Columbus College of Art & Design

second shelf

Launch: Sunday Nov. 4, 2018 as part of Downtown Art Sunday
Now: Housed at CCAD Packard Library after Nov. 4, 2018

In the 1970s, American artist Elaine Sturtevant (1924 Lakewood, OH – 2014 Paris, France) began operating an art practice in which she meticulously copied selected works of her male colleagues, as a critique of the culture of the art world in which she was working.

The collaborative research and book acquisition project second shelf (2018-2020), initiated by Brussels-based, German artist Heide Hinrichs, explores those influence of that culture on the library of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, Belgium, and asks how alternative canons can be generated in the library. The core of the project is the formation of a new collection of books in the library of the Royal Academy that document the work of artists – women, of gender spectrum, queer, and of color  – and related theoretical texts.

Part of this process of raising awareness is thinking about the creative networks that libraries make evident (and sometimes conceal), and about the economy of art and of publishing. This is being explored through institutional relationships and through the second shelf ‘mirror site’ at the Beeler Gallery and CCAD Packard Library.

Advisors include: Heide Hinrichs; Elizabeth Haines, (historian, Bristol, UK); Marisa C. Sánchez (art historian / lecturer, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver); Jo-ey Tang (director, Beeler Gallery); Ersi Varveri (artist, Antwerp, Athens); and Susanne Weiß (curator, Berlin).

Several drawings by Heide Hinrichs generated from this project are on display on Nov 4, 2018 to launch the project, along with books that have been acquired by CCAD Packard Library. An expanded presentation will be on view in Season Two at BEELER GALLERY (Oct 2019 – March 2020).

Paris-based artist Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann repurposes materials she previously used in Season Zero at Beeler Gallery to build a series of book shelves for these newly acquired books.  The artist will be one of the focus artists in the upcoming Season Two at BEELER GALLERY (Oct 2019 – March 2020).

For more information on the project and the list of books residing in Antwerp, Bristol, and Columbus, please visit the constantly updated website:

second shelf is supported by a research grant from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp.
second shelf at Beeler Gallery is in collaboration with CCAD Packard Library. Beeler Gallery’s programming is supported by Greater Columbus Arts Council, Ohio Art Council, The Skestos Endowment Fund for Visiting Artists & Lectures, CD 102.5, and Brioso Coffee.