The Open Collection —TOC01: Some Books

  • Jan 27, – Apr 9, 2017
  • Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library - interior case

Ed Ruscha, Various Small Fires and Milk. 1970


The Open Collection

The Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library Special Collections is a unique repository for rare and hard-to-find art and architecture publications. From limited edition series to out-of-print volumes, the Art Special Collections holdings offer unique access to over 3000 media artifacts. In an effort to make this collection more accessible and visible, The Open Collection is a new exhibit series that looks to unearth and display a curated selection from this trove.


The first edition of The Open Collection —TOC01: Some Books—is a playful allusion to the artist books of Ed Ruscha. Comprised of eight perfect-bound editions published between 1962 and 1974, Some Books features the now-iconic work of Los Angeles based artist Ed Ruscha. From his seminal Every Building on the Sunset Strip to Thirtyfour Parking Lots, this exhibition examines the role of print in interpreting and framing the cultural landscapes of the American West.


The Open Collection is a collaborative curatorial project of Jesse Vogler, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, and Jennifer Akins, Subject Librarian for Art and Architecture. Stay tuned each semester for a rotating series that exhibits thematic threads from this incredible archive.