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Avery Art Properties: Chinese Buddhist Sculptures at the Nassau County Museum of Art

Relief with Guardian Figure

Relief with Guardian Figure, from the Lianhua Cave, Longmen, China, late Northern Wei dynasty, dated 533, limestone with traces of polychromy, 24 1/8 x 11 x 4 1/2 in. (61.2 x 27.8 x 11.4 cm), Art Properties, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University in the City of New York, Sackler Collections (S1100).

Art Properties has loaned 10 Buddhist stone sculptures and ink rubbings taken from 2 of these works to the exhibition China Then and Now, which runs from November 22, 2014 to March 8, 2015, at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor, NY. These Chinese sculptures date from the Northern Wei (386-534) to the Tang dynasties (618-907), and some of the works in the collection are believed to have been excavated from the 6th-century Buddhist cave temples at Xiangtangshan in northern China. All of these works are part of our extensive holdings in the Sackler Collections, donated to Columbia University by the physician and art collector Dr. Arthur M. Sackler. They recently had traveled as part of the large exhibition Treasures Rediscovered: Chinese Stone Sculptures from the Sackler Collections at Columbia University, held at the Wallach Art Gallery in 2008 and in other venues across the United States. The current exhibition, China Then and Now, brings our sculptures together with blue-and-white porcelains of the Ming and Qing dynasties (17th-18th centuries) loaned by the Frick Collection in New York City and contemporary ink paintings by the Beijing artist Liu Dan (b. 1953). -by Roberto C. Ferrari, Curator of Art Properties

Exhibition website

Wallach Treasures Rediscovered website

Univ. of Arkansas students at Avery

On September 18 and 19, Avery Drawings and Archives hosted a senior studio class from the University of Arkansas’ Fay Jones School of Architecture. They are preparing documentation and interpretation materials on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson house, which has been disassembled and is to be reconstructed on the grounds of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Northwest Arkansas.

In addition to the Bachman-Wilson house, the students (shown here with Professor Gregory Herman) studied other Usonian houses by Wright, in order to develop a greater depth of understanding and context for the design of the Bachman-Wilson house.

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Left to right: Ryan Hamrick, Prof. Greg Herman, Kyle Heflin

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left to right: Grant Gilliard, Andrew Schalk

Arkansas students at Avery

standing, left to right: Alex Little, Brian Robinson seated, left to right: Prof. Greg Herman, Paulina Paz, Ayesha Erkin

Avery Library Acquires Jane C. Loeffler Embassy Archives

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Edward Durell Stone. US Embassy, New Delhi (1959)

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of The Jane C. Loeffler Collection of Research Papers on American Embassies, a collection of documents, photos, architectural drawings, interviews and research papers, donated to the library by architectural historian Jane C. Loeffler of Washington, D.C. “It is gratifying to save valuable history from oblivion and even better to find it a proper home where others can build upon it,” said Loeffler.

“We are thrilled to receive this important body of materials especially at this moment when international affairs and the
American diplomatic presence are of such critical importance,” said Carole Ann Fabian, Director, Avery Library.
“We look forward to intensive study of this archive by the research community.”

Dr. Loeffler will visit Columbia to deliver a keynote address at the Architecture and Diplomacy: Transatlantic Approaches
symposium on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014. Other speakers and panelists will include Jean-Louis Cohen, Professor of
the History of Architecture, NYU-IFA; Amale Andraos, Dean, GSAPP; and professors Kadambari Baxi, Barnard College;
Craig Konyk, GSAPP; Jorge Otero-Pailo, GSAPP; Victoria Phillips, Columbia University; as well as Casey Jones,
Deputy Director, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations.

Columbia Spectator article
Columbia Libraries press release

Avery Library Remembers David Rosand (1938-2014)

rosandDavid Rosand was an esteemed scholar, beloved teacher and a true supporter of Avery Library.

He was the Meyer Schapiro Professor emeritus of Art History at Columbia University and a graduate of Columbia College. He received his PhD from Columbia in 1965 and was awarded a Fulbright fellowship in 1961 and a Guggenheim fellowship in 1974.

