Free to the People


The Art Lending Collection at Braddock Carnegie Library; Photo: Greenhouse Media

If you’re like me, by now you’re probably sick of all the heated art auction coverage, which makes it seem like contemporary art is out of reach for anybody but a zillionaire. (Just another way to suggest that art = elitist.) The perfect antidote is the Art Lending Collection at Braddock Carnegie Library, a joint initiative of the inspiring artist collective Transformazium and the Braddock Carnegie Library Association, and a complement to the 2013 Carnegie International. Right now, I have two wonderful works by International artists Lara Favaretto and Erika Verzutti in my home (see below). In fact, I’m in my second rotation of art from the ALC, having just returned a charming little work by Mladen Stilinović. All you need is an Allegheny County Library card, and you can take the works home for free for three weeks!


Works from the Art Lending Collection; (L): Works by Lara Favaretto (wall) and Erika Verzutti (table); (R): Work by Mladen Stilinonvić

I’m lucky enough to work in a museum, so I get to see a lot of great art up close, but having art in your own home is a completely different experience, because it becomes embedded in your everyday life. And I have to admit it, I love touching the little pieces of Verzutti’s enigmatic sculpture—just because I can! The Art Lending Collection is a great place to hang out, too—good conversation and a lots to see, both art and books. I highly recommend it—just don’t take the sketch by Tezuka Architects, because I want to borrow it next.

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Maureen Rolla, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh