Sunday, August 7, 2011

Symposium - Artists' Records in the Archives

Deadline August 15th

Artists' Records in the Archives: A One Day Symposium - Call for

The archives of many institutions contain artists' records-documents
created by artists that often bear witness to the creative process, as
evinced by 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 has been a
plethora of 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 one day
symposium, "Artists' Records in the Archives," to be held on October 11,
2011 held at the New York Public Library. Focusing on the perspective
of the information professional, this symposium will address how
contemporary artists use artists' records in their work, the
significance of artists' records in archives for scholars and curators,
and how archivists and special collections librarians manage artists'
records in their repositories.

Possible topics or areas of interest include, but are not limited to,
the following:

*Artists' use of other artists' records
*How archivists manage artists' records and how this might differ within
a museum, estate, gallery, and university setting
*Collecting artists' records
*Appraisal of artists' records
*Underdocumented artists and the archives
*Exhibitions and artists' records
*Artists' records and the digital environment
*Born digital artists' records
*Copyright, moral rights, and the artist
*Conversations between archivists, artists, and art historians regarding

Date: October 11, 2011
Location: New York Public Library

All individual presentations will be 20 minutes long (10 page paper).

Submissions must include a title, name of author and institutional
affiliation, abstract (250 words max), and indication of technological

Individual papers or entire panel proposals accepted.

A small travel stipend is available. If interested please indicate in
the submission.

Deadline for Proposals: Proposals should be emailed to by August 15, 2011.

Lindsay Turley

Manuscripts and Reference Archivist

Museum of the City of New York

1220 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10029