Many institutions’ archives contain artists’ records -- documents created by artists that bear witness to the creative process, often including sketches, doodles, and other notations. Artists’ records differ from other types of records due to their inherent connection to the art object and the art market. In recent years there have been numerous symposia and conferences dedicated to artist archives, art history and “the archive,” as well as to the use of archival materials by contemporary artists. While crucial, these investigations have been driven almost entirely by art historians and have not included the perspectives of archivists and special collections librarians. As part of an effort to broaden the discussion surrounding artists’ records, the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York has organized a two day symposium, “Artists’ Records in the Archives,” to be held on October 11, 2011 at the New York Public Library and on October 12, 2011 at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Focusing on the perspective of the information professional, this symposium will address the relationships among artists’ records, artwork, and their creators; the significance of artists’ records in archives for scholars and curators; and how archivists and special collections librarians manage artists’ records in their repositories.
The symposium program is now available.
Please note that you must register separately for each day of this event. To register for the first day, click the "register" button on this page. To register for the second day, register using the form here. Registration, while required, will be free thanks to the generous support of Archives Week by MetLife and the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation.
The Archivists Round Table also thanks the New York Public Library and the Fashion Institute of Technology for making this event possible.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about this symposium, or would like to cancel your registration. Please note that the wait list for October 11th is closed. Registration for October 12th is still open.