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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 -- Prints, Books, Art:
Conversations on the Future of Printmaking in the College Curriculum

On exhibit April 4 - September 2, 2016
Kamin Gallery, Kislak Center, 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
Coming, Start: 04/04/2016, End: 09/02/2016
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 18, 2016
Goldstein Family Gallery, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Muriel Pfaelzer Bodek Fund for Library Public Events

The Art of the Book: Fine Printing in North America in the 21st Century

Friday, February 26, 2016, 5:30 PM - Symposium Keynote and Exhibition Reception
Saturday, February 27, 2016, 8:30 AM-6:00 PM - Symposium
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
***Separate registration for both days is required.***
Coming, Start: 02/15/2016, End: 05/18/2016

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

On exhibit December 8, 2014 through Late 2016
Eugene Ormandy Gallery, Otto E. Albrecht Music Library, 4th floor

Current, Start: 12/08/2014, 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
Current, 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
Current, 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
Torii Kiyonaga, woodblock print (ca. 1790s) of two Japanese women - one seated and playing an instrument, Cecilia Seigle Collection, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

Early Modern Print Culture through a Japanese Prism:
A Celebration

A Conference—Saturday, March 19, 2016, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Coming, Start: 03/19/2016, End: 03/21/2016
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 overturned lifeboat on which 28 titanic survivors spent the night, from John B. Thayer's The Sinking of the Titanic (Philadelphia, 1940), Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Unpublished Titanic Collection Lands at the Penn Libraries

Tuesday, April 29, 2014; 5:30PM
Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 04/27/2014, End: 04/30/2014
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
8th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium
on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age

Picking up the Pieces

Thursday, November 12 through Saturday, November 14, 2015
Free Library of Philadelphia and
the University of Pennsylvania
Recent, Start: 11/12/2015, End: 11/14/2015
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
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
Coming, Start: 04/18/2016, End: 06/17/2016
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
Coming, Start: 04/07/2016, End: 04/09/2016
Detail from a Sicilian medical miscellany (15th century), Ms Codex 1649, Kislak Center.
The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies-Herbert-D. Katz Center Fellowship
in Jewish Manuscript Studies and the David B. Ruderman Distinguished Fellowship Lecture

Tales of Three texts: The Judaeo-Arabic and
Hebrew Medical Text in UPenn MS Codex 1649

Thursday, September 3, 2015, 5:15 PM
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 09/02/2015, End: 09/04/2015
Detail from Moralis philosophie dyalogus (ca. 1450), Ms. Codex 693, Kislak Center.
The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies and the Department of Italian Studies present

A Chapter of Early Italian Humanism in Philadelphia Manuscripts
A lecture by the SIMS Visiting Research Fellow
Angelo Piacentini (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)

Wednesday, February 10**, 2016, 5:30-6:30 PM
(**please note the date has changed from the 9th, to February 10th)
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Current, Start: 02/09/2016, End: 02/11/2016
Rev. Joseph Benjamin McCaul, detail of illustration from Pen and Pencil Sketches (1886), Ms. Coll. 918, Kislak Center
Philly Archives Month Event

The Paper Menagerie:
Animals on the Page in the Kislak Center's Special Collections

Thursday, October 15, 2015, 5:30 PM
Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 10/10/2015, End:10/16/2015
Logo for Academic Freedom Now: A Symposium Marking the 100th Anniversary of the Scott Nearing Affair

Academic Freedom Now:
A Symposium Marking the 100th Anniversary of the Scott Nearing Affair

Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 3:00-6:00 PM
Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 10/18/2015, End:10/28/2015
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 - 5:00 PM
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Coming, 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
Photo of Daedalus Quartet members stand on railroad track junction. Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco.
The Penn Libraries and The Department of Music at the University of Pennsylvania Present:

The Daedalus Quartet

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 02/23/2015, End: 02/25/2015
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
Coming, Start: 03/14/2016, End: 03/21/2016
Illuminated Capital D from Liber ethimologiarum (13th century), LJS 184, Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection. Detail of Pirates of Penzance poster (1967), Savoy Company Collection, Kislak Center Ludwig Bemelmans, detail of cover mock-up for Madeline (ca. 1939), Jean Johnson Kislak Collection, B) Ludwig Bemelmans, LLC
HOMECOMING WEEKEND

Authors in the Archives

Saturday, November 7, 2015, 9:30-10:30 AM
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Penn faculty panelists Emily Steiner, Zachary Lesser, and J.C. Cloutier will discuss how faculty and students incorporate the Penn Libraries' vast and rich resources into their teaching and research. An exhibit of rare materials will also be on view in the Henry Charles Lea Library.

Readings of Madeline Books

Saturday, November 7, 2015, 10:45-11:45 AM
Goldstein Family Gallery, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
In conjunction with the exhibit Covered with Vines: The Many Talents of Ludwig Bemelmans, Kislak Center Director Will Noel and exhibit curator Daniel Traister will read several selections from the beloved children's book collection Madeline. Milk and cookies will be available during this family friendly event.

Savoy Company Performance

Saturday, November 7, 2015, 2:00-3:30 PM
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
The Savoy Company of Philadelphia will perform highlights from the productions of Gilbert and Sullivan. A reception will follow in the Eugene Ormandy Gallery where the exhibit "Let Every Heart Be Filled with Joy," featuring the Savoy Company's archival materials, is on display.

Homecoming Gallery Hop

Saturday, November 7, 2015, 4:00-6:00 PM
Goldstein Family Gallery, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Join us for a special guided tour of Covered with Vines: The Many Talents of Ludwig Bemelmans during Penn's Homecoming Weekend Gallery Hop. Exhibit curator Daniel Traister will lead the tour.
Recent, Start: 11/06/2015, End: 11/08/2015