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Exhibitions and Events of the
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts: Fall 2014

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Recent Exhibitions & Events

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
This exhibit explores the life and career of the artist, cartoonist, and children's book author/illustrator William Steig. The exhibition highlights materials from the recent gift of over 3,000 original drawings, notebooks and scrapbooks, correspondence, books, posters, and other materials made by Jeanne Steig, his widow, to the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, supplemented with loans from his family.
Current, Start: 08/22/2014, End: 12/19/2014

"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
The Savoy Company of Philadelphia is the oldest amateur theater company in the world devoted to the production of operas by Gilbert and Sullivan. "Let Every Heart Be Filled with Joy" traces the history of the company, beginning with its founding in 1901 by Penn alumnus Alfred Reginald Allen. Featured are posters, programs, and photographs from four representative productions.
Coming, Start: 12/08/2014, End: 12/25/2016
Detail of Currier & Ives trade card, The Graces of the Bicycle (New York, 1880), Dr. Daniel and Eleanor Albert Medical Ephemera Collection, Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Recent Acquisitions

On exhibit September 3, 2013-December 13, 2013
Goldstein Family Gallery, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
and
September 3, 2013-January 24, 2013
Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, first floor
Annually, the Penn Libraries acquires thousands of new books, periodicals, and materials in various formats for use by students and researchers. This exhibition will showcase many of these recent acquisitions and honor our donors. Materials on display are drawn from the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, the Fisher Fine Arts Library, the Middle Eastern Collection, and the Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Recent, Start: 09/03/2013, End: 01/24/2014
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
The Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection of Manuscripts, donated to the University of Pennsylvania Libraries by Penn Libraries Board members Barbara Brizdle Schoenberg and Lawrence J. Schoenberg (C53, WG56), embodies the great scientific and philosophical traditions of the ancient and medieval world. The manuscripts in this exhibition document the extraordinary achievements of European, Arabic, and Jewish scholars, philosophers, and the practitioners of science, medicine, and law. Often illustrated with complex diagrams and stunning imagery, these manuscripts bring to the present the intellectual legacy of the medieval past.

More information about the exhibition | Virtual exhibition
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
The 1973 tour of China by the Philadelphia Orchestra marked an important milestone in relations between the United States and the People's Republic of China. Following on the heels of Richard Nixon's trip to visit Mao Zedong in 1972, the tour was a successful attempt at cultural diplomacy--the first visit to China by an American orchestra. In recognition of the fortieth anniversary of this historic tour, "Ormandy in China" reexamines the ten-day visit and places the tour in the context of the political and cultural climate of the time.
Current, Start: 11/02/2014, End: 12/13/2014
Holly Mengel photograph of conflict-related archival items (2014)

Cataloging Conflict

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 5:30PM
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
As part of Philly Archives Month, our catalogers will display items from Penn's collections that document, or were inspired by, conflict. Please join us to see propaganda toilet paper, letters to soldiers, 15th-century indulgences sold to raise money for papal armies, soldiers' songs performed by Marian Anderson, sketchbooks from battlefronts, photograph albums, and ... Penn's famous Rocket Cats!
Recent, Start: 10/14/2014, End: 10/17/2014
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
On Sunday, February 9th 1964, The Beatles appeared on Ed Sullivan's weekly televised variety show. Over 73 million viewers tuned in to watch the relatively unknown pop music group from Liverpool, England. Beatlemania had arrived in North America and the group would set the musical and cultural trends for the next seven years. Since the groups' breakup in 1970, the Fab Four's music, image and cultural relevance have endured. To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Beatles arrival in America, the Kislak Center is hosting an exhibition of books about and by The Beatles. This exhibition is part of Penn's Year of Sound.
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
The Kaplan Collection, donated to Penn in November of 2012, is considered the most important private collection of its kind. It consists of over 11,000 individual items that document an astonishingly broad range of commercial, social, religious, political, and cultural ties that connected Jews and the general public from the colonial era through the onset of mass migration at the end of the nineteenth century. This exhibition, mounted in partnership with the National Museum of American Jewish History, features a treasure trove of representative examples of Jewish life around the Atlantic.
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
Please join the Penn Libraries and members of the Thayer family for a reception to welcome the John B. Thayer Memorial Collection of the Sinking of the Titanic to its permanent home in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts. This unique collection, until now in private hands, documents the personal experience of John B. Thayer (Jack), a Penn alumnus who went on to serve the University as the Vice-President of Finance from 1939 to 1945, and his mother, Marian Longstreth Morris Thayer, both of whom survived the fateful shipwreck of 1912.
Recent, Start: 04/27/2014, End: 04/30/2014
Black and white profile photo of a man wearing a hat with a white spiral overlaid

Pataphysics Then and Now: A Conference

Friday, March 21 - Saturday, March 22, 2014
Slought Foundation and Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Part of Philadelphia a la Pataphysique, this two day conference will explore the life, works, and influence of French modernist Alfred Jarry (1873-1907). Jarry's "science of imaginary solutions--which he termed 'pataphysics--has had a substantial influence on 20th- and 21st-century art, theory, and culture. 'Pataphysics has influenced not only avant-garde practices throughout the past century, but also popular culture, from science fiction to Monty Python and The Beatles. An exhibition of Jarry-related highlights from the rare book and art collection of Linda Klieger Stillman will be on display at the Kislak Center on Saturday.
Recent, Start: 03/21/2014, End: 03/22/2014
7th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium
on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age

