May 7, 2019
In an article for Pulp, the arts and culture blog of the Ann Arbor District Library, Elizabeth Smith recounts her experiences with each work in Bookmarks: Speculating the Futures of the Book and Library, curated by Guna Nadarajan, dean of the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design. On view through May 26, 2019, the exhibition is located in several locations within Shapiro Undergraduate Library, Hatcher Graduate Library, and the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library.
The Bookmarks exhibition addresses two questions. First, many works engage with the shift from printed books to digital formats, the displacement of the book as a form, and shifting functions and perceptions of functions of the library. Second, artists question what these shifts in form mean for the institutions housing information. The exhibition asks: “What is the future of the library? What is the future of the book?” Each performance piece, artwork, or installation comment on speculative futures for books, libraries, or shifting technologies in unique ways.