From the Library of…

Since 2015, the Queens Museum has invited each exhibition’s artists to identify books that have influenced their work, their lives, or both, as part of a program called “From the Library of…”. The Queens Museum then acquires and displays these books in a free-standing reading room where visitors may rest and read. While the Queens Museum’s Spring 2020 season of exhibitions has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are sharing the collection of artist-selected titles alongside links to purchase from independent booksellers or publishers.

After the Plaster Foundation

The Map and the Territory by Luigi Ghirri
Selected by Jennifer Bolande
In libraries
For purchase

The Heart of the World by Ian Baker
Selected by Jennifer Bolande
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Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Selected by Ilana Harris-Babou
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Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino
Selected by Ilana Harris-Babou
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We Love You Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge
Selected by Heather Hart
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Dark Space by Mario Gooden
Selected by Heather Hart
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The Intimacies of Four Continents by Lisa Lowe
Selected by Simon Leung
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Of Hospitality by Anne Dufourmantelle and Jacques Derrida
Selected by Simon Leung
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Violence by Slavoj Zizek
Selected by Shawn Maximo
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The History of Shit by Dominique Laporte
Selected by Shawn Maximo
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The Park and the People: A History of Central Park by Roy Rosenzweig
Selected by Sondra Perry
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Bulldozed: ‘Kelo,’ Eminent Domain and the American Lust for Land by Carla T. Main
Selected by Sondra Perry
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An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter by César Aira
Selected by Douglas Ross
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The Double Screen Medium and Representation in Chinese Painting by Wu Hung
Selected by Douglas Ross
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The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro
Selected by Peter Scott
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The Magisterial Gaze: Manifest Destiny and American Landscape Painting, c. 1830–1865 by Albert Boime
Selected by Peter Scott
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Evictions: Art and Spatial Politics by Rosalyn Deutsche
Selected by Krzysztof Wodiczko
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Fearless Speech by Michel Foucault
Selected by Krzysztof Wodiczko
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New York for Sale: Community Planning Confronts Global Real Estate by Tom Angotti
Selected by Caroline Woolard
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The Community Land Trust Reader by John Emmeus Davis
Selected by Caroline Woolard
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Root Shock by Mindy Thompson Fullilove
Selected by Betty Yu
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Zoned Out! Edited by Tom Angotti and Sylvia Morse
Selected by Betty Yu
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Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State by Samuel Stein
Selected by Museum of Capitalism
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Rebel Cities by David Harvey
Selected by Museum of Capitalism
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The Conference of Animals

The Forest and The School. Where to Sit at the Dinner Table? by Pedro Neves Marques
Selected by Ulrike Müller
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The Life of Forms in Art by Henri Focillon
Selected by Ulrike Müller
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Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Selected by Ulrike Müller
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Who Will Comfort Toffle by Tove Jansson
Selected by Ulrike Müller
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The Animal’s Lawsuit Against Humanity by Ikhwan al-Safa and Rabbi Dan Bridge
Selected by Ulrike Müller
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The Animal’s Conference by Erich Kästner
Selected by Ulrike Müller
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Art Within Reach: From the WPA to the Present, Edited by Prescott Trudeau
Selected by Amy Zion
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They Still Draw Pictures: Children’s Art in Wartime from the Spanish Civil War to Kosovo by Anthony L. Geist and Peter N. Carroll
Selected by Amy Zion
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The Innocent Eye: Children’s Art and the Modern Artist by Jonathan Fineberg
Selected by Amy Zion
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Amerika: Tim Rollins + K.O.S., Edited by Gary Garrells
Selected by Amy Zion
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I have drawn pictures of the war: The eye of Françoise and Alfred Brauner
Selected by Amy Zion
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Bruce Davidson

All titles selected by Bruce Davidson

The Americans by Robert Frank
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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
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The Decisive Moment by Henri Cartier-Bresson
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Manchild in the Promised Land by Claude Brown
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Enemies, A Love Story by Isaac Bashevis Singer
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