William Sealy Describes Noble Mission of DIMLI Project

knoxville-tn-1997William Sealy, a former senior web content administrator for seven years at The J. Paul Getty Museum and Trust, Los Angeles, CA, joined HART’s Visual Resources Center last September as an associate application developer. In the interim (2011-2014) he returned to Tennessee and his alma mater (art history major, University of Tennessee, Knoxville) to broaden his skill set as a senior web designer and developer. Ultimately the songwriter/musician was drawn to Nashville’s vibrant art and music scene and settled here late last summer.

While at the Getty (2000-2007), Sealy served as the technical lead of the redesign and redeployment of the J. Paul Getty public web site on multiple occasions, including the integration of an enterprise content management system. He created standards documents, project plans, and information architecture wire frames and interfaced with internal clients, including The Getty Research Institute, Conservation Institute, Leadership Institute, Education Department, and The J. Paul Getty Museum.

“We are very excited to have William join our DIMLI team,” said Chris Strasbaugh, director of the Visual Resources Center. “His mix of web design, art history, and experience at the Getty and UT make him a perfect fit for this project. I am looking forward to seeing what the future holds with William leading the development of this amazing project.”

As a principal part of the Visual Resources Center, Sealy considers his primary responsibility to be that of supporting and further developing the Digital Media Management Library (DIMLI), which is housed along with the departments of history of art and classical studies in Cohen Hall on the Peabody campus. Citing one of his major strengths, Sealy said he is “good at identifying what needs to be done and then finding the technology, the tool that fits the job.”

DIMLI fills a definite need “since nothing currently exists in the visual resources community to catalog objects efficiently, ” said Sealy. “Another exciting aspect of DIMLI is its noble mission of a collaborative open community, the desire to increase knowledge and understanding rather than to make money.”

What lies ahead for DIMLI? Such features as improved order and user management, metadata import, linked-open DIMLI, and a museum and gallery module are on the horizon. Sealy will join Strasbaugh in making a joint presentation on March 12 at the Visual Resources Association’s annual conference held next week in Denver, Colorado. They will focus on discussing both the present set of features of DIMLI and its future development as well as answering questions about this exciting new open-source tool.

Strasbaugh & Sealy to Present DIMLI at VRA Conference March 12

VRA-Denver-banner-4With the Rocky Mountains as their backdrop, Chris Strasbaugh, director of HART’s Visual Resources Center, and William Sealy, associate application developer, will make a joint presentation on March 12 at the Visual Resources Association’s annual conference held March 11-14 in Denver, Colorado. As conference participants, Strasbaugh and Sealy will explore the latest developments in image and media management within educational, cultural heritage, and commercial environments.

DIMLI (Digital Media Management Library) is an open-source cataloging and workflow tool designed for the visual resources community to provide an accurate, efficient system for cataloging cultural objects. Web-based, easy to use, and free-of-charge, DIMLI was developed in the Visual Resources Center at Vanderbilt University. Many campus entities have adopted DIMLI for their use as well as other academic institutions around the country.

This past year has brought many changes to DIMLI, including a beta testing environment, additional features unlocking the potential for galleries, libraries, and archives, and a more robust discovery platform for the end user. This special interest group led by Strasbaugh and Sealy will focus on presenting both the present feature set and future development of DIMLI as well as answering questions about this new open-source tool.

Katherine Rinne to Present Goldberg Lecture on March 12

st peter%27sBetween 1560 and 1630, in a dramatic burst of urban renewal activity, the religious and civil authorities of Rome sponsored the construction of aqueducts, private and public fountains for drinking, washing, and industry, and the grand ceremonial fountains that are the Eternal City’s glory.

Urban designer and historian Katherine Rinne, adjunct professor in the Architecture Program at the California College of the Arts, will address “the waters of Rome” in the Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Lecture in Art History on Thursday, March 12, at 4:10 p.m. in 203 Cohen Hall. Her lecture is entitled “From Renaissance to Baroque: Water and Fountains in Sixteenth-Century Rome,” with a reception to follow in the atrium.

Rinne specializes in topics related to site and regional design with an emphasis on infrastructure, water history, and current issues related to urban development and water scarcity. She is the project director of Aquae Urbis Romae: The Waters of the City of Rome, an interactive cartographic 3,000-year history of the relationships between hydrological and hydraulic systems and their impact on the urban development of Rome, Italy. Aquae Urbis Romae examines the intersections between natural hydrological elements, including springs, rain, streams, marshes, and the Tiber River, and constructed hydraulic elements, including aqueducts, fountains, sewers, bridges, and conduits, that together create the water infrastructure system of Rome. This research project is published by the University of Virginia where Rinne is an associate fellow at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities.

