Chloë Bass: The Parts

Central Library

Locations: Center for Brooklyn History, Central Library

BPL is proud to present The Parts, a multiform project by artist Chloë Bass. Bass is BPL’s  2021 Katowitz-Radin Artist-in-Residence.

The Parts consists of images from the artist’s daily life and reflective personal texts, which reside at the intersection of aphorism, diary entry and prose poetry. Born on Instagram, the series is now being translated into various physical and digital forms, all publicly accessible at several library branches.

The project considers the many registers of personal and public experience, as they become living history. Taken together, each element of The Parts develops an alternative archive capturing and processing the shared context of national current events, including the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, social resistance movements, and pandemic flashpoints.The Parts constitutes an unusually intimate form of public address, inviting all of us to reflect on how personal and public histories intersect and providing language and feeling through which to process the crises and positive developments around us.

Exhibition Programs

The Future of Care, with Chloë Bass and Hannah Zeavin

Held in partnership with Art World Conference

Tuesday August 31 st 6-7pm

Register HERE


About Chloë Bass

Chloë Bass (b. 1984, New York) is a multiform conceptual artist working in performance, situation, conversation, publication, and installation. Her work uses daily life as a site of deep research to address scales of intimacy: where patterns hold and break as group sizes expand. Bass has held numerous fellowships and residencies: she is a 2020 – 2022 Faculty Fellow for the Seminar in Public Engagement at the Center for Humanities (CUNY Graduate Center), a 2020 – 2022 Lucas Art Fellow at Montalvo Art Center, and was a 2019 Art Matters Grantee. Previous recent honors include a residency include a residency at Denniston Hill, the Recess Analog Artist-in-Residence, and a BRIC Media Arts Fellowship. Her projects have appeared nationally and internationally, including recent exhibits at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, BAK basis voor actuele kunst, the Knockdown Center, the Kitchen, the Brooklyn Museum, CUE Art Foundation, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the James Gallery, and elsewhere. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Queens College, CUNY, where she co-runs Social Practice Queens with Gregory Sholette.

About the Katowitz Radin Artist in Residence Program at Brooklyn Public Library

Through the Katowitz Radin Artist in Residence program, Brooklyn Public Library supports emerging and established artists to meaningfully engage with BPL’s collections, programs, and services as a way to expand their art making practices. The program began in 2014 with renowned jazz vocalist Cilla Owens. Since then, children’s illustrator Pat Cummings, painter Steve Keene, visual artist Molly Crabapple,  artist and educator Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and artist and environmental activist Mary Mattingly have each been awarded the residency, which includes performances or exhibitions and adjacent public programs such as talks and artist-led-workshops.

Preview the Exhibit


The Parts is curated by Cora Fisher, BPL Curator Visual Art Programming, and is made possible by the Katowitz Radin Endowment and the Brooklyn Eagles—a group of young and engaged supporters of Brooklyn Public Library.