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Monday, February 26 • 11:15am - 12:15pm
The Labor of Curiosity: Expanded Practices of Artists and Librarians - Sponsored by IvoryPress

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During this session, we share reflections on the project, I’m Wondering if You Can Help me With Something? This correspondence-based studio research project explores what it means to help another person with a question, and to receive help with a question. How do our own practices shift when we labor for someone else’s curiosity? How are our practices shaped by the help we receive?

We invited artists and artist-librarians to help one another with questions and curiosities they each had. We posed the question, what would it be like to give and receive help in the form of an object, image, or text? Artists were not paired, rather, they were part of a chain of service where Tessa helps Marc, who helps Rachel, etc. Marc has a question, which he shares with Tessa. Tessa responds by mailing drawings, a letter, objects, something to read, etc. All the while, Marc is laboring for Rachel. All correspondence takes place via snail mail in order to cultivate a contemplative pace, anticipation, and a space for physical objects that engage all the senses.

The questions we pose are not meant to be fully answered. As we explore diverse modes of inquiry and response, we come to reside in ambiguity, where new territories for engagement, and new visual and verbal language can emerge. We will share how our practices as artists and librarians intersected with one another, and lead a discussion among audience members about curiosity, creative labor, and the boundaries of art librarianship.

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Kate Joranson

Head, Frick Fine Arts Library, University of Pittsburgh


Marc Dombrosky

Chair, Department of Visual & Performing Arts, Southwestern Michigan College, Southwestern Michigan College
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Lareese Hall

Dean of Libraries, Rhode Island School of Design

Monday February 26, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
Hilton: Nassau 1335 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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