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LIBRARY SHELF: Robert Mapplethorpe

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Kardon, Janet. Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment (1988) ICI Shelf: Artist Monographs Last Line: “Pressed laurels upon intelligence/All with the generosity/ of a transforming /smile.” ICI History: Today at the ICI — Twitter Feed (12-15-12)

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LIBRARY SHELF: Beyond recognition

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Owens, Craig. Beyond Recognition (1992) ICI Shelf: Philosophy First Line: “If you take a modernist and draw a line and say, I dare you to cross that line, the modernist will cross it.” ICI History: Today at the ICI — … Continue reading

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EPHEMERA KABINETT: 1945 photograph of Köln after WWII allied bombing

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ACCESSION #: ICI-22214-d TITLE: “What Remains” DESCRIPTION: Aerial view of Köln, Germany c. 1945. This northern German city endured over 1,000 bombings during World War II. Remarkably, the medieval cathedral at the center of the city withstood this bombardment. Its haunting … Continue reading

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EPHEMERA KABINETT: Book Burning Memorial in Berlin

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 Title: Memorial to Nazi Book Burning in Berlin Description: The memorial was created by Micha Ullman to commemorate the Nazi-initiated book-burning event on May 10, 1933. The memorial is simple, a glass covered hole in the middle of a large … Continue reading

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To the Temple

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This is a nondescript sign on a back road of East Anglia, England. But to anyone who has read W. G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn, this sign might (and it does) announce the site of Alec Girrard’s model of … Continue reading

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This Could Be a Place of Historical Significance

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In 1980, Braco Dimitrijević built an engraved slab into the pavement outside the Cathedral in Cologne, Germany. This photo was taken in January of 1992. Dimitrijević’s critique of history relies not only on language, the usual fodder of sign systems, … Continue reading

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This is Bedlam

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A small plaque on the side of the Great Eastern Hotel in London marks the site of the old Bethlehem Hospital. The sign obscures the other name for the site. As W. G. Sebald schooled us in Austerlitz, at this … Continue reading

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EPHEMERA KABINETT: Earth Kit

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EARTH SAMPLE: Pond of Ashes from Birkenau, Poland

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ACCESSION #: ICI 21641

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EARTH SAMPLE: earth in earthkit

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