Ryerson & Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago

Ryerson & Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago The Ryerson and Burnham Libraries constitute a major art and architecture research collection serving the Art Institute of Chicago and scholars in the fields of art and architectural history.
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Black lives matter. In a recent statement, President and Director James Rondeau challenged Art Institute of Chicago empl...
06/05/2020

Black lives matter. In a recent statement, President and Director James Rondeau challenged Art Institute of Chicago employees to play a constructive role in civic discourse and to oppose all forms of systemic, institutionalized racism. In response, Ryerson librarians have been exploring ways to facilitate change and healing in our own reading room and through our own collections. As a start, here are a few books from our collections that address racism and white supremacy. We regret that we are not able to provide these materials in-person and engage in meaningful discourse face-to-face with our patrons, but please know that we are ready to do the collaborative work necessary to identify and correct omissions in our collections that perpetuate systemic racism. #blacklivesmatter #blm #antiracism #librariesarenotneutral

White Fragility (Call Number HT1521 .D486 2018)
Me and White Supremacy (Call Number HT1575 .S23 2020)
The New Jim Crow (Call Number HV9950 .A437 2020)
Sister Outsider (Call Number PS3562.O75 S5 2007)

Introducing a new social media exchange with our friends at the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library! ...
05/26/2020
Turning the Pages™ - The Art Institute of Chicago

Introducing a new social media exchange with our friends at the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library! Ryerson and CRS staff will spotlight each others' treasures to encourage exploration of both collections while we're all working from home. Our first post is from Christopher Fletcher, CRS Program Manager for Outreach, and considers a rare catalog of religious relics in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago:

This is what 1,371 years worth of indulgences looks like. The Wittenberger Heiligthumbsbuch [Wittenberg Reliquary Book], produced by Lucas Cranach, contained woodcut illustrations of Frederick the Wise’s vast relic collection, which thousands of pilgrims came to see (thereby earning time off from Purgatory) in Wittenberg each year on All Saints’ Day. Still in its original binding, the book is a striking material witness to how important visual art and print culture were for late medieval devotion. It is also a precious piece of evidence for something that no longer exists; the relics were gradually removed after the Reformation, leaving Cranach’s souvenir catalogue the only visual record of Frederick’s renowned collection.

Call Number: Special Restricted 769.943 C891z
Accession Number: 1948.111

Turning the Pages™ - The Art Institute of Chicago

We miss the Libraries' collections, so we've decided to take a look at a favorite from the Artist File collection. The O...
05/13/2020

We miss the Libraries' collections, so we've decided to take a look at a favorite from the Artist File collection. The Oscar Murillo file includes this candy wrapper he designed for his A Mercantile Novel exhibition. For the exhibition, Murillo opened a fully operational candy-making factory in New York, in collaboration with Colombian food company Colombina.

Call number: P-35998

Stephanie Fletcher, E-Resources/Reference Librarian, has a roving desk these days. She’s crisis schooling her first grad...
04/22/2020

Stephanie Fletcher, E-Resources/Reference Librarian, has a roving desk these days. She’s crisis schooling her first grader, so they usually set up their work spaces together in the dining room. Sometimes she gets the new touchscreen Chromebook, but sometimes she’s stuck with the ten-year-old laptop. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Circulation Assistant Kathia Muniz-Rios has a work station set up in her garage work space. She also sent examples of he...
04/18/2020

Circulation Assistant Kathia Muniz-Rios has a work station set up in her garage work space. She also sent examples of her handmade creations: a fun bag and a stack of colorful pillows!

Amelia James, Senior Library Assistant and Liverpool F.C. superfan, has a work space that doubles as her artist's studio...
04/10/2020

Amelia James, Senior Library Assistant and Liverpool F.C. superfan, has a work space that doubles as her artist's studio in the evenings and on weekends.

Our Head of Reader Services, Autumn Mather, has a sunlit desk and a pot of tea at the ready. Her work-from-home assistan...
04/08/2020

Our Head of Reader Services, Autumn Mather, has a sunlit desk and a pot of tea at the ready. Her work-from-home assistants, Flavia and Nero, help her stay on task!

Today we're featuring the home work space of Debbie Webb, Archives Assistant/Records Manager in the Institutional Archiv...
04/06/2020

Today we're featuring the home work space of Debbie Webb, Archives Assistant/Records Manager in the Institutional Archives. What a cozy work nook!

Hello! During the closure, we can’t share updates about our collections or our Reading Room events — because the Reading...
04/03/2020

Hello! During the closure, we can’t share updates about our collections or our Reading Room events — because the Reading Room is closed and our collections are inaccessible. However, we are hard at work at home and we want to share photographs that show you how we’ve adapted our living spaces into temporary workspaces.

