Excursus I: Reference Library
Up On My Back, And I Will Take You Thither
Excursus is a new series at ICA that invites the public to come together, converse, and peruse archival material in the context of the present. Andy Beach, known for his blog and curatorial interventions under the name Reference Library, inaugurates the series with Up On My Back, And I Will Take You Thither, a project that takes inspiration from the Centaur Book Shop, Philadelphia’s own Prohibition-era radical press, record store, and bohemian meeting place.
Celebrate the opening with a talk about the Centaur by curator Lynne Farrington of Penn's Rare Book and Manuscript Library. To be followed by an after hours reception on the ICA terrace. Tonight at 6:30!
Top: The Centaur (sign for Centaur Book Shop), Wharton Esherick, 1924; at his home in Paoli, Pennsylvania. Bottom: The Sign of The Centaur, Andy Beach and Happy Signs; installed at the ICA, Philadelphia.