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Purloined Letters Exhibition Opens, Edgar Allan Poe Bust Revealed at Boston Public Library

Posted on October 9th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

Desktop149Exhibition displays correspondence of Oscar Wilde, Edwin Austin Abbey, Bram Stoker

The exhibition Purloined Letters: Literary Correspondence and its Unintended Recipients opens in the Special Collections Lobby at the Central Library in Copley Square on Wednesday, October 15. Purloined Letters features an array of rare and important purloined, or stolen, letters written by revered literary figures. Also in October, a bronze bust of Edgar Allan Poe will be unveiled at the library, honoring the Boston-born poet, author, and critic.

“Purloined Letters gives us the rare opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of the writers and learn more about them than, in many cases, their published works may reveal,” said Susan Glover, Keeper of Special Collections at the Boston Public Library. (more…)

Arts + Culture Sampler

Posted on October 1st, 2014 by Gina Perille in General

Story_sqThere is a range of art and culture events taking place across the Boston Public Library system this month. There are free gallery exhibitions and author talks along with daily art & architecture tours. There are also several arts-related convenings that the library is proud to play host to at the Central Library in Copley Square:

And that is just the beginning of what’s on the library’s calendar this month. Click over to bpl.org/calendar to search through the full set of listings. View events by neighborhood, audience, and event type.

Arts and culture is a big part of what the Boston Public Library system offers to the residents of Boston.  Arts and culture feature prominently in our strategic plan, too, under the Fun principle, where we pledge to embrace our role as a cultural and entertainment hub in the City of Boston; connect people to popular books, music, films and artwork; and showcase the library’s collections through vibrant interactive exhibitions and programs.

Restoration Work on Art and Science Sculptures

Posted on September 11th, 2014 by admin in General

Art and Science 4Conservators are currently at work on Bela Pratt’s (1867-1917) stately Art and Science. The two figures – Art holding her brush and palette, Science clasping a globe – were installed in 1912, and have welcomed patrons through the library doors ever since. This restoration project will return the sculptures to their intended appearance.

View an album of vintage and contemporary images of Art and Science on the library’s Facebook page.

The work will occur in phases over two weeks. First, the bronzes and stone bases will be cleaned with an environmentally-friendly soap, and any joints between the base and statue will be re-caulked as needed. Existing coatings of wax will be stripped from the bronze, allowing any areas of discoloration and patina loss to be touched up to match the existing tones. A new protective coating of incralac and wax will complete the restoration. Restoration work occurs periodically in order to preserve the beauty and integrity of these works. This important project is made possible by the Browne Fund. Restoration work on the Bacchante statue in the courtyard will begin later this month.

Further details on the the sculptures can be found on the walking tour section of the BPL website. Visit www.bpl.org/tours for information on the library’s daily art and architecture tours.

Boston Public Library’s Concerts in the Courtyard Continue in August

Posted on July 23rd, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

Artists share their music during lunchtime and evenings this summer

concertBoston Public Library’s Concerts in the Courtyard continue through August 29, welcoming visitors to experience the music of local and international artists in a variety of genres at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. In addition to Friday lunchtime concerts at 12:30 p.m., this season the library now offers evening concerts on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. All the concerts are free and last approximately one hour.

August concerts showcase contemporary and traditional jazz, indie folk, opera, and more:

  • Properly Unprepared, Friday, August 1, 12:30 p.m. The young, five-piece jazz combo plays classics by artists such as Miles Davis along with more contemporary jazz.
  • Darlingside, Wednesday, August 6, 6 p.m. Darlingside is a Massachusetts-based indie folk quartet. Their tightly arranged tunes draw from the unexpected, featuring strains of bluegrass, classical, and barbershop. (more…)

Asian Pacific Heritage Month

Posted on May 15th, 2014 by admin in General

kitesMay is Asian Pacific Heritage Month and Boston Public Library is hosting numerous events to honor traditions that celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander heritage. In addition to the events, the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library features the City of Neighborhoods: The Changing Face of Boston exhibition that examines the diversity of Boston and shows a strong Asian presence in the City. Based on recent census data, over 18,000 Bostonians were born in China, and nearly 9% of Boston’s total population is of Asian descent.

The following locations host activities for various ages this month and select programs are held continually throughout the year:

  • Anime Clubs: Join teens weekly at the Central Library on Fridays from 3-4:30 p.m. or Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. at the Hyde Park Branch for a feature film or episode from an Anime series.
  • Brush Painting with the MFA: Explore the unique style of painting on rice paper with educators from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Using sumi ink and bamboo brushes, create your own masterpiece mounted on a scroll. For children ages six and up at several branch locations.
  • Koinobori Kite-making Craft: The Uphams Corner and Fields Corner branches host workshops on Wednesday, May 21  and Tuesday, May 27. Koinobori, or fish-shaped wind socks (above), are a traditional symbol of Kodomo no Hi, or Children’s Day in Japan.
  • Manga Workshops: Artist Shauna Leva teaches participants how to draw cartoon bodies and faces in the popular Japanese style of Anime and Manga. For children and teens at select library locations.
  • Origami Club: Children ages 4-7 explore the art of Japanese paper folding monthly at the Central Library in Copley Square.

For information on more programs, visit www.bpl.org/calendar.