Conference | Bound for Greatness: Books, Libraries, and Book Collecting

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on June 7, 2014

The National Trust and Waddesdon Manor (Rothschild Collections) Annual Conference
Bound for Greatness: Books, Libraries, and Book Collecting in the 18th and 19th Centuries
Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, 1 July 2014

Organised by Mark Purcell, Christopher Rowell, and Pippa Shirley

The Morning Room at Waddesdon Manor, with a view of the collection of illustrated books and bindings and a portrait of the collector Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. Photo: John Bigelow Taylor © The National Trust, Waddesdon Manor

The Morning Room at Waddesdon Manor, with a view of the collection of illustrated books and bindings and a portrait of the collector Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. Photo: John Bigelow Taylor © The National Trust, Waddesdon Manor

The annual National Trust/Waddesdon Manor Conference this year is on the subject of books, libraries, and book collectors and collecting, prompted by the publication in 2013 of the Waddesdon catalogue of Printed Books and Bookbindings. Our distinguished speakers are drawn from across the book world—from libraries, universities, historic house collections, and the book trade. There will also be an opportunity to view the special exhibitions in the manor, including Royal Spectacle: Ceremonial and Festivities at the French Court. This exhibition features the lavishly illustrated books that document the many extravagant festivities and ceremonies staged for the French court during the 17th and 18th centuries.

The day will begin with coffee at 9:45 and end with a drinks reception finishing around 6:00. The £25 conference fee includes tea and coffee on arrival and a two-course lunch. To book a place, please ring the booking line on 01296 653226, Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays), 10am–4pm, or email: bookings.waddesdon@nationaltrust.org.uk.

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9:45  Registration and Coffee in the Manor Restaurant

10:15  Christopher Rowell (Furniture Curator, National Trust) and Pippa Shirley (Head of Collection, National Trust / Waddesdon Manor), Welcome and Introduction

10:15  Paul Quarrie (Maggs and former Senior Director of Sotheby’s Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts), ‘The Changing Fortunes of the “Rare Book” in France around 1800: A Chapter in the History of Taste’

10:45  Raphaële Mouren (Librarian and Deputy Directory, The Warburg Institute), Title TBC

11:15  Robert Betteridge (Rare Books Curator, National Library of Scotland), ‘The Library of the Dalrymples of Newhailes’

11:45  David Adshead (Head Curator, National Trust), Architecture of Libraries

12:15  Questions and Discussion

12:30  Lunch in the Manor Restaurant

1:30  Mirjam Foot (Emeritus Professor of Library & Archive Studies, University College London), ‘Two 19th-Century Collectors: A Shared Love of Bookbindings?’

2:00  John O’Brien (Professor in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Durham University), Anglo-French

2:30  Mark Purcell (Libraries Curator, National Trust), ‘The Lost Library at Clumber Park’

3:00  Rachel Jacobs (Assistant Curator, Waddesdon), ‘The Royal Spectacle at Waddesdon Manor: An Exhibition of 17th- and 18th-Century French Festival Books’

3:20  David Pearson (Director of Culture, Heritage and Libraries, City of London Corporation), ‘Emerging Themes in the Study of the Private Library’

3:45  Tea in the Manor Restaurant with an opportunity to visit the shop (3:45–4:30 only), the Manor, and special exhibitions

5:00  Reception on the Terrace

Robin Nicholson Named Director of The Frick, Pittsburgh

Posted in museums by Editor on June 7, 2014

Press release (4 June 2014) from Pittsburgh’s Frick Art & Historical Center:

frick-2The Board of Trustees of the Frick Art & Historical Center announces the appointment of Robin Nicholson as the institution’s third director. Currently Deputy Director for Art and Education at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond, Virginia, Mr. Nicholson will assume his new post in Pittsburgh on September 2.

Mr. Nicholson’s appointment is the result of an intensive national search, conducted by a Search Committee that was formed immediately following the October 2013 retirement announcement of current Director Bill Bodine, whose 12-year tenure began in 2002. The seven-member Search Committee worked in collaboration with Management Consultants for the Arts, Inc. Search Committee Chair Betsy Watkins comments, “The Search Committee enthusiastically recommended Mr. Nicholson to the Board. We are impressed by his creative energy, his scholarship, his appreciation for our collections, and his ideas about programming at the Frick. We feel fortunate to have attracted someone of his caliber to the Frick and are confident that
he will bring inspired leadership to the institution.”

Carolyn ‘Cary’ Reed, Chair of the Frick’s Board of Trustees, says, “We are excited about welcoming Mr. Nicholson to the Frick in September. He joins us at an important time in the Center’s history, as we open a new Orientation Center and break ground for renovated spaces for our education programs, a new carriage gallery and a community center.”

