To Place, by the visual artist Roni Horn, is a series of ten titles focused upon Iceland and Horn’s relationship to it. It is an open series with no pre-determined end point. While the set constitutes what Horn describes as an encyclopedia, the subjects treated and the flow from one volume to the next are idiosyncratic rather than systematic. The “to” in the title activates “place” into a verb rather than a noun; the progression of the books suggests the artist’s evolving process of placing herself in the place that is Iceland, the artist and the volcanic geology of Iceland both perpetually becoming.
The exhibition "To Place: Roni Horn's Iceland" brings together all of the books in the series To Place (which the Art Library holds in its Locked Stacks collection), in multiple copies and in deluxe editions as available. It is on view in the library's reading room through the fall.