Tompkins County Public Library

Friday, March 2, 2012

Library to Participate in Gallery Night With Milosz Exhibit

The Tompkins County Public Library will participate in Downtown Ithaca’s First Friday Gallery Night March 2 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM by offering art and poetry lovers a glimpse into the life and work of Nobel Prize-winning poet Czeslaw Milosz.

The exhibit, presented by the Ithaca City of Asylum, will feature books and photographs recording Milosz’ 1981 return visit to Poland, following 30 years of exile to the United States. Pieces included in the exhibit are on loan from Pawel Bakowski. Bakowski hosted literary salons in his home and was a member of NoWa, an underground publishing house based in Warsaw during the Communist regime. He is currently employed by the Cornell Institute for European Studies through their Getting to Know the New Europe community outreach grant, funded by the European Union.

Milosz’ work was banned in Poland until 1980 when he was awarded the Nobel Prize. At that time, Bakowski and his NoWa friends began printing and distributing his work. NoWa members faced political persecution for their actions but kept Milosz' work available throughout the country.

On April 1 at 2:00 PM the Library and the Ithaca City of Asylum will host a celebration of Milosz’ work featuring a reading by members of the local Polish and poetry communities. Bakowski will also give a short account of the story behind the exhibited photos and books. 

The exhibit will be on display through April 15. 

For more information about this or other exhibits at TCPL, contact Sally Grubb at (607) 272-4557 extension 232 or

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