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Be a part of the book drive for Lita Albuquerque and attend a lecture with the artist and celebratory reception.

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PRS is proud to support A LIBRARY FOR LITA!

BOOK DRIVE & EVENT FOR INTERNATIONALLY-RENOWNED ARTIST LITA ALBUQUERQUE ONE YEAR AFTER LOSING HER STUDIO & LIBRARY IN THE WOOLSEY FIRE

“Reading is an ancient act. Books connect us to a deep well of information that we can at any time dip into. This is a great joy—perhaps what I can’t live without.” –Lita Albuquerque

A LIBRARY FOR LITA is a community effort to help the world-renowned artist Lita Albuquerque rebuild after the unfathomable loss of her Malibu home, studio, archive, and library in the Woolsey Fire of November 2018. Although her loss is immeasurable and countless items are irreplaceable—from family photographs and rare pigments used in her art, to hundreds of journals that were on their way to the Smithsonian—A LIBRARY FOR LITA is a simple yet tangible attempt to honor the beauty, inspiration, and joy this artist has shared through her art and ideas, by giving back to her in the form of books.

This initiative, conceived by writer Steffie Nelson and filmmaker Maximilla Lukacs and hosted by the Philosophical Research Society is both an online book drive and a live event taking place at PRS’s campus on Sunday, November 17, 2019 that will feature a talk by Lita Albuquerque herself and a welcoming poem by PRS’s poet-in-residence Mandy Kahn.

For A LIBRARY FOR LITA, Albuquerque has created a list of her 100 most treasured and essential titles related to art, science, metaphysics, spirituality, and the cosmos. Through the PRS e-commerce site, friends and fans from all over the world can purchase select books to donate, virtually, to her library. On November 17th, guests attending the event are also welcome to bring a prized book specially selected for Lita from their personal libraries, related to these topics. Such subjects are in perfect alignment with PRS’s mission and ethos of founder Manly P. Hall, who assembled one of the most comprehensive esoteric libraries in the world, and housed it in a complex designed by Robert Stacy Judd, in a style inspired by Mayan culture.

Talk with Lita Albuquerque 4pm with welcoming poem by Mandy Kahn; Reception to follow with magical elixirs by Sun Potion and Gem & Bolt, and nibbles courtesy of Kitchen Mouse. Special DJ set by Carlos Niño. Join us!

About the artist:

Lita Albuquerque was born in Santa Monica, California and raised in Tunisia, North Africa and Paris, France. Over more than four decades, Albuquerque has engaged in an ongoing, epic dialogue between earth and sky—with works including the early desert land art piece Spine of the Earth (1980); Sol Star (1996), which mapped the constellations over the Pyramids of Giza with circles of her signature ultramarine blue pigment; Stellar Axis (2006), an installation on the ice in Antarctica that was the largest contemporary artwork ever created at the South Pole; An Elongated Now (2014), a performance piece on Laguna Beach with 200 participants; and the still-evolving 20/20: Accelerando, a multimedia project centered around the character of a 25th century female astronaut who brings her teachings to earth, which is currently on view at the American Center for Art and Culture in Paris. Albuquerque’s luminous paintings of celestial bodies have been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. Always, she seeks to locate humanity within the grand scale of the cosmos.

Bookish by nature, Lita cherished her books even as a child. In her teens, she worked in bookstores in the Westwood area of Los Angeles and Paris—starting to collect back then. On her Malibu property, she built a structure to house her library, calling it the sanctuary or heart room. “It was really the source of writing, thinking, gathering my thoughts,” she says. “In a way, it meant more than any other possessions.”

image credit: Lita Albuquerque studio

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