An Artist Dialogue Series Event - Elizabeth Felicella and George Stolz
FREE - The Corner Room Doors open at 2:00 p.m.
Taking up Melvil Dewey’s own preoccupation with the importance of browsing in his conception of the Dewey Decimal system, in 2008 Elizabeth Felicella set out to document New York City’s branch libraries with a large-format view camera. The result is a complete catalog of the city’s more than 200 branch libraries that took Felicella four years to complete and took her to every neighborhood across the five boroughs of New York. In conjunction with her Art Wall on Third site-specific exhibition Reading Room: A Catalog of New York City's Branch Libraries, Felicella and independent critic George Stolz discuss, picture by picture, Felicella’s findings during her four years of citywide ‘browsing’, including the question of maps and ‘reading’ the city itself. Following the discussion there is a question-and-answer session, during which members of the audience are encouraged to share their personal stories about their own branch libraries, whether as a patrons or branch library staff.
Elizabeth Felicella is an architectural photographer based in New York City. Her commissioned work appears regularly in architectural and design publications here and abroad. Her long-term, independent projects include Reading Room: A Catalog of New York City’s Branch Libraries; Idlewild: An Atlas of the Periphery of Kennedy International Airport, and Uneasy Spaces: Security in the Public Realm. She has received support for her work from the Graham Foundation, NYSCA, and The Design Trust for Public Space, as well as fellowships from the MacDowell Foundation, Ucross, and the Fulbright Commission.