Spring Events

Monday, May 31

Mark your calendar and get excited for the Flaxman Library and Special Collections / Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection spring events! 


Bias Out of the Box Series

Watch Coded Bias

All Month
Coded Bias explores the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini´s startling discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces and women accurately, and her journey to push for the first-ever legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms that impact us all. Watch the film here with SAIC login anytime from anywhere!
Those in the University of Chicago community can view it here: http://tiny.cc/uofccodedbias 
Others can rent it on Vimeo here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/codedbiasaptr

Coded Bias Documentary Discussion: A conversation with director and producer, Shalini Kantayya

Friday, 2/26 at 6:30 pm CT
Join us for a timely conversation with Shalini Kantayya, director and producer of Coded Bias and faculty members from SAIC. Shalini will be speaking about algorithmic biases as well as her role in creating this documentary. Please register in advance using this form.

Algorithmic Activists Panel with Freddy Matinez and Brandi Geurkink

Saturday, 2/27 at 2:00 pm CT
Freddy Martinez is the Director of The Lucy Parsons Lab, a collaboration between data scientists, transparency activists, artists, & technologists that operates in Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area. Brandi Geurkink is Senior Campaigner at Mozilla Foundation where she leads Mozilla’s advocacy work on countering disinformation and tech platform accountability.  Join us for an engaging discussion around what these organizations are doing to address these important issues. Please register in advance using this form.

Reflecting + Revising: Anti-Racism + Black Lives Matter Virtual Pop-Up Library Re-release

All Month
Anytime after February 1st, check out our updated Anti-Racism + Black Lives Matter Virtual Pop-Up Library originally released last June. It’s been revisited, revised, and reorganized for optimal use as folks navigate their journey toward racial justice and activism.

Mask On, Mask Off

Through 2/27: Special Collections Exhibition Cases, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 5th Floor
Curated by Faith Godwin

Collection Spotlight: Internet Art + Glitch Art

2/10-26: Flaxman Library Exhibition Cases, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 6th Floor
Full description available on this page.


Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Thursday, March 18 from 4 - 7 pm CT, Zoom
No matter your level of experience, we invite you to join us for our Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon! Art+Feminism is  “...an international community that strives to close the information gap about gender, feminism, and the arts on the internet.” We’ll have training available to help as we collectively work to improve representation on Wikipedia for underrepresented artists.

Johanna Drucker Series

The Flaxman Library Special Collections will be partnering with the Printmedia and Art & Art History Departments and the Immediacies Course Cluster Colloquia to host the book artist and visual theorist Johanna Drucker. 

Johanna Drucker Public Lecture

Tuesday, 3/9 at 5:00 pm CT, Zoom

How to Read An Artists’ Book, A Workshop with Johanna Drucker

Friday, 3/12 at 10:00 am CT, Zoom*
*The sign-up for this workshop is first-come, first-served, and will be capped at 30, please email to register: jfabc@saic.edu
Artists who make books often play with the expectation of readers. The result can be confusion, delight, or a combination of frustrations and questions. The deliberate manipulation of features of a book can turn it into an object, a visual or pictorial narrative, or a strange pastiche of materials, texts, images, and effects. The usual reading modes appropriate to other formats—novels, textbooks, reference works—don’t quite apply. This workshop will provide an opportunity to experience artists’ books and explore “synthetic reading” as an approach to integrating the multiple modalities of these imaginative objects.

Book As: An Index of Johanna Drucker’s Century of Artists’ Books

All month: Special Collections Exhibition Cases, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 5th Floor + Flaxman Library Exhibition Cases, 6th Floor

Women’s History Month Virtual Pop-Up

Last Week of March
Help us curate items for our Women’s History Month Virtual Pop-Up! Follow our Instagram stories for interactive question boxes throughout March—we’ll use responses to find resources about our community’s favorite women artists and share through a virtual pop-up library.


Deep Risography 

4/28 - 5/15: Special Collections Exhibition Cases, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 5th Floor
Curated by Conor Stechschulte

All Semester

Bibliodérive [Virtual]

Break for Bibliodérive! This year we invite anyone from the SAIC community to take a break from your routine to participate whenever you can, wherever you are. To get started and learn more, visit biblioderive.tumblr.com and choose a prompt. Watch our Instagram @saic_library for updates and inspiration!

Librarians, Live! Interview Series

Librarians, Live! resumes this spring, featuring interviews with members of the SAIC community who incorporate research into their creative / academic practice in interesting ways. Tune in to our Instagram livestream on @saic_library for the first installment with Brandi Sjostrom on Thursday, 2/11 at 4:00 pm CT. (Full schedule available here.) Can’t watch live? Librarians, Live! is published on our IGTV after each interview! 

Flaxman Flix Video Club

Join our new video club every month whenever you can, wherever you! Watch our Instagram for streaming videos available with SAIC login each month. Then share your thoughts through our weekly, interactive Instagram stories (@saic_library).