Tompkins County Public Library

Friday, October 5, 2012

Library to Feature New Exhibit During October Gallery Night

In celebration of the recently-proclaimed Ithaca Silent Movie Month and the history of local filmmaking, the Tompkins County Public Library will partner with the Ithaca Motion Picture Project to present “Lights, Camera, Silents!,” during Downtown Ithaca’s October 5 Gallery Night.

A photomontage of local sets and locations used for filming movies by the famed Wharton Brothers, this exhibit is the second to be displayed by IMPP at the Library.  Last fall, an 80-foot-long structural timeline of Ithaca’s movie-making history was exhibited as part of “Romance, Exploits and Peril:  When Movies Were Made in Ithaca.”

“Banned Books,” an exhibit held in conjunction with Banned Books and Freedom to Read Week, which takes place from September 30 through October 6, and “Drawing on Democracy” will also be featured at TCPL during Gallery Night.

“Banned Books” will include a display of books that have been challenged or banned from schools, libraries and communities and is intended to remind readers of the importance of access to all literature.

“Drawing on Democracy,” curated by artist and Community School of Music and Art faculty member Terry Plater, offers a glimpse into the definition of “democracy” as interpreted by nine local artists.  The exhibit also encourages viewers to share their comments in the ever-evolving “Citizens are Encouraged to Use the Pencils Provided,” a piece by artist Ben Altman.

“Drawing on Democracy” has been supported by a grant from the Community Arts Partnership and will be on display at TCPL through October 11.

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