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Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts: Summer 2015

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William Steig, detail of ink drawing of an artist sketching, Steig Collection, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Mansucripts

As the Ink Flows:
Works from the Pen of William Steig

On exhibit August 22 - December 19, 2014
Goldstein Family Gallery, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 08/22/2014, End: 12/19/2014
Ludwig Bemelmans, detail of cover mock-up for Madeline, ca. 1939, Jean Johnson Kislak Collection, Copyright Ludwig Bemelmans, LLC
© L. Bemelmans, LLC

Covered with Vines: The Many Talents of Ludwig Bemelmans

On exhibit August 21 - December 21, 2015
Goldstein Family Gallery, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor

Exhibition Remarks and Reception
Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 5:00 PM
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 08/21/2015, End: 12/21/2015
Photo of type being set for printing on the Common Press (2006) courtesy of David Comberg.

Common Press at 10:
Printing, Writing, Teaching, and Interdisciplinary Collaboration

On exhibit April 4 - September 2, 2016
Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, first floor

Symposium and Exhibition Reception
Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 3:00-6:00 PM
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 04/04/2016, End: 09/02/2016
Dan Rose, illustration of Bradford Lux (ca. 1985). Used with permission of the artist.

Arbitrary Pleasures - Plaisirs Arbitraires

On exhibit September 26, 2016 - March 10, 2017
Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, first floor

Current, Start: 09/26/2016, End: 03/12/2017
Detail monks with fans illustration from Abhidhamma chet kamphi: Phra Malai (ca. 1870s). Collection of Southeast Asian Manuscripts, Kislak Center.

Siamese Sampler:
19th-century Manuscripts of Scripture, Poetry, and Decree

On exhibit August 8 - October 7, 2016
Snyder-Granader Alcove, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor

Conference and Exhibition Reception
Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 2:00-7:00 PM
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 08/08/2016, End: 10/09/2016
Detail from a marginal illustration in a Bible, showing a defaced fox preaching to a rooster (France, late 13th century). MS Codex 724, Kislak Center.

Reactions: Medieval/Modern

On exhibit August 25 - December 16, 2016
Goldstein Family Galley, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Current, Start: 08/25/2016, End: 12/16/2016
Across the Spectrum exhibition logo with Art Nouveau flowers and vines

Across the Spectrum:
Color in American Fine and Private Press Books, 1890-2015

On exhibit February 15 - May 23, 2016
Goldstein Family Gallery, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 02/15/2016, End: 05/18/2016

"Let Every Heart Be Filled with Joy"
Philadelphia's Savoy Company

Exhibit on display through Spring 2017
Eugene Ormandy Gallery, Otto E. Albrecht Music Library, 4th floor

Current, Start: 12/08/2016, End: 12/25/2016
Detail of wood engraving, The effects of the proclamation - Freed Negroes coming into our lines, Newbern, North Carolina, Harper's Weekly, (February 21, 1863), Penn Libraries

The Great Emancipator and the Great Central Fair

On exhibit January 20 - February 27, 2015
Goldstein Family Gallery, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor

Exhibition Lecture and Reception
Thursday, January 29, 2015, 5:30 PM
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor

Lincoln's Jewish Telegrapher and the Emancipation Proclamation
Lecture by Kathryn Hellerstein, Penn Associate Professor

Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 5:30 PM
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 01/20/2015, End: 02/27/2015
Angela Lorenz, detail of mosaic Victorious Secret (2013-2013), Angela Lorenz

Victorious Secret:
Entertaining Notions of Elite Ideals for Women, 300 AD

On Exhibit October 20, 2015 - February 15, 2016
Education Commons
George A. Weiss Pavilion in Franklin Field, 33rd Street between Walnut and Spruce
Recent, Start: 10/20/2015, End: 02/16/2016
Detail of interior photograph of the Gilbert Luber Gallery, ca. 1980s, courtesy of Shirley Luber.

Representing Modern Japan: The Luber Collection of Art Books

On exhibit March 16 - June 12, 2015
Goldstein Family Gallery, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor

Exhibition Remarks and Reception
Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 5:30 PM
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 03/16/2015, End: 06/12/2015
Detail of of Campaign flag reading Lincoln and Hamlin, (1860) Gordon Block Collection of Lincolniana, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

The Civil War: An Ephemeral Lens into the Life and Times

On exhibit September 21, 2015 - March 21, 2016
Kamin Gallery, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, first floor

Exhibition Remarks and Reception
Friday, October 9, 2015, 5:30 PM
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 09/21/2015, End: 03/21/2016
Detail of Zola-Mouquette: Le Fondement de l'affaire Dreyfus, ca. 1898, Kislak Center

