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Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL 60603-6488)
Matthew S. Witkovsky (Project Director: July 2012 to present)

Cataloging, Conservation, and Online Publication at the Art Institute of Chicago's Department of Photography

Enhanced cataloging for a collection of 20,000 photographs that span the history of American and European photography from the 19th to the 21st century, rehousing and conservation of approximately 3,300 of them, and creation of access to highlights of the collection through a series of online exhibits and catalogs.

The Art Institute of Chicago is seeking three years of funding at the level of $350,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities-Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program, to support a comprehensive transformation in presenting the museum's sixty-year-old Photography collection to the public-one that will fundamentally reconceive uses of this vast and stellar collection by online visitors, students and educators, and museum-goers. The basis for this far-reaching reorientation in audience engagement will be an overhaul in web publishing, storage, and conservation for the more than 20,000 photographic objects acquired since the 1940s.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$280,000 (approved)
$280,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 3/31/2017