On Friday May 31st, Matthew Haley will be among speakers at the Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival in Wales. He will discuss two aspects of how technology has changed the world of rare books. Within the last fifteen years, book-search web sites like Abebooks and online auctions catalogs have proved a game-changer for this previously localized and often sleepy market. More recently, the printed word appears to have been marginalized by the pixel: digitized library books, ebooks, Kindles and other e-readers seem to dominate the book world. Delving further, it has become apparent that Generation iPad is increasingly keen on antique technology. Vinyl, Polaroid, the steampunk movement and letterpress stationery suggest that the sensuality of pre-digital media still holds an allure, and that the more we read on-screen the more we cherish the feel of a book in our hands.
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Boston, MA, Wednesday, May 1—ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, PBS’s most-watched ongoing primetime series, is offering one lucky fan a “Golden Ticket” experience. The series, which officially closed general ticketing on April 8, is offering “Golden Ticket” Sweepstakes entrants the chance to win a VIP trip for two to this summer’s event in Richmond, VA, including a backstage tour and a chance to have their attic treasures appraised. Enter to win now through July 31, 2013 at pbs.org/roadshowsweeps.
“The lucky person who wins the special golden ticket will have the keys to the ultimate ROADSHOW experience,” says ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Executive Producer Marsha Bemko. “For the first time, we’ll be bringing a fan and his or her guest to one of our events for the chance to see the inner workings of the show, go behind the scenes to meet the appraisers, and see if their favorite yard sale find is America’s next hidden treasure.”
"Directed: The Intersection of Book, Film and Visual Narrative" explores the common territory of two engaging artistic practices: book arts and film. Historically as well as in contemporary practice, artists blur and perforate the boundaries between these two disciplines, both of which share a foundation of sequential visual narrative.
Work by over 70 artists will be featured, representing a diverse cross-section of contemporary work from across disciplines and around the world. The multimedia exhibition also includes many influential artists' books from the Walker Art Center's Rosemary Furtak Collection, including works by Ed Ruscha, Jim Goldberg, Marcel Broodthaers, John Baldessari, Andy Warhol, Christian Boltanski, Bruce Nauman, Michael Snow, Mason Douglas Williams, Gilbert & George, and Annette Messager. A full artist list can be found below.
Atwood, Arana, Branch, DeLillo, Hosseini, Kingsolver, Oates, Paterson, Trethewey to Speak at 2013 Library of Congress National Book Festival
Event to Take Place on National Mall Sept. 21 and 22; Illustrator Suzy Lee Will Create Poster
Renowned authors and poets Margaret Atwood, Marie Arana, Taylor Branch, Don DeLillo, Khaled Hosseini, Barbara Kingsolver, Brad Meltzer, Joyce Carol Oates, Katherine Paterson and U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will be among more than 100 writers speaking at the 13th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival, on Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, between 9th and 14th streets on the National Mall. The event, free and open to the public, will run from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, rain or shine.
WORCESTER, MA — On Friday, April 5, 2013, the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) will hold its sixth annual Adopt-A-Book event at which members of the general public will have the opportunity to “adopt” selected historic items from the AAS collections. This program will take place from 6 - 8 p.m. in Antiquarian Hall, 185 Salisbury Street in Worcester. Admission is $10 and drinks and hors d’oeuvres are included in the price of admission. Struck Catering is donating the food for the evening. For further information and to make reservations, contact Ann-Cathrine Rapp at (508) 471-2135, or consult the Society’s web site at www.americanantiquarian.org.
At this event, people will have the opportunity to view rare books, pamphlets, newspapers, prints and other historic items that have found a home at AAS. They can then adopt one or more of these materials in their name, a friend’s name or in memory of a special person. An AAS curator will use this gift to buy something equally interesting in the coming year. Sample items for adoption include: issues of historic newspapers priced from $10-75; a broadside at $35; a children’s book for $40; a popular novel at $75; a volume of poetry for $100; and a lithograph or engraving from $100-500.
TO PRESERVE & PROTECT
March 16 - April 28, 2013
OPENING March 16, 2013. 7 - 10PM
Featuring artwork by:
In an age of technological revolution, many trades, crafts, and once hand-worked skills are increasingly diminishing with advancing computer technology, as we have seen in the past with the industrial revolution and the advent of mechanical production.
CHICAGO — In celebration of their 25th anniversary, the nation’s largest and most fascinating antique store, Architectural Artifacts, Inc., 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave, is staging a 2000 plus-lot, three-day auction on Friday, April 5th, Saturday, April 6th and Sunday, April 7th, beginning at 10 a.m. The one-of-a-kind items have been carefully selected from over 10,000 elegant and intriguing treasures in the gallery. The three-day auction extravaganza will include items from carved fireplaces to antique saloon bars to vintage chandeliers to fun, frivolous and funky items, ranging in price from $5 to $100,000. The festive event will also include entertainment, a variety of food and wine.
Founded by Stuart Grannen, Architectural Artifacts, Inc. has been collecting, displaying and selling antiques and artifacts from around the world since 1987. Located within Chicago’s historic Ravenswood neighborhood, the 80,000-square-foot building/showroom dates from the early 1900’s (originally the Boye Knitting Company, the world’s largest manufacturer of knitting needles).
(Naples, Fla. - February 2013) — The Naples Art, Antique & Jewelry Show came to a close this past Monday after five days of impressive numbers and record-breaking attendance. The Naples Exhibition Center was transformed into one of the finest art, antique and jewelry exhibitions in the world, drawing an enthusiastic crowd of more than 16,000 patrons that were genuinely impressed with the atmosphere and consistent quality of dealers that presented aisle after aisle of carefully selected offerings.
The Show opened its doors on Thursday, February 7 for a private Opening Night Preview Party where guests were greeted with champagne and hors d’oeuvres while they admired the international collections of fine art, antiquities and stunning jewels. The once barren, grassy field that sits along Goodlette-Frank Road South, was transformed into a luxurious exhibition center adorned with incredible lighting, white-carpeted aisles, colorful walls, and full service restaurant areas. Local attendees were mesmerized by the conversion as they meandered throughout the show in awe of their surroundings.
The A. Dean Larsen Book Collecting Conference is gearing up for the tenth time with sessions on collecting British illustrators, American fine printing, Yellowstone travel accounts, and of course seminars on Mormon materials.
Visiting presenters include award winning illustrator Bethanne Andersen and Shane J. Chism, author of A Selection of Early Mormon Hymnbooks, 1832-1872.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — January 24, 2012 — The Library Company of Philadelphia will honor the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with a special exhibition and a teaching symposium. The exhibition opening January 28 will chronicle the evolution of this historic document by exhibiting three stages in its development, including one rare manuscript from Abraham Lincoln's pen. Additionally, the teaching symposium Beyond the Proclamation: Interpreting Emancipation for Today's Youth will explore the complexities of teaching this tumultuous period.
The Library Company possesses printed copies of the final Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863, and a September 1862 "preliminary" Proclamation, notifying the Confederacy of the President's intention to end slavery in 100 days-as well as a rare manuscript in Abraham Lincoln's hand from July 25, 1862. As a precursor to the final Emancipation Proclamation, this hand-written document marks one of the first instances of Lincoln wielding his presidential authority against slavery. The exhibition will also provide a historical context for the evolution of Lincoln's thinking and the political landscape with related documents from the Library Company's collections. The Emancipation Proclamation: One Step Toward Freedomwill be on view in the Logan Room beginning January 28.
The British Library takes a quirky look at the history of crime fiction, from its earliest roots to the present day, in a new exhibition in The Folio Society Gallery, Murder in the Library: An A-Z of Crime Fiction. Featuring familiar and loved writers, such as Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle, alongside the obscure and unexpected, former footballer and England Manager Terry Venables and burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee to name but a few, the exhibition will showcase never before seen manuscripts, beautiful printed books, rare audio recordings, artworks and intriguing artefacts from the Library’s outstanding British and North American collections.
Curated by Kathryn Johnson, Curator of Theatrical Manuscripts at the British Library, the exhibition will provide an A-Z of crime, from ‘A’ for Agatha Christie to ‘H’ for ‘Hardboiled’ to ‘Z’ for ‘Zodiac’, a nod to Soji Shimada’s The Toyko Zodiac Murders, an illustrated Japanese detective novel.
Opening Reception: Friday, January 18, 2013 6-8pm
Where: 28 W. 27th St., 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10001
Subway: N/R to 28PP th St, or F to 23PP rd PP St
Open Hours: Monday to Friday 10am-6pm & Saturday 10am-4pm
The opening reception for the winter exhibitions at the Center for Book Arts is Friday, January 18 2013 at 6pm.
Admission to the Center’s galleries is free and open to the public.
Brother, Can You Spare a Stack?
Organized by Yulia Tikhonova
Brother, Can You Spare a Stack? presents thirteen art projects that re-imagine the library as a force for social change. Each project constructs a micro library of sorts that serves specific economic or social needs within the community. Each project proposes an alternative politicized realm, which can be imagined and formed to explore the social dimensions of contemporary culture. Small and mobile, these projects resist the limitations of a controlled, highly organized system that governs our society. In contrast to subjective libraries formed by the artists picking and choosing book titles, these projects take a pragmatic and rational approach, using the library model as an interactive field. Selected projects update the principles of relational aesthetics, and shift them towards all-inclusive and useful cultural production.
Produced by the Palm Beach Show Group, the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show is the largest indoor antiques show in the country and one of the only shows to include an antiquarian book fair, consisting of more than 90 dealers. With a forward-thinking outlook on the antiques, fine art, and jewelry industries, the Palm Beach Show Group has transformed the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show into one of the most anticipated events of the year for both dealers and collectors.
Rock and Roll Shrink - Record Release
Andy Warhol Album Covers - Exhibition Preview
Glenn Horowitz Bookseller will host Peter Dayton’s rocknrollshrink record release on September 2, 2012 6-8pm, concurrent with a preview of the exhibition Andy Warhol: Album Covers.
Rocknrollshrink is a compilation of Peter Dayton’s ongoing psychological exploration of multigenerational recollections related to the democratic institution of rock and roll. In the grooves of this clear vinyl 12'' 45rpm is an edited archive of recordings from Dayton’s participatory performances wherein the artist assumes the role of an unlicensed psychiatrist and explores the impact of music on his patients’ psyche and personal past. The artist recorded these conversations at venues such as fordPROJECT, GREY AREA JMC@Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, where performances occurred spontaneously throughout the exhibitions with resulting testimonials such as: “Rock and Roll destroyed my life,” John, 43 years old and “My Uncle gave me Blonde on Blonde when I was eight…so there ya go,” Katrina, age unknown, “Rock and Roll is about fucking, that’s what it means” Eric 51 years old.
Founder of the seminal 70’s punk band La Peste, Peter Dayton has explored the intersection between visual art and rock music for decades. Years in the making, this vinyl culmination of rocknrollshrink is a mashup of art object, performance and an archive of a punk rock anthropological experiment.
The 12” 45rpm with artist designed cover and label is available in an edition of 300. The record includes a liner note insert with the names of patients on the album. For those who don’t own a record player, an mp3 will be available for download at www.6decadesbooks.com
ANDY WARHOL: ALBUM COVERS, Exhibition Preview
Everyone who knows anything about Andy Warhol is aware he began as a designer/illustrator, but lesser known is the fact that his success as an illustrator began when his arrival in New York City overlapped with the marketing of the long play record in 1949. This complete collection, 60 in total, ranges from the Stone’s ubiquitous Sticky Fingers zipper cover, to the full page blotted line drawings found in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Acts I & II. A rare opportunity to view this collection in full, this exhibition will preview on September 2nd, 6-8pm and run through September 24.
Presented by the Palm Beach Show Group, the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show will take place on November 8-12, 2012 at the Dallas Market Hall, 2200 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX, 75207. General admission to the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show is $15 daily or $25 for a four-day pass. For additional information about the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, please visit www.dallasfallshow.com.
About the Palm Beach Show Group
Recognized as the nation's leading producer of premiere jewelry, art and antique shows, the Palm Beach Show Group owns and operates the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show (February 15-19, 2013), widely recognized as the largest show of its kind in the United States, as well as the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show (August 23-26, 2012), the DALLAS International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show (November 8-12, 2012), the Naples Art, Antique & Jewelry Show (February 7-11, 2013) in West Naples, Florida and the newly acquired Los Angeles Art Show (January 23-27, 2012). For additional information about the Palm Beach Show Group, please visit www.palmbeachshow.com.
Attendance remained strong with a steady flow of enthusiastic fairgoers throughout the weekend. Typically, the Opening Preview Party draws some of the Hamptons’ most beautiful people, and this year was no different and the “pretty people” had a chance to drip paint Pollock-style, as they entered the affair. Once in the lobby entrance, fairgoers walked over a replica of the now famous Jackson Pollock drip paint stained art studio floor.
By July 15, a record 11,650 enthusiastic art lovers had visited ArtHamptons over the 3 and half days, up 20% from last year with actual, and projected, art sales generated from the 80 participating dealers in the millions.
Attendees were amazed as they drove up the winding driveway to reach the spectacular 95 acre Sculpture Fields at Nova’s Ark, featuring stables, polo matches, grass pastures as far as the eye can see and a dramatic sculpture park. The art fair showcased $200 million in important post-war and contemporary for acquisition, all in a soaring glass-lobbied Pavilion - a block long. ‘“Many fairgoers were buzzing that they thought they were entering some private magical art kingdom as they drove up to the field," says Rick Friedman, Executive Director of ArtHamptons. "I cannot imagine a more relaxed yet luxurious setting for an international fair anywhere in America; the sunsets were breathtaking and were only outdone by the spectacular art offerings featured within."
Participating art galleries reported selling a wide range of blue chip masters, mid-career, and up and comers. Paintings, works on paper, photographs and sculptures sold. A vibrant surge of last minute art collectors on late Sunday afternoon added to the weekend’s frenetic art selling pace.
A portion of the reported sales at ArtHamptons were:
ACA Galleries: Marlene Tseng Yu and others;
Big Eye Gallery: 5 Bartur and Wade, Blasie Chatelain;
Center Space Gallery: Alex Cao;
Cynthia Corbet Gallery: Luis Barba, Klari Reis;
Danziger Projects: Karen Knorr, Chris Levine, Andy Warhol snapshots;
element 6 arts: Juginder Lamba;
Eli Klein Fine Art: Several Lui Bolin photographs and Zhang Gong, totaling over $200,000 in sales;
Emmanuel Fremin Gallery: 2 Thomas Barbery, Drew Tal;
Evan Lurie Gallery: Alexi Torres;
Madison Gallery: Luc Leestemaker;
Mark Borghi Fine Art: 6 Ed Moses paintings, 10 Lisa Jack photos of President Obama;
McNeill Art Group: Jeff Muhs;
Modernbook Gallery: 2 Tom Chambers, Ryan Bush and David Imlay;
Peter Marcelle Gallery/Gerald Peters Gallery: Several Eric Fischl art works, Peter Christian Vincent;
Portico New York: Rolph Scarlett, John Anderson;
Retrospect Galleries: Sold 36 paintings - Rob Tucker, Alberto Sanchez and Ross Tamlin;
Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery: Zachary Thorn and a Andrea Kowch;
Thomas Paul Fine Art curated by Cheech Marin: Ricardo Ruiz, Carlos Donjuan. Margaret Garcia;
Throckmorton Fine Art: Lucian Clergue, and Manuel Alvarez Bravo photos;
Universal Limited Arts Edition: Robert Rauschenberg;
Vicky David Gallery: 3 Niki de Saint Phalle sculptures, Arne Quinze;
Villa del Arte Galleries: 6 Fernando Alday, 8 Marc Harrold;
Woolff Gallery: 5 Valeria Nascimento, 4 Joanne Tinker;
Yares Art Projects: Milton Avery.
Other significant events throughout the weekend included:
The much anticipated Pollock at 100: A Centennial Celebration with a tribute to Pollock performance of My Verono, created and performed by Kristian Verono.
The packed Russell Simmons kick-off of his Art For Life party, hosted by the Hamptons Social Network.
The 1,500 guests that attended the Empire State Pride Agenda Hamptons Tea Dance at ArtHamptons.
Three hundred guests at Cheech’s Birthday Bash, hosted by Hamptons.com.
The 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to legendary painter Ed Moses.
The Arts Patron of the Year to performer/Chicano art collector Cheech Marin.
The Guest Photographer of the Year to MichaelChilders.
ArtHamptons is produced by the Hamptons Expo Group. Other events include SF Fine Art Fair, ArtAspen, Houston Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs Fine Art Fair.
Providing an ideal setting for an event of this caliber, the city of Dallas is home to the largest contiguous urban arts district in the nation boasting top museums, performance halls, award winning architectural designs, and an extensive array of fine arts. In Dallas, cultural arts contribute more than $57.6 billion to the local economy, which is 30.3% of the state total. With its art inspired restaurants, admirable collection of public arts, and flourishing Design District which hosts antiques shops, design studios and prominent galleries, Dallas is a proven destination for everyone from novice to serious collectors.
Adding to its cultural appeal, Dallas boasts more shopping per capita than any other place in the United States. The Dallas Market Center, host of the 2012 Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, is celebrated as the world's most complete marketplace, where buyers come from around the world to shop the collections of retailers. Only a short walk to Highland Park Village, the cities' premier venue for upscale international shopping, the Dallas Market Hall is ideally located for a premier jewelry, fine art and antiques show.
"With our new and vastly improved location combined with the strength of the Dallas market and collector base, I am super excited to once again bring a world class international fine art, antique & jewelry show to one of the greatest cultural cities in the United States," stated Scott Diament, CEO of the Palm Beach Show Group. "The Show Group will endeavor to market, advertise and promote the Dallas Show to all collectors within the State of Texas and beyond."
Owned and produced by the Palm Beach Show Group, the Dallas International Art, Antique and Jewelry Show is designed to meet the needs of galleries and collectors alike. With a commitment to create an environment to foster these relationships, the Palm Beach Show Group also sees Dallas as an important world class market where prominent galleries are exposed to a high-end, art-buying public.
"Dallas is one of the fastest growing metro regions in the world," stated Diament. "We've got terrific dealers, a great location, and perfect dates. It doesn't get much better than Dallas."
Galleries interested in exhibiting at the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show are invited to visit the website at www.dallasfallshow.com to submit an application online or to call Jaime at 561-822-5440.
Presented by the Palm Beach Show Group, the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show will take place on November 8-12, 2012 at the Dallas Market Hall, 2200 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX, 75207. General admission to the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show is $15 daily or $25 for a four-day pass. For additional information about the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, please visit www.dallasfallshow.com.
Free and open to the public, the lectures will be headlined by industry experts such as Robert Mintz, Chief Curator and the Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Quincy Scott Curator of Asian Art at The Walters Art Museum. Also lecturing will be exhibiting dealers including, Patricia Funt Oxman of Patricia Funt Antiques, Gerald Barkham and Steve Epstein of Your Piece of History, Katherine Houston of Katherine Houston Porcelain, as well as Paul Haig of Haig’s of Rochester.
These exhibitors are accomplished academics and renowned experts in their respective fields. They are offering their knowledge to those who are interested in the fascinating aspects of the extraordinary collections they bring to the show. Scott Diament, CEO of the Palm Beach Show Group noted, “We are thrilled to welcome The Walters Art Museum back to the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show. It has always been our goal to provide an environment that fosters an understanding and appreciation of art and antiques, and we believe that the lectures that will be presented by this year’s diverse group of speakers will be greatly enjoyed by both guests and exhibitors.”
The Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, featuring 575 international dealers including a 90-dealer antiquarian book fair, will take place August 23-26, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD. Hours are Thursday, August 23, from 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 24, and Saturday, Aug. 25, from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 26, from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $15.00 and good for all four show days. For more information, please visit www.baltimoresummershow.com.
The 2012 Baltimore Summer Antiques Show lecture series schedule follows:
BALTIMORE SUMMER ANTIQUES SHOW 2012 LECTURE SERIES
Baltimore Convention Center - ROOM 327
Thursday, August 23
· 1:00 p.m.
Juvenile Series Books - Not Just For Kids Anymore
Lee & Mikes Temares, LLC.
· 3:00 p.m.
The Clay Gardener
Katherine Houston Porcelain
Friday, August 24
· 1:00 p.m.
Collecting East Asian Lacquers
Robert Mintz, Ph.D.
Chief Curator and the Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Quincy Scott Curator of Asian Art
The Walters Art Museum
· 3:00 p.m.
Treen - Early Wooden Objects with an Emphasis on the Whimsical
Patricia Funt Oxman
Patricia Funt Antiques
Saturday, August 25
· 1:00 p.m.
Posters & Broadsides: From Advertising to Art Forms
Gerald Barkham & Steve Epstein
Your Piece of History
· 3:00 p.m.
The Vertical Art of Antique Cane World
Wooden Skate Antiques
Sunday, August 26
· 1:00 p.m.
Haig’s of Rochester
· 3:00 p.m.
Masterpieces of Minton
Nick & Martine Boston
Nick & Martine Boston Antiques
This year’s focus ties in with the America’s Cup World Series event taking place during San Francisco’s Fleet Week this October, and continuing in the Bay with the Louis Vuitton Cup and America’s Cup Finals next year. This is the first time the America’s Cup has been hosted in the United States since 1995. Given the excitement about sailing already in the air, the SFFAS’s nautical direction keeps the maritime momentum flowing.
“With the preliminary races at the start of the month and our show at the end, October will be filled with excitement about sailing,” says Lisa Podos, Strategic and Creative Consultant for the show. “This enthusiasm is captured in our Sea Worthy theme. Inspired by the world’s most prestigious sailing race and our venue’s stunning location on the Bay, the show will feature the very best of nautical art and antiques.”
The SFFAS launches with a benefit gala Preview Party on Wednesday, October 24, with all proceeds going to Enterprise for High School Students, an organization that engages and empowers Bay Area high school students to develop skills for their future through job readiness training, employment, and career exploration. Greeting guests will be Jonny Moseley and his wife, Malia. Sailing since the age of six, and spending his childhood racing dinghies around the Bay with his brothers, Moseley has always had an affinity for the sea. While Moseley is most famous for skiing, he has been passionate about sailboat racing since childhood. He helped announce that San Francisco would host the America’s Cup, and had his boat-racing aspirations on a box of Raisin Bran: “Moseley dreams of one day crewing with his brothers, Rick and Jeff, on the Olympic sailing team.” Moseley now takes every opportunity he finds to get out on the Bay with his two sons.
Moseley and his wife are committed to youth causes in the Bay Area, with Jonny commenting, “Growing up, I was fortunate to have amazing mentors that helped me achieve my goals and navigate the challenges that every young person faces on their way to adulthood. For me most of these mentors were coaches, but every child needs someone to encourage, teach, and empower them to find their passion and realize their potential."
On Thursday, October 25, the show sets sail for the next four days. Upon boarding the SFFAS, visitors will be welcomed by a captivating installation, designed by renowned San Francisco-based architect Andrew Skurman. Guests will be invited to discover maritime marvels: from detailed ship models to stunning seashell jewelry designs, from historic brass telescopes and treasures discovered at shipwreck sites, to iconic Impressionist boating paintings and Art Deco silver used on luxury liners.
A Sea Worthy adventure beckons at The 2012 San Francisco Fall Antiques Show; for more information and to purchase your boarding pass, call (415) 989-9019 or visit www.sffas.org.
DATES AND HOURS
Preview Party Benefit Gala: Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Show: Thursday, October 25, through Saturday, October 27, 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, October 28, noon to 5:00 p.m.
Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion, Marina Boulevard at Buchanan Street,
San Francisco, CA
BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Bonhams, 1stdibs, Fisker Automotive, Graff, Gump’s, One King’s Lane, Sotheby’s, Sotheby’s International Realty
ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO FALL ANTIQUES SHOW
The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show Benefitting Enterprise for High School Students is the oldest and most prestigious international antiques fair on the West Coast. Each year, the fair features an extraordinary range of fine and decorative arts, representing all styles and periods including American, English, Continental, and Asian furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, jewelry, rugs, textiles, paintings, prints, and photographs. This year’s Sea Worthy event will be held on Thursday, October 25- Saturday, October 27, 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, October 28, noon to 5:00 p.m. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.sffas.org.
For the first time, the show will include contemporary art and 21st century design. With 60 premier national and international exhibitors, the show will continue to feature decorative and fine art reflecting all design movements across the millennia, including American and European period furniture and decorative arts, important 20th century modern design, tribal arts, Asian and African arts and Native American arts.
For additional show information, please visit www.losangelesantiqueshow.com.
The Library is celebrating the centennial of its Hebraic Collection with the publication this month of "Perspectives on the Hebraic Book: The Myron M. Weinstein Memorial Lectures at the Library of Congress" and an exhibition titled "Words Like Sapphires: 100 Years of Hebraica at the Library of Congress, 1912-2012."
"Perspectives on the Hebraic Book" comprises the texts of the Myron M. Weinstein Memorial Lectures on the Hebraic Book, which were delivered annually from 2000-2009 at the Library of Congress. The compilation is edited by Peggy K. Pearlstein, head of the Hebraic Section in the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division.
The broad scope of the lectures was designed to reflect the wide-ranging scholarly interests of Myron M. Weinstein (1927-1998), who served his 29-year career at the Library of Congress in the Hebraic Section, which he headed from 1980 until his retirement in 1984. The lecture series and its publication in book form were made possible by Weinstein’s sisters, Muriel Sterne and the late Helen Avati, with additional support from Project Judaica Trust Fund.
Each chapter analyzes unique perspectives on the Hebrew manuscript and book. Joseph R. Hacker, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, discusses the printing of Hebrew books in the 16th-century Ottoman Empire. Grace Cohen Grossman, Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, examines 18th- and 19th- century Hebrew prayer broadsides. Bernard Dov Cooperman, University of Maryland, offers a view of the impact of printing on Italian Jewish piety. Jonathan D. Sarna, Brandeis University, chronicles the Jewish book in America. Zachary M. Baker, Stanford University, reflects on the Yiddish theater and its legacy. Marsha L. Rozenblitt, University of Maryland, explores 19th-century Viennese Jewry through the Isak Noa Mannheimer prayer book. Gershon Greenberg, American University, investigates the struggles of Hasidic religious thinkers to find a response to the Holocaust. Evelyn M. Cohen, an independent scholar, compares two 15th-century Joel ben Simeon manuscripts. Doris A. Hamburg, National Archives and Records Administration, describes the conservation of the 1478 Joel ben Simeon manuscript known as "The Washington Haggadah," which is housed in the Library of Congress. The rare item was rebound by the Library of Congress before its display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art last spring.
"Perspectives on the Hebraic Book: The Myron M. Weinstein Memorial Lectures at the Library of Congress," a 240-page softcover book with 30 illustrations, is available for $35 in the Library of Congress Shop, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540-4985. Credit-card orders are taken at (888) 682-3557, or shop on the Internet at www.loc.gov/shop.
"Words Like Sapphires: 100 Years of Hebraica at the Library of Congress, 1912-2012," will be on view Oct. 25, 2012, through March 16, 2013, in the South Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. The exhibition, made possible by generous support from the Abby and Emily Rapoport Trust Fund at the Library of Congress, will feature more than 60 items dating from the 7th century through the present. Items from 15 countries in nine languages include Hebrew manuscripts, incunabula (pre-1501 books), torah scrolls, Yiddish sheet music and contemporary limited edition artists’ books. More than half of the items in the exhibition have never been displayed.
The Hebraica publication and exhibition are part of the Library’s "Celebration of the Book," which includes an exhibition, June 25 through Sept. 29, on "Books That Shaped America" and a series of programs, symposia and other events that explore the important and varied ways that books influence our lives.
The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, holds more than 151 million items in various languages, disciplines, and formats. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs, publications and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov.
Artists on view will include the masters of the past, including William Steig, Ludwig Bemelmans, Maurice Sendak, Leo Lionni, Margot Zemach, and Arnold Lobel, as well as the great artists of our day, including Ashley Bryan, Eric Carle, Rosemary Wells, Jerry Pinkney, Mo Willems, and Jules Feiffer. Many iconic characters will be represented, including Babar, Shrek, Frog and Toad, and Madeline.
“Even though The Carle is young in museum terms, we have a collection of work of the highest order,” says Chief Curator Nick Clark. “Our role is to preserve it, exhibit it, and make it available for study so we can ensure it will continue to touch people’s lives well into the future.”
Since opening in 2002, The Carle has grown into a vital cultural center for artists, writers, teachers, librarians, scholars, and families - a place where important conversations about the future of art, books and education happen every day. The Museum has shared hundreds of exhibitions, presentations, and educational programs with more than a half million guests in Amherst and even more around the world.
“All of the work in this collection was donated, typically by collectors or artists and their families,” says Alexandra Kennedy, the executive director. “They want to see it help serve our mission — to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. We’re very proud to be the country’s leading center for the enjoyment and study of picture books, and our collection is our greatest asset.”
About Picture Book Art
In the last few decades, picture book art — the illustrations created for reproduction in books — has been gaining recognition in the broader fine arts world as critics and collectors get the opportunity to view the original work.
“When you look at original art you are looking at the hand of the artist and can see the subtlety of the work,” Clark explains. “Museums around the U.S. are starting to recognize that children’s book illustration, which is so beautifully crafted, can draw in a young audience of art lovers. After all, for most children, picture-book art is the art they love first.”
The picture book, which did not become a staple of childhood until early in the twentieth century, has attracted many of the world’s greatest illustrators, all drawn to its complex and rewarding interplay of art and story. Because most picture book art is created on paper, it is very fragile — prone to fading, expansion, contraction, and mold — so requires a carefully monitored environment in terms of temperature, humidity, and light. For every six months of exhibiting the art, it must be taken off view for ten years so that light does not degrade it. The Carle carefully preserves its collection in its special storage area, bringing it out only for exhibition in its galleries or to travel it to other states and countries.
Clark, who has been spearheading the growth of The Carle’s permanent collection since the Museum was in its building phase, sees boundless possibilities in the educational applications for illustration, noting its rich historical, cultural, and artistic values. “Art is a way to record events in our lives, describe the world we live in, enhance our faith, address philosophical questions,” says Clark. “It can serve as our conscience, our guide, our comforter. Art puts us in touch with the intangibles of our world and nourishes our spirit. For generations, picture books have played that role for children and their parents.”
November 10th Weekend Celebration
The opening member reception for Iconic Images: Ten Years of Collecting, is set for November 10th with many of the featured artists present. The general public is invited on November 11th for a major book-signing event and a shopping bazaar featuring hard to find and rare picture books and products.
Several other special exhibitions will also be on display throughout that weekend:
• Beyond Words: The Independent Art of Eric Carle is the first major exhibition of the paintings, drawings, and sculpture that Carle has created for himself and his friends, all testaments to his passion for experimentation, design, and expression.
• Our British Cousins: The Magical Art of Maisy and Friends features the colorful work of popular British artist Lucy Cousins.
• Starry Night: An installation of more than a dozen large three-dimensional stars created by local picture book artists will be on display in the Great Hall, celebrating the Museum’s anniversary and the upcoming holiday season.
To commemorate the Museum’s tenth anniversary, renowned sculptor Nancy Schön has created a bronze maquette of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which will be on display in The Great Hall. Best known for her “Make Way for Ducklings” sculpture at the Boston Public Garden, Schön is offering the maquette for sale throughout the Museum’s anniversary year and contributing all profits to The Carle. Each buyer is invited to tour Schön’s studio in Newton, Massachusetts, to learn more about the fascinating process of bronze casting.
A sample of the year’s major events follow.
All events and dates are subject to change.
November 10, 2012: Anniversary Kick-off Party for Members, celebrating Iconic Images: 10 Years of Collecting.
November 11, 2012: Book signing and holiday bazaar.
December 11, 2012: Exhibition opening of Some Book! Some Art!: Selected Drawings by Garth Williams for Charlotte’s Web.
March 2013: Study Tour of the Early Childhood Centers of Pistoia, Italy with Museum Educators
March 12, 2013: Exhibition opening of Latino Folk Tales: Cuentos Populares, Art by Latino Artists
May 4, 2013: Peter Sis, speaker, 2013 Annual Barbara Elleman Research Library Lecture
June 8, 2013: Children’s Book Festival celebrating The Carle’s 10th anniversary and its community of artists
June 22, 2013: Exhibition opening of Seriously Silly: A Decade of Art & Whimsy by Mo Willems
November 2013: Anniversary closing ceremony
ABOUT THE MUSEUM
The mission for The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading in young children through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy.
Eric and Barbara Carle founded the Museum in November 2002. Eric Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Since opening, the 40,000-foot facility has served more than half a million visitors, including 30,000 schoolchildren. Its extensive resources include a collection of more than 10,000 picture book illustrations, three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Open Mondays in July and August and during MA school vacation weeks. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call 413-658-1100 or visit the Museum’s website at www.carlemuseum.org.
The "Books That Shaped America" exhibition will be on view from June 25 through Sept. 29 in the Southwest Gallery, on the second floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, located at 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The exhibition will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Library is closed on Sundays and federal holidays.
The Library’s "Celebration of the Book" includes its 12th annual National Book Festival, which will be held Sept. 22-23 on the National Mall. The festival draws hundreds of thousands of book lovers each year.
The initial selection of "Books That Shaped America" will not be definitive; rather, it will mark the beginning of an ongoing recognition of culturally significant books from all genres of writing. Members of the public will be asked to nominate books for subsequent lists of "Books That Shaped America." In 2013, the Library will recognize "Books That Shaped the World."
"The ‘Celebration of the Book’ at the Library of Congress demonstrates our recognition of books as the cornerstones of American culture and democracy," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. "We want to involve all Americans in a conversation about books and how they have affected them."
The Library of Congress, with collections that are universal and comprise all media, has a long history of acknowledging the importance of books. It sponsors book symposia and author discussions, held year-round; exhibitions, such as the display of Thomas Jefferson’s Library, which formed the "seed" of today’s Library of Congress; and its annual National Book Festival.
Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov.
The theme this year is Pollock at 100: a Centennial Celebration and will pay tribute to the iconic local artist Jackson Pollock and his immense contributions to the art world. In addition, renowned actor, comedian, director, and author Cheech Marin, best known as half of the hilarious duo Cheech & Chong, will be presented with the Arts Patron of the Year Award.
Mr. Marin, who is currently starring in the new CBS comedy Rob!, owns the largest private collection of Chicano works in the United States. He will be at the Thomas Paul Fine Art booth each day to discuss the genre that captures the social, political and religious life of Mexican-Americans, his own critically acclaimed traveling exhibitions, and his unerring passion and support for what he calls "Art of the New Americas." Mr. Marin will introduce works by some of his favorite new artists, including Carlos Donjuan and Ricardo Ruiz, with prices for works at the booth ranging from $5,000 to $20,000.
Since its inception, ArtHamptons has garnered a reputation for excellence and continues to grow in scale and prestige. Housed within the impressive 40,000 square foot modular building, fairgoers will enjoy an enormous selection of artworks as well as special attractions. Prominently on display will be the painting by actor Ed Harris that appeared in his movie Pollock, a replica of the artist's paint splattered studio floor, and rare historical photography and memorabilia. Visitors at the agriculture reserve are also invited to explore the 95 areas of sculpture gardens, which include a polo field where the Southampton Polo Club will play a match on Saturday.
"The Hamptons has always had a rich and vibrant tradition as a Mecca for the creation and collection of art, dating back to the turn of the century," explains Rick Friedman, President and CEO of Hamptons Expo Group. "There are currently 3,000 artists on the East End of Long Island, 2 major museums, and hundreds of top collectors and art patrons. ArtHamptons is a celebration of that great tradition."
Vicky David Gallery and Babcock Gallery, two of the oldest art houses in America, ACA Gallery, Alicia David Contemporary Art, Woolff Gallery, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Quantum Contemporary Art, Galerie Roccia, Eli Klein Fine Art and Mark Borghi Fine Art are just a few of the names hosting booths this year. Works will be available for purchase and prices will run from $1,000 to $1 million.
Tickets: $25 one day pass; $40 three day pass; $100 three day pass and ticket to opening night benefit gala. For further info or tickets, call (631) 283-5055 or log on to www.arthamptons.com.
Schedule, Special Events & Benefits
Thursday, July 12 2012, 6 PM - 7:30 PM
Opening Preview Patron Party to benefit LongHouse Reserve
Thursday, July 12 2012, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
VIP Opening Night Reception to benefit LongHouse Reserve.
Friday, July 13, 11 AM - 6 PM - Benefiting Guild Hall. Friday, July 13, 6 PM -8 PM
Pollock at 100 - A Centennial Celebration to benefit the Pollock-Kranser House and Study Center.
Saturday, July 14, 11 AM - 6 PM - Benefiting the East End Hospice
Saturday, July 14, 4 PM - 8 PM - Benefiting Empire State Pride Agenda. Sunday, July 15, 11am - 6pm, To Be Announced
An Interdisciplinary Conference
Drew University, Madison, NJ
1-2 June 2012
Who was Oscar Wilde? An aesthete who subverted philistine values, or pandered to bourgeois taste? The first modern dramatist, or the last of the Victorian playwrights? An Irish nationalist, or an Anglophile? A socialist, or a shrewd literary entrepreneur? An immoralist, or a new kind of moralist? A philosopher, or a court jester? A misogynist, or a feminist? A pioneer of "queer theory," or someone who never quite came to terms with his sexuality?
Join us for a two day conference where we attempt to answer these questions and others.
Presenters include: Susan Bernardo, Felicia J. Ruff, Fred Roden, Shelley Salamensky, Philip Smith, Patrick W. Bixby, Loretta Clayton, Margaret D. Stetz, Anne Margaret Daniel, Marylu Hill, Jonathan Rose, and Christine Kinealy.
To register & get more information, visit http://depts.drew.edu/grad/wilde/Main.html.
"Oscar Wilde's Legacy: A Selection from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection"
Exhibition at Drew University Library
2 May-2 June 2012
Oscar Wilde died in exile in France in 1900. But his writings, his plays, his wit, and his fame lived on. This display, drawn from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, on loan from the University of Delaware Library, focuses on how Wilde's friends and associates dealt with his legacy in the early twentieth century. Among the figures represented by books and other items are Lord Alfred Douglas, Wilde's lover; the artist Aubrey Beardsley; the caricaturist Max Beerbohm; and the novelist Ada Leverson.
Les Enluminures (www.lesenluminures.com) now occupies the entire seventh floor Penthouse of a landmark townhouse on 23 East 73rd Street, between Madison and Fifth Avenues.
Dr. Hindman says, “Our beautiful new gallery in New York is composed of three rooms, one of which is lit by an extraordinary skylight that spans the width of the south facing room. The New York gallery was designed by Peter J. Vitakis, Architect, who modeled it after the C.G. Boerner space in the same building that was designed by the KSA Architects P.C. of New York. The space was formerly occupied by Trinity Fine Art, which is based in London and Milan.”
“New York is a wonderful place to exhibit and sell works of art” says Sandra Hindman. “We have been coming here since the early 1990s to participate in antique shows such as the Winter Antiques Show in January, book fairs like the New York Antiquarian Book Fair in April, and special exhibitions. For three years in a row we did themed exhibitions hosted by the C.G. Boerner Gallery on the third floor of the same building, and they were extremely successful. New York has always been our best market. So, when this magnificent space came available and was offered to me, I didn’t even think for one minute - I just said yes.”
The opening show for the new gallery “An Intimate Art - Books of Hours” will be on view through May 25. The installation of the exhibition for Les Enluminures was undertaken by William Stender of 10-31, Inc.
The Les Enluminures gallery in New York also features an innovative and award-winning technology called TURNING THE PAGES that allows visitors to actually “read” Medieval manuscripts on display. The app is installed on three different user friendly I-Pads that are mounted on smart contemporary stands manufactured by Absolute in the UK.
Hindman says, "21st century technology such as TURNING THE PAGES and social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter are introducing whole new generations of people to these wonderful old books and historic works of art. The sense of these being inaccessible and out of reach of ordinary art lovers is gone. No more hushed libraries!"
When asked why she chose the subject of Books of Hours for the opening exhibition, Sandra Hindman remarked: “Everybody knows something about Books of Hours and there are extraordinary collections in New York, especially at the Morgan Library and Museum. There are a number of important private collectors, specialist curators, and professors in this field in the city. And, indeed, for most people the Middle Ages seems so remote and inaccessible. It conjures up images of knights in armor, castles, and cathedrals. But, Books of Hours represent a way in which everyone can have access to the Middle Ages, because they bring alive the private lives of ordinary people from so long ago. In imitation of monks in nearby monasteries, ordinary people ordered books from which they could pray at home eight times a day, like armchair monks. They carried them about with them. For example, one book in the show was owned by a Catalan textile merchant who wrote in his book a list of his inventory and the dates of the trade shows he had to attend. Patrons asked artists to paint their pictures in their books, such as a mother and daughter in a Norman book in the show or a husband and wife shown kneeling before the Virgin and angels in a Bruges book. They ordered pictures of their preferred saints: in an age before dentistry Saint Appolonia, patron saint of teeth, was especially popular. So was Saint Margaret, patron saint of childbirth, because Books of Hours were often wedding presents to a newly married couple. As Dr. Christopher de Hamel states in the introduction to the exhibition catalogue: “No one can claim an understanding of the Middle Ages who has not read a book of hours in bed.”
IF YOU GO
LES ENLUMINURES presents….
AN INTIMATE ART - BOOKS OF HOURS
May 1 - 25
23 East 73 Street 7th floor
New York NY 10021
212 717 7273
Wyeth painted in the studio from 1940 until 2008. Thousands of works of art are associated with this studio, including those inspired by the farms and open space of the Brandywine Valley, and the Brandywine River that runs through Chadds Ford and the surrounding countryside.
The Brandywine River Museum has worked with a team of specialized architects, trained in historic preservation, to maintain the historic integrity of the building and its legacy as the artist's retreat. Visitors will see where America's beloved artist created some of his most iconic works of art and learn about his creative process on guided tours. His library, photos, film collection, fencing gear, military miniatures collection, costumes and props are among the many fascinating objects that add to this glimpse into the private world of Andrew Wyeth.
Built as a schoolhouse in 1875, the building also served as Wyeth's home for two decades. He and his wife Betsy moved in shortly after their marriage in 1940, and lived there until 1961. Life and art were entwined as Andrew's career soared. They had two sons, Nicholas and Jamie. The building also served as Jamie's first studio where he painted many of his early works, including Draft Age and his posthumous portrait of John F. Kennedy.
Andrew Newell Wyeth (1917-2009) was born in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, the youngest child of the internationally renowned painter and illustrator N.C. Wyeth and his wife Carolyn Bockius Wyeth. Theirs was a creative family: sisters Henriette Wyeth Hurd and Carolyn were also painters; sister Ann Wyeth McCoy was a composer; and brother Nathaniel was an engineer and inventor with many patents to his credit.
To purchase tickets Tours will be available to the public beginning on July 3rd. Advanced, timed tickets will be required. Tickets will be available for purchase on June 1, and will cost $8 per person in addition to Museum admission. Tours will be offered at scheduled times from Tuesday through Sunday, through November 18. Brandywine Conservancy members will be able to purchase tickets for tours at a discounted price beginning on May 1st. For complete details, please visit www.brandywinemuseum.org or call 610-388-2700.
"The Andrew Wyeth Experience" tours begin April 20 A few lucky visitors can be among the first to enter the Andrew Wyeth Studio on special tours offered by the Brandywine River Museum on April 20, 24 and 28, and May 1, 5 and 10. Visitors will gain insights into Wyeth's life, his working methods and sources of inspiration in the private space where he created many of his masterworks. With only 14 spaces available for each tour, people are encouraged to book early to be part of this exclusive preview. The tour lasts from 9:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and costs $100 (Brandywine Conservancy members, $70) and includes transportation from the Museum to the offsite locations, lunch, Museum tour, admission fees, and a tax deductible donation of $40 to support operations at the Andrew Wyeth Studio. Tickets may be purchased online at www.brandywinemuseumshop.org or by calling the admissions desk at 610-388-2700.
A Painter's View: The Andrew Wyeth Studio exhibition In celebration of the opening of the Andrew Wyeth studio, the Brandywine River Museum presents A Painter's View: The Andrew Wyeth Studio, on view through October 28, 2012. This exhibition features the artist's own view of his studio in paintings and drawings lent from private collections. These works, created between 1943 and 2005, reflect the artist's interest in the building's spare and aged interior and reveal informal moments with individuals who often posed there. The gallery also features many of the major works painted by Wyeth in the studio over his 70-year career.
Tours of Kuerner Farm and N.C. Wyeth House and Studio The Conservancy also owns and offers tours of the Kuerner Farm, which inspired nearly 1,000 works of art by Andrew Wyeth, as well as the N.C. Wyeth House and Studio, where this summer the tours will focus on Andrew Wyeth's use of the studio, home and property in his art. His close ties with his family, recollections of his boyhood, and his deep emotional attachment to the land itself drew him again and again to the Wyeth homestead. He availed himself of the privacy the property offered, and he found creative stimulation in the memories and meanings of places and people he knew all of his life.
The Brandywine River Museum is located on U.S. Route 1 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The Museum is open daily, except Christmas Day, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults; $6 for seniors, students and children ages 6 to 12; and free for members and children under six. Tickets for the Kuerner Farm and the N.C. Wyeth House and Studio tours cost an additional $8 each (free for members). For more information, including tour schedules, please call 610-388-2700 or visit www.brandywinemuseum.org.
The Brandywine River Museum is a program of the Brandywine Conservancy. Founded in 1967, the Brandywine Conservancy preserves art and the environment, including the open space and countryside painted by many artists in the Museum collection. It holds more than 440 conservation easements and has protected over 45,000 acres in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Through its nationally recognized Environmental Management Center, the Conservancy provides services to landowners, farmers, municipalities and developers tailored to the character and function of the land, goals of the landowner, and interests of the community. In 2008, the Brandywine Conservancy was among the first land trusts in the country to be awarded accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.
Creating the artwork for this year’s festival poster will be artist Rafael López, whose work summons imagery of Mexican street life, surrealism and myths.
His illustrations for "Book Fiesta!" written by Pat Mora won the 2010 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award, which is conferred by the American Library Association to honor work that best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children’s books. López also has won two Americas Awards, and in 2011 he created stamps for the U.S. Postal Service celebrating Latin music legends Celia Cruz, Carlos Gardel, Carmen Miranda, Tito Puente and Selena.
Additional festival-related events will take place in the days and weeks preceding the much-anticipated yearly festival, which celebrates the joys of books and reading. More information will be posted as planning for the festival continues at the festival’s website, www.loc.gov/bookfest/.
"Last year’s Festival, our first offering two days of authors and reading-related festivities, was very well-received by the authors and the festival-goers," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.
"There’s a great sense of excitement about putting hundreds of thousands of readers, young and old, in touch with more than 100 authors once again."
The 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival will feature award-winning authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions dedicated to categories of literature. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite authors, get books signed, have photos taken with mascots and storybook characters and participate in a variety of learning activities.
The Pavilion of the States will represent reading- and library-promotion programs and literary events in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. trusts and territories.
