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Peter P Blank

Head, Art & Architecture Library


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Peter's role in the library

I am the Head of the Art & Architecture Library, which includes the Visual Resources Center. While I share instructional, reference, and collection development responsibilities with my colleagues here in the Art & Architecture Library, the history of photography and 20th century American art are two areas I am especially interested in. One of the great pleasures I have in serving as Head of this Library is the opportunity to build upon the tremedous strengths of our Art Locked Stacks collection, which includes a formidable array of antiquarian works, illuminated manuscript and Chinese scroll facsimiles, contemporary art ephemera, publications, and multiples, as well as a fine collection of photobooks and photographic materials. And many other fascinating materials. Our exhibitions and notable acquisitions pages will give you an idea of our collection strengths.

Course Guides by Peter

Course number Term Guide Instructor
PWR 2PB Fall 2014 The Power of Political Photography Bator, P.
ARTHIST 1 Fall 2013 Introduction to the Visual Arts Nemerov, A.
SLE Winter 2015 SLE: Renaissance and Baroque Paintings Watkins, G.
PWR 1 1EC Fall 2013 From the Galleries to the Streets: The Rhetoric of Public Space Art Cirillo-McCarthy, E.
PWR 2ZS Spring 2014 Designing Memorials: Building Rhetoric into Commemoration Sifuentes, Z.
FILMSTUD 4 Winter 2014 Introduction to Film Studies Levi, P.
CHEMENG 12SC Summer 2014 An Exploration of Art Materials: The Intersection of Art and Science Frank, C.
ARTHIST 1A Winter 2015 Introduction to the Visual Arts: Prehistoric to Medieval Pentcheva, B.
PWR 1GMA Spring 2015 A Thousand Words: When Art is Not Enough Moyer, Gabrielle

Professional activities

Member, Art Libraries Society of North America (1987 - present).

Attended California Rare Book School, UCLA, 2012. "History, Identification, and Preservation of Photographic Materials."


ABD. Art History. University of Illinois at Chicago.
MA. Hunter College, City University of New York. Art History. 1990. Thesis: "The Murmuring Vessel: Clarence John Laughlin, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Henry Holmes Smith, Frederick Sommer: The Continuing Trend of Subjectivism in American Photography.” 1993.
MLS. Indiana University, Bloomington, School of Library and Information Science. Specialized in art librarianship. 1989.
BA. Indiana University, Bloomington. Fine Arts Studio (photography and sculpture). 1987.