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Old & New Just for You

coat_of_arms January 13 - April 10, 2009

Main Library - Third Floor
5 Washington Street
Newark, NJ

Curated by William J. Dane and Chad Leinaweaver, Special Collections Division, Newark Public Library


The Newark Public Library is showing notable prints, posters, and fine arts related materials in its third-floor gallery in a show entitled Old & New Just for You. Organized by the Special Collections Division of the Library, this exhibit shows original graphics, posters, historic postcards, photographic history, autographs, and unique books to celebrate the Library's 120th anniversary of its establishment by Newark's voting citizens in 1889. Many of the works on display are brand new to the holdings of very special materials in recent times and other works were acquired generations ago, with a few from the late 19th century. The exhibit is on view through April 10, 2009 at the Main Library, 5 Washington Street in Newark.

two_deer_in_front_of_templeAmong the prints shown are three new works from Japan created in the 21st century, plus several color prints by Kawasi Hasui from the early decades of the 20th century. European vintage prints include "Peasants & Horses" by Jean Gericault from France (1791-1824), "Potsdammer Platz in Berlin" (1924) by Paul Paeschke and "Mississippi Raftsmen Playing Cards" (1852) by Paul Regnier after a celebrated American painting by George Caleb Bingham. Prints shown include limited edition graphic art by Ronald King, Carol Summers, Nathaniel Hester, Evelyn Eller, Helen Singer, April Gornick, and Anne Q. McKeown, plus Nefertiti's "Obama Making Waves II" (2008) a hand-painted giclée print with watercolor gouache. Richard Segalman's work depicting Coney Island—the 2008 award print from the Print Club of New York—will also be featured.

circus_advert_w/_elephant,_clowns,_etc.This exhibit shows off many of the new gifts and purchases of the Special collections Division, which concentrated on visual and graphic art and rare books. The Division collects fine prints, posters, portfolios, and illustrated books that demonstrate different graphic art techniques and show off many New Jersey and international artists and illustrators. But the Division also focuses on ephemera, rare and fine press books, autographs, pop-up books, bookplates, and other material. Careful selection was made to include samples of fine material from the archive of cataloged collections that may not have been included in past shows due to the overwhelming amount of material from which the staff could draw.

etching_city_streetHistoric postcards appeal to just about everyone as they served as a popular and inexpensive means of communication at little cost and quick delivery. Motels and hotels are shown as pictured on postcards, along with century-old greetings for St. Patrick's Day and President Washington's Birthday. Autographs from three celebrated musicians are shown and these were written by Aaron Copland (American), Giocchimo Rossini (1792-1868), Italian and Hector Berlioz (French). Also honoring our first president, George Washington, are two historic prints: "Lady Washington's Reception," a hand-tinted steel engraving by Alexander Ritchie, and a Currier & Ives color print showing the tomb of George Washington.

Shopping bags on view have wide appeal to many people because of their design elements and a few new bags are shown including the 2008 Bloomingdale's bag for their Manhattan store featuring a painting by legendary popular singer, Tony Bennett.

Original photographs of Plant Life in Jamaica by American William Eggleston are all signed by the photographer who has a major show of his work as featured in the galleries of the Whitney Museum on Madison Avenue in Manhattan. The Limited Editions Club publication of Joseph Mitchell's "The Bottom of The Harbor" includes photos by Berenice Abbott and a rare multi-volume royal Edition of manners and customs of Japan in 1898 features hundreds offhand-tinted photographs splendidly showing life in Japan in the final years of the 19th century.

A recent gift of a scrapbook carefully recording plays and major silent moving pictures in New York from about 1915 to 1925 includes theater programs, gala film screenings and related events in Manhattan. Playbills record major productions starring performers who became household names across America via Hollywood films or great success as actors. These include George Arliss, Helen Hayes, Paul Muni, Katharine Cornell, Ethel and John Barrymore, brother and sister and Maude Adams. Printed programs for the M-G-M showcase Capitol Theater on Broadway show the wide appeal of silent films combined with a stage show in the great movie palaces of the 1920's.

The exhibit is an eclectic selection of contemporary and older prints, ephemera, posters, illustrated books, and historic postcards as selected from the Library's Special Collections Division by Chad Leinaweaver and William J. Dane, co-curators of this extensive display of new and permanent holdings at the Newark Public Library. For additional details, please call 973-733-7745, regarding hours, visits, and details. The exhibit runs through April 10, 2009 in the third floor gallery of the Main Library at 5 Washington Street during regular library hours, and is free and open to the public.

 

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