The popular Let’s Read America Pavilion will offer reading activities that are fun for the whole family.
The Library of Congress Pavilion will showcase the cultural treasures to be found in the Library’s vast online collections and offer information about popular Library programs.
There are also plans to bring back two popular features premiered at the 2011 Festival: the Family Storytelling Stage sponsored by Target, a pavilion offering fare for younger children including popular authors and musical acts, and two mini-pavilions on Sunday. This year the mini-pavilions will feature the genres Graphic Novels and Science Fiction & Fantasy.
The 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival is made possible through the support of David Rubenstein, co-chairman of the National Book Festival Board; Target, The Washington Post and many other generous supporters.
The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled collections and integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Many of the Library’s rich resources and treasures may be accessed through the Library’s website, www.loc.gov.
In the early sixteenth century Venice established itself as a powerful maritime republic and center of international trade. The wealth created by this activity fueled the city's ascent as a cultural capital, and artists were supported by government commissions, churches and lay religious communities, and, notably, by a powerful and enlightened aristocracy who sought to decorate their impressive private dwellings in Venice and on the mainland.
All the works in Renaissance Venice are drawn from the Morgan's celebrated holdings, and the show will explore specific themes, such as portraiture and the landscape tradition in Venetian drawing, the depiction of religious and civic life, the role of the foreign artist, and innovations in printmaking, book publishing, and cartography. Letters by Titian and Veronese offer fascinating glimpses into artists' relationships with patrons and the transactional nature of the art "business."
"Fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Venice saw the coming together of economic and social trends that created an amazingly fertile ground for artistic creation," said William M. Griswold, director of The Morgan Library & Museum. "The list of artists working in Venice at the time is a 'who's who' of great Renaissance masters...Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, and numerous others. The Morgan is delighted to offer the museum-going public a wide-ranging overview of the role of drawing and related media in this exceptional period in the history of art."
THE VENETIAN LANDSCAPE
Beginning in the late fifteenth century, landscape played a central role in Venetian painting and drawing. This trend paralleled the strong interest in the natural world during the Renaissance, when artists turned to direct observation rather than inherited models. By the sixteenth century, many Venetian artists depicted mountainous alpine vistas or fantastic landscapes, as seen in the background of Vittore Carpaccio's pen and ink drawing, Sacra Conversazione. One of the rare landscapes attributed to Titian, St. Theodore Overcoming the Dragon, is representative of the dominant role landscape often played even in narrative subjects.
Inspired by Virgil, Venetian humanists extolled the simplicity of pastoral life, a topic taken up repeatedly by poets, musicians, and artists in the city. Several drawings on view reflect the popularity of the arcadian themes of love, poetry, and music in sixteenth-century Venetian art, including Paris Bordone's famous Standing Man Playing a Viola da Gamba and Girolamo Romanino's Pastoral Concert with Two Women, a Faun, and a Soldier.
Giulio Campagnola and his adopted son Domenico introduced a new specialty into Venetian art: the pure landscape. Giulio's drawing Buildings in a Rocky Landscape is characteristic of the large, panoramic landscapes that made the Campagnolas' work much sought after by cultivated collectors in the early sixteenth century. These artists' flowing, rhythmic strokes informed succeeding generations, from Peter Paul Rubens to Jean-Antoine Watteau, who copied Domenico's drawings in the eighteenth century.
THE VENETIAN PORTRAIT
The Sicilian painter Antonello da Messina's arrival in Venice heralded the introduction of the oil painting technique in Italy. This in turn helped inspire the late-fifteenth-century vogue for portraiture characterized by a new naturalism. Venice's aristocracy and wealthy classes commissioned portraits to record physical likeness as well as social status, often displayed through opulent clothing and lavish settings.
Initially, most sitters were shown in strict profile, according to antique precedents. Later, increasingly evocative three-quarter or frontal views dominated, allowing a more direct and intimate relationship with the viewer. In Venice and northern Italy, family group portraits became fashionable, and Palma Giovane was known for quick sketches of his wide circle of friends and large family—indeed, one family portrait on view shows eleven children.
Works of particular note in this section of the exhibition include an accomplished Portrait of a Woman with a Hairnet, executed by an artist in the circle of Giovanni Bellini or one of his contemporaries, and Carpaccio's Head of a Bearded Man Wearing a Cap.
PATRONAGE IN VENICE
In the seventh century Venice had become a republic, governed by a hereditary ruling class headed by a doge, who was elected for life by the city-state's aristocracy. The position was usually entrusted to members of the inner circle of powerful Venetian families—such as the Mocenigos, Cornaros, Grimanis, and Trevisans. Venice's aristocracy financed many of the city's most celebrated works of civic and religious art.
The walls of the Doge's Palace were lined with large paintings by Titian, Veronese, and Federico Zuccaro, celebrating Venice and extolling its civic ideals. The scuole, wealthy lay confraternities, promoted a distinctively Venetian style of large narrative compositions. In addition to altarpieces and religious images for personal devotion, Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto, and Battista Franco also created works with secular subject matter for a new and expanding clientele of patrician collectors, such as Franco's Ceiling Design with the Story of the Slave Girls of Smyrna.
The inextricable relationship between Venetian artists and patrons is reflected in several works on view. Zuccaro completed his accomplished copy of Veronese's Frederick Barbarossa Kisses the Hand of Pope Victor IV, in the Sala del Maggior Consiglio in the Doge's Palace, some twenty years before he himself received a commission for a painting in the palace, The Submission of Emperor Frederick Barbarossa before Pope Alexander III in Venice. In a preparatory drawing for the later painting, the emperor kneels before the pope in St. Mark's Place, symbolizing reconciliation between the Papacy and the Holy Roman Emperor, mediated by the Venetian republic. Similarly, a letter by Veronese to his patron Marcantonio Gandino indicates that a painting by Veronese was to be shipped from Venice to Treviso on a ship owned by Gandino.
PRINTING IN VENICE
Not long after the invention of printing using movable type arrived in Venice in 1469, the city rapidly became the preeminent center for publishing in Italy. By 1500 Venice boasted over one hundred printers, making it the most important printing center in Europe. In the last decades of the fifteenth century the new, hand-illuminated printed book appeared, signaling a marriage of traditional and contemporary techniques. Printed on precious parchment, these luxury items were created for a wealthy and prominent clientele. Trained scribes and artists embellished the printed texts by adding chapter headings, initials, borders, and lavish frontispieces.
Exemplifying the hand-illuminated printed book tradition is a two-volume Bible produced by Vindelinus de Spira in Venice in 1471. Though both volumes' miniatures are likely attributable to the same artist, the Master of the Putti, the two books may not have originally belonged together. The first volume shows evidence of having belonged to the Cornaro family; the second to the Macigni family. Unlike most bibles, which were written or published in Latin, this copy is in Italian, making it one of the earliest to appear in the vernacular. The second volume's frontispiece represents one of the most ambitious pictorial illusions painted in a Venetian book during the Renaissance, the text seemingly printed on a frayed piece of parchment suspended from an architectural monument.
The impossibility of decorating by hand ever-increasing numbers of books led Venetian printers to mechanical means of embellishing their printed texts. By the 1500s woodcuts became the standard means by which to illustrate books. On display is an important early printed book, Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (Poliphilo's Strife of Love in a Dream), opened to a woodcut illustration of a nymph discovered by a satyr. The illustration, believed to have been designed by Benedetto Bordone, was likely the inspiration for Giorgione's painting Venus Reclining of around 1510, perhaps the first large-scale painting of a female nude since antiquity.
Artists, including Titian and Battista Franco, produced masterful woodcuts and engravings for a new kind of market and to enhance their reputation. In a letter on view to one of the most powerful patrons of the time, Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, Titian presents an impression of an engraving after his own The Trinity in Glory. Print technology allowed Titian to send another impression, accompanied by a similar letter, to the Duchess of Parma.
Later in the sixteenth century costume books emerged as a popular new genre, reflecting a greater curiosity about foreign cultures inspired by travels and new discoveries. Venice and the Veneto played a leading role in the costume book's early development. Cesare Vecellio's Degli habiti, antichi et moderni di diversi parti del mondo (Of Costumes, Ancient and Modern, of Different Parts of the World), printed in Venice in 1590, became a model of the costume book genre. Featuring woodcut illustrations of exotic and domestic fashions, the book includes examples ranging from European dress to the costumes of Persians, Moors, and Arabs.
INNOVATIONS IN DRAWING
Venetian Renaissance drawings reveal both a respect for tradition and a taste for innovation. Whereas in the late fifteenth century the favored media were pen, ink, and wash, mostly used for relatively finished drawings of figures and compositions, the generation of Titian and Bordone, later followed by Tintoretto, preferred soft, scumbled black chalk, which was ideally suited to recording tonal subtleties and creating impressions of movement. Other artists, such as Vittore Carpaccio, perfected the technique of applying ink with the brush onto the famous Venetian blue paper, so prized by Albrecht Dürer. Jacopo Bassano's innovative use of colored chalks made him a precursor of the pastel tradition.
A prolific draftsman, Tintoretto's drawings embody the Venetian Renaissance artist's melding of old and new. He studied with Titian for a brief period in the 1530s, and was deeply influenced by Veronese, Schiavone, and Michelangelo. Tintoretto's masterful drawing Samson Slaying the Philistines was inspired by a wax or clay model he owned after Michelangelo's design for a never-executed sculpture of the same theme. Although stylistically indebted to works by his predecessors, the dynamic tension of Tintoretto's figures, the unusual perspectives of his compositions, and his dramatic use of light anticipate the art of the next century.
THE TERRAFERMA: VENICE'S MAINLAND POSSESSIONS
At the beginning of the sixteenth century, Venice's possessions on the mainland, the terraferma, stretched westward from Udine, in the east, almost to Milan, and included Padua, Vicenza, Verona, Brescia, and Bergamo. These Venetian strongholds ensured the city's food supply and also safeguarded trade routes to the north.
Venice's political independence and unified territories allowed artists considerable mobility. Some preferred to return to their native cities in Lombardy, Friuli, or the Veneto, where they established flourishing workshops, although distinctive local traditions, such as the realism of the Lombard painters of Bergamo and Brescia, also prevailed.
Artists such as Veronese and Battista Franco were frequently employed by the Venetian aristocracy, called upon to create works for public buildings and private residences in the terraferma and around Venice. Veronese's Studies of Jupiter Astride the Eagle, for example, is preparatory for frescoed decoration in Palazzo Trevisan, on the island of Murano.
Although he never received a commission to build a palace in Venice, the architect Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) was much employed on the Venetian mainland. His literary masterwork, the treatise I quattro libri dell'architettura (Four Books on Architecture), begun in 1555, profoundly affected Western architecture. A page from the treatise on display shows Palladio's design for a symmetrical building with a square plan and a circular central circular, complete with a dome and four projecting porticos.
TRAVEL AND THE VENETIAN EMPIRE
By 1500, Venice was the foremost maritime power in Europe. Its empire included a dense web of fortified harbors in the eastern Mediterranean stretching along the Dalmatian coast to Crete and Cyprus to protect its trading interests. Accordingly, Venice became an important center for cartography, catering to the needs of Venetian merchants and naval commanders.
An important milestone in cartography, Benedetto Bordone's 1528 Isolario (Book of Islands) was originally intended as a guide for sailors. The ambitious book describes important islands and ports throughout the Mediterranean and in other parts of the world, also touching on their culture and history. Some of the regions depicted in the illustrations are among the earliest printed maps of these areas, and the book also included new discoveries such as the connection between North and South America.
Bordone introduced an oval depiction of the earth, a convention adopted by later cartographers, including Battista Agnese. Agnese created his Portolan Atlas between 1536 and 1564, during the heyday of Italian mapmaking. Rather than a practical navigation tool like Bordone's work, Agnese's atlas was a luxury item most likely reserved for high ranking official and rich merchants.
Venice's wealth and stability allowed artistic creativity to flourish and also attracted a host of foreign artists from the north, such as Albrecht Dürer, and from its eastern territories, including El Greco, who arrived in Venice from Crete in about 1565. The impact of this exchange on the artistic life of Venice is hard to underestimate. It also served to spread the Venetian style well beyond the confines of the city-state.
Paolo Veronese: "Marvels in Drawing and Then in Coloring"
With Xavier F. Salomon
Wednesday, June 20, 6:30 p.m.
Veronese was one of the most extraordinary and prolific draftsmen in sixteenth-century Venetian art. In this lecture Xavier F. Salomon, Curator of Southern Baroque Paintings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, will examine Veronese's compositional drawings and how they relate to his finished paintings. The analysis of the drawings will allow for a better and deeper understanding of the artist's creative process. Renaissance Venice will be open at 5:30 pm especially for program attendees.
Tickets: $15; $10 for Members; free to students with valid ID.
Death in Venice
Friday, June 29, 7 p.m.
(1971, 130 minutes)
Director: Luchino Visconti
Adapted from Thomas Mann's novella of the same name, this haunting film tells the story of avant-garde composer Gustave Aschenbach (loosely based on Gustav Mahler, played by Dirk Bogarde) who travels to Venice where he develops a troubling infatuation with a beautiful adolescent boy, Tadzio (Björn Andrésen).
Tickets are available at the Morgan's Admission Desk on the day of the screening.
Renaissance Venice: Drawings from the Morgan
Friday, June 1, 7 p.m.
Eveline Baseggio Omiccioli, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Drawings and Prints, will lead this informal exhibition tour.
ORGANIZATION AND SPONSORSHIP
Renaissance Venice: Drawings from the Morgan is organized by guest curator Rhoda Eitel-Porter. It is conceived as a sequel to Rome after Raphael: Drawings from the Morgan, shown in 2010, which was dedicated to another rich facet of the Morgan's collection of early Italian drawings. Major funding for this exhibition is provided by the Alex Gordon Fund for Exhibitions. Generous support is provided by The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and by Robert B. Loper, with additional assistance from members of the Visiting Committee to the Department of Drawings and Prints.
The programs of The Morgan Library & Museum are made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
The Morgan Library & Museum
The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan, one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the United States. Today, more than a century after its founding in 1906, the Morgan serves as a museum, independent research library, musical venue, architectural landmark, and historic site. In October 2010, the Morgan completed the first-ever restoration of its original McKim building, Pierpont Morgan’s private library, and the core of the institution. In tandem with the 2006 expansion project by architect Renzo Piano, the Morgan now provides visitors unprecedented access to its world-renowned collections of drawings, literary and historical manuscripts, musical scores, medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, printed books, and ancient Near Eastern seals and tablets.
The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue, at 36th Street, New York, NY 10016-3405
Just a short walk from Grand Central and Penn Station
Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; extended Friday hours, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. The Morgan closes at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
$15 for adults; $10 for students, seniors (65 and over), and children (under 16); free to Members and children 12 and under accompanied by an adult. Admission is free on Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is not required to visit the Morgan Shop.
The world premiere of the play is the centerpiece of the 2012 Jack Kerouac Literary Festival, which will be held Oct. 10 through Oct. 14 in Lowell, Kerouac’s hometown. The festival - held every two years by UMass Lowell, Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! and numerous other community partners - features a variety of programs inspired by Kerouac’s works and life in Lowell, and showcases prominent contemporary authors. Anita Shreve, Russell Banks and Andre Dubus III were among the writers who participated in the last Kerouac Literary Festival. This year’s theme is “Writing and Music.”
“Beat Generation” is a story of friendship and karma set in the 1950s and its characters and dialogue capture the Beat mentality at the roots of American counter culture as only Kerouac could. The play’s premiere is being presented in Lowell with the support and collaboration of Kerouac Literary Estate representative John Sampas.
“At midcentury, Jack Kerouac and his fellow Beat writers posed a series of pertinent questions regarding the assumptions of the Cold War, the attractions of suburban family life, the costs of conspicuous consumption, and what they saw as American spiritual deprivation,” said Todd Tietchen, a UMass Lowell English professor and expert on Beat Generation writers. “Those questions take center stage in ‘Beat Generation,’ as the principal figures of this important literary movement reaffirm their friendship in a search for alternative approaches to life,” said Todd Tietchen, a UMass Lowell English professor and expert on Beat Generation writers.
The play’s premiere and the festival come during what many are calling “The Year of Kerouac,” which also includes the theatrical release of the feature film “On the Road,” based on the author’s most famous book and the U.S. publication of the recently discovered Kerouac novel, “The Sea is My Brother.”
“This is a moment of literary and theatrical history,” said MRT Artistic Director Charles Towers. “When the ‘Beat Generation’ manuscript was discovered in a warehouse in 2005, it made international news. Such is the remarkable influence of Kerouac on contemporary culture. Now, the entire script of ‘Beat Generation’ will be first spoken aloud on the stage in Lowell, his native city, and it is fitting that Lowell’s professional theater company - Merrimack Repertory Theatre - is producing its world premiere.”
MRT has a history of being the first to present Kerouac’s works to audiences. Its performance space, known as Liberty Hall, was the site in the 1980s of several sold-out screenings of the premiere of John Antonelli’s documentary, “Kerouac, the Movie” and in the 1990s, the stage adaptation of Kerouac’s Lowell-set romance, “Maggie Cassidy.”
UMass Lowell is home to the Jack and Stella Kerouac Center for Public Humanities, which works to strengthen the study of American culture through academic and other programs, including serving as the home for the Kerouac Writer-in-Residence program, the New England Poetry Conference and the literary festival. The center was established with the support of the Kerouac Estate and Sampas, who has generously granted permission for the first presentation of “Beat Generation” in Lowell.
The university posthumously awarded Kerouac an honorary doctor of letters degree in 2007. That same year, the university and Lowell National Historical Park hosted an award-winning exhibit of the “On The Road” scroll - Kerouac’s 120-foot-long original version of the manuscript - in honor of the 50th anniversary of the novel’s publication. The exhibit drew more than 25,000 people to Lowell.
“It is very exciting for UMass Lowell to be part of the world premiere of Jack Kerouac’s only full-length play,” said UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan. “As Kerouac’s artistic influence on this city, his hometown, is still so great, it is important that this work be presented in Lowell first. UMass Lowell is proud to partner with Merrimack Repertory Theatre to bring this unique literary experience to our students and the community.”
Ticket and casting information for the premiere of “Beat Generation” will be announced at a later date. For more on the production and the Kerouac Literary Festival, visit www.uml.edu/kerouacplay. The website will be updated regularly with details on both in the coming months.
ABOUT JACK KEROUAC
Born Jean-Louis Kerouac in 1922, Kerouac is Lowell’s most famous native son. He was a football star at Lowell High School and was awarded a scholarship to Columbia University. However, Kerouac was unhappy in college and after his father lost his printing business, he dropped out of school. During World War II, he joined the Merchant Marine and became friends with Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs. Kerouac wrote his first novel, “The Town and the City,” about his struggle to balance the expectations of his family with his unconventional life, which was published in 1950 with Ginsberg’s help. Kerouac took several cross-country trips with Cassady during this time, which became the basis for his most famous work, “On The Road.” The manuscript - presented to his editor on a single, unbroken roll of paper, the scroll that was later exhibited in Lowell - was rejected and six years would pass before it was published in 1957. In the years in between, Kerouac followed Ginsberg and Cassady to San Francisco and the term “Beat Generation,” which Kerouac coined, gained popularity. When Kerouac finally broke through with the release of “On The Road,” he was faced with challenges presented by the fame that followed, trying to live up to the image portrayed in his novels and facing criticism from the literary establishment for being part of what was considered a fad. He would go on to publish additional novels, many of which used settings based on Lowell - including “Doctor Sax,” “The Subterraneans,” “The Dharma Bums” and his final great work, “Big Sur.” He settled in Florida with his wife, Stella Sampas, and his mother, where he died in 1969 at age 47. He was buried in Lowell.
Even after his death, Kerouac’s popularity continues. “On The Road” has remained widely read and Kerouac was named one of the most important figures of the 20th century by LIFE Magazine and the Times of London. In recent years, interest in Kerouac has grown with the publication of his letters, poetry, spiritual writings, early novels and more from his remarkable literary archive. He has been cited as an influence by countless writers and musicians, including The Doors. A 2005 forum in New York featured a reading of a passage from “Beat Generation” by actor Ethan Hawke, but to date, the play has yet to be staged in its entirety.
ABOUT THE PRODUCERS
Founded in 1979 by a group of committed civic leaders, Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s mission is “to advance the cause of human understanding by creating theatrical productions at the highest level of artistic excellence and making them affordable to the broadest possible community.” Merrimack Rep’s unique artistic vision is shaped by a passion for excellence and a profound commitment to its community. It strives to enhance the community’s quality of life while contributing to its economic strength, measuring success by the depth of the company’s artistic and social contribution to the region.
A member of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), MRT has received hundreds of awards and accolades, including recognition in American Theatre Magazine, The Boston Globe, Boston Magazine and The New York Times for artistic excellence and its contribution to the community. MRT’s history comprises more than 210 productions including 16 world premieres and 34 regional premieres, contributing significantly to the canon of the American theater and bringing new plays to audiences throughout New England. Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s 2011-2012 season is sponsored by Lowell Bank. Merrimack Repertory Theatre is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For details on MRT’s season information, show times, tickets, directions or to request a brochure, visit www.merrimackrep.org or call 978-654-4MRT (4678).
UMass Lowell is a comprehensive, national research university located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community. The university offers its 15,000 students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering, education, fine arts, health and environment, humanities, liberal arts, management, sciences and social sciences. UMass Lowell delivers high-quality educational programs, vigorous hands-on learning and personal attention from leading faculty and staff, all of which prepare graduates to be ready for work, for life and for all the world offers. www.uml.edu
Merrimack Repertory Theatre
Merrimack Repertory Theatre's 2011-2012 Season
The Persian Quarter by Kathleen Cahill, September 15 - October 9, 2011
This Verse Business by A.M. Dolan, October 20 - November 13, 2011
The Reduced Shakespeare Company® in The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) November 25 - December 18, 2011
The Voice of the Turtle by John Van Druten, January 5 - January 29, 2012
Daddy Long Legs Music & Lyrics by Paul Gordon; Book by John Caird; Based on the novel by Jean Webster February 9 - March 4, 2012
Mrs Whitney by John Kolvenbach, March 15 - April 8, 2012
Ghost-Writer by Michael Hollinger, April 19 - May 13, 2012
March 28-May 11, 2012
Exhibition at Mills College
F.W. Olin Library, Oakland, CA
During the Aesthetic Movement women not only inspired art, they also made it. That women were active participants in the Cult of Beauty is sometimes overlooked, but women wrote, drew, painted, photographed, engraved, sculpted, printed, bound and sewed, often toiling unnoticed in the background. This exhibition highlights a few of the many contributions British women made to the art of the book between 1860 and 1920.
Exhibition curated by Mills College Book Art students Rob Borges, Chloe Brubaker, Kat Howard, Mirabelle Jones, Margaret Seelie, and Alexandra Shepperd under the direction of Kathleen Walkup.
Wednesday, March 28
"The Aesthetic Woman"
Talk by Margaret D. Stetz
Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women's Studies and Professor of Humanities, University of Delaware
F.W. Olin Library, Mills College
Thursday, March 29
"Aubrey Beardsley and His Publishers"
Talk by Mark Samuels Lasner
Senior Research Fellow, University of Delaware Library
Book Club of California, 312 Sutter St., Suite 500, San Francisco, CA
Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) was, without question, the most provocative, famous, and influential British illustrator at the fin de siecle. Indeed the time of his brief career--from 1892 to his death in 1898--is often referred to as "the Beardsley period." This illustrated talk explores the artist's often overlooked relations with the three publishers who brought his work before the public--J. M. Dent, who virtually discovered Beardsley and commissioned the great edition of Malory's Le Morte Darthur; John Lane, of the Bodley Head, who hired (and then fired) Beardsley as editor of the Yellow Book, the quintessential magazine of the 1890s; and Leonard Smithers, seller of pornography and maker of beautiful books, for whom Beardsley was the key to his efforts to publish the decadents. Many of the illustrations will be drawn from Mr. Samuels Lasner's own collection.
