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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.

Opening the ‘Dear Boston’ Exhibition

Posted on April 8th, 2014 by Gina Perille in General

The exhibition Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial opened this week to an appreciative audience and a wide range of well wishers. During the opening program, the speakers included Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Senator Ed Markey as well as Boston Public Library President Amy E. Ryan, New England Museum Association Executive Director Dan Yaeger, and Iron Mountain Director of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Samantha Joseph.

Created in honor of the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon, Dear Boston features select pieces from the makeshift memorial created in Copley Square. The exhibition is organized by a partnership that includes the Boston City ArchivesBoston Art CommissionNew England Museum Association, Boston Public Library, and Iron Mountain. Rainey Tisdale is the curator.

The Dear Boston exhibition is open through May 11. It is part of a larger array of programs offered by the Boston Public Library in honor and commemoration of the 2013 Boston Marathon.

Celebrating Women’s History Month

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

silhouetteIn celebration of Women’s History Month, Boston Public Library has a variety of events and exhibitions on the schedule:

  • West African Women’s Empowerment: A Story in Photographs, an exhibition at the Faneuil Branch in Brighton.
  • Public Women, Private Lives, an exhibition opening March 7 in the Rare Books Lobby at the Central Library in Copley Square.
  • Women of History Film Series at the South Boston Branch at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays.
    • March 4: Queen Christina, starring Greta Garbo (1933)
    • March 11: Calamity Jane, starring Doris Day (1953)
    • March 18: Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep (2009)
    • March 25: The Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt (2009)
  • Monday Night Film Series at the Central Library in Copley Square. The films begin at 6 p.m. and feature famous leading ladies from Massachusetts.
    • March 3: Dangerous (1935)
    • March 10: Harvey (1950)
    • March 17: Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
    • March 24: Moonstruck (1987)
    • March 31: The Accidental Tourist (1988)

Of course, notable women in history can be discovered throughout the library’s collections each day. Several appear within Boston Public Library’s collections of distinction, such as Francis Clalin, book designer Sarah Wyman Whitman, and the abolitionist Weston sisters. Others are highlighted via our digitized collections such as Amelia Earhart and Emily Dickinson.