Visit to the University of Notre Dame

The fall 2019 meeting of the Midwestern Art Cataloging Discussion Group (MACDG) was held on October 4 at the University of Notre Dame. Eight attendees hailed from Illinois and Indiana.

Our day began at the University of Notre Dame’s Walsh Family Hall of Architecture with the MACDG business meeting, detailed further on the “past meetings” page. Abby Shelton and Hanna Bertoldi presented on a Mellon-funded digital collection project at the Snite Museum of Art. After a break for lunch, the group was given a tour of the campus as well as the Snite Museum of Art, including the exhibition “Looking at the Stars”: Irish Art at the University of Notre Dame with curators Cheryl Snay and David Acton.

Fall 2019 Meeting, Friday, October 4

The Midwestern Art Cataloging Discussion Group (MACDG) Fall 2019 meeting will be held at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, October 4. We have a schedule of exciting discussion and tours!

For those traveling to the meeting, please note that South Bend is on Eastern time. The schedule is as follows:

9:30-10:00: Gather (University of Notre Dame, Walsh Family Hall of Architecture)
10:00-12:00: Business Meeting and Discussion, including presentation by Abby Shelton and Hanna Bertoldi about a Mellon-funded digital collection project at the Snite Museum of Art
12:00-1:30: Lunch at Legends
1:30-2:30: Tour of “Looking at the Stars”: Irish Art at the University of Notre Dame at the Snite Museum by Cheryl Snay and David Acton
2:30-3:30: Campus tour, including Hesburgh Library, Main Building, Basilica, and Grotto

RSVP to Karen Stafford at kstafford2@artic.edu. Please include cataloging discussion topics of interest for our meeting and come prepared to tell us all about your most recent cataloging projects. We are also seeking volunteers to host our next meetings.

Visit to DePaul University

The fall 2018 meeting of the Midwestern Art Cataloging Discussion Group (MACDG) was held on October 26 at DePaul University. Eleven attendees hailed from Illinois and Indiana.

Our day began at the DePaul University Library with the MACDG business meeting and active discussion, detailed further on the “past meetings” page. After a break for lunch, the group was given a tour of DePaul Art Museum’s exhibitions with assistant curator Mia Lopez. Exhibitions included Brendan Fernandes: The Living Mask; Yasuhiro Ishimoto: Someday, Chicago; and Whitney Bradshaw: Outcry.

Lastly, the group was given a tour of the Roger Brown Study Collection. This space is a house museum, archive, and one of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) special collections. Preserved in SAIC alum Roger Brown’s (BFA 1968, MFA 1970) former home and studio, RBSC is filled with objects from the far corners of the world of thing-making.

Fall 2018 Meeting, Friday, October 26

The Midwestern Art Cataloging Discussion Group (MACDG) Fall 2018 meeting will be held at DePaul University, Chicago, October 26. We have a schedule of exciting discussion and tours!

The schedule is as follows:

9:00-9:30: Gather for light breakfast (DePaul University Library, 2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Idea Lab 2 (room 207))
9:30-11:30: Business Meeting and Discussion
11:30-1:00: Lunch on your own (recommend FlorioleWhole FoodsFarmers Fridge, or Broken English Taco Pub)
1:00-2:00: Tour of the DePaul Art Museum with Mia Lopez
2:30-: Tour of the Roger Brown Study Collection with Lisa Stone

RSVP to Karen Stafford at kstafford2@artic.edu. Please include cataloging discussion topics of interest for our meeting and come prepared to tell us all about your most recent cataloging projects. We are also seeking volunteers to host our next meetings.

Visit to the University of Chicago

The fall 2017 meeting of the Midwestern Art Cataloging Discussion Group (MACDG) was held in conjunction with the Visual Resources Association-Midwest Chapter on October 13 at the University of Chicago. Attendees hailed from Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

Our day began with a tour of the newly-redesigned Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, culminating with a visit to the exhibition Jayna Zweiman: Welcome Blanket, a participatory project using handmade blankets to address issues of immigration and refugee resettlement. MACDG and VRA-Midwest then held back-to-back business meetings, discussing current projects at their members’ institutions, which are detailed further on the “past meetings” page.

After lunch the group traveled north to the Loop for an afternoon of tours, including the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the Video Data Bank, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, including a look at technical services initiatives, the Flaxman Library stacks, and the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection.

 

Fall 2017 Meeting with VRA Midwest, October 13

The Midwestern Art Cataloging Discussion Group (MACDG) Fall 2017 meeting will be held in conjunction with VRA Midwest at the University of Chicago, October 13. We have a schedule packed full of exciting discussion and tours!

The schedule is as follows:

9:00-10:00: Tour of newly-redesigned Smart Museum (5550 S. Greenwood)
10:00-11:00: MACDG Meeting (University of Chicago, 5540 S. Greenwood, CWAC 152)
11:00-12:00: VRA Midwest Meeting
12:00-1:30: Travel to Loop and eat lunch (on your own; recommend Pret, Cosi, etc. on Michigan Street on the way from the El to the Cultural Center)
1:30-2:45: Chicago Architecture Biennial (Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street)
3:00-4:00: Tour of the Video Data Bank (112 S. Michigan Ave)
4:10-5:30: Tour of the Flaxman Library, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (37 S. Wabash Ave., includes main collections, technical services, and special collections)
5:30: Optional dinner at Revival Food Hall (125 S. Clark Street)

Please note that you will be responsible for transportation between the University of Chicago and the Loop. Please buy a Ventra pass in advance to take the 55 bus to the Green line or $2.25 in exact change for a bus ride and transfer. The trip will take about 35-50 minutes.

RSVP to Karen Stafford at kstafford2@artic.edu so we can give an accurate headcount to those giving us tours. Please include cataloging discussion topics of interest for our meeting. We are also seeking volunteers to host our next meetings.

Visit to Indiana University

The fall 2016 meeting of the Midwestern Art Cataloging Discussion Group (MACDG) was held in conjunction with the Visual Resources Association-Midwest Chapter from October 28-29 at Indiana University-Bloomington. Attendees hailed from Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

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Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art

On Friday VRA-Midwest held their business meeting, and Tassie Gniady (Coordinator for CyberDH, Indiana University) presented on photogrammetry and 3D object creation. Saturday began with presentations about cataloging artists’ books by Lori Dekydtspotter (Head of Lilly Library Technical Services) and Ruth Tucker (Senior Monographic Cataloger, Indiana University). At the MACDG business meeting attendees discussed their current projects and topics including shelf-ready cataloging, training for student catalogers, and cataloging artists’ books.

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Ellen Sieber shows attendees a collection of anthropological busts from the 1890s.

Later in the afternoon the group learned about the cataloging procedures at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures from Chief Curator Ellen Sieber. The day closed with Nan Brewer’s tour of the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, where the group viewed a mid-career retrospective of Vik Muniz, a collection of Tiepolo drawings, and highlights from the works on paper collection.