Corcoran Students Visit Hirshhorn Museum to Study Library’s Artists’ Books

December 13, 2013

This post was written by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s Head Librarian Anna Brooke. Six students from the Corcoran College of Art + Design, Art and the Book Program, visited the Hirshhorn Museum on Friday November 8. Accompanied by Assistant Professor and book maker, Kerry McAleer-Keeler, and Pat Reid, Technical Services Associate for the Corcoran Library, the students examined 23 artists’ books from the Hirshhorn Museum Library’s collection which were on more »

Clouds come to the American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library

November 13, 2013

Through the generosity of a donor (who is also on the staff of the Smithsonian Libraries!), the American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library (AA/PG Library) is pleased to announce a new addition to its artists’ book collection: Cumulus by Thomas Parker Williams.

Aftermath of a Catastrophe: 3.11.2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami: an artist’s Soulful Heart

November 6, 2013

“This Art Book is dedicated to all the people who lost their lives on 3.11.2011”—Kumiko Shindō. According to the official record of the Japanese Government 15,883 people died, 6,145 injured, and 2,656 are missing in twenty prefectures affected by 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

Hansel and Gretel at the American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library

November 1, 2013

Through the generosity of an artists’ book enthusiast (and a member of the Smithsonian Libraries staff), the American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery (AA/PG) Library has recently acquired a copy of a new book depicting scenes from a classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale: Hansel and Gretel: A Shadow Theatre Book.

Field of Vision: Artists Books in the Smithsonian Libraries

September 19, 2013

This summer, three of the Smithsonian Libraries art libraries, the Hirshhorn Library (HMSG), the African Art Library (AfA), and the American Art Library/National Portrait Gallery Library (AA/PG) have hosted an intern through the Katzenberger Foundation Art History Internship Program. Each library has a collection of artists’ books and has been working to provide better access and exploring ways that the collections may be used. This year, under the coordination of Anna Brooke more »

An Artist’s Book in a Trade Book’s Clothing

June 26, 2013

This post was written by Jaclyn Peterson. Jaclyn interned at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library this past spring, working to identify Artists’ Books in the collection and making them more accessible in the library catalog. Before I began working on a cataloging project with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library (HMSG) , I naively thought I was able to spot an artist’s book out of a regular collection a mile more »

Quilting the Book

Like books, quilts are symbolic items with patterns that can tell stories.  Quilts tell domestic narratives and have been recognized as important historical artifacts.  As a result, the Smithsonian’s National Quilt Collection at the National Museum of American History contains hundreds of quilts.  However, it might be surprising to hear that the Smithsonian Libraries also hold quilts – or rather, quilt-like books. 

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