Tompkins County Public Library

Friday, April 4, 2014

Sesquicentennial Exhibit Opens April 4, 2014

 
TCPL's Sesquicentennial exhibit "150 Years and Counting..." which opens at Gallery Night on Friday, April 4, 2014 has three parts:

Artists in the Archives –A Collection of Card Catalogs :
“Book Marks” by Barbara Page – One Artist; one card catalog; The “Alternet” by Carla Rae Johnson – Over 70 artists; one card catalog; and “The Call to Everyone” by JoAnne Wilcox – Everyone, even YOU; one card catalog.

Talk Tompkins by photographer Ben Altman – An audio visual installation of portraits of and interviews with, members of the Tompkins County community who talk with Altman about their lives here and the Library.

Diary of a Library: A Community Card Catalog of Pictures, Memories and Stories: This 15-drawer card catalog, an ongoing project created by Barbara Page and Sally Grubb, has been filled with cards contributed by library patrons, trustees, friends, students and community members.  The cards contain photos, stories, drawings, memories, original art work, artists’ books, our history, and represent 150 years of library service.

The opening reception for this exhibit is being held on Friday, April 4, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM, and is the first event in a weekend of Sesquicentennial Celebrations taking place at TCPL.  Check 150th Anniversary for a calendar of events.

More information about the three exhibits will follow in future blogs.

Talk Tompkins - part of the exhibit 150 Years and Counting - opens on Friday, April 4


TALK TOMPKINS, an audio visual installation by photographer Ben Altman, shows and records some of the rich variety of people and communities in Tompkins County. Large portrait photographs show the participants, who also speak in audio recordings about their lives, histories, communities and the public library.  It is part of TCPL's Sesquicentennial exhibit 150 Years and Counting ...



Carl Seamon, Highway Superintendent, Town of Danby
In the creation of TALK TOMPKINS Altman decided to explore the many diverse communities he had discovered on moving to Ithaca that exist in the town and surrounding areas and which he finds often have little contact with or even awareness of one another.  His focus has been on those who are not university or college faculty, or students from elsewhere.

Altman's inspiration for this installation was his work for Peekskill Project V, organized by the Hudson Valley for Contemporary Art, which became a solo show Say Peekskill in January 2013.

TALK TOMPKINS is funded by an Artists in the Community Grant from the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County and the installation at TCPL is made possible by a grant from the Gannett Foundation.

A special opening reception will be held during Gallery Opening Night on Friday, April 4 from 5 - 8 PM. Entry to the Library after 5 PM will be through the BorgWarner Community Room door behind the bus shelter on Green Street.


Diary of a Library, part of TCPL’s Sesquicentennial exhibit 150 Years and Counting, opens on Friday, April 4, 2014



Diary of a Library: A Community Card Catalog of Stories, Memories and Pictures is an ongoing project launched by Barbara Page and Sally Grubb to tell TCPL’s 150 year story through drawings, poems, stories and photographs.  It is part of the TCPL Sesquicentennial Art Exhibit 150 Years and Counting.



The exhibit features a 15-drawer, repurposed card catalog, filled with 3 x 5 cards submitted by community members, library staff, trustees and friends which together add up to a colorful picture of 150 years of library service to the community.

Drawer topics include Library stories, History of TCPL, History of Libraries, Favorite Books, Artists’ Books, The next 150 Years, People at the Library, Friends of the Library, Art at the Library, Library programs and events, Children at the Library.

Contributions to this community card catalog are welcome and cards will be accepted and added throughout the year. For information about adding a card go to Diary of a Library.

Come and browse.  See what you friends and neighbors think of TCPL.  Add you own comments and participate in Diary of a Library and TCPL’s Sesquicentennial Celebrations.  For information about other Sesquicentennial events go to 150 Anniversary.

A special opening reception for all the exhibits included in 150 Years and Counting is being held in conjunction with Gallery Opening Night, Friday, April 4, from 5 to 8 PM.

Entry to the Library after 5 PM is through the BorgWarner Community Room door behind the bus shelter on Green Street.

Artists in the Archives - part of 150 Years and Counting - Opens Friday, April 4 2014

 
Three artists, working separately, transform library card catalogs into an art form.  Each artist envisions the catalogs’ potential in a different way.
 
Book Marks by Barbara Page: One artist; one card catalog.
Barbara Page collects library cards representing books that have made an impression on her and marks them with drawings, rubber stamping, and collage elements that encode her recollections of the book each card designates.  The completed cards are filed in an old library case now labeled Book Marks.

 
 
The Alternet by Carla Rae Johnson: over 70 artists; one card catalog.

 
What does an artist do with a fifty drawer card catalog?  Artist Carla Rae Johnson has filled one with over fourteen thousand works of art!  More than seventy artists participated in The Alternet, creating three hundred drawings, photos, collages, or writings on three inch by five inch cards. Browse through The Alternet card catalog and make amazing discoveries in every drawer.  It’s like Facebook for your fingers!

 
The Call to Everyone
by JoAnne Wilcox: Everyone, even YOU: one card catalog.
 
The Call to Everyone project is an exhibition of over 600 discarded library catalog cards that have been repurposed as canvases for cell phone photos. Participants from all over the United States and from 12 countries have utilized these catalog and due date cards. Directions to participate: www.thecalltoeveryone.com





These three, repurposed card catalogs will be displayed in the Avenue of the Friends, during April, May and June 2014.  Barbara Pages card catalog Book Marks will be displayed in an exhibit case to protect the artwork.  Browsing is welcome in the other catalogs.


As it is part of the Sesquicentennial exhibit
Artists in the Archives will open with a special reception during Gallery Opening Night on Friday, April 4, 5 - 8 PM.

After 5 PM entry to the Library is through the BorgWarner Community Room door behind the bus shelter on Green Street.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

YardWorks: Garden Design for Native Birds - A special exhibit curated by Professor Joshua Cerra

TCPL is pleased to present YardWorks: Garden Design for Native Birds - A special exhibit with talks about creating the perfect back yard  habitat for native birds during February and March 2014.

The YardWorks Project presents designs for a better bird habitat and a healthier environment in neighborhood yards. 

Seventeen Fall Creek residents recently participated in the YardWorks Project which is sponsored by Cornell University Senior Design Studio and Cornell Cooperative Extension. Students from the Senior Design Studio of Joshua Cerra, Cornell Professor of Landscape Architecture,  created graphic boards which illustrate neighborhood-level environmental analyses of the area, urban ecological design methods, and individual site designs for each homeowner.

During March Gallery Opening Night on Friday, March 7, a special program will be presented about this project in the BorgWarner Room. More information will follow.


Monday, January 13, 2014

TCPL Presents Exhibits in Avenue of the Friends during 2014

Gerry Monaghan and Eva M. Capobianco present a joint exhibit of their sculptures in the Avenue of the Friends during January and February.

Eva Capobiano has been making art for almost forty years, combining natural and human-made objects in an exploration of emotional issues dear to her heart. She presents work which is carefully and lovingly assembled, oiled and polished to bring it to life.

Gerry Monaghan presents Bowery and Basketry - Sculptural Weavings. 

Like Rumpelstiltskin, Monaghan creates objects of art by weaving together the ubiquitous and the ephemeral instead of straw. His work is sculptural basketry. Tatlin meets the Appalachian Craft tradition and beautiful organic forms take shape.
 

This exhibit will be on display in the Avenue of the Friends through March 1, 2014.  An Opening Reception will be held in conjunction with First Friday Gallery Opening Night on February 7 from 5 to 8 PM.


Why We Can't Wait: The 27th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Art and Poetry Competition Show.
Presented by the Tompkins County Office of Human Rights this show will be on display in the Avenue of the Friends February 3 through March 3.  An MLK Recognition Ceremony and Reception will be held in conjunction with First Friday Gallery Opening Night from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday February 7 in the Avenue of the Friends. 

Visual Culture - The annual Art Exhibit presented by Ithaca High School displays Ceramics during June in the exhibit cases in the Avenue of the Friends.   

Fabulous Fiber curated by Elizabeth Mount will be on display in the exhibit cases in the Avenue of the Friends July through mid-September.  An Opening Reception will be held in conjunction with First Friday Gallery Opening Night on Friday July 3.

150 Years and Counting presents an exhibit of artifacts representative of Tompkins County Life during the Civil War years and during the time our Library was founded by Ezra Cornell.  These artifacts will be on loan from the History Center.  

Also featured will be a special display on the book Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe.  This is to mark Freedom to Read/Banned Books week.
  The display is also in conjunction with the American Library Association Traveling Exhibit Lincoln, the Constitution and the Civil War.

This exhibit will be displayed in the Avenue of the Friends.

An Opening Ceremony is planned in conjunction with First Friday Gallery Opening Night on Friday October 3, and will be followed by a weekend of special programming.           

Friday, January 3, 2014

TCPL Presents an Exciting Year of Art for our Anniversary Year 2014


5 major exhibits of two dimensional will be showcased during 2014 together with exhibits in the display cases and traveling displays in the Avenue of the Friends.

