Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Art in Special Collections: Latino and African American Fine Art and Photography Collections...

The following abstract was taken from Art Documentation which is the official bulletin of the Art Libraries Society of North America, 1982-present. Published twice a year (spring and fall) it includes articles and information relevant to art librarianship and visual resources curatorship. "Art in Special Collections: Latino and African American Fine Art and Photography Collections in Academic Institutions" by Rebecca Hankins and Miguel Juárez was a featured article in the current issue.

"Often university libraries or archive/special collections house large fine art and photographic collections by African American and Latino artists. These collections are frequently hidden due to inadequate funding to promote them, minimal exhibit space, insufficient staffing with requisite exhibition and curatorial expertise, and/or diminished cataloging or digital priority. This article seeks to address the concerns and issues that affect this lack of exposure within academic special collections in both large and small institutions. The intent is to highlight successful strategies that can be used by other repositories seeking to diversify their art and photography holdings."

I made a request through Rebecca Hankins to have some way to share this article with readers and followers of the blog. Through Rebecca's efforts, the editor of Art Documentation has given me a pdf of the article to share with others. SEE: http://www.scribd.com/doc/40184214?secret_password=2c80xn2yj0u5c970fb48
My thanks are extended to Rebecca and Miguel, as well as the editor and staff at Art Documentation.

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