Still I Rise
July – September, 2018
Do obstacles define us? Or can our true identities break through the obstacles imposed upon us by outside forces and even ourselves?
In this show, artists from Tompkins County use mediums of drawing, painting, collage, music, dance, poetry, and more to express their thoughts around these questions. The exhibit is curated by Laura Rowley and is made possible by a GAP grant from the Community Arts Partnership. The exhibit runs until September 23, 2018.
At our First Friday/Gallery Night opening on July 6, from 6 – 8 pm, there will also be an live dance installation piece at 6:30 pm choreographed by Karen Koyanagi and performed by five local dancers. The Pop Up Open Art Hive will also join us for the opening.
Artist's Books and Bookmarks
From the library’s archive, we are sharing some of the collection of our artist’s books, some of which were created to celebrate TCPL’s Sesquicentennial in 2014. The bookmarks are from the UWE Bookmarks Project, entitled Bookmarks: Infiltrating the Library System (Project Archive 2003 – 2018), an annual series whose aim is to encourage appreciation and awareness of artists working in the book format.
We Are Ithaca
September 1 - October 21, 2018
TCPL is proud to exhibit We Are Ithaca, a project that uses the power of the photography to engage diverse communities within our city in dialogue and celebration of our complex identity. WE ARE ITHACA hosted 28 portrait sessions throughout Ithaca and photographer Robyn Wishna made portraits of more than 1,200 Ithacans. People were also invited to share something about themselves on video. The resulting images are being displayed at TCPL, a book and short documentary are in progress and dozens of portraits are on display on the Commons. The project was made possible and in collaboration with the Park Foundation and Community Arts Partnership.
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.
Draw a Line------------
Mid-November through February 2019
North Reading Room
This exhibit represents a unique collaboration between library staff and Amy Sara Carroll’s Society for the Humanities Spring 2018 graduate seminar “Undocumentation.” The seminar began as a drawing workshop where Carroll asked her students to sketch from memory the Mexico-US border. The responses illustrated the complexities of the border’s current configurations in US, Mexican, and global imaginaries. Then the students engaged with maps from Olin Library’s Map and Geospatial Information Unit. From this open-ended assignment, the exhibit "DRAW A LINE - - - - - - - - - -" emerged. Students rethought, remediated and reworked their projects with revisions influenced by assigned seminar readings and viewings and by conversations about immigration and free trade.