Tompkins County Public Library

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Two New Exhibits and an Art Installation are featured at Gallery Opening Night, Friday, July 11


 A COMMON THREAD: To Sew or Not to Sew a Fashion Exhibit Curated by Elizabeth Mount opens in the Avenue of the Friends. This intriguing exhibit explores recent changes in the way clothes are made from the traditional, painstaking needle and thread and home sewing machine method, to fast fashion and creating garments with glue and tape and laser cutters. Beautiful and traditional garments created by local artists, are displayed side by side with funky creations made with recycled materials and one-of-a-kind designs from students in Cornell’s Fiber and Design Apparel Department, and presents the amazing fibers now used to create protective clothing as well as glues and tapes that avoid the use of sewing at all.
Visual Culture at Ithaca High School: the Annual Student Art Exhibit sponsored by the High School Art Deprtment; features some extraordinary images created by students during the past school year.


I Look Silly an Art Installation outside and inside the library created by abstract artist Ryan McGuire will bring a smile to your face.  This whimsical installation features portraits of sixty local Ithacans wearing Groucho Marx disguises displayed on the windows of the Library facing onto Green Street and inside in the North Reading Room. Prints of the whole series of portraits will be available for order and the net proceeds from their sale will be donated to the Library. 


Curators, participating artists and Groucho Marx look alikes will be present to talk about the exhibits.  During the evening a special video of the Cornell University Fashion Runway Show will be shown in the BorgWarner Room and will be available for viewing on a dedicate computer near the Avenue of the Friends throughout the exhibit.


Join us for a very special evening, Friday, July 11 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Refeshments will be served in the BorgWarner Room. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Exciting New Installation to Open at TCPL

Visual artist & designer Ryan McQuire likes to bring a smile to people's faces.  He also likes creating whimsical art works that involve community participation.  Has he gone too far this time with his newest installation at Tompkins County Public Library?

Mounted on the windows of the library facing Green Street are 60 photographs of local community members wearing Groucho Marx masks.  Do you recognize who is under the mask?  Are you one of the intrepid folk staring out through Groucho's glasses?  Does I Look Silly make you smile?

Check out this humorous installation which opens at Gallery Night on Friday, July 11.  Join the fun at the Library between 5:00 and 8:00 PM.  The installation will be in place through the end of August.  Posters and other momentoes will be available for sale through the artist's website at ILOOKSILLY.COM.

THE COMMON THREAD: To Sew or Not to Sew, a fashion exhibit, opens July 11

The third exhibit in A Year of Art at Your Library is A COMMON THREAD: To Sew or Not to Sew which is curated by local sewer, doll maker and craftsperson Elizabeth Mount. The exhibit shows a wide range in the way garments are manufacured and explores recent changes in the way clothes are made—from traditional, painstaking needle and thread and single machine creations to fast fashion, created with glue, tape and laser cutters—fashion is now a rapidly changing industry.  
 
This fascinating exhibit highlights these changes but also shows the importance of tradition. It includes intricate garments created by Joan Reuning and Lise Bouvet, one-of-a-kind designs from students in Cornell University’s Fiber and Design Apparel Department, the amazing fibers used to create protective clothing and the glues and tapes that are making sewing a thing of the past.

The exhibit opens at Gallery Opening Night on Friday, July 11, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Entry to the Library after 5 PM is through the BorgWarner Community Room door behind the TCAT Bus Shelter on Green Street.  The exhibit is on display through September 5 in the Avenue of the Friends.

Art in the Heart of the City installs new sculptures outside TCPL



Tompkins County Public Library is once again pleased to participate in Art in the Heart of the City.  Recently, artist Sam Castner could be seen outside the library installing two intricate iron sculptures.

The sculptures, sited outside the front entrance to the library at the junction between Green and Cayuga Street, are  In the Shadow of the Moon (left) and Eclipse (right.)  

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Visual Culture at IHS returns to TCPL June, July & August

Visual Culture at IHS, the annual art exhibit curated by the faculty and featuring the work of Ithaca High School students returns to the Library for a two part exhibit during June, July and August.

During June this exhibit has featured the work of students in Ceramics & Sculpture displayed in the Avenue of the Friends.

During July and August the exhibit will feature artwork created this past year by IHS students in Drawing & Painting, Studio Art, Digital & Film Photography, and AP Studio Art.

The art students at Ithaca High School want to talk about what they know, see and feel through their art.  Their images are personal portraits and perspectives of their environment, their friends, their lives and their imaginations.  Text and image, faces and places are presented as a visual dialogue of these young artists’ lives.

This exhibit is made possible support from the Fine Arts Booster Group & IPEI.

An opening reception will be held during Gallery Opening Night on Friday, July 11, 2014.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

TCPL's Sesquicentennial Exhibits are still on display throughout the Library


Diary of a Library: A Community Card Catalog of Pictures, Memories and Stories will continue on display in the Avenue of the Friends through the end of 2014. 

Have you checked out our Sesquicentennial card Catalog Diary of a Library yet?  Come to TCPL to see this wonderful, creative card catalog which has new cards added to it almost daily. Check the drawer of Library Stories for some fascinating memories. Or look at the cards created by our many young patrons who are totally uninhibited about what they will put on paper.  Many new artists books have been added too and the Histories of the Friends of the Library as well as TCPL keep growing. You can also add your own card.  Tell us what the Library means to you.  What is your favorite book or favorite Library activity. Add to our 150th Anniversary Card Catalog and be a part of our history. 

You still have time to view the fascinating display of Artists in the Archives – A Collection of Card Catalogs which will remain at the Library until June 1.  Feel free to browse the two card catalogs and write your comments in the book provided with the "Alternet."

Our third Sesquicentennial exhibit Talk Tompkins An audio visual installation of portraits of and interviews with, members of the Tompkins County community will be on display through the end of June.  This is proving a very popular exhibit which you can view/listen to at the Library. You may download an exhibit brochure here.  You may also view the exhibit and listen to the interviews on your smartphone or personal computer by going to http://benaltmanphotographs.com/talk.html.

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.