If you're jonesing for an art fix, the months of October and November are sure to satisfy your craving.
From October 12 to 30, for three consecutive weekends, New Haven itself becomes an exhibition space as part of Artspace's 14th Annual City-Wide Open Studios. Local artists participating in the month-long visual arts festival welcome visitors to their studios in New Haven, West Haven, North Haven and Hamden. Other hot spots include Erector Square (the former Erector set factory), and the Alternative Space, an empty building for temporary installations. Some new features this year include an iPhone urban search app, which will allow registered artists to post updates to their studio information, and visitors to download CWOS maps, a special passport for studio visitors to use and fill during the middle weekend, making them eligible to win a specially commissioned print, and a private closing celebration party at the Yale University Art Gallery.
Overall, "We're trying to do some performances, and more activities in the studios," says Executive Director Helen Kauder.
In November, Artspace hosts an exhibition, organized by New York-based guest curator Rachel Gugelberger and funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts called Library Science. The title and premise of Library Science derive partly from conceptual artist Eleanor Antin's 1972 work in which "pieces of information" describing women artists were catalogued by the Library of Congress classification system and subject headings. The show also finds inspiration in the field of library and information science, which investigates library resource usage, human interaction with library systems, and information organization.
Library Science extends beyond the gallery in New Haven's Ninth Square: Connecticut artists will display work commissioned specifically for the show in libraries within walking distance, like the Institute Library, Beinecke Rare Books & Manuscripts and Haas Arts Libraries, which house great visual resources. "We wanted artists to be able to have an opportunity to really establish connections with librarians," says Kauder of what she considers the "living, transformative aspect" of Gugelberger's show. "Artists often don't necessarily have the easiest time to find resource materials."
Locals don't always know what's available to them either. As a part of the Library Science exhibition, Artspace plans to arrange a walking tour from library to library, which Kauder hopes will open these institutions up to the public.