August 20, 2014

Pop Up Lending Library Lets Users Take Home Contemporary Fine Art

Art Lending Library

The Art Lending Library, originally commissioned by Glasgow’s Market Gallery and created by Walker & Bromwich, is a series of crates fitted together, filled with donated works of art from living contemporary artists around the world. Anybody who walks in the libraries where the project is housed can sign out a work of art of their choosing, and the piece is crated up and shipped to their house for up to a week.

Libraries Open Doors, Data to Digital Art Displays

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Libraries are showcasing interactive, data-driven digital art that brings what’s typically behind the scenes into the light. This January, hundreds of people attended the grand opening of an addition to the Teton County Library in Jackson Hole, WY. The big draw was “Filament Mind,” a stunning digital art installation utilizing more than five miles of fiber-optic cables, cut into 1,000 pieces, and 44 LED illuminators.

How to Host A Card Catalog Contest

Fresno City College—Home of the Rams (Ronald Creason)

The Fresno City College Library and its Friends group started its cARTalog contest in 2006. Inspired by the San Francisco Main Library’s three-story display of old card catalog cards turned into art and the University of Iowa’s Adopt-a-Card project that ended in 2006, adding the contest element is what sets Fresno apart. To get the […]

Outdoor Libraries Honor Detroit’s Closed Branches

Lincoln Library outdoor library

Students from Detroit’s Marcus Garvey Academy and the University of Michigan collaborated to create outdoor libraries. The filled bookshelves, installed on April 11, are intended to call attention to branch closings by the Detroit Public Library, according to the Detroit Free Press. Melanie Manos, a lecturer at the university’s School of Art & Design, spearheaded […]

Wesleyan to Close Art Library

Wesleyan University will close the Art Library in Davison Art Center in 2014 and transfer the 25,000 titles currently there to the Olin Library, the Wesleyan Argus reported on April 5. Some of the art collection is already housed in the Olin Library, since the Art Library reached capacity in the mid 1990s. In addition […]