HOST LOCATION: Louisville Free Public Library, Southwest Branch
9725 Dixie Highway
Louisville, KY 40272
Gallery Hours: Mon-Thur, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm; Fri/Sat, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sun, 1:00-5:00 pm
Sorted Books – by Nina Katchadourian
Show Dates: September 19 – November 8, 2015
Events: Opening Reception (with Artist): October 1, 5:30-7:30 pm at the Louisville Free Public Library, Southwest Branch (on behalf of Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft)
The Sorted Books project began in 1993 years ago and is ongoing. The project has taken place in many different places over the years, ranging form private homes to specialized public book collections. The process is the same in every case: culling through a collection of books, pulling particular titles, and eventually grouping the books into clusters so that the titles can be read in sequence, from top to bottom. The final results are shown either as photographs of the book clusters or as the actual stacks themselves, shown on the shelves of the library they were drawn from. Taken as a whole, the clusters from each sorting aim to examine that particular library’s focus, idiosyncrasies, and inconsistencies — a cross-section of that library’s holdings. At present, the Sorted Books project comprises more than 130 book clusters.
Nina Katchadourian (Brooklyn, New York) was born in Stanford, California and grew up spending every summer on a small island in the Finnish archipelago, where she still spends part of each year. Her work exists in a wide variety of media including photography, sculpture, video and sound. Her work has been exhibited domestically and internationally at places such as MoMA PS1, the Serpentine Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, Turner Contemporary, De Appel, SculptureCenter, and the Palais de Tokyo. In June 2006 the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs exhibited a 10-year survey of her work and published an accompanying monograph entitled “All Forms of Attraction.” The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego presented a solo show of video installation works in July 2008. In February 2010 she was the artist in residence at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery in Dunedin, New Zealand, where she had a solo show entitled “Seat Assignment.” In April 2013, the monograph “Sorted Books” was published by Chronicle Books on the 20-year anniversary of Katchadourian’s “Sorted Books” project. Katchadourian’s work is included in the 2015 Venice Biennale and she is currently working with MoMA as part of their “Artist Experiments” program. In 2016 her work is the focus of a solo museum show which originates at The Blanton Museum in Austin, TX, and then travels. Nina Katchadourian is an Associate Professor at the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study and she is represented by Catharine Clark gallery in San Francisco.