I’m on the ARLIS/NA email list, which periodically includes an update on new or changed subject headings of interest to art librarians. Sometimes it seems like the art-related headings are some of the weirdest. Here are a few I found especially bizarre or interesting from the most recent update:
150 Chivalry in art [Not Subd Geog] [sp2009007299]
150 Figural corkscrews [May Subd Geog] [sp2009007238]
150 National characteristics, Australian, in art [Not Subd Geog] [sp2009007592]
150 National characteristics, Mexican, in art [Not Subd Geog] [sp2009007058]
150 Streaming video [May Subd Geog] [sp200500523
150 Women typographers [May Subd Geog] [sp2009007103]
1150 Wounds and injuries in art [Not Subd Geog] [sp2009007464]
150 Young volunteers in museums [May Subd Geog] [sp2009007185]
Changes to existing headings:
150 Pottery figures [May Subd Geog] [sp 85105876]
* 450 UF Figurative pottery
Unfortunately “Museums” is a BT for “Young volunteers in museums”.
Does “figural corkscrews” mean people are carving corkscrews into shapes? I’ve been looking for a new hobby. This sounds like a good candidate. Upon further investigation, turns out it’s not necessarily carving that’s behind these corkscrews. I’m always impressed when someone chooses an everyday item and then does such a thorough job researching its history. Who knew there were corkscrew enthusiasts?! And a newsletter called “The Weekly Screw“.
I was watching Kill Bill vol. 2 last night. Wounds and injuries in art? Probably not. I’m guessing the heading is meant more for things like this. Though it would be really useful for cataloging images, like Gericault’s severed heads. Learning about art through the changes of subject headings kind of feels like following current events through Twitter. But much less annoying.