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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Which Witch Is Which? The Other Salem/McCarthy Parable by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

For my last blog post before retirement, I am pleased to feature the research and analysis of Emma Winter Zeig, volunteer and former intern, on one of the songs discovered for "Laughter, Agi…

SOURCE: The New York Public Library at 06:54PM
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

"Brother, Can You Spare a Dime" by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

Scene from the stage production AmericanaDue to our unique existence as a research center of The New York Public Library and a constituent member of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, I…

SOURCE: The New York Public Library at 05:58PM
Thursday, September 22, 2016

J. Rosamond Johnson and "Lift Every Voice" by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

Bob Cole and J. Rosamond Johnson, 1902. Image ID: TH-03842The National Museum of African American History & Culture opens on September 24, 2016. The opening ceremonies will be broadcast …

SOURCE: The New York Public Library at 12:04PM
Monday, August 29, 2016

Pearl Primus in "Strange Fruit" by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

Photograph by Myron Ehrenberg, October 25, 1945, “provided by [press representative] Ivan Black for Café Society.”  Jerome Robbins Dance Division   The Library for the Performing Ar…

SOURCE: The New York Public Library at 05:06PM
Monday, July 4, 2016

British Soldiers' Theatre During the Revolutionary War by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

John Street Theatre, NYC, c. 1791. Image ID: 1650651 A guest post on the research that informed the earliest material in Shakespeare's Star Turn in America, by volunteer (and former intern)…

SOURCE: The New York Public Library at 12:34AM
Friday, June 24, 2016

Are You Spoken For? An Ad Campaign and A Cultural Stereotype by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

A guest blog by volunteer and former intern Emma Winter Zeig  Photograph taken by the author. Before a television ad sells a product to the consumer, the company behind the product has …

SOURCE: The New York Public Library at 03:46PM
Monday, June 20, 2016

The Other Secret Garden by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

Advertisement for Burnett's adult and juvenile fiction Anti-Prom 2016 was a great success. The outfits designed by the High School of Fashion Industries were beautiful interpretations of t…

SOURCE: The New York Public Library at 02:58PM
Monday, June 6, 2016

Garden Fashion at Anti-Prom by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

Rose dancer, 1914. Image ID: 5208659 It is almost time for the Library’s fabulous Anti-Prom.  On Friday, June 17, New York teens will assemble on the steps of the Schwarzman Building and…

SOURCE: The New York Public Library at 04:31PM
Thursday, April 21, 2016

British Soldiers' Theatre During the Revolutionary War by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

John Street Theatre, NYC, c. 1791. Image ID: 1650651 A guest post on the research that informed the earliest material in Shakespeare's Star Turn in America, by volunteer (and former intern)…

SOURCE: The New York Public Library at 09:10PM
Monday, April 11, 2016

A Mystery Plot: Guest Shakespeare Post by Emma Winter Zeig by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

Henry V. Stage-plot. Directions for scenery, curtains, drops, etc. with drawings and diagrams. *NDB [RBS] 97-1287 (Shakespeare, W. Henry V) This post is a report by volunteer/former intern …

SOURCE: The New York Public Library at 12:04PM
Monday, April 4, 2016

Falstaff On the Road: Or, Why Dickens Was Right About America by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

James H. Hackett as Falstaff. Image ID: TH-26477 Shakespeare’s Star Turn in America focuses on production of Shakespeare’s works in North American theaters and why certain plays were po…

SOURCE: The New York Public Library at 03:57PM
Monday, February 29, 2016

O Romeo, Romeo by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

  Promotional Brochure, "Thoughts of Prominent Men Regarding Margaret Mather," for her Romeo and Juliet tour, back cover, 1880s.  Shakespeare's Star Turn in America, the new exhibition a…

SOURCE: The New York Public Library at 04:55PM
Monday, January 4, 2016

Head Shots: Doubles, Triples and Quads by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

Long before cut and paste, there was cutting and pasting. As part of the development of Head Shots, we searched out articles and books that advised actors and photographers on ideal examples…

SOURCE: The New York Public Library at 05:56PM
Monday, December 14, 2015

Head Shots: Tallulah Bankhead's Sleeve by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

Tallulah Bankhead. Photograph by Florence Vandamm. Image ID: 5057002 If you walk west on 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, you will go past the “blades.” These electron…

SOURCE: The New York Public Library at 02:34PM
Monday, December 7, 2015

Head Shots: Dulcie Cooper by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

Guest post by Emma Winter Zieg, volunteer and former intern at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Dulcie Cooper. Image ID: TH-04678 If you’ve never heard of Dulci…

