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What's in the Library: Books: Finding Exhibition Catalogues

Finding Print Exhibition Catalogues

Unlike most monograph books in the library's collection, the best way to find exhibition catalogues is by using the library catalogue. There are five options that you can use ranked in order of effectiveness:

1. Advanced Search: Publisher/Gallery Keyword

  • go to the advanced search
  • from the dropdown menu on any of the search boxes, select "Publisher/Gallery Keyword"
  • type in the name of a gallery and chance are that most of the results will be exhibition catalogues; note that some galleries publish:
    • monographs on subjects in art; for example:The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles publishes monographs that profile topics related to their special collection focus, such as:
    • anthologies; for example, the Whitechapel Gallery has paired with MIT Press to produce a series of popular anthologies on art, culture, and society that profile writings of and artworks by theorists, artists, curators, and cultural critics; such as:
      • Getsy, David J., editor. Queer, Whitechapel Gallery/The MIT Press, 2016.
    • guides, handbooks, or other reference books; for example:

2. Subject Search using artist's name AND the word "exhibitions"

  • go to the default Keyword Search
  • use the dropdown menu to select "Subject" search field
  • type in the name of an artist then add the word "exhibitions"; for example:

3. Author Search using gallery or museum name

  • go to the default Keyword Search
  • use the dropdown menu to select "Author" search field
  • type in the name of a gallery or museum as an author; this search can be particularly useful when searching for the exhibition history of an art gallery; for example:
    • using "Power Plant" as an author search yields:
      • over 70 titles of exhibitions ranging back to the date of the gallery's founding in 1987

4. Author Search using artist's name

  • go to the default Keyword Search
  • use the dropdown menu to select "Author" search field
  • type in the name of an artist as an author; note that exhibition catalogues include the name of an artist as the "author" of an exhibition even if only images of artworks are included (and not specific writings) or the show is given posthumously; note that:
    • this is not the most efficient or effective way to source exhibition catalogues; for example, compare results for:
    • however, an advanced search  using the that artists name as author and adding another subject search on the work "exhibitions" yield fewer, but all are exhibition catalogues

5. Advanced Search using artist's name as Author and Subject search on "exhibitions"

  • go to the advanced search
  • from the dropdown menu on any of the search boxes select "Author" and type in artist's name
  • use another search box and select subject from the second dropdown menu and type in the word "exhibition"; for example: