1. On August 28, 1963 more than 250,000 people gathered at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to mount a peaceful protest demanding equal rights and economic equality for African Americans. This Is the Day: The March on Washington (Getty Publications 2013) presents Magnum photographer Leonard Freed’s visual testimony of the event that culminated in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s prophetic “I Have a Dream” speech.
This Wednesday, Freed’s widow Brigitte Freed will be joined by Michael Eric Dyson, Paul Farber, Eli Reed, Jamel Shabazz, and Deborah Willis. Together they will discuss the role photography played during the civil rights movement, the photographic legacy of the march, and how image makers such as Freed have influenced a new generation of photojournalists who continue to use their cameras to raise awareness of social injustices. 

    On August 28, 1963 more than 250,000 people gathered at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to mount a peaceful protest demanding equal rights and economic equality for African Americans. This Is the Day: The March on Washington (Getty Publications 2013) presents Magnum photographer Leonard Freed’s visual testimony of the event that culminated in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s prophetic “I Have a Dream” speech.

    This Wednesday, Freed’s widow Brigitte Freed will be joined by Michael Eric Dyson, Paul Farber, Eli Reed, Jamel Shabazz, and Deborah Willis. Together they will discuss the role photography played during the civil rights movement, the photographic legacy of the march, and how image makers such as Freed have influenced a new generation of photojournalists who continue to use their cameras to raise awareness of social injustices. 

  2. Here’s to Mustache Monday—video style. John Hodgman, writer, performer, and Library enthusiast (some of you may recognize him from the PC vs. Mac commercials that aired a few years back) sat down with Elizabeth Gilbert at LIVE from the NYPL last year to talk about her great-grandmother’s cookbook, ‘At Home on the Range.’

    Today’s Mustache Monday goes to you John, for so proudly sporting your iconic, and some-what controversial mustache in the interview. Oh yea…and Happy Birthday to you too!

  3.  Michael “Kaves” McLeer, an acclaimed graffiti artist turned tattooist will be at the Library to discuss his inspirational book Skin Graf: Masters of Graffiti Tattoo. 
Come visit the landmark branch on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 6:00 pm as Kaves and other guests introduce masters of graffiti tattoo art, personal stories, and their diverse handiwork. 

     Michael “Kaves” McLeer, an acclaimed graffiti artist turned tattooist will be at the Library to discuss his inspirational book Skin Graf: Masters of Graffiti Tattoo

    Come visit the landmark branch on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 6:00 pm as Kaves and other guests introduce masters of graffiti tattoo art, personal stories, and their diverse handiwork. 

  4. Architects & Curators Talk Lincoln Center Redesign April 10 →

    Over the past eight years, the interdisciplinary design studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) transformed the fifty-year-old modernist citadel into a porous and democratic campus. The new monograph Lincoln Center Inside Out: An Architectural Account is the first comprehensive document to feature the extensive redevelopment in its entirety. Lincoln Center Inside Out, conceived as a cross between an art book, a scholarly record and an architectural diary, is comprised entirely of gatefolds. The book is a series of inside out spreads, in which the exterior pages of each feature large-format photographs by Iwan Baan and Matthew Monteith, among other acclaimed photographers. Tucked behind these lush photos, is a series of “back stories” that reveal the evolution and unexpected afterlife of the same spaces. 

  5. Back in 2009, NYPL had an exhibition that marked the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s famous voyage to the New World. 
Today, Mark Siegel is developing a graphic novel, “Sailor Twain, or the Mermaid in the Hudson,” which tells the story of star-crossed lovers steamship captain, Elijah Twain, and the Mermaid of the North River (a.k.a. Hudson River).
If this graphic novel piques your interest, join Siegel and NYPL for the "Sailor Twain’s New York: Secrets and Mysteries of the River Hudson" exhibition which opens April 28, 2013. 
Since this exhibit was sparked by the memory of Henry Hudson, we thought it was fitting to feature him for this week’s Mustache Monday! (Photo archived in NYPL Digital Gallery.)

    Back in 2009, NYPL had an exhibition that marked the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s famous voyage to the New World. 

    Today, Mark Siegel is developing a graphic novel, “Sailor Twain, or the Mermaid in the Hudson,” which tells the story of star-crossed lovers steamship captain, Elijah Twain, and the Mermaid of the North River (a.k.a. Hudson River).

