June 2, 2006

On display from Tuesday, June 27 – Sunday, August 13, 2006

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL)
features four exhibitions on display from Tuesday, June 27 – Sunday, August 13, 2006 at its Central Library at Grand Army Plaza. The exhibitions – My Brooklyn, Art as Play, The Langdons in Dan Brown's Novels and Cock-a-Doodle MOOOO! – are free and open to the public.

My Brooklyn, in the Grand Lobby, is an exhibition of winners from the Fifth Annual Photo and Essay Contest, and is sponsored by Con Edison. My Brooklyn captures all the beauty and complexity of the borough through the eyes and imaginations of its residents. Their words and images reveal what unites us and what makes our community unique. Jurors for this year's competition included journalist Denis Hamill, photographer Larry Racioppo novelist Nelly Rosario and novelist Darin Strauss.

In Art as Play in the Second Floor Balcony Cases, Corey Breneisen transforms found objects into quirky sculptures, turning the function of everyday materials upside down. She is inspired by the magic found in the nursery rhymes and books of her childhood. The small sculptures being shown in this exhibit are derived from the writings of Roald Dahl, Shel Silverstein, Lewis Carroll and the nursery rhymes of Mother Goose. Corey Breneisen received her MFA from Pratt Institute in 2003. Currently she is living and working in Brooklyn as an art instructor.

Robert Langdon, the hero of this summer's big movie, based on Dan Brown's novel, The Da Vinci Code, is a fictional character. John Langdon, for whom Robert Langdon was named, is real. John Langdon's exhibition The Langdons in Dan Brown's Novels: Magic Words in Pop Fiction, will be in the Second Floor Balcony Cases, and it showcase ambiagrams —words that can be read from multiple vantage points—that John Langdon designed for Dan Brown's novel Angels & Demons. After majoring in English in college, John Langdon went on to teach typography and corporate identity design, at Moore College of Art, and he now teaches at The College of Media Arts and Design at Drexel University.

From Tuesday, June 27 – Wednesday, October 1, 2006, in the Youth Wing are paintings and drawings by Keith DuQuette. His exhibition, Cock-a-Doodle MOOOO! A Mixed-Up Menagerie & Other Books, features a selection of finished paintings and drawings from his books for young readers. He has also included notes, character sketches, picture reference, page diagrams, book drafts and color studies in hopes of showing the journey he goes through from his initial idea to the finished book. Keith DuQuette draws on his early influences in creating picture books for young readers. Keith and his wife Virginia live in Brooklyn, New York.

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