Category Archives: exhibits

Reading & Talk by Lydia Davis

Thursday, September 24th @ 4:30 PM
in the Reading Room, 2nd Floor of the Library

Acclaimed writer Lydia Davis is the author of one novel and seven story collections. Her collection Varieties of Disturbance was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award. She is the recipient of a 2003 MacArthur Genius Fellowship, was named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government for her fiction and translations in 1999, and won both an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award of Merit medal and the Man Booker International Prize in 2013.

Known for her idiosyncratic and extremely short stories, her books include The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis (2009), a compilation of stories written over 30 years, and most recently, Can’t and Won’t (2014).

Hudson, New York, USA, 13.10.2014 på bildet Forfatter Lydia Davis, på togperrongen i Hudson, Upstate NY, foto: Johannes Worsøe Berg

[Hudson, New York, USA, 13.10.2014. Photo by: Johannes Worsøe Berg]


This event is sponsored by the Purchase College Library, The Creative Writing Program, Office of Community Engagement, and Office of Student Affairs.

See an exhibit of her works (novel, stories, translations) in the display kiosk on the Library’s main floor, near the Reference Desk.


Woven Words: Poetry & Textile Workshop with Pamela Hart, Mar. 25th, 12:30pm

The Purchase Writers Center presents a workshop combining the art of poetry and textiles:


WHEN: Wednesday, March 25, 2015

TIME: 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

WHERE: Neuberger Museum of Art

Discover poetry in the visual language of Kuba textiles. Inspired by the vibrant Kuba designs and myths, we’ll explore some approaches to writing offered by ekphrasis, the process of verbalizing the visual.

Workshop Leader Pam Hart is a poet who won an NEA Fellowship in Poetry. She was an inaugural fellow at the Purchase Writers Center. As Writer in Residence at the Katonah Museum of Art, she is an experienced leader of workshops in writing about visual culture.

kuba woven textile

“Unexplored Views,” Study Abroad Photo Exhibition Opening Nov. 20, 6pm

The Pisciotta Study Abroad Program invites you to the grand opening of Unexplored Views, a new photography exhibition at the Library.

Pisciotta Expo 2014

Unexplored Views is a collection of photographs created by the students who traveled with the Study Abroad – Summer Program to Pisciotta, Italy.  Each print and photo book displayed tells the story of the students’ experience while living and studying in a foreign country.  The photographs were made all over Italy– Rome, Florence, Naples, Capri, Pompeii, and of course, Pisciotta.  This exhibition is curated by Art+Design professor Cassandra Hooper who taught these students while abroad.

So come and join us for an evening of photography, networking, and refreshments!

This exhibition will be on display at the Library (second floor) Nov. 20 – Dec. 11, 2014. 

POLIpurch: A Gallery of Political Opinion on Display Now at the Library

Politics meets art in this exhibit of painting and photography on display at the Library.  A senior project exhibit by Desiree Freeman, POLIpurch: A Gallery of Political Opinion is on display from April 22- 28, 2014 at the Purchase College Library. Stop by the DMZ (digital media zone) foyer and Current Periodicals area on the 1st Floor to take a look!

POLIpurch is “an unconventional gallery of political opinion and artwork which aims to both celebrate and inspire political discourse in the Purchase community.”

A small reception will be held on April 22nd at 7pm next to the artwork.

Here’s a peek at some of the artwork on display:

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Book Art & Printing Expo in the Library. Reception 4/8/14, 4:30pm, 2nd Floor

Check out a new exhibition of artists books and printing from students of Prof. Leonard Seastone. Join us for a reception on Tuesday April 8th at 4:30pm in the Library 2nd Floor Reading Room.

Books and Printing from the Classes:

 “Letterpress Workshop” and “Book Structures”

An exhibition of the work of current and former students of Prof. Leonard Seastone

When: April 7 – April 28

Where: Library 2nd Floor Reading Room

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You are invited to attend the Opening Reception:

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.   

Light refreshments will be served.


Thanks to: Patrick Callahan, Steven Lam, Warren Lehrer, Kirsten Nelson, Eileen Prager, Gabby Ibacache, Joseph Swatski, Holly Williams, Jack Napierala, Sean McNulty, Stefanie Wolfson and the University Police for helping make this exhibition possible.

“Building Through Arts: Haiti” Library display and benefit concert

Building Through Arts: Haiti posterJoin Arts Management student Gabrielle Hilaire for a benefit concert and complementary Library exhibition  entitled “Building Through Arts: Haiti.” The benefit concert, held in the Dance Theatre Lab, March 8th, 7:00 pm, will raise money to start an arts therapy program at a children’s school in Haiti. This school was built by the non-profit Haitian organization ‘Pou Soley Leve” (For the Rising Sun) for children effected by the 2010 earthquake. An exhibition of books and other materials from the Library’s collection relating to the history, culture, and politics of Haiti is on display in the Library on the main floor near the reference area computers. The display will be up during the week of Monday, March 3th.

Teaming up with the Office of Student Life, SOCA, and the Study Abroad Office, Gabrielle has brought together an array of various artists to present audience members an exciting and eclectic night of performances. Including off and on-campus performers, the concert will include children African dancers, Choral Pleasure, live music, a spoken word artists, Dance Conservatory students and even some Salsa dancing.

“I am striving, through this benefit concert, to bring that hope to children who do not currently have that opportunity due to poverty. When deciding on what my senior project will be, I knew this was the best decision to make,” said Gabrielle, herself a dancer of Haitian descent .

