In the Gilded Age, exhibitions at small galleries, society clubs, and associations played a significant role in the art world and are avidly studied by art historians now. The libraries of the Frick and Brooklyn Museum have been awarded a Metropolitan New York Library Council grant to digitize ephemeral exhibition checklists, pamphlets, and catalogs from eleven historically significant galleries, society clubs, and arts associations operating from the late 19th to early 20th century.
This project titled "Documenting the Gilded Age: New York City Exhibitions at the Turn of the 20th Century" illuminates the role these institutions played in cultivating artistic movements; tracks the emergence of notable European and American artists; and details the rich cultural history of New York City and the nation. These materials have significance to scholars from a number of disciplines and their digitization will greatly enhance both access to, and preservation of, these items. They will also complement the Macbeth Gallery and Knoedler Gallery (coming soon!) digital materials made available in a joint project of the libraries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Frick to provide a rich foundation of exhibition materials from the turn of the century. This digital project will be available to researchers in June 2011.
METRO's work as a funder for digital projects and an advocate on behalf of libraries in the metro New York area is invaluable. We are honored to receive their support for this project. Please view the METRO press release to learn about the other interesting projects receiving funding in this grant cycle.