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Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here:
Artists and Writers Against
Forgetting Our Endless War

Part II: April 5-30, 2014

Opening reception, Saturday, April 5
Noon until 2:00 p.m.

Alex Appella and BeauBleil at the Institute Library

On March 5th 2007, a car bomb was exploded on al-Mutanabbi Street, the historic center of Baghdad bookselling. More than 30 people were killed and over 100 were wounded. In response to this attack upon a cultural treasure of the Iraqi people, the poet and bookseller Beau Beausoleil founded the al-Mutanabbi Street Project, which includes a collection of artists' books and a literary anthology, Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, with contributions by over 125 writers from around the world.

An exhibition drawn from this material by Institute Library Curator-in-Residence Stephen Kobasa appears in two parts at the Institute Library in New Haven between March 1 and May 3.

The opening reception for Part II will take place Saturday, April 5.

This exhibition and related events are free and open to the public.

IMAGE: Alex Appella with Beau Beausoleil, March 5th, 2007, Al-Mutanabbi Street, 2009. Ink jet print and binding canvas.


Andrew Chastain at the Institute Library


Amateur Hour, No. 11: 3D PRINTING!

Featuring Andrew Chastain
Hosted by Jack Hitt

Self-taught maker, Andrew Chastain, explores the new world of 3D printing at MakeHaven—where manufacturing is going democratic and you will soon be free to print a handgun, human kidney, car part, or your next meal. Join us as we sharpshoot, transplant, repair, and eat our way into the future.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30

Library Members $10 Admission,
Non-Members $15

Tickets available online at amateurhoureleven.eventbrite.com.

 

Complimentary coffee and light refreshments will be provided by Atticus Bookstore and Café, and collectible limited editions of posters signed by Andrew Chastain, 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: pick up a copy at Atticus Bookstore or read one online at www.vqronline.org!


The Tet Offensive and Chad Raines

Thursday, March 27, 8:00 p.m.

Main Floor of the Institute Library

Library Members $10 Admission,
Non-members $15

Tickets available online at
tetoffensive-library.eventbrite.com

The Tet Offensive and Chad Raines at the Institute Library

Please join us Thursday, March 27, for an evening of subversive strings with the Tet Offensive, featuring special guest, Chad Raines, in their début collaborative performance.

The Tet Offensive is a string quartet-powered rock band led by singer and composer Brian Robinson. Formed in New York City, the Tet Offensive played to audiences at CBGBs and the Knitting Factory covering bands as wide-ranging as Nirvana and the Bee Gees.  Now based in New Haven, the Tet Offensive has become a formidable ensemble, performing original songs deeply influenced by bands like the White Stripes, Radiohead, and Led Zeppelin. It’s the Tet Offensive’s mission to show that traditionally “classical” instruments have just as much bite and visceral energy as the standard rock quartet.

Chad Raines is a musician/composer/sound designer/et cetera currently based in Brooklyn. He performs and arranges for controversial icon Amanda Palmer as a member of The Grand Theft Orchestra and is frontman and composer for electro-pop band The Simple Pleasure. While studying Sound Design at the Yale School of Drama, he performed the roles of Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Tommy in The Who's Tommy and wrote and premiered works including Missed Connections and Project Realms: The World of Henry Darger, which had its second premiere at LA SALA in Williamsburg.


George Kouros at the Institute Library

 

Library as People 5:
George Kouros

Thoughts will be read. Minds will be blown.
George Kouros is. . . The Man Who Knows.

Thursday, March 13, 6:00 p.m.

Biography Room, The Institute Library

Free and open to the public.

 

Please join us next Thursday at the Institute Library for a very special performance by library member George Kouros, who will demonstrate his unique style of mind-reading and magic. Relying on his refined intuition, dodgy psychological ploys, and shameless con artistry, Mr. Kouros will CONTROL YOU ALL. Kindly bring a deck of cards with you to the performance.

Following the demonstration, fellow library member Arthur Kover will lead a brief conversation with Mr. Kouros, exploring the tangled paths that led him to the strange life he leads today. To join this event on facebook, please click HERE.


Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here:
Artists and Writers Against
Forgetting Our Endless War

Part I: March 1-30 , 2014
Part II: April 5-30, 2014

First opening reception, Saturday, March 1
Second opening reception, Saturday, April 5
Noon until 2:00 p.m.


Stephanie Sauer - I Dare You

On March 5th 2007, a car bomb was exploded on al-Mutanabbi Street, the historic center of Baghdad bookselling. More than 30 people were killed and over 100 were wounded. In response to this attack upon a cultural treasure of the Iraqi people, the poet and bookseller Beau Beausoleil founded the al-Mutanabbi Street Project, which includes a collection of artists' books and a literary anthology, Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, with contributions by over 125 writers from around the world.

An exhibition drawn from this material by Institute Library Curator-in-Residence Stephen Kobasa will appear in two parts at the Institute Library in New Haven, beginning Saturday, March 1. During the March 1 reception from noon until 2:00, the gallery will present readings from the anthology by local writers, booksellers, and librarians, including William Baker, Peter Cole, Adina Hoffman, Carlos Hortas, Stephen Kobasa, and Alexis Zanghi.

The opening reception for Part II will take place Saturday, April 5.

This exhibition and related events are free and open to the public.

IMAGE: Stephanie Sauer, I Dare You, 2012. Photograph.


Peter Cole at the Institute Library

 

The Invention of The Invention of Influence:
A Reading and Conversation

Featuring Peter Cole
With Susan Howe and Christian Wiman

"Masterful.... Deeply allusive, profound, committed verse."
- Booklist

Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 p.m.

Main Floor of the Institute Library

The Institute Library is honored to host the New Haven reception for the release of MacArthur fellow Peter Cole's new book of poems, The Invention of Influence. Translator, poet, and author Peter Cole has been called "one of the handful of authentic poets of his own generation" by Harold Bloom, who wrote the introduction to this volume. The Nation calls him "inspired."

Please join us as Mr. Cole reads selections from his work and join fellow poets, Bollingen Prize winner Susan Howe and Christian Wiman of the Yale Institute for Sacred Music, in a conversation about human linkage in language, psychoanalysis, religion, and verse.

Copies of The Invention of Influence will be available for sale and signing by the author. This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged, as seating is limited. For reservations and more information, please visit cole-invention.eventbrite.com.


New Haven Review Subscription Party

Celebrating the release of Issue 13 and merger with the Institute Library

Saturday, February 22, 2014

7:00-9:00 p.m.

Tickets and more information available at nhrissue13.eventbrite.com

New Haven Review Party at the Institute Library

This month, the New Haven Review is formally merging with the Institute Library - two great New Haven literary institutions are now in one home! Join the writers, editors, and readers of the New Haven Review and members of the Institute Library for an evening celebrating this partnership and the release of NHR Issue 13 on February 22.

Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and live tuba, guitar, and clarinet with Norman and the Rockwellians!


Ruth and Sherwin Borsuk at the Institute Library

 

 

Library as People 4:
Ruth and Sherwin Borsuk

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Biography Room, The Institute Library

 

The Tuesday following Valentine's Day, please join us for a cozy hour at the Institute Library to share in the story and a conversation about love and family in the wake of history. Library members Sherwin and Ruth Borsuk will tell of how two families united after the Holocaust, and two members of the new generation became pen pals, then friends, then husband and wife.

A conversation will follow, with audience members invited to share tales of their own. Cookies and coffee will be provided. For more information, please click HERE.


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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