Current Exhibitions & Events


Music of Serge Prokofiev

The Italian Academy
1161 Amsterdam Avenue
Fri, Apr 24, 2015, 7:30 pm
Pre-concert talk at 6:30 PM

This recital of popular and rare works by Serge Prokofiev, featuring soprano Erika Baikoff and pianists Sergei Dreznin and Barbara Nissman, celebrates the opening of the Prokofiev Archive at Columbia's Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The musicians will be joined by members of the Prokofiev family for performances of The Ugly Duckling, the Sixth Piano Sonata, and several rarely-heard works from the Archive.

Pre-concert talk at 6:30 PM on the history of Prokofiev's musical archives by Simon Morrison, Serge Prokofiev Foundation President and Professor of Music, Princeton University.

Co-sponsored by the Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Serge Prokofiev Foundation, the Italian Academy, and the Columbia Department of Music. More


Seasons of Celebration: Thomas Merton at 100

Kempner Gallery
February 2 – May 29, 2015

An exhibition on the life and legacy of Thomas Merton drawn from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library's very extensive Thomas Merton holdings; the papers of his teacher and friend, Mark Van Doren; the extensive Merton collection that his friend Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr kept for him, including the massive typescript manuscript of The Seven Storey Mountain; the papers and photographic archive of his friend and official biographer, John Howard Griffin, and the Alpa camera "loaned" to Merton by Griffin; the papers of his friend, Robert Lax; and gifts from Robert Giroux, Robert Shepherd, and others.

Exhibition opening: Monday, February 2, 2015: Mary Gordon, Barnard College, "Merton and the Catholic Revival," Butler Library, Room 523, 6:00 p.m.

Related event: Tuesday, April 14, 2015: Michael HIggins, Sacred Heart University, "From Single Vision to Four-Fold Vision: The Ever-Unfolding Merton," Butler Library, Room 23, 6:00 p.m.

For other events, to be arranged, please check this space or contact RBML.

Seasons of Celebration: Thomas Merton at 100, is curated by Jennifer B. Lee, Performing Arts Curator, and draws in large measure from the RBML's 75th anniversary exhibition, curated by Patrick T. Lawlor, Thomas Merton: The Poet and the Contemplative Life.



Additional RBML-related events

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