As the new summer intern at the MoMA library, I’m still getting used to the idea of being around so many unique and aesthetically pleasing books. Going into the stacks truly feels like being a kid in a candy store, and the look of the books lined organized and lined up on the shelves presents something to aspire to, as my own bookshelf has always suffered from a case of far too many books and not enough space. Today I began to explore the collection some more—a task that would no doubt take years to complete—and found one of many gems.
The summer months mark the return of the swimsuit to pools, beaches, and parks. From the development of the American modern bathing costume in the nineteenth century to today, the swimsuit has been a clothing item tethered to societal standards of modesty, as well as fashion trends and personal preferences.
Over the past year, NYARC has surveyed the publishing and web archiving landscape to develop a program for collecting born-digital art research materials. An overview of this project called “Reframing Collection for a Digital Age: A Preparatory Study for Collecting and Preserving Web-Based Art Research Materials,” funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, can be found here.