Library Programs

Library Programs

Crystal Bridges offers regular educational programs on a variety of topics, from historic documents, to artist books, to graphic novels.

Art Book Club

Art Book Club | Modernist America by Richard Pells

Wednesday, January 8, 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Location: Crystal Bridges’ Library

Read Richard Pells’s Modernist America to gain a global perspective on The Artists’ Eye exhibition.  Join Librarian Elizabeth Bradshaw to discuss ways in which artists around the world were shifting perceptions of art, much like Alfred Stieglitz and George O’Keeffe transformed American philosophies of photography and painting.  Modernist America is an excellent resource to understand how movements such as the Bauhaus, Expressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, and French New Wave Cinema influenced architects, artists, filmmakers, musicians, and writers in America, blossoming into a full-fledged revolution of Modernism around the globe! The book is available for purchase in the Museum Store.

Free with online registration.

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Art Book Club | The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein

Wednesday, April 2, 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Location: Crystal Bridges’ Library

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas was written by Toklas’s life partner, Gertrude Stein, the famed modern visionary and American writer living in Paris.  This book is an excellent read to accompany the temporary exhibition, A Taste for Modernism: The William S. Paley Collection, by bringing the artists to life through Stein’s stream-of-consciousness writing. The book is described as “Stein’s most famous work; one of the richest and most irreverent biographies ever written!”   Join Librarian Elizabeth Bradshaw to uncover Stein’s close relationship with Toklas as well as with friends Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Henry Matisse, and Joseph Stella, and their famous Saturday evening gatherings at 27 rue de Fleurus in Paris, better known as “The Stein Salon.” The book is available for purchase in the Museum Store.

Free with online reservations, meet in the Library.
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The Great Reveal

The Great Reveal | View the rare Haggadah For Passover, illustrated by Ben Shahn

Monday, April 7, 1:30-2:30 pm
Location: Crystal Bridges’ Library

Join Rabbi Jack Zanerhaft of Congregation Etz Chaim, as he leads a moving journey through the pages of one of the most stunning modern Haggadahs, Haggadah for Passover, illustrated by Ben Shahn, Boston, 1965.  This first edition, signed copy—number 66 of only 228 copies—includes 21 color pictorial borders and line drawings, including a double-page Menorah frontispiece. Library Director Catherine Petersen will introduce the session with an overview of the artist Ben Shahn, who created many of the illustrations for this Haggadah around 1930, while working on his well-known series of paintings of the Sacco and Vanzetti trial. It was not until thirty years later that Shahn reproduced his original watercolors for the limited-edition Haggadah for Passover. Several other modern illustrated Haggadahs will be available to view, as well.

The Great Reveal is sponsored by John and Emily Douglas.

Free with online reservations, meet in the Library. 
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The Great Reveal | Prang’s Album Cards

Monday, May 5, 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Location: Crystal Bridges’ Library

Join us in turning back time with Library Director Catherine Petersen, who will showcase a variety of nineteenth-century trading-card albums from the Crystal Bridges Library collection. Explore the world of Boston lithographer Louis Prang (1824 –1909). Known as the “father of the Christmas card,” Prang produced many card albums, or “scrap” albums of themed color cards that were collected, traded, and assembled in albums. It was a popular activity in late nineteenth-century America, and was often used to teach organization and classification skills to young people. These series of small chromolithographic illustrated cards included subjects ranging from history, nature, and culture, to product promotions, postcards, and holiday cards, and became a favorite Victorian pastime of children and adults alike.

The Great Reveal is sponsored by John and Emily Douglas.

Free with online reservations.
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