A collection of influential books gifted from the personal libraries of revered arts and cultural figures.



February 11 – June 4, 2017. 

Founded in 2014, Archive of Creative Culture is a participatory project that culminates as an collection of books contributed by influential creative figures. The nomination-based archive serves as cultural resource and a source for sharing knowledge. Archive results as a online, inderterminant map of today’s creative network. 

“If we take the synthetic power of gifts, which establish and maintain the bonds of affection between friends, lovers, and comrades, and if we add to these a circulation wider than a binary give-and-take, we shall soon derive society, or at least those societies—family, guild, fraternity, sorority, band, community—that cohere through faithfulness and gratitude. While gifts are marked by motion and momentum at the level of the individual, gift exchange at the level of the group offers equilibrium and coherence, a kind of anarchist stability.” – Lewis Hyde, The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property

This premise of this exhibition draws from the collection’s the first contributions from artist, writer and educator, Meredith Tromble —The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property by Lewis Hyde.  This significant text raises the argument that a work of art is essentially a gift and not a commodity. As a gift  exchange, this project highlights the creative mind as the essential the component to exploring experience, on all levels—personal, communal and societal.  

Speaking with each contributor,  artist and contributor Kari Marboe, gathers first hand, the personal stories associated with the books on view. In a large scale text piece, She weaves a story from the memories to reveal the unseen connections between the creative practice and an object of inspiration.


Kari Marboe

Kari Marboe Ceramic Sentences grog, adhesive, paint 2016

Kari Marboe in an artist based in Oakland, CA. Her practice plays with sculpture, writing, archives, and participation to discuss the storage of individual and public memories. Marboe’s works have been presented at 500 Capp Street/Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, Wave Pool, Cincinnati, OH, the Museum of Northern California Art, Chico, CA, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA, and the Waffle Shop Billboard, Pittsburgh, PA. She has done residencies at Elsewhere, Greensboro, NC, Central School Project, Bisbee, AZ, and Aggregate Space, Oakland, serves on the Alameda County Arts Commission Public Art Advisory Committee, and has a permanent text work installed at the base of the Latham Square fountain in Oakland, CA. 

Marboe is a Lecturer in the Ceramics Program, First Year Program, and Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studio.