Chicago Trip

This past Friday I attended the Midwestern Art Cataloging Discussion Group meeting at the Art Institute of Chicago.

The MACDG is a loosely organized group of librarians who meet at least once a year. Anyone interested in art and architecture or visual resources cataloging is welcome to attend. For more information or to add you name to the group's mailing list please contact the current chair, Karen Stafford, at kstafford2@artic.edu

My peers, Andrew Wang and Julia Kilgore, left at 4 am to catch a 6:30 am Greyhound bus from Indianapolis to Chicago. We arrived in Chicago at 9:30 am which was perfect timing for the 10:30 am start time of the meeting. 

The meeting had two guest speakers: Sarah Guernsey, Executive Director of Publishing at the Art Institute of Chicago and Gary Strawn, Authorities Librarian from Northwestern Univeristy's Library. 

Sarah presented on the Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI). Here is a Getty article about OSCI if you are unfamiliar. I highly suggest checking out the Chicago Art Institute's Scholarly Catalogs. Each digital catalogue contains in-depth curatorial and conservation research on the museum's collection, including high-resolution, zoomable images and other interactive elements. Gary spoke about preparing data for migration to a new ILS.  The agenda items that followed were checking out the new MACDG website, finding a volunteer to host the next meeting, reports of what was happening at attendees libraries and general questions for the group. Jasmine Burns and the Society of Art Librarianship Students volunteered to have the next meeting at IU Bloomington. When we broke for broke lunch my peers and I introduced ourselves to a few people who were also in attendance, a couple of them being students.

During our lunch break, Julia, Andrew, our new friends, and I stopped by the Chicago Public Library. We were interested in the Maker Lab  but wound--up getting an impromptu tour of the YOUmedia Library, an innovative, 21st-century teen digital learning space at 11 Chicago Public Library locations. 

With an emphasis on digital media and the maker movement, teens engage in projects across a variety of core content areas including graphic design, photography, video, music, 2D/3D design, STEM and hands-on making. YOUmedia connects young adults, books, media, mentors and institutions throughout Chicago in dynamic spaces designed to inspire collaboration and creativity.

The YOUmedia space was incredible!!! If I were a teen I would be there every day after school! Eric, our lovely tour guide, told us that Chance the Rapper is an alumnus of the YOUmedia program. And he often comes back to perform for the teens, Chance the Rapper loves the Chicago Public Library.

Quick snapshot of our impromptu tour given by Eric at YOUmedia

Quick snapshot of our impromptu tour given by Eric at YOUmedia

After lunch, we met back the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries to hear from Doug Litts, Autumn Mathers, and Nathaniel Parks about some highlights from the collection and the digital collection.  My favorite work that was placed on display for us was Marel Duchamp's published Rotoreliefs, a set of 6 double sided discs meant to be spun on a turntable at 40-60 rpm. You can see a video example here.

After viewing the collection that was pulled for the MACDG, we met outside the library for a tour of Dionysis Unmasked: Ancient Sculpture and Early Prints. This was led by Jeff Nigro, the Research Associate for Ancient and Byzantine Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Statue of a Young Satyr Wearing a Theater Mask of Silenos, about 1st century A.D. Restorations by Alessandro Algardi, 1628. Roman. Anonymous loan.

Statue of a Young Satyr Wearing a Theater Mask of Silenos, about 1st century A.D. Restorations by Alessandro Algardi, 1628. Roman. Anonymous loan.

Overall I had an amazing time and the presentations were very informative on their corresponding topics! I hope to attend the next meeting that will hopefully be at IU! I give my thanks to Chicago and the MACDG, I had fun!