Lisa Darms is a curator of radical art. She is the Senior Archivist at the Fales Library & Special Collections at NYU and founder of the acclaimed Riot Grrrl Collection.
She is also teaching The Historian and Visual Record this semester, a crosslist between Draper and the History department.
In an interview with MIXED MEDIA, Darms discusses the wonders of David Wojnarowicz’s journals and the fine lines between artworks and archival documents.
An exhibition co-curated by Draperite Robin Preiss has just opened in the Mamouda S. Bobst Gallery at Bobst Library.
“Giuseppe Verdi: Words, Notes, Legacy” pays tribute to Verdi’s legacy exploring scores, librettos, correspondence, and memorabilia. It explores the composer’s international success, his relationship with publishers, singers, and political authorities, his creative process, and his reception — through the lens of NYU’s rich library holdings.
The Bookstore in Nineteenth-Century New York City
A talk by Kristen Highland
Wednesday, April 2nd from 6:00 – 7:30pm
Bobst Library, 5th Floor West, Media Viewing Center
The romantic image of the independent bookstore—haven of book lovers, cultural bulwark, and literary playground—obscures the historical reality of selling books—the rapid turnover, looming bottom lines, and peripatetic stores. Yet bookstores have always been more than the sales tallies or even the books lining the shelves. This talk examines the social and cultural life of bookstores in New York City from 1820 to 1860. Using GIS technology to map bookstore locations and movements, Highland traces the retail landscape of a growing bookselling center and presents select case studies to explore how the physical spaces and marketing strategies of nineteenth-century retail booksellers helped shape the definition and familiar form of today’s bookstores. An understudied component of literary history, the retail bookstore participated in the lively and varied cultural life of antebellum New York City. In the shadow of today’s escalating panic over the future of the brick-and-mortar store, it is critical to explore the past of the bookstore.
Kristen Doyle Highland is a PhD candidate in the English Department at NYU. Her dissertation project focuses on the social and cultural life of antebellum New York City bookstores, and broader research interests include book history, spatial humanities, and early American culture. She is a graduate coordinator of NEWYORKSCAPES, a graduate-faculty research collaborative on cultural geography and humanities scholarship at the Humanities Initiative.
Light refreshments will be served.
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NYU Libraries are getting ready for the final stretch of the semester and invite you to join them for a special event. Come have breakfast, talk with librarians about your project, and take care of those lingering research to-do list items. There will be specialists from across the disciplines who can help get you (re)oriented to library resources, get you started with citation management tools, and help you get the most out of library collections and services. This informal event lasts for two hours, and you can come and go as you like during that time.
Tuesday, November 15, 10:00am-12:00noon
10th-floor Graduate Research Exchange (northwest corner)
To RSVP, go to http://library.nyu.edu/grads
Please join artist Ben Kinmont and former Draper Program Art Worlds Faculty Fellow Laurel George at NYU’s Fales Library on November 11, 2011 for an Interdisciplinary Workshop on Ethical Considerations in Project Art and Collaborative Anthropologies
In conjunction with his current Fales Library show “Prospectus: New York,” Ben Kinmont, along with cultural anthropologist Laurel George, will conduct a workshop on ethical considerations in interactional art practices, a mode that Kinmont has been working in for over two decades.
During the workshop, Kinmont and George will work with faculty and students to generate cross-disciplinary conversations on the ethics and aesthetics of project art, ethnographic fieldwork, and other forms of collaborative cultural production. The version of the text written at the workshop will be distributed and discussed at a larger public forum to take place on November 18th as part of Performa 2011.
The workshop is open to NYU students and faculty interested in thinking critically and creatively about the ethical dimensions of making collaborative and/or public art works as well as those engaged in anthropological fieldwork.
When and Where:
The day-long workshop will take place at Fales Library (Bobst 3rd floor) on Friday, November 11 from 10-4 p.m.
There will be brief reading and writing assignments and students will have the opportunity to be involved in the Performa event, but that is not a requirement of workshop participation.
How to get involved:
For more information or to sign up, contact Laurel George at email@example.com
To read the press release for Prospectus: New York, follow this link:
This workshop is possible due to the support of Kunstverein, New York, and the Fales Library.