Throughout its silver anniversary year, 2012, NMWA celebrates women artists by presenting milestone exhibitions. With Revolution-era French art, ad-inspired 1960s art by Sister Mary Corita (later Corita Kent), contemporary outdoor sculpture by Chakaia Booker, and an exhibition honoring women rockers, the museum demonstrates its commitment to women artists across disciplines and centuries.
In addition, NMWA has developed cultural programming and special events in partnership with local museums (Great Washington Museums Celebrate Great Women Artists), the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (5 x 5), and Cultural Tourism DC (Passport DC).
This spring the museum will launch a redesigned website. Nmwa.org will have a sleek new look and allow for instant social media sharing. In addition to updated content, the improved navigation will make the user experience more enjoyable and efficient. Educators will benefit from the relaunch of Art, Books, and Creativity! website (artbookscreativity.org). The ABC initiative promotes visual literacy by developing students’ skills in observations, reflection and arts creation.
February 24, 2012-July 29, 2012
Royalists to Romantics: Women Artists from the Louvre, Versailles, and Other French National Collections
Featuring 77 paintings, prints, and sculpture from 1750 to 1850—a tumultuous revolutionary era—Royalists to Romantics celebrates these rare works, many of which have never been seen outside of France. The exhibition explores France’s shifting social, political and artistic environment. The exhibition includes work by 35 artists, including Antoine Cécile Haudebourt-Lescot, Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, and Élisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun.
March 8, 2012-March 9, 2014
New York Avenue Sculpture Project: Chakaia Booker
Renowned sculptor Chakaia Booker has been selected as the second artist for the New York Avenue Sculpture
Project, the only public art space featuring changing installations of contemporary works by women artists. Based in New York, Booker works almost exclusively with recycled tires that she cut, folded, and weaves into dynamic, highly textured sculptures. The installation comprises four sculptures, including a new work that Booker is creating specifically for the project.
March 9, 2012-July 15, 2012
R(ad)ical Love: Sister Mary Corita
Featuring eye-popping prints created between 1963 and 1967, R(ad)ical Love: Sister Mary Corita showcases the bold graphic language that the artist developed to communicate her vision of peace and love in the 1960s. Sister Mary Corita (later Corita Kent, 1918-1986) was a professor of art at Immaculate Heart College in L.A. She adapted designs from billboards, print ads, and product packaging and combined them with texts; her work has influenced contemporary artists such as Mike Kelley and Pae White.
March 16, 2012-June 24, 2012
25 x 25: Artists’ Books from the NMWA Collection
25 x 25: Artists’ Books from the NMWA Collection celebrates the generosity of donors who helped the museum to build a foremost collection of artists’ books. The collection formally started in 1986 when NMWA founder Wilhelmina Cole Holladay purchased Caroline, by Swiss surrealist Meret Oppenheim (1913-1985). From rare volume of poetry and etchings—one of 69 copies—the collection has grown to more than 1,000 unique books and limited editions in a variety of formats, from scrolls and accordions to codices and sculptures.
March 23, 2012-September 23, 2012
Women Silversmiths from the NMWA Collection
In honor of its silver anniversary, the museum is featuring more than 30 pieces from its extraordinary collection of silver by British and Irish women silversmiths from the late 17th to early 19th centuries. Many visitors are still surprised to learn that women were active participants in the silver industry in that era—although women were sometimes apprenticed as silversmiths, many learned the trade within their families and built successful careers as designers, craftswomen, and businesswomen.
May 1, 2012-July 31, 2012
Mamacita Linda: Letters between Frida Kahlo and her Mother
Thanks to the recent donation of The Nelleke Nix and Marianne Huber Collection: The Frida Kahlo Papers, NMWA’s Library and Research Center houses more than 360 unpublished letters related to the artist’s life and work. This exhibition showcases a selection of heartfelt letters sent between Frida and her mother in the years just before her mother’s death.
September 7, 2012-January 6, 2013
Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power
Women Who Rock illustrates the important roles women have played in rock and roll, from its inception through today. The exhibition, organized by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, will highlight the flashpoints, the firsts, the best, the celebrated and sometimes lesser-known women who moved rock and roll music and American culture forward. The exhibition spotlights more than 70 artists including Aretha Franklin, Grace Slick, Joan Jett, and Lady Gaga, and features artifacts and videos of their performances.
November 2, 2012-January 6, 2013
Women to Watch 2012
Women to Watch 2012 is the third installment in NMWA’s biennial exhibition series that features emerging or underrepresented artists from the states and countries in which the museum has outreach committees. This exhibition highlights inventive textile-based works. Many artists today stitch, weave, knit, crochet, knot, or wind fabric, thread, or textile-like materials such as wire or hair to build expressive images or forms that go beyond traditional fine arts.
March 8, 2012
New York Avenue Sculpture Project Dedication
Art by Chakaia Booker
National Museum of Women in the Arts
This is the second installation of the New York Avenue Sculpture Project. It will feature four works by Chakaia Booker, one of which is being created specifically for this installation.
April 27, 2012
25th Anniversary Gala: Les Jardins de Bagatelle
National Museum of Women in the Arts
The gala is the museum’s signature philanthropic event. More than 450 luminaries will gather to celebrate the museum’s accomplishments. The black-tie affair featuring cocktails, a silent auction, dinner and dancing, is chaired by Jacqueline Badger Mars and Isabel Ernst. Silent auction chairs are Karen and Craig Fuller.
May 13 and 14, 2012
12-5 p.m. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
In conjunction with Cultural Tourism DC’s Passport DC program, a month-long celebration of international culture, NMWA will host an international marketplace and sale of goods featuring goods by approximately 10 women artisans in its Great Hall. The Global Marketplace is an outgrowth of the museum’s ongoing initiative Empowering Women through Art. Through sales of products made by women in the developing world, NMWA and its Museum Shop actively promote art and entrepreneurship as vehicles of sustainable economic independence.
COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
Great Washington Museums Celebrate Great Women Artists
Great Washington Museums Celebrate Great Women Artists is a collaborative city-wide project highlighting works by women artists in institutions throughout the nation’s capital. The program highlights historical and contemporary women artists working across a range of mediums. Participating institutions include the Anacostia Community Museum, Art Museum of the Americas, Corcoran Gallery of Art, DAR Museum, Dumbarton Oaks, Folger Shakespeare Library, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Hillwood Estate, Museums & Gardens, Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center, Katzen Arts Center at American University, Kreeger Museum, Library of Congress, National Museum of the American Indian, National Building Museum, National Gallery of Art, National Museum of African Art, National Portrait Gallery, Phillips Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Smithsonian American History Museum, Smithsonian Natural History Museum, Textile Museum and the U.S. Capitol.
March 20, 2012-May 28, 2012
5 x 5
Art by Clare Rojas
National Museum of Women in the Arts
5 x 5 the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’s new temporary public art project, will result in 25 groundbreaking temporary public art installations that will be on view concurrently throughout the District of Columbia. The installations will be unveiled and showcased during the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Centennial Celebration, March 20-April 27, 2012. 5x5 will activate and enliven publicly accessible spaces in all eight wards of D.C. and add an ephemeral layer of creativity and artistic expression to neighborhoods across the District. Artist Clare Rojas has been selected to create art for NMWA’s exterior. Using vivid geometric shapes and patterns reminiscent of American folk Art and quilt work, Rojas creates narrative paintings focused on the relationships between men, women, society, and nature.
National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), founded in 1981 and opened in 1987, is the only museum solely dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women in the visual, performing and literary arts. The museum’s permanent collection features 4,000 works from the 16th century to the present created by more than 1000 artists; including Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, Alma Thomas, Lee Krasner, Louise Bourgeois, Nan Goldin and Chakaia Booker along with special collections of 18th-century silver tableware and botanical prints. NMWA is located at 1250 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., in a landmark building near the White House. It is open Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun, noon-5 p.m. For information, call 202-783-5000 or visit.nmwa.org. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for visitors 65 and over and students, and free for NMWA members and youth 18 and under.
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The Stop Smiling Storefront is located at 1371 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622. Blue line: Division or Damen-O’Hare. This event is free and open to the public. Organized in conjunction with the Associated Writing Programs conference. Between Page and Screen by Amaranth Borsuk and Brad Bouse (Siglio, 2012)
Coupling the physicality of the printed page with the electric liquidity of the computer screen, Between Page and Screen chronicles a love affair between the characters P and S while taking the reader into a wondrous, augmented reality. The book has no words, only inscrutable black and white geometric patterns that—when seen by a computer webcam—conjure the written word. Reflected on screen, the reader sees himself with open book in hand, language springing alive and shape-shifting with each turn of the page. Merging concrete poetry with conceptual art, “technotext” with epistolary romance, and the tradition of the artist’s book with the digital future, Between Page and Screen expands the possibilities of what a book can be.
S P R AW L by Danielle Dutton (Siglio, 2010)
In the long line of novels about the vapidity of suburbia, Dutton’s has a narrator who may be one of the most likable. Aloof and hilarious, she dissects their lives with the casualness of a cynical scientist. —Jonathan Messinger, TimeOut Chicago
Absurdly comic and decidedly digressive, S P R A W L chronicles the mercurial inner life of one suburban woman. With vertiginous energy and a deadpan eye, the narrator records the seeming uniformity of her world as she rearranges the banalities and small wonders of suburban life. As the abundance and debris accumulate, the sameness of suburbia gives way to enthralling strangeness. Inspired by a series of domestic still life photographs by Chicago artist Laura Letinsky, Dutton creates her own trenchant series of tableaux, attentive to the surfaces of the suburbs and the ways in which life there is willfully, almost desperately, on display. In locating the language of sprawl itself—engrossing, unremitting, ever expansive—Dutton has written an astonishing work of fiction that takes us deep into the familiar and to its very edge. Short-listed for The Believer Book Award in 2011.
Stop Smiling, Siglio, and Ugly Duckling Presse present LOOK! SEE! READ! An Evening of Word and Image with AMARANTH BORSUK, DANIELLE DUTTON, JILL MAGI, AND ERICA BAUM SLOT by Jill Magi (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012) An experiential investigation of how we move through cultural landmarks and institutions, SLOT presents a lyrical and thinking response to official, landscaped memory. In the book, a person slips in and out of highly designed museums and memorials, looks for a mentor who is more than a tour guide, rebels during the official tour, and occasionally finds the lament she is looking for: in comparisons across history, in ambiguous photo sequences, and in poetry. The resulting text stages a quiet argument between the persistent urge to “slot” things—into narratives, frames, archives—and a clear view of what, by resisting, remains.
Dog Ear by Erica Baum (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011)
The concept of Dog Ear is simple and straightforward: dog-eared pages of mass-market paperbacks are photographed to isolate the small diagonally bisected squares or rectangles of text. The photographs are formally quite neutral and sedate—cursorily reminiscent of Alber’s “Homage to the Square” series of prints, paintings and tapestries—but the text also demands attention and it is what allows or coaxes the viewer to linger. As Kenny Goldsmith says in his introduction: “The idea that there’s no one correct way to engage with an artwork is at the heart of Erica Baum’s Dog Ear series. Do we see them or do we read them? If we choose to read them, how should we read? Across the fold? Through it? Around it? If we choose to look at Baum’s pictures, how should we see them? As artistic photographs? Documentation? Text art?”
AMARANTH BORSUK recently won the Slope Poetry prize for her collection Handiwork. She is also the author of the chapbook Tonal Saw (The Song Cave, 2010), and a collaborative work Excess Exhibit (ZG Press). Her poems, essays, and translations have been published widely in journals such as the New American Writing, Los Angeles Review, Denver Quarterly, FIELD, Black Warrior Review, Aufgabe, and ZYZZYVA, among many others. She has a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from USC and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at MIT where she works on and teaches digital poetry, visual poetry, and creative writing workshops.
DANIELLE DUTTON is also the author of the short story collection Attempts at a Life (Tarpaulin Sky) and editor of Dorothy, a publishing project. Her work has appeared in Bomb, Harper’s, Fence, The Brooklyn Rail, Noon, jubilat, among other journals and magazines. She holds degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, UC-Santa Cruz, and the University of Denver where she was Associate Editor of the Denver Quarterly. Born and raised in California, she is now an assistant professor in the English Department at Washington University in St. Louis.
JILL MAGI works in text and image and is also the author of Cadastral Map (Shearsman), Torchwood (Shearsman), Threads (Futurepoem), the chapbooks Die for love, furlough (In Edit Mode Press), Poetry Barn Barn! (2nd Avenue), Confidence and Autonomy (Ink Press), Cadastral Map (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), and numerous handmade books. Her visual works have been exhibited at the Textile Arts Center, the Brooklyn Arts Council, apexart, AC Institute, and Pace University. Jill runs Sona Books from her apartment in Chicago and teaches at Goddard College.
ERICA BAUM received a B.A. in Anthropology from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an M.F.A. in Photography from the Yale School of Art. She has exhibited in New York, Baltimore, San Francisco, Kansas City, Berlin (Germany), Italy, and Mälmo (Sweden). Her work was included in the book Vitamin Ph: New Perspectives in Photography (Phaidon Press, 2006). She was a 2008 fellow in Photography from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Recent solo exhibitions include Shuffled Glances at Bureau, NYC, and Erica Baum: The Public Imagination at Circuit in Lausanne, Switzerland.
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Among the nearly 2,000 items, recently donated by Beth and Stephan Loewentheil, are images of African Americans going about their regular lives in the 19th and 20th centuries.
“Certainly, African Americans were fighting for justice in this country, but at the same time, they were celebrating births and graduations and marriages, mourning deaths, holding family reunions, buying new homes and cars and clothes — the stuff of everyday life,” said Katherine Reagan, curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts. “Those things can be easily overshadowed, but this collection provides a window into the lives of men and women who are so frequently underrepresented in the historical record.”
Images in the collection depict the African-American experience from slavery in the agricultural antebellum South to celebrities of modern media-frenzied America.
“I'm thrilled about the collection for the possibilities it offers for research in African and African American Studies, especially as portraits like those in the new collection are hard to find today in both private and public collections,” said Cheryl Finley, associate professor of art at Cornell. “Images such as these reveal volumes about the social, material, cultural and political lives of the people pictured as well as those who may have lived similar lives or had similar experiences.”
Among the collection’s most memorable images are striking photographs of Martin Luther King Jr. in a jail cell, rare tintypes of freed slaves and personal family photo albums. The photographs also encompass a wide diversity of formats: daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, carte-de-visite photographs, albumen prints, Polaroids and more.
In honor of Black History Month, the Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections will display a sample of the collection in the gallery space between Olin and Kroch libraries on Cornell’s main campus in Ithaca, N.Y. The exhibition will open Wednesday, Feb. 1, and it is free and open to the public.
The collection will soon be open to researchers from all over the world and, Reagan added, “it has a tremendously high research value. It’s a trove of material that will help scholars who are looking for a more comprehensive view of a period that saw enormous changes for people of color in the United States.”
The African-American photographs are the newest component of the Beth and Stephan JD ’75 Loewentheil Family Photographic Collection, a magnificent set of 16,000 historic images that make up a candid cross-section of the early American experience. Many of those photographs are also currently on display on level 2B of the Carl A. Kroch Library as part of the major exhibition, “Dawn’s Early Light: The First 50 Years of American Photography.”
To learn more and see a sampling of the images, visit http://communications.library.cornell.edu/news/afamphotos.
The Studio will be accompanied by an original website at MoMA.org/PrintStudio. Each week from January 23 to March 9, the site will feature new updates including upcoming programs, guest blog posts, visitor viewpoints, and images. The site will include a calendar and schedule of workshops and events, a Flickr group for the collection of Print Studio “editions,” and videos of the 10-minute talks that will be held at Print Studio. The website launched on January 20, 2012.
Print Studio programs are free unless otherwise noted, with participation on a first-come, first-served basis limited to 25 people. The Studio will be open to all ages, and children must be accompanied by an adult.
Print Studio is made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America.
Reanimation Library: Mid-Manhattan Branch at MoMA
Wednesday to Monday, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Based in Gowanus, Brooklyn, the Reanimation Library is a small, independent library open to the public where books that are outdated, discarded, and no longer in routine circulation have been given new life as a resource for artists, writers, and others. For Print Studio, the Library will be temporarily re-located at MoMA to serve as a resource for ongoing workshops and projects. Visitors to Print Studio will be allowed to use scanners, computers, and photocopiers to work with and manipulate material found within the books and to engage with these artistic materials in a unique manner.
Re-imagining Collective Task
Wednesday to Monday, 12:00-4:00 p.m. A new task is presented every two weeks.
Collective Task is an ongoing project led by the poet Robert Fitterman where individuals are invited to respond to a set of tasks that have been set by another collective of individuals. Print Studio will host a re-imagined version of Collective Task adapted for the Studio’s context, using materials available in Print Studio. Participants are encouraged to respond to the bi-weekly task through the medium of print, exploring the sustainability of ideas and materials, printmaking and multiples, and the creative possibilities that result from bringing together a new community of participants.
Ten-Minute Talks at Print Studio
Talks posted to MoMA website on January 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, and March 5
Print Studio will host a series of short talks focusing on issues related to the medium of print and the sustainability of ideas within the context of modern and contemporary art. Various MoMA staff from conservators to librarians and archivists, as well as guest artists and educators, will share their expertise, offering insight on a variety of topics and a special look behind-the-scenes at MoMA’s engagement with the medium of print and selected Print Studio projects. Each week these talks will be posted on Print Studio’s blog at MoMA.org/printstudio.
Speakers include: Librarian Andrew Beccone on the foundation of The Reanimation Library, and its mission and continued evolution; Karl Buchberg, MoMA conservator on issues of paper and print conservation; Poet Rob Fitterman on his ongoing project Collective Task and its re-imagined version for Print Studio, in conversation with Lanny Jordan Jackson, the current curator of the Collective Task project; Scott Gerson, MoMA conservator on materials and processes explored in Ellen Gallagher’s featured work Deluxe on display in MoMA’s Printin’ exhibition; Phil Sanders, master printer and director/senior curator at Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop; David Senior, bibliographer at the MoMA Library and curator of the installation Millennium Magazines, in conversation with Emily Roysdon, artist featured in Millennium Magazines.
PARTICIPATORY WORKSHOPS & PROGRAMS:
The Print Studio programs are free, but tickets are required and are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Cullman Desk in the Education and Research Building, beginning one hour before the first program each day. Participation is limited to 25 people. Each workshop runs for 90 minutes.
IRWIN-NSK Passport Office, New York
Wednesday, February 1, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 2, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Friday, February 3, 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Originally founded by a collective of artists, musicians, and philosophers, the NSK State in Time (Neue Slowenische Kunst) came into being in 1992 shortly after Slovenia’s independence from the Yugoslavian federation. This declaration of existence was accompanied by the issuing of passports at various temporary embassies which operated alongside NSK exhibitions and events. Led by the Slovenian artists’ collective IRWIN, Print Studio will host the IRWIN-NSK Passport Office, New York for three days and issue a limited number of passports to MoMA visitors. A concurrent series of presentations, discussions, screenings, and a culminating NSK State Citizens’ Rendezvous will offer a forum to engage the public with ideas central to the NSK State and what it means to be a citizen of this “state in time.”
NSK Rendezvous and Print Studio Inauguration
Thursday, February 2, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Print Studio’s opening program will begin with an NSK State Citizens Rendezvous, featuring presentations by Miran Mohar, founding member of Slovenian art collective IRWIN, and NSKNY Organizing Committee members Conor McGrady, Gediminas Gasparavicius, and Charles Lewis. After the presentations, Ana Janevski, Associate Curator of Performance, MoMA, moderates a discussion and Q&A. A reception will follow, and participants are invited to engage in Print Studio’s activities: apply for citizenship at IRWIN’s NSK Passport Office, New York, make a print using visual resources found in the Reanimation Library: Mid-Manhattan Branch, or respond to a re-imagined task from the ongoing Collective Task project adapted for Print Studio.
Digital Finger-Drawing Workshop with JORGE COLOMBO
Thursday, February 9, 12:00-1:30 p.m. and 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 23, 12:00-1:30 p.m. and 2:00-3:30 p.m.
For the past three years, artist Jorge Colombo has been making digital compositions of New York landscapes finger painted from life, on location, on his iPhone. Innovative technological tools have made it possible for creative experimentation using easily accessible digital mediums. Drawing from his own experience of making “pocket art,” Colombo leads a workshop in digital finger drawing and invites participants to explore the inventive possibilities such technologies bring to the print medium.
For these workshops, participants are encouraged to bring in their own iPad or iPhone. A limited number of iPads will be available. The Brushes painting application will be used during the workshop.
Altered Book Workshop with KATERINA LANFRANCO
Thursday, February 16, 12:00-1:30 p.m. and 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 25, 12:00-1:30 p.m. and 2:30-4:00 p.m.
In this hands-on workshop led by artist and educator Katerina Lanfranco, participants are invited to explore the formal constraints and surprising elements of the book format, and how used books can be creatively re-purposed to make art. Participants will use found materials, mixed-media collage, drawing, and transfer techniques to redesign the space, form, purpose, and meaning of an old book.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own book with a cover and pages they can imagine altering.
TRIPLE CANOPY at Print Studio
Wednesday, February 15, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Monday, February 27, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 7, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Print Studio visitors can join the editorial collective and online magazine Triple Canopy and guest artists for discussions about the nature of publication, and help create a publication derived from those discussions. The programs will examine the relationships between specific objects in MoMA’s collection and contemporary artistic practices, focusing on new forms of public discourse, knowledge production, and circulation fostered by digital technologies (all new forms of publication). Triple Canopy editors and guest artists facilitate each conversation then edit transcripts and compile related materials for an edition of Volume Number, an ongoing series published by Triple Canopy. The publication will be distributed through the concurrent MoMA exhibition Millennium Magazines, organized by David Senior, Bibliographer, and Rachael Morrison, Senior Library Assistant, MoMA Library.
Handmade Papermaking workshop with Dieu Donné Papermill
Thursday, March 1, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Visitors will be able to learn the creative possibilities inherent in hand papermaking in this introduction to contemporary papermaking workshop led by Paul Wong, Artistic Director at Dieu Donné Papermill Inc. Drawing from a project by James Siena, a featured artist in the Print/Out exhibition and the current artist-in-residence at Dieu Donné, participants create their own handmade paper and use pulp painting and stenciling techniques to make it distinctly theirs.
Artist and Publisher: Printmaking and the Collaborative Process
MoMA will host two conversations between publishers and artists featured in the exhibition Print/Out and Printin’ as they discuss their creative practice and the process of collaboration. Christophe Cherix, The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Chief Curator of Prints and Illustrated Books and organizer of Print/Out, moderates.
Thursday, February 16, 6:00 p.m., The Celeste Bartos Theater
Artist Ellen Gallagher in conversation with publishers at Two Palms Press.
Tuesday, February 28, 6:00 p.m., The Celeste Bartos Theater
Artists Marina Abramović in conversation with Los Angeles publisher/printmaker Jacob Samuel of Edition Jacob Samuel.
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Many important illuminated Royal manuscripts will be captured on film for the first time as part of the BBC's ongoing collaboration with the British Library and in conjunction with the Library’s latest exhibition, Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination (www.bl.uk/royal). Dr Ramirez will decode and contextualise the manuscripts and in doing so will bring the monarchy of the Middle Ages back to life with the help of Library experts and series consultant Dr Scot McKendrick, Head of History and Classics at the British Library and lead curator of the exhibition. Many of these treasures have not been seen for hundreds of years so their secrets are fresh to the modern eye.
