Dr. Stephen J. Bury

One Hundred Years at the Library: Surrealism in Print

As we continue celebrating the centennial of the Frick Art Reference Library, Stephen J. Bury, Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian, explores an unexpected strength of the library’s collections: materials on modern art. In this post, Stephen discusses a sample of the library’s exhibition catalogs from the Surrealist movement, which began in Paris in 1924, the same year the Frick Art Reference Library opened its first dedicated building.

"Technological Revolutions and Art History": The Ethical Challenges of Digitization

The 2020–21 symposium “Technological Revolutions and Art History” explores current topics in digital art history. For a deeper dive into the major themes of access and bias, Ellen Prokop, former Digital Art History Lead, interviews Luciano Johnson, Associate Chief Librarian for Preservation, Imaging, and Creative Services, and Dr. Stephen Bury, Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian.

One Hundred Years at the Library: The Realm of the Surreal

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The avant-garde Surrealist movement began in Paris in 1924, the same year the Frick Art Reference Library’s first dedicated building opened. In this episode of One Hundred Years at the Library, join Stephen J. Bury, Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian, for a look at two original Surrealist catalogs available for consultation in the reading room. The catalogs provide tantalizing evidence for the dramatic upheavals within the Surrealist movement and exemplify the rich objects added to the library’s collections over the past century.

Searching Through Seeing: Optimizing Computer Vision Technology for the Arts

Welcome and opening remarks delivered by Stephen J. Bury, Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian, Frick Art Reference Library and Louisa Wood Ruby, Head of Research, Frick Art Reference Library. This video introduces a series of lectures from the symposium 'SEARCHING THROUGH SEEING: OPTIMIZING COMPUTER VISION TECHNOLOGY FOR THE ARTS' presented by The Frick Collection and the Frick Art Reference Library on Thursday and Friday, April 12-13, 2018.

Welcome and Opening Remarks, Stephen Bury and Esmée Quodbach

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Welcome and opening remarks from Stephen Bury, Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian, Frick Art Reference Library, and Esmée Quodbach, Assistant Director, Center for the History of Collecting, Frick Art Reference Library. This video introduces a series of lectures from the symposium 'America and the Art of Flanders: Collecting Paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, and Their Circles' presented by the Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection on Friday and Saturday, May 13-14, 2016.