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What does an early edition of Shakespeare's "King Lear" have in common with a dime novel? Thomas Mellins, curator of The New York Public Library's "Celebrating 100 Years" exhibition, explains.
by The New York Public Library 370 views
What do 5,000-year-old cuneiform tablets have in common with a 73-year-old photocopy? Thomas Mellins, curator of The New York Public Library's "Celebrating 100 Years" exhibition, explains.
by The New York Public Library 547 views
What does Virginia Woolf's walking stick, Malcolm X's briefcase, and Dante's Divine Comedy have in common? Thomas Mellins, curator of The New York Public Library's "Celebrating 100 Years" exhibition, explains.
by The New York Public Library 305 views
What does St. Augustine have in common with the African-American poet Phillis Wheatley? Thomas Mellins, curator of The New York Public Library's "Celebrating 100 Years" exhibition, explains.
by The New York Public Library 165 views
What does Mary Shelley's Frankenstein have in common with Ernest Hemingway's Nobel Prize acceptance speech? Thomas Mellins, curator of The New York Public Library's "Celebrating 100 Years" exhibition, explains.
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What does a print commemorating an early womens' suffrage rally have in common with Oscar Wilde's Ballad of Reading Gaol? Thomas Mellins, curator of The New York Public Library's "Celebrating 100 Years" exhibition, explains.
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What does a book of prints by Kamisaka Sekka have in common with Flowers, by Vik Muniz and Lynne Tillman? Thomas Mellins, curator of The New York Public Library's "Celebrating 100 Years" exhibition, explains.
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What does a Russian language edition of Karl Marx's Das Kapital have in common with a South African voting ballot? Thomas Mellins, curator of The New York Public Library's "Celebrating 100 Years" exhibition, explains.
by The New York Public Library 6,963 views
Download Biblion: The Boundless Library-- http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nypl-biblion-worlds-fair/id43
3418206?mt=8&ls=1 --and go on an exclusive journey deep into the Library's legendary stacks. This app is designed to open up hidden parts of the collections and the myriad storylines they hold and preserve...through a unique immersive experience. In this free iPad app you will hold documents, images, films, audio, and essays — directly from the collections in your own hands.
With Biblion, you can jump from stack to stack, story to story, as you move through the infoscape of the World's Fair, created directly from NYPL's Manuscripts and Archives Division. The Fair — like the Library — has something for everyone, with topics ranging from technological innovation to pop culture to a world dealing with the crises of war and economic hardship.
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At the heart of the 1939--1940 World's Fair, inside the Perisphere itself, lay the Democracity exhibit and its key element, Centerton, a futuristic city modeled in miniature. In planning this creation, famed industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss took several cues from Le Corbusier's proposed Ville Radieuse (Radiant City). Like Le Corbusier, Dreyfuss envisioned an urban environment in which the different land uses—government, business, shopping, and housing—were located in separate districts. Pedestrian-free, high-speed roadways linked these districts, while also whisking people into the countryside beyond. To a remarkable extent, this vision describes the United States that we now inhabit.
The Democracity exhibit featured two rotating spectator platforms, providing a panoramic view of the Centerton model and its surroundings. Visitors watched a roughly six-minute show featuring a spoken program, narrated by radio commentator H. V. Kaltenborn, special lighting effects, and a musical score by the African American composer William Grant Still. The show was to have ended with a "Polaroid light" display, but Grover Whalen, the Fair's President, deemed that finale too costly.
This video, part of the Biblion World's Fair app available for download from iTunes, represents a story made from items available in The New York Public Library's collections. In attempting to recreate the Democracity show, researchers from the Library uncovered draft versions of Kaltenborn's narration as well as lighting and music cues. Then, a team of animators blended photographs of the Perisphere's interior and early Centerton models--taken from the Library's online Digital Gallery--and re-mixed these images with new 3D animations, giving a sense of how the Fair's visitors might have experienced "Tomorrow's World in Miniature." As a small chorus sings Still's "Rising Tide" theme, Paul LeClerc, the tenth head of The New York Public Library, gives voice to the narration. Unlike the actual show in 1939, this new version ends with a fanciful display of lights.
If you want to re-mix your own version, check out these images on digitalgallery.nypl.org: 1684389, 1684119. 1684481, 1684179, 1683989, 1683967, 1683959, 1684003, 1683969, 1683981, 1683977, 1670281, 1683993, 1683987, 1684413, 1684613, 1684353.
