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Johanna Drucker, 2015 Fales Lecture in English & American Literature
April 1, 2015 at 6:00pm 
A reception will follow

Johanna Drucker, Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies
Department of Information Studies at UCLA, will be speaking on Histories of the Alphabet.

In its many forms and variations, the alphabet has been in continuous and widespread use for more than three millennia. Conceptions of its origin, development, identity, and diffusion have embodied models of history as varied in method as they are in belief. This presentation examines ways this rich field of materials might inform humanistic scholarship at the intersection of traditional approaches (historiographical, textual, graphical, archaeological) and those making use of digital tools and platforms while reflecting on a media technology that undergirds global networks of communication.

Johanna Drucker is internationally known for her work in the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities. In addition, she has a reputation as a book artist, and her limited edition works are in special collections and libraries worldwide. Her most recent titles include Graphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production (2014) and SpecLab: Digital Aesthetics and Speculative Computing. She is also author of The Century of Artirts Books and The Visible Word: Experimental Typography and Modern Art, 1909-1923. A collaboratively written work, Digital_Humanities, with Jeffrey Schnapp, Todd Presner, Peter Lunenfeld, and Anne Burdick is forthcoming from MIT Press. 

Space is limited; please rsvp.bobst@nyu.edu specifying the name of the event.

Co-Sponsored by the English Department First Wednesday Speaker Series.


The Tracey-Barry Gallery is located at 70 Washington Square South, Third Floor, and is open to the public from 10:00 to 5:30, Monday to Friday.

Martha Wilson: Downtown
Opening Thursday, February 19, 2015, 5-7pm
Tracey/Barry Gallery, Fales Library and Special Collections

Martha Wilson is downtown. Over the past four decades, the artist Martha Wilson has created innovative photographic and video works that explore female subjectivity through role-playing, costume transformations and invasions of male and female personas. Wilson further developed her performative and video-based practice after moving to New York City in 1974. Two years later she founded and then directed Franklin Furnace, an artist-run center in Tribeca dedicated to the exploration and promotion of artist’s books, installation art, and video and performance art. 

Martha Wilson: Downtown, on view Febrary 20-April 30, 2015, is presented in tandem with Martha Wilson’s Franklin Furnace at Pratt Manhattan Gallery from February 20 – April 30, and the performance series Performing Franklin Furnace at Participant Inc. from February 26 – March 1, 2015.


Writer for the People: Charles Dickens in the Fales Collection
In the Bobst Gallery

This exhibition spans the full extent of the writer’s life, from his earliest sketches under the pseudonym ‘Boz’, to his triumphant tour of America at the height of his fame, and on through his continued popularity and relevance today.

Drawing from the deep and rich holdings that are a cornerstone of the Fales Collection, the exhibition highlights aspects of Dickens that may be less-known, such as his social conscience and theatrical ambitions. Grouped into a series of ten cases, the show covers the early works; major novels; Christmas books; periodical editorship and social criticism as well as including information on his American trip, relationship with illustrators and the results of his popularity as seen through the flood of piracies, parodies and adaptations of his work that continues in the present day.
Dickens was one of DeCoursey Fales’ favorite writers, and the Fales Collection holds copies of all the first editions as well as American imprints, memorabilia, correspondence and ephemera. Some of the rare or unique items are on show include artifacts from his American trip, a book of photographs from the 1915 silent film of ‘Barnaby Rudge’, and Dickens’ own handwritten recipe for punch.

The Critical Topics in Food Series

For the past several years the Fales Library, NYU's Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, along with Clark Wolf of Clark Wolf Company, Inc. have planned a series of public, scholarly panels and events highlighting current topics in food. These highly popular programs, ranging from such topics as "water," to the ethics of gourmet dining, to the "Farm Bill," are viewable here.


Scheduling Events in the Fales Library

We are happy to make our space available for a wide range of events and programs. Please submit a copy of the Event Scheduling Form for each event at least SIX WEEKS in advance for consideration. Forms received after that time will not be processed.