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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.

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.