This summer the Frick will open an Orientation Center, which will serve as a point of entry for visitors. The completion of this new facility marks the culmination of the first phase of a site-wide expansion project that began in 2012. The second phase of the project is planned to begin this summer.

Robin Nicholson has served as Deputy Director for Art and Education at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts since 2010. In this post, he has overseen the museum’s curatorial, exhibitions, education, statewide partnerships, publications, and library departments. Mr. Nicholson began his tenure at the VMFA in 2006 as director for exhibitions. Prior to joining the staff of the VMFA, he spent 14 years as director and curator of the corporate art collection of the Drambuie Corporation, headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, and with corporate offices in England and the United States.

9781611481501_p0_v1_s600A renowned scholar of the art of the eighteenth-century Stuart royal courts in Paris and Rome, Robin Nicholson was educated at Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada, and the University of Cambridge, England, where he earned an MA degree. He has published and lectured extensively on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European art. Mr. Nicholson is the author of a book on the portraiture of Prince Charles Edward Stuart that was published by Bucknell University Press in 2002.

At the VMFA, he oversaw a number of major exhibition projects, including Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée Picasso, Paris, the most ambitious exhibition in the VMFA’s history. A 2008 alumni of the Getty Museum Leadership Program and past Chair of the Scottish Society for Art History, Mr. Nicholson served as cultural representative on the Presidential Bilateral Commission on US-Russia Relations.

In discussing his appointment as the Frick’s third director, Mr. Nicholson says, “I am thrilled to take on the leadership of an organization that is poised to take its place as a true icon in the dynamic Pittsburgh cultural landscape. The legacy of two inspirational previous directors has transformed the Frick and placed it in a position of strength where anything is possible—with collections, exhibition, collaborations, interpretation, education, programs, and a great historic green space in the heart of the city. The Frick has many compelling stories to tell, a great staff, and an extraordinarily supportive board leadership; it is a unique institution with unique opportunities at a key moment in its history.”

Frick Board of Trustees Chair Cary Reed remarks, “In its relatively short history, the Frick is fortunate to have had two extraordinary directors—Dick McIntosh and Bill Bodine—each of whom made significant contributions to the institution’s development. We are confident that Robin Nicholson will build on these great legacies as we continue and expand the quality exhibitions and programs which have been the hallmarks of the Frick Art & Historical Center.”

Exhibition | Progress

Posted in exhibitions by Mattie Koppendrayer on June 7, 2014
Bedlam v Bedlam
Left: David Hockney, Bedlam from A Rake’s Progress, 1961–63; Right: William Hogarth, The Madhouse, Plate 8 from A Rake’s Progress, 1735. The images are from the University of Colorado at Boulder, which in 2012 mounted the exhibition Hockney and Hogarth: Selections from the CU Art Museum’s Collection of British Art.

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From The Foundling Museum:

The Foundling Museum, London, 6 June — 7 September 2014

To mark the 250th anniversary of Hogarth’s death, Progress brings together for the first time three great contemporary responses to his eternally modern moral tale, A Rake’s Progress. David Hockney’s A Rake’s Progress (1961–63), Yinka Shonibare MBE’s Diary of a Victorian Dandy (1998), and Grayson Perry’s The Vanity of Small Differences (2012) are shown alongside Hogarth’s original 1735 prints and joined by a newly commissioned work by Jessie Brennan.

Hogarth’s popularity with both artists and the public has endured for over two hundred years, and his work has provided inspiration to successive generations. Hockney, Shonibare, and Perry not only update Hogarth’s searing social commentary; they also add their own personal concerns to the creative dialogue. Commissioning an emerging female artist to respond to Hogarth’s work, the Foundling Museum further develops the conversation. Exploring issues of sexuality, race, class, vice, temptation, youth, and urban living this exhibition both highlights Hogarth’s continuing relevance and allows us to consider the idea of ‘progress’.

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Rough Music: A Folk at The Foundling Museum
The Foundling Museum, London, 1 July 2014

To accompany the Progress exhibition the Foundling Museum is excited to present a unique event by Dead Rat Orchestra and Jeremy Barlow. Dead Rat Orchestra will perform Rough Music, a new work, incorporating performances on a set of tuned bronze meat cleavers. These specially-commissioned instruments were designed by composer and DRO member Nathaniel Mann as part of his Embedded Residency at The Pitt Rivers Museum and Oxford Contemporary Music working with a professional swordsmith using bronze sword casting techniques. The performance will be preceded by a talk by author and early music expert Jeremy Barlow, author of The Enraged Musician. Barlow will consider Hogarth’s prints and explore the artist’s representations of music and sound.

See more at the  event website



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