Tim Youd: Retyping the Chicago Public Library

Chicago Public Library is pleased to announce two new retyping performances by visual and performance artist Tim Youd as part of the Chicago Public Library's (CPL's) 150th Anniversary celebration. During the summer, as the 78th and 79th novels in Youd's 100 Novels Project, Youd will retype two iconic Chicago novels by authors with formative connections to specific CPL branches. First, Youd will retype Richard Wright's Native Son. Most of this retyping will take place at the Hall Branch where Wright did research and met regularly with other Black writers, including Gwendolyn Brooks, Lorraine Hansberry, and Langston Hughes. Youd will then retype Saul Bellow's The Adventures of Augie March. Much of this performance will take place at the Humboldt Park Branch, where Bellow spent a significant amount of time during his childhood years. Each performance will take approximately one month.

May 23, 2023