I like UC Berkeley's Environmental Design Library. It feels modern and airy, with big windows, art, and prominent glass showcases, so I was happy to return with a friend to see a book art show there, curated by Julie Chen. The show, called Adaptation, has been there since March and closes on May 15, 2022, featuring 24 artists, showing current work with a wide range of responses to the theme. If you live or visit the area, it is worth taking a look. The library is open every day. When we got there the library was crowded with students studying for finals, but there is still plenty of space for one's own thoughts, and of course it is quiet.
Overall, the works are thoughtful, well-crafted, conceptually interesting, and moving. I think the last few years have been a profoundly grounding experience and a time to figure out what is meaningful, and it shows in the works. I recognized many of the names, but several I had not heard of. Here are the ones that caught my attention particularly, and why. There is an exhibition catalogue, and through an online search I saw that someone had made a video of the show, so plenty to see elsewhere.