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Course & Subject Guides
Finding Exhibition Catalogs
Search PittCat, a listing of all the books Pitt owns
1. Begin with a keyword or title search for an artist's name, for example, Alice Neel.
2. Click on a title that looks like it is about this artist.
3. This is what we call "a PittCat record." Look for "LC Subject Headings" and click on one with the artist's name.
4. You will see a huge list of subject headings - browse through this list to find a heading like these:
Neel, Alice, 1900-1984
Neel, Alice, 1900-1984 --Exhibitions.
This will provide you with a list of all the books that we have that focus on Alice Neel.
To find books that may devote only a chapter to her, or group exhibitions where she is one of many artists exhibiting, do NOT use subject headings. Use keyword searching.
Search Worldcat - the worldwide listing of books libraries own
Now that you have a subject heading for your artist:
1. paste that subject heading into the advanced search.
2. look at the list that is generated and look for books that Pitt does NOT own.
3. Request these books using E-ZBorrow or Interlibrary Loan (Links below)
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
If you can't find the book in E-ZBorrow, request it using ILL. This gives you free access to books worldwide.
Exhibition Catalogs: May Not Be Published Online
Many exhibition catalogs published may not be available online, largely due to the cost of image rights.
Exhibition catalogs contain valuable insight into the curator's and museum director's thoughts. These statements and essays can often address:
- Why were these works brought together under one roof at this point in time?
- The social and political issues raised by the exhibition
- Local and global partners who helped make the exhibition possible
- Insight into the curator's relationship with the artist/s
Examples From Our Catalog