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2011 Henry Allen Moe Prize Awarded By The New York State Historical Association

September 29, 2011

2011 Henry Allen Moe Prize Awarded By The New York State Historical Association

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (09.29.2011) — The New York State Historical Association is proud to announce that the exhibition catalogue Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margrieta van Varick, edited by Deborah L. Krohn andPeter N. Miller with Marybeth De Filippis, has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 Henry Allen Moe Prize for Catalogs of Distinction in the Arts. The catalogue was published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same title held at the Bard Graduate Center fromSeptember 2009 through January 2010.

The Henry Allen Moe Prize is made possible by an endowment from Mrs. Henry Allen Moe in memory of her husband. Income from the endowment is used to foster and recognize scholarship in art history and decorative arts studies in the form of published catalogues of exhibitions and collections. Catalogues must feature collections from or exhibited in New York State.

The catalogue Dutch New York Between East and West, published by Yale University Press in conjunction with the New-York Historical Society and Bard Graduate Center,exemplifies the spirit of the Moe Prize. It greatly enriches understanding of life in Dutch New York in the seventeenth century through essays and catalogue entries on a wide variety of global objects. The inspiration for the book and exhibition—a 1695 inventory of a well-to-do Dutch resident of Brooklyn, Margrieta van Varick—provides a starting point for exploration, but the catalogue, which includes essays by ten authors, puts the life of this individual in the larger context of Dutch colonization through the careful reading of objects. Transcriptions of original documents, including the inventory, and numerous color photographs add to the significance of the volume.

This year’s Moe Prize committee was composed of Dr. Robin Campbell of Excelsior College, Dennis Carr of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Dr. Cynthia Falk of the Cooperstown Graduate Program. Catalogues to be considered for the 2012 Moe Prize should be sent to The Henry Allen Moe Prize Committee, Attn: Cynthia G. Falk, New York State Historical Association, P.O. Box 800, 5798 State Hwy. 80, Cooperstown, N.Y., 13326. Four copies must be received by the February 15, 2012 deadline.

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