Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Tim Youd will visit NOMA to perform the latest installment of his 100 Novels Project. At the heart of this endeavor is an extended and idiosyncratic literary pilgrimage. Youd journeys across the world to retype 100 works of literature—some canonical, others obscure—in locations germane to each novel. In these charged locations, he uses the original make and model of typewriter employed by the book’s the author to retype each novel in its entirety.

While in Louisiana, Youd will be performing live in NOMA’s galleries and in locations throughout the state, retyping a series of novels set in Louisiana that will include everything from Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer to John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces. During his multi-week performances, Youd retypes each novel onto a single sheet of paper, backed by a second sheet. He runs the doubled paper through the typewriter repeatedly, until every word of the novel has been retyped. Upon completion, the two pages—a positive and a negative image—are mounted as a diptych, representing two pages of a book. These resulting frayed and tattered pages reflect on our relationship to history, memory and creativity, and ask what the practice of novel writing—and reading—might teach us today.

Tim Youd’s Performance Schedule

NOMA Schedule

Friday: 11 am-3 pm and 6-8 pm
Saturday: 11 am-4 pm
Sunday: 11 am-4 pm


October 2015

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

October 2-4: NOMA (Friday-Sunday)
October 6-11: Faulkner House, New Orleans
October 13-15: Faulkner House, New Orleans
October 16-18: NOMA (Friday-Sunday)


November 2015

The Autobiography of Ms. Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines

November 13-15: NOMA (Friday-Sunday)
November 16-20: Oscar, LA (location TBA)
November 21-22: NOMA (Saturday-Sunday)


December 2015

The Moviegoer by Walker Percy

December 2-3: Prytania Theater, New Orleans
December 4-6: NOMA (Friday-Sunday)
December 7-10: Prytania Theater, New Orleans
December 9: NOMA (3-7 pm)

Modern Baptists by James Wilcox

December 11-13: NOMA (Friday-Sunday)
December 15-20: Independence, LA (Location TBA)


January 2016

All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

January 8-10: NOMA (Friday-Sunday)
January 12-28: State Capitol Building, Baton Rouge
January 29-30: NOMA (Friday-Sunday)







Tim Youd performing William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury at the Faulkner House in Oxford, Mississippi, June 2014

Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury

Tim Youd

326 pages typed on an Underwood Universal

Performed at Rowan Oak in Oxford, Mississippi, June 2014

Collection of the artist

Louisiana 1-6


Tim Youd

Typewriter ribbon ink on canvas (Series of 6)

Collection of the artist