The Waters of Rome: Aqueducts, Fountains, and the Birth of the Baroque City (Yale University Press, 2011), her pioneering study of the water infrastructure of Renaissance Rome, received the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize for Landscape History sponsored by the Foundation for Landscape Studies in 2011 and the Spiro Kostof Book Award for Urban History in 2012 by the Society of Architectural Historians. The Kostof Award recognizes the work that, focusing on urbanism and architecture, provides the greatest contribution to our understanding of historical development and change.

In her book Rinne presents a unified vision of Rome during the baroque period that links improvements to public and private water systems with political, religious, and social change. Tying together the technological, sociopolitical, and artistic questions that faced the designers during an age of turmoil, Rinne shows how these public works projects transformed Rome through innovative engineering and strategic urban planning.

Sponsored by the Department of History of Art and the Archaeological Institute of America, the Goldberg Lecture is free and open to the public. Limited parking is available in Lot 95 outside Cohen Hall, off 21st Avenue South on the Peabody campus and across from Medical Center East. For more information, call the department at 615.322.2831.

Tara Zanardi’s Goldberg Lecture Rescheduled for April 9

Tara Zanardi, assistant professor of art history at Hunter College, will present the Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Lecture in Art History on Thursday, April 9, at 4:10 p.m. in 203 Cohen Hall. The lecture, originally slated for Thursday, February 19, has been cancelled due to inclement weather. Zanardi will address “Porcelain Pleasures and the Allure of the East: Charles III and China.” A reception will follow in the atrium of Cohen Hall.

Malcolm Bell to Examine the Sicily of Archimedes on February 26

malcolmbellMalcolm Bell III, professor emeritus of Greek art and archaeology with the McIntire Department of Art, University of Virginia, will deliver an Archaeological Institute of America lecture on Thursday, February 26, at 6 pm at the Nashville Parthenon in Centennial Park. In his lecture, entitled “Sicily in the Age of Archimedes,” Bell will examine works of art and architecture from Syracuse and the outlying cities, including Morgantina in east central Sicily where he has conducted fieldwork since 1980.

The Sicily of Archimedes consisted of the Hellenistic kingdom of Syracuse in the eastern third of the island. Before falling to Rome in 212 BCE, the Syracusan kingdom had enjoyed a productive half-century of peace, which was a period of innovation and invention in many areas. The royal administration of King Hieron II created rational new political relationships with the cities of the kingdom based on fairness, and contemporary material culture, as seen in architecture, sculpture, and mosaics, was characterized by striking innovation. The intellectual character of the age was influenced by the thought and discoveries of the great scientist and mathematician Archimedes, who was killed in the siege of Syracuse.

The AIA Norton Lecturer for 2014-2015 and director of the excavations at Morgantina, Bell holds his degrees from Princeton University. His areas of research are Classical archaeology and Greek and Roman art and architecture, particularly that of Sicily. He has published The Terracottas volume of Morgantina Studies (Princeton, 1982), and is currently working on a volume on the city plan and public buildings in the same series. Bell is also interested in the influence of Classical art and architecture in the United States, and works in progress include a monograph on Vitruvius’ influence on the design of the University of Virginia, and an article on the origins of the plan of Savannah.

Free and open to the public, Bell’s lecture is sponsored by the Nashville Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, the Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park, and Vanderbilt’s Department of Classical Studies and Department of History of Art. Those who plan to attend the AIA lecture on February are encouraged to call the Nashville Parthenon at 615.862.8431 to reserve a seat.

HART Department Awards Downing Grants for Spring Semester

Fragonard_frickcollectionThe History of Art Department recently announced the recipients of the 2015 Downing Grants for the spring semester. They are Hannah Ladendorf, Sujin Shin, Emily Torres, and Erin Verbeck. The Downing Grant is a competitive award made in the fall and spring to juniors and seniors whose research in history of art courses would benefit from travel to museums, galleries, and other sites.

Ladendorf is researching Jean Honore Fragonard’s ensemble The Progress of Love, an iconic Rococo work rejected by its original patron, Louis XV’s mistress Madame du Barry, and now installed in its own room at the Frick Museum in New York. Ladendorf is taking the Art at the Court of Louis XV seminar taught by Christopher Johns, Goldberg Professor of History of Art.

Shin will work on material in the Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art Gallery in New York for her paper on the significance of religion in Alfredo Castañeda’s Libro de Horas (Book of Hours), a series of fifty-two illustrated poems named for the medieval prayerbook. Shin attends the seminar entitled Twentieth-Century Mexican Art: Painting, Cinema, and Literature, taught by Leonard Folgarait, professor of history of art.

Torres, who is writing on Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, will travel to see the Detroit Industry murals and an exhibition of the couple’s work, both at the Detroit Art Institute. She will consult the Institute’s archives for photographs, recordings, correspondence, and preparatory sketches related to their work in the city. Torres is a student in Folgarait’s seminar.

Verbeck, also one of Folgarait’s seminar students, will travel to Dartmouth College for her examination of a mural by José Clemente Orozco, Gods of the Modern World from The Epic of American Civilization, focusing on the contrasting representation of women in Depression-era Mexico and the United States.