I gave my public thesis presentation on Friday. Thinking back to what I actually said, my remarks were a little presumptuous, a bit pretentious (to wit: “I don’t trust that our objectives as a group are in harmony with my objectives as a community member; but art is a proposition, right?”)
I did, however, get the chance to talk about library-like spaces in the Q & A period following my formal discussion of my work and thesis. Reading rooms like the American Swedish Institute Library and visible storage facilities like the Luce Centers at both the Brooklyn Museum and the National Portrait Gallery are great spaces to reference when considering ‘homes’ for art that requires quiet contemplation and/or draws on the creative/expressive voice of specific communities.
I also mentioned the American Library Associations Bill of Rights. Highlights from that document include:
III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
VI. Libraries that make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.
Thesis. That’s the next thing. All of a sudden, I’m ‘clearer’ than I was a week ago… Nice!