Tour of The Broad (December 7, 2018)

The Broad museum has generously offered an exclusive “behind the scenes” tour for the ARLIS/NA Southern California Chapter, to take place on the morning of Friday, December 7th. To book the tour, the museum requires a confirmed number of attendees. Please register for this event by September 30th so we don’t miss this special opportunity. All details will be confirmed once the tour is booked. The tour is limited to 20 people.

The Broad is a contemporary art museum founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler, the museum offers free general admission and presents an active program of rotating temporary exhibitions and innovative audience engagement. The Broad is home to more than 2,000 works of art in the Broad collection, which is among the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art worldwide.

The 120,000-square-foot building features two floors of gallery space and is the headquarters of The Broad Art Foundation’s worldwide lending library, which has been loaning collection works to museums around the world since 1984. Since opening in September 2015, The Broad has welcomed more than 1.8 million visitors.

Fall Business Meeting (October 19, 2018)

Please join the ARLIS/NA Southern California Chapter on Friday, October 19, for our annual Fall Business Meeting in Santa Clarita/Valencia. We will tour the UCLA Film & TV Archive, CalArts Film Library, and host a talk by Kathy Carbone with a chapter meeting and reception to follow.

View the complete schedule for the day and RSVP here.

$10 members
$15 non-members
Free for students

We hope to see you there!

About the ARLIS/NA Southern California Chapter

ARLIS/SC is the Southern California Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America. Our members include librarians, archivists, curators, and friends from the Southern California area, from San Diego to San Luis Obispo.

About the UCLA Film & TV Archive

UCLA Film & Television Archive is the second largest moving image archive in the United States after the Library of Congress, and the world’s largest university-based media archive. We are committed to the collection, restoration and exhibition of moving images. The Archive’s public programs can be seen at the Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood Village, Los Angeles. The Archive loans prints from its vast collection to cinematheques and film festivals around the world. Additionally, footage licensed from the Archive has appeared in many notable projects for the big screen, television and other media. Many items in the Archive’s collections can be accessed for research by appointment through the Archive Research & Study Center at UCLA.

The Archive is a part of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, a premier interdisciplinary global professional school that develops outstanding humanistic storytellers, industry leaders and scholars, whose diverse, innovative voices enlighten, engage and inspire change for a better world.

About the CalArts Library

The CalArts Library enables student and faculty artist/scholars to develop the skills necessary for creative exploration, critical reflection and lifelong learning, in an environment that supports and promotes the diversity of voices that encompass the CalArts community. The library offers a full range of academic reference and instruction services, and contains a collection of over 200,000 physical items in all formats and approximately 300,000 electronic resources, as well as a unique archival and rare-book collection.

About Kathy Carbone

Kathy Carbone is a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. Her research and teaching focuses on contemporary art practices with archives and the intersection of archives, human rights, and social justice. Currently, she is working with an international team of researchers on the Refugee Rights in Records (R3) Project. Prior to working at UCLA, Kathy was the Institute Archivist, Performing Arts Librarian, and a lecturer at CalArts, where she taught courses in contemporary art practices with archives and music research and writing methods. She has published in the journals Archival Science, Archivaria, and Archives and Records and has forthcoming articles in the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies and the Journal of Community Informatics. A former contemporary dancer, improviser, and choreographer, Kathy collaborated with musicians and dancers in theater and gallery based live performance events for over 25 years. She holds a Ph.D. in Information Studies, with a focus in Archival Studies from UCLA, an MLIS from Kent State University, an MA in Dance and Music and a BFA in Dance from Ohio University.

About Kathy Carbone’s Talk (“Critical Interventions: Contemporary Art Practice in the Archive”)

Free and open to the public. Does not require registration.

The archive—whether as institution, practice, source, concept, subject or object—has increasingly become a stimulus for and site of artistic inquiry, intervention, and production over the last 20 years, and contemporary art practice a realm for critically exploring (and often questioning and disrupting) the functions and nature of the archive; for contemplating time, memory, history, and identity; and, for reclaiming and reinterpreting, reconstructing and re-presenting the past to imagine and realize new ways of being in the present and future. Drawing upon the rich interdisciplinary archival art discourse generated by visual and performing artists, critics, curators, and theorists as well as scholars in the archival and recordkeeping field, this talk surveys and contemplates key artistic approaches and responses to the archive by a range of artists working across a variety of disciplines. The talk further reflects upon the ways in which artists foreground the materiality and relationality, affective and performative aspects of the archive, and how considering the archive as art and art as archive opens new relations and conversations as well as possibilities between diverse people and communities.

Visit to Sterling Ruby Studio (August 7, 2018)

Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Time: 10:30 am
Cost: $5/members, $10/non-members, free for students
Please RSVP at:
Address and parking details will be sent via email prior to the tour

Sterling Ruby (American. b. 1972) received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He works with a wide range of aesthetic and material strategies, from sculptures made of saturated, glossy, poured polyurethane, bronze and steel, to drawings, collages, richly glazed ceramics, spray-paint paintings, photography and video, as well as textile works that include quilts, tapestries, garments, and soft sculptures.

Photo courtesy of Sterling Ruby Studio

Joint California Chapters Meeting and Reception in NYC (February 26, 2018)

The Northern and Southern California chapters will be holding a joint meeting and a joint reception at the ARLIS 2018 annual conference in NYC on Monday, February 26th. We hope to see many of you at one or both gatherings!

If you will be attending the conference, please take a moment to review the details below and then answer this super-short and super-helpful survey:

Joint Chapter Meeting:
Date: Monday February 26, 2018
Time: 8:00-9:00 AM
Location: Hilton, Murray Hill East, 1335 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Joint Chapter Reception:
Date: Monday February 26, 2018
Time: 3:00-5:00 PM
Location: Taco Dumbo, 19 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10103

We will have three large communal tables reserved at the front of the restaurant and signs for easy identification. Special thanks to Jennifer Kishi for taking care of all of these arrangements.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions to either Abby Dansiger, Northern California Chapter Chair, at or Jennifer Kishi, Southern California Chapter Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, at

ARLIS/NA Southern California Chapter visit to Brand Library & Art Center

Join us at the Brand Library & Art Center for a tour on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 10am.

About the Brand Library & Art Center

Brand Library & Art Center is a unique public library that focuses on visual arts and music and provides free services and programs for a diverse community, including a collection of over 110,000 items, subject specialist librarians, exhibitions, concerts, lectures, dance performances and hands-on craft programs for children and adults. In 2012, Brand Library closed for a highly anticipated historic renovation project that restored features of this 1904 mansion. In addition to the historic library, participants can enjoy the current gallery exhibition ONE YEAR: The Art of Politics in Los Angeles. Come explore the unique architecture and setting of Brand Library & Art Center!


$5/members, $10/non-members, free for students


Brand Library & Art Center
1601 West Mountain St
Glendale, CA 91201
Plenty of FREE parking available!

After the tour, we can have lunch at nearby Mi Corazon.
1402 W Kenneth Dr
Glendale, CA 91201

Optional afternoon activity on your own: Explore the foothills of the Verdugo Mountains from one of the hiking trails near Brand Library. The trails are steep but the views are worth it!

Please RSVP here by December 11, 2017.

Hope to see you there!