Fales Collection

Downtown Collection

Food Studies

Riot Grrrl Collection

Media Collections


Donate to Fales






[An archive of videos of past Fales events can be viewed here.]


Off-Off Broadway’s Origins at Caffé Cino, with Magie Dominic
March 11, 2015 at 6:30pm 

Cast and crew of Tom Eyen's “Why Hannah’s Skirt Won’t Stay Down” at the Caffe Cino, 1965
photo by James D. Gossage

Magie Dominic, an artist and memoirist, will discuss the origins of Off-Off Broadway and Greenwich Village’s Caffé Cino in the 1960s. Drawing on her own experiences and her reminiscences about the Caffé Cino’s owner, Joe Cino, Dominic will paint a vivid picture of the legendary place commonly referred to as the birthplace of Off-Off-Broadway.

The Caffé Cino was located at 31 Cornelia Street in the West Village from 1958 to 1968. The proprietor, Joe Cino, unreservedly provided a venue for emerging playwrights and performers at a time when such venues were not available. Lanford Wilson, Sam Shepard, John Guare, Tom Eyen, Bernadette Peters, Jean-Claude van Itallie all began their work there, and are just a few of the many people who are a part of the Caffé Cino’s legacy. The playwrights and performers who began their careers at the Caffé Cino created the landscape of modern day theater as we know it today.

Joe Cino gave one interview in his life, to theater critic Michael Smith in 1965. Dominic will quote from the interview and show selections from the Cino’s extensive productions as she recounts the Cino's development and its impact on modern day theater, showing why the creative, incubative atmosphere of the legendary cafe was a magnet and refuge for young creative people in New York in the explosive 1960s.

Dominic is author of two memoirs that describe her Newfoundland childhood and her life in New York, The Queen of Peace Room, and the recently released Street Angel. She is co-author ofH.M. Koutoukas, a collection of memories and extensive documentation of the OOB playwright. Dominic was an active participant at the Caffé Cino. She is an archivist of the Caffé Cino history and has donated OOB materials to the Fales Library & Special Collections.

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



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.