha Taichman) for selecting me as the recipient of the conference travel award.  I am grateful for everything our chapter has done to develop and enrich our members’ and my professional growth.