For Dr Scot McKendrick: "There is no doubt that this collection held by the British Library provides us all with unique opportunities to explore in-depth the lives of our Kings from the medieval period. The beauty and ingenuity of these manuscripts, that have stood the test of time, also tells us a great deal about a relatively forgotten period of our history. We are delighted to be telling this fascinating story through the British Library’s exhibition and through this mesmerising series with BBC Four."
The series runs chronologically beginning with the unification of England under King Athelstan in the 10th Century, covering the 100 Years War with France, and ending with the brutal magnificence of Henry VIII. Spanning 800 years, the British Library’s Royal Manuscripts collection holds a clear message: a medieval king had to project a powerful identity to keep his place at home and to win abroad, and these amazing documents capture the dynastic struggles each ruler faced. From the rueful footnote detailing Edward II’s demise ‘I am called the tumbledown king and all the world mocks me’, to Henry VIII’s scribbled love notes to Anne Boleyn in the margins of his Book of Hours, we see a succession of kings battling to shape an unruly nation and battling sometimes for their lives.
Across the series Dr Ramirez will discover some of the most remarkable art works in our history. These were the elite artefacts of their day made by the premier artists. Embellished with gold, painted in jewel-like colours, they took months, even years to produce, and were priceless beyond compare. One of the books she encounters, the Liber Regalis has powerful contemporary relevance because it has been used in every Coronation service since 1380, including that of our present Queen. Dr Ramirez will argue that some of these pieces deserve to be ranked with the Tower of London or Westminster Abbey as treasures of our cultural heritage and Royal legacy - they are as stunning and as important.
Richard Klein, Controller of BBC Four, commented: "The story of the Medieval Kings was captured through beautiful manuscripts that remain as vibrant today as when they were first penned. BBC Four will recreate that world, drawing on Dr Janina Ramirez' in-depth expert knowledge, to decode the manuscripts. It is a privilege to be able to offer viewers the first chance to see these manuscripts in all their glory on television through our collaboration with The British Library. "
"The story of the Medieval Kings was captured through beautiful manuscripts that remain as vibrant today as when they were first penned. BBC Four will recreate that world, drawing on Dr Janina Ramirez' in-depth expert knowledge, to decode the manuscripts. It is a privilege to be able to offer viewers the first chance to see these manuscripts in all their glory on television through our collaboration with The British Library. "
The BBC creates partnerships with the arts sector that go beyond broadcast, from sharing expertise to widening public engagement in UK arts. BBC Four’s relationship with the British Library is part of an on-going programme of collaborative work agreed in 2009 by Mark Thompson and Dame Lynne Brindley. The relationship’s aims include developing new ways of integrating access to nearly a million hours of BBC TV and radio content and more than 150 million British Library items - which will significantly increase access to research material for the benefit of researchers and the wider public.
Illuminations: The Private Lives of Medieval Kings is a BBC arts programme commissioned on behalf of BBC Four Controller Richard Klein by Commissioning Editor for Arts, Mark Bell. The series is produced by Oxford Film and Television, Executive Producer is Nick Kent.
The three-part series will be shown weekly from Monday 9 January 2012, 9.00pm.
The special was produced by Cineflix (Auction) Inc. for ABC. Executive Producers are Lisa Levenson, Ty Pennington, Joe Houlihan and Simon Lloyd.
Ty Pennington has been transforming people’s homes and lives for several years now as the host of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and has now found an exciting new way to change lives by turning their memorabilia and assorted hidden finds into treasures worth life-changing amounts of money.
After scouring flea markets, cellars, attics and yard sales to find one-of-a-kind items whose owners have no idea of their real value, Pennington, with a team of experts from Heritage Auctions, tags the best items and brings them to The Queen Mary oceanliner in Long Beach, CA for The Great Big American Auction. The exceptional collectibles range from first edition classic comic books to rare American currency to an early 20th century baseball icon’s checkbook, and much more in-between, all chosen for their rarity, value and the uniqueness of the consignor’s story.
“It’s a great thrill to be part of this major network, prime time show, to work with Cineflex and ABC and a star the magnitude and class of Ty Pennington,” said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions. “We went to great lengths with our staff and experts to make sure that all these unique items have great stories and that they live up to Heritage’s exacting consignment standards. We hope that everyone will enjoy the show as much as we enjoyed being a part of it.”
Objects originally bought for mere dollars, or literally plucked right out the trash will go for thousands of dollars as their lucky owners' lives are changed for the better.
The Great Big American Auction will air on THURSDAY, DEC. 8 AT 10 P.M. (ET) on The ABC Television Network.
Heritage Auctions is always seeking “consignments with a story” for possible future TV projects. If you think you might have a unique item and a unique story, email to TVShow@HA.com.
Heritage Auctions, headed by Steve Ivy, Jim Halperin and Greg Rohan, is the world’s third largest auction house, with annual sales more than $700 million, and 600,000+ online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and gain access to a complete record of prices realized, along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.
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The exhibition With a French Accent and an accompanying publication uncover several themes: the important of French technology, the circulation and reproduction of French imagery, stylistic contributions of French lithographic artists, and the reproduction of American genre paintings by French publishers for distribution in Europe and the United States.
Among the prints on display will be John Rubens Smith’s portrait of his wife printed by Barnet & Doolittle about 1821. The two partners studied lithography in Paris before trying to establish a firm in New York. A lithograph, Piercing the Ears, published in New York in 1825 by Anthony Imbert, reproduced a lithograph by Léopold Boilly from his series, Les Grimaces, published in Paris from 1823-1828. The Philadelphia firm Cephas G. Childs and Henry Inman also reproduced French prints.
Several French print publishers, Bailly and Ward, Turgis, and Goupil distributed prints in the United States through their shops in New York. A dozen of their prints will be on display. Several French lithographic artists settled in New York, Philadelphia, and Boston bringing new styles of drawing on stone to the American public. For example, Francis D’Avignon was particularly adept at drawing portraits after photographs and Charles Crehan’s portrait of Jenny Lind is freely drawn with carefully delineated facial features. William Schaus, Goupil and Company, and Michael Knoedler all published prints lithographed in Paris after American genre and history paintings by artists such as William Sidney Mount, Lily Martin Spencer, Junius Brutus Stearns, F. O. C. Darley, George Caleb Bingham, and Richard Caton Woodville.
The exhibition was curated by Georgia Brady Barnhill, Director of the Center for Historic American Visual Culture, and Lauren B. Hewes, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts, both of the American Antiquarian Society, based on research supported by funds from The Florence Gould Foundation of New York.
The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) is an independent research library founded in 1812 in Worcester, Massachusetts. The library’s collections document the life of America’s people from the colonial era through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Collections include books, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, broadsides, manuscripts, music, graphic arts, and local histories.
Wednesday, March 14 | 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Davis Lobby and Galleries
Join us in celebrating this groundbreaking collaboration between the Davis and the American Antiquarian Society, as With A French Accent opens to the public.
Symposium: French and American Lithography: History and Practice
March 31, 2012
Co-hosted by the Davis and the American Antiquarian Society, this symposium explores transnational interconnection, particularly the impact on American lithography of artistic exchange between France and the United States through the 19th and 20th centuries and into contemporary practice. This daylong event at Wellesley College features a range of talks by exhibition curators Georgia Brady Barnhill and Lauren B. Hewes, and visiting scholars Marie-Stephanie Delmaire and Catherine Wilcox-Titus, and lithography demonstrations by a visiting artist and a master printer. This event as been generously supported by Jay and Deborah Last, by Wellesley College Friends of Art, by Grace Slack McNeil Program for Studies in American Art. Registration information may be found on the Davis Museum’s website: web.wellesley.edu/web/Events or by calling 781.283-2373.
DAVIS MUSEUM GENERAL INFORMATION
Location: Wellesley College, 106 Central St., in Wellesley, Mass.
Museum Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 am-5 pm, Wednesday until 8 pm, and Sunday, noon-4 pm. Closed Mondays, holidays, and Wellesley College recesses.
Admission is free and open to the public. Telephone: 781-283-2051
Parking: Free and available in the lot behind the museum. Additional parking is available in the Davis Parking Facility. Tours: Led by student tour guides and curators. Free. Call 781-283-3382
Accessible: The Davis, Collins Café and Collins Cinema are wheelchair accessible and wheelchairs are available for use in the Museum without charge. Special needs may be accommodated by contacting Director of Disability Services Jim Wice at 781-283-2434 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THE DAVIS MUSEUM
One of the oldest and most acclaimed academic fine arts museums in the United States, the Davis Museum is a vital force in the intellectual, pedagogical and social life of Wellesley College. It seeks to create an environment that encourages visual literacy, inspires new ideas, and fosters involvement with the arts both within the College and the larger community.
ABOUT WELLESLEY COLLEGE & THE ARTS
The Wellesley College arts curriculum and the highly acclaimed Davis Museum and Cultural Center are integral components of the College’s liberal arts education. Departments and programs from across the campus enliven the community with world-class programming - classical and popular music, visual arts, theatre, dance, author readings, symposia and lectures by some of today’s leading artists and creative thinkers - most of which are free and open to the public.
Located just 12 miles from Boston and accessible by public transit, Wellesley College’s idyllic surroundings provide a nearby retreat for the senses and inspiration that lasts well after a visit.
Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,400 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 75 countries.
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Ty Pennington has spent years making dreams come true by transforming people's homes. Now the host of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" has found an exciting new way to change people's lives -- by helping them turn their collectibles and hidden finds into treasures.
In "The Great Big American Auction," Pennington travels the country scouring flea markets, cellars & attics, yard sales and back alleys to find one-of-a-kind items whose owners have no idea of their real value. With exceptional collectibles ranging from a first edition classic comic book to a pristine and extremely rare Abraham Lincoln $500 bill from the late 19th century, Ty and his team of experts from Heritage Auctions unearth an amazing array of extraordinary finds. The best items from around the country are tagged and brought to "The Great Big American Auction," where a room full of potential buyers outbid each other in a suspenseful standoff. Random objects originally bought for mere dollars will go for hundreds of thousands, as their lucky owners' lives are forever changed. Let the bidding begin, on "The Great Big American Auction," THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on The ABC Television Network.
"The Great Big American Auction" is produced by Cineflix (Auction) Inc. for ABC. Executive producers are Lisa Levenson, Ty Pennington, Joe Houlihan and Simon Lloyd.
Cineflix is a leading international media company that brings together global broadcast and production partners, major talent, and key executives to create top quality original content produced and distributed for television and other platforms. Currently producing more than 400 hours per year of multi-genre television for international broadcasters, and with a rapidly expanding library of 2500 hours, Cineflix is a recognized leader with offices in Montreal, Toronto, London, New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Dublin.
A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.
Items at the show will span every genre, including fine art, antique and estate jewelry, furniture, porcelain, Asian art, American and European silver, glass, textiles, sculpture and more, ranging from the antiquities to the 20th century. Guests will have access to aisle after aisle of extraordinary collections offered by returning exhibitors such as Arader Galleries, Betteridge Jewelers, Camilla Dietz Bergeron, Danish Silver, Drucker Antiques, Erik Thomsen Asian Art, Fred Leighton, French Country UK, Gavin Spanierman, Hancocks, Hyland Granby Antiques, Lillian Nassau, M.S. Rau Antiques, Macklowe Gallery, Mark J. West, Michael Pashby Antiques, T.K. Asian Antiquities and Vallejo Gallery.
“What makes this year’s Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show so unique is the amount of high-caliber exhibiting dealers and the diversity of the art, antiques and jewelry that they bring,” said Scott Diament, President and CEO of the Palm Beach Show Group.
An exclusive Opening Night Preview Evening benefiting Hope for Depression Research Foundation will kick off the show on Friday, February 17. Hope for Depression Research Foundation was founded in April 2006 by Audrey Gruss in memory of her mother, Hope, who suffered from clinical depression. The organization’s mission is to fund innovative, international research into the origins, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of depression and its related mood and other emotional disorders with the ultimate goal of finding a cure.
Further enhancing the show, a daily educational lecture series will feature industry experts offering their extensive knowledge on a variety of captivating topics. Free and open to the public, the lectures will be headlined by industry experts such as Edward Faber of Aaron Faber Gallery New York and John Atzbach of John Atzbach Imperial Russian Antiques & Art.
The 9th Annual Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show will take place February 17-21, 2012 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center located at 650 Okeechobee Boulevard. Hours are Saturday, February 18, Sunday, February 19 and Monday, February 20 from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., and Tuesday, February 21 from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 daily and $25 for a 4-day pass. For more information, please visit www.palmbeachshow.com or contact the Palm Beach Show Group’s director of public relations, Chrissy Lambert, at (561) 822-5440.
Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show
One of the most anticipated events of the season, the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show will make its annual return to the Palm Beach County Convention Center on Presidents’ Day weekend, February 17-21, 2012. With the works of more than 180 international exhibitors to choose from, the 2012 show will boast an enviable selection of art, antiques and jewelry and will draw tens of thousands of private collectors, museum curators, investors and interior designers who are eager to view and purchase some of the most unique and coveted treasures in the world.
February 17-21, 2012
Friday, February 17---------------Opening Night Private Preview Party benefiting Hope for Depression Research Foundation
Saturday, February 18----------11am-7pm
Sunday, February 19----------- 11am-7pm
Monday, February 20-----------11am-7pm
Tuesday, February 21-----------11am-6pm
Palm Beach County Convention Center
650 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, Florida, 33401
$15 daily, $25 for a 4-day pass
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Call 561.822.5440 or visit www.palmbeachshow.com
The Poetry Center at Smith College describes Aracelis Girmay as “a powerful, inventive poet, writer, and educator who is not afraid to take on any subject, … and who brings to her poems not only high seriousness and passion but a sustaining voice of hope.” Girmay’s multicultural heritage—she is of Eritrean, Puerto Rican, and African American descent—gives her a unique perspective which transcends ethnic boundaries.
Aracelis Girmay is the author of the collage-based picture book changing, changing. Her first book of poems, Teeth, was nominated for a Connecticut Book Award. Most recently, her poetry collection Kingdom Animalia was awarded the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award. She has served as the visiting writer in the MFA program at Queens College, and she is on the faculty of Drew University’s low-residency MFA program in Poetry. She is also an assistant professor of poetry at Hampshire College, where her office is in the Emily Dickinson Hall.
The reading is co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America and includes the reading, a moderated conversation with Poetry Society of America Executive Director Alice Quinn, and a wine reception featuring black cake made from Dickinson’s own recipe.
DATE & TIME: Monday, December 5 at 7:30pm
LOCATION: Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC
TICKETS: $15 adults / $7.50 students; purchase at the Folger box office, 202.544.7077, or www.folger.edu/poetry.
METRO: Capitol South (blue/orange lines), 4 blocks; Union Station (red line), 7 blocks
PARKING: Street parking in neighborhood.
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This pun-filled day coincides with Growing Every Which Way But Up: The Children’s Book Art of Jules Feiffer, The Carle’s newest exhibition featuring the artwork of The Phantom Tollbooth’s multi-talented illustrator. Leonard S. Marcus, the guest curator for the exhibition, said in an article he wrote for the fall edition of Fine Books and Collections Magazine, “Tracing the arc of Feiffer’s latest creative adventure has for me, as the Carle exhibition’s curator, been an exciting chance not only to share with museum-goers some of contemporary children’s literature’s most keenly irreverent graphics, but also to show that ‘kids’ book illustration can be just as poignant--and pert--as the many and varied other forms of narrative art that Feiffer has practiced so brilliantly over the years.” The exhibition features artwork from Feiffer’s collaborations with Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth (1961), and the more recent picture book, The Odious Ogre (2010), along with Feiffer’s own picture books, including Bark, George (1999), among many others.
12:00 - 5:00 pm Playing with Words and Pictures in the Art Studio
1:00 - 2:00 pm Conversation with Norton Juster and Leonard S. Marcus including a screening of the trailer for the upcoming Phantom Tollbooth documentary. Book signing to follow
2:00 pm Storytime in the Reading Library featuring books written by Norton Juster
3:00 pm Film
About the Museum:
Together with his wife Barbara, Eric Carle, the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar, founded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art as the first full-scale museum in this country devoted to national and international picture book art, conceived and built with the aim of celebrating the art that we are first exposed to as children. Through the exploration of images that are familiar and beloved, it is The Museum’s goal to provide an enriching, dynamic, and supportive context for the development of literacy and to foster in visitors of all ages and backgrounds the confidence to appreciate and enjoy art of every kind.
The Museum—which houses three galleries dedicated to rotating exhibitions of picture book art, a hands-on Art Studio, a Reading Library, an Auditorium, a Café, and a Museum Shop—is located at 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 12 noon to 5 pm. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call 413-658-1100 or visit The Museum’s website at www.carlemuseum.org.
The Fair assembles the premier specialists in nineteenth and early twentieth century American art. Returning exhibitors include Adelson Galleries, Alexander Gallery, Avery Galleries, Debra Force Fine Art, Gerald Peters Gallery, Godel & Co. Fine Art, Hammer Galleries, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Menconi & Schoelkopf, Questroyal Fine Art, and Thomas Colville Fine Art. New exhibitors include Babcock Galleries, Conner Rosenkranz, Gavin Spanierman, Jonathan Boos, John H. Surovek Gallery, and Meredith Ward Fine Art.
Fair hours are 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29. On Monday, November 28 at 4:30 pm, Dr. Linda S. Ferber, Vice President & Senior Art Historian at the New-York Historical Society will present Making American Taste: 200 Years of Collecting at the New-York Historical Society. Admission to the preview is by invitation; admission to the lecture and from November 28-December 1 is complimentary. For details, please visit www.TheAmericanArtFair.com.
At The Winter Antiques Show in New York January 20 - 29 Les Enluminures (www.lesenluminures.com) gallery of Paris and Chicago (Stand #6) will host a special exhibition of about a dozen illuminated manuscripts, miniatures, and text manuscripts that brings together a group of works that gallery owner Sandra Hindman says, “Animate Bolognese culture and life in the late medieval era.”
According to Hindman, a specialist in Medieval and Renaissance Art, “Although the Black Death wiped out as many as 30,000 people in 1348, and Bologna suffered from considerable political turmoil in the last half of the fourteenth century, the city flourished again under the enlightened rule of the prominent Bentivoglio family who took over in 1401 and governed throughout the fifteenth century.”
“Founded on an art that was profoundly influenced by Byzantium, Bolognese painting in the early thirteenth century increasingly demonstrated the impact of the great Giotto (c. 1267-1337), who spent some years in Bologna in the early 1330s. The illuminator Nerio, who signed his name in a manuscript in Paris, was responsible for an unusually large miniature that illustrates the opening of Psalm 25 with two kneeling figures looking up toward Christ (fig.1).
Nerio clearly makes reference to Giotto, who appears to have been a significant influence on his work. Following Nerio, one of the major Bolognese illuminators at mid-century, the Master of 1346, takes his name from his illuminations in the Bolognese Draper’s Guild of 1346. We have the only surviving witness from the lost manuscript, where the head of the Guild poses at the opening of the text, revealing the expressive three-dimensionality of Giotto’s style; the guild’s symbol, a pair of scissors, appears in the margin.
“What’s more, Bologna’s active craft and merchant guilds protected the rights of workers, such as the Guild of the Tailors and the Guild of the Wine Merchants, the statutes of which are included here written in a lively Bolognese dialect (fig. 5). Did you know that, then as now, it was illegal to sell wine that had been diluted with water? And that, whereas only those over 14-years-old were entitled to drink wine, records fix consumption at an average of five liters daily!”
Hindman adds that “Other works protected the rights of the numerous students, who gathered in Bologna from all over Europe to attend its famous law school. Dedicated in 1492 to Giovanni II Bentivoglio and still preserved in its original binding, we have a legal commentary that harks back to a famous charter composed for the university in the twelfth century under Frederick I Barbarossa that ensured juridical privileges of both students and teachers of Bologna (figs. 6).
“Another especially noteworthy artist is the Master of 1446, named after a 1446 book of statutes and representative of a late Gothic tendency in Bolognese manuscript illumination. His work was still rooted in the vocabulary of Niccolò but he was receptive to the examples of contemporary painters.”
At Les Enluminures stand at The Winter Antiques Show is a stunning Dominican Hymnal, formerly in the Robert Lehman Collection in New York, that Hindman says “Is a fine example of this painter’s art (fig. 4). With its seventeen illuminations, this Choir Book is a rare survivor of an intact Italian music manuscript commissioned by an important (still-unidentified) individual. (fig. 2).”
“The Master of 1346 may have been the teacher of Niccolò di Giacomo da Bologna (active 1349-1403), whose expressive style characterized by action-packed narratives dominated Bolognese painting until the end of the century. The delightful initial of Monks Singing is by Niccolò (fig. 3). Eight music-making monks dressed in Olivetan robes play musical instruments - a psaltery, a viola, bells, and an organ - while others listen to the sounds, heads tilted, mouths partly open. Niccolò was appointed illuminator to the city of Bologna in the 1380s, and he was an active participant in city government.”
Now beginning its third decade in business, LES ENLUMINURES, with a gallery in Paris opposite the Louvre and offices in Chicago, is well known to collectors, curators and librarians from its participation in the most important international art fairs. The year begins in January at New York’s Winter Antiques Show, then in March to the Netherlands for TEFAF in Maastricht, in June to Great Britain for Masterpiece London, in October to the Firenze Biennale as well as several other fairs including the Salon du Dessin and New York’s Antiquarian Book Fair.
Les Enluminures maintains an extremely active year round schedule of publishing comprehensive catalogues and staging special exhibitions at its own galleries and others in cities where it chooses to exhibit. Its web site is a portal to four separate subject areas focusing on the artworks it sells with innovative ‘turn the page’ and video techniques employed to make it as easy as possible for visitors to learn about the subjects featured. Dr. Hindman and her academically-grounded colleagues as well as guest scholars provide significant background knowledge on each subject contributing what she says “Is important additional information to the understanding of each work of art and subject in which we specialize.”
Dr. Sandra Hindman is Professor Emerita at Northwestern University, where she twice headed the Art History Department. A specialist in Gothic and Northern Renaissance Art, it was her years spent studying Medieval manuscripts that sparked her interest in acquiring key pieces, which led to her opening her Paris gallery. In the early years she maintained her academic career, shuttling back and forth between Paris and Chicago.
Within Europe the Musée du Louvre, the Musée Nationale du Moyen Age, the British Library, the Bibliothèques municipales at Metz and Rennes, among others, are all clients.
“The Winter Antiques Show in New York always presents a unique opportunity to show newly acquired examples of important and rare medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, miniatures, works of art, and rings to museums, library officials and private clients who attend this esteemed exhibition.”
Nerio (Bologna, active first quarter of the 14th century)
David Offering his Soul to God in an Initial “A” tempera and gold leaf on parchment, cut to shape (275 x 185 mm.) Bologna, c. 1310-1315
Maestro del 1346 (Bologna, active c. 1330-1348) Leaf from the “Statuto della Società dei Sarti” (Tailors’ Guild) illustrated with the Captain of the Guild, the symbols of the Guild, and the arms of the Angevin king and the city of Bologna
tempera and goldleaf on parchment (297 x 217 mm.) Italy, Bologna, c. 1340 (after 1334)
Nicolò di Giacomo (Bologna, active 1349- c .1403)
Monks Singing in an initial “E”
Tempera and goldleaf, cut to shape (124 x 111 mm.)
