May 10th, 2018

The Typing is Complete!

After just under three weeks, Youd has finished typing The Group!

Next, Youd will retype The Falconer by John Cheever. He will be typing at Sing Sing Correctional Facility and the Cheever House in Ossining from June 3–June 11. Check out the rest of this blog for more information on his project and future books!

Pictured below is the finished diptych of McCarthy’s book–on the right is the degraded top sheet and on the left is the undersheet.


May 8th, 2018

The Final Day!

Today Youd could be seen typing in front of Main Gate.

He’s 470 pages into The Group with only 16 pages left, making tomorrow the last day of typing!

He will be under the big tree in front of the library! Make sure to come see him before he’s gone!


May 7th, 2018

Main Building’s South Tower

Today Youd typed in Main Building’s South Tower, an old dorm room which has been closed off in recent years. It’s on the 5th floor and has quite a view! This room is quite possible the very room that Mary McCarthy, author of The Group (Vassar, class of 1933) lived during her time as a student here. In the novel, her alter-ego Kay talks about members of the group living in the South Tower of Main Building.

Come see Youd type outside Main Gate tomorrow, Tuesday, May 8th.

May 3rd, 2018

Beyond Vassar!

Today and yesterday Youd went off-campus, bringing the CAAD trailer with him. He was typing in the lot between the Crafted Kup and BurgerFi!

Youd is taking the day off tomorrow, May 4th, but come see him in the galleries of the Lehman Loeb Art Center this weekend.

On Monday Youd will be typing in Main Building’s South Tower, which is usually off-limits to students and visitors. Make sure to come see it while you can, and in the meantime, ask the artist about his ongoing project!


May 1st, 2018

Creative Arts Across Disciplines [CAAD] Collaboratory

Come see Youd typing in the CAAD Collaboratory outside the library today!

On Wednesday and Thursday, May 2nd and 3rd, he will be typing in the empty lot between BurgerFi and the Crafted Kup on Raymond Avenue.

He’s already more than halfway through The Group. Don’t miss your chance to talk with him about his project!

April 27th, 2018

The Sound of “The Group”

Listen to the sound of The Group come to life!

For all of Youd’s performances, he uses the same make and model of typewriter as the original authors. In effect, Youd replays the sounds of Mary McCarthy writing her original manuscript.


Come see Youd in the Lehman Loeb Art Center today and Sunday!

April 23rd, 2018

Youd on the Library Quad

Come see Youd typing in the Library Quad today! Tomorrow he will be at the College Center in Main Building; just follow the sound of the typewriter to find him.

He’s also happy to answer questions and discuss his project!

April 20th, 2018

The typing has begun!

Today Youd is typing in the galleries of the Lehman Loeb Art Center!

The artist is happy to answer any questions about his project!

April 10th, 2018

Tim Youd Performs at Vassar

Welcome to Vassar’s blog for Tim Youd’s retyping of The Group by Mary McCarthy. Please browse this site for information on the artist, his ongoing project, and the scheduled locations where he will be performing at Vassar. Check back for updates!

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is pleased to announce a special performance by Los Angeles-based artist Tim Youd at Vassar College. The performance, which runs daily from April 19 through May 4, is part of the artist’s ongoing project 100 Novels in which he retypes novels from beginning to end in locations that are charged with literary significance in the author’s biography.  At Vassar, Youd will retype The Group by distinguished novelist, essayist, and critic Mary McCarthy (Vassar College, class of 1933).

During the two-week run of the performance, Youd will be relocating frequently. He will be stationed in various locations across campus including the Art Center, the Main Library, The Bridge Building, Main Building, the Students’ Building, and the quad. Announcements of his location will be posted on social media for students and visitors to follow. Others might come across the performance by chance, following the staccato rhythm of the typewriter keys, which can often be heard before the artist comes into view. Youd is open to visitors approaching him to talk about the project throughout the performance.

This performance is the 56th novel to be typed in the series and is one of several that Youd will undertake in the Hudson Valley during spring and summer 2018. The resulting diptychs from the Hudson Valley cycle will be presented in an exhibition in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s Focus Gallery in fall 2018.