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Lectures from the Allen Room and the Wertheim Study: Ten Ways at Looking at a Century - Part One


October 22, 2011

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The scholars and writers of the Wertheim Study and the Allen Room
present on October 22 at 2 o’clock in the Margaret Liebman Berger Forum, Room 227

Ten Ways at Looking at a Century

Explorations of selected prints and photographs from

A Century of Art
October 14, 2011 - January 15, 2012
Print and Stokes Galleries

The Wallach Division continues the celebration of the Library’s centennial with A Century of Art.  Drawing from the Wallach Division’s collections of photographs, prints, and art, the exhibition will feature one work created each year the Library has been open, from 1911 to 2011. The  show offers a glimpse into the Library’s vast holdings and will feature works by both prominent and some lesser known artists of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, including  Diane Arbus, Tina Barney, Sonia Delaunay, Paul Klee, Jasper Johns, Thomas Struth, Vija Celmins, and Bing Wright.


Aaron Slodounik (Wertheim Study), on Edward Steichen’s Harmonica Riddle (1921).  Mr. Slodounik is a PhD student at the Graduate Center CUNY, and is researching masculinity in French art of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Anne Fernald (Wertheim Study), on Mabel Therese Bonney’s What London Wears (1926).  Professor of English at Fordham University, Dr. Fernald is preparing a new textual edition of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway for the Cambridge University Press

Judith Mara Gutman (Allen Room), on Lewis Wickes Hines’s Icarus (1931).  Ms Gutman is a cultural historian writing on the conjunction of (or smash-up between) photography and culture

Sally Webster (Wertheim Study), on Larry Rivers’s Will We Ever Get (1958).  Dr. Webster is Professor Emerita of American art history, Lehman College and the Graduate Center CUNY.

Andres Zervigon (Wertheim Study), on Christian Boltanski’s [untitled] from Gymnasium (1991).  Dr. Zervigon is Assistant Professor of Art History at Rutgers University and specializes in German and Russian photography between the two world wars.

Photography Collection
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The Photography Collection of the New York Public Library comprises approximately 500,000 photographs, including examples of almost every photographic process from the earliest daguerreotypes to contemporary digital images.

Print Collection
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The most accessible print room in New York City, the Print Collection of The New York Public Library encompasses over 200,000 prints along with a specialized reference collection of over 15,000 volumes on the history of prints and printmakers.  Follow the Collections on Facebook, Flickr and Tumblr.

The Research Study Rooms
The New York Public Library offers two Study Centers in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building: the Frederick Lewis Allen Room and the Wertheim Study.  Both are for qualified scholars needing intensive and long-term use of the collections of the Library.  Contact for more information.