Collecting Histories

Thursday, November 6 through Saturday, November 8, 2014
Free Library of Philadelphia and
the University of Pennsylvania
The 7th Annual Schoenberg Symposium highlights the work of the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts by bringing together scholars and digital humanists whose work concerns the study of provenance and the history of collecting pre-modern manuscripts. The study of provenance is the study of the histories of the book.
Current, Start: 11/6/2014, End: 11/8/2014
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
"The School of Atha: Collaboration in the Making of Children's Books," celebrates the life and work of children's book designer and art director Atha Tehon. The exhibition is based on the collection of her books and papers, including files on books she designed as a freelance book designer, recently given to the University of Pennsylvania Libraries by her niece Susan Tehon, supplemented with loans from her family.
Current, Start: 09/08/2014, End: 03/27/2015
Frontispiece engraving of William Shakespeare from the First Folio, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Shakespearian Residues:
A Celebration in Honor of the Bard's 450th Birthday

On exhibit April 23 - June 9, 2014; 5:30-7:00 pm
Sixth floor (by the Rittenhouse Orrery, next to the Class of 1978 Pavilion), Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
Join us to celebrate the 450th Birthday of William Shakespeare (there will be cake! and dramatic readings). The Kislak Center is home to the Horace Howard Furness Memorial Library, one of the world's preeminent collections of Shakespeare, his contemporaries, and the English theater. On display will be early editions, romantic images, quirky artifacts, and works inspired by the Bard from the collections. For more information.

Birthday Party for William Shakespeare
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 5:30 PM
Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Recent, Start: 04/23/2014, End: 06/09/2014
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

Friday, October 17 - Saturday, October 18, 2014
Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Creating Children's Books: Collaboration and Change honors the contributions of William Steig and Atha Tehon, two important figures to the world of children's literature during late-twentieth and early-twenty-first centuries. It will explore the creation of children's books from both the writer/illustrator and designer/publisher perspectives, looking at the role of collaboration in the process and considering the future of children's books from various perspectives, including that of diversity.
Recent, Start: 10/17/2014, End: 10/18/2014
detail from [The Alchemist] Tiré du Cabinet de Mr. le Brun
The A. S. W. Rosenbach Lectures in Bibliography

Hidden Hands: Amanuenses and Authorship in Early Modern Europe

Ann Blair, Harvard University
Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Intellectual work in early Modern Europe was rarely performed alone, despite literary and iconographical representations to the contrary--scholars worked with others in many ways. In these lectures, Professor Blair focuses on the family members, students, and servants who served as amanuenses by helping an author or scholar in the process of composing and writing.
Hidden Helpers
Monday, March 17, 2014, 5:30 PM
Hands and Minds at Work
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 5:30 PM
Authors and Amanuenses
Thursday, March 20, 2013, 5:30 PM
Recent, Start: 03/17/2014, End: 03/21/2014
William Steig, watercolor and ink drawing of ancient Greeks looking at classical buildings, Steig Collection, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Mansucripts. Detail of Johnson Forbes-Robertson as the ghost of King Hamlet (photograph, ca. 1900), Furness Theatrical Image Collection, Kislak Center.
HOMECOMING WEEKEND

Curator-Led Tour of Children's Literature Exhibits

Friday, October 31, 2014, 3:00 PM
Tour begins in the Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, first floor
Join us for a special guided tour of of our fall exhibitions: As the Ink Flows: Works from the Pen of William Steig and The School of Atha: Collaboration in the Making of Children's Books. Lynne Farrington, Curator of Printed Books at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, will lead the tour.

The Penn Ghost Project 1884-2014:
Studying the Intangible through the Tangible

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 10:00-11:00 AM
Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
Did you know Penn professors have been studying the phenomena of ghosts for the last 130 years? Join faculty members from multiple disciplinary backgrounds to view items from a 1884 College of Arts and Sciences scientific investigation into the belief in ghosts and learn how modern Penn scholars' diverse explorations into history, literature, religious studies, palliative care, and medicine show that ghosts are not simply entities that haunt us, but have been and continue to be economic, social, and medical allies in many different cultures. Registration is encouraged; continental breakfast provided.
Coming, Start: 10/31/2014, End: 11/04/20134
Tsip Waletsky, detail of Dining Room Mural at Camp Boiberik, Rhinebeck, New York (ca. 1950s)

Robert and Molly Freedman Sound Archive
Klezmer Concert

Sunday, September 7, 2014, 2:00 PM
Please note the room change:
Bodek Lounge, Hall of Flags, 3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA
Enjoy a free concert of Folk, Theater, and Klezmer Songs performed by the Dan Blacksberg Ensemble in celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the Robert & Molly Freedman Jewish Sound Archive at Penn. The concert is sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, Germanic Languages & Literature, and the Penn Libraries.
Recent, Start: 09/01/2014, End: 09/08/2014