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ALFRED H. BARR JR. AWARD FOR SMALLER MUSEUMS, LIBRARIES, COLLECTIONS, AND EXHIBITIONS

In 2009, CAA established a second Barr award, the Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for Smaller Museums, Libraries, Collections, and Exhibitions, for the author(s) of catalogues produced by smaller museums, libraries, and collections with an annual operating budget of less than $10 million dollars. If nominating a catalogue for this award; please identify if the institution producing the catalogue has an annual operating budget of more than $10 million (eligible for the “Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award”) or if the institution producing the catalogue has an annual operating budget of less than $10 million (eligible for the “Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for Smaller Museums, Libraries, Collections, and Exhibitions”).

2018 WINNER

Melissa Rachleff
Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965

Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965 captures the diverse, energetic, and tumultuous postwar Lower Manhattan art scene. The nascent practices introduced in response to Abstract Expressionism’s commercial and aesthetic dominance by emerging visionaries including the likes of Allan Kaprow, Red Grooms, Robert Morris, and Alison Knowles vividly illustrates the expansion of art during this period. Melissa Rachleff chronicles the adventurist artists’ early experimental works and the evolution of artist cooperatives and alternative spaces. Drama abounds in these artist groups as young trailblazers scramble to obtain exhibition opportunities in these new flexible and nimble spaces striving to seduce receptive audiences. Collectively, the five chapters brilliantly illuminate the various players—artists, exhibition spaces, art, and politics—involved in the development of the downtown scene. Thirty-three interviews recount first-hand experiences with the artist-run galleries, and rare documentary photographs provide an important archive of this understudied era and its overlooked, underrepresented, and now canonical participants.

Jury: Carey C. Rote, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, chair; Danielle Carrabino, Harvard Art Museums; Robert Ladislas Derr, University of Nebraska–Lincoln; Kathryn Gerry, Memphis College of Art; and Vanessa Rocco, Southern New Hampshire University

PAST WINNERS

2017 Carmella Padilla and Barbara Anderson, A Red Like No Other: How Cochineal Colored the World (Skira Rizzoli, in association with the Museum of International Folk Art, 2015)
Jury: Kelly Baum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, chair; Danielle Carrabino, Harvard Art Museums; Vanessa Rocco, Southern New Hampshire University; Carey C. Rote, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; and Peter Sturman, University of California, Santa Barbara.

2016 Myroslava M. Mudrak and Tetiana Rudenko, Staging the Ukrainian Avant-Garde of the 1910s and 1920s (Skira Rizzoli, in association with the Museum of International Folk Art, 2015)
Jury: David Dearinger, Boston Athenaeum, chair; Kelly Baum, Princeton University Art Museum; Alison de Lima Greene, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Peter Sturman, University of California, Santa Barbara; and Thayer Tolles, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

2015 Lynn Boland, Cercle et Carré and the International Spirit of Abstract Art (Athens, GA: Georgia Museum of Art, 2013)
Jury: Thayer Tolles, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, chair; Kelly Baum, Princeton University Art Museum; Alison de Lima Greene, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; David Dearinger, Boston Athenaeum; and Peter Sturman, University of California, Santa Barbara.

2014 Peter C. Sturman and Susan S. Tai, The Artful Recluse: Painting, Poetry, and Politics in Seventeenth-Century China (Santa Barbara, CA: Santa Barbara Museum of Art/New York: Delmonico/Prestel, 2012)
Jury: Phillip Earenfight, Dickinson College, chair; Alison de Lima Greene, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; David Dearinger, Boston Athenaeum; Lisa Saltzman, Bryn Mawr College; and Thayer Tolles, Metropolitan Museum of Art

2013 Joanne Pillsbury, Miriam Doutriaux, Reiko Ishihara-Brito, and Alexandre Tokovinine eds., Ancient Maya Art at Dumbarton Oaks (Washington, DC: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 2012)
Jury: Erica Hirshler, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, chair; Andrea Bayer, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Phillip Earenfight, Dickinson College; Lisa Saltzman, Bryn Mawr College; and Anne Woollett, J. Paul Getty Museum

2012 Roy Flukinger, The Gernsheim Collection (Austin: Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas Press, 2010)
Jury: Erica Hirshler, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, chair; Andrea Bayer, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Phillip Earenfight, Dickinson College; Lisa Saltzman, Bryn Mawr College; and Anne Woollett, J. Paul Getty Museum

2011 Yasufumi Nakamori, Katsura: Picturing Modernism in Japanese Architecture; Photographs by Ishimoto Yasuhiro (Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, 2010)
Jury: Anna Chave, Graduate Center, City University of New York, chair; Andrea Bayer, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Virginia Fields, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Erica Hirshler, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Anne Woollett, J. Paul Getty Museum

2010 No award given this year

2009 Phillip Earenfight, ed., A Kiowa’s Odyssey: A Sketchbook from Fort Marion (University of Washington Press, in association with the Trout Gallery, Dickinson College, 2007)
Jury: Teresa Carbone, Brooklyn Museum, chair; Anna Chave, Queens College and Graduate Center, City University of New York; Susan Huntington, Ohio State University; David W. Penney, Detroit Institute of Arts; and Susan Sidlauskas, Rutgers University