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Posters from the Spanish Civil War: Exhibit and Reception

December 3, 2007

On Wednesday December 5, (6 pm – 8pm) there will be a reception in the Bobst Gallery for “Art and Politics: Posters from the Spanish Civil War, 1936 – 1939.” Professor Jordana Mendelson from the Spanish Department, who teaches a course “Exhibiting Spain,” will be giving a gallery talk.

The Bobst Gallery is located on the Main Floor of Bobst Library.

Professor Mendelson is the curator of “Other Weapons: Photography and Print Culture during the Spanish Civil War” that is on view at the International Center of Photography.


The Communist Party of the USA: 90 Years of History

August 16, 2007

The Communist Party traces its origins to the militant labor struggles of the early years of the twentieth-century. It was forged by the industrial union movement of the 1910s, opposition to World War I, and the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. Throughout its history the Communist Party and the nearly one million people who were at one time Party members made important contributions to the civil rights, labor, peace movements, and the struggle for progressive social change in the United States.

This Flickr exhibition traces the history of the Communist Party, USA from its origins in the militant struggles of the Industrial Workers of the World at the beginning of the twentieth century, through the labor and civil rights organizing of the Depression Decade of the 1930s, World War II, the McCarthy period, and the modern civil rights movements in the 1960s and beyond.

In 2006 the Communist Party donated its archives and the Library of the Reference Center for Marxist Studies to the Tamiment Library in order to make its history accessible to students, scholars, and activists. The historical memory that this archive represents can help us to better understand the American Left, the struggle to defend our civil liberties, the peace movement, and the complex relationship between class, race, and gender in America.

This exhibit was curated by Peter M. Filardo and Michael Nash of the Tamiment Library. Materials were on display in the library’s reading room from March through July 2007. The electronic edition of the exhibit was designed and adapted for Flickr by Deenah Vollmer and produced by Donna L. Davey, Tamiment Library.

Please note that images are provided for reference purposes only. Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the Director of the Tamiment Library / Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, New York University, 70 Washington Square South, New York, N.Y. 10012.

Researchers may contact us by phone 212-998-2630 or e-mail

Exhibition in Bobst Library: Posters of the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939

June 18, 2007

Front Unic de la SolidaritaMamdouha S. Bobst Gallery, Main Floor, Bobst Library

The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) was the culmination of centuries of division: centralists against nationalists, anti-clericals against the Catholic Church, workers against industrialists, landless agricultural laborers against landowners, monarchists against republicans. The weak Second Republic could not contain the demands for regional independence, land reform and worker control. These posters from the Republican side, which are part of the Tamiment Library’s Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archive, recreate an historical moment when the Spanish people, with the assistance of the international brigades, struggled to establish a more egalitarian social order.

Exhibition in Bobst Library “Episodes of the City: New York as a Source Book”

June 14, 2007

“Episodes of the City: New York as a Source Book”“Episodes of the City,” an exhibition of wallworks and artist’s books by Joyce Cutler-Shaw, will be on display at New York University’s Tracey/Barry Gallery, 3rd floor of Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, from May 30 through August 16.

Highlights of “Episodes of the City” include a wall display, “Our hidden history written in an alphabet of bones,” with digitally screened background images of Washington Square (in collaboration with The Harlem Textile Works) and enlarged artist’s drawings representing the history of Washington Square Park; a wall exhibit, “what is your name?”, featuring the artist’s “Namewall” of 1974, the first public installation at the LA Airport in which thousands of international first names retiled a 265-foot wall of the international terminal; and a wall of artists books and images, “the poet’s house is my house,” with drawings of Edgar Allen Poe’s cottage in the Bronx.

Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and photo ID is required for admission.