First up: Seth Vanek, Circulation Manager, has converted his musician’s corner into a makeshift office while he sharpens his knowledge of library systems through webinars and training videos.

Check back soon for more!

03/23/2020

Update: The Art Institute of Chicago has extended its temporary closure past March 28th. We will post more information when we have more details. Thank you!

03/13/2020

To Our Daily Readers and Visitors:

Because the health and safety of the Art Institute of Chicago community is our highest priority, the museum, and subsequently, the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, Archives, and Institutional Archives will be closed for two weeks, beginning Saturday, March 14th.

The museum will reopen on Saturday, March 28th. However, the Libraries and Archives will not resume operations until 1:00pm on Monday, March 30th. These dates may be subject to change due to latest developments in regards to public health and safety.

Staff will be unable to provide access to our collections during this time or consult printed materials, though we will continue to provide reference services remotely to the best of our abilities.

Thank you.

03/06/2020

Reminder: The library will close early today, March 6th, at 3:00pm.

Thank you!

03/02/2020

Hello researchers and visitors! The Ryerson & Burnham Libraries will close early, at 3:00pm, on Friday, March 6th. We will reopen at 1:00pm on Monday, March 9th.

We're participating in #ColorOurCollections this year! Click on the link below to download coloring pages selected from ...
02/05/2020
Ryerson & Burnham Libraries Coloring Book 2020

We're participating in #ColorOurCollections this year! Click on the link below to download coloring pages selected from some of our favorite books. For more coloring pages, visit the main site hosted by the New York Academy of Medicine: http://library.nyam.org/colorourcollections/.

Happy coloring!

Ryerson & Burnham Libraries Coloring Book 2020 About the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries: The Ryerson & Burnham Libraries constitute a major art and architecture research collection se…

01/20/2020

The Libraries are closed on Monday, January 20th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We reopen Tuesday at 1:00pm.

Happy new year! We have reopened and we're featuring a new exhibition: Reconstructing Adler and Sullivan's Stock Exchang...
01/08/2020
Reconstructing Adler and Sullivan's Stock Exchange Trading Room | The Art Institute of Chicago

Happy new year! We have reopened and we're featuring a new exhibition: Reconstructing Adler and Sullivan's Stock Exchange Trading Room. Stop by to view the exhibition Monday-Friday 10:30am-5:00pm.

The Chicago Stock Exchange building was one of the most distinctive commercial structures built by the architecture firm Dankmar Adler and Louis H. Sullivan, and the expansive and ornately decorated Trading Room was its centerpiece. Although the original building was demolished in 1972, its exterior...

Happy Holidays! We will be closed to researchers Monday, December 23rd through Friday, January 3rd. We'll reopen Monday,...
12/18/2019

Happy Holidays! We will be closed to researchers Monday, December 23rd through Friday, January 3rd. We'll reopen Monday, January 6 at 1pm.

Photograph: "Marina City Balconies by Night, Illuminated by Christmas Lights" by Charles Kirman (Chicago Sun Times), Bertrand Goldberg Archive, 2002.3.

We’re thinking about Thanksgiving feasts flavored with a touch of pop art today. Please note that the Ryerson & Burnham ...
11/27/2019

We’re thinking about Thanksgiving feasts flavored with a touch of pop art today. Please note that the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries will be CLOSED November 28th-29th. We’ll reopen to the public at 1pm on Monday, December 2nd. Happy Thanksgiving!

All images from: The Pop Object: The Still Life Tradition in Pop Art by John Wilmerding. Call number: N6512.5.P6 W55 2013

We were thrilled to host over forty scholars, students, and colleagues during the Art of Images in Premodern Books sympo...
11/25/2019

We were thrilled to host over forty scholars, students, and colleagues during the Art of Images in Premodern Books symposium on November 14th. Thank you to all the attendees and our fabulous co-coordinators at the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. We hope to see everyone in the Reading Room again soon!

11/11/2019

The Ryerson & Burnham Libraries will be closed to the public on Thursday, November 14th. We will reopen at 1:00pm on Friday, November 15th.

Bertha is back! Stop by during our public hours, weekdays 1pm-5pm, to view Anders Zorn's portrait of Mrs. Potter Palmer....
11/07/2019

Bertha is back! Stop by during our public hours, weekdays 1pm-5pm, to view Anders Zorn's portrait of Mrs. Potter Palmer. You can read more about Mr. and Mrs. Palmer in the online catalog "Monet Paintings and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago" here: https://publications.artic.edu/monet/reader/paintingsanddrawings/section/139500

BACK ON VIEW—Bertha Honoré Palmer ranks as one of the most important and widely celebrated of the Art Institute’s earliest collectors and donors. Today the Palmer Collection forms the core of the museum's renowned Impressionist holdings, which includes paintings by Monet, Renoir, Degas, among others.

