Invisible Artist: Illuminating African American Artists at SAAM

Lightning Talk

Thursday, April 02, 2020: 11:00am - 12:30pm -

Sloan Strader, Pratt Institute, USA

Accessible and comprehensive data on African-American artists in many major museum collections are not easily found. Although collection and artists highlight, draw attention to artists within any given collection they propagate the work of the few as opposed to the many. This talk addresses how data extraction, standardization, and reconciliation through digital collections is a possible solution to making racial demographic metadata easily available to researchers. Using the SAAM American Art as a case study, the Invisible Artist explores the potential for data enrichment.

Bibliography:
Effie Kapsalis, Smithsonian Women’ History Project, https://womenshistory.si.edu/about

The Lesser Represented Artist Database, https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1sSrsCxNULW22fCBfLN00QKkOGnJFyW-1gnrTnKthM6U/edit#gid=542463488