Tompkins County Public Library

Friday, November 2, 2012

Library to Feature Plaster Cast Exhibit During Gallery Night

Explore the intricacy and history of plaster work as Tompkins County Public Library and Cornell University present “IthaCasts,” an exhibit featuring items from Cornell’s cast collection, during Downtown Ithaca’s Gallery Night November 2 from 5 to 8 p.m..

One of the oldest collections in the country, Cornell’s casts have been used for teaching art history and archaeology since the late 19th century.

“IthaCasts” is curated by Annetta Alexandridis and Verity Platt, associate professors of Classical Art and Archaeology at Cornell, and features Cornell’s holdings while emphasizing three areas of image-making in the ancient world:  Olympia and the Olympic games, portraiture, and religion, magic and myth on gemstones. It also includes special photography by Danielle Mericle.

Alexandridis will talk about the exhibit and Cornell’s collection from 6:30 to 7 p.m. during Gallery Night.

“IthaCasts” is on display at TCPL through December 7.

Access to the Library during this event will be through the BorgWarner Community Room entrance, behind the TCAT bus shelter and adjacent to Gimme! Coffee on Green Street.

For more information about this or other Library exhibits, contact Sally Grubb at (607) 272-4557 extension 232 or sgrubb@tcpl.org.

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