With a student ID Card shown, Purchase students can enter for $5, while general admission is $10. Great tasting Haitian food, cupcakes, and cake pops will be sold in the lobby, along with raffle items! Will you be supporting this great cause? If so, prepare for great entertainment on March 8th, 7:00 PM.

Olivia Fox’s CAPTCHA on view ON the Library

Purchase College Library is thrilled and honored to be the ‘canvas’ for Olivia Fox’s site specific art CAPTCHA. Olivia is the recipient of the 2013-14 President’s Award for Art on Campus. Join us in congratulating Olivia and make sure to check out CAPTCHA the next time you visit the Library.

Artist Statement:

Purchase College Library’s CAPTCHA

Olivia Fox, 2013

(all photos by Chloé Zetkov)

A small alphanumeric string can represent so much. It can point to a specific piece of information within a massive data structure.

The Purchase College Library is a literal data structure, physically sheltering countless documents for the campus community. It serves as a hub of representation – it is the only building which every student and faculty member is a part of.  Everyone is given equal opportunity to use the library. This sort of shared power is a beautiful thing.

I think Alan Turing is an important and tragically obfuscated figure in the history of organizing information. The Turing test asked if machines could think. Nowadays, many theorists argue that machines are extensions of ourselves, and we are presented with CAPTCHAs, an inversion on the Turing test designed to distinguish the humans from the robotic drones.

In the digital age, are we respecting this physical resource? Are we just mindless bots exploiting the library and mining data? To unlock the potential of the library, you must enter the CAPTCHA.

Are you human?

Special thanks: Joe Jakubowski, Christopher Simon, Donna Dennis, Eric Wildrick, Patrick Callahan, Kim Detterbeck, and the Purchase College president and his committee for allowing me this opportunity

Purchase Print Week 2013

It’s Purchase Print Week!   All this week, the School of Art+Design is sponsoring a series of events, workshops, and exhibitions celebrating printmaking.

See a full schedule of events held on campus at

To find books and online resources at the Purchase College Library related to printmaking, make sure you check out our Printmaking Research Guide!

flyer for purchase print week 2013

About PurchasePrintWeek:

“From its earliest form, printmaking has been a way to document, communicate and convey written and visual information. To shed a bright light on printmaking’s various mediums and to show that printmaking is still much alive in what has become a very digital world, Purchase College has created PurchasePrintWeek 2013 to celebrate the art.

PurchasePrintWeek and the exhibition Home Maker: Prints of Houses, Houses of Prints, are made possible, in part, through a generous endowment established by Richard and Dolly Maass. Additional support has been provided by the Purchase College Foundation and an anonymous donor.”

flyer with schedule of print week events. also available at

Sustainable Art: Recycled Seats in the Library

Form meets function with library seating created from recycled materials by a Purchase alum.

If you’ve been a Library visitor over the last couple years, you’ve probably seen these mysterious pieces migrating around the Library.  But what are they?

A seat? A footstool? An end-table? A work of art? Answer:  All of the above.

Sustainability, artistry, and history come together at the Library in the form of these moveable, functional art pieces designed by Purchase alum Christine Lee.

Made from salvaged paint, reclaimed plywood, and discarded brick pavers from the Purchase College plaza renovation, Christine Lee’s work is a prime example of functional art that embraces the principles of environmental sustainability. Now that the plaza renovation is nearly complete, and the old bricks have been replaced, these pieces also speak to campus history and bring a slice of  Purchase’s characteristic outdoor brick motif indoors.

You can find one of these pieces next to the Sustainability Book Display on the first floor of the Library near the center staircase.  Many other examples are sprinkled throughout the Library, near the entrance, in the Periodicals area, and next to couches.

We invite you make good use–and take good care– of this Purchase legacy.

image of a stool on wheels with plaza pavers as top. functional work of art by a purchase alum

“Plaza” by Christine Lee, 2009
Description: “Modular seating constructed with discarded brick pavers from the Purchase College plaza renovation, reclaimed plywood and salvaged paint from the Visual Arts building. Inspired by aerial views, the brick seats can be moved by the user into various configurations.”

Neu First Wednesdays in the Purchase College Library!

Join us for the opening reception of “P” is for Performance : Artists’ Books on Shelves and in Public Spaces, February 6 at 4:45 on the second floor of the Library.

Books are for reading, but they can also be valued for their artistic qualities. To make the point, the Neuberger Museum of Art and the Purchase College Library have co-organized the exhibition P is for Performance: Artists’ Books on Shelves and in Public Spaces.  The exhibition considers the ways in books can move beyond their traditional role as a vehicle of information and become art objects. The exhibition will include a selection of artists’ books from the Library’s Special Collection and demonstrate the ways in which two traditionally unrelated art forms– performance art and books– can be joined together.  The exhibition seeks to define “performative books” and explores how book artists have been inspired by performance art. It offers a peek into the Library’s Special Collections and challenges the idea that museums are the only repositories for art.

Warren Lehrer & Dennis Bernstein 's FRENCH FRIES: A new play  is one of the artists' books included in the exhibition.

Warren Lehrer & Dennis Bernstein ‘s FRENCH FRIES: A new play is one of the artists’ books included in the exhibition.

This exhibition is curated by the Neuberger Museum of Art Curatorial Fellow, Tennae Maki. The opening reception, part of the Museum’s First Wednesday’s at the Neu, will be held on February 6, 2013 on the second floor of the library and begin with a gallery talk at 4:45pm.  A reception with music, bookmaking, and refreshments will continue until 7:00pm.

The exhibit runs through April 24, 2013.

Neu First Wednesdays are designed by Purchase College students to provide lively social, creative and intellectual engagement with works of art for their fellow students and the wider community.