    If this graphic novel piques your interest, join Siegel and NYPL for the "Sailor Twain’s New York: Secrets and Mysteries of the River Hudson" exhibition which opens April 28, 2013. 

    Since this exhibit was sparked by the memory of Henry Hudson, we thought it was fitting to feature him for this week’s Mustache Monday! (Photo archived in NYPL Digital Gallery.)

  6. Come experience 71 of Robert Burley’s atmospheric photographs and you’ll be transported to rarely seen sites from the Polaroid plant in Massachusetts to the Kodak-Pathé plant in France. Burley’s Disappearance of Darkness reflects artist’s ability to preserve traditional art forms while embracing the digital era.
Watch as Burley pays tribute to a century-old industry that seems to be disappearing overnight. This free event will be on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 6:00 pm. 
Arezoo Moseni Event.

    Come experience 71 of Robert Burley’s atmospheric photographs and you’ll be transported to rarely seen sites from the Polaroid plant in Massachusetts to the Kodak-Pathé plant in France. Burley’s Disappearance of Darkness reflects artist’s ability to preserve traditional art forms while embracing the digital era.

    Watch as Burley pays tribute to a century-old industry that seems to be disappearing overnight. This free event will be on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 6:00 pm. 

    Arezoo Moseni Event.

  7. Punk-tacular: Short Films at a Library Near You

    The series Rhapsodic City: Music of New York brings you an evening featuring a collection of short films that focus on the experiences of young Punks in New York. Works to be screened include:

    Punking Out, 1979. Directed by Maggi Carson, Juliusz Kossakowski, Frederic A. Shore: Shot in 1977, this 25-minute film features performance and interview footage of the Ramones, The Dead Boys, and Richard Hell and the Voidoids at CBGB.

    Jane, 1974. Directed by John Rosen: A mini-portrait of Jane Barrington, a self-proclaimed groupie as she explains her reasons for choosing   her lifestyle,  her conflicts with her mother, her intention to marry a rock star, her preference for British bands and her definition of a groupie.

    Kidnapped, 1978. Directed by Eric Mitchell: The director’s first film, shot in super-8, stars Mitchell, Anya Phillips, Patti Astor, and Duncan Smith among a crowd of hip “poseurs,” talking sex, manners and politics.

    Join NYPL on March 26 @ 6:00 pm to view these great short films. Haven’t gotten your fill of the punk lifestyle? Join music icons Debbie Harry and Blondie co-founder Chris Stein, and senior critic for Rolling Stone, Will Hermes on March 27 at 6:00 pm for a discussion of how music in the 1970s created its own personality and style. 

  8. Saturday Fun For the Whole Family!

    Weekend events for the whole family happening this Saturday, March 23:

    This event is great for kids ages 10-18 who want to explore science, technology, engineering, and math with fun, hands-on activities. NYPL Youth S.T.E.M. Fair starts at 10:00 am. 

    Now for a little dance…

    NYPL Performing arts and the Schomburg Center celebrate Women’s History Month by highlighting the contributions and achievements of women in hip-hop. Join NYPL at 4:00 pm for the Fresh, Bold, and So Def Women in Hip-Hop event. 

    Stay tuned to Tumblr for any upcoming NYPL events!

  9. Talks at the Schomburg with Drs. Kenneth Robbins and John McLeod →

    Join Kenneth X. Robbins and John McLeod on March 21 as they discuss NYPL’s current exhibition, Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers, curated by Drs. Sylviane A. Diouf and Kenneth X. Robbins. Moderator: Dr. Sylviane A. Diouf.

    Doors open at 6:30 pm!

  10. 'Style Wars' Celebrates 30th Anniversary

    Winner of the Grand Prize for Documentaries at the 1983 Sundance Film Festival, Style Wars is regarded as the indispensable document of New York street culture and subway graffiti art of the early ’80s, Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant’s filmic record of a golden age of youthful creativity that exploded into the world from a city in crisis. In partnership with the Tribeca Film Institute and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Chalfant will join a panel of artists and scholars - including sculptor/painter Carlos “Mare139” Rodriguez and moderated by painter/DJ iona rozeal brown - to discuss the documentary’s influence and presence thirty years later.

    Come visit the Schomburg Center on March 20 @ 6:00 pm to learn more about ‘style wars’ past thirty years.