New York University Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Navigation Skip to Sub Navigation

“At Home with Their Books,” Mural of New York Writers by Artist Elena Climent, Unveiled at NYU May 1

April 28, 2008
N-427, 2007-08

MEDIA ADVISORY

New York University wi Zora Neale Hurston,ll unveil “At Home with Their Books,” a mural by New York-based Mexican artist Elena Climent, at a ceremony on Thurs., May 1, 5-7 p.m. The mural, which will be on display for 24-hour, street-level viewing on E. 8th St. (at University Place), is part of NYU’s newly renovated, six-story Languages and Literature Building.

Reporters interested in attending the event must RSVP to James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or james.devitt@nyu.edu.

Climent is a distinguished painter in the realist tradition whose work has been seen in some of the principal museums and galleries in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. The mural, measuring 30 ft. wide by 10 ft. high and comprising six panels, is the artist’s largest work to date. It is read from left to right and depicts intimate scenes of the spaces in which famous writers from New York City composed their well-known novels, poems, or essays, presented in chronological order. The writers are Washington Irving, Edith Wharton, Zora Neale Hurston, Frank O’Hara, Jane Jacobs, and Pedro Pietri.

“I left the writer out of the scene to give the impression that she or he will be back at any moment and allow the viewer to imagine the possibility of walking into the room,” said Climent. “The mural also shows what has not changed and this is the continuing emergence of new writers and the love of writing.”

  • WHAT: Unveiling of Mural by Artist Elena Climent
  • WHEN: Thurs., May 1, 5-7 p.m.
  • WHERE: NYU’s Languages and Literature Building, 19 University Place (at E. 8th St.)

This Press Release is in the following Topics:
Graduate School of Arts and Science, Events and Traditions

Type: Press Release

Detail depicting author Zora Neale Hurston’s workspace, from Elena Climent’s  mural, “At Home with Their Books.”  The full mural consists of six panels measuring 30 ft. wide by 10 ft. high.

Detail depicting author Zora Neale Hurston’s workspace, from Elena Climent’s mural, “At Home with Their Books.” The full mural consists of six panels measuring 30 ft. wide by 10 ft. high.


Search News



NYU In the News

CUSP Unveils its “Urban Observatory”

Crain’s New York Business profiled CUSP’s “Urban Observatory” that is continuously photographing lower Manhattan to gather scientific data.

Post-Sandy Upgrades at the Langone Medical Center

NY1 reported on the major post-Sandy upgrades and renovations made at the Medical Center to protect the hospital from future catastrophic storms.

Steinhardt Research Helps Solve Tough Speech Problems.

The Wall Street Journal reported on research at Steinhardt’s Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, including an interview with Assistant Professor Tara McAllister Byun, that uses ultrasound to help solve tough speech problems.

Times Column Lauds Professor Stevenson’s New Memoir

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote a column about “Just Mercy,” a new memoir by Law Professor Bryan Stevenson, the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, whom he noted has been called America’s Nelson Mandela.

Entrepreneurship Lab Opens at NYU

Crain’s New York Business covered the opening of the Mark and Debra Leslie Entrepreneurial eLab, which will be the headquarters for NYU’s Entrepreneurial Institute and all of the University’s programs aimed at promoting innovation and startups.

NYU Footer