Italy, Bologna, c. 1365-1380
Maestro del 1446 (Bologna, active second quarter of the 15th century) Dominican Hymnal
In Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment
Italy, Bologna, c. 1430-40
With 17 miniatures
Statutes regulating the Wine Trade and Transportation of Wine in Bologna
In Italian, manuscript on parchment
Italy, Bologna, after 1416, c. 1450
Bartolomeus Bologninus, Commentary on the Imperial Constitution “Authenca Constitutione Habita” In Latin, decorated manuscript on paper Italy, Bologna, dated 12 January 1492
IF YOU GO
MEDIEVAL BOLOGNA AT LES ENLUMINURES
2012 WINTER ANTIQUES SHOW in New York
October 20 - 29
Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street
Daily 12pm - 8pm Sunday and Thursday 12pm - 6pm
Les Louvre des Antiquaires,
2 Place du Palais-Royal, 75001 Paris (France)
Tel: +33 1 42 60 15 58 email@example.com www.lesenluminures.com
The first initiative is a collaboration with the Centro Cultural Estacion Indianilla and Tonaltepec Global S.C. in response to an invitation from The CODEX Foundation to co-ordinate CODEX MEXICO events at the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) in late November 2011 and an Exhibition / with events (to be announced) at Centro Cultural Estacion Indianilla in February 2012. These two events will establish the CODEX Mexico Chapter as part of The CODEX International Network.
The CODEX Mexico inaugural events will include the opening of the exhibition Libros de Artista at 1:00 p.m. on November 25th, 2011 at the Centro Cultural Mundo Cuervo, in Tequila, Jalisco. CODEX Mexico will offer an inaugural presentation and event at the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) during a conference to be held at 8:00 p.m. on November 27, 2011, at the Agustin Yañez Hall (upper level). On this occasion, the CODEX Mexico Manifesto (en español) will be issued as a starting point for the promotion and establishment of a Center for the Study of the Book, a library, and a regional center for the safeguarding and preservation of significant books on the art and history of printing and a laboratory preserving and teaching the multiple skilled crafts of handmade book production aimed at national, regional and global markets.
On February 16, 2012, this same exhibit will move to the Centro Cultural Estacion Indianilla in Mexico City. The exhibition is comprised of a collection of original hand-made volumes printed in California and drawn from the collections of Stanford University Library and an equal number of artist's books made by Mexican artists and printers will be included to make this a ground-breaking cross-border collaboration.
A catalogue will be issued in conjunction with the joint Stanford University Library / CODEX Mexico Exhibition titled Libros de Artista, with texts by Peter Rutlredge Koch, printer and president of The CODEX Foundation; Robert Bringhurst, poet and erudite historian of printing, and the renowned Mexican writer Pedro Angel Palou. Copies may be obtained from the CODEX Foundation.
CODEX Mexico opening events are generously supported by the Mexican National Council for Culture and the Arts, the Guadalajara International Book Fair, the Centro Cultural Mundo Cuervo, the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Government of Mexico City, the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco, California, the Embassy of the United States of America in Mexico, Stanford University Libraries, and The CODEX Foundation.
Jörn Günther is one of the most renown international experts in his field. Since its foundation in 1990 Jörn Günther Rare Books has established itself as an international authority and driving force in this market. Over the last several years, the firm has introduced three of the most outstanding collections of manuscript illuminations in private hands: The Bernard H. Breslauer Collection, the Longari Collection and the Robert Lehman Collection. The Getty Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Walters Art Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art are among the institutions that systematically develop major collections of manuscript illuminations and took advantage of the rare opportunity to enrich their holdings when these three significant private collections reached the market.
Günther Rare Books will show in Dallas from November 2-4 outstanding treasures which will invite the audience to dive into a different universe like in a time travel, taken into the world of Aristotle (Aristotle, Ethica Nicomachea, translated by Leonardo Bruni Aretino; Illuminated manuscript on vellum. Southern Europe (Italy, Naples, or perhaps Spain), c. 1458-59, US$975.000) or to the the great Cistercian Abbey of Aulne-sur-Sambre (Biblia Latina, Illuminated manuscript on vellum. Northern or North-Eastern France, or Flanders, c. 1240-50 with 60 large illuminated initials in elaborate designs of lush interlaced leafy and plant designs or formed of twisting biting dragons for US $6 Mio.). Suddenly you look at Columbus and the Conquista of Latin America in Christophorus Columbus, De insulis nuper in mari Indico inventis from 1494 with 6 extraodinary woodcuts (US $1,8 Mio). The Columbus letter is the first account of the discovery of the New World. On his return from the newly discovered "Indian" isles in March 1493, Columbus addressed several letters to the Catholic monarchs Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castille, who had financed his expedition, and sent a report to the "escriuano deraciõ", his patron, Luis de Santàngel, in which he confirmed that the land he had discovered met all the hopes and expectations attached to this expensive and risky expedition, a journey which can be compared with the life journey of Jörn Günther.
--By Anne-Marie Melster
A new catalogue was published in October:
Pagina Sacra. Bibles and Biblical Texts 1050-1511
Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books AG, Stalden
Guests enjoyed a preview of the inaugural exhibit Afield in America: 400 Years of Animal and Sporting Art,a which features over 150 paintings and sculptures on loan from museums and private collectors across the country. Curator and board member F. Turner Reuter, Jr. met with guests and spoke about several of the fabulous pieces that grace the rooms of the renovated and expanded 1804 mansion. The works of Bierstadt, Audubon, Remington, Homer and Troye join that of lesser-known artists to illustrate how American animal and sporting artists have developed a unique national style, an idea explored in greater depth in a handsome illustrated catalog with scholarly essays. Welcomed by volunteers in equestrian and related field sports garb, guests were thrilled by the magnitude of what the National Sporting Library and Museum has accomplished.
Moving down a path past the boxwood gardens to a three-story high tent on the crest of the grounds, guests entered a stunning environment created by Virginia Fout of VProductions, Los Angeles. A native of Middleburg, Fout is a prominent event planner well-known for producing Elton Johns’ Oscar parties. Glorious bouquets were composed of two thousand roses, gifts from Ambassador Ivonne Baki, Ecuador, and Ambassador Luis Moreno, Columbia, facilitated by NSLM board member Hector Alcalde. Gigantic reproductions of illustrations from rare books in the Library’s collections hung from the ceiling to the ground in the reception area and draped over the dance floor. Large screens showed time lapse video of Museum construction as well as key images from the NSLM collections and history.
Jacqueline B. Mars, vice chairman of the board, and Anjela Guarriello served as the gala co-chairs. Their attention to detail was evident from the selection of the black, white and silver décor enhanced with glorious bouquets and exquisite images, to the orchestration of a multi-course meal with brilliantly paired wines. Dinner was followed with the auction of an African Temptations Safari conducted by C. Hugh Hildesley of Sotheby’s. Gala guests danced to the music of the Gene Donati Orchestra.
The NSLM also celebrated the Museum opening with a three day Coach Event which included a Presentation of the Coaches at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show grounds where over 20 historic coaches were on view for a large appreciative crowd. The coaches then headed for luncheon on the grounds of beautiful Llangollen.
Executive Director Rick Stoutamyer has overseen the construction of the new Museum which was designed by Virginia architect Hardee Johnston. Stoutamyer is enthusiastic about the Museum and sees it as a logical extension of the National Sporting Library which was founded in 1954 by George L. Ohrstrom, Sr. and Alexander Mackay-Smith. The mission of the National Sporting Library and Museum is to preserve, share and promote the literature, art and culture of equestrian and field sports.
Manuel H. Johnson, chairman of the board, welcomed guests with the observation that, “It is quite an accomplishment to create an environment that preserves historic works of art and reflects the character it seeks to protect.” October 8, 2011, over 400 people from around the country and Canada gathered to celebrate the unique role that the National Sporting Library and Museum has created for itself in beautiful, historic Middleburg, Virginia.
The National Sporting Library and Museum is dedicated to preserving and sharing the literature, art, and culture of horse and field sports. Founded in 1954, the institution has over 17,000-books dating from the 16th-21st centuries. The John H. Daniels Fellowship program supports the research of visiting scholars. The newly renovated and expanded historic building on the camps, which opened in October 2011, houses exhibits of American and European fine sporting art. Information is shared through exhibitions, lectures, seminars, publications, and special events. The NSLM is open to researchers and the general public. Admission is free. Museum Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Library Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.nsl.org.
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The Florida Bibliophile Society hosts a guest lecture by one of our longstanding associates:
"The Mulvihill Collection of Rare & Special Books and Prints:
The Evolution & Education of a Collector"
With a display table of selected rarities.
Venue: University of Tampa, Macdonald-Kelce Library
16 October 2011. 1:30PM
Guest Speaker: Maureen E. Mulvihill
Princeton Research Forum, Princeton, NJ.
The strengths of this collection are books by early-modern English & Irish women writers, such as Aphra Behn, Katherine Philips, Lucy Hutchinson, 'Ephelia', Ann (Finch) Countess of Winchilsea, Delarivier[e] Manley, Ann Lady Fanshawe, Hester Lynch Piozzi (Mrs Thrale), Maria Edgeworth, Mary Tighe, Mary Shackleton Leadbeater, as well as later offerings by Anna Jameson, Sarah Hale, Vita Sackville-West, and Virginia Woolf (Hogarth Press imprint, with original jacket by Vanessa Bell). Also of interest, the collected writings of Anna Maria Van Schurman and a copy of the popular 19thC classic: Godey's Lady's Book. Shakespeareans and devotees of the American theatre will enjoy seeing several original playbills from Joseph Papp's 'Shakespeare in the Park' series, New York City.
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Notable guests at last year’s show included Laura Bush, who charmed exhibitors with a surprise visit during the last day of the show. The former First Lady was accompanied by Debbie Francis and interior designer Ken Blasingame who helped the Bushes with the décor in the White House residence. Also seen shopping the show were Margot Perot, Catherine Perot, Betty Blake, Alan May, Joanne Stroud, Lynn and Alan McBee, Steve and Anne Stoghill, Phil Lacerte, Larry and Joyce Lacerte, Frank Bonilla and Minnie Carruth.
Adding to the show’s cultural experience, the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show will present an educational lecture series that is free to the public as well as show attendees. The lecture series will include presentations on a wide array of captivating topics by respected dealers and industry experts, including Alan C. Lowe, Director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library; Dr. Joern Guenther of Dr. Joern Guenther Rare Books; and Miller Gaffney of Miller Gaffney Art Advisory.
“What makes this show so unique is that it brings together more than 80 world-renowned galleries in a location that couldn’t be more fitting for an event of this nature,” said Scott Diament, President and CEO of the Palm Beach Show Group. “With its iconic design and high-end finishes, the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas is the perfect setting for the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show.”
The Palm Beach Show Group is pleased to announce that TACA (The Arts Community Alliance), Dallas' premier umbrella arts organization, has once again been selected as the charity partner for the prestigious opening night preview party of the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show. Since 1966, TACA has promoted a diverse and vibrant North Texas arts scene by providing financial support, building public awareness and increasing participation for performing arts organizations. TACA began as an auction to benefit the Dallas Theater Center, and has grown into a year-round organization that has donated millions of dollars to approximately 75 arts organizations.
The Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas is located at 500 West Las Colinas Boulevard in Irving, Texas. Las Colinas, a 12,000-acre master planned community known worldwide for its quality as a major business center, is home to 2,000-plus corporations and the global headquarters of five Fortune 500 companies, with a taxable base of more than $7 billion. The community's central location between Dallas and Fort Worth as well as the DFW International Airport makes it an attractive location for business and commerce.
This area of Irving boasts several luxury resorts, including the only 5 Diamond resort in Texas, The Four Seasons Las Colinas Resort. In addition, the area is home to the world's largest equestrian sculpture, the bronze Mustangs of Las Colinas, which gallop across the granite stream in Williams Square. Lake Carolyn and the Mandalay Canal wind through the urban center while the Las Colinas APT rides high overhead connecting the various office towers. Las Colinas also features three private country clubs and four championship golf courses surrounded by gated communities.
For more information, please call (561) 822-5440 or visit www.dallasfallshow.com.
The manuscript of The Narrative of John Smith was lost in the post on the way to the publishers and then rewritten by Conan Doyle from memory. Although he continued to revise the text and drew on various passages from it in subsequent writings, Conan Doyle never re-submitted the novel for publication, later claiming in jest: "my shock at its disappearance would be as nothing to my horror if it were suddenly to appear again - in print." Therefore, the text has been known only to a handful of scholars up to this point, but will now be published for the first time and serve as a rare insight into the author’s creative development and apprenticeship as a writer.
By the time Conan Doyle came to write the novel, he had had some success with publishing short stories in literary magazines. Increasingly frustrated, however, by the practice of many nineteenth century journals of publishing contributions anonymously, he decided that the only way to establish a literary reputation was, as he wrote to his mother, “get your name on the back of a volume”. The Narrative of John Smith represents Conan Doyle's first attempt to make the transition from short story writer to novelist and, as such, bridges the gap between his earlier work and the first Sherlock Holmes novel, A Study in Scarlet, published just a few years later. Semi-autobiographical in nature, the story focuses on John Smith’s period of confinement in his room during an attack of gout, and the work is essentially a series of reflections and conversations with his doctor, friends and other visitors concerning a range of contemporary debates on literature, science, religion, war and politics, which occupies the young Conan Doyle. Several ideas and incidents in the novel anticipate the Sherlock Holmes stories; for example Smith’s garrulous landlady, Mrs Rundle, is a precursor of Martha Hudson, Sherlock Holmes’s housekeeper at Baker Street.
The display in the Treasures Gallery showcases one of the four notebooks that comprise the manuscript of The Narrative of John Smith. Other items on display include letters to his mother describing his financial struggles and losing the novel in the post, and his ‘scientific and monthly magazine’ created in his final year at school at the age of 16.
Rachel Foss, Lead Curator of Modern Literary Manuscripts and co-editor of The Narrative of John Smith, comments: “Even almost a hundred years after Conan Doyle's death and with all of the fascination that surrounds his life and work, this publication and exhibition show that there are still new things to discover about this iconic literary figure. It's a testament to the richness of the Conan Doyle’s life and the archive he left behind him, of which this manuscript is a part, that we can still unearth such little known gems. We are indebted to the generous support and enthusiasm of the Conan Doyle Estate and I'm delighted that, through the British Library's publication and exhibition, we have been able to make this intriguing early work available to a wider audience.”
Jon Lellenberg, representative of the Conan Doyle Estate Ltd and co-editor of The Narrative of John Smith, says: “Dr. Conan Doyle, the struggling physician and writer, was fortunate his first attempt at a novel was unpublished in the 1880s. Today's readers are fortunate that he kept the manuscript, and provided us with a unique window into the mind, thinking, and often emphatic opinions of a young man who in just another year or so would create literature's best known character, Sherlock Holmes.”
Stephen Fry comments: “The breadth, depth and scope of Conan Doyle's knowledge and curiosity is often overlooked. He was the first popular writer to tell the wider reading public about narcotics, the Ku Klux Klan, the mafia, the Mormons, American crime gangs, corrupt union bosses and much else besides. His boundless energy, enthusiasm and wide-ranging mind, not to mention the pitch-perfect, muscular and memorable prose is all on display here in a work whose publication is very, very welcome indeed.”
Items drawn from the British Library’s extensive Conan Doyle collection, acquired in 2004, are on display in the Library’s Sir John Ritblat Treasures Gallery from 9 September 2011 until 5 January 2012.
As part of the activities surrounding the publication of The Narrative of John Smith, the British Library will also present a public event with best selling author, Anthony Horowitz, who has been commissioned to write a new Sherlock Holmes novel by the Conan Doyle Estate Ltd. The House of Silk will be published in November. At this event Horowitz will talk about the book, the characters of Holmes and Watson, and Conan Doyle’s achievement, with Roger Johnson, editor of the Sherlock Holmes Journal. The event will take place Sunday 27 November, 14.30-16.00, in The British Library Conference Centre, £7.50 (£5 concessions).
British Library Publishing
Book £9.95 (ISBN 978-0-7123-5841-5) / CD £20 inc. VAT
British Library Publishing’s publication of The Narrative of John Smith and audio CD, recorded with Robert Lindsay, will be 26 September 2011. Both will be available from www.bl.uk/shop (T +44 (0)20 7412 7735 / email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arthur Conan Doyle: The Unknown Novel is open from 9 September 2011 until 5 January 2012 in the Sir John Ritblat Gallery at the British Library. Admission is free.
Exhibition opening hours
Monday, Wednesday-Friday 10.00 - 18.00, Tuesday 10.00 - 20.00, Saturday 10.00 - 17.00, Sunday and Bank Holidays 11.00 - 17.00. For further information about the British Library and its exhibitions please see: www.bl.uk/whatson
With thanks to Conan Doyle Estate Ltd.
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An unprecedented 112 authors, poets and illustrators will speak and meet with their readers at the 2011 National Book Festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress. The event, to be held Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25 on the National Mall - rain or shine - also will offer more authors and activities for young readers than ever before.
The event is free and open to the public. Saturday hours will be from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday hours will be from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Authors’ speaking and book-signing schedules are available on the festival website, www.loc.gov/bookfest.
President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, the first lady, are the honorary chairs of the event. The distinguished benefactor of the event is David M. Rubenstein, who co-chairs the National Book Festival Board with Dr. James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress.
"Following on the great success of the 2010 National Book Festival, our 10th anniversary, the National Book Festival Board decided last January to make this a two-day event," Billington said. "We expect book-lovers to be delighted with the number of poets, authors and illustrators we’ve assembled this year, including several winners of major literary awards.
"The authors’ talks will be a bit longer, and we believe festival-goers’ access to authors in the book-signing area will be made a bit easier."
Festival fans will find the usual array of author pavilions this year - History & Biography, Fiction & Mystery, Poetry & Prose and Contemporary Life, along with a pavilion aimed at Teens and another for Children.
Target -- the distinguished corporate benefactor of the National Book Festival -- will sponsor the "Family Storytelling Stage," a pavilion offering briefer presentations by more than 20 authors and musicians whose books and performances are devoted to very young readers. The sponsorship is part of Target’s commitment to helping more children read proficiently by the end of grade 3.
"We are delighted that Target has helped us take our already very family-friendly event to a whole new, very young audience of book-lovers," said Deanna Marcum, associate librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress and executive director of the National Book Festival. "The Family Storytelling Stage will carry the banner for this year’s National Book Festival theme, ‘Celebrate the Joy of Reading Aloud.’"
On Sunday, the National Book Festival will convert its spacious "Pavilion of the States" into three new genre pavilions: State Poets Laureate, "The Cutting Edge," and Graphic Novels.
Author lineups in all pavilions include:
- Children: Mary Brigid Barrett, Harry Bliss, Calef Brown, Susan Cooper, Carmen Agra Deedy and John McCutcheon, Tomie dePaola, Jack Gantos, Joe Hayes, William Joyce, John Bemelmans Marciano, Patricia McKissack, Dorie McCullough Lawson, Sam McBratney, Julianne Moore, Jon J Muth and Chris Van Dusen
- Family Storytelling Stage: Wally Amos, Tom Angleberger, Mac Barnett, Michael Buckley, Angela Farris, Daniel Kirk, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Josh Lewis, Tom Lichtenheld, Loren Long, Cedelia Marley, Julianne Moore, Lauren Myracle, Jane O’Connor, Matthew Reinhart, John Rocco, Mark Pett and Gary Rubenstein, Ellen Sabin, Bob Shea and Lisa Yee
- Teens: Cassandra Clare, Susan Cooper, Sarah Dessen, Jack Gantos, Gordon Korman, Uma Krishaswami, Patricia McKissack, Shelia P. Moses, Kadir Nelson, Katherine Paterson, Gary D. Schmidt, Brian Selznick and Rita Williams-Garcia
- Fiction & Mystery: Sherman Alexie, Russell Banks, Louis Bayard, Steve Berry, Jennifer Egan, Margaret George, Laura Lippman, Gregory Maguire, Terry McMillan, Toni Morrison, Sara Paretsky, Esmeralda Santiago and Neal Stephenson
- Poetry & Prose: Michael Cunningham, Rita Dove, Dave Eggers, Claudia Emerson, Mary Gordon, Kimiko Hahn, Terrance Hayes, Garrison Keillor, Yusef Komunyakaa, Linda Pastan, John Milliken Thompson, Poetry Out Loud and Jonathan Yardley
- History & Biography: Eric Foner, Adam Goodheart, Maya Jasanoff, David McCullough, Justin Martin, Candice Millard, Kristie Miller, Edmund Morris, Carla L. Peterson, Eugene Robinson, James Swanson, Douglas Waller and Isabel Wilkerson
- Contemporary Life: Joel Achenbach, Amy Chua, Bob Edwards, Leon Fleisher (with Anne Midgette), Joshua Foer, Jessica Harris, Marc Kaufman, Hoda Kotb, Jim Lehrer, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Sylvia Nasar and Sarah Vowell
- State Poets Laureate (Sunday only): Dolores Kendrick (District of Columbia), Kelly Cherry (Virginia), Stanley Plumly (Maryland), Wes McNair (Maine) and Carol Muske-Dukes (California)
- Graphic Novels: Kazu Kibuishi, Rachel Renee Russell, Richard Thompson, Allen Say and Eric Wight
- "The Cutting Edge": Eric Dezenhall, Eric Jerome Dickey, Kia DuPree, Amanda Houck and Kimberla Lawson Roby
Barnes & Noble is the official bookseller for the 2011 National Book Festival. Festival-goers can visit the book sales pavilion conveniently located on the festival grounds to purchase selected books by 2011 National Book Festival authors, 52 great reads chosen by State Centers for the Book, and selections from the Library of Congress. Festival attendees can pick up books by featured authors before going to the book-signing areas.
The 2011 National Book Festival is made possible through the generous support of National Book Festival Board Co-Chair David M. Rubenstein; Distinguished Corporate Benefactor Target; Charter Sponsors The Washington Post and Wells Fargo; Patrons AT&T, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, The James Madison Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and PBS KIDS; Contributors Barnes & Noble, Digital Bookmobile powered by OverDrive, Penguin Group (USA), ReadAloud.org and Scholastic Inc.; and--in the Friends category--the Marshall B. Coyne Foundation Inc; the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction; The Hay-Adams and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Thanks also to C-SPAN2’s Book TV and The Junior League of Washington.
The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled collections and integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov and via interactive exhibitions on a personalized website at myLOC.gov.
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The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show 2011 Lecture Series
Presenting Sponsor: Sotheby’s
Thursday, October 27, 11:00 a.m.
Born to be Beautiful: Pearls and the Celebrated Women Who Wore Them
Ruth Peltason, Author, Editor, and Lecturer, New York
Like the finest strand of pearls, celebrated women are innately connected by the excellence of their jewelry. Diamonds may sparkle, and the jeweler’s trinity of rubies, sapphires, and emeralds may add color, but pearls are unique in gifting every woman with classic style. Society swans Grace Kelly, Babe Paley, Florence Gould, the Duchess of Windsor, Doris Duke, Chanel, Marjorie Merriweather Post, Barbara Hutton, Diana Vreeland, the Maharani of Baroda, and Elizabeth Taylor and their signature pearl necklaces, tiaras, rings, bracelets, and earrings made by the great jewelry houses will be showcased by Peltason, author of Living Jewels: Masterpieces from Nature: Coral, Pearls, Horn, Shell, Wood & Other Exotica (Vendome Press, 2010).
Book-signing to follow.
Presented in collaboration with the Museum of Craft and Folk Art.
Thursday, October 27, 2:30 p.m.
Collecting Opportunities: The Rise of the Asian Art Markets
Henry Howard-SneydRebecca,, Vice Chairman of Asian Art, Sotheby’s, New York
In recent years, Asia has become a leading center of the international art market, with many newsworthy auctions of historic treasures and contemporary finds, such as the sales of the Meiyintang collection of Chinese ceramics and the Ullens collection of Chinese contemporary art. Howard-Sneyd, who has been the Sotheby’s auctioneer for many record prices in Asian art, will compare and contrast Chinese and Indian collecting and collectors. He also will analyze the boom and opportunities in the contemporary Asian paintings market.
