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Score! Happy Birthday, Charlie Chaplin! Here’s a musical gift from our library. Can anyone play it? Much more in our digital catalogue.
Apr 16, 2014

Score! Happy Birthday, Charlie Chaplin! Here’s a musical gift from our library. Can anyone play it? Much more in our digital catalogue.

Apr 16, 2014

This Friday, we take you back in time to 1928 for a screening of the silent classic 7th Heaven, one of the first films to be nominated for an Academy Award. The film will be preceded by music, newsreels from the period, and more— everything you need to be transported to Los Angeles’s Tower Theater at the height of the Roaring Twenties. Here’s another clip for your delectation; see you Friday!

Our library is overflowing with beautifully illustrated poems. Here’s another one for National Poetry Month: a rare, 1934 edition of Coleridge’s Kubla Khan with stunning black-and-white illustrations by John Vassos. Here’s the full slideshow.
Apr 14, 2014

Our library is overflowing with beautifully illustrated poems. Here’s another one for National Poetry Month: a rare, 1934 edition of Coleridge’s Kubla Khan with stunning black-and-white illustrations by John Vassos. Here’s the full slideshow.

Apr 11, 2014

Step back in time to 1928 as The Wolfsonian-FIU transforms into Los Angeles’s opulent roaring twenties Tower Theater for a screening of 7th Heaven. Join us for an immersive evening featuring music, original newsreels, and more. 

It’s National Architecture Week, and our Birth of Rome exhibition sheds light on a crucial and complex period of architecture and urban planning in interwar Italy. More images here
Apr 11, 2014

It’s National Architecture Week, and our Birth of Rome exhibition sheds light on a crucial and complex period of architecture and urban planning in interwar Italy. More images here

Another gem from our library for National Poetry Month. Some images, assembled here in collage form, from Don Blanding’s illustrated poems with local flavor.
Apr 10, 2014 / 1 note

Another gem from our library for National Poetry Month. Some images, assembled here in collage form, from Don Blanding’s illustrated poems with local flavor.

Apr 9, 2014

Beautiful BUMMER

Some of the loveliest pieces among The Wolfsonian’s holdings happen to have the most terrifying histories. Todd Oldham’s specially-curated exhibition, BUMMER, sheds light on some of the darkest corners of our collection. On view through August 31, 2014.

Apr 9, 2014

COMPLAINTS! An Inalienable Right…

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©2014, Jane Robert

Our first annual ideas festival, Power of Design 2014: COMPLAINTS, was a tremendous success. If you missed the incredible three days of debates, discussions, parties, presentations, and performances, you can still experience the amazing poster exhibition in our lobby, “Complaints! An Inalienable Right”, curated by the iconic Steven Heller. These are just a few of our favorites.

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©2014, Viktor Koen

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©2014, Warren Lehrer.

More in our lobby— walls, floor, everywhere!

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©2014 Laila Pedro

Full set on Pinterest

Apr 9, 2014 / 11 notes

Coleridge and Doré for National Poetry Month

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In honor of National Poetry Month, a treasure from our library: the first book our founder, Micky Wolfson, ever collected. It’s an early edition of Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner with gorgeous etchings by Gustave Doré. Here’s some more of the beauty inside.

Apr 9, 2014

Rebirth of Rome

Have you seen Rebirth of Rome yet? We have three floors of fascinating, beautiful, and eerie design, architecture, and fine art from Italy between the two world wars…Free Fridays from 6-9pm are a great way to see it all!image