Shadows and Outlines

Shadows and Outlines: An Incomplete Portrait of the Reanimation Library

Tuesday, September 25, 6:30–8 PM
ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013

The Reanimation Library is a small, independent public library based in Brooklyn. It is a collection of books that have fallen out of routine circulation and been acquired for their visual content. Outdated and discarded, they have been culled from thrift stores, stoop sales and throwaway piles, and given new life as a resource for artists, writers and cultural archaeologists.

Shadows and Outlines is a set of short readings made up entirely of excerpts from the library’s holdings paired with projected images from its image archive. Sequenced, unmediated fragments of found text and an accompanying stream of decontextualized images will provide a personalized, fractured and incomplete portrait of the wide-ranging attitudes, ideologies and visual systems contained within the collection. Join us to hear readings by Reanimation Library founder Andrew Beccone and three guest readers—writers Sarah Gentile, Sarah Giovanniello, and John Reed. 

This event is free and open to the public, though seating is limited. Please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with Reanimation Library in the subject field.

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September 25, 2012


Andrew Beccone

Andrew Beccone, an artist and librarian, is the founder and director of the Reanimation Library. He received his Masters in Information and Library Science from the Pratt Institute in 2005. In addition to coordinating the library’s ongoing New York-based activities, he has organized temporary branch libraries in Carlisle, PA; Chicago; London; Philadelphia; and Providence, RI. 2013 will bring branches to Joshua Tree, Los Angeles and Stamford, CT, and Mexico City. He lives in Brooklyn.

Sarah Gentile

Sarah Gentile is an archivist, writer, and feminist living in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently Associate Archivist for Digital Collections at Brooklyn Museum. She holds a BA from UMASS, and an MA in Library Science from CUNY. Along with other collaborators, she has created and produced the Bad Feminist Reading series and is a founding editor of the literary journal Crown.

Sarah Giovanniello

Sarah Giovanniello is an independent curator, writer and researcher from Washington, DC, by way of Philadelphia. She was the Research Assistant in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, where supported the programming, exhibitions, and collection research and development since 2008. Sarah is currently busy with several curatorial collaborations including the Bad Feminist Reading Series and Limited Time Only, along with ongoing performance research and writings. She holds a BA from Bryn Mawr College and an MA in Performance Studies from NYU.

John Reed

John Reed is the author of the novels A Still Small Voice (Delacorte Press), The Whole (MTV / Simon & Schuster), the SPD bestseller Snowball’s Chance (Roof Books, tenth anniversary edition forthcoming from Melville House), All The World’s A Grave: A New Play By William Shakespeare (Penguin / Plume) and Tales of Woe (MTV Press). He has been published in (selected): Paper Magazine, Popmatters, the New York Press, Timeout New York, Artforum, Bomb Magazine, Playboy, Vice Magazine, Out Magazine, Art in America, the PEN Poetry Series, the Los Angeles Times, the Good Men Project, Believer, Rumpus, Daily Beast, and the Wall Street Journal.

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