Artspace, the New Haven nonprofit, is working together with nearby institutions including Yale, to present Library Science, an exhibition and film program dedicated to bibliophilia, in its most creative expressions.
According to the press release:
The desire to collect information in the form of a library dates back to Sumer (modern-day Iraq) in the 4th millennium BC. Gutenberg’s printing press (c. 1440), Xerox’s copying machine (1959) and the World Wide Web (1991) have all played a critical role in the dissemination of information. As the digitization of books continues apace—Google’s mission, for example, is “to organize the world’s information”—how the traditional library ultimately adapts to the digital age remains to be seen. Until then, as Library Science reveals, the library remains a fertile site for exploration and discovery, even if none of its books are opened.
The roster of participating artists includes Jorge Méndez Blake, Candida Höfer, Nina Katchadourian and Allen Ruppersberg.
In addition to the exhibition, the program features satellite projects showcasing local artists in selected institutions and a program of films – including documentaries, independent films, Hollywood classics and television shows – in which the library plays the starring role.
Library Science opened November 10, 2011, and will run through January 27, 2012.