Something in Common was an examination and celebration of the ideas, interests and beliefs that bring us together and what we can create or accomplish collectively that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.
Through the stories of fascinating and sometimes surprising social clubs and unique organizations, this exhibition highlighted the importance of finding common ground and points of connection. It recognized the role of the public library as a critical gathering place, not only serving communities, but also creating community.
The major exhibition was presented at the Central Library along with a city-wide program series at various library branches. The exhibition also featured a highlight of the Wellcome Trust’s major international cultural program about mental health, called Mindscapes.
Exhibition photography on this page courtesy Ian Byers Gamber.
This exhibition would not be possible without the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the generous support of: Debra & Norris Bishton, Bob Dawson, Hope & Stephen Heaney, Ela & Nikhil Jhaveri, Kevin Philip & Joshua Miller, Rick & Judy Richman, and Abby Sher.
Additional support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Gregory Peck Endowment, the Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation, Lawyers' Mutual Insurance Company, the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, and Wellcome Trust.