Sealed for freshness: the MoMA Library collection is on the move, in preparation for enhanced access beginning September 1. This cart is one of many enabling thousands of books to move in a carefully orchestrated sequence. Learn more about access changes here. -jt
Bhai-O-Scope (2015) at Art Fair Delhi. Part of the project Medicine Corner. The artists known as BLOT (Basic Love of Things) investigated regional medicinal practices in India and compiled their discoveries into this “Travelling Museum.” Besides the graphics and samples the unit shows videos and dispenses a comic book about the project. The work lives up to the artists’ reputation for creating “juxtapositions of trans-media content that seeks to connect the experiences of diverse cultures.” -jt
Bibliographic detail from Sudarshan Shetty’s Shoonya Ghar (Empty is this House) at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi. The large-scale installation and film involves a series of structures built from reclaimed architectural elements, suggesting the lives lived within them. Here the artist has furnished a living space, complete with a novel on the kitchen counter. -jt
Really getting into the research At the Table/MoMA Library, a collaborative performance by artist Shelagh Keeley and Choreographer/dancer Lin Snelling on April 30, inspired by the MoMA Library and Archives space and collections. -jt
The intimate library at Sunaparanta - Goa Center for the Arts doubles as an installation space, and Elena Pereira’s Ectasy (left), fits right in. The hammock, knit of metal wire, is part of her project Leftover Love and Other Stories (2015), conceived as “a space of refuge, a haven when one can seek recourse from the outside world, let go and be refreshed.” -jt
Traces of The House of Everything and Nothing (2013) by the Raqs Media Collective live on in the incised exterior of Gujral House, a residence turned installation space in Delhi. The installation visualized data flow between the group’s New Delhi studio and the rest of the world. The lines were formed by removing the concrete stucco to reveal the brick structure beneath.
The visualization was also rendered as a carpet, shown at the Isabella Stuart Gardener Museum in the intervention The Great Bare Mat & Constellation (2012-2013). -jt
Bottom photo from Raqs website.