The Midwestern Art Cataloging Discussion Group (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.
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.
RSVP to Karen Stafford at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Midwestern Art Cataloging Discussion Group (MACDG) Fall 2016 meeting will be held in conjunction with VRA Midwest at Indiana University Bloomington from October 28-29.
The schedule is as follows:
Friday, October 28, 2016
12:00: Lunch (on your own)
1:00-2:00: VRA Business Meeting
2:30-4:00: Tassie Gniady (Coordinator for CyberDH) presents on Photogrammetry & 3D Object Creation
5:00: Dinner at Quaff On
Saturday, October 29, 2016
10:30-11:00: Lori Dekydtspotter (Head of Lilly Library Technical Services) presents on Challenges of Cataloging Artists’ Books and Visual Materials
11:00-11:30: Ruth Tucker (Senior Monographic Cataloger) presents on Cataloging Artists’ Books
11:30-12:30: Lunch (on your own)
12:30-1:45: MACDG Meeting
2:00-2:45: Tour of the Mathers Museum, given by Ellen Sieber (Chief Curator)
3:00-4:30: Tour of Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, given by Nan Brewer (Curator of Works on Paper)
A PDF handout of the details, along with maps, may be downloaded here.
RSVP to Karen Stafford at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include cataloging discussion topics of interest for our meeting. We are also seeking volunteers to host our next meetings.
by Stephanie Fletcher, E-Resources/Reference Librarian at the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
The Art Institute of Chicago hosted the MACDG Fall Meeting, and one of the highlights was a visit to the Art Institute’s Ryerson and Burnham Libraries. Douglas Litts and Autumn Mather welcomed our group with an introduction to the Libraries, and Nathaniel Parks shared information about the Ryerson and Burnham Archives.
Library staff set up an array of special materials for us to view. Materials from the Libraries’ collections featured Marcel Duchamp’s Rotoreliefs; The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer Now Newly Imprinted from the Kelmscott Press; the Nuremberg Chronicle; and Areaorama: A View in the Regent’s Park. Selections from the Archives included two hand-written pages from Daniel Burnham’s draft of the Plan of Chicago, as well as the final product; Louis Sullivan’s “A System of Architectural Ornament According with a Philosophy of Man’s Powers”; photographs and souvenir books from the World’s Columbian Exposition; and a plan for the Garvey Residence by Bruce Goff.
We also viewed the library exhibition “There is Hardly a Book That Has Not Seen Hard Use”: Books for Working Artists. This exhibition of materials from the Libraries’ collections presented manuals, treatises, and other publications that revealed the creative processes of artists over the last five centuries.
The trip to the Libraries gave us the opportunity to view some unique materials, discuss cataloging practices in art libraries and archives, and network with our new members. We felt so “at home” and our conversations were so animated that we even got shushed!
Author’s Note: The Ryerson and Burnham Libraries are open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 1:00pm-5:00pm and Thursday 10:30am-8:00pm. Please come visit us!