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ALFRED H. BARR JR. AWARD FOR SMALLER MUSEUMS, LIBRARIES, COLLECTIONS, AND EXHIBITIONS

In 2009, CAA established a second Barr award, the Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for Smaller Museums, Libraries, Collections, and Exhibitions, for the author(s) of catalogues produced by smaller museums, libraries, and collections with an annual operating budget of less than $10 million dollars. If nominating a catalogue for this award; please identify if the institution producing the catalogue has an annual operating budget of more than $10 million (eligible for the “Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award”) or if the institution producing the catalogue has an annual operating budget of less than $10 million (eligible for the “Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for Smaller Museums, Libraries, Collections, and Exhibitions”).

2019 WINNERS

Andrew C. Weislogel and Andaleeb Badiee Banta

Lines of Inquiry: Learning from Rembrandt’s Etchings
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, 2017 

This exhibition catalogue offers a fresh perspective on Rembrandt as a printmaker. The authors’ multidisciplinary approach combines art historical and technical studies seamlessly in what will likely provide a model for future projects. The essays are scholarly and cover a range of topics that expand our understanding of one of the most renown artists in the history of Western art. While one essay recounts the history of collecting Rembrandt’s prints among American academic museums, another tells tell the fascinating story of the “secret sanctuary” provided by the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College in safekeeping the Morgan Library’s Rembrandt prints during World War II. An international team comprising a curator, a professor of engineering, computer scientists, scientific researchers, and students joined forces to create WIRE: the Watermark Identification in Rembrandt’s Etchings. This project  at Cornell University explored and identified the watermarks on Rembrandt’s prints included in the exhibition and is an ongoing initiative that will make a significant contribution to print scholarship and Rembrandt studies, among other fields. In addition to the essays, the catalogue is richly illustrated with the prints included in the exhibition, sometimes in more than one state, as well as radiographs of their watermarks. The scope of this catalogue is impressive and includes a glossary of terms, provenance history, and a full bibliography to provide the most updated information for scholars and students of Rembrandt, while still remaining accessible to nonspecialists.

Jury: Carey C. Rote, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi, chair; Danielle Carrabino, Smith College Museum of Art; Robert Ladislas Derr, University of Nebraska–Lincoln; Kathryn Gerry, Bowdoin College; Vanessa Rocco, Southern New Hampshire University

PAST WINNERS

2018 Melissa Rachleff, Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965 (Grey Art Gallery, New York University, 2017)
Jury: Carey C. Rote, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, chair; Danielle Carrabino, Harvard Art Museums; Robert Ladislas Derr, University of Nebraska–Lincoln; Kathryn Gerry, Memphis College of Art; and Vanessa Rocco, Southern New Hampshire University

2017 Carmella Padilla and Barbara Anderson, A Red Like No Other: How Cochineal Colored the World (Skira Rizzoli, in association with the Museum of International Folk Art, 2015)
Jury: Kelly Baum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, chair; Danielle Carrabino, Harvard Art Museums; Vanessa Rocco, Southern New Hampshire University; Carey C. Rote, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; and Peter Sturman, University of California, Santa Barbara.

2016 Myroslava M. Mudrak and Tetiana Rudenko, Staging the Ukrainian Avant-Garde of the 1910s and 1920s (Skira Rizzoli, in association with the Museum of International Folk Art, 2015)
Jury: David Dearinger, Boston Athenaeum, chair; Kelly Baum, Princeton University Art Museum; Alison de Lima Greene, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Peter Sturman, University of California, Santa Barbara; and Thayer Tolles, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

2015 Lynn Boland, Cercle et Carré and the International Spirit of Abstract Art (Athens, GA: Georgia Museum of Art, 2013)
Jury: Thayer Tolles, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, chair; Kelly Baum, Princeton University Art Museum; Alison de Lima Greene, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; David Dearinger, Boston Athenaeum; and Peter Sturman, University of California, Santa Barbara.

2014 Peter C. Sturman and Susan S. Tai, The Artful Recluse: Painting, Poetry, and Politics in Seventeenth-Century China (Santa Barbara, CA: Santa Barbara Museum of Art/New York: Delmonico/Prestel, 2012)
Jury: Phillip Earenfight, Dickinson College, chair; Alison de Lima Greene, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; David Dearinger, Boston Athenaeum; Lisa Saltzman, Bryn Mawr College; and Thayer Tolles, Metropolitan Museum of Art

2013 Joanne Pillsbury, Miriam Doutriaux, Reiko Ishihara-Brito, and Alexandre Tokovinine eds., Ancient Maya Art at Dumbarton Oaks (Washington, DC: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 2012)
Jury: Erica Hirshler, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, chair; Andrea Bayer, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Phillip Earenfight, Dickinson College; Lisa Saltzman, Bryn Mawr College; and Anne Woollett, J. Paul Getty Museum

2012 Roy Flukinger, The Gernsheim Collection (Austin: Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas Press, 2010)
Jury: Erica Hirshler, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, chair; Andrea Bayer, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Phillip Earenfight, Dickinson College; Lisa Saltzman, Bryn Mawr College; and Anne Woollett, J. Paul Getty Museum

2011 Yasufumi Nakamori, Katsura: Picturing Modernism in Japanese Architecture; Photographs by Ishimoto Yasuhiro (Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, 2010)
Jury: Anna Chave, Graduate Center, City University of New York, chair; Andrea Bayer, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Virginia Fields, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Erica Hirshler, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Anne Woollett, J. Paul Getty Museum

2010 No award given this year

2009 Phillip Earenfight, ed., A Kiowa’s Odyssey: A Sketchbook from Fort Marion (University of Washington Press, in association with the Trout Gallery, Dickinson College, 2007)
Jury: Teresa Carbone, Brooklyn Museum, chair; Anna Chave, Queens College and Graduate Center, City University of New York; Susan Huntington, Ohio State University; David W. Penney, Detroit Institute of Arts; and Susan Sidlauskas, Rutgers University