The library is a reading list of sorts, a collection of materials that contributed in large and small ways to the conception and development of where is the power. It shouldn’t be taken as “recommended reading,” but rather some ideas I came across, followed and wanted to pass on. Hope you find something you can use or at least some threads to follow.

This is the proverbial book-tower next to the bed and as such the list will likely grow throughout the exhibition. Feel free to comment on anything from the list that you’ve read and/or to make suggestions of additional materials.

• A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf
• The Art of Power, Tich Naht Hahn
• Beyond Good and Evil, Friedrich Nietzsche
• The Phenomenology of Perception, Maurice Merleau-Ponty
• The Stranger, Albert Camus
• “A Short History of the Glass Mirror,” Josiah McElheny for Cabinet 
• The Tears of Things, Melancholy and Physical Objects, Peter Schwenger
• “Dispersion,” Seth Price
• The Bruce High Quality Foundation Foundation & Other Ideas, BHQF
• Between Artists, Liam Gillick, Lawrence Weiner. editor Alejandro Cesarco
• Between Artist, Amy Sillman, Gregg Bordowitz. editor Alejandro Cesarco
• “Why Does Fred Sandback’s Work Make Me Cry,” Andrea Fraser
• Volition, Gregg Bordowitz
• Lure of the Local, Lucy Lippard
• Six Years: The dematerialization of the art object, Lucy Lippard
• Notes on a Native Son, James Baldwin
• America, Allen Ginsberg
• White: Essays on Race and Culture, Richard Dyer
• Volume 1, Number 1, May 1969, Art-Language
• “The Subject and Power,” Michel Foucault
• The Revolution of Everyday Life: The Perspective of Power, Raoul Vaneigem


2 Responses to library

  1. The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
    Bennett, Jill. Empathetic Vision; Affect, Trauma and Contemporary Art. Stanford: Stanford University Press. 2005.
    (For me the Bennett book was about offering new strategies about how art can serve as a discourse in our chaotic times. I found it empowering and also promoting a quiet collective power)
    Saltzman, Lisa. Making Memory Matter—Strategies of Remembrance in Contemporary Art. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2006.
    (In the same vein, Saltzman’s work makes an argument for the power of art to transform)

    • tthornton says:

      These are great. Thanks Colette. It was nice meeting you last night and I look forward to our paths crossing again.

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