In this commissioned 1893 full-length portrait, artist Anders Zorn depicts Bertha Palmer in a luminous white gown and tiara. She holds a ceremonial gavel in her right hand, a gentle acknowledgement of Palmer's important role as a fair administrator for the Columbian Exposition. In this capacity, she gave women an official voice and form of representation in bringing art and cultural installations to the city.

When the Palmers began collecting Impressionist art in the 1890s, it was considered radical, even controversial. It is due to Mrs. Palmer’s forward thinking, influence, and willingness to pursue her own taste rather than follow trends that Chicago is home to one of the greatest collections of Impressionism in the world.

Celebrate Bertha Palmer's legacy with this glittering portrait—now on view in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries.

10/10/2019
The Art of Images in Premodern Books | Newberry

We are pleased to announce a one-day collaborative symposium with the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library on November 14th.

The event is free but registration is required. To register, review the information on the Newberry page linked below and then click "online registration form" at the bottom of the page.

This collaborative symposium will bring to life the stories behind how artists, printers, and scribes placed illuminations, prints, and engravings in premodern books.

The Libraries will be closed to the public on Friday, September 27th. We'll reopen on Monday, September 30th at 1pm.
09/25/2019

The Libraries will be closed to the public on Friday, September 27th. We'll reopen on Monday, September 30th at 1pm.

Last week, a researcher viewed Bruce Goff's compositions on piano rolls from the Ryerson & Burnham Archives. Here's an e...
09/12/2019

Last week, a researcher viewed Bruce Goff's compositions on piano rolls from the Ryerson & Burnham Archives. Here's an example of a Goff composition, called "Three Exaggerations," plus a collection of other piano rolls on scroll mounts.

See the online finding aid for more information on the Bruce A. Goff Archive: http://digital-libraries.saic.edu/cdm/ref/collection/findingaids/id/16814

She's back! Mrs. Palmer is back on view in the Reading Room after a long hiatus. Many thanks to our awesome art handlers...
09/04/2019

She's back! Mrs. Palmer is back on view in the Reading Room after a long hiatus. Many thanks to our awesome art handlers for ensuring her safe return!

08/30/2019

The Ryerson & Burnham Libraries will be closed on Monday, September 2nd. Enjoy your holiday weekend!

We brought out some staff favorites for a visit from the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library today!1....
08/08/2019

We brought out some staff favorites for a visit from the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library today!

1. Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Opere (fx Special 722.7 P66 vol.10)
2. Andrea Pozzo, Perspectiva pictorum et architectorum (ff Special 729.15 P89p 1693 vol.2)
3. Simon Vostre, Book of Hours (Special Restricted 242.802 B724 1508)
4. Bernhard von Breydenbach, Prefatio in opus transmarine peragrinationis ad venerandu[m] et gloriosum sepulcru[m] dominicu[m] in Iherusale[m] (Special Restricted 263.0425694 B848p)
5. Stacey Grimaldi, A Suit of Armour for Youth (Special K BJ1531 .G755 1824)

The reference desk reopens on Thursday, August 1st at 1pm! We'll see you then!
07/31/2019

The reference desk reopens on Thursday, August 1st at 1pm! We'll see you then!

See you soon, Block Partiers!
07/21/2019

See you soon, Block Partiers!

We're ready for the Block Party tomorrow! Crafting sessions will begin every hour from 11:00am to 4:00pm and last for 30...
07/20/2019

We're ready for the Block Party tomorrow! Crafting sessions will begin every hour from 11:00am to 4:00pm and last for 30 minutes. See you on Sunday!

Stack Move Update: Empty space is appearing in Stack K!
07/17/2019

Stack Move Update: Empty space is appearing in Stack K!

Stack Move Update: The first cart of books is in the dumbwaiter (yes, we have a book dumbwaiter) and in transit to its n...
07/02/2019

Stack Move Update: The first cart of books is in the dumbwaiter (yes, we have a book dumbwaiter) and in transit to its new home!

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General information

The Ryerson and Burnham Libraries constitute a major art and architecture research collection of more than 600,000 print titles, 100,000 auction catalogs, 600 current serial subscriptions, and extensive digital collections. Researchers of high school age and above are welcome to use the Franke Reading Room to consult our closed-stack collection of materials on art, architecture, and design during our public hours. All museum visitors are welcome to explore the current exhibition and artwork on display during museum hours. For further details please visit our website: https://www.artic.edu/library/plan-a-library-visit. In addition to the hours listed above, SAIC graduate students and faculty who have had a library orientation may use the library beginning at 10:30am, Monday-Friday.

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