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A three-year, $50 million project to clean and restore The New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building's exterior finished in the spring of 2011. Working with the Library's Capital Planning & Construction office, teams from architect Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates and general contractor Nicholson & Galloway began by evaluating the structure's condition. Out of a total of more than 20,000 stone units, they discovered more than 7,000 instances of damage including cracks and chips in the building's signature marble blocks. They also found that pediment sculptures were damaged. This slideshow documents how restorers proceeded to clean the building and repair it.
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FROM LAURIE ANDERSON TO VAMPIRE WEEKEND, ROY BLOUNT, JR., TO RENÉE FLEMING, STEPHEN COLBERT TO BILL T. JONES—MORE THAN 100 LUMINARIES REFLECT ON THE TREASURES OF AMERICA'S FAVORITE PUBLIC LIBRARY.
Marking the centennial of The New York Public Library's Beaux-Arts landmark at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, Know the Past, Find the Future harnesses the thoughts of an eclectic assortment of notable people as they ponder an even more eclectic assortment of objects. From among the Library's vast collections, these writers, artists, philosophers, scientists, musicians, athletes, architects, choreographers, and journalists—as well as some of the curators who have preserved these riches—each select an item and describe its unique significance. The result, in words and photographs, is a glimpse of what a great library can be. Teams of volunteers from Bank of America, plus the Library lion, distributed free copies of the book on the steps of the main building, as well as in New York City subway stations, on the morning of May 19, 2011. Passerby were encouraged to take a copy and pass it along to someone else when they finish reading!
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The New York Public Library's iconic marble lions Patience and Fortitude turn 100 years old on May 20, 2011, and to honor the occasion, famed artist Nathan Sawaya has created two mini-versions of the lions... out of more than 60,000 gray LEGO blocks.
The two LEGO Leos are half the size of the actual lions, nearly six-feet-long and three-feet-wide. They will be on public view on the Fifth Avenue Plaza from May 20 until May 22 during a weekend festival marking the 100th birthday of the actual building, which opened two days after the lions—sculpted by Edward Clark Potter—arrived.
"When the Library called to ask if I could help commemorate the lions' centennial, I had no hesitation," Sawaya said. "However, of all the famous icons I have been commissioned to recreate, Patience and Fortitude are by far the oldest. I can only hope that my LEGO versions withstand the test of time, and of course are in the next Ghostbusters movie!"
It took Sawaya, a long-time New Yorker and NYU graduate with a studio in downtown Manhattan, three weeks to complete the LEGO lions. Sawaya has created LEGO sculptures of talk show host Conan O'Brien, currently has a traveling museum exhibition, The Art Of The Brick, and has had an outdoor installation in Central Park. Appropriately, The Lion King is his favorite movie.
The Library's Centennial festival will include programming for adults and children, story-telling programs with celebrities, free ice cream from Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and much, much more. Visit http://www.nypl.org/findthefuture/100 for more details
The New York Public Library's Centennial Festival is made possible through an endowment established by family and friends of the late Richard B. Salomon, and by Bank of America, The Skeel Fund, MetLife Foundation, The Blackstone Charitable Foundation, Asprey, Wells Fargo, Celeste Bartos, The Wall Street Journal, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Titan, WABC-TV/Channel 7, Penguin Classics, Engine Yard, and Gotham Magazine.
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One night. One book. Five-hundred authors. Watch what happened when 500 players were locked in overnight at The New York Public Library on May 20, 2011 and wrote a book together. Play the game yourself online at http://game.nypl.org
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Intersections: A Local Transformation is a journey across geography, time and information, tracking the evolution of the neighborhood encompassing The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the anchor of the New York Public Library system. This animated, historical map flyover of the neighborhood, was created using Google Earth Pro and edited in Final Cut Pro. The maps were "warped" or georectified using the NYPL's publicly available historical map tools at http://maps.nypl.org and the historical depictions of buildings were taken from http://digitalgallery.nypl.org. The video represents new methods and tools for studying and visualizing a vast array of library collections through the common threads of place and time.
Written and Directed by: Matthew A. Knutzen, The New York Public Library
Produced by: Phillip Pond & Markely Boyer, Pond I. Corp.