Event Calendar

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October 8, 2018 - April 14, 2019 A Peculiar Paradise: Florida Photographs by Nathan Benn

On assignment for National Geographic, Nathan Benn photographed across the State of Florida at the dawn of the 1980s a time made famous by Miami’s narcotics-related crime wave and influx of newcomers from the Caribbean. After nearly 40 years, Benn has revisited his Florida archives. A Peculiar Paradise exhibits nearly 100 photographs, as well as artifacts related to his 20-year career at National Geographic. His pictures feature, among other topics, Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, extreme affluence, nightlife, immigration, work cultures, tourist attractions, remarkable Floridians, Dundee’s 5th Street Gym, and the narcotics war. Come experience Benn’s images reflecting a dynamic and unique time in Florida’s history. 

A former president of Magnum Photos, Nathan Benn was born and raised in Miami, and currently resides in Santa Fe, NM and New York City. 

In conjunction with the exhibition, powerHouse Books will release a 200-page volume of Nathan Benn’s Florida photographs in November 2018. 

Tue – Sat 10am – 5pm 
Sun 12pm – 5pm 

Opening Reception: Nov 8th 

Children (Under 6) Free 
Children (6-12) $5 
Seniors & Students (with ID) $8 
Adults $10 
Research Center One-Month Pass $10 

101 West Flagler Street

Miami, FL

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July 20, 2019 GonzoFest

A literary and music festival honoring Hunter S. Thompson, as well as the lasting mark he has made on art, music, and literature. Through live music, poetry, art, spoken word and more, GonzoFest Louisville celebrates the life and times of Hunter S. Thompson in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. 2019 will mark the ninth year of the festival. 

Join us for spoken word, poetry, music, art and more at the place where Hunter’s own mother retired after working decades as a librarian at the Downtown Louisville branch. 

Louisville Free Public Library 
301 York Street

Louisville, KY

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July 26, 2019 - July 27, 2019 2019 Tennessee Antiquarian Book Fair

The fair will include a variety of collectible and rare books, autographed documents, and other ephemera. Bibliophiles will discover modern first editions of literature, mystery, and science fiction. Collectible books and documents concerning the War Between the States, the American Revolution, and both World Wars will be available. Dealers specializing in children’s literature, art, religion, fine bindings, and books about books will also be exhibiting at the fair. 

Sat 10am - 5pm 
Sun 11am - 3pm 

Admission: $5 (for both days) 

The Factory 
230 Franklin Road

Franklin, TN

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February 16, 2019 - December 31, 2020 John James Audubon’s The Birds of America

Today only about 200 complete sets of The Birds of America exist. The Museum’s set, bound in four leather portfolios, was acquired by the State of North Carolina in 1848 and kept for more than a century at the State Library before being transferred to the Museum. The hand-colored engravings were recently conserved and rebound. In the new Audubon Gallery, the NCMA presents Audubon’s work in special cases designed for each of the enormous “double elephant” volumes, with hydraulic lifts that allow staff access so that the pages can be turned periodically to display a new selection of birds. 

Tue – Thu 10am – 5pm 
Fri 10am – 9pm 
Sat & Sun 10am – 5pm 
Closed Mondays & some holidays 

2110 Blue Ridge Road

Raleigh, NC

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March 29, 2019 - September 15, 2019 YINKA SHONIBARE MBE: THE AMERICAN LIBRARY

The American Library by Yinka Shonibare MBE is a celebration of the diversity of the American population and acts as an instigator of discovery and debate. The six thousand books in this art installation are covered in the artist’s signature Dutch wax printed cotton textile. These fabrics were originally based on Indonesian batik textiles, made in the Netherlands and sold in West Africa. Since the 1960s this fabric has been celebrated as a symbol of African identity. The mixed origins of the fabric make it a perfect metaphor for the multicultural identity embedded in the history of the United States. 

On the spines of many of these books are, printed in gold, the names of people who immigrated, or whose antecedents immigrated to the United States. On other books are the names of African Americans who relocated or whose parents relocated out of the American South during the Great Migration. These names include W. E. B. Du Bois, Maria Goeppert Mayer, Steve Jobs, Bruce Lee, Ana Mendieta, Joni Mitchell, Toni Morrison, Barack Obama, Steven Spielberg, Carl Stokes, Donald Trump and Tiger Woods. These people have all made a significant contribution to aspects of American life and culture and represent every field from science to activism, music, philosophy, art, and literature. Most of these people have also experienced varying degrees of discrimination and hardship during and after their or their family’s relocation. A further set of books within the library features the names of people who have spoken out against immigration, equality or diversity in America. 

Free with general admission 

1927 Galleries 1 & 2 
Speed Art Museum 
2035 South Third Street

Louisville, KY

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