David joined the Columbia University Department of Art History and Archaeology faculty in 1964 and served twice as chairman of the Department.  He served as chair of the Society of Fellows in the Humanities, director of Art Humanities, chair of the Department’s Wallach Art Gallery Committee and served on the Avery Library Joint Faculty Committee.

His scholarship focused on the Italian Renaissance and on the history and criticism of the graphic arts.  His publications in the field include Titian and the Venetian Woodcut (1976—co-authored with Michelangelo Muraro), Titian (1978), Painting in Cinquecento Venice: Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto (1982; rev. ed. 1997), The Meaning of the Mark: Leonardo and Titian (1988), Myths of Venice: The Figuration of a State (2001), and Drawing Acts: Studies in Graphic Expression and Representation (2002).  In the area of American painting he has published Robert Motherwell on Paper: Drawings, Prints, Collages (1997) which accompanied an exhibition in the Wallach Art Gallery and The Invention of Painting in America (2004). His most recent book, Véronèse: Painting in cinquecento Venice was published in 2012.

He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti and the Ateneo Veneto in Venice, and served for many years on the board of the Renaissance Society of America, which honored him with the Paul Oskar Kristeller Lifetime Achievement Award (2007).  He was project director for Save Venice, Inc., an organization dedicated to the conservation of the art and monuments of Venice.

New York Times obituary
New York Times tribute

Reed College online streaming-audio lecture: “Things Never Seen: Graphic Fantasy and the Dreaming Draftsman” (October 26, 2009)


Avery Renovations Summer 2014

renovation-banner-july-2014Avery Library Graduate Reading Room (222) and adjoining restrooms will be closed for renovations:
July 10 – August 29.

All library services and collections are available for use throughout this renovation period.
Work crews will be active Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm.

While we expect more noise throughout this period, readers are still welcome to use the main reading rooms on the 200 and 300 levels.

Reader shelves and reader carrels have been relocated to the north end of the 200-level reading room, adjacent to the window.

We hope you will pardon this disruption and look forward with us to the newly renovated spaces for the Fall term.

For assistance, please contact Avery Access Services.

Shigeru Ban awarded Pritzker Prize

On Monday March 24, 2014, the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban was named the winner of this year’s Pritzker Architecture Prize,

For twenty years Ban has traveled to sites of natural and man-made disasters around the world, to work with local citizens, volunteers and students, to design and construct simple, dignified, low-cost, recyclable shelters and community buildings for the disaster victims.

The citation from the Pritzker Prize jury underscores Ban’s experimental approach to common 
materials such as paper tubes and shipping containers, his structural innovations, and creative use 
of unconventional materials such as bamboo, fabric, paper, and composites of recycled paper fiber 
and plastics.


Architectural Record review & video

New York Times review

The Pritzker Architecture Prize announcement

Wall Street Journal review


Image credit: Shigeru Ban. Photo by Shigeru Ban Architects.

Open Access Week 2013

Open Access Week is a global event now in its 6th year, which promotes open access as a new norm in scholarship and research. Open access (OA) content is online, freely accessible, and has relatively few or no restrictions on reuse. 

All this week (October 21-25) at Columbia, the folks from the Scholarly Communication Program, an initiative of Columbia's Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, along with our friends at Columbia Libraries/Information Services, will be out on College Walk (next to Sundial) from 9am-4pm talking to students, faculty, and staff about open access, its benefits, and why it's relevant to them.

Website: Open Access Week

Frank Lloyd Wright (June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959)

Today begins the receipt of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives into the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

That this event happens to coincide with the date of Wright's death in 1959 is a fitting tribute to his legacy, celebrated by Avery and MoMA's  co-acquisition of the Archives in September 2012

Since that time Avery, MoMA and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation staff have been working together to plan and implement moving the extensive Archives from Taliesin West to Avery Library. This first shipment includes more than 25, 000 drawings, 300,000 correspondence and 44,000 photographic works.

While the Archives is en route from Taliesin West to New York, it will not be available for consultation. We expect this temporary access hiatus to extend from March – August 2013 as staff work to move the Archives to its new repository at Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library. We anticipate several additional moves of Archives materials over time and will make materials available for research consultation incrementally as the material is received into Avery and processed.

Please address inquiries to

Image credit: St. Mark's-in-the-Bouwerie Towers, Project Model. (c. 1927-31)
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University)