The Codex and Crafts in Late Antiquity is currently on exhibit at the Bard Graduate Center, 18 W. 86th St. in Manhattan. Curated by Georgios Boudalis, head of the book and paper conservation laboratory at the Museum of Byzantine Culture in Greece, this exhibition examines the structural, technical, and decorative features of the major types of codices—the wooden tablet codex, the single-gathering codex, and the multigathering codex. On view through July 8.
Courtesy of Bard Graduate Center.
Located at 28 W. 27th St., 3rd floor, the Center for Book Arts hosts exhibitions and gallery events in addition to its usual full calendar of bookbinding and printing arts classes. During Rare Book Week and through March 31, see Our Anthropocene: Eco Crises, an exhibition in which visual artists respond to climate changes and our the ecological crises. Also on exhibit: Emily McVarish: Last Year at Dark, which explores “the space between books and other time-based media through typographic interpretation of musical form, sequential page composition, and filmed text.”
Courtesy of The Center for Book Arts.
The Grolier Club, located at 47 East 60th St., is undergoing major renovation to its first-floor exhibition space this year. Still, if you’re in town before March 10, pop in to see the club’s first-ever science fiction exhibit, “A Conversation Larger Than the Universe”: Science Fiction and the Literature of the Fantastic from the collection of author and bookseller Henry Wessells.
Courtesy of The Grolier Club.
Through March 16, Les Enluminures at 23 East 73rd St., 7th floor, presents Talking at the Court, on the Street, in the Bedroom: Vernacular Manuscripts of the Middle Ages, a collection of thirty-six manuscripts that “provide viewers unique access to the authentic, spontaneous vision of people in medieval France, Italy, Germany, the Low Countries, and Britain,” including this illuminated manuscript collection of medical recipes compiled by Francois II de Rohan, in French and Latin, c. 1515-1525.
Courtesy of Les Enluminures
A visit to the Morgan, at 225 Madison Ave., presents several amazing exhibits to gaze upon. Two will be of particular interest: Now and Forever: The Art of Medieval Time, drawn from the Morgan’s collection of medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts—featuring such beauties as the “Hours of Catherine of Cleves” (pictured here)—and Tennessee Williams: No Refuge but Writing, which reveals the playwright’s creative process through original drafts, private diaries, photographs, and production stills. Bonus photography exhibit: Peter Hujar: Speed of Life.
Courtesy of The Morgan Library & Museum.
The N-YHS, located at 170 Central Park West, has much to offer during Rare Book Week. The Vietnam War: 1945-75, its popular, and groundbreaking, exhibit of artwork, artifacts, photographs, and documents related to the war remains on view. Hotbed, an installation of artifacts and images of bohemian life in Greenwich Village, and Collecting the Women’s Marches, which looks at the signs, sashes, and props from the largest single-day protest in the nation’s history, are both apt to inspire. And if you’re in town before the March 11, you can still catch Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence.
Courtesy New-York Historical Society Museum & Library.
The NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Ave. at 42nd Street spotlights its treasure trove of creative cartography in Picturing the City: Illustrated Maps of NYC. Also on display during Rare Book Week: You Say You Want a Revolution: Remembering the 60s at the Schwarzman Building, and Power in Print, an exhibition of the art of the Black Power movement poster at the NYPL’s Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard.
Courtesy of the Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library.
Though it is a membership library, non-members are welcomed to the NYSL’s exhibits at its landmark townhouse at 53 East 79th Street. Currently it is showing The New York World of Willa Cather. Highlights include charging cards listing the books checked out by Cather and her lifelong companion Edith Lewis during their twenty-year membership (pictured) and an essay by Truman Capote describing his humorous meeting with Cather at the Library during a 1942 snowstorm.
Courtesy of the New York Society Library.