In honor of Ken Owen’s upcoming retirement, here is another in a series of remembrances of his contributions to the library.
Within the Louisiana Research Collection’s vertical files is an outstanding collection of art ephemera. It includes art gallery flyers, announcements, press releases, and event invitations extending from about 1910 to the present. A special strength of the collection is invitations to gallery shows. This makes it an excellent resource for discovering which artists exhibited in New Orleans.
So, suppose you’re researching an artist and would like to know which New Orleans galleries carried his work? Suppose you have the name of a New Orleans gallery and want to know which artists that gallery exhibited? How would you do that? Where would you go?
The only Louisiana library that cross references its art ephemera by gallery and artist is the Louisiana Research Collection. If you look up a particular gallery, you will find a list of the artists that exhibited in that gallery. If you look up a particular artist, you will discover which local galleries carried her work. That resource was created by Ken Owen.
To learn more about the Louisiana Research Collection’s art holdings, click here.
Written by Lee Miller.
(Image of Arts and Crafts Club Gallery Announcement, Vertical Files, Louisiana Research Collection, Tulane University Libraries. Image may not be reproduced without permission.)
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