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Sunday, April 28 • 9:15am - 10:45am
Installation Art and Library Collections: Origin, Outreach, and Collaboration

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“Light is, itself, the revelation”: The Installations and Rare Books of James Turrell - Megan Oliver, Assistant Librarian, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and Arwen Spinosa, Cataloging Librarian, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

James Turrell’s Skyspace "The Way of Color": Bridging Community, University and Regional Libraries to a New Museum of American Art- Catherine Petersen, Library Director, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

An Academic Library's Collection of Distinction Bolsters University and Community Public Art Programs - Deborah Ultan Boudewyns, Arts, Architecture & Landscape Architecture Librarian, The University of Minnesota

Off the Shelf and into the Gallery: Engaging the User through Installation Art - Emilie Mathews, Interim Director, The Fine Arts Library, Indiana University and Sylvia Page, MLS Candidate in Art Librarianship at Indiana University

Moderator: Nicole Beatty, Arts & Humanities Librarian, Weber State University

This session will focus on the development of library collections on installation and public art in response to and in collaboration with museums, universities, and active local communities. Each speaker will highlight an installation piece or program that demonstrates how their collection strategies and library services function to bridge their art and programs with corresponding institutions and the surrounding community. Installation art works contribute greatly to museum and university campuses by continually updating the [sometimes unspoken] discourse experienced by patrons, students, curators, faculty and staff. Librarians respond to this discourse by crafting collections that will support the installations with well-informed, substantial scholarly resources.

Megan Oliver will lead the discussion by introducing one of James Turrell’s latest installations “Joseph’s Coat”, the new Skyspace at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida. At over 3,000 square feet, the Skyspace on the Ringling Estate is one of the largest Turrell has created and is a unique sensory piece. Discussing the impact of the Skyspace on the museum campus, the history of Turrell’s Skyspace construction, and the importance of the Turrell research collection is vital to understanding this installation artwork. By obtaining monies from the Florida State University Faculty Research Library grant, the Ringling Museum Library has formed a Turrell book collection that supports research on this installation art, and its place in the oeuvre of all things James Turrell.

Catherine Petersen will discuss James Turrell’s Skyspace at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Commissioned two years before the Museum was completed, “The Way of Color” was a daring introduction to art considering the rather small, rural community. And yet the work played a pivotal role in crafting the future for engaging community discourse and support for the visual arts. “The Way of Color” not only spurred interdisciplinary dialogue among a new and curious audience, but also greatly contributed to the success of a new museum and library. Petersen collaborated with regional libraries and the University of Arkansas Libraries to build circulating collections that would forge bridges between the university, museum of art and the community. Today, museum guests and community members alike populate the campus trails, galleries and the library’s third floor space.

Deborah Ultan Boudewyns will focus on the active public art programs in the Twin Cities, including the Northern Sparks Festival on the University of Minnesota campus. She will discuss what makes the public art and installation art library collection distinctive, and how it supports the innovative community-oriented art program and participating departments and colleges on campus. The acquisition of the Forecast Public Art archives and the digitization of their publication Public Art Review is one example of the library’s goal to support a pronounced interest in installation and public art.

Emilee Mathews and Sylvia Page will present on how installation artist Buzz Spector has created an exhibit made entirely of books for Indiana University’s Grunwald Gallery. This is the first time the artist has worked with a library to obtain the nearly 10,000 books necessary for an exhibition of this scale. The Fine Arts Library is playing an integral, multifaceted role in this project. As the liaison between the Gallery and the IU Library system, they have been working to plan outreach events that highlight local resources. The discursive nature of the artwork provides the potential for their users to encounter and consider core library issues through the familiar format of visual art. Using the feedback they garner from their users, they will craft a more cohesive partnership between the Fine Arts Library and its constituency, thus ensuring a more secure, yet innovative future.

This session will further the discussion on the challenges associated with developing resourceful collections in order to serve resident installation art and public art programs on campuses. How can our collections be responsive to museum-goers, university students, and our communities that may or may not recognize installation art as art?  If the art is seamlessly integrated into the fabric of the campus, how might these collections function to support, inform, and encourage deeper inquiry?  How do we provide outstanding services and collection navigation with reduced staff, reduced hours and/or resources? In what ways does the art enhance conversations at and use of the library? How can we use our art and library collaborative projects to pursue more opportunities for community partnerships and engagement?


Sunday April 28, 2013 9:15am - 10:45am
Conference Center 212/214

Attendees (52)