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FLYING PIG ROAST
September 13, 2014, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Institute Library is pleased to announce its second annual Flying Pig Roast fundraiser on Saturday, September 13!

To buy tickets online today, please visit 2014wholehog.eventbrite.com.

To join the Facebook event, please click HERE!

Convenience fees apply to online tickets sales. To pay by check, please send check and email address to:

The Institute Library
847 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510

Event address will be e-mailed after ticket purchase. The 2013 Roast sold out, so buy your ticket early.

Pig Roast at the Institute Library

 


The Family Hightower at the Institute Library

Book Party:
The Family Hightower: A Novel by Brian Slattery

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a book party celebrating the release of Brian Slattery's new novel, The Family Hightower. There'll be a little reading--seriously, just a little--accompanied by live music from the Bivolita Klezmer Ensemble, followed by a Q&A. Light refreshment possible and chance of after-drink drinks.

Join the Facebook event HERE!

"There will be blood, Brian Slattery promises early on, and, man, does he deliver. Expertly paced and beautifully detailed, The Family Hightower is a Ukrainian-American Godfather–a time-traveling, globetrotting crime saga spanning the last century, spiriting the reader from Morocco to Zimbabwe to Romania and always back home to strangely exotic Cleveland. Completely satisfying and completely brilliant." - Stewart O'Nan, author of A Prayer for the Dying and Last Night at the Lobster

In 1968 two boys are born into a large family, both named for their grandfather, Peter Henry Hightower. One boy—Peter—grows up in Africa and ends up a journalist in Granada. The other—Petey—becomes a minor criminal, first in Cleveland and then in Kiev. In 1995, Petey runs afoul of his associates and disappears. But the criminals, bent on revenge, track down the wrong cousin, and the Peter in Granada finds himself on the run. He bounces from one family member to the next, piecing together his cousin's involvement in international crime while learning the truth about his family's complicated history. Along the way the original Peter Henry Hightower's story is revealed, until it catches up with that of his children, revealing how Peter and Petey have been living in their grandfather's shadow all along.

The novel takes a look at capitalism and organized crime in the 20th century, the legend of the self-made man, and what money can do to people. Like Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex, The Family Hightower stretches across both generations and continents, bearing the weight of family secrets and the inevitable personal toll they take on loved ones despite our best intentions.


WHISPERING GALLERIES OPENING RECEPTION
at The Institute Library
September 4, 2014, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

POETRY | MUSIC | HISTORY
EXPERIENCE NEW HAVEN!

Free and open to the public.

Light refreshments will be served.

To join the Facebook event, click HERE!

Whispering Galleries at the Institute Library

SITE PROJECTS current public artwork will open at The Institute Library with an OPENING RECEPTION that will paint a multifaceted portrait of New Haven in the 1850s.

AMARANTH BORSUK will read from the work and discuss her experience translating the diaries of this anonymous New Haven county shopkeeper.

One of MUSIC HAVEN's resident violinists, Gregory Thompkins, will introduce attendees to the kind of music the shopkeeper -- a violinist and composer himself -- might have enjoyed.

One of THE INSTITUTE LIBRARY's librarians, Chelsea Stone, will present the story of The Institute during this time -- an important time for the organization itself.

Whispering Galleries will remain on display at the Institute Library throughout the fall.


Amateur Hour No. 14 at the Institute Library

Amateur Hour No. 14: INVENTED LANGUAGES!

Featuring John Quijada
Hosted by Joshua Foer

Amateur Linguist John Quijada spent 30 years, while working at the state DMV in California, pursuing a dream that has entranced philosophers and philologists for centuries: the invention of a more perfect language. Join the creator of "Ithkuil" on Tuesday, September 9, for a wide-ranging discussion of artificial languages and the pursuit of meaning.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Library Members $10 Admission,
Non-Members $15

Tickets available online at
amateurhourfourteen.eventbrite.com

John Quijada has a bachelor’s degree in linguistics, and throughout his adult life continued to study linguistics as a personal hobby. His realization that languages convey thought in an inefficient manner motivated him to compare and contrast language structures. He realized he might try to create a language that “combined” the most efficient and interesting features of various languages. Between 1978 and 2011, Ithkuil evolved through self-study, trial and error, and determination. Further reading on Ithkuil is available in A Grammar of the Ithkuil Language, by John Quijada (2012). The language is featured in the fictional work Beyond Antimony, by John and Paul Quijada (2012).

Collectible limited editions of posters signed by John Quijada, Joshua Foer, and Jack Hitt will be available for sale following the event.

