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The OccuLibrary was initiated in 2011 following the destruction of the Occupy camp libraries when the camps were evicted across the US (more than 3,000 books were destroyed in New York City alone). The project is a rolling collaboration initiated by Carolyn Sortor and including numerous artists (many mentioned below), in which the libraries are reincarnated in various forms, "using aesthetically-informed strategies to lure awareness toward empowering info." Click on the title of each incarnation below for more info:
 
  Working Groups
    An exhibition at the MAC, Dallas, 2019-01-12 – 03-02, contextualizing the permanent installation at the MAC of the physical library used in various OccuLibrary incarnations and reviewing some of the achievements of the Occupy movement and its offshoots. Organized by Carolyn Sortor and Michael A. Morris with contributions from various "working groups" and others including Akshat Tewary and Occuprint.
     
  art as social wormhole
    A reading group/“artificial MFA” course in classic and recent texts on aesthetic issues relating to art's potential speak to or influence social or political realities; 2013-10-27 – 2015-05-31. Tumblr at the link above; syllabus here. The group’s home base was The Reading Room, Dallas, and it also met at other venues exhibiting art relevant to the readings. The group also created the Barona Botanicals event. Organized by Carolyn Sortor for MAP 2013; with support from Karen Weiner.
     
  Secret Sociality
    An installation of an intimate, partially-hidden library of books and other materials relevant to art and social issues, in the Eastfield College main gallery, 2013-10-12 – 12-06. Two gigs of "secret" info were also delivered to visitors who signed up for it. By Carolyn Sortor with Jeremy Massey for MAP 2013.
     
  Co- Re-Creating Spaces
    An exhibition at CentralTrak, Dallas, 2012-11-17 – 2013-01-05, surveying how artists are questioning and re-imagining such systems as the law, the media, history, the economy, etc., with works by Morehshin Allahyari, Amy Balkin, Aram Bartholl, Oliver Ressler, Irina Botea, Martha Colburn, eteam, Cao Fei, Yevgeniy Fiks, Martha Rosler, Dread Scott, the Yes Men & Steve Lambert, et al. Co-curated by Carolyn Sortor & Michael A. Morris.
     
  Werkberg OccuLab
    A rolling sculpture housing the OccuLibrary library, with a slideshow projection inside showing various artists' photos of their work spaces. By Cassandra Emswiler, Kristen Cochran, & Greg Metz. (Click through the first photo for more.)
     
  451 degrees
    A card catalogue for the OccuLibrary library, created by Karen Weiner with Celia and Frank Eberle. (Click through the first photo for more.)
     
  Yankee Doodles Sing-a-Lot Sing-Along
    A series of programs of art- and music-making for young artists, presented on various dates 2012-13 at The Reading Room, Oil and Cotton, and the Dallas Museum of Art. Created by Danette Dufilho, Anne Lawrence, Regina Yunker Rudnicki, & friends.
     
    A project conducted in two installments, first 2012-04-14 – 28 as part of the Fallas Dart Air and then 2018-11-03 – 2019-03-02 at the MAC, in which members of the public were invited to be videotaped reading their selection(s) from a script of inspiring quotations from great artists and other thinkers. The 2012 iteration was by Carolyn Sortor & Lizzy Wetzel; the 2018 iteration was by Carolyn Sortor and Michael A. Morris.
     
The books and other materials assembled for the OccuLibrary are currently on indefinite loan to the MAC, Dallas. More about the OccuLibrary incarnations at:
     
  The OccuLibrary tumblr – 2013-09-09 – present.
   
  The OccuLibrary blog – inception – 2013-09-09.
   
  History of the OccuLibrary as of 2013-12-31.
   
   

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