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

Past Workshops

Photograph of the Library's small reading room during a workshop presentation; several people are looking at a screen.On Wednesday May 16 and May 23, 2018, the DAHL hosted a two-part workshop, "Data Transformation and Enrichment with OpenRefine." From basic but powerful data analysis and clean-up, to reconciliation with open datasets like Wikidata and the Getty Vocabularies, OpenRefine is a powerful tool for a wide variety of researchers across the spectrum of disciplines. In this workshop series, Ryan Mendenhall, Metadata Librarian at Columbia University, Butler Library, and Assistant Cataloger at the Frick Art Reference Library, and Alex Provo, Project Manager & Digital Production Editor for the Enhanced Networked Monographs project at New York University covered the basic features and functionalities of OpenRefine with a focus on data cleaning and reconciliation. The workshop was designed to serve all levels of practitioners.

On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, Dr. Louisa Wood Ruby, Head of Research, and Samantha Deutch, Assistant Director for the Center of the History of Collecting, introduced ARIES (ARt Exploration Space), an interactive image manipulation system that allows for the exploration and organization of digital images in a virtual space.

On Friday, November 17, 2017, 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 Friday, October 27, 2017, Dr. Louisa Wood Ruby, Head, Photoarchive Research, discussed the advantages of online catalogues raisonnés and introduced various platforms, both open source and proprietary.

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 April 8, 2016, Dr. 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.