November 7, 2006

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) invites the public to enjoy six, free exhibitions – Jazz in Brooklyn: A Community of Visions, Brooklyn Beats, Mask: A Present Past, The Borrower's Name, Chesstizing and Chess –on view at Central Library, located at Grand Army Plaza, November 28 through February 11, 2007.

The exhibitions in the Grand Lobby explore Brooklyn’s diverse musical scenes.

Jazz in Brooklyn: A Community of Visions, on display in the Grand Lobby, features photos by photographer Lourdes Delgado that examine how jazz musicians live in Brooklyn. Away from the typical locations common in jazz iconography—the bandstand or studio—her images capture these artists in a more personal and revealing space: their homes. Ms. Delgado commented, "My intention is to explore jazz from a social, economic and cultural viewpoint, rather than a musical one." This exhibit is part of a larger project of Ms. Delgado's that documents jazz musicians living in NYC's five boroughs.

Brooklyn Beats, also displayed in the Grand Lobby, features photos by one of the pioneering photographers of hip-hop's golden age Al Pereira. His photos portray rap and hip-hop artists in the 1980s, including Jay-Z, Monie Love, Das EFX and Salt 'n' Pepa, among other music giants. Mr. Pereira commented, "I've always loved music photography and felt it was important to document rappers as musicians. There wasn't any money in doing it, but it was exciting and happening right here in Brooklyn and NYC."

Mask: A Present Past, on display in the Lobby Gallery, consists of a series of wooden masks by Italian artist Daniel Rossi. By combining woodworking techniques with woodcarving, he has created masks that reflect diverse artistic practices in Brooklyn, as well as the influence of ancient Mexican, African and European cultures. BPL invites the public to attend a free artist talk with Mr. Rossi on Tuesday, December 12, at 6 PM in the Lobby Gallery.

The Borrower's Name, an exhibition in the Second Floor Balcony Cases, presents drawings on library catalog cards by John Himmelfarb. His dynamic, stream of consciousness drawings, many of which were inspired by the favorite books of BPL librarians and staff, are loosely and powerfully drawn fragments, pictograms and entities—all souvenirs of his artistic journey.

The exhibitions in the Youth Wing are inspired by the game of chess and its history.

Chesstizing, an exhibition in the Youth Wing, displays original hand-carved chess pieces by Daniel Blake that he created for his game Chesstizing, which is played the same way that the traditional game of chess is played. His chess pieces replicate an important person who has played a key role in African-American and African history, and help educate those who play the game.

Chess, an exhibition by Marina Kalinovsky, also on display in the Youth Wing, consists of pen, ink and black tea drawings on handmade paper. Ms. Kalinovsky commented, "The game of chess is ancient and possesses philosophical, poetic and theatrical qualities. Performances (moves) follow certain rules." These drawings are a result of her fascination with the game and its history, and each drawing relates to a certain chess rule.

Subway directions to BPL's Central Library:
2 or 3 to Grand Army Plaza or Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum of Art station or Q to 7th Avenue. For additional information on this location, please call 718.230.2100 or visit

For more information on BPL's exhibitions or to schedule an interview with the artists or Barbara Wing, BPL's Manager of Exhibitions, please contact Ruth Anne Wagner, Publicist, BPL: 718.230.2767;

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