Call for Objects!

Tue, Oct 16, 2018 – Wed, Oct 17, 2018,
12:00 PM – 06:00 PM
The James Gallery and The Object Library, The Graduate Center, CUNY

On the first floor of The Graduate Center, our newly designed Object Library offers both material objects and books as starting points for knowledge. Somewhere between a traditional library and a sculpture gallery, this new space will display selected objects alongside curated books on core research themes. The visitor will be able to sample scientific knowledge and the latest thinking in the humanities in a relaxed environment with a focus on material culture.

365 Things is the participatory launch project of The Object Library, inviting all-comers to contribute one thing to go on open display. Beginning empty, we ask the Graduate Center, CUNY community and friends to make this first exhibit together in our inaugural Bring-a-Thing-a-Thon event on October 16–17.

You are invited to “show and tell” an object of interest or significance to you, perhaps related to your research, or your personal history, or social experience: one gifted object to share on our gridded walls, installed here in the form of calendar months.


Call for CUNY Graduate Center Student Assistants!  

We are seeking five current CUNY Graduate Center students from five different departments to help set up, organize, and run the intake process for the Object Library’s 365 Things project in the James Gallery on Tuesday and Wednesday Oct. 16–17. Prospective assistants must commit to work both of these days, plus a couple of planning meetings (date TBD), during the hours of 12 to 6 p.m. We are offering a set stipend of $300 each. Qualified candidates will:

  • Like stuff
  • Like people
  • Like being involved in public projects
  • Be useful and versatile with technology (computer and digital camera skills preferred)

Interviews will take place on the morning of Wednesday and Thursday, October 3-4, and afternoon of Friday, October 5. Please submit a brief résumé, and a cover letter detailing your interest in the position, ability to commit to the project dates, and the times you are available for an interview to

DROP OFF: October 16-17, 12-6pm


ADDRESS: The James Gallery, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue