Public Art, Cultural Memory, and Anti-Racism Forum
Remarks by Dr. Laura Pulido (Head of Ethnic Studies Dept.); historic art overview by Ed Teague (Head of Design Library); open and facilitated discussion
Tuesday, January 30, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Knight Library Browsing Room
The UO Libraries receives a substantial number of requests for information about the historic Knight Library’s architecture and art. We also receive occasional complaints, particularly concerning the content of the murals in the east and west stairwells.
In 2017, the Knight Library Public Art Task Force was formed to provide the community with better documentation about the historic building and to identify opportunities to respond to the art while upholding the university’s values of intellectual freedom and artistic expression. (Read "Past is Prologue," a statement about Knight Library murals from the Public Art Task Force.)
This event, Public Art, Cultural Memory, and Anti-Racism is intended to provide a forum for interested students, faculty, staff and community members to provide input to help the Knight Library Public Art Task Force—Phase Two Cohort frame their work. The schedule will include:
- Welcome and opening remarks by Dr. Adriene Lim, Dean of Libraries and Philip H. Knight Chair
- Demonstration of the new research guide, Historic Knight Library: Art and Architecture by Ed Teague, Head of Design Library and co-leader of the task force
- Remarks by Dr. Laura Pulido, Head of the UO Ethnic Studies Department, whose work explores how racial and economic processes shape places and how places inform racial and economic processes
- Open forum and facilitated discussion
About Knight Library and the Public Art Task Force:
On May 3, 1937, a new library opened at the University of Oregon, and on October 23, 1937, the building was formally dedicated. Now called the Knight Library, the building has been described as a monument to the Depression-Era WPA public works programs which financed its construction. With its historic art and architecture, Knight Library is widely regarded as ranking among Oregon’s best examples of integrated design, and its importance has been recognized by inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 2017, the Knight Library Public Art Task Force was formed to provide the community with better documentation about the historic building and to identify opportunities to respond to the art while upholding the university’s values of intellectual freedom and artistic expression.
The first project of the task force was the creation of a comprehensive guide to the library’s art and architecture. This online resource, Historic Knight Library: Art and Architecture, describes the building, the art that adorns it, the people who created it, and the historical contexts in which the various works were created.
The next phase of the task force is to enable presentation of contemporary responses or countervailing reactions to the works. The task force is designing a collaborative process for inviting and commissioning a selected number of original, creative works (e.g., two-dimensional art, digital videos, essays, critiques, research projects, etc.) from the UO community. In early 2018, there will be a call for artworks, essays, and other proposals related to the art of historic Knight Library.
This event is free and open to the public. Accommodations for people with disabilities will be provided if requested in advance by calling 541-346-3056, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.