The MoMA Library Council is a group of art and book enthusiasts whose contributions benefit the Museum’s Archives, Library, and Research Collections and help support a unique publishing program. Council members support the Museum’s mission to acquire, preserve, and make accessible MoMA’s research collections. Reflecting upon the Museum’s collections and its longstanding interest in artist’s publications as an expressive form, the Council publishes artist’s books which members may choose to receive during their membership year. The Council also sells a small number of examples from each edition to libraries, museums, and private collectors to support MoMA’s research collections.
Contact: May Castleberry, Editor, Contemporary Editions, MoMA
Megan Govin, Department Manager, Archives, Library, and Research Collections, MoMA
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Tomás Saraceno, Forthcoming Artist’s Book Project
This year, generously contributing to MoMA Library Council’s artist’s book program, the Argentine-born, Berlin-based artist Tomás Saraceno delves into a project that draws attention to spiders and their webs, expanding our understanding of how we might move from arachnophobia to arachnophilia. Spiders have always lived among us. Yet, in the current ecological crisis, the planet’s sixth mass extinction, invertebrates like spiders and insects are disappearing at an accelerated pace, presenting major consequences for the environment and its ecosystems. By fostering new relations with spider/webs, Tomás Saraceno and the community group Arachnophilia work to cultivate “arts of noticing,”strengthening our symbiotic relationships with the nonhuman bodies with whom we share this planet in an effort to deepen our understanding of environmental justice and interspecies cohabitation. For this work-in-progress, the artist is creating a complex pop-up book, made from hand-cut and laser-cut paper, with digital and hand printed elements.