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Library Exhibits and Events: Current Exhibits & Events

Fall 2023



Through My Lens: NYC In The 1970s
Photographs by Marcia Bricker Halperin

When: September 1, 2023  -  November 10, 2023
Where: Brooklyn College Library

Gallery Talk and Reception
When: Thursday, October 26, 2023, 5pm-7pm 

Marcia Bricker Halperin is a lifelong Brooklynite who has been photographing the characters and landscapes of New York City for almost 50 years. She received a Master of Fine Arts from Brooklyn College where she studied with Barney Cole, Walter Rosenblum, Lee Bontecou, Jimmy Ernst, and Lois Dodd, among others. From 1978 - 1980 Marcia was a part of the CETA Artist’s Project documentation team, a program akin to the WPA.

Her photography has been included in many group exhibitions, including the Brooklyn Museum and the International Center of Photography and in a recent solo exhibition at the Edward Hopper House Museum. After spending thirty-five years in K-12 education teaching art and photography and using her creativity in special education she has begun a deep dive into her photography archives. Her first book Kibbitz & Nosh: When We All Met at Dubrow’s Cafeteria (Cornell University Press) was published this year

Black-and-white photograph by Marcia Halperin of boys sitting on a stoop in Hell's Kitchen, 1979Black-and-white photo by Marcia Halperin showing women at a table in Dubrow's Cafeteria, 1975

Magisterial Feminae

When: May 2, 2023  -  December, 2023
Where: Archives & Special Collections Exhibit Area

Opening Reception
When: Tuesday May 2, 2023, 5pm-7pm 

Drawing upon the rich resources of the Brooklyn College Archives & Special Collections, this exhibit focuses on Brooklyn College female faculty members from 1930-1980, their contributions to the study of the pre-modern world, their teaching legacies, their service to the college, and the lasting institutional structures dedicated to the study of the humanities and the premodern that they helped create – namely, the Women & Gender Studies Program, the Latin Greek Institute, the Brooklyn College Core Curriculum, and the Ethyle R. Wolfe Institute for the Humanities. These women overcame many obstacles as they sought to be taken seriously at time when female faculty were regularly discriminated against in the academy. Tours of the exhibit will be given during the HSS Expo and Faculty Day, and the exhibit will be on display through December 2023.

Curated by History professor Lauren Mancia and Director of the Latin/Greek Institute Lucas Rubin, with ten student researchers from the History and Classics Departments supported by the Kurz Undergraduate Research Assistanship program, and Associate Archivist Marianne LaBatto.

Magisterial Feminae Digital Exhibition

Exhibit poster with images of book titles

A New Deal for Artists
Connecting Brooklyn College to its Past, Present & Future

When: November 2, 2018 - present
Where: Library East Gallery

This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to tell the story of the New Deal’s extraordinary Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the creation of the Brooklyn College Midwood campus. The exhibit also serves as a reminder of the vital role the federal government played during the Great Depression in supporting the arts by employing tens of thousands of visual artists, musicians, actors, and writers.

These beautifully restored paintings along with the campus’s other twenty-two WPA art works are important pieces of our history connecting the college’s past to its present and future. We gratefully acknowledge the Brooklyn College Class of 1964 for its generosity and commitment to the restoration and preservation of the thirteen paintings in this exhibit.

Professor Miriam Deutch Art Specialist Brooklyn College Library
Rita Fabris Adjunct Instructor, Art History Brooklyn College Art Department

A New Deal for Artists: Additional Information

"Jean" by Allen Hermes. An oil painting of a woman standing on a balcony holding two white flowers, with a stormy sky and rural scene visible in the background.