Pollyanna Library (2017–) is a research infrastructure operated by non-profit organization 221A.

Description

In 2017, 221A presented a season of public talks, performances, and workshops in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery for the occasion of the exhibition Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures. 221A’s program sought to provide the exhibition’s 40 artists with a space and time oblique to the civic museum to traverse alternative lines of thought and forms of engagement. For the duration of the program, 221A hosted a public reading room and library collection presenting books selected by the various contributors and collaborators involved in the exhibition.

From 221A’s invitation to contribute to the library: “We invite you to select a book, document, or text that you’d like to have here as either a reflection on your current practice, or as an opening to your questions or thinking about art and everything else. Your selection does not necessarily need to correspond with your work in the exhibition; rather, we are interested in how your selection may inform a public’s engagement with your work in general, whether as an interpretive device, as a window to alternative perceptions, or perhaps as something that encourages opacity.”

Call No.
Status
Collection
Name
Produced by
Material
Time
Place
Subjects
Selected by:
Media link
VSAP
001
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresMiles from India
A Celebration of the Music of Miles Davis
Bob Belden CDMina Totino
VSAP
002
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresThe Standard Book of Color Andrew Berardini PrintAndrew Berardini
VSAP
003
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresA Star Trek Novel
Spock Must Die!
James Blish Print/Paper bagMark Delong
VSAP
004
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresGarments Against Women Anne BoyerPrintTiziana La Melia
VSAP
005
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresThe Victorian Underworld
A Fascinating Recreation
Kellow ChesneyPrintWilliam Gibson
VSAP
006
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresThe Copp Family TextilesGrace Rogers CooperPrintAnne Low
VSAP
007
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresThe Modulor,
Modulor 2
Le Corbusier PrintKhan Lee
VSAP
008
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresUbikPhilip K. DickMP3-CDAlison Yip
VSAP
009
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresWaiting to be Interrupted
Selected Writings 1993-2012
Jimmie Durham PrintRichard William Hill
VSAP
010
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresVampire in the Text
Narriatives of Contemporary Art
Jean Fischer PrintJesse McKee
VSAP
011
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresThe Andy Warhol DiariesEdited by Pat HackettPrintRon Tran
VSAP
012
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresRedressing the Pained Body
Towards a Theory of Practice
Saidiya V. Hartman PrintMatt Browning
VSAP
013
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresDreamstage
An experimental Portrait of the Sleeping Brain
J. Allan Hobson PrintJulia Feyrer
VSAP
014
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresThe Demon of Writing Ben KafkaPrintRaymond Boisjoly
VSAP
015
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresBraiding Sweetgrass
Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants
Robin Wall KimmererPrintMichael Dreibert
VSAP
016
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresThe Great Animal Orchestra Bernie Krause PrintTamara Henderson
VSAP
017
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresModelling and Sculpting the Human FigureEdouard Lanteri PrintColleen Brown
VSAP
018
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresThe Passion according to G.H.Clarice LispectorPrintBarry Doupé
VSAP
019
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresMeasurementPaul LockhartPrintEli Bornowsky
VSAP
020
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresDisillusionmentThomas MannPrintLyse Lemieux
VSAP
021
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresTraditions Unbound: Groundbreaking Painters from Eighteenth-century Kyoto PrintAntoni Oko
VSAP
022
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresThe Ecological ThoughtTimothy Morton PrintJesse McKee
VSAP
023
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresRealistic Magic Objects, Ontology, CausalityTimothy Morton PrintJesse McKee
VSAP
024
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresHyperobjects
Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World
Timothy Morton PrintJesse McKee
VSAP
025
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresThe Service Porch Fred Moten PrintElizabeth McIntosh
VSAP
026
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresWalking Through Clear Water in a Pool Painted BlackCookie MuellerPrintDerya Akay
VSAP
027
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresThe Man Without QualitiesRobert Musil PrintGareth James
VSAP
028
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresThe Importance of Being Iceland
Travel Essays in Art
Eileen MylesPrintMina Totino
VSAP
029
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresThings: A Story of the Sixties
and
A Man Asleep
Georges PerecPrintGareth James
VSAP
030
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresA Helen Adam ReaderKristin PrevalletPrintAnne Low
VSAP
031
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresFeelings are FactsYvonne Rainer PrintJustine A. Chambers
VSAP
032
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresAlternative Facts
Film Screening
Curated by Myriam SalahPrintMyriam Ben Salah
VSAP
033
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresWendy's RevengeWalter ScottPrintWalter Scott
VSAP
034
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresPipes That Won't Smoke; Coal That Won't BurnCarol Sheehan PrintCharlene Vickers
VSAP
035
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresThe Ormolu Clock Muriel Spark PrintAnne Low
VSAP
036
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresGeography and PlaysGertrude SteinPrintDerya Akay
VSAP
037
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresIndian Artists at Work
Uli SteltzerPrintKrista Belle Stewart
VSAP
038
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresVancouver Special
Ambivalent Pleasures
Vancouver Art GalleryPrintJesse McKee
VSAP
039
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresFind MeLaura Van Den BergPrintKim Dorland
VSAP
040
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresZipper MouthLaurie WeeksPrintRachelle Sawatsky
VSAP
041
AvailableVancouver Special: Ambivalent PleasuresThe Critic as ArtistOscar Wilde PrintGarry Neil Kennedy