Susan Giles’ “In the Center There Were Librarians” and Other Gestures is one of three sculptural bodies of work included in Tuned Mass: Jeff Carter, Faheem Majeed and Susan Giles, a Chicago Cultural Center exhibition. Curated by Greg Lunceford, the exhibition reimagines the liberation of sculpture and painting from the dictates of architecture. The exhibition opened to the public on September 8, 2018 and will remain on view at the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Rooms (78 E. Washington) through January 6, 2019.
“In the Center There Were Librarians” and Other Gestures is a series of 3D sculptural representations of physical gestures used to describethe architecture at the historic Chicago Cultural Center. This body of work stems from conversations with archivists, historians and librarians who previously worked inside the Chicago Cultural Center when the building was the city’s central library. Giles conducted this series of interviews during an Artist Engagement Residency at the Chicago Cultural Center in Spring of 2018, and deploys 3D motion-tracking technology, 3D printing, laser cut cardboard and gallons of Elmer’s Glue to sculpt the sweep and swoop of gestures made by the building’s visitors and staff while speaking about this monumental landmark.