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2015 Conference

The CRSA is thrilled to announce that we will be holding a two-day conference on the practicalities of catalogue raisonné work at the Museum of Modern Art, New York on June 13 and 14, 2015. The conference will cover topics germane to the catalogue raisonné scholar including research methodologies, funding, databases, legal issues, publishing, outreach, and more. Panels and roundtables will include members of our own scholarly community as well as outside experts in supporting fields.

The conference will allow CRSA members to explore current best practices in an atmosphere of dialogue and scholarly support.

A preliminary program is available here. If you have not already registered, you may do so by emailing Conference registration is $100 for CRSA members and $150 for non-members.


The CRSA aims to connect our membership with colleagues in related fields, and we were thrilled to have had many opportunities to do so this past year. This past summer,  the Brooklyn Museum hosted an excellent conversation between CRSA members and the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC), whose mission is “to facilitate collaboration that results in enhanced resources to research communities.”  This collaborative initiative links the Frick Art Reference Library and the libraries of the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.
The changing landscape of research generally and catalogues raisonné specifically has been on the minds of scholars in recent years as evidenced by the many symposia and panels dedicated to online publishing.  NYARC not only plays a vital role in making art research accessible for scholars including those engaged in catalogues raisonnés, but is also on the forefront of new developments in library sciences.  Speakers Lily Pregill, Dr. Stephen Bury, Sumitra Duncan, and Kim Loconto provided insightful discussion of the wide range of NYARC’s projects which include shared collections catalogues, research servicesa new initiative exploring the archiving of digital art-related content, and the development of the next generation of museum librarians. Program chair Deirdre Lawrence and her staff at the Brooklyn Museum were fine hosts and created a convivial environment for conversation during the post-program reception.
We hope this is the first of many dialogues between our organizations.

Events: CRSA / NYARC event at Brooklyn Museum

Please join The Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association for a program organized by the New York Art Resources Consortium:

Thursday, August 7th, 4-5:30pm
Brooklyn Museum Library Reading Room

Reception to follow, Museum open until 10pm
Space is limited – RSVP to
Brooklyn Museum Directions, Current Exhibitions


Overview of NYARC and Its Programs. Lily Pregill, NYARC Coordinator & Systems Manager for the New York Art Resources Consortium.

NYARC Digital Projects. Stephen Bury will provide a brief overview of all the NYARC digital projects. In particular Dr. Bury will speak about the Frick’s Photoarchive digitization and image analysis projects.

Making the Black Hole Gray Project. Sumitra Duncan will provide a brief history and update on current work undertaken for the Mellon funded NYARC project “Making the Black Hole Gray: Implementing the Web Archiving of Specialist Art Resources.” Ms. Duncan will also review what NYARC has done so far with cataloging online catalogues raisonnés and eBooks and collaboration with other digital vendors (JSTOR, Artifex, etc.).

M-LEAD 2 Grant Program. Kim Loconto will provide a brief history of the M-LEAD program and talk about M-LEAD 2 and NYARC and the work being accomplished by the interns from Pratt Institute.

PDF overview and speaker bios

Events: Authentication in Art Congress 2014

Of interest to CRSA members, Authentication in Art is holding its 2014 Congress in The Hague May 7-9.  The program is distributed across three days, with the ambition to present a final declaration addressing guidelines and protocols.  Topics covered will include the history of authentication of paintings, connoisseurship and the issuing of opinions, standards for scientific and technological research, among others.   For more information, the complete Program and to Register for the Congress, visit the AiA website:

Events: Informational Session on Proposed Legislation to Protect Scholars Issuing Opinions

The Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association is pleased to offer an informational session on proposed legislation to help protect scholarly opinions on the authenticity of works of art, an initiative of The Art Law Committee of the New York BarThe session will be run by Dean Nicyper, Chair of the Art Law Committee, and Judith Brelser, Chair of the Authenticity Subcommittee of the Art Law Committee, who are eager to discuss this legislation with stakeholders in the catalogue raisonné community.  The Committee’s report with a summary of proposed legislation can be found here.

The session is open to CRSA members and others within the community.  It will take place on Thursday, February 20 at 10am, at the Dedalus Foundation Brooklyn.  Please RSVP by Monday, February 17 to

The Dedalus Foundation Brooklyn is located at 254 36th Street, Suite 2-BE, Brooklyn, NY 11232.  The venue is 1 1/2 blocks from the 36th Street (Brooklyn) D/N/R subway station. 36th Street is the second stop in Brooklyn on either the D or the N lines. Please exit at 36th Street and walk west, under the elevated highway. The building is on the south side of the street. Street parking is available.

Events: CAA Annual Conference in Chicago, February 12-15

A reminder to please join CRSA at the College Art Association’s annual conference next week in Chicago for our panel and annual business meeting.  As usual the week will be packed with an incredible number of important events and meetings going on during the conference week.  Below is a short list of sessions which CRSA members may find particularly relevant and informative (click on titles for more details from CAA’s website).  Are there other sessions taking place next week that would be interesting to CRSA members?  Are you presenting or chairing a panel?  Feel free to recommend any additional sessions in the comments area below.

