A Found in the Library Exhibition
Wednesday, January 11Tuesday, February 14

Sharp Building
6th Floor Exhibition Cases

Image of photo booth strips with white bars over the sitters' eyes. White, torn pieces of paper overlaid read "Redacted / A Found in the Library Exhibition / 1.11-2.14 2023"

Using several decades of materials found in the John M. Flaxman Library, this exhibition considers what it means to collect, preserve, and revisit the memories of others. We can never fully understand the connections the original owners may have had to these objects. Yet, each holds emotional significance - either explicitly or through projections from our own lived experiences. By redacting, remixing, and obscuring, we can consider new relationships between objects and manufacture new memories without the original owner’s context.

This exhibition is following in the footsteps of Alexis Petroff, who originally started collecting these found items, and other Flaxman staff who have presented their curated selections since.

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