The Library in Architecture, Art and the Imagination. A multi-disciplinary exhibition and publication featuring original artworks, commissioned essays and stories, contemporary library architecture, library lore and ephemera, and pop culture icons. Curated by Sascha Hastings.
curated by Sascha Hastings
Logotopia, from the Ancient Greek Logos meaning "word" and topos meaning "place."
Logotopia: the Library in Architecture, Art and the Imagination is a multi-disciplinary exhibition and publication featuring original artworks, commissioned essays and stories, contemporary library architecture, library lore and ephemera, and pop culture icons. Artists, writers and architects explore the library as a concept and a built form through four distinct categories--the Universal Library, the National Library, the Public Library, the Private Library--and take a peek into the future of new technology and the librarian as cyber avatar.
Featured Architects Hariri Pontarini Architects, Kongats Architects, Patkau Architects, Shigeru Ban Architects, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, and Snøhetta Architects share their inspirations and their deep appreciation for libraries of all types, in both Canadian and international contexts. Featured Artists Adam David Brown, Douglas Coupland, Denis Farley, Guy Laramée and Michael Lewis contribute another dimension to the Logotopia experience. Their works encompass a wide range of media and were chosen for their visual commentary on the notion of the library and their reinforcement of the link between art, architecture and literature.
Featured Writers Lise Bissonnette, Ray Bradbury, Alberto Manguel, Robert Jan van Pelt and Nora Young inform and expand the multi disciplinary tribute to the library by recounting their personal and professional library experiences in essays created expressly for Logotopia. Also featured are excerpts from the blog of Dr. Saad Eskander, the Director of the Iraq National Library and Archive in Baghdad, details of the Fortsas Library Hoax, an introduction to Rex Libris-superhero librarian and unique historical images and artifacts depicting the library.
Logotopia the book, published by Cambridge Galleries is 128 pages, full colour, richly illustrated, and perfect bound. It is designed both as an accompaniment to the Logotopia exhibition and as a stand alone book.
Exhibition curated by Sascha Hastings. Book edited by Sascha Hastings and Esther E. Shipman. Graphic design by Bhandari & Plater Inc.
Cambridge Galleries acknowledge the support of the following organizations:The City of Cambridge, The School of Architecture, University of Waterloo, the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Promotion of Architecture Program of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Opening Tuesday, February 19 at 6:30 pm. Remarks at 7 pm. Hors d'oeuvres by the Melville Café
1 North Square - Cambridge
Hours: Mon Closed, Tues-Thurs 12-8 pm, Fri 12-5 pm, Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 1:30 - 4:30 pm.