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[BKARTS] New and Ongoing Exhibits at SFPL, and more

New and ongoing exhibits at the San Francisco Public Library

Book Arts and Special Collections Center:

Robert Doisneau. Paris, 148 Photographs (New York, 1956)French Kiss: Our Enduring Love Affair with France-Selections from the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit and Humor (SCOWAH) Celebrate April Fools Day and the opening of the annual SCOWAH exhibition. This year's show is an exploration of two hundred years of lively and humorous views of France. Since the eighteenth century, France has been the object of great interest by American writers, humorists and artists who have crossed the Atlantic to write about their experiences, influences and tender attachments; to give tribute to French culture (sometimes grudgingly so) or to write about the quirky confounded nature of the people, known for their liberté, egalité and fraternité.

Every year we celebrate the founding of the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor, which was given to the San Francisco Public Library in 1947. Nat Schmulowitz-lawyer, bibliophile, SFPL commissioner, and humanitarian-gave the library 93 volumes of humor books. The collection has grown to over 20,000 volumes in 35 languages, covering over 400 years of wit & humor, and is considered the largest public collection of its kind in the United States. In honor of this special day, why not wear your French beret to work? And come visit the Skylight Gallery, Sixth Floor, Main Library.

Through July 31, 2004
Main Library, Sixth Floor, Skylight Gallery
100 Larkin Street (at Grove)

James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center:

Reversing Vandalism-destroyed books transformed into art

Damaged Book from Reversing Vandalism ExhibitionIn the early months of 2001, San Francisco Public Library staff began making grim discoveries in the book stacks at the Main Library. Shoved under shelves and hidden from public eye were vandalized books, ranging from gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender topics to women's issues and books on HIV/AIDS. Staff collected over 600 badly damaged books. The torn and slashed books were deemed beyond repair and withdrawn from the Library's collection. The offender was eventually caught and charged with a hate crime.

Rather than have this end as a total loss, the Library decided to release the damaged books to artists and interested community members in Image from Reversing Vandalism Exhibition- "For Duf" by Dacey Hunterthe hope of creating art out of this destructive act.


"For Duf" by Dacey Hunter, 2003


A public call for participation went out to Bay Area residents, but the story was so compelling that word of the project spread around the country. As a result, requests to take part in the project were received from Bay Area residents and concerned individuals across the nation and as far away as Japan and France.
The result is Reversing Vandalism-An exhibition of over 200 original works of art created from the damaged books. The wide variety of responses to this hate crime vividly demonstrates the transformative power of art.

"The staff felt strongly that discarding the lost items would only complete the vandal's crime, so we engaged in Reversing Vandalism as a project of tolerance and outreach." Susan Hildreth, San Francisco City Librarian.


Image from Reversing Vandalism Exhibition- "Blackbird Singing" by Sherry Karver            Through May 2, 2004

            Main Library, 100 Larkin Street (at Grove)

            Lower Level, Jewett GalleryThird Floor, Hormel Center

            and Grove Street Entrance



"Blackbird Singing" by Sherry Karver, 2003


For more on this exhibit, please visit http://sfpl4.sfpl.org/news/revvandalism.htm.


Staff Exhibit:


Bullnettle Press: Printed Matter-An exhibition of letterpress printed books, broadsides and ephemera by Asa Peavy. 
Through May 31, 2004
Main Library, Lower Level, Library Café Display Case
100 Larkin Street (at Grove)


For information on all San Francisco Public Library events, please visit http://sfpl4.sfpl.org/news/exhibitions.htm.


Publications about the Center's collections:

Inscriptions at the Old Public Library of San Francisco

Image of "Inscriptions" book coverCo-published by San Francisco Public Library and The Book Club of California <http://www.bccbooks.org/publications.html> , honoring the Old Main Library and its lapidary inscriptions <http://sfpl4.sfpl.org/librarylocations/main/bookarts/inscriptions.htm> . Inspired by the events surrounding the Library's conversion into the Asian Art Museum, this photographic history captures a moment in time that might otherwise have been lost. Designed and edited by Jack Stauffacher, proprietor of the legendary Greenwood Press of San Francisco, the book features photographs by Dennis Letbetter, and essays by historian Gray Brechin, noted British stone cutter and type designer Michael Harvey, and influential type designer Sumner Stone. The book is printed in an edition of 1,000 copies; 80 pages, with 68 duotone photographs. The price is $55.00, plus applicable California sales tax. Print order <http://sfpl4.sfpl.org/librarylocations/main/bookarts/order.htm>  form here. Also available from the Book <http://sfpl4.sfpl.org/librarylocations/main/bookarts/bookarts.htm>  Arts & Special Collections Center and at the Book Bay at the Main <http://www.friendsandfoundation.org/fstore.html>  Library, Civic Center (at the Grove Street entrance).



 For more information about this and other publications, please visit http://sfpl4.sfpl.org/librarylocations/main/bookarts/pubs.htm. 



All events at the San Francisco Public Library are free and open to the public.


Asa Peavy, Program Manager

Marjorie G. & Carl W. Stern Book

Arts & Special Collections Center

San Francisco Public Library

100 Larkin St.

San Francisco, CA 94102

T: 415.557.4560

F: 415.437.4849

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