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Join us for an intimate conversation with our two library artists-in-residence on August 7 from 6 to 8 pm where they will discuss their recent work and reflect on the experience of making art in and of the library.

In January 2019, Bard Graduate Center Library welcomed visual artists JoAnne McFarland and Rachel Selekman to use the library to develop new work that highlights our unique collection as well as their respective approaches to research. To mark the end of their residency, each artist has altered a section of the library, transforming study alcoves to exhibition spaces to show their research-inspired work.

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JoAnne McFarland: Queen For a Day
Rachel Selekman: Shield

Both exhibitions on view July 24 through the end of August in the Bard Graduate Center Library
Viewing available by appointment only, please contact: to schedule a visit.

JoAnne McFarland is a poet, painter, and curator from Brooklyn. She is the former Exhibitions Director of A.I.R. Gallery and the founder of Artpoetica, a project space in Gowanus Brooklyn that links literary and visual expression. Her latest poetry collection, Identifying the Body, was published in 2018 by The Word Works. Her artwork is part of many public and private collections, including the Library of Congress and the Columbus Museum of Art. In her practice McFarland treats violence and creativity as diametrically opposed: each act of making thwarts violence’s aim to destroy.

Rachel Selekman is a visual artist based in Brooklyn. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Rosemont College in Rosemont, PA, and group exhibitions at the Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn; Marc Straus Gallery, NYC; Brooklyn Academy of Music; Galerie Aurel Scheibler, Berlin; Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA; and Lesley Heller Workspace, NYC; to name a few. Selekman’s work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, Microsoft, the US State Department, and Montefiore Medical Center. Commissioned pieces can be found at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and the Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville. Her catalogue, Rachel Selekman: Making Connections, which surveys her sculpture and works on paper, was published in 2014. Selekman received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received a full-tuition scholarship.

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