Four years ago, visual arts listserve e-flux donated Ludlow Street loft space to make artist Martha Rosler's library available to the public. The unorganized collection, ranging from Raymond Williams to J.K. Rowling, was less a public service than a work of art; a document of Rosler's sprawling interests. This time around, e-flux has teamed up with hundreds of art institutions from New York to Taiwan to compile a contemporary art reading room that, if not yet able to rival MoMA, is certainly a major resource for the city's legions of amateur art historians, whose lack of university affiliation shouldn't hamper their access to information. Originally housed in Berlin, the reading room (featuring 2,000 books) is set to open in Chinatown with a reception this Friday night. So bring your reading glasses on the F train and bone up on some contemporary art!
e-flux Reading Room, 41 Essex Street. Opening reception Friday night at 6 p.m. Hours: Tues-Sat, 12-6 p.m.