EVENT | April 18 — VIOLET HOLDINGS: LGBTQ+ Highlights from the NYU Special Collections


Violet Holdings: LGBTQ+ Highlights from the NYU Special Collections 

An exhibition curated by Hugh Ryan


Opening Reception
Thursday, April 18, 6:00-8:00 PM

MAMDOUHA BOBST GALLERY

R.S.V.P.

Remarks at 6:30 by Hugh Ryan, author of When Brooklyn Was Queer: A History (St. Martin’s Press, 2019) and Marvin J. Taylor, Special Collections Curator for the Arts


MAMDOUHA BOBST GALLERY
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012

Graphic: NYU Stonewall 50 banner purple with rainbow stripes. Text: Look Back. Move forward. nyu.ed/stonewall50.
nyu.edu/stonewall50

 

 

EVENT | April 3 — Anthony Reed to Deliver Fales Lecture

The Annual Fales Lecture

Anthony Reed
Black Maybe: Notes on Black Writing, Aesthetics, and Value

Wednesday, April 3 at 6PM

Fales Library Reading Room 
Bobst Library • 3rd Floor
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012

The re-emergent debates around race and the avant-garde rhyme with, or serve as proxy for, similarly re-emergent debates about the relationship between class and race, on the one hand, and the status of mass media on the other. In both sets of arguments the value of experience is at stake, and partisan arguments on all sides tend to re-stage the fundamental terms of the supposed antagonism without either historicizing it or asking what work the idea of an opposition does in the present. Whatever the limits of Kenneth Warren’s polemical (and problematic) claim that the conditions for a distinct African American literature have passed, it sounds an important critical call to reconsider the politics of so-called “identity politics” as well as the supposed “politics of form.”

Starting from the premise that new discursive and representational horizons are at stake for contemporary black writers, this lecture wades into that debate by proposing that in the apparent documentary or archival turn among such writers as Tyehimba Jess, Claudia Rankine, Robin Coste Lewis, and others amounts to the emergence of a new aesthetic formation that can help us think about the possibilities of a political art in the present.

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Headshot of Anthony Reed.

Anthony Reed is Associate Professor of English and African American Studies at Yale University. His 2014 Freedom Time: The Politics and Poetics of Black Experimental Writing won the MLA’s William Sanders Scarborough Prize. He is currently finishing a book that examines the recorded collaborations between poets and musicians during and after the Black Arts era through the interrelated transformations of media, aesthetic, and politics. He is also currently working on a project concerned with poetry in the context of the fall of South African apartheid and the rise of the neoliberal state.


The Fales Lecture is co-sponsored annually by NYU Special Collections and the English Department. Established and sustained by a gift from Haliburton Fales, 2nd (1919-2015), the lecture explores historical, current, and emerging themes in English and American literature.

EXHIBITION | 1923: Public Domain in the University Archive

The New York University Archives is pleased to announce the opening of its latest exhibition.

1923: Public Domain in the University Archive

Graphic of public domain mark 1923

The Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Reading Room, Bobst Library
Now – May 22, 2019
Free and open to the public* during reading room hours.

Prepared by ARL/SAA Mosaic Fellow, Jasmine Sykes-Kunk, with assistance from graduate student, Lingyu Wang, features materials from collections held at the New York University Archives.

To commemorate the first release of works into the public domain since 1998, this exhibition examines works in the collection that recently moved into the public domain and their relationship to the greater University community.

The exhibition features an interactive component and users are encouraged to share their “remixes” using the hashtag, #NYUpublicdomain.

To learn more about copyright laws check out the Copyright Research Guide created by NYU’s Scholarly Communication Librarian, April Hathcock. 

Plan Your Visit

This exhibition is open to the public during Reading Room hours.

*Non-NYU visitors, please go to the Library Privileges window in Bobst Lobby to get a visitor pass. The last passes are issued 30 minutes before the reading room closes. 


THE TAMIMENT LIBRARY & ROBERT F. WAGNER LABOR ARCHIVES READING ROOM
Bobst Library, 10th Floor
70 Washington Square South | New York | NY | 10012

 

Exhibition | The Unflinching Eye: The Symbols of David Wojnarowicz

The Unflinching Eye:
The Symbols of David Wojnarowicz

Mamdouha Bobst Gallery |  July 12th – October 11, 2018 (Extended)

Free and open daily to the public until 11 pm

Photo: David Wojnarowicz work depicting sculpture of open eye with ant crawling on the eyeball.
Untitled (eye with ant), 1988. Silver gelatin print courtesy of PPOW Gallery.

The Unflinching Eye utilizes archival material to contextualize Wojnarowicz’s creative practice. Selected almost entirely from the David Wojnarowicz Papers, housed in NYU’s Fales Library, the exhibition seeks to analyze the images, ideas, and relationships that informed the artist’s work across media including painting, photography, installation, performance, and writing.


Opening Reception: Thursday, July 12, 2018, 6PM-8PM


NYU is grateful to the Keith Haring Foundation for its support of The Unflinching Eye.

THE MAMDOUHA BOBST GALLERY
70 Washington Square South | New York | NY | 10012

Alert: Second Floor of Bobst Library Closes for Renovation

On Tuesday, May 28th, the second floor of Bobst Library will be closed for renovation. Please use the elevators to access floors 3-10. There will be no stair or elevator access to the 2nd floor.

A New Center for Special Collections

Over the next two years, floors 2 and 3 of Bobst Library will be renovated to create a new center for Special Collections. The new space will include a Special Collections reading room, classrooms, and galleries. A redefined North Reading Room for students and researchers will double as event space.  Renovation work on floor 3 will take place in 2019-2020.

Photo: rendering of special collections renovated reading room space
Rendering of the new Special Collections reading room. Image used courtesy of CannonDesign.

Fales Library Streaming Over 600 Videos from the Gay Cable Network

In recent unviersity news, the Fales Library & Special Collection announced that they would be streaming over 600 videos from the Gay Cable network.

Video can be found in the Fales Guide to the Gay Cable Network Archives, 1982-2001 finding aid.  

Marvin Taylor, Director of Fales Library & Special Collections, had this to say:

I’m happy to announce that over 600 videos from the Gay Cable Network, the longest running LGBTQ cable network, are now streaming via a finding aid from the Fales Library web page.

This collection is the most important documentation of LGBTQ activism, culture, entertainment, and history in existence. GCN operated from from 1982-2001. Especially important is their coverage of the AIDS pandemic. They were the first news show to talk about the disease.

I’d like to thanks Brent Phillips, Carol Kassel and all the other Fales and DLTS staff who helped make this material available.