Local Art @ EPL is proud to welcome a special traveling exhibit from the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian. Titled “Deconstructing Stereotypes: Top Ten Truths About Native Peoples,” the display is based on a 2011 survey in which the Evanston museum asked Native American and Indigenous Canadian peoples to identify the biggest misconceptions about their heritage and culture. Using quotes from Native peoples, photographs, and materials from EPL’s collection, the thought-provoking exhibit works to dispel stereotypes related to mascots, casinos, addition, and treaty rights. You can catch the display on the 2nd floor of EPL’s Main Library through October 31, and make sure to check back with Off the Shelf later in the month for a featured interview with Kathleen McDonald, Executive Director of the Mitchell Museum. Stay tuned!
New York’s Morgan Library & Museum has a new exhibit sure to interest both children and adults.”The Little Prince: A New York Story” which opened today focuses not only on the 1943 classic but also on its New York connections when Saint-Exupery was in exile there during World War II. On display are 25 of his handwritten manuscript pages (which show coffee stains and cigarette burns), along with 43 drawings and watercolors, and a screenplay that Orson Welles wanted to use to film the book. Also included in the exhibit is “a reference to a rave 1943 review of Le Petit Prince by P.L.Travers (author of the Mary Poppins books), who says the book “will shine upon children with a sideways gleam,” adding: “why mourn for the Brothers Grimm when it is still possible for such a tale to be heard from the lips of airmen and all who steer by the stars?” Read the entire fascinating New York Times review here – and check the EPL catalog for The Little Prince and other works by the author.
Armchair travelers will love Google’s new site where you can go to 17 museums around the world, click on artwork, and zoom in or out to get close-ups of brushstrokes, etc. The reviewer of this NYT article says the web site is still a work in progress, with glitches and not-so-good representations in some cases, but is mesmerizing. She says she never noticed before the small group of women “skinny-dipping” in the background of Bruegel’s “Harvesters.”
Educator, artist and poet Margaret Burroughs died Sunday. Read about her amazing life and contributions in yesterday’s Sun-Times obituary.
Laura (Reader’s Services)