SOURCE: The New York Public Library at 08:28PM
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Alice Live! on Television by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

Eva LeGallienne, as the White Queen in the 1982 revival of Alice in Wonderland.. Photograph by Martha Swope In the mid-1950s, the networks and independent channels campaigned to establish t…

SOURCE: The New York Public Library at 04:31PM
Friday, August 21, 2015

Kate Claxton Head Shots: This Week Only by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

The Library for the Performing Arts is having a photogenic summer. Between Sinatra in the Oenslager Gallery and Geoffrey Holder in the Corridor Gallery, we have many examples of compelling i…

SOURCE: The New York Public Library at 01:16PM
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Contact Strips and Head Shots by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

Contact Strips of Anna Held (above) and Lillian Burkhardt One of the themes of the exhibition Head Shots is the selection process through which performers view options and chose their heads…

SOURCE: The New York Public Library at 04:54PM
Monday, July 27, 2015

Triptych Head Shots by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

Bertha Kalich. Image ID: TH-25311 While curating Head Shots, we looked for unusual formats that performers believed would represent their careers better than the standard portrait.  Or, at…

SOURCE: The New York Public Library at 04:39PM
Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Stereograph Headshot by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

Edwin Booth.  Stereograph by J. Gurney & Son. Image ID: 89096 When we started to think about an exhibition on Head Shots based on the Library for the Performing Arts’ collections, we…

SOURCE: The New York Public Library at 02:52PM
Monday, June 29, 2015

Frank Sinatra's "The House I Live In" by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

  Press photograph of Frank Sinatra, ca. 1946   The Sinatra: An American Icon exhibition has many wonderful media stations for visitors—songs, excerpts from television  specia…

SOURCE: The New York Public Library at 12:14PM
Monday, May 18, 2015

Sinatra at the Stage Door Canteen by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

  Stage Door Canteen, NY. Photograph by Florence Vandamm. Image ID: ps_the_4036 We have received many questions recently about this, the secondary key image for the exhibition. In t…

SOURCE: The New York Public Library at 10:53AM
Friday, April 17, 2015

"...a half-acre of strings..." Sinatra on the Radio by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

Irving Berlin.  Photograph by Vandamm Studio. Frank Sinatra was, as the Library for the Performing Arts exhibition attests, an American icon.  The project, a collaboration of LPA and the …

SOURCE: The New York Public Library at 01:55PM
Monday, April 13, 2015

An Incommensurable Grief... Louis Moreau Gottschalk on Lincoln's Assassination by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

Louis Moreau Gottschalk cover caricature in Vanity Fair (October 11, 1862) This week marks the 150th anniversary of the final battles of the Civil War, followed all too closely by the anniv…

SOURCE: The New York Public Library at 03:47PM
Friday, March 27, 2015

Orquesta en su casa: LPA at Casita Maria by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, Curator Of Exhibitions, New York Public Library For The Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

RCA Victor catalogue promoting Mexican early sound film star Libertad Lamarque. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound As well as being a research center for The New York Public…

SOURCE: The New York Public Library at 01:47PM
Friday, February 20, 2015

How the Vote Was Won, and Exported by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner

Beatrice Forbes-Robertson. Image ID: TH-13476 Sometimes, it all comes together. This week, I had the pleasure of dramaturging for an On Her Shoulders evening of readings from British Suffra…

SOURCE: The New York Public Library at 01:30PM
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sesame Street and the People In Your Neighborhood by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner

So, who are the people in your neighborhood?  Bob never sings about them, but the people of Sesame Workshop always include the educational researchers and the script and songwriters.  Beyo…

SOURCE: The New York Public Library at 03:22PM
Monday, December 29, 2014

Rated B (for Behavior and Blogging) by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner

The Muppets of Sesame Street Courtesy of Sesame Workshop Last week’s blog post looked at some of Sesame Street’s content designed to engage adult attention as well as children’s.  S…

SOURCE: The New York Public Library at 02:52PM
Monday, December 22, 2014

Monsterpiece Theatre by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner

Sesame Street is justly famous for the early childhood education components—making young children comfortable with the alphabet and numbers. One key component is providing pre-literacy exp…

SOURCE: The New York Public Library at 07:11PM
Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween to The Count by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner

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SOURCE: The New York Public Library at 04:33PM
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sesame Street at LPA: About That Tomato... by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner

I love collaborative exhibitions because I learn so much about our partners. Working with Susie Tofte, the archivist of the Sesame Workshop and curator of the exhibition, I learned about the…

SOURCE: The New York Public Library at 01:24PM

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