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The Six Greatest Living Artists

The German painter Gerhard Richter came out on top in Vanity Fair’s poll of the greatest living artists followed by Jasper Johns, Richard Serra, Bruce Nauman, Cindy Sherman, and Ellsworth Kelly. Do you agree? Search the Library’s catalog or one of our many art databases to find out more about these artists and make up your own mind!

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Purchase College Library is thrilled to be the ‘canvas’ for Olivia Fox’s CAPTCHA. Olivia is the recipient of the 2013-14 President’s Award for Art on Campus. 

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Purchase College Library’s CAPTCHA
(photo by Chloé Zetkov)
A small alphanumeric string can represent so much. It can point to a specific piece of information within a massive data structure.
The Purchase Library is a literal data structure, physically sheltering countless documents for the campus community. It serves as a hub of representation - it is the only building which every student and faculty member is a part of.  Everyone is given equal opportunity to use the library. This sort of shared power is a beautiful thing.
I think Alan Turing is an important and tragically obfuscated figure in the history of organizing information. The Turing test asked if machines could think. Nowadays, many theorists argue that machines are extensions of ourselves, and we are presented with CAPTCHAs, an inversion on the Turing test designed to distinguish the humans from the robotic drones.
In the digital age, are we respecting this physical resource? Are we just mindless bots exploiting the library and mining data? To unlock the potential of the library, you must enter the CAPTCHA.
Are you human?
 
 
Special thanks: Joe Jakubowski, Christopher Simon, Donna Dennis, Eric Wildrick, Patrick Callahan, Kim Detterbeck, and the Purchase College president and his committee for allowing me this opportunity 

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Purchase students are so creative— check out these great doodles from Finals Week 2013 on the Library’s giant notebook easel near the DMZ.  Let’s get the conversation started for Fall 2013 with your inspirational quotes and designs! #SUNYPurchaseLib #conversationstarters #Fall2013

Purchase students are so creative— check out these great doodles from Finals Week 2013 on the Library’s giant notebook easel near the DMZ.  Let’s get the conversation started for Fall 2013 with your inspirational quotes and designs! #SUNYPurchaseLib #conversationstarters #Fall2013