Athenaeum Music & Arts Library North Reading Room

North Reading Room


Controlled Chaos

November 17 - December 29, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, November 16, 6:30-8:30 PM


The North Reading Room exhibition Organized Chaos will display artists’ books from the Athenaeum Artists’ Books Collection that exemplify the containment of entropic uncertainty, whether the affected are discarded objects, preconceptions, or missing people. Artists represented will be Dieter Roth, Jean Tinguely, Lawrence Weiner, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Christian Boltanski, Allan Kaprow (who scripted randomness), and Kalman Spelletich (whose entropy resists the picture plane). 


Drawing from historical and contemporary examples, the argument grows into defense of the conceptual and aesthetic connection between the continual movement between chaos and order in modern life and the artists’ use of the boundaries of the picture plane as a container capable of organization entropic, chaotic elements.

Chaos and Order: Entropy as a Dynamic Process in Art, Monica L Farrar, Purdue University