Cleveland’s main public library branch is hosting an extraordinary exhibition created by renowned British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare. The American Library consists of 6,000 books bound in colorful batik fabric displayed on back-to-back bookshelves. Many of the volumes are gold-stamped with the names of Americans who are first generation immigrants ,or whose antecedents were immigrants.
The exhibition, which runs through September 30th, was inspired by the ongoing debate in the United States over immigration and was commissioned by FRONT International, Cleveland’s new Triennial for Contemporary Art. You learn more about the project right here.