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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Visit the Museum Library

Want to learn more about Otto Dix, the artist who painted WAM’s newest acquisition, The Pregnant Woman, and the culture of Weimar Germany that spawned the art movement of New Objectivity? If so, then you should visit the Museum library and browse the newly acquired collection of books on Dix and the movement of New Objectivity conveniently arranged on a table as soon as you enter the reading room. There is also a display of new books related to upcoming exhibitions and other new WAM acquisitions. If you would rather learn about what is happening in the art world in general, browse the library’s collection of current art magazines ranging from Art in America to the History of Photography or if you want to know what’s happening in the world of contemporary art, browse either Frieze or Flash Art. 

Since the library’s collection has been developed around the Museum’s collection of art objects, it is the primary place to come to learn more about something you found in the Museum that interests you. Just ask the librarian on duty what your interests are, and we will be glad to help you get started on your search. The library welcomes visitors of all ages and levels of interest, from a parent looking for a child’s book on Impressionism, a college student researching one of our Antioch mosaics, or a visitor wanting to learn more about Mary Cassatt. There are over 53,000 books in our collection, all devoted to art, which are in our on-line catalog and all are available for browsing. The library is free and open to the public, and offers our resources to everyone, not just the Museum staff. Our new fall hours started after Labor Day and we will now be open on Saturdays during the Museum’s open hours for the remainder of the school year.

Learn more about the Museum Library

- Deborah Smock Aframe, Librarian

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