Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed's Scoring the Stacks is a sprawling participatory public art exhibition at Brooklyn Public Library that invites you to experience the library anew through a series of artist-designed actions and related artist-led workshops.

At the heart of Scoring the Stacks are a series of scores, or language-based artworks drawing on the traditions of musical notation, conceptual art, and constrained writing techniques. Rasheed’s scores invite participants to widely interpret a set of instructions as they roam the library space. Located in the middle of the Grand Lobby at Central branch, the scores, crafted for each division of the library, appear on brightly-colored cards with simple instructions that invite non-linear and chance-based pathways through the library’s stacks, collections, and books. Participants are invited to leave carbon copies of their notations behind and to gather together the cards in a folio they can take away and keep.

Embracing chance, inquiry, and open-endedness as opportunities to grapple with our relationships to ways of knowing, Scoring the Stacks asks us to consider the generative potential of wander and play.

Come meet the artist before you score the stacks.

BPL Curator of Visual Art Programming, Cora Fisher, briefly introduces the project at 2:15pm.

Link to Exhibition Page

About the Artist

Kameelah Janan Rasheed (b. 1985, East Palo Alto CA and based in Brooklyn, NY) is the 2019 Katowitz Radin Artist in Residence at Brooklyn Public Library. Rasheed is an artist and learner seeking to make her thinking visible through an ecosystem of iterative projects such as “architecturally-scaled collages,” (Frieze Magazine, Winter 2018), poems/poetic gestures/words in the proximity of poems, long-form essays, publications, large-scale public works, digital archives, teaching, curriculum development, lecture performances, stand-up comedy, and other forms yet to be determined.


Kameelah Janan Rasheed: Scoring the Stacks is made possible by the Katowitz Radin Endowment, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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