For the Joy of Dancing curated by Sally Grubb presents the work of 9 artists, using a variety of different media, as they reflect on the joy of dancing. Feartured artists include Glenda Blake who presents the Unlikely Dance Project, Raymond Dalton, Karen Kucharski, Margaret Corbit, Brian Keeler, Bill Deats, Jari Poulin, Julie Prisloe and dancer/photographer Kurt Lichtmann. 

The exhibit will be on display January 10 through March 21, 2014 and the opening reception will be held first Friday, February 7, Gallery Opening Night from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.  It is made possible in part by grant support from the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County.

150 Years and Counting  - TCPL’s Sesquicentennial art exhibit celebrates 150 years of library service to the Tompkins County Community.  There are three parts to the exhibit.

Artists in the Archives is an installation of artworks that re-envision and re-purpose obsolete and/or discarded library cards and card catalogs. Three artists shared some of their delights in discoveries and priceless connections made possible in libraries.  
Carla Rae Johnson presents “The Alternet,” a 50-drawer card catalog featuring cards from more that 85 artists, poets, writers, musicians and creative thinkers.  
JoAnn Wilcox presents “Call to Everyone,” an exhibition of nearly 600 discarded library catalog cards that have been re-purposed as canvases for cell phone photos.  

Barbara Page presents “Book Marks,” a two-drawer catalog featuring library charge cards representing books that have made an impression on the artist. These card catalogs will be on display in the Avenue of the Friends.

Talk Tompkins is an audio visual exhibit of photographs of, and interviews with, members of Tompkins County community created by photographer Ben Altman. The photographs will be displayed throughout the library and the interviews will be presented on closed circuit TV.

Diary of a Library: A Community Card Catalog of Pictures, Memories and Stories.  


Members of the community are being asked to be a part of history and to help TCPL tell its story of 150 years of service to the community by creating library cards for this 15-drawer card catalog.  To participate in this project go to tcpl.org/150. 
This project is made possible in part by grant support from the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County.

These three exhibits which make up our Sesquicentennial Exhibit 150 Years and Counting, are curated by Barbara Page, Ben Altman and Sally Grubb.  They will be on display April 1 through June 30. 

A special Sesquicentennial Celebration will be held in conjunction with First Friday Gallery Opening Night on Friday April 4, 2014 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. For more information about the Sesquicentennial Celebration go to tcpl.org/150.

Fabulous Fiber, an exhibit of three-dimensional work curated by Elizabeth Mount, will be displayed in the exhibit cases in the Avenue of the Friends during July, August and early September.  Work will include soft sculpture, re-purposed clothing, dolls and other unusual fiber art. An Opening Reception will be held in conjunction with First Friday Gallery Opening Night on Friday July 4, 2014 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.  This exhibit is made possible in part by grant support from the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County.

Visual Culture at Ithaca High School - the Annual Student Art Exhibit sponsored by the High School Art Department will again be on display but in two locations and at two different times.  
During June, three dimensional ceramics will be displayed in the exhibit cases in the Avenue of the Friends.  In July and August two-dimensional work will be displayed throughout the Library.

150 Years and Counting returns with a second exhibit celebrating TCPL's 150 Anniversary in September. This exhibit will be displayed in conjunction with the traveling exhibit Lincoln the Constitution and the Civil War.

Tompkins County Then and Now is an exhibit that will feature photo collage images created by members of Harry Littell’s senior photographic class at TC3 with text provided by Cornell Humanities students.  The photo collage will show the changes that have taken place to local landscapes and buildings over the 150 years - since the time of the Civil War and the founding of the Library. Also on display will be artifacts representative of the 1860’s showing life in Tompkins County during the period of the Civil War.
This exhibit is being curated by Julee Johnson and Sally Grubb with support from the History Center.  It is made possible in part by grant support from the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County.

An opening reception will be held in conjunction with First Friday Gallery Opening Night on Friday October 3, 2014 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War will be on display in the Avenue of the Friends from September 17 through October 31, 2014. 
This exhibit was organized by the National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, Chicago.

Based upon an original interactive exhibit developed by the National Constitution Center, this traveling version explores Lincoln’s struggle to resolve the basic questions that divided Americans at the most perilous moment in the nation’s history: Was the United States truly one nation, or was it a confederacy of sovereign and separate states? How could a country founded on the belief that “all men are created equal” tolerate slavery? In a national crisis, would civil liberties be secure? President Lincoln used the Constitution to confront the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties. Lincoln’s decisions about these three intertwined crises of war reinvented the Constitution and the promise of American life. This exhibition develops a more complete understanding of Abraham Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation’s gravest constitutional crisis.

The “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” traveling exhibition is made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): great ideas brought to life.