"If nothing is happening in your community library, it's not a library."
– Institute of Museum and Library Services
Dumbo Arts Center’s current exhibition is (The Missing Library). This summer, artist Annie Shaw has invited five artists (Jen Kennedy & Liz Linden, Marie Lorenz, Michelle Rosenberg and Angie Waller), an architect (Lori Brown) and two librarians (A.G. Graham and web-specialist Nate Hill) to turn DAC into a civic, non-commercial public space in the form of the Dumbo neighborhood’s first library. The project encourages contemplation on how libraries’ function, physical space, and role within communities is changing as the content libraries have traditionally housed migrates to a digital form.
(The Missing Library), staying true to the intellectual artifacts housed and espoused by any traditional library, offers more to the audience than a static display of art. The pieces, many conceptual in nature, ask for the viewer’s participation, appreciation and consideration of the various materials (be they literature, maps, films or scavenger hunt clues) included in the exhibit.
The exhibition is designed to not only engage the audience but the Dumbo community, a trademark of Annie Shaw. To get the community involved in the discussion, (The Missing Library) includes a series of special events over the course of the exhibition as well as a Friday film series, The Movie Librarians Film Screening with A.G. Graham. Part of DAC’s gallery will serve as a cinema during regular gallery hours but A.G. Graham’s handpicked features---movies portraying different librarians in film---will play every Friday at 4pm.
Below is the full schedule of (The Missing Library)’s free events and featured films:
Weekly Movie Schedule:
JUNE 23 PARTY GIRL, dir. Daisy von Scherler Mayer. 1995
JUNE 24 THE BREAKFAST CLUB, dir. John Hughes. 1985
JULY 1 ZARDOZ, dir. John Boorman. 1974
JULY 8 THE NAME OF ROSE, dir. Jean-Jacques Annaud. 1986
JULY 15 THE MUMMY, dir. Stephen Sommers. 1999
JULY 22 GHOSTBUSTERS, dir. Ivan Reitman. 1984
JULY 29 DESK SET, dir. Walter Lang. 1957
AUGUST 5 THE BIG SLEEP, dir. Howard Hawks. 1946
AUGUST 12 STORM CENTER, dir. Daniel Taradash, 1956
Other Upcoming FREE Events at (The Missing Library):
Thursday, June 30: 3-6pm The Unknown Shore / The Shore Unknown, office hours with Angie Waller & 7 pm The Tide and Current Workshop with Marie Lorenz
Thursday, July 7: 7 pm Lori Brown on Matilda Joslyn Gage Library & Nate Hill on DUMBO Library
Saturday, July 30: 3 pm "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?" a discussion with Jen Kennedy & Liz Linden on Linda Nochlin’s seminal essay
Thursday August 4: 7 pm Family Feud, game night with Angie Waller