Workshops

One of the Digital Art History Lab's (DAHL) key initiatives is a series of workshops that introduce researchers and students to digital art history. Each workshop features hands-on training in a method, analytical technique, and/or software currently in use by digital humanists and art historians.

All workshops are held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Small Reading Room of the Frick Art Reference Library. They are free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, see the calendar. For any additional questions, please contact dahlprograms@frick.org.

Upcoming Workshops

How do I Get My Catalogue Raisonné Online? A Guide to Open Source and Proprietary Online Catalogue Raisonné Software
Louisa Wood Ruby, Frick Art Reference Library
Friday, October 27, 2017

Compiled by scholars to assemble the disparate works of art that constitute the oeuvre of a particular artist alongside provenance, exhibition, and bibliographic information, catalogues raisonnés are essential tools in the study of art history. Yet they are frequently outdated as soon as they appear in print as new works of art appear on the market or changes hands. In addition, they are expensive and often available only in specialized art libraries. Many scholars are therefore eager to put their catalogues online where they will be able to update them in a timely fashion without incurring the costs of reprinting them and where a larger community of scholars will have easy access. 

Over the past 10 years, several effective catalogue raisonné platforms have been created by software developers. In an effort to aid art historians in their search for a product that is right for them, this workshop will give a broad overview of many of the systems that have been developed, both open source and proprietary.

Save Your Scholarship: Web Archiving and Tools for Preserving Research Resources
Debbie Kempe and Sumitra Duncan, Frick Art Reference Library
Friday, November 17, 2017

Linkrot, 404 errors, and vanishing webpages are all too familiar in the age of born-digital publishing. This workshop, led by Frick Art Reference Library staff Deborah Kempe, Chief, Collections Management and Access, and Sumitra Duncan, Head, Web Archiving Program, will provide an overview of web archiving, discuss means of effectively managing permanent citations in research, and introduce tools for preserving born-digital art research materials for the future scholar.

Past Workshops

On Friday, November 18, 2016, Henrietta Miers, a recent graduate of Duke University’s new MA in Historical and Cultural Visualization program, presented her thesis project "Sixteenth-Century Ceiling Painting in Venetian Churches at a Time of Religious Reform" and led an introductory workshop on Omeka, an open source web-publishing platform for the online exhibition of digital collections.

On Friday, October 21, 2016, Debbie Kempe and Sumitra Duncan of the Frick Art Reference Library introduced web archiving. Their presentation surveyed tools for preserving born-digital art research materials and outlined strategies for effectively managing permanent citations.

On April 8, 2016, Matthew Lincoln, PhD, a specialist in digitally-aided analysis, lead a workshop on Palladio, a data visualization tool created by Stanford University. Working from a museum dataset, participants learned how to produce exploratory timelines, maps, and networks using this powerful tool.

On March 25, 2016, Andy Eschbacher and Stuart Lynn from CartoDB, a web-based mapping and data analysis tool, demonstrated how to create interactive, map-based data visualizations that could be easily integrated into digital humanities projects.

On December 11, 2015, Dr. Kimon Keramidas introduced participants to Omeka, a collections management system and web publishing platform that allows one to organize object images and metadata, create digital exhibitions, and make the collection public.

On November 20, 2015, Dr. Titia Hulst introduced Cytoscape, an open source software platform for visualizing networks, to Library researchers and staff. Dr. Hulst also discussed her research on Leo Castelli and the market for American contemporary art, which makes extensive use of this powerful tool.

On November 6, 2015, members of the DAHL presented a broad overview of several software programs currently in use by researchers interested in the field of digital art history. Topics included data scraping (Kimono, Diffbot, and others); network visualization (Cytoscape and Gephi); bibliographic management (Zotero); digital mapping (batchgeo, ARCGis, and CartoDB); and online exhibitions (Omeka). To demonstrate how art historians can benefit from these tools, the presentation featured several case studies.

On September 24, 2015, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, invited the DAHL to discuss digital tools for research, exhibition design, and management with museum staff.

On April 9, 2015, the DAHL's first workshop was held at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. The workshop, framed for a graduate student audience, surveyed software programs and analytical techniques useful for dissertation research.