“Voices in Studio Glass History” Preview Today

The Bard Graduate Center is hosting a preview and discussion of its forthcoming multi-media web-based digital exhibition and publication Voices in Studio Glass History: Art and Craft, Maker and Place, and the Critical Writings and Photography of Paul Hollister this evening. The project unites extensive documentation and thoughtful curation in an experience that is part archive, part exhibition. As an announcement for the event states, the extensive site explores, “themes of experimentation, shared knowledge, community building, international exchange, critical debate, the impact of museums and galleries, and fluidities among the categories of art, craft, and design.”

Visit here to register for the event, which will take place from 6-7:30 pm EST tonight.

National Art Library at V&A Petition

A warmly lit image of the National Art Library.
The National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum. // Photo by Flickr user Michiel Jelijs. https://flic.kr/p/7qw8tG

As at many arts institutions in the United States and around the world, loss of visitor attendance due to the pandemic has led to dire financial straits at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Long a leader in the field of decorative arts, the museum is currently planning to restructure its curatorial departments to meet a leaner budget. As recounted in articles on artnet and Artforum, the proposed plan would dissolve the museum’s material specific departments and reorganize instead by time period, laying off some 20% of staff in the process.

Cuts are expected to be even more dire at the Victoria and Albert’s National Art Library, with two-thirds of staff expected to lose their jobs, as reported in ArtReview. Public outcry halted the nearby Wallace Collection’s library’s plan to close to the public last month. A change.org petition started by Stephen Warwick hopes to force a similar reconsideration at the National Art Library.

To sign the petition to oppose the cuts and access restrictions at the Victoria and Albert’s National Art Library, please click here.