Tompkins County Public Library

Friday, February 5, 2016

Project for a Re-Volution in New York opens on February 5, 2016

The exhibit, Project for a Re-volution in New York, gets its theme of revolution from the eponymous novel by the French writer Alain Robbe-Grillet. While Robbe-Grillet’s work has been called a cross between an erotic and a detective novel, it follows a character’s fears of culture being subverted—in this case, a gritty 1970s New York City. It offers a window into a man’s fantasies of an overturning of cultural norms, where the underbelly of “rape, arson and murder” rises to the surface, thereby completing a kind of revolution. Note, the dual meaning of revolution, as it describes both a political upheaval and a rotation of social structures. 

The novel Project for a Revolution in New York describes the terrifying underbelly of the City in the 1970s; it proposes a vision of orderly society being overshadowed by apocalyptic lawlessness. But that is not the concern of this exhibit. We wish instead to borrow from the big picture ideas that Robbe-Grillet raises, an overturning (or revolution) of systems, social change, and an examination of what lies beneath cultural facades. 

Organizers Todd Ayoung and Krishna Ramanujan asked 22 contributing artists to take these themes and use them as a springboard for their own commentary and creations, without censorship. They asked them to use the ideas here to free-associate in the name of an interesting exhibit. While the title of the show contains ‘New York', the city and state are used as symbols for anywhere in the world where universal themes of revolution apply.   

Exhibiting artists include Curlee Holton, Kadie Salfie, Kim Asbury, Jim Costanzo, Greg Sholette, Floyd Hughes, Sowon Kwon, Jason van Staveren, Nestor Armando Gil, Antonio Serna, Krittika Rananujan, Suada Demirovic, Kara Lynch, Sarah Gotowka, Lucas W. Melkane, Patricia Capaldi, Elaine Angelopoulos, Kaleb Hunkele, Allison Bolah, and Aaron Bass.

Performances at the opening reception include GK2, Aaron Burr Society and the Poet Melissa Tuckey.

This exhibit is made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation through generous support from the Community Arts Partnership. 

Downton Abbey Farewell - an Exhibit of Hats, Shoes and Accessories of the Downton Abbey Era

Tompkins County Public Library is hosting many events to celebrate the final PBS series Downton Abbey as well as presenting a special exhibit in the Avenue of the Friends during February, 2016.

Drawing from the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection, as well as the History Center in Tompkins County and the Lansing Historical Association, this exhibit extends our glimpse of life at Downton Abbey, capturing a variety of moments from the popular PBS series. Horseback riding,strolling the estate, dressing and being dressed…

The majority of the items on display are from the wardrobe of Gertrude Heim Remey, thoroughly documented and donated by her husband, Cornell alumnus Charles Mason Remey,to the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection. The Remeys resided in Washington DC but the wardrobe is comprised of pieces from home and abroad, picking up on European trends familiar to the women of Downton Abbey. We are fortunate to also include items donated by local individuals to the History Center of Tompkins County and the Lansing Historical Association, bringing the exhibit closer to home.

These are the material items of daily life, a privileged life but residual pieces from dialogues pased upstairs, downstairs, and the spaces in between.  Pieces that accompanied important conversations surrounding courtship, business, and schemes (sometimes one and the same).

The exhibit opens on Friday, February 5 and will be on display through the end of the month.

This exhibit has been made possible through the generosity of the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection in the Department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design with thands to Denise Green and Helen McLallen for their help.  Special thanks go to Catherine K. Blumenkamp whose expertis and invaluable help selecting and cataloging and displaying the items made the exhibit possible.  For further information please refer to 
Cornell Costume and Textile Colletion
The History Center in Tompkins County
The Lansing Historical Association

Friday, October 2, 2015

Streetscapes opens during Gallery Opening Night, Friday October 2nd

Streetscapes a collection of work that draws on creativity and inspiration from our urban surroundings.  Using a mixture of diverse media, artists explore the influence of the urban environment through color, energy, movement and personal experience culminating in sincere straight-from-the-gut expressions.  Streetscapes is an inherent appreciation of urban culture, in all its dangerous, poetic, authentic - and sometimes rebellious - glore.

The work of the artists featured in this exhibit can also be senn on buildings, electric boxes and in parking garages in the City and Town of Ithaca.

Streetscapes has been timed in conjunction with Get-Up State and is intend to bring all the power and vibrancy of the art created during this event inside the Library.

The exhibit is made possible with the support of the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation and grant support from the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County.


Monday, September 28, 2015

TCPL and Cap Matches Color present three days of live street art painting September 25 - 27

Join 50 of the world's best graffiti artists at Get-Up State 2015 as they once again transform Cornell University Press Building at 770 Cascadilla Street Ithaca, with fabulous murals.

This event is sponsored by Ironlak Ink. who are providing all the artists with a selection of Sugar Artists' Acrylic and Yard Master spray paint.  Grant support is provided by Tompkins County Tourism Program with additional support from Cornell University Hip-Hop Collection, Greenstar Natural Food Market, Ithaca Bakery, The West, Ithaca Ace Hardware, FedEx Office, Ithaca Beer Co., LOT 10, Purity Ice Cream and Rick's Rentals.
In action in April 2015
This is the second Street Art painting event to be held in Ithaca.  TCPL was pleased to co-sponsor this event in April 2013 as a part of the community wide celebration of the anniversary of the founding of Hip-Hop and Cornell University's Hip-Hop Collection during Hip-Hop Unbound from the Underground. TCPL is once again please be able to work with Cap Matches Color to share the very best of graffiti with the community.

Artists will start painting round 10 AM on Friday and continue until dusk at 6:00 PM each day.

A very special dedication ceremony with a blessing of the walls by the monks of Nyamgal Monestary and a few words by Ithaca City Mayor Myerick will take place at 1:00 PM on Sunday.

Go to Get-Up State 2015 for up to the minute information about what is going on.

See you there.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Get-Up State Artists move to LOT 10 on Cayuga Street from 5 - 7 pm on Saturday 26 September

A group art show is planned for Saturday September 26 from 7 to 9 PM at LOT 10 on Cayuga Street.  It is open to the public and will feature works bymany of the artists who are painting on the Cornell University Press Building at 770 Cascadilla Street.  This will provide a unique opportunity to purchase original, and portable, works of art from your favorite graffiti artist.

Join us there as three days of spectacular painting continues at one of our event sponsors.

TCPL and Cap Matches Color are getting Ready for Get-Up State 2015

Do you remember Get-Up State in April 2013 during Hip-Hop: Unbound from the Underground, the Ithaca Community's celebration of Hip Hop together with  Cornell University Library Rare and Manuscript Collection?  Well, Get-Up State 2015 returns this year for the weekend of September 25, 26 and 27.

The walls at the Cornell University Press Building at 770 Cascadilla Street are being prepped for over 50 national and international graffiti artists to start painting.

What was your favorite mural in 2013?  Was it the Gorillas, the image by Tat's Cru?  They are all going to allow new incredible work to be created.  Check it out now for a last glimpse before everything is covered up. But be sure to come back the weekend of September 25-26 to join the excitement of Get-Up State 2015.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

TCPL is participating in Gallery Opening Night on Friday, September 5. Please join us.

Stealing Scenes - The Illustrators Look at Shakespeare opens in the Avenue of the Friends on Friday, September 5.  Joins us between 5 and 8 pm and meet some of the artists as they discuss their work.

Rhino Toys created by Rich Tomasello are also on display in the Avenue of the Friends.

Entry to the Library after closing time at 6:00 pm is through the BorgWarner Community Room Door behind the bus shelter on Green Street.