Amateur Hour, the Institute Library's monthly series curated by Joshua Foer and Jack Hitt, explores the passions and pursuits of America's most inspiring fanatics, obsessives, tinkerers, and collectors.

Amateur Hour is made possible through the generous support of CT Humanities, Stratton Faxon, and Virginia Quarterly Review (VQR). VQR is now publishing a section on selected Amateur Hour installments in every issue.


STILLED LIFE
September 6 through October 11, 2014

Curated by Sophie Aston

The Gallery at the Institute Library

Opening Reception
Saturday, September 6, noon until 2
Open to the public during regular library hours.

Image to the Right: "Pocket".
Artist: April Childers
Dimensions: 35" x 31"
Medium: masonite, fabric, thread

Stilled Life at the Institute Library

Please visit the Gallery at the Institute Library for Stilled Life, curated by Sophie Aston and featuring works in various media byApril Childers, Angelina Gualdoni, Keiko Narahashi, and Tom Reilly.

Stilled Life refers to a pause, a hiatus, a silhouette, a negative space. It is the moment in between states or the insistent overlap of a refrain. This exhibition showcases work that we get 'stuck' in front of. Monumental and abject, slight yet solid, the work of these four artists extends the tradition of Still Life. Narratives are open-ended; the evidence of change is what remains as presence.


Storytelling at the Institute Library

Storytelling Workshops

Inaugural Workshop:
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

Lead by led by Arnie Pritchard, a storyteller from New Haven and longtime member of the Connecticut Storytelling Center.

Open to Library Members.
Click here to learn about joining the library.

Register for free at
storytellingatthelibrary.eventbrite.com

Everyone is a storyteller. You create, pass on, and interpret stories every day - when you tell a friend about your day, update the boss on your current project, or tell your grandson what his mother was like as a child. This fall, the Institute Library and the Connecticut Storytelling Center will offer a workshop series to help members become more intentional and thoughtful about how they tell stories. Each participant will have the opportunity to choose a brief story to tell, and we will help each other hone our stories. Your story may be based on your own experience, it may be a traditional folktale or legend, or you may find another genre.

The workshops will be held from 6:30-8 P.M. on four Thursdays, September 25, October 9 and 23, and November 6.

On November, 13, the Institute Library will present a “Tellabration!”, a public storytelling show. We hope to help prepare workshop participants so that they will share their stories then!


BOOK PLATES
July 21, 2014

The Institute Library is pleased to announce its second annual Book Plates fundraising dinner and reception Monday, July 21!

For more information, please click HERE.

To buy tickets online today, please visit bookplates2014.eventbrite.com.

Convenience fees apply to online tickets sales. To pay by check, please send to:

The Institute Library
847 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510

Seats are limited at each restaurant, so please reply early to secure your first choice. Every attempt will be made to accommodate preferences.

Book Plates 2014 at The Institute Library

 


Michael Bell and Jack Hitt at the Institute Library

Amateur Hour, No. 13: VAMPIRE HUNTER!

Featuring Michael Bell
Hosted by Jack Hitt

For three decades, Michael Bell has been uncovering real vampire killings in New England. He’s found accounts of 80 bodies covertly dug up and desecrated in unusual ways. When it comes to re-killing the living dead, Transylvania’s got nothing on the Connecticut tri-state area.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30

Library Members $10 Admission,
Non-Members $15

Tickets available online at
amateurhourthirteen.eventbrite.com

Please join host Jack Hitt and members of the Institute Library for a chilling live conversation with Michael Bell Wednesday, June 25.

Collectible limited editions of posters signed by Michael Bell, Jack Hitt, and Joshua Foer will be available for sale following the event.

Amateur Hour, the Institute Library's monthly series curated by Joshua Foer and Jack Hitt, explores the passions and pursuits of America's most inspiring fanatics, obsessives, tinkerers, and collectors.

Amateur Hour is made possible through the generous support of CT Humanities, Stratton Faxon, and Virginia Quarterly Review (VQR). VQR is now publishing a section on selected Amateur Hour installments in every issue.


Phil Lique in Por Oaxaca at the Institute Library

 

Por Oaxaca

Curated by Catalina Barroso-Luque

May 24 - June 21

The Gallery at the Institute Library

Opening Reception Saturday, May 24
Noon until 2:00 p.m.

Please visit the Gallery at the Institute Library for the final exhibition of this season, Por Oaxaca, curated by Catalina Barroso-Luque and featuring works in various media by Sophie Aston, Panachai Chaijaratat, Isabelle Gressel, Phil Lique, Susan McCaslin, Ivan Mendez Vela, Martin Roberts, Justin Rodier, Kevin Van Aelst, and Maria Lara Whelpley.

