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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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