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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.

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.

A Social Library Week

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

Boston Public Library just completed a very social week, filled with convenings, connections, and conversations of the digital and physical variety. Last Saturday, the library hosted a public hearing for Mayor Walsh’s Arts & Culture Transition Team. It was a well attended event and filled with so many social media conversationalists that the hashtag #bosarts trending nationally.

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That same day and extending into Sunday, January 26, the library also hosted an event called Brick Factor, which was a competition to select a Master Model Builder to join the staff of Legoland Discovery Center Boston. Lego enthusiasts of all ages visited the McKim Exhibition Hall and watched the contestants build creations, round after round, until a single winner was announced.

Legoland Discovery Center Boston opens in May of this year, and when it does (thanks to you), it will feature a beautifully-built Lego version of the Central Library’s McKim Building.

Later that week, libraries from across the country and across the world had a little fun on Instagram as well as Facebook and Twitter taking “shelfies” in honor of library shelfie day on January 29. Shelfie is a variation on a selfie, Oxford Dictionaries 2013 Word of the Year. Shelfies feature books, and library shelfies are an even more specific variation on that theme. Search for #shelfie and #libraryshelfie on social media sites to see the range of images shared.