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Library Science, an exhibition curated by Rachel Gugelberger, Senior Curator at Exit Art, New York is currently at ArtSpace in New Haven, Connecticut. Through drawing, photography, sculpture, installation, painting and web-based projects, the artists in Library Science explore the library through its unique forms, attributes and systems via  paintings, drawings, sculpture, installations, web-based projects, coupled with the Library Science Film Festival of films with library-connected themes or characters taking place around the state. Among the films screened were the following:

Biblioburro: The Donkey Library, a 2008 documentary about Luis Soriano, a Colombian teacher who brings a circulating library of donated books to children of the poor and violence-ridden Magdalena Province aided by  two hard-working burros.

Desk Set, a 1957 romantic comedy with featuring Katherine Hepburn as a reference librarian at a television station and Spencer Tracy as the engineer who has been sent to "computerize" the library.

Fahrenheit 451, Francois Truffaut's 1966 masterpiece adaptation of the Ray Bradbury classic.

The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag, in which small town librarian Penelope Ann Miller confesses to a murder she did not commit. (It's a comedy.)

The Librarian: Quest for the Spear, an action thriller from 2004 starring Noah Wylie as a librarian on a quest to restore magical artifacts stolen from his library.

The Man Who Wanted to Classify the World, a 2002 documentary about Paul Otlet, the Belgian bibliographer and pioneer of information management who invented the Universal Decimal Classification system, microfilm and the ubiquitous index card catalog used in most libraries.

The Music Man, the 1962 musical starring Shirley Jones as the iconic Marian the Librarian.

Out of Obscurity, from 2000, a short that tells the story of five young men who stage a civil protest in 1939 to open the public library in Alexandria, Virginia, to African-Americans.

Puss in Boots: Adventures of a Library Cat, a short film from 1997 that features library cats from around the United States.

Save and Burn, 2006, a documentary looks at the politicization of libraries and their role in the promotion and obstruction of democratic debate.

Soylent Green, 1973s  sci-fi cult classic about a futuristic dystopia in which the public library becomes the Supreme Exchange and the government controls all information, including the fact that soylent green is people!

Storm Center, a 1957 drama in which Bette Davis plays a beloved small town librarian who becomes ensnared in the a political witch hunt and book banning attempts by the local government.

The Twilight Zone: Time Enough At Last, an episode of the Twilight Zone television series in which Burgess Meredith plays a meek bank teller and book lover who stumbles upon a public library in a post apocalyptic world.

Alas, it closes January 28th, but you can visit the website to learn more about the artists and read the fascinating essays that discuss this thought provoking exhibit.

Posted 24 Jan 2012 4:38 PM by Maria Sosa