Michelle Elligott appointed as chief of archives at MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art in New York has appointed Michelle Elligott as Chief of Archives, effective from 1 July 2014. The MoMA Archives contain over six million items. Michelle Elligott — who previously held the position of Senior Museum Archivist — will be in charge of acquiring, preserving, and increasing accessibility to archival and primary source collections related to 20th and 21st-century art. In a press release, she said of the role: “We face new challenges, including creating an archive for electronic records, further collaborating on Museum exhibitions, producing a critical body of digital assets for online access, and processing the ever growing collection.” Michelle Elligott joined MoMA in 1995. Previous roles at the institution include: Assistant Archivist, Associate Archivist and Senior Museum Archivist. She holds degrees in Art History from Smith College and Hunter College at The City University of New...

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision at the MoMA

New York, 16 December 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). New York’s MoMA is to host en exhibition entitled “Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal” to run from 1 February until 1 June 2014. The exhibition is a celebration of the recent joint acquisition of the architect’s archives by MoMA and Columbia University’s Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library. The show explores Wright’s vision for the development of the American city in the 1920s and 1930s, considering the urbanisation of the American landscape. Wright (1867-1959) spent more than 70 years creating drawings which revolutionised the art and architecture of the 20th century . In total, he designed more than 1,141 buildings, including houses, offices, churches, schools, libraries, bridges and museums. 532 of these designs were built, 409 of which still exist today. Wright also designed furniture, textiles, stained glass, lamps, crockery, silverware, linen and graphic artworks. A prolific writer, teacher, and philosopher, he wrote 20 books and countless articles, presenting talks across Europe. He developed a remarkable urban decentralisation plan which is still discussed by his contemporaries today. The exhibition at the MoMA demonstrates that Wright’s work is not only of historical importance, but remarkably relevant in the face of current debates on...

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CCS Bard acquires John G. Hanhardt’s archives

Annandale-on-Hudson (New York), 11 December 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard), in upstate New York, has received a significant donation in the form of the archives of John G. Hanhardt. Hanhardt, who has held important positions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., has donated his film and new media material, amassed over five decades, to the school. The extensive list of artists featured in the archives includes Andy Warhol, Bill Fontana, Tom Sachs, Roger Welch and Meredith Monk. Ann Butler, the director of CCS Bard’s library and archives, has said in a statement: “John Hanhardt has made a unique contribution towards our understanding and appreciation of the moving image within a contemporary art context. The donation of the John G. Hanhardt Archives […] greatly expands and enriches our holdings of materials related to the history of curatorial practices associated with the moving...

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Ed Ruscha’s archives go to University of Texas

Texas, 18 November 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Harry Ransom Center has acquired the archives of artist Ed Ruscha, including five personal journals containing notes and sketches, as well as photographs, contact sheets, and the planning material for several of his books, including “Twentysix Gasoline Stations” and his 2010 illustrated edition of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road”. The Harry Ransom Center is a museum and research library attached to the University of Texas in Austin. Materials acquired are to be catalogued, after which they will be available to students, researchers and the public. Speaking on the donation, Ruscha said: “The thought that my working documentation could be in this magnificent repository is a wonderful honor and destination of great respect. I now see that the Ransom Center is the home to end all...

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George Eastman House Names Lisa Hostetler Curator-in-Charge of Photography

New York, 12 September 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). George Eastman House, located in Rochester, New York, has annouced plans to place curator Lisa Hostetler at the head of its photography department. Dr. Hostetler has previously served as curator of photographs at the Milwaukee Art Museum, and a research associate to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s photography department. She is to begin her new role in Rochester before the end of the year. George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film is the world’s oldest photography museum, and is home to one of the world’s oldest film archives. It opened to the public in 1949, as a independent, non-profit...

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