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A Century of Conflict: Reflections on War from the Fales Library & Special Collections
Tracey-Barry Gallery, October 1 to December 19, 2014

The current exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the beginnings of the First World War. Looking back over a century of warfare through the works created by serving soldiers, veterans, non-combatants and the people left behind, the exhibition focuses on how narratives around war have both changed and stayed the same using books, poetry and archival material from the holdings of the Fales Library & Special Collections.

Ranging from poetry to autobiography, fiction to the comic strip, the exhibition ranges from WWI, through the interwar years that saw the rise of fascism and the Spanish Civil War, to the Second World War, Korea and the Cold War and on to Vietnam, culminating in the 21st century’s conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan following the events of 9/11. The exhibition includes material from the papers of Erich Maria Remarque, as well as first editions and rare video footage from the Downtown Collection.

Writer for the People: Charles Dickens in the Fales Collection
In the Bobst Gallery, until December 19, 2014

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.


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

Dachau 1974: Conservation in Collaboration with the Artist
December 11, 2014, 6:00

Independent Media Arts Preservation (IMAP) presents a panel discussion about a collaborative project to restore Beryl Korot’s seminal video installation, Dachau 1974.  Earlier this year the Kramlich Collection and New Art Trust undertook a complete restoration of this work prior to its installation at Tate Modern and Art Basel.

Dachau 1974 is a multi-screen video installation that interweaves images and sounds of the World War II concentration camp as it stood in 1974. The restoration project was completed at DuArt Film and Video under the supervision of Chief Engineer Maurice Schechter and Kramlich Collection Consulting Conservator Jeff Martin, with direct involvement and guidance by Beryl Korot.

Korot, Schechter, and Erik Piil, Digital Archivist at Anthology Film Archives, will discuss the complex process of translating a 1974 analog video work to 2014 digital technology, while respecting original properties of analog technology and honoring the artist’s original concept.

This event includes a preview of Archiving the Arts, a new Web resource developed by IMAP that features a range of audiovisual preservation case studies including Dachau 1974Archiving the Arts is supported by the National Endowment of the Arts.

Reception at 6:00 PM

Program at 6:30 PM

Location: Fales Library & Special Collections
70 Washington Square South, Third Floor

Free admission, but reservations are strongly encouraged:


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.