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Opening Event Kameelah Janan Rasheed: Scoring the Stacks
January 12 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed’s Scoring the Stacks is a sprawling participatory public art exhibition at Brooklyn Public Library that invites you to experience the library anew through a series of artist-designed actions and related artist-led workshops.
At the heart of Scoring the Stacks are a series of scores, or language-based artworks drawing on the traditions of musical notation, conceptual art, and constrained writing techniques. Rasheed’s scores invite participants to widely interpret a set of instructions as they roam the library space. Located in the middle of the Grand Lobby at Central branch, the scores, crafted for each division of the library, appear on brightly-colored cards with simple instructions that invite non-linear and chance-based pathways through the library’s stacks, collections, and books. Participants are invited to leave carbon copies of their notations behind and to gather together the cards in a folio they can take away and keep.
Embracing chance, inquiry, and open-endedness as opportunities to grapple with our relationships to ways of knowing, Scoring the Stacks asks us to consider the generative potential of wander and play.
Come meet the artist before you score the stacks.