It’s a New Year, and we’re back with a whole new slew of programming! One of the upcoming projects we’re working on that we’re all super excited about is the main gallery exhibition Brother, Can You Spare a Stack?, organized by Independent Curator Yulia Tikhonova.
|The Pacifist Library: Valentina Curandi and Nathaniel Katz|
Opening next Friday, January 18th at 6pm, Brother, Can You Spare a Stack? presents thirteen different socially engaged projects that re-imagine the library as a force for social change. Working outside conventional gallery settings, and deeply committed to serving and inspiring local communities, they adopt, as a model for their interventions, the symbolic and practical role of the Library and the Librarian.
Small and mobile, these projects resist the limitations of a controlled, highly organized system. The artists in this exhibit employ their own hands-on craft skills to respond to the current state of the public library system. They design and build from scratch, using a vision of the Library as a forum for social activity. In these libraries, there is an exchange that goes beyond the conventional checking-in-and-out of books, one that includes conversation, discussion and group activities. These artists’ libraries have been enthusiastically welcomed by communities that have previously lacked these more personal and generous forms of exchange.
These mobile and interactive projects challenge old-fashioned library stereotypes – calling on them to “lend their stacks” to these alternative models. They insert themselves into the most unexpected situations and spaces, in this case libraries, to propose social and cultural improvement.
The exhibition includes: Arlen Austin and Jason Boughton; Brett Bloom and Bonnie Fortune; Stephen Boyer; BroLab (Rahul Alexander, Jonathan Brand, Adam Brent, Ryan Roa, and Travis LeRoy Southworth); Valentina Curandi and Nathaniel Katz; Finishing School with Christy Thomas; Anna Lise Jensen and Michael Wilson; Jen Kennedy and Liz Linden; The K.I.D.S. with Word Up Collective, Eyelevel BQE, Launchpad, NURTUREart, Weeksville Heritage Center, and individual partners, as well as with Emcee C.M., Master of None; Annabel Other; Reanimation Library; The Sketchbook Project; and Micki Watanabe Spiller.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue.