Reviews and Blog Posts: art

Books Not Meant to Be Read: 100 Cubes

Sol Lewitt

Byers Branch Library Recommends: In this video, Yolanda reviews a book by Conceptual Artist Sol LeWitt:

100 CUBES

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Plaza Voices: Stories of Integration

Photo from the "Stories of Integration" series on view at Barnum Library

Desiree S. of the Ross-Barnum branch writes:

Moving away from one’s home can be one of the most challenging life experiences. Having come to Denver via Oklahoma City myself just one year ago, I can certainly vouch for there being a period of readjustment -- one has to discover all new neighborhoods, meet all new friends and perhaps reconnect with old ones. In short, one must create an everyday existence that is different from what was there before. But what about adjusting to a place where both the language and the culture are completely foreign?

Plaza Voices: "All Immigrants are Artists"

Cover of De Kooning: An American Master, by Mark Stevens and Annalynn Swann

I started thinking recently about how many famous and influential artists came to the U.S. from other countries. Willem de Kooning, that giant of American abstract expressionism, emigrated from the Netherlands in 1926--as a stowaway aboard a British freighter. Pop artist David Hockney's sun-soaked images of California are perhaps all the more notable because he himself is English, though he lived here for years.

CONNECTING VECINOS

CONNECTING VECINOS

We at the Byers Branch Library invite you to come get to know the creative talent in our neighborhood!

CONNECTING VECINOS collaborates with people and resources from the communities that Byers Library serves to provide original programs such as art-workshops, dance performances, poetry readings, and other innovative projects.

Exhibit: For Cowried Girls....featuring Ella Maria Ray, Artist/Anthropologist

Exhibit: For Cowried Girls Who Survived Life’s Infernos Whether They Wanted To Or Not Featuring Ella Maria Ray, Artist/Anthropologist

On display June 17 - 28
Cousins Gallery - Level 3
Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

Artist Chat:
Wednesday, June 25, 6 – 8 p.m.

Community Art Show at the Montbello Library

I bought my first piece of art ever last Saturday. I'm not trying to boast here, but it was a signed original, a one-of-a-kind, handmade masterpiece, and a prize-winner, to boot! Be warned, though: when buying art from first graders, don't be fooled by the adorable, childlike innocence-those little ones have a sharp eye for business. You can come visit my new art piece at the Montbello Library, where it is proudly displayed by the public computers.

White oleander : a novel

by Janet Fitch

Reviewer Rating:
5

Twelve-year-old Astrid is the single star orbiting the bright white planet that is Ingrid, her poet mother. Together they’ve traveled across countries and continents, changing cities as Ingrid changes lovers. “When will we go home?” Astrid asks. “I am your home,” Ingrid answers. Astrid’s existence is ruled by her mother’s...

Love, dishonor, marry, die; cherish, perish a novel

by David Rakoff

Reviewer Rating:
3

This book started out very strong. The structure and premise are impressive, and it’s amazing how Rakoff manages to sketch out all these characters so completely within the constraints of form. Of course, some sections were certainly more smoothly done than others. My favorite segments were Margaret’s and Nathan’s--they were...

Plaza Voices: "It's a Family Thing"

Baby playing with a toy in the Plaza program.

Hanako Ngalame comes many times each week to story times, craft times, and Plaza with her mom and siblings. She is growing up in the library, just like her brothers and sisters.

In the next picture you can see many of the sixteen people who participated in the pastel art workshop, presented by local artist Tony Ortega from the Art Students League of Denver.

You can also see people working on other projects. Three children were playing with our toys, and another two were making puzzles in the background. Four adults were working on computers, three of them looking for places to rent and one creating a resume. One man was getting help with the homework for his English class.

African American Quilters and Collectors: Table of Brotherhood Award Ceremony

Promoting the preservation and art of quilting

Event:
Table of Brotherhood Award Ceremony
Saturday, January 18, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Blair-Caldwell Library

Special Guests: First Lady Hancock, Former Mayor Wellington Webb and many more. The quilts made are presented annually through an award ceremony to outstanding community members in recognition of their service of those in need, or to individuals in crisis, as well as to agencies that help the needy and the homeless.

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