The latest issue of SEQUITUR includes an informal report on Ph.D. Student Levi Sherman’s ongoing research into how contemporary artists have engaged with the library as a site and a subject. The issue’s theme is “spectacle,” and Levi’s piece, “Following Institutional Critique Inside the Library,” addresses a shift from artists who engage with the surface signifiers of institutional authority to those working within the institution to understand the democratic processes that characterize the modern public library. This research draws from art history, the cultural history of libraries, and information science to better understand how the artists relate differently to the library than the archive or museum. SEQUITUR is a scholarly art and architectural history journal run by graduate students in the Boston University Department of History of Art & Architecture.
Image: John Latham (1921–2006). Skoob Tower Ceremony, June 1966, South Bank, London (1966). Amongst those present were Gustav Metzger, Ivor Davies, Nicholas Tresilian, Ken Coutts-Smith and Barry Flanagan. Pictured: Artist Gustav Metzger. Photograph courtesy The John Latham Foundation and Lisson Gallery.