The Image Affair: Dreyfus in the Media, 1894-1906

On exhibit April 13 - August 7, 2015
Kamin Gallery, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, first floor

Exhibition Events
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
1:30-3:00pm- Kislak Center Room 627, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Public Conversation between Lorraine Beitler, collector, and Norman L. Kleeblatt, Chief Curator, The Jewish Museum, New York

4:00-7:00pm- Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
2015 Lorraine Beitler Lecture
Art, Print Culture, and Radical Politics, c. 1900 - A symposium
Recent, Start: 04/13/2015, End: 08/07/2015
Detail of White-Crowned Pigeon from John James Audubon, The Birds of America, (London, 1827-1838), Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Audubon's Birds of America

On exhibit beginning Friday, May 10, 2013
First floor (next to the Information Desk), Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
The Penn Libraries is pleased to announce a new permanent exhibition case devoted to the display of John James Audubon's spectacular Birds of America (1827-38). Penn's double elephant folio set of the Birds was a gift of Edwin H. Vare, Jr. in 1957-59. The page opening from the volume on display will be changed on a monthly basis.

For more information
Current, Start: 05/10/2025, End: 12/25/2025
An illuminated initial L

A Legacy Inscribed:
The Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection of Manuscripts

On exhibit March 11, 2013-August 16, 2013
Goldstein Family Gallery, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 03/11/2013, End: 08/16/2013

Ormandy in China: The Historic 1973 Tour

On exhibit November 2, 2012 - Late 2014
Eugene Ormandy Gallery, Otto E. Albrecht Music Library, 4th floor
Recent, Start: 11/02/2014, End: 12/13/2014
Shell illustration from Martin Lister, Histori Conchyliorum (London, 1685). Peachey Collection, Kislak Center.

The Materiality of Scientific Knowledge: Image-Text-Book

A Symposium—Friday, September 30-Saturday, October 1, 2016

Symposium keynote by Sachiko Kusukawa
Friday, September 30, 2016, 5:00 pm
** Please note time and location of the keynote have changed**
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Symposium Sessions
Saturday, October 1, 9 am-7 pm
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 09/28/2016, End: 10/02/2016
Tomorrow Never Knows: The Beatles in Text and Image exhibition logo

Tomorrow Never Knows:
The Beatles in Text and Image

On exhibit February 27-August 11, 2014
Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, first floor
Recent, Start: 02/24/2014, End: 08/11/2014
Kaplan Collection of Judaica logo of a combination steam and sail ship

Constellations of Atlantic Jewish History, 1555 - 1890:
The Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica

On exhibit February 18–June 9, 2014
Goldstein Family Gallery, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 02/18/2014, End: 06/09/2014
Photo of Marian Anderson boarding a plane (1941). Marian Anderson Photograph Collection, Kislak Center.

Marian Anderson on the World Stage

On exhibit beginning August 25, 2016
Marian Anderson Gallery, Marian Anderson Music Study Center
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, fourth floor
Current, Start: 08/25/2016, End: 12/30/2019
Paint over print image of partially colored Ptolemy map.

Paint over Print:
Hand-Colored Books and Maps of the Early Modern Period

Conference: Thursday, February 19 - Friday, February 20, 2015
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
and the McNeil Center
Recent, Start: 02/18/2015, End: 02/22/2015
9th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium
on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age

Reactions: Medieval/Modern

Thursday, November 17 through Saturday, November 19, 2016
Free Library of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania
For more information and registration (registration opens September 1, 2016)
Recent, Start: 11/15/2016, End: 11/20/2016
Richard Egieski, detail of original watercolor and ink illustration for Bravo, Minski (ca. 1988), Atha Tehon Collection, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

The School of Atha:
Collaboration in the Making of Children's Books

On exhibit September 8, 2014-March 27, 2015
Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, first floor
Recent, Start: 09/08/2014, End: 03/27/2015
Detail of hand-colored map, from Abraham Ortelius, Typus Orbis Terrarum (ca. 1600), Kislak Center.

The Stage and All the World:
Shakespeare, Cervantes, and Early Maps

On exhibit April 18 - June 17, 2016
Snyder-Granader Alcove, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 04/18/2016, End: 06/17/2016
Detail of Miguel Cervantes de Saarvedra's The Life and Exploits of the Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote de la Mancha (1747), Kislak Center.

Spain and England in the Age of Cervantes and Shakespeare:
Connected Histories?