Friday, October 28, 11:00 a.m.
Archduke Dr. Géza von Habsburg, Fabergé Guest Curator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Lecturer, and Author, New York Beginning in the late 16th century, Kunstkammern (literally “art chambers,” also referred to as “cabinets of curiosities”) were formed by princes for their own personal pleasure to share but with a select few. These predecessors of museums also served didactic purposes. They often contained some of the most valuable unalienable heirlooms of a family. Illuminating the hidden collections of the Ambras Castle of Archduke Ferdinand II; the Hradshin in Prague of Emperor Rudolf II; and the Munich Residenz of the Wittelsbach dukes, von Habsburg will acquaint us with the passion with which royalty obtained and vied with each other over their treasures.
Book-signing to follow.
Presented in collaboration with the French Heritage Society, The Royal Oak Foundation, and Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation.
Friday, October 28, 2:30 p.m.
U.S. vs. Art Thieves: Tales From the FBI's Real Indiana Jones
Robert Wittman, Former Special Agent and Founder of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Art Crime Team, and Author, Pennsylvania
Dubbed as “the FBI’s real Indiana Jones” and "the most famous art detective in the world," Wittman spent 20 years recovering more than $300 million of stolen art and cultural property. Sharing some of the tales in his bestseller, Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures (Crown, June, 2010), he will recount notorious heists and daring recoveries of priceless antiquities; paintings by Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso; and artifacts such as a rare Civil War battle flag. He also will report on attempts to find masterpieces that are still at large, such as the $500-million theft in 1990 from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
Book-signing reception to follow.
Supporting Sponsor: Waterworks
Presented in collaboration with The Northern California Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and the San Francisco Design Center.
Saturday, October 29, 11:00 a.m.
Designing Hollywood’s Golden Age: Art Direction from Films of the 1920’s and 30’s
Cathy Whitlock, Interior Designer and Author, Nashville
From the stylish, white-on-white, glossy interiors in Fred Astaire and Ginger Roger’s musical classic “Top Hat,” to the dramatic Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architecture featured in Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead,” Art Deco and Modernism reigned supreme during Hollywood’s Golden Age of cinema. Using archival photographs and original renderings, Whitlock, author of Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction (Harper Collins, 2010), will illustrate memorable sets of the twenties and thirties and discuss the role of design in creating the transportive world of the “silver screen.”
Book-signing to follow.
Presented in collaboration with the Art Deco Society of California.
Saturday, October 29, 2:30 p.m.
The Curated Home: Designing Today with Art and Antiques
Thomas Jayne, David Kleinberg, and Suzanne Lovell, Interior Designers and Authors;
Suzanne Tucker, Moderator
In honor of the show’s 30th anniversary, celebrated interior designers will offer their trade secrets and professional advice on integrating fine and decorative arts with diverse architecture, textiles, finishes, and client sensibilities. These experts from across the country will share images and ideas from their new publications: Thomas Jayne on The Finest Rooms in America: 50 Influential Interiors from the 18th Century to the Present (The Monacelli Press, 2010), ranging from historic Monticello to contemporary Manhattan; Traditional Now: Interiors by David Kleinberg(The Monacelli Press, 2011), whose work updates the influence of his early career at the New York City firm of Parish-Hadley; Artistic Interiors: Designing with Fine Art Collections (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2011), showcasing Chicagoan Suzanne Lovell’s unique approach to designing custom environments; and insights from San Francisco’s own tastemaker, Suzanne Tucker.
Book-signing reception to follow. Supporting Sponsor: California Homes
2011 FALL ANTIQUES SHOW DATES AND HOURS
Preview Party: Wednesday, October 26, 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Show: Thursday, October 27-Saturday, October 29, 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.;
Sunday, October 30, noon to 5:00 p.m.
Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion, Marina Boulevard at Buchanan Street, San Francisco, CA
PREVIEW PARTY BENEFIT GALA
Supporter (7 p.m. admission for 1) $250
Enthusiasts (6 p.m. admission for 2) $600
Aficionados (5 p.m. admission for 2) $1000
Collectors Circle (4 p.m. admission for 2) $2750
Connoisseurs Circle (4 p.m. admission for 2) $5000
General Admission - includes catalogue $15
In advance - not including General Admission $15
Onsite - not including General Admission $18
Lecture Series $115
(6 lectures, includes General Admission)
Lunch and Lecture Package $50
The SFFAS features 65 leading decorative and fine arts galleries from across the United States and Europe, including new dealers Antoine Cheneviére Fine Arts from London, Galerie Lefebvre from Paris, and Spencer Marks from Massachusetts, along with returning exhibitors Beauvais Carpets and Kentshire from New York, Susan Ollemans Oriental Art from London, Steinitz from Paris, American Garage and Therien from Los Angeles, epoca and Hackett/Mill from San Francisco, and many others.
Corporate sponsorship for the show is provided by U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management as Premier Sponsor, along with generous support from The ACE Group, P. A. Bet Architectural Casework and Millwork, Blackbird Vineyards, Bonhams & Butterfields, 1stdibs, Fort Point Insurance Services, Gump’s, Korbel California Champagne,Lawrence Fine Art Services, Mandarin Oriental, Neiman Marcus, One Kings Lane, Paige Glass Company, Peninsula Custom Homes, Willem Racké Studio, Rose Tarlow Melrose House, Andrew Skurman Architects, Sotheby’s, Sotheby’s International Realty, andTuron Travel. Media sponsors include artnet, Apollo, California Home + Design, California Homes, Luxe Interiors + Design, The Magazine Antiques, Nob Hill Gazette, Veranda, and 7x7.
ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO FALL ANTIQUES SHOW
The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show Benefiting Enterprise for High School Students is the oldest and most prestigious international antiques fair on the West Coast. Each year, the fair features an extraordinary range of fine and decorative arts, representing all styles and periods including American, English, Continental, and Asian furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, jewelry, rugs, textiles, paintings, prints, and photographs. The 30th annual Show will be held Thursday, October 27-Saturday, October 29, 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, October 30, noon to 5:00 p.m. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.sffas.org.
July 25 - August 5, 2011
Hours: Monday - Friday, 10am - 6pm
Open late on Thursday, July 28 until 8pm for the second annual Chelsea Art Walk, an evening of extended hours and special events taking place at over 125 galleries and art institutions around Chelsea. Visit artwalkchelsea.com for details.
For two weeks only—Monday, July 25 through Friday, August 5—there will be special offers on a selection of rare and out-of-print books, signed artist catalogues and monographs, DVDs, posters, collectible show cards, and more. Highlights from this year’s pop-up include ceramic plates by Marcel Dzama, signed copies of the newly-released artist’s book Perlstein by Michael Riedel (limited edition), films by Raymond Pettibon, posters by Christopher Williams, and documentary films about Alice Neel and Robert Crumb.
The pop-up bookstore coincides with the gallery’s summer exhibition, The House Without the Door, on view until August 5.
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Monday - Friday, 10am - 6pm
In July and August, David Zwirner is closed on Saturdays. The gallery re-opens on Tuesday, September 6 with the Artists for Haiti exhibition. Visit artistsforhaiti.com for information.
The pesentation will feature pre-production footage from the Beston Society's documentary film project, and will include two speakers, Don Wilding of the Henry Beston Society and Beston biographer Dr. Daniel Payne. Wilding is the producer for the Beston Society's documentary about Beston's influence on the national seashore and is working with director Christopher Seufert of Mooncusser Films in Chatham. The Dennis resident is the executive director and co-founder of the Beston Society and author of the book, Henry Beston's Cape Cod. Dr. Payne is a professor of English at the State University of New York in Oneonta, New York and is writing a critical literary biography, with a working title of Orion on the Dunes, about Beston.
This program is one in a series offered every Tuesday evening in July and August at Salt Pond. All of the programs are sponsored by Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore, which raises awareness of national seashore resources and issues; provides funds for important park projects; sponsors interpretive and educational programs that advance the understanding of park stories and resources; and carries out significant volunteer work, especially in the area of trail maintenance.
IF YOU GO: Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at the intersection of Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham and is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5 PM.The center includes a lobby with expansive views of Salt Pond, Nauset Marsh, and the Atlantic; a museum featuring the park's natural and cultural stories; staff to assist with trip planning, and a store with books, maps, puzzles, games, t-shirts, and 50th-anniversary commemorative items. There are short films shown throughout the day. The Buttonbush and Nauset Marsh Trails, and the Nauset Bike Trail are located nearby. For more information on Cape Cod National Seashore programs call 508-255-3421, or check the park's website, www.nps.gov/caco.
The inaugural exhibition for the new Museum is Afield in America: 400 Years of Animal & Sporting Art 1585-1985, curated by F. Turner Reuter, Jr., and based on his book Animal and Sporting Artists in America which was published by the National Sporting Library in 2008. Mr. Reuter’s book is being reprinted this year. The inaugural exhibition in the new Museum is intended to raise awareness of the importance of animal and sporting art as a reflection of American history and cultural life.
Designed to attract the widest possible audience, Afield in America presents works by iconic American artists such as Albert Bierstadt, Alfred Jacob Miller, and Frederic Remington, as well as those by recognized masters of the animal and sporting art genre, including John James Audubon, Edward Troye, Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait, and William Tylee Ranney.
“The works of other fine American sporting artists, which have long been esteemed by enthusiasts of the genre but, until recently, were often overlooked by art historians, are an important focus of the exhibition,” says Mr. Reuter. This group includes: William Herbert Dunton, Herbert Haseltine, Thomas Hewes Hinckley, Anna Hyatt Huntington, Alexander Pope, Ogden Pleissner, Percival Rosseau, and John Martin Tracy.
The exhibition will also have an illustrated, color catalogue. In the catalogue, critical essays explore larger interpretations of the works with the objective of defining the remarkable role animal and sporting artists have played in the history of American art. Essayists include William H. Gerdts, Ph.D., art historian and author of Art Across America; Adam D. Harris, Ph.D., Curator of the National Museum of Wildlife Art and author of Wildlife in American Art; Daniel J. Herman, Ph.D., historian and author of Hunting and the American Imagination; and Robin R. Salmon, author and Vice President for Collections and Curator of Sculpture, Brookgreen Gardens; and F. Turner Reuter, Jr.
Afield in America: 400 Years of Animal & Sporting Art 1585-1985, will run from October 11, 2011 through January 14, 2012.
About the National Sporting Library and Museum
The National Sporting Library and Museum, Middleburg, Virginia, is dedicated to preserving, sharing and promoting the literature, art, and culture of horse and field sports. Founded as the National Sporting Library in 1954, by George L. Ohrstrom, Sr. and Alexander Mackay-Smith, the institution has expanded to become a library, research facility, and art museum with over 17,000 books and works of art in the collections. The John H. Daniels Fellowship program supports research and includes scholars from around the world. Information is shared through exhibits, lectures, seminars, publications, and special events. Many of the programs are free and open to the public.
The Library and Museum are located in the beautiful historic village of Middleburg, Virginia. The NSLM consists of two buildings on the same campus. The Library, built in 1999, was designed to provide facilities for book stewardship and research. It has the Forrest E. Mars, Sr., Exhibit Center and the Founders’ Room for public events. While primarily a research center, the Library is open to the public. The historic building, Vine Hill, also located on the campus, was once occupied by the Library. Vine Hill has been renovated and expanded to house the new art Museum.
About the Celebration Weekend October 7 - 9, 2011
To commemorate the opening of the Museum, the NSLM will host a historic Coaching Drive in the countryside and a Gala on the Museum grounds during a weekend celebration October 7 - 9, 2011. There will be over 25 historic coaches participating in a pageant on Saturday, October 8, 10:00 a.m., at the Upperville Colt & Horse Show grounds, site of the oldest horse show in the country. The presentation will be open to the public.
The National Sporting Library and Museum
102 The Plains Road
P.O. Box 1335
Middleburg, Virginia 20118-1335
Tel. (540) 687-6542
Fax (540) 687-8540
The literary schedule begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, with the U.S. book debut party for “The Key West Bucket List” at The Porch, 429 Caroline St. Penned by David Sloan, the volume offers entertaining suggestions for “must-do” activities in Key West and the Keys. Sloan’s other writing credits include co-authoring “Quit Your Job and Move to Key West.”
At 8 p.m. Wednesday Lorian Hemingway, whose critically acclaimed books include the powerful “A World Turned Over” and “Walk on Water,” is to lead other renowned writers in an evening of readings. Hosted by Wyland Galleries of Key West, “Voices, Places, Inspirations” takes place at 623 Duval St.
Scheduled participants are Mark Childress, author of the bestselling novel “Crazy in Alabama” and recent sensation “Georgia Bottoms,” among others; Tom Corcoran, noted for his Key West-based Alex Rutledge mysteries and compelling photography book “Key West in Black and White,” and Michael Haskins, whose Mad Mick Murphy mysteries include “Chasin’ the Wind” and “Free Range Institution.”
Hemingway Days’ literary highlight is Lorian Hemingway’s announcement of the winners of her internationally recognized contest for emerging writers of short fiction. The awards reception is set for 8 p.m. Friday, July 22, at Casa Antigua, 314 Simonton St., Ernest Hemingway’s first Key West address.
A reading of the winning story and a Casa Antigua history presentation by owner Tom Oosterhoudt round out the evening.
Event information: www.shortstorycompetition and www.hemingwaydays.net
Key West visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY
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Other authors slated to appear at the festival include Edmund Morris, Louis Bayard, Isabel Wilkerson, pianist Leon Fleisher, former Poet Laureate Rita Dove, Hoda Kotb of the "Today" show, Gregory Maguire, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Katherine Paterson, television newsman Jim Lehrer, actress/children’s book author Julianne Moore and Esmeralda Santiago.
The 2011 National Book Festival will feature authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions, including two new genre pavilions: Urban Fiction and Graphic Novels. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite authors, get books signed, have photos taken with PBS storybook characters and participate in a variety of activities. Some 150,000 book fans attended the 10th-anniversary festival in 2010.
Celebrating the joys of reading aloud will be the theme of this 11th National Book Festival. Details will come soon to the website at www.loc.gov/bookfest/. The website offers a variety of features, and new material will be added to the website as authors continue to join this year’s lineup.
"We are delighted to expand this joyful event that celebrates the love of books and reading," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. "More is more - more authors, more convenience in moving about the grounds and more emphasis on bringing a whole new generation of readers to the world through reading aloud."
Toni Morrison, who has won both the Nobel Prize for her body of work and the Pulitzer Prize for her novel "Beloved," most recently has published "A Mercy" (Vintage). She is the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities Emeritus at Princeton University.
David McCullough, dubbed the "citizen chronicler" for his meticulously researched and beautifully written history books, has won two Pulitzer prizes for his works "Truman" and "John Adams," as well as the National Book Award for "The Path Between the Seas" and "Mornings on Horseback." His latest book, "The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris" (Simon & Schuster) explores the travels of Americans of genius between 1830 and 1900.
Russell Banks, the author of more than a dozen works of fiction, most recently has published "The Lost Memory of Skin" (Ecco). His novel "The Darling" is to become a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Cate Blanchett.
Dave Eggers, whose latest book is "Zeitoun" (Random House), tells of the journey of Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a Syrian-American owner of a painting and contracting firm in New Orleans who traveled the city in a second-hand canoe following Hurricane Katrina, rescuing neighbors, caring for abandoned pets and distributing fresh water.
Terry McMillan’s latest book is "Getting to Happy" (Viking), the sequel to "Waiting to Exhale," a hit novel that was made into a movie.
Siddhartha Mukherjee, a cancer physician and researcher, was just awarded the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction for his book "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer" (Scribner). He tells the story of this dreaded disease, from its origins to the global battle to cure, control and conquer it.
Jennifer Egan won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for fiction for "A Visit From the Goon Squad," a collection of linked stories in which she explores, through her characters, the passage of time and its effect on their lives.
Garrison Keillor is the creator of the fictional and beloved town of Lake Wobegon, from which sprang a national radio program, "A Prairie Home Companion," and a series of books. Keillor also hosts a daily radio show, "The Writer’s Almanac," and supports the cause of poetry, most recently through his latest book "Good Poems, American Places" (Viking).
Amy Chua created a sensation with her book, "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" (Penguin). In it she describes the strict, traditional child-rearing she chose for her two daughters, who were not allowed to watch television, play computer games, or bring home a report card with any grade lower than "A," among other restrictions. A law professor at Yale, Chua also has authored two other best-selling books including "World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethic Hatred and Global Instability" and "Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance - and Why They Fall."
Other authors and illustrators slated to participate in the National Book Festival include Joel Achenbach, Sherman Alexie, Mary Brigid Barrett, Steve Berry, Harry Bliss, Calef Brown, Cassandra Clare, Susan Cooper, Michael Cunningham, Tomi dePaola, Sarah Dessen, Joshua Foer, Eric Foner, Jack Gantos, Margaret George, Adam Goodheart, Mary Gordon, Jessica Harris, Joe Hayes, Terrance Hayes, Maya Jasanoff, William Joyce, Marc Kaufman, Yusef Komunyakaa, Gordon Korman, Uma Krishnaswami, Sam McBratney, Patricia McKissack, John Bemelmans Marciano, Candice Millard, Kristie Miller, Shelia P. Moses, Sylvia Nasar, Kadir Nelson, Sara Paretsky, Linda Pastan, Carla L. Peterson, Allen Say, Gary Schmidt, Elizabeth Hun Schmidt, Brian Selznick, Neal Stephenson, James Swanson, Sarah Vowell, Douglas Waller, Chris Van Dusen, Rita Williams-Garcia and Jonathan Yardley.
Internationally known artist Jon J. Muth, who has illustrated several children’s and fantasy books including "Zen Shorts," "Zen Ties" and his most recent book, "Zen Ghosts," has created the 2011 National Book Festival poster and will speak at the National Book Festival.
Representatives from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories will celebrate their unique literary offerings in the Pavilion of the States. The popular Let’s Read America Pavilion will offer reading activities that are fun for the whole family. The Library of Congress Pavilion will showcase the cultural treasures to be found in the Library’s vast online collections and offer information about popular Library programs. The Library’s "Gateway to Knowledge" truck-based traveling exhibition will return to the National Book Festival after a year of visiting scores of small towns.
The 2011 National Book Festival is made possible through the generous support of National Book Festival Board Co-Chair David M. Rubenstein; Distinguished Corporate Benefactor Target; Charter Sponsors The Washington Post and Wells Fargo; Patrons AT&T, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, The James Madison Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and PBS KIDS; Contributors Barnes & Noble, Digital Bookmobile powered by OverDrive, Penguin Group (USA), ReadAloud.org and Scholastic Inc.; and—in the Friends category--the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction; The Hay-Adams and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Thanks also to C-SPAN2’s Book TV and The Junior League of Washington.
The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled collections and integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov and via interactive exhibitions on a personalized website at myLOC.gov.
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WMIG is delighted to be partnering with The Carle for this exciting event, showcasing the renowned talents of so many illustrators who call western Massachusetts home. In addition to face-to-face experiences with the artists, visitors will have a peek at each artist’s creative process through an exhibition in the Museum’s Great Hall. Each artist will contribute a panel describing themselves, their work, and some process pieces leading to a final image.
Featured artists are: Diane deGroat, Linda Graves, Roc Goudreau, John Steven Gurney, Bob Marstall, Ralph Masiello, Gregg Ruth, Ruth Sanderson, Astrid Sheckels and David White.
Special guest Tomie dePaola exhibited at The Carle in 2010 and has been published for over 40 years, writing and/or illustrating nearly 250 books, including Strega Nona, 26 Fairmount Avenue, The Art Lesson, and Christmas Remembered. Over 15 million copies of his books have sold worldwide. He was recently awarded the 2011 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.
ABOUT THE WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS ILLUSTRATORS GUILD
The Western Massachusetts Illustrators Guild is a select group of professional freelance illustrators who have been meeting for 25 years. Their work covers such genres as children's books, fantasy, editorial, advertising and nature illustration. Individual members of WMIG are available for private commissions and school visits. For more information about the artists, please visit the WMIG Web site at www.wmig.org.
ABOUT THE MUSEUM
Founded in part by Eric Carle, the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and his wife Barbara, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is the first full-scale museum in this country devoted to national and international picture book art, conceived and built with the aim of celebrating the art that we are first exposed to as children. Through the exploration of images that are familiar and beloved, it is the Museum’s goal to provide an enriching, dynamic, and supportive context for the development of literacy and to foster in visitors of all ages and backgrounds the confidence to appreciate and enjoy art of every kind.
The Museum—which houses three galleries dedicated to rotating exhibitions of picture book art, a hands-on Art Studio, a Reading Library, an Auditorium, a popular Café, and a Museum Shop—is located at 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. The Carle is a non-profit 501c3 institution. For further information and directions, call 413-658-1100 or visit the Museum’s website at www.carlemuseum.org.
For further information or images please contact:
Western Massachusetts Illustrators Guild
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Rd
Amherst, MA 01002
Sandy Soderberg, Marketing Manager
The Museum will be open on April 26 and 27 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and offer reduced admission. Ages 18 and under will be free and others will be $5. Active duty military always receive free admission.
The Dunlap broadside is one of 25 remaining original copies of the Declaration of Independence. After adopting the Declaration on the morning of July 4, 1776, the original was sent to a printer named John Dunlap. He typeset and printed about 200 copies that were carried by horseback out to the colonies' political and military leaders. The calligraphy version signed by the members was not penned until August 2, 1776.
The document was discovered hidden behind a framed painting purchased for $4 at a flea market. Hollywood producer Norman Lear and his wife, Lyn, purchased this original copy in a Sotheby's online auction for $8.14 million. Their goal was to bring "the people's document" directly to the American people. This document has been shown in nearly every state.
"We are pleased to partner with Norman Lear's foundation, Declare Yourself. We are honored to be the site selected in Kansas to display this historical broadside," states Karl Weissenbach, Director. "This will perhaps be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all Kansans to see an original copy of one of the nation's most cherished documents without having to travel to Washington, D.C. We encourage all K-12 and higher education students to come to Abilene for this exhibit and learn more about the founding of this great nation."
"When I first looked at the Declaration of Independence, my eyes welled up. I thought - this is our nation's birth certificate, the people's document, and it should visit Americans, rather than sit somewhere on a wall waiting for Americans to come to it, as a reminder of the freedoms we all cherish," said Norman Lear.
The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, a nonpartisan federal institution, is part of the Presidential Libraries network operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Presidential Libraries promote understanding of the presidency and the American experience. We preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire.
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Season one of “Auction Hunters” averaged a robust 1.5 million viewers, with the finale in late December delivering 2.3 million viewers. The series also drew new viewers to Spike and expanded the network’s fan base with Men 35+.
Every year in America, 50,000 storage facilities hold auctions for abandoned storage units and, at these auctions, over $1 billion worth of goods changes hands. Each unit has the potential to be a goldmine or a bust for those who make their living hunting unclaimed property. “Auction Hunters” cuts the lock and opens the door into the high stakes, financial risks and potential rewards where the right purchase can bring in serious cash.
The series follows Haff and Jones in their quest to win auctions, dig for abandoned historical treasure and sell them for a profit. This season they uncover high-valued items including a Winchester model 1912 shotgun valued at $1,500 and the exact scale remote control replica of a $3,000,000 luxury Viper Fan Jet plane valued at $11,500.
