Notes from the Field

By Bestler, Suzanne; Frank, Charadin | Afterimage, November-December 2003 | Go to article overview

Notes from the Field


Bestler, Suzanne, Frank, Charadin, Afterimage


Famed director and screenwriter Philip Kaufman was named George Eastman Honorary Scholar on September 27. Bestowed by the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, the title places Kaufman in the company of such prestigious film makers as Ken Burns and Norman Jewison. Kaufman is described as a "gifted, iconoclastic filmmaker," responsible for writing and directing such works as The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988). He is also widely recognized as the co-creator of film character Indiana Jones.

The Lyman Allyn Art Museum has achieved the highest honor for a museum - accreditation by the American Association of Museums (AAM). Dr. Christopher Steiner, Interim President of Lyman Allyn, described the accreditation as an honor that "also carries with it an awesome responsibility to establish the highest standards of museum excellence." Of the nation's nearly 16,000 museums, approximately 750 are currently accredited, and Lyman Allyn is one of only 19 accredited museums in Connecticut.

The Amon Carter Museum Named Associate of the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. The Amon Carter Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, has recently signed an agreement with the Smithsonian Institution. Archives of American Art, in Washington D.C. to become an associated repository of the Archives' unrestricted microfilm, with nearly 7,500 reels in all. The Amon Carter Museum will be the only associate between the east and west coast with direct access to the archives, making research easier for both students and scholars. The first material will be available by appointment as early as summer 2004.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, welcomes new and returning residents to the third decade of The Glassell School of Art Core Program. The program is designed to assist emerging artists in making the transition between art school and their future as professionals. Three Core artists are returning for their second year of residency this fall: Stephanie Martz, Danny Yahav-Brown, and Julia Rometti. Joining them are Vasco Araujo, Angela Fraleigh, Jose Lerma, Cindy Loehr, and Maya Schindler. The group represents various regions of America, Spain, France, and Israel.

National Geographic has just announced the creation of its new Speaker's Bureau. Made up of scientists as well as photographers and filmmakers, the Speaker's Bureau is "a new way for National Geographic to extend our mission to increase global understanding and promote conservation of our planet." By making some of their talent available, the organization is hoping to reach and educate a more diverse audience of individuals. The photographers selected include Steve McCurry, Carol Beckwith, and Angela Fisher.

Dance Films Association recently received three Finishing Funds Grants to complete several works of dance on film. Silvina Szperling self-choreographed piece includes her mother and daughter and focuses on emotional bonds and the need to emigrate. David Licata's piece is a short celebrating the healing merits of tango for an octogenarian couple named Eva and Adamo. Arielle Javitch makes her film debut with an ambitious short inspired by the troubles in Bosnia. The grants were given to encourage the artists as well as help them secure the additional funds needed to finish their work.

The World Monuments Fund announced the 2004 World Monuments watch list of the 100 most endangered sites. New to the list is the Helsinki-Malmi Airport in Finland. Built in 1936, it is considered a striking example of functionalist architecture. Also included is the Dampier Rock Art Complex, in the Pilbara region of northwestern Australia. It is considered to be the greatest non-European cultural heritage site in Australia, containing descriptors of the complex world view of the Aboriginal Yaburara tribe. Only 6 known survivors of this tribe remain today.

The Minnesota Center for Photography has undergone some gallery improvements. …

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