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 (DAH). These events feature presentations by specialists in the field of DAH or hands-on training in a method, analytical technique, and/or software currently in use by digital humanists and art historians.

Please see the institutional calendar for information on upcoming online workshops.

Past Workshops

On Tuesday and Wednesday, April 19 and 20, 2022, the Frick Art Reference Library hosted the fourth online AEOLIAN (Artificial Intelligence for Cultural Organisations) Network workshop, AI/ML: Increasing Access, Visibility, and Engagement. Guest speakers examined and discussed current initiatives and future trends in museums and libraries that utilize artificial intelligence (AI), such as machine learning (ML), to enhance visitor experiences and access to library and archival collections.

The two-day workshop opened with an interactive session led by Elizabeth Merritt, Vice President, Strategic Foresight and Founding Director, Center for the Future of Museums at the American Alliance of Museums, and chaired by Catherine Nicole Coleman, Digital Research Architect in Research Data Services, Stanford University Libraries.

Day two of the workshop featured case studies of projects showcasing how artists, libraries, and archives use AI and ML to enhance visitor experiences. The guest speakers and their topics were as follows: Jeanne Susplugas, artist, “I will sleep when I’m dead;” Louisa Wood Ruby, Executive Director of PHAROS: The International Consortium of Photo Archives, PHAROS: Making Cross-Institutional Discoveries with Linked Open Data and Computer Vision; Robert G. Erdmann, Senior Scientist, Rijksmuseum and Professor, University of Amsterdam, Operation Nightwatch and an Image Search Tool; and, Bohyun Kim, Associate University Librarian for Library Information Technology, University of Michigan Library, Machine Learning: A New Tool for Libraries and Archives.

The AEOLIAN network is funded by a joint program between the US National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the UK's Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The network investigates the role of AI in making born-digital and digitized cultural records more accessible to users. The use of AI and ML by cultural institutions is at the center of current US and UK debates. More information about the program can be found on AEOLIAN’s website.

On Wednesday, May 6, 2020, two Digital Art History working group members, Samantha Deutch and Louisa Wood Ruby, gave a workshop demonstrating ARIES: ARt Image Exploration Space. ARIES is a web-based platform that provides users with ways to work with digital images. It is now available worldwide. ARIES was developed by The Digital Art History Lab (DAHL) of the Frick Art Reference Library in collaboration with experts in the Visualization Imaging and Data Analysis Center (VIDA) at the Tandon School of Engineering of New York University.

On Friday, November 1, 2019, Deena Engel and Pepe Karmel of New York University led a workshop on using SQL (Structured Query Language) to extract information from archival data. The workshop used data set drawn from Donald Gordon’s Modern Art Exhibitions, 1900–1916 (Prestel, 1974), which reproduces hundreds of rare exhibition catalogs. Participants wrote and executed their own queries using the provided database.

On Wednesday, September 25, 2019, Niko Munz, Former Assistant Curator, Royal Collection Trust, discussed the Trust's online reconstruction of the collection of King Charles I (1660–1649). This initiative features a 3D visualization of Whitehall Palace’s three Privy Lodging Rooms, where the king kept his best-loved and most important paintings.

On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, Sally Webster, Professor Emerita, Lehman College and the Graduate Center, CUNY and David Schwittek, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Digital Media, Lehman College, CUNY presented "The Lenox Library Picture Gallery: A Digital Recreation." This website, which documents the Picture Gallery once located on the second floor of the former Lenox Library, can be used as a teaching and research tool for the study of collecting patterns and installation strategies of the post-Civil War, pre-Gilded Age period.

On Friday, March 29, 2019, Paul Messier, Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Yale University, presented a workshop outlining digital photography basics that would help art historians to make better make use of existing and emergent tools both in the classroom and for their research.

On Friday, February 1, 2019, George R. Bent, Sidney Gause Childress Professor of the Arts, Washington and Lee University, and Katherine Dau, Class of 2019, Washington and Lee University, presented the Digital Art History project "Florence As It Was: A Digital Reconstruction of the Renaissance City," which aims to reconstruct the Renaissance city as it appeared in the year 1500.

On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, and Wednesday, September 19, 2018, Library staff Louisa Wood Ruby and Samantha Deutch introduced the ARt Exploration Space (ARIES), an interactive image manipulation system that allows for the exploration and organization of digital images in a virtual space.

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 Friday, November 17, 2017, Library staff Debbie Kempe and Sumitra Duncan 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, Louisa Wood Ruby discussed the advantages of online catalogues raisonnés and introduced various platforms, both open source and proprietary.

On Friday, November 18, 2016, Henrietta Miers, a 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, Matthew Lincoln, Ph.D., a specialist in digitally-aided analysis, led 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 Carto, 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, Kimon Keramidas, Ph.D., 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, Titia Hulst, Ph.D., 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.