Browse Exhibits (24 total)
In 2013 the world marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wagner, a pivotal figure in the history of western music. Wagner developed a new conception of opera, wrote about it at length, and then composed the librettos and music that put his theories into action. His works are still cornerstones of the operatic répertoire, and his stylistic and formal innovations influenced countless other composers. Wagner's musical genius and charismatic personality inspired cult-like devotion from his admirers, but his anti-Semitism and other character flaws made him many enemies as well, and he... Read more
The Arabic and Persian books displayed in this exhibition are samples of early printed books in the Arabic script. Some of them are printed by the movable type method which was invented by Johann Gutenberg ca. 1439, others are lithographs, i.e. they were produced by a later method of printing called lithography (from the two Greek words lithos “stone” + graphio “to write”).
The Gilmore Music Library celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi with Verdi and His Singers. The exhibit features five items in Verdi’s hand: a quotation from Otello and four letters. It also includes a caricature of Verdi by Enrico Caruso, a Verdi score annotated by Robert Shaw, several photographs, and a variety of other materials. Many of the materials are associated with Victor Maurel, a baritone who sang major roles in the premieres of Otello and Falstaff. This online exhibit is in conjunction with the physical exhibit that was on display in the Irving S.... Read more
The tobacco industry has been selling smoke in America and other countries for well over a century. From sultry ladies to Santa, tobacco advertisers slickly packaged smoking in a variety of ways to lure consumers to different brands. Using celebrity spokespeople, touting health benefits, sponsoring racing and other sports, product placement, and creating games with prizes are just a small sampling of the ways smoking was sold. "Selling Smoke" exhibits a wide array of tobacco advertising from the William Van Duyn collection of magazine advertisements, ephemera, articles, and photographs.... Read more