During the Spring 2016 semester assistant professor Lisa Young presented artist Aaron Krach’s project The Author of this Book Committed Suicide to the Image in Context class, as part of the Foundation curriculum for first-year students. Students were excited and inspired by this artist book. A copy was acquired for the Moriarty Collection.
Krach was asked to create a project for the College of Art and Design's Moriarty Library. He and Young decided to pursue a collaborative work that would embed critical thinking, research, and information literacy skills, while introducing first-year students to Moriarty Library. They decided on a crowd-sourced project that engaged collaboration and community building for first-year students—one that also allowed students to meet an artist whose book they’d viewed as a part of the Library Collection and their class curriculum.
Finding the Sky
Moriarty Library has stained glass windows that filter light from the heavens. We think of the sky as positioned outdoors, but the sky also exists within the space of the library, represented in landscape paintings and drawings, film and video stills, photographs, animation cells, and illustrated books. In October, Aaron led 102 Image in Context students and faculty on a hunt to “find the sky” in books housed in the library collection. Students scanned images and created citations that were uploaded to a shared document.