Wednesday, February 12

CRSA Session: Catalogue Raisonné Research and Contemporary Trends in Art Historical Discourse
12:30 PM—2:00 PM
Hilton Chicago, 3rd Floor, Williford C
Maintaining the Past: Collecting and Collectors in Twenty-First-Century Museums, Part I
2:30 PM—5:00 PM
Hilton Chicago, 3rd Floor, Williford A&B

Thursday, February 13

GETTY RESEARCH INSTITUTE presents Archives for Art History: Artists’ Estates And Archives
12:30 PM—2:00 PM
Hilton Chicago, 8th Floor, Lake Michigan
CRSA Business Meeting
5:30 PM—7:00 PM
Hilton Chicago, Lobby Level, Continental A

Friday, February 14

JOAN MITCHELL FOUNDATION presents Creating a Living Legacy (CALL): Building Awareness on the Value of Artists’ Legacies
7:30 AM—9:00 AM
Hilton Chicago, 2nd Floor, Boulevard A&B
Digital Publishing in Art History: the Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative
9:30 AM—12:00 PM
Hilton Chicago, Lobby Level, Continental C
ITHAKA S+R presents Research Support Services and the Changing Research Habits of Art Historians
12:30 PM—2:00 PM
Hilton Chicago, 2nd Floor, Boulevard C

Saturday, February 15

Maintaining the Past: Collecting and Collectors in Twenty-First-Century Museums, Part II
9:30 AM—12:00 PM
Hilton Chicago, 4th Floor, Conference Room 4D
COMMITTEE ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY presents Fair Use: How, Why Where and For Whom?
12:30 PM—2:00 PM
Hilton Chicago, 2nd Floor, International North

Recent CRSA Events: “Digitizing Artists’ and Scholars’ Archives” at the Archives of American Art

Last month CRSA organized a half-day panel titled Digitizing Artists’ and Scholars’ Archives: New Initiatives in Preservation, Dissemination, and Art History Research,” hosted by The Archives of American Art New York Research Center.  More than fifty attendees gathered on December 13 to learn how digital technologies are transforming the use image and documents archives. The three and one-half hour program included brief talks by nine panelists, audience Q & A, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the AAA’s New York Research Center, led by Archives Specialist Joy Goodwin.

CRSA is pleased to offer the following summary of the program, with links to additional information and resources:

Kate Haw, Director, Archives of American Art, spoke about the Archives’ November 2013 symposium, held in Washington, DC, on “American Art History and Digital Scholarship.”  The day-long program featured papers by art historians whose research used digital tools to analyze and present archival data in ways that yielded fresh historical insights and revised some long-held beliefs.

She also called attention to the deeply researched Kress Foundation-sponsored report, “Transitioning to Digital World: Art History, Its Research Centers, and Digital Scholarship,” which examined both the potential for digital technologies to change research and pedagical methodologies and the deep ambivalence with which many art historians and institutions regard that prospect. Among the report’s admonitory conclusions: “the current marginal status of digital art history,” especially as compared to the embrace of digital tools by other fields in the humanities, threatens to retard the growth and vitality of art history as an intellectual discipline.

Katy Rogers, Program Director, Dedalus Foundation, and Manager, Donald Judd Foundation Catalogue Raisonné Project, discussed some of the practical and philosophical goals that encouraged each foundation to place more of its text and audio archives online and the responses these materials have generated from scholars and the general public.

Walter Schlect and Janet Burka, web-archiving interns, Frick Art Reference Library, and Emily Atwater, M-LEAD-TWO Project/Intern Coordinator, Brooklyn Museum Library, discussed several of New York Art Resources Consortium’s efforts to preserve and archive art-related websites (born-digital art forms, auction sales catalogues, gallery, museum and artist’s websites, blogs, etc.). Many dynamic sites are rarely preserved as distinct date-stamped iterations, raising the specter that much of the existing and future information about art will be written over, disappear entirely, or end up as dead-end hyperlinks.

Shaina Larrivee, Project Manager, The Isamu Noguchi Catalogue Raisonné and Heidi B. Coleman, Archivist, The Noguchi Museum, presented an overview of some of the resources of the Noguchi online CR, and discussed how their ongoing work to enrich and add to the CR’s capabilities reinforces the Museum’s outreach to multiple  audiences.

Last, but not least (because nearly every project requires money as well as a good idea) Susan Shiroma, Senior Librarian, The Foundation Center, gave a detailed introduction to fundraising strategies and information available to CRSA members, whether they work as independent scholars or under the auspices of institutions. She demonstrated tools to identify which individuals and organizations fund what kinds of projects (as well as where, when and why they fund them); how to find a fiscal sponsor; how to use the Foundation Center’s online databases and tutorials; and how to obtain customized and assistance by visiting one of the Foundation Center’s national network of field offices and resource partners.