Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Completed Library Project Documents New York City's Gilded Age

At the turn of the 20th century, New York City emerged as a cultural hub for artists and a lucrative international art market boomed. The ephemera left over from this epoch in American art history and now archived by the Frick Art Reference Library and Brooklyn Museum Libraries is made up of exhibition catalogues, checklists and pamphlets from the period. These items which document the artistic movements and artists of the day as well as the economic markets, and some social history have now been made digital by the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC), an association of libraries and archives in the city.

The digital collection spans the period from 1875 to 1922 and has just been completed to include 363 new documents and an online exhibition chronicling the role that New York institutions had in forming the history of the city's 'Gilded Age' art scene. The exhibition is useful for providing easily-digested amounts of information about the featured artists, including the final section, "1922: One year in the Galleries in New York City" which contains a flip-book of the exhibition catalogues from that year and a Google map function showing the locations of the related art galleries.

Read on at NYARC's website and follow the links to the resources below: