Acid Migration of Culture
Acid migration is a preservation problem that affects library collections. Acid from paper in books leaches from page to page, ultimately burning an entire shelf of books and destroying a library’s contents.
This condition served as a metaphor to describe and investigate the controversies surrounding art funding in the mid-nineties. The mural in the entrance of the library was an enormous reference book of cultural words; the pages of the book appeared damaged.
Video monitors displayed statements on the role of the arts by leading conservative and liberal advocates.
The installation covered the entire entrance of the library, even the main entrance.
We organized a panel discussion of conservative and progressive academics to discuss the effects of public funding on the arts.