Welcome! The Library includes more than 680,000 images, documents, and videos representing more than 21,000 exhibitions, performances, and other projects. If you aren’t sure what to search for, please browse the material below:
Contemporary Art Library is proud to announce our Closed/Paused Spaces project, an initiative to collect and preserve the documentation histories of art spaces that have permanently or indefinitely closed or paused. Contemporary Art Library has a special focus on opportunities to preserve corners of art history that are not guaranteed to remain in public view. We’re delighted to offer a group of closed spaces we’ve been gathering and archiving this year including Foxy Production, Oracle, Paradise Garage, Full Haus, 1857, White Flag Projects and Clifton Benevento as well as point you towards spaces we’ve been archiving since the Library’s launch.
Our goal is not only to gather these lists for their own sake, but also to keep their important histories alive in the context of the individual artists who were active in them. This will be an ongoing project, so if you know of or have access to the archives of an important closed contemporary art space, please contact Nora so we can bring it into the Library.
We’d like to thank all of the gallerists and artists who took time to hunt in their old hard drives and work with us and bring this material into public view.