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Spring 2010 Curator's Choice - Paul LeClerc presents Candide at 250
March 25, 2010
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Gallery
Paul LeClerc, President and CEO of The New York Public Library, is a noted scholar of Voltaire. This spring he is organizer of a dynamic exhibition, Candide at 250: Scandal and Success. Voltaire’s tale of the youth Candide’s trials, travels, and misadventures was a publishing sensation in Europe in 1759. The exhibition commemorates Candide’s 250th anniversary through a wide variety of materials from The New York Public Library’s holdings and materials on loan from other collections. It features literary works influenced or inspired by Candide; illustrated editions of the book from the 18th to the 21st centuries; audio excerpts from the original 1956 Broadway production of Candide; and contemporary translations and adaptations of the book into other art forms, among them modern dance, film, and graphic novel. We will receive a private tour with Dr. LeClerc himself.
For more information please call the Friends Office at 212.930.0653.