Two locations in the Yale Library – Sterling Memorial Library and the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library - are hosting art installations from November to January as part of Artspace’s Library Science, an exhibition curated by Rachel Gugelberger, Senior Curator at Exit Art, New York. Bringing together a selection of work by 17 international artists, Library Science contemplates the personal, intellectual and physical relationship to the library as a venerable institution - and the information it contains - and how it is being radically transformed by the digital era. Through drawing, photography, sculpture, installation, painting and web-based projects, the artists in Library Science explore the library through its unique forms, attributes and systems: from public stacks to private collections, from unique architectural spaces to the people who populate them, from traditional card catalogues to that ever-growing “cyber-library,” the World Wide Web.
Artspace is New Haven’s largest independent visual arts venue, showcasing a mix of local and national artists in a downtown corner storefront in the historic Ninth Square district. While the bulk of the exhibit is on view at Artspace, several institutions around town are hosting installations. Sterling Memorial Library features Augmented/Obstructed by artists Carol Padberg and Andy Deck. Using barcode patterns installed in the old card catalog drawers, that are incomprehensible to the human gaze, but perceptible with the assistance of software, their work invites viewers to consider the consequences of the cultural journey from Sumerian tablets and the printing press, to digital tablets and the Internet. The Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library is hosting an installation by Tyler Starr called “Burning Wants”. Other locations hosting installations include the New Haven Free Public Library, The Institute Library and The Whitney Library of the New Haven Museum. The exhibit will be on view from November 12-January 28. For more information: www.artspacenh.org