Mr. Ferguson culls movies for the LES Heritage Film Series from more than 6,000 titles of rare 16-millimeter films that form the core of the Reserve Film and Video collection at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, in Lincoln Center Plaza.
The collection focuses on independently produced works, including animations, experimental films and documentaries, and anyone with a New York Public Library card can reserve and check out 16-millimeter films, many of which are rare artworks.
“Sean has mined the collection for films that really speak of the area — historically and aesthetically — and bring together the Seward Park community,” David Callahan, the principal librarian of the Reserve Film and Video collection, said in an e-mail. “He’s selected a range of films made over decades that reflect the film collection’s composition — documentaries, feature films and experimental works.”
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John Milisenda’s photographs of Manhattan’s Lower East Side during the 1960s will be on display at the Grand Central Library through June 20.
His photos are a candid portrait of everyday experiences, balanced between romanticism and mean streets. Many of these images were made when he was a teenager and even before he studied art at the Pratt Institute.
John Milisenda lives in Brooklyn. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, and the Brooklyn Museum, among others.