NEWS: February 2011

Vol. 4, No. 2

In This Issue:

Washington Square from the Busch Reading Room, 2/1/2011. Photo by Michael Seneca.


Reminder: The Athenaeum will be closed on February 21st for President's Day.


Banner Image: Washington Square from the Busch Reading Room, 2/1/2011. Photo by Michael Seneca.


New Books for February

Athenaeum Bookshelf  02-2011

Pop-Up Book Exhibition and Workshops

"Haunted Philadelphia: Photography & Pop-ups by Colette Fu," will open on February 1st and run through March 18th. An opening reception will be held on Friday, February 4 from 5:00-7:00pm.

Admission is free.


Along with the Fu exhibition, the Athenaeum is exhibiting a selection from the Nan Gutterman Collection of pop-up books.  Athenaeum member Nan Gutterman has loaned us several examples of modern pop-ups from her collection, including the work of Robert Sabuda, Matthew Reinhart, and David Carter.

In coordination with "Haunted Philadelphia," Colette Fu will conduct pop-up book workshops for children and adults.

Children’s Popup Workshop: Celebrating Chinese New Year: The Year of the Rabbit


Saturday, February 5, 2011 --  10:00AM-12:00PM

Members: $15/ Non-Members: $25

Adult Popup Workshop

Saturday, February 5, 2011 -- 1:30-4:30PM

Members: $30/ Non-Members: $50

Click here for additional information and registration

You can also see Colette Fu's work at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts group exhibition regarding book arts, "The Book:  A Contemporary View."  Colette will conduct another pop-up workshop there on February 12th ( and will speak about her work as part of DCCA's free Art Salad lunchtime programs (  The Art Salad series this spring will also feature a talk from Athenaeum Executive Director Sandra Tatman about book arts.

Top: Haunted Philadelphia exhibition.  Photo by Michael Seneca.

Bottom: Robert Sabuda, Alice in Wonderland.  Little Simon, 2003. Collection of Nan Gutterman.  Photo by Michael Seneca.


RDIC Now Offers Printing Services

The Athenaeum's Regional Digital Imaging Center now offers high quality archival print services. Prints are produced with a Canon iPF 8300 printer. Twelve LUCIA pigmented inks produce a wide color gamut and offer archival quality permanence. 


This new printer augments the RDIC's existing scanning capabilities.  Clients once had to take the scans produced by our large format Cruse scanner elsewhere to be printed.  Now they can purchase scans and prints in the expanded RDIC offices on the Athenaeum's first floor.


All RDIC work is done by appointment. Contact Michael Seneca at 215-925-2688 or See our website for additional information and pricing.

Above: Canon iPF 8300 printer. Photo by Jim Carroll.

Member Critics

Alan Riding.  And The Show Went On, Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.


In the United States of America, for us, World War II began with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1942.  However, on June 14, 1940 the German Army had driven into Paris, by all accounts, virtually unopposed.

For the wealthy and well-positioned (unless one happened to be Jewish, a commonly fatal status) the principal concern may have been the preservation of Parisian culture.  At first the most obvious sign of change was an increase in the number of German military uniforms in theater audiences {sidebar: Before the Nazis, Berlin theater audiences were reportedly 85% Jewish}.

While the Germans wanted to be seen as conquerors, they simultaneously tried to maintain Parisian culture's image of functioning as normally as possible.  The French maintained an attitude of resistance while locked in ambivalence.  The overall effect was to produce a mixture of collaboration ranging from "identification with the aggressor" (there were many French fascists before the invasion) down through multiple levels of hypocrisy (e.g. upper class French women with Nazi lovers) and members of the Resistance playing active or passive roles.

Riding quotes Edith Thomas, an anti-fascist writer who editorialized in 1942, "...seeing a deportation train crowded with Jews, including children...[their] arms clung to the bars.  A hand sticking out waved like a leaf in a storm.  When the train slowed down, voices called out, 'Mummy.' And nothing replied except the grinding of axles.  You can say that art has no country...that the artist should know how to do his job [within] himself in his very own way...To be dignified, one must tell the truth.  And that truth is total.  An the truth that is not total doesn't exist."

"And, 'on the side of life' in soirées the wine still flowed." And artists were still "patronized," even as their works were stolen. 

Submitted by Dr. Harold Rashkis.


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Save the Date:  

February 4: "Haunted Philadelphia" Opening Reception, 5:00-7:00pm

February 5: First Saturday, Athenaeum open, 10:00am-2:00pm

February 5: Pop-up Book Workshops, 10:00am-4:30pm

February 8: Socrates Cafe, 11:00am


See the Event Calendar for details and additional events.


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