– BEFORE the Convention falls…
So, while I am not sure of everyone (anyone) else reading this blog, I, for one, am very excited for the upcoming ARLIS conference this weekend.
In honor of the convention starting in almost exactly 24 hours, I thought I’d leave some last minute posts about what might be happening…
1) The ARLIS (AR)Tea Party, Saturday night, April 24th.
The ARLIS (Ar)Tea Party will take place in the Harborview Ballroom of the World Trade Center, adjacent to the Seaport Hotel, April 24th, 9-11 pm. Hundreds of ARLIS members will be present, enjoying cocktails, desserts and each others company. More than a dozen contemporary artists will join the party and will also be exhibiting their work throughout the room. There will be video, sound, and performance artists, animation, and installations. All of the artists are truly excited to be a part of this unique event, some are showing brand new work. They have told me how much they look forward to talking with art librarians and vendors about new media art. Please be sure to join us, don’t miss out on this one night exhibition and cocktail party.
The following is a brief description about the participating artists. Some are well known and exhibit internationally and some are emerging artists with promising careers ahead. Thematically, all the artists are actively contributing to the contemporary art discourse and participate in prominent art and music school environments, including the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts College of Art, MIT, The Center for Advanced Visual Studies, and Berklee College of Music, Boston.
* Performance artist and founder of Mobius Artists Group, Marilyn Arsem creates site specific, often spontaneous, performances.
* You will be greeted at the entrance by Stephanie Cardon’s interactive installation “Echo’s Chamber”.
* Animator and teacher, Joel Frenzer will be sharing not only his own work, but that of other prominent New England animation artists. More of Joel’s work can be viewed here.
* Barbara Gallucci will be exhibiting some of her soft chairs which will be part of her upcoming show at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in the Fall of 2010.
* Artist and writer, Nate Harrison is currently writing his dissertation on art and copyright law. His work involves “the intersection of intellectual property, cultural production and the formation of creative processes in electronic media”.
* Carla Herrera-Prats, a recent participant at the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York, often works with the classification and cataloging of cultural and economic transactions.
* Wendy Jacobs, associate professor of visual arts in the Department of Architecture at MIT will exhibit a video of her site-based work involving a tightrope.
· Liz Nofziger, multimedia artist, and Managing Editor of ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art will represent both her own work and the latest issue of ASPECT.
* Multi media artist Sarah Peck will simultaneously be having her MFA Thesis Exhibition at the Tufts University Art Gallery.
* Multimedia artist Daniel Phillips works with photography, animation, installation, video, plus drawing, painting, and sculpture. He will be sharing new work with us regarding his current project within an abandoned paper mill. Daniel is represented by the Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Boston
* Master musician, sound artist, and chair of the Brass Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Tom Plsek will be giving private trombone concerts to participants through a device attached to the bell of his instrument. Subtle, spontaneous, always beautiful, the experience of listening to live music that only you can hear is amazing.
* Bob Raymond: Multimedia artist, photographer, and member of Mobius, Bob has been participating in, and documenting, performance and experimental art since the 1980’s.
* Australian performance artist Tony Schwensen will be joining us via Skype from Quebec. Tony is funny, direct, and intensely passionate about the preservation and access of digital media.
* Mary Ellen Strom and Ann Carlson, video artist and choreographer, respectively, will exhibit their piece Sloss, Kerr, Rosenberg & Moore, which involves a movement and vocal performance with four New York attorneys.
2) Which brings me to another fact of Saturday, GSLIS students can get FREE admission into the exhibit halls… how, do you ask? Well.
GSLIS is sponsoring a coffee break on Saturday, April 24, so GSLIS
students get FREE admission to the exhibit hall that day. GSLIS
students are invited to attend the coffee break from 2:30-3:00pm and
welcome to visit the exhibits any time during the day. ARLIS members
love to meet students, so the coffee break will be a great opportunity
to network with art librarians.
And the Exhibits are a major event of the annual conference. Art book
publishers, database vendors, antiquarian bookseller, library services
companies and book artists all contribute to making the exhibits the
main marketplace for art libraries and art librarians. A small sample
of attendees is Abbeville Publishing, Distributed Art Publishers, Ars
Libri, F.A. Bernett, Harrassowitz Booksellers, H.W. Wilson, EBSCO and
Just stop by the Registration desk on the plaza level of the WTC to pick
up your complimentary pass for the exhibit halls. If you are interested
in meeting up with other GSLIS students for the coffee break and exhibit
halls, meet Panopticon leaders Betsy Boyle and Alli Bjorndahl
at the Registration Desk at 2:30 on Saturday, April 24.
So, in other words, you can walk around a conference devoted to art libraries, get as cup of coffee, talk with art book publishers, and maybe take a peek into the exhibit halls, all for FREE.
So, be sure to come by, say hello, and take advantage!
3) Also, finally, for those you are going, ARLISnap will have an event Friday evening after the welcome ceremonies. A great way to meet new people, and NETWORK.
Enjoy your spring-weather weekend, and hopefully, I’ll see you at the conference.