Embodying the Familiar: Power, Identity and Representation in Woman-Centered Art
January 5 – March 30, 2018. Curated by Kendra Aquavella. In the Avenue of the Friends.
A curated exhibit as part of our Identity Series, this show features selected works in a variety of mediums by local female artists, linked by their analysis and picturing of girlhood and/or female identity. Recognizing that girls are often underrepresented as the protagonist in many forms of storytelling, this show centers the female experience across the natural and self-made worlds we inhabit. These contemporary pieces encourage the viewer to consider the ways both art and artists are shaped by influences from a young age, and through the absence of certain roles for female characters. What representation will we offer for the next generation of girls? This exhibit is made possible by a GAP grant from the Community Arts Partnership.
January 5 – March 30, 2018. Engineering Leadership Program
Untold is an exhibit sharing the stories of the elderly, homeless, refugees, Cornellians, advocates and other members of the Ithaca community. One year ago, five students from the Cornell Engineering Leadership Program had a dream that they could show people how much they were valued, that they could connect with people different from us, and that they could inspire others to do the same. Over the course of several months, they interviewed 18 people and asked them to share a story: something, anything that was important to them. The result is Untold, a collection of audio stories and photographs of hands which remind us that we're in this together. Every story is unique and important.
I Am an African: Stories of Heritage, Transnationalism, and Migration Through Local Portraits
Through March 24, 2018
Part of the African Arts Festival. organized by the African Women's Initiative (AWI), and sponsored by TCPL, Cornell University Africana Library, Cornell University Institute for African Development, GIAC, MRC, and NLI. Photographs by Hope Alridge.
Comic Books and Comic Book Memorabilia
Through March 31, 2018
Bill Turner shares his comic book collection as well as his knowledge of comic book collecting. Wall cases near the Ezra Cornell Reading Room.
Who Is Me?
April 6 – June 26, 2018
Who is Me? caresses the tongue of AAVE (African American Vernacular English) to tackle the biggest existential question of all: Who am I? This April through June, x rance curates their first exhibition in an effort to strip down assumptions and preconceived notions of folx with marginalized identities. The exhibit will highlight the intersectionality of each featured artist's identity, allowing this group of ten artists to express their authentic truths, uncensored and unfiltered. Made possible through a grant from the Community Arts Partnership.
Month of April
Part of the FingerLakes Collects program. Local collectors of unusual vinyl records will be displaying their collection. Month of April. (Anyone who has a collection and would like to display it at the library, contact Yvette at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hidden No More
July – September, 2018
Barriers that prevent us from reaching our full human potential are often hidden from view. They include obstacles within ourselves and those that society imposes upon us. These barriers cause us to suppress expressing our true identities. In order make these barriers visible in our community, this project proposes to collect works of art in pairs that answer the questions:
What makes it difficult to be ourselves?
What is an expression of true identity?
Curated by Laura Rowley. Made possible through a grant from the Community Arts Partnership.
Recognizing Women's Right to Vote in New York State
July 9 – 27, 2018
South Central Regional Library Council and the Empire State Library Network has partnered with the Digital Public Library of America on the exhibit Recognizing Women's Right to Vote in New York State. This exhibit looks beyond the traditional Women's Suffrage narrative and explores the history behind the movement that made New York State such an important place in the fight for Women's Suffrage.
Two Hundred Years on the Erie Canal
October 1 – 19, 2018
The Western New York Library Resources Council and the Empire State Library Network has partnered with the Digital Public Library of America on an exhibit, Two Hundred Years on the Erie Canal. The Erie Canal is one of the most famous manmade bodies of water in the world, and is integral to the history of New York State. When the first shovel of earth was turned near Rome, New York, on July 4, 1817, no public works project of this magnitude had ever been attempted anywhere in the world. Now, two hundred years later, this exhibit takes you inside the history, influence, and culture of the canal.