Allowed only a brief glimpse inside the unit before each fast-paced auction begins, skill and strategy are paramount as Haff and Jones have only seconds to estimate the value and determine how high they’re willing to bid to beat out the completion. Each episode will also feature “the dig,” a process by which our hunters literally dig into the contents of the unit and assess every item within as well as “the sell” where they consult experts, establish value and negotiate a sale with collectors and dealers.
Spike.com will also get into all the behind-the-scenes auction action with “Auction Hunters.” In addition to featuring weekly preview clips and highlight segments from each episode once the season starts, auctionhunters.spike.com currently features the entire first season of full episodes. Fans can also connect to the series via the official Auction Hunters Facebook page.
“Auction Hunters” is produced by Gurney Productions and executive produced by Scott Gurney, Deirdre Gurney and Philip Lott. Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s executive vice president, original series and animation, Tim Duffy is senior vice president of original programming for Spike TV and Joe Weinstock is senior director, original programming.
Allen Haff is a second generation antiques dealer and collector with over 20 years of experience in the field. By the age of 24, he owned his first antique business in Houston, TX and was one of the earliest eBay sellers of vintage collectibles online. He moved to Los Angeles ten years ago and immediately began hunting in storage unit auctions, Hollywood thrift stores, estate sales and swap meets and earned a living buying and selling antiques and collectibles. In 2008, Haff started Hollywood & Vintage, a high volume liquidation company specializing in movie memorabilia and vintage collectibles that he operates from his office and warehouse in Los Angeles.
Ton Jones is a self-described hobbyist who has spent years hunting and fishing, as well as collecting knives, swords, guns, old currency and jewelry. Jones was introduced to storage unit auctions more than seven years ago when he was looking for old cars to take into the desert to wreck for fun, but what he found was a world specifically tailored to his unique skills. Jones, an imposing figure standing over 6’0”, 300lbs., is a renowned auction hunter in the Southern California area. Jones’ expertise lays in rare coins and weaponry, such as medieval swords, daggers and armor.
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The third exhibition space in the Graphic Arts Galleries will open in September 2011. The galleries will focus on the Library’s cartoon collections and offer visitors a rich sampling of caricatures, comic strips, political drawings, artwork created for magazines and graphic-novel illustrations.
The galleries will be open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and admission is free.
The Herblock Gallery celebrates the work of editorial cartoonist Herbert L. Block—better known as "Herblock"—with an ongoing display of 10 original drawings, to change every six months. A four-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, who spent more than 55 years at the Washington Post, Herblock took on political corruption wherever he saw it, and championed the rights of "the little guy." The inaugural exhibition, "Herblock Looks at Communism," presents a selection of his 1951 cartoons about the Korean War. A new display in September will explore the Khrushchev-Kennedy confrontation in 1961. The Herb Block Foundation donated the collection of more than 14,000 original cartoon drawings and 50,000 rough sketches, as well as manuscripts, to the Library of Congress in 2002, and has generously continued to provide funds to support ongoing programming.
The Swann Gallery introduces visitors to the fascinating world of caricatures, political cartoons, comics, animation art, graphic novels and illustrations. A permanent memorial exhibition will feature 15 facsimiles of treasured cartoons from the Swann and other cartoon collections, which represent the broad range of holdings in the Library of Congress. This exhibition is made possible by the Swann Foundation, which was established by Erwin Swann (1906-1973) in 1967 to support ongoing exhibitions, related programming, preservation and development of collections and to encourage appreciation for the dynamic, evolving field of cartoon and illustration arts.
In September 2011, the third gallery will open with a changing-exhibition program that showcases the graphic arts collections in the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress. Its inaugural exhibition will be "Timely and Timeless: New Comic Art Acquisitions," featuring treasures of original cartoon art that were added to the Library’s collections during the past decade. On display will be political commentaries, comic-strip and comic-book drawings, New Yorker magazine illustrations and examples of graphic narratives.
The Library has a long history of exhibiting cartoon and caricature art, with the first Swann Gallery—known as the Oval Gallery—opening in 1982 in the James Madison Building. The Swann Gallery moved to the Thomas Jefferson Building in 1998 and remained open until 2004, when preparations started for construction of the Library’s tunnel to the Capitol Visitors Center. In subsequent years, large-scale cartoon art exhibitions—"Humor's Edge: Cartoons by Ann Telnaes" (2004); "Enduring Outrage: Editorial Cartoons by Herblock" (2006); "Cartoon America" (2006); and "Herblock!" (2009)—were held in various exhibition spaces in the Jefferson Building.
The Library has been collecting original cartoon art for more than 140 years. It is a major center for cartoon research with holdings of more than 100,000 original cartoon drawings and prints. These works, housed in the Prints and Photographs Division, span five centuries and range from 17th-century Dutch political prints to 21st-century contemporary comic strips.
The Prints and Photographs Division holds the largest-known collection of American political prints, the finest assemblage of British satirical prints outside Great Britain and holdings of original drawings by generations of America’s best cartoonists and illustrators that are unequaled in breadth and depth. Extensive runs of rare satirical and comic journals from Europe and the United States represent another distinguishing facet. The Library acquired these materials through a variety of sources including artists’ gifts, donations by private collectors, selective purchases and copyright registration.
Sample images from the Swann Gallery:
Williams first visited the island in 1941. In the late 1940s, he purchased the 1431 Duncan St. house that became his home until his death in 1983. In Key West he completed “Summer and Smoke” and wrote “Night of the Iguana,” among other works.
The Academy Award-winning film of Williams’ “The Rose Tattoo” was shot there in 1956, and the island’s Tennessee Williams Theatre opened in 1980 with the world premiere of his play, “Will Mr. Merriweather Return From Memphis?”
Highlights of the centennial celebration include an exhibit focusing on Williams’ Key West life. The free-admission exhibit features photographs of the playwright at home with his partner and friends, original posters of local productions of his plays, books of poetry and drama, playbills and a typewriter Williams used in Key West. The exhibit is open daily at 513 Truman Ave.
Poets are invited to submit Williams-themed poems of 30 lines or less to the celebration’s poetry contest, and artists are to commemorate the playwright’s interest in painting by completing a three-hour challenge to depict his Key West home.
The celebration culminates in a 100th birthday reception set for 5-7 p.m. Sunday, March 27, at Fort East Martello Museum, 3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd. Scheduled attractions include an exhibit of paintings done during the challenge, readings of the winning poems and light refreshments. Admission is $10 per person.
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Entries for this year's competition must be submitted by June 3, 2011. Contestants must be the top prize-winner of an officially sanctioned American collegiate book collecting contest held during the 2010-2011 academic year. However, if a student collector's institution does not offer a book collecting contest, we are also accepting direct submissions.
For more information, click here: <http://hq.abaa.org/books/antiquarian/abaapages/contest_rules_new.html?id=hHXHSPBm> .
Prizes will be awarded to both the winning students and their institutions' library. The Library of Congress will host the awards ceremony and an accompanying lecture on book collecting in the fall of 2011.
For more detailed information about the contest, please visit contest at abaa.org.
Please feel free to contact ABAA Headquarters with any questions, (212) 944-8291 or email@example.com.
The 11th annual National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress, will become a two-day event this year. The festival will be held on the National Mall between 9th and 14th Streets on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., rain or shine. The event is free and open to the public.
Several festival-related events will take place in the weeks preceding the beloved yearly festival, which celebrates the joys of books and reading. More information will be posted as planning for the festival continues at the festival’s website, www.loc.gov/bookfest.
"Fans of the National Book Festival have urged us to make it a weekend-long event for many years," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.
"Last September, during our wonderful 10th-anniversary celebration, we crossed the threshold of a million festival-goers over the life of the festival - and we look forward to welcoming millions more festival-goers of all ages for many years to come," Billington said. Some 150,000 book fans attended the festival of 2010.
The 2011 National Book Festival will feature award-winning authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions dedicated to categories of literature. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite authors, get books signed, have photos taken with mascots and storybook characters and participate in a variety of learning activities.
The Pavilion of the States will represent reading- and library-promotion programs and literary events in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. trusts and territories.
The popular Let’s Read America Pavilion will offer reading activities that are fun for the whole family. The Library of Congress Pavilion will showcase the cultural treasures to be found in the Library’s vast online collections and offer information about popular Library programs.
The 2011 National Book Festival will be made possible through the support of David Rubenstein, co-chairman of the National Book Festival Board and many other generous supporters.
The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled collections and integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Many of the Library’s rich resources and treasures may be accessed through the Library’s website, www.loc.gov, and via interactive exhibitions on myLOC.gov.
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(NEW BEDFORD, MA) — The New Bedford Whaling Museum’s Moby-Dick Marathon celebrates its fifteenth annual non-stop reading of Herman Melville’s literary masterpiece with an expanded 3-day program of entertaining activities and events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 7-9, 2011. Admission to the Marathon is free.
Since 1995, the Museum has marked the anniversary of Herman Melville’s 1841 departure from the Port of New Bedford and Fairhaven aboard the whale ship *Acushnet*, with a 25-hour nonstop reading of *Moby-Dick*. The Marathon has grown to become a midwinter tradition, which attracts hundreds of Melville enthusiasts. Readers come from all walks of life, including students, scholars, fishermen, schoolteachers, community leaders, journalists, legislators, physicians, clergy, and descendants of Melville.
Weekend activities kick off on Friday, January 7th - the eve of the Marathon - with a ticketed buffet dinner and cash bar at 5:30 p.m. in the Jacobs Family Gallery. The dinner will be followed by a free public lecture at 7:15 p.m. in the Cook Memorial Theater. Dr. Elizabeth A. Schultz will present, *Is Moby-Dick Still the Great American Novel?* A Melville Society scholar and professor emerita of the University of Kansas, Dr. Schultz is the author of *Unpainted to the Last: Moby-Dick and Twentieth Century American Art.*
For tickets to the dinner ($18), call (508) 997-0046 ext. 100.
On Saturday, January 8th at 10:00 a.m., a new program titled “Stump the Scholars,” will allow the audience to quiz Melville Society members on all matters *Moby-Dick* in the Cook Memorial Theater. The free public program is patterned after National Public Radio’s popular show, “Wait, wait, don’t tell me.” No questions will be deemed too tough and prizes will be awarded.
At 11:30 a.m. a special exhibit titled *Visualizing Melville* opens in the changing gallery, located on the second level of the Museum adjacent to the Whaleship Fo’c’sle. The words of Herman Melville conjure up a wealth of images and the Museum’s collections are full of materials that perfectly resonate with his vivid text. Come see “Quakers with a vengeance” juxtaposed with “a heathenish array of monstrous clubs and spears.” Also, a relic from Melville’s ship, *Acushnet,* will be exhibited in honor of the Marathon’s fifteenth anniversary.
At 12:00 o’ clock noon on Saturday, the Moby-Dick Marathon begins its non-stop reading with the most famous opening line in American literature, “Call me Ishmael.” The public is cordially invited to this free 25-hour event, which runs through the night and concludes at approximately 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 9th with the reading of the Epilogue. Come at any time; leave at any time, or stay the entire 25 hours and win a prize.
Throughout the reading, images related to all 135 chapters of the book will be projected in the Cook Memorial Theater, assembled and presented by the Museum’s teen apprentices of the Education Department.
Finally, via live streaming on the Museum’s website, the Marathon will circumnavigate the globe, with international readers scheduled to participate, and everyone is invited to tweet the reading at #MDM15.
Refreshments will be served throughout the Marathon. Starting at 4-bells in the 1st dog watch (Saturday at 6:00 p.m.), light whaleship fare will be offered. Coffee, cider and snacks will be available throughout the night, with breakfast to follow at 8-bells in the morning watch (Sunday at 8:00 a.m.).
The expanded weekend of activities will offer something for everyone, but reading aloud and celebrating Melville remain at the heart of the event. Reservations to read are limited. Call (508) 997-0046, ext. 151.
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of whales and whaling. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown and is open daily. For a complete calendar of events, visit the Whaling Museum online at www.whalingmuseum.org. Join the Museum’s online community at flickr.com
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Pfeiffer will open the exhibition with a lecture and demonstration, “Reexamining the Book: Making Book-Objects and Artist Books,” on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. in Olin Library’s Libe Café on the Cornell campus. A reception will follow from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections’ Hirshland Gallery, Level 2B, Carl A. Kroch Library.
Born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1937, Pfeiffer has lived in the United States since 1969. His books, collages, drawings, prints, paintings, and sculptures have been shown internationally in nearly 200 group and solo exhibitions.
During the lecture, Pfeiffer will discuss his work, the censorship of books, and how the electronic environment has influenced the resurgence of the handmade book. He will also recreate one of his most well-known pieces, which he created to honor the victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center towers in New York City. The six-foot-tall, three-dimensional book “Out of the Sky” contains a sculptural component of seven woodcut segments in an urn, and Pfeiffer assembles it during his talk.
“Pfeiffer uses a mix of media to challenge us to think about books in new ways, as art forms as well as communication tools,” said Anne R. Kenney, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian. “His work asks people to consider books as artifacts, especially in the age of digital advancement, and his ideas can serve as a springboard to the discussion of the role of the book in contemporary society.”
Both the exhibition and opening reception are made possible through the Stephen E. and Evalyn Edwards Milman Exhibition Fund, a recent gift to the Library. This is the first library exhibition fully funded solely through the Milman family’s generous endowment. The traveling exhibition, which is jointly sponsored by Cornell’s Department of Art, will run through February 2011. Previously, it appeared at Smith College, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Toronto.
For more information, visit rmc.library.cornell.edu/wernerpfeiffer/.
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Phone: (607) 254-8390
The Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, acquired Wallace's archive last year. The collection is made up of 34 boxes and is divided into three main sections: works, personal and career-related materials and copies of works by Don DeLillo. The works section covers the period between 1984 and 2006 and includes material related to Wallace's novels, short stories, essays and magazine articles. The personal and career materials section covers 1971 through 2008 and includes juvenilia, teaching materials and business correspondence. Most of the correspondence in the collection is between Wallace and his editors and is related to his work. The third, and smallest, section includes photocopy typescripts of three works by Don DeLillo, one of which, "Underworld," contains extensive handwritten annotations by Wallace. DeLillo's archive also resides at the Ransom Center.
"We have been contacted by many scholars eager to study both the manuscripts and books," said Molly Schwartzburg, curator of British and American literature at the Ransom Center. "Notably, we've had particular interest from younger scholars, including students working on dissertations—and even undergraduate theses—who hope to visit the archive soon enough to incorporate their findings before impending deadlines. It is quickly becoming apparent that this is an opportunity for the Ransom Center to welcome a new generation of scholars into our reading room, just as the Wallace papers themselves mark a new generation of writers to be acquired by the Center."
The archive also contains more than 300 books from Wallace's library, many of them heavily annotated.
"We expect that researchers will be particularly struck by the rich materials to be found in Wallace's library," said Schwartzburg. "The Ransom Center holds the personal libraries of several writers, such as James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Anne Sexton and many others. But I can't think of another author's library here that contains as much—or as consistently substantive—marginalia as Wallace's. And in many of the books, the marginalia can be linked to specific projects Wallace was working on at the time, whether a novel, story, essay or even an undergraduate class he was teaching."
Materials for Wallace's posthumous novel "The Pale King" are included in the archive, but the bulk of those materials will remain with Little, Brown and Company until the book's publication, which is scheduled for April 2011.
Since the Center announced its acquisition of the archive, a few small collections have arrived that complement the materials acquired from Wallace's estate, including copies of surveys that Wallace completed as a member of the American Heritage Dictionary usage panel. Though most of the survey questions were designed to be answered with a mere check mark, the surveys Wallace completed are covered with his comments and questions.
Also, Jay Jennings, the former editor of "Tennis Magazine," who in 1996 commissioned Wallace to write an article about the U.S. Open (published as "Democracy and Commerce at the U.S. Open"), donated a file of corrected proofs and correspondence related to the article.
Because of anticipated high demand for study of this collection, the Center requests that researchers inform curatorial staff of their research plans in advance. To enable staff to best serve researchers' needs, the Center asks that researchers include the dates of their planned visit and a brief description of the sections of the collection they expect to study.
A small selection of materials from the archive will be displayed in the Ransom Center's lobby through Oct. 17.
The Ransom Center commemorates the opening of the archive with public readings of Wallace's work by writers and actors on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. (C.S.T.) in the university's Jessen Auditorium in Homer Rainey Hall. The event, which is co-sponsored by "American Short Fiction" and Salvage Vanguard Theater, will be webcast live at www.hrc.utexas.edu/webcast.
Select materials from the Wallace archive will be included in the upcoming spring exhibition "Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century," which opens Feb. 1, 2011.
In addition to sessions featuring internationally-known scholars and experts, there will be a keynote lecture by noted biographer, Fred Kaplan; demonstrations by leading practitioners who make and design Arts and Crafts objects; special exhibitions; and a performance of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest by the University of Delaware's critically acclaimed Resident Ensemble Players.
Registration fee: $150, $75 for students. No charge for University of Delaware faculty, students, and staff, but we ask them to register.
For more information and a registration form go to www.udel.edu/conferences/uandb or contact Mark Samuels Lasner, Senior Research Fellow, University of Delaware Library, firstname.lastname@example.org, (302) 831-3250.
"Useful & Beautiful" is supported by Delaware Art Museum; Winterthur Museum & Country Estate; Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts; William Morris Society in the United States; William Morris Society (UK); University of Delaware Library Associates; Faculty Senate Committee on Cultural Activities and Public Events; the following University of Delaware units, departments and programs: College of Arts and Sciences, University of Delaware, University of Delaware Library, Art, Art Conservation, Art History, English, History, Institute for Global Studies, Frank and Yetta Chailken Center for Jewish Studies, Center for Material Culture Studies, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Resident Ensemble Players/Professional Theatre Training Program, University Museums, and Women’s Studies; Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau.
In six concurrent sessions taking place throughout the day, eighteen authors of recently published works that draw upon the Roosevelt Library archives, or focus on the Roosevelt era, will present author talks followed by question-and-answer sessions and book signings. Copies of all of the authors' books will be available for sale in the New Deal Store located in the Wallace Center. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. with welcoming remarks, coffee and doughnuts in the lobby of the Wallace Center.
This year's Roosevelt Reading Festival authors include:
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Oxford University Press, 2009
Glenn Altschuler and Stuart Blumin
The GI Bill: The New Deal for Veterans
Oxford University Press, 2009
The Sound of Freedom: Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Concert That Awakened America
Bloomsbury Press, 2009
FDR's Alphabet Soup: New Deal America 1932-1939
Alfred A. Knopf, 2010
Refugees and Rescue: The Diaries and Papers of James G. McDonald, 1935-1945
Indiana University Press, 2009
Michael G. Carew
Becoming the Arsenal: The American Industrial Mobilization for World War II, 1938-1942
University Press of America, 2009
Flight from the Reich: Refugee Jews, 1933-1946
W.W. Norton, 2009
Julie M. Fenster
FDR's Shadow: Louis Howe, The Force That Shaped Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt
Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
Together We Cannot Fail: FDR and the American Presidency in the Years of Crisis
Sourcebooks MediaFusion, 2009
Steven Lomazow, M.D. and Eric Fettmann
FDR's Deadly Secret
Neil M. Maher
Nature's New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Roots of the American Environmental Movement
Oxford University Press, 2007
Kristie Miller and Robert H. McGinnis
A Volume of Friendship: The Letters of Eleanor Roosevelt and Isabella Greenway, 1904-1953
Arizona Historical Society, 2009
Stephen R. Ortiz
Beyond the Bonus March and GI Bill: How Veteran Politics Shaped the New Deal Era
New York University Press, 2010
The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai-shek and the Birth of Modern China
Simon & Schuster, 2009
To Keep the British Isles Afloat: FDR's Men in Churchill's London, 1941
Smithsonian Books, 2009
Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945
Lauren R. Sklaroff
Black Culture and the New Deal: The Quest for Civil Rights in the Roosevelt Era
University of North Carolina Press, 2009
American Commando: Evans Carlson, His World War II Marine Raiders, and America's First Special Forces Mission
New American Library, 2009
The event is free and open to the public. Author book signings will be conducted throughout the day and books will be available for purchase in the New Deal Store. The full schedule for the day is posted online at www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu. Regular admission will be charged for the Presidential Library and National Park Service sites. If you need additional information about this event please call Cliff Laube at (845) 486-7745.
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to preserving historical material and providing innovative educational programs, community events, and public outreach. It is one of thirteen presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. For information about the FDR Presidential Library call (800) 337-8474 or visit www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu.
Historic Hyde Park is a group of government and private non-profit organizations based in Hyde Park, New York. Each has a unique mission, but all are united in their dedication to extending the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt to new generations. HHP includes the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill, the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, and Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. For more information about HHP visit www.HistoricHydePark.org.
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Drawn from the 4½ million maps held in the British Library’s cartographic collections - the greatest map collection in the world - this new exhibition will showcase 100 maps dating from 200AD to the present day, including 80 of the most impressive wall-maps ever created, most of which have never been seen before.
Recreating the settings in which they would have originally been seen - from the palace to the schoolroom, the exhibition reveals how maps express an enormous variety of differing world views, using size and beauty to convey messages of status and power.
Peter Barber, Head of Map Collections at the British Library, said:
“Maps are pictorial encyclopaedias that are about far more than just geography. The artistry of maps is seductive and like the teaspoon of sugar that helps the medicine go down, tries to persuade us to swallow a particular political message.
“Unless you have a scale of one-to-one, in effect a map is a lie because you can’t fit everything in. All maps are subjective, what is more important: the Last Judgment or the correct placement of Birmingham?
“Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art is a visual extravaganza that will, I hope, intrigue, fascinate and entrance visitors while challenging their assumptions about the very nature and purpose of maps.”
The exhibition coincides with two BBC Four series about maps broadcast this April. Peter Barber was series consultant for Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession and The Beauty of Maps which featured maps held in the British Library. See: www.bbc.co.uk/beautyofmaps.
For more information please contact:
Julie Yau, Arts Press Officer, British Library
020 7412 7237 / email@example.com
Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art is open every day from 30 April - 19 September 2010 in the PACCAR Gallery at the British Library. Admission to the exhibition is FREE.
Exhibition opening hours
Monday 09.30-18.00, Tuesday 09.30-20.00, Wednesday-Friday 09.30-18.00, Saturday 09.30-17.00, Sunday and English public holidays 11.00-17.00. All galleries are accessible by wheelchair. Information can be requested from Visitor Services staff on: 020 7412 7332.
Supported by the British Library Patrons.
There is a full events programme featuring talks, discussions, film, performance and more. Speakers include Peter Barber, Jerry Brotton, Lisa Jardine, Terry Jones, Marcia Kupfer, Richard Talbert, Ed Parsons (Google Maps), Grayson Perry, Iain Sinclair and David Starkey. For further information see www.bl.uk/whatson.
The accompanying book, Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art by Peter Barber and Tom Harper will be published by British Library Publishing in April 2010, available in hardback at £29.95 (ISBN 978 0 7123 5092 1) and paperback at £17.95 (ISBN 978 0 7123 5093 8) with 176 pages, 311 x 232 mm, 150 colour illustrations. Available from the British Library Shop (tel: 020 7412 7735 / email: firstname.lastname@example.org) and online at www.bl.uk/shop as well as other bookshops throughout the UK.
Bonhams will host the launch of `First Sixty’ the Acumen Anthology, a celebration of 25 years of the best poetry featured by the magazine produced by Patricia Oxley, Danielle Hope, Glyn Pursglove, and William Oxley. At the launch event there will be a short reading, a cocktail party, and copies of the Anthology on sale at Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, London, on Tuesday April 13th at 6.30pm to 8.00pm. For an invitation to the launch, contact Patricia Oxley on PWOxley@aol.com or T: 01803 851098.