Archival/Revival revisits transformative events held at the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library, which opened in December 1969. An inaugural African Art exhibit opened in January 1970 and was a part of “Africa and Black and White America”, a two-month long program developed by the Human Relations Commission. The same year, the commission organized the “Columbus Black Arts Festival”. All but one event was held at the library.

Archival/Revival features sculptural and virtual elements representing key figures revived from the Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives. Visitors can explore historical documents and artworks and consider their relation to present and future realities.

Use your mobile device or tablet to interact with augmented reality (AR) artifacts.

Team

Olalekan Jeyifous

Production and Fabrication

Brose Partington Studio
Forster Electric

Archivist

Tricia Gilson, PhD, Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives

Fabrication Supporters

ESL Spectrum
Katahdin Engineering

Cleo Rogers Memorial Library Plaza
I.M. Pei and Partners, 1971

The Carnegie Foundation funded Columbus’ first library building on this site in 1903. In the 1950s the growing city sought to completely redesign the area, which would be named in honor of Cleo Rogers, who served as Library Director from 1936 to 1964. Completed in 1969, Cleo Rogers Memorial Library was one of I.M. Pei’s earliest major designs. The library sits adjacent to the Irwin Sweeny Miller family home and across from Eliel Saarinen’s First Christian Church with Henry Moore’s sculpture, Large Arch, framing views of the surroundings. The dialogue between library and church, art and architecture, provides a panoramic view of Columbus history through the dynamic public plaza known anecdotally as “the community’s living room.”

Olalekan Jeyifous is a visual artist who has exhibited at venues such as the Studio Museum in Harlem, MoMA, and the Guggenheim Bilbao. He is a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellow, and has received grants from the New York State Council and the Brooklyn Arts Council. He has recently completed artist residencies with the Drawing Center’s Open Sessions program, and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center. In addition to his extensive exhibition history, he has spent over a decade creating large-scale public artwork.

"Often times my work amplifies communities and voices that may not be that visible within the present narrative."

— Olalekan Jeyifous

Watch this ten-minute video by Olalekan Jeyifous, who presents and describes the design concept for their installation, Archival/Revival. Jeyfious is a J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Recipient, a participant in the 2021 Exhibit Columbus Exhibition New Middles. This is a previously recorded and archived event, view more on our YouTube channel.


“The installation allows for multiple forms of engagement and interactivity. This includes augmenting the physical experience for an interactive one. AR markers, or augmented reality markers, are a series of static images that act as visual queues that trigger a display of virtual information that can be audio, text, video, or even an animated 3D sculpture.”

— Olalekan Jeyifous
2021 Design Presentations