Your help needed with ARLIS/NA 2017 Tour Requests


Louisiana State Museum curator Wayne Phillips (@LSM)

For those who attended the ARLIS/NA 2016 Conference, please take a moment and complete the post-conference survey by clicking on the following link:  ARLIS/NA+VRA Seattle 2016  The survey will close on March 31st.

Within the link, kindly request that ARLIS organize museum tours related to fashion, costumes & textiles.  For example:

  1.  Louisiana State Museum Costume & Textile Collections and Carnival Collection 

“The Louisiana State Museum has one of the largest and finest costume and textile collections in the United States. Overall the museum’s collection ranges from late 18th century to the present with the majority of objects having a Louisiana provenance. Of the approximately 15,000 objects in the collection, one third is the costumes and accessories collection, one third is the textile collection, and one third is the Carnival collection.”

Article: My New Orleans: Curator Wayne Phillips

2.   New Orleans African American Museum

“A centerpiece of the exhibits at the African American Museum is³Louisiana-Congo: The Bertrand Donation,² a collection of exquisite African bead work, costumes, masks, textiles, musical instruments and divination objects as a major part of the museum¹s permanent collection. This 70-piece assortment of original African artwork from the Democratic Republic of Congo illuminates parallels between everyday life in the Congo and Louisiana folk culture.”

There may be other such collections around New Orleans.  If so, let us know and we’ll add them here!  Hopefully, if there are enough requests, the conference organizers will arrange some behind the scenes tours for all of us.  If not, the FTC SIG will go renegade (again) and do it ourselves!  😉

Lastly, conference attendees, we thank you sincerely for joining us!  We had a great turnout at our annual meeting with updates from some of the finest FTC-content publishers in the world such as Bloomsbury, ProQuest, and Textile Hive.  See you again at the ARLIS/NA 2017 Conference in New Orleans!








Author: Sandra Ley

Sandra Ley is the visual arts and fashion design librarian for Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona.

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