Through a partnership with the Carnegie International, arts collective Transformazium brought Pittsburgh’s first art lending collective to the Braddock Carnegie Library in the fall of 2013. Just like in any other section of the library, anyone with an Allegheny County Library Card can browse and “check out” pieces of artwork from both regional and international artists featured in the 2013 Carnegie International to enjoy in their homes like a book or a DVD. Sculpture, paintings, silkscreens, photography—the Library has it all.
“It was kind of magical to see these artworks all together. It became a really important formative way for me to think about art.” –Transformazium’s Ruthie Stringer, on visiting an art lending library as a child
Opening alongside the International in early October, the Art Lending Collection received a $10,000 Seed Award as well as grants from the Heinz Endowments and the Carnegie Museum of Art to help bring world-class art to the public in a personal way. With curators always on-hand, as well as artist talks and educational programs, the Art Lending Collection works to open a discourse about art with the people of Pittsburgh, nourishing the vibrancy of the city’s arts community and fostering the transformative and transgressive interaction of individuals, artists, artworks and the world.
The Art Lending Collection, a project of the Braddock Carnegie Library, makes artworks by regional and international artists available for checkout to all patrons in Allegheny County with a library card. Art facilitators moderate artist talks, assist patrons in selecting artworks, and engage the diverse public in conversation about contemporary art, presenting contemporary art as a field with multiple histories, perspectives and points of access. The discourse that the program provides acts to nourish overall vibrancy of the Pittsburgh arts community, while fostering the transformative and transgressive interaction of individuals, artists, artworks and the world. A physical catalogue of the works included in the ALC exists in the Braddock library and, during the Carnegie International, at the Carnegie Museum of Art.