Conference - Thursday, April 21, 2016, 1:00-7:30 PM
Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 04/18/2016, End: 04/22/2016
Cover of Trudy Rubin's Willful Blindness (2004)
Beitler Collection Distinguished Lecture

The Relevance of Dreyfus in the Age of ISIS

Thursday, April 7, 2016, 5:30 PM
Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 04/07/2016, End: 04/09/2016
Modified version of mural with Charles IV from mural in the Royal Castle Karlstein.
The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies and the Centre for Medieval Literature present

Charles IV: An Emperor in Europe (1316-2016)

Thursday, October 13-Friday, October 14, 2016
Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 10/12/2016, End: 10/15/2016
Burton Rascoe apology card (ca. 1940s), Burton Rascoe Papers, Kislak Center
Philly Archives Month Event

By the Book:
Making—and Breaking!—the Rules

Tuesday, October 25, 2015, 5:00-7:00 PM
Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 10/22/2016, End:10/27/2016
S. A Neff, Jr., detail of binding for The Masters on the Nymph, vol. 1 (ca. 1989-90). Used with permission of the artist.

The Bibliophile as Bookbinder:
The Angling Bindings of S. A. Neff, Jr.

Saturday, November 5, 2016, 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Kislak Center room 626, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 11/01/2016, End:11/06/2016
Typeset - Let us go then, you and I
Selections from the Erwin K. and Carol Welsch T.S. Eliot Collection

"Let us go then, you and I"
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the publication of T.S. Eliot's
"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"

On exhibit June 1 - July 10, 2015
Behind the Rittenhouse Orrery, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 06/01/2015, End: 06/30/2015
Detail of bookplate of Eugene Morris Pharo (1893-1945), Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

This Book Belongs to...
Provenance Marks and Book Ownership through the Centuries

On exhibit October 5 -December 8, 2015
Next to the Lea Library, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 10/05/2015, End: 12/08/2015
Page from the Galen Palimpsest in natural color and after processing to reveal the under text (2015)

Revealing Galen's Simples

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 9:00AM - 5:30 PM
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 04/29/2016, End: 05/01/2016
William Steig, detail from untitled ink drawing, Steig Collection, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Muriel Pfaelzer Bodek Fund for Library Public Events

Creating Children's Books:
Collaboration and Change - A Symposium

Friday, October 17 - Saturday, October 18, 2014
Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 10/17/2014, End: 10/18/2014
Astronomical anthology manuscript (Catalonia, ca. 1361), Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection (LJS 57), Kislak Center, Unversity of Pennsylvania Libraries
The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies presents

Illuminating the Skies: Jews, Science and an Astronomical Anthology (LJS 57) in Medieval Catalonia

Dr. Aleksandra Bunčić, SIMS Visiting Research Fellow
Thursday, October 27, 5:15-6:30 PM
Kislak Center room 626, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 10/27/2016, End: 10/28/2016
3D-printed Arduino-powered replica of a Macintosh computer running a graphical adventure game base on William Gibson's novel Neuromancer. Model by DB Bauer, University of Maryland, Image used with permission.
The A. S. W. Rosenbach Lectures in Bibliography

Bitstreams: The Future of Digital Literary Heritage

Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, University of Maryland
Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Monday, March 14, 2016, 5:30 PM
The Transformissions of the Archive: Literary Remainders in the Late Age of Print

Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 5:30 PM
The Poetics of Macintosh: Recovering the Digital Poetry of Kamau Brathwaite and William Dickey

Thursday, March 17, 2016, 5:30 PM
The RESTful Book: Bibliography and Bookish Media
Recent, Start: 03/14/2016, End: 03/21/2016
Concert of Women, ca 1530-40, Antwerp. Oil on panel painting by Master of Female Half-lengths. The Hermitage via the Web Gallery of Art.

Music in the Pavilion

All concerts are on Fridays at 7pm with a 6:15pm discussion beforehand.
Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Piffaro: The Renaissance Band
September 23, 2016: "Back before Bach"

Daedalus Quartet
December 9, 2016: "Music as Translation"


Les Canard Chantants
February 10, 2017: "Sex, Drugs, and Madrigals"

Matthew Bengtson
April 7, 2017: "A Music Salon in Nineteenth-Century Paris"
Current, Start: 08/22/2016, End: 04/08/2017
Photo of Daedalus Quartet members. Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco.
HOMECOMING WEEKEND

Daedalus Quartet Performance

Saturday, October 29, 2016, 2:00-3:00 PM
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
The Daedalus Quartet, Penn's string quartet in residence, will perform a series of compositions by Ludwig van Beethoven, Anna Weesner, and more. A Penn student quartet will open the concert, and a reception will follow on the Moelis Reading Terrace.
Recent, Start: 10/28/2016, End: 10/30/2016