Avery Library's photographs of McKim, Mead, and White's former Pennsylvania Station building are featured in the latest installment of the American Experience, a PBS series. This installment, entitled "The Rise and Fall of Penn Station", includes photographs documenting the construction of the station that are now in the Avery Classics collection.
These photographs are now also available on the program's interactive Engineering Map of America, a crowd-sourced project that documents historical engineering projects across the country. The program itself is also available to watch online (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/penn/player/).
Although it is only February, Avery Classics is already looking ahead to the spring New Acquisitions show.
This year's event will include a recently acquired trade catalog from the home design firm of Katzenbach & Warren, Inc. Issued in 1949, Mural Scrolls presents a series of wall coverings designed by Calder, Matisse, Matta, and Miro and offered for sale in limited editions.
This catalog joins another rare Katzenbach & Warren item in Avery Classics, a book designer's mock-up for an unpublished description of the designers' apartments: http://clio.cul.columbia.edu:7018/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=6859798
Art Properties has launched a blog dedicated to the public outdoor sculpture at Columbia University, https://blogs.cul.columbia.edu/outdoorsculpture/.
Maintained by Roberto C. Ferrari, Curator of Art Properties, the blog will provide historical and current information about these works of art found at the schools and campuses of Columbia. An interactive map to locate the public outdoor sculptures at the Morningside Campus and Barnard College is also now available on the blog, or by going to https://mapsengine.google.com/map/u/0/edit?mid=zzO_yMmGSiro.kPBAqqcLVfUA.
Send your photographs of the public sculptures to firstname.lastname@example.org, and they may appear on the blog in the future.
Image credit: Henry Moore, Three-Way Piece: Points, 1967, Gift of the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Foundation (67.20.1), installed on Revson Plaza. Photograph by Larry Soucy, Art Properties, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University in the City of New York.