Art Libraries

Sorting Books...Differently

There's the Dewey Decimal System, there's the Library of Congress System and then there's Nina Katchadourian's system...an artistic but thoughtful departure from the standard. Allow yourself to wiggle out of your librarian mold and enjoy the possibilities of sorting books as an artistic form.

Want to add your own combos? Please do so in the form of a comment.

Be There, Or Be There to View it On The Web - Saturday in NYC

If you're in Manhattan this weekend, you might be able to come to the assistance of a library-lover.

On Saturday, June 9th precisely at Noon, an attractive, single and slightly bookwormish woman carrying a stack of books and loose papers will descend the steps of the NYC Public Library.

Halfway down the steps, she will awkwardly stumble and spill her papers and books everywhere.

Will you be there to help her?

a web happening (wappening #3) created by my friend, experiential artist Lee Walton.

Library Licks Ice Cream

tqft writes "from the Australian Courier Mail "Do you want to get an ice cream," a father asked his waist-high daughter. "Or do you want to go to the State Library?" The child's answer, that the ice cream could wait, reflects just how much the universe has changed since the Queensland Art Gallery was opened 24 years ago on the South Brisbane site.

NYPL Celebrates Joe Papp's "Public Theater" With Celebs On Hand

Yesterday (June 20) marked the opening of the New York Public Library exhibit, “A Community of Artists: 50 Years of the Public Theater� honoring the Public and its founder, Joseph Papp.

Open All Night features some celebrity photos (and gossip of course) from the opening; here's the more serious-minded NYPL background on the exhibit , open through October 15.

Confusion Over Columbus (GA) Library Abstract Statue

The Muscogee County (GA) Library Board has approved funding for a new, abstract sculpture to be placed in front of the library; $250,000 for a single metal sculpture by Albert Paley of Rochester, NY.

But the "sculpture approval process" has been far from clear-cut; here's the story from the Columbus Ledger Enquirer and WTVM-TV.

Database of B.C. native art planned

slashgirl writes "'The Bill Reid Foundation is teaming up with Simon Fraser University to establish an online database of B.C. native art.

The as-yet-unnamed library, which would contain thousands of images, would be based at the university's campus in downtown Vancouver, but would be available to artists around the world.'

The rest of the story here."

National Institute Of Art History Opens In France

The Curmudgeony Librarian writes "A central library for the study of art history opened this week in Paris.
The Institut national de l'histoire de l'art (INHA)The Institute has been planned for almost a century.
The core of the collection came from designer Jacques Doucet who opened a library in 1908 with 150,000 books and manuscripts and 280,000 photographs from his own personal collection. In 2001 Alain Schnapp established the INHA and convinced other French national museums to donate their own libraries, to the collection."

US Art Museums Study Results Available

An anonymous patron would like for us to know that the results of a Mellon Foundation study are available.

This study explores the cost and policy models adapted by US arts museums in arriving at pricing structures for delivering imaging and rights services. It examines the new market realities and opportunities cultural institutions face due to the transition to digital collections.

The art of classifying by color

From McSweeney's:

For one amazing week in November, Adobe Bookshop in San Francisco has agreed to allow its estimated 20,000 books to be reclassified by color. Shifting from red to orange to yellow to green, the books will follow the spectrum continuously, changing Adobe from a neighborhood bookshop into a magical library—but only for one week ...

This temporary public installation will be assembled by the San Francisco artist Chris Cobb and a staff of volunteers, who will reorder all the books in one night and, when the week is over, return them to their original locations.

Full press release. Here are some pictures documenting the piece, and an interview with the man behind it. Via Metafilter.

Neon Green Tree Frogs Grace MN Library Mural

Friends of the St. Louis Park Library in Minnesota recently unveiled the mural they commissioned for the Teen Corner of their renovated library...featuring two super-sized tree frogs in a three-dimensional art piece created by 2004 St. Louis Park High School graduate Yezi Xue, now starting her freshman year at the University of MN.

It's green, it's cool, it jumps out at you. Artist Xue says, "‘I mainly chose the frogs because of design purposes but I also thought the theme appropriate because it’s bringing nature indoors and adds a lively character to the teen corner.’ More (and a photo) from the Minnesota Sun .

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