Por Oaxaca is a record of responses to a seemingly straightforward photograph taken in Oaxaca, Mexico, and sent by the curator to a selection of local and international artists. The diversity of work stemming from the same image brings out issues of cultural tourism, analog vs. digital technology, image-media mediation over our engagement with reality, cultural aesthetics, and the prevalence of a western hegemony over contemporary artistic production.


MUSIC AT THE INSTITUTE LIBRARY!

with

Elison Jackon, Dr. Caterwaul's Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps & These Busy People

Saturday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Main Floor of the Institute Library

Library Members $10 Admission,
Non-members $15

Tickets available online at
elisonjackson2014.eventbrite.com

Elison Jackson, Dr. Caterwaul's, and These Busy People at the Institute Library

The introduction of "rock" music to the 188-year old Institute Library this spring culminates with a showcase of three experimental folk-rock groups Saturday, May 17. Join us as we welcome Elison Jackson (featuring the Institute Library's own, Sam Perduta), Dr. Caterwaul's Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps, and These Busy People to our hallowed halls!

ELISON JACKSON is a five-piece garage–folk/psychedelic rock band from New Haven. Their third record, Do Not Fear To Kill A Dead Man, was released in the fall of 2013 to critical acclaim. Featuring basement organs, haunted lyrics, and Neil Young-esqe guitar jams, their sound has expanded significantly from its folk roots, moving forward with a strong foundation into blues, synth, and prog. They’ve shared the stage with Akron/Family, Water Liars, The Music Tapes, Those Darlins, and more and have toured the East Coast extensively for the past two years. They plan to hit the studio in the summer of 2014. “The beauty of this album is that it sounds like it was recorded around 1966, yet sounds perfect today and will still sound perfect 50 years from now.” – Lonesome Noise, 2013

Formed in 2010, DR. CATERWAUL'S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS—Chris Cretella (guitar), Adam Matlock (accordion and clarinet), Michael Paolucci (percussion), Brian Slattery (violin and banjo), and Mike Tepper (bass)—have made a name for themselves as a band playing music from around the world and across a variety of styles, from American folk and spirituals to Eastern European dance music to Ethiopian jazz to original compositions by Matlock.

THESE BUSY PEOPLE, based out of Brooklyn, New York, is formed by Adam Eisler (formerly "Abraham King"), Justin Iwinski, and Dave Preli.


Katie Innamorato, Robert Marbury, and Joshua Foer at the Institute Library


Amateur Hour, No. 12: ROGUE TAXIDERMY!

Featuring Robert Marbury & Katie Innamorato
Hosted by Joshua Foer

The venerable craft of stuffing and mounting dead animals has never been more popular - or more weirdly provocative. Join the co-founder of the Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists and a leading taxidermy artist as we learn how to skin and stuff a roadkill squirrel.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30

Library Members $10 Admission,
Non-Members $15

Tickets available online at
amateurhourtwelve.eventbrite.com

 

Rogue taxidermy is a genre of pop-surrealist art characterized by mixed media sculptures containing traditional taxidermy materials that are used in an unconventional manner. Two of the movement's leading practitioners, Robert Marbury and Katie Innamorato, will shed light on how the craft of taxidermy became a contemporary art form and what it says about our relationship to the natural environment. Please join special guests Katie Innmorato and Robert Marbury, host Joshua Foer, and members of the Institute Library Tuesday, May 13, for Amateur Hour 12: ROGUE TAXIDERMY!

Collectible limited editions of posters signed by Katie Innamorato, Robert Marbury, Joshua Foer, and Jack Hitt will be available for sale following the event.

Amateur Hour, the Institute Library's monthly series curated by Joshua Foer and Jack Hitt, explores the passions and pursuits of America's most inspiring fanatics, obsessives, tinkerers, and collectors.


Postales Mestizas:
An Emerging Installation

By Catalina Barroso-Luque

January-May, 2014

Main Floor of the Institute Library

Catalina Barroso-Luque - Lakeside Bombing

Over the next five months, the circulating gallery on the main reading room floor of the Institute Library will gradually be transformed into a display of Postales Mestizas, by Catalina Barroso-Luque, with a new image from the series installed each week from now through May.

The artist has fashioned these small-scale works out of collaged, collected post-cards and other found images, and her own discarded photo-prints. They are an intuitive recycling of the artist’s physical and mental imagery that aims to bring into question the boundaries between personal and collective memory, as well as established notions of cultural aesthetics.

IMAGE: Catalina Barroso-Luque, Lakeside Bombing, 2013. Collage



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