New exhibit: Tomboy on view April 1 – June 30, 2022

Today! April 1st! It’s a big day:

It’s opening day for Tomboy, the first Special Collections exhibit on display in our post-renovation, now-fully-open-to-the-public, maximum-elegance 3rd floor exhibit gallery. (No thanks to COVID for thwarting the ability of the public to visit The King is Dead, our 2020 exhibition and program series, in person.)

Tomboy was expertly co-curated by PPL Curator of Rhode Island Collections Kate Wells, along with Mary Murphy from the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown University. The exhibit features numerous items from PPL’s Special Collections, alongside artifacts, books, and photographs on loan from the Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender at Brown University, the Providence City Archives, the Boston Children’s Museum, the Girl Scout Museum at Cedar Hill, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, Special Collections at the University of Connecticut at Storrs, and the personal collections of Sarah Gray, Rae Fotheringham and Charlie Tanzi. The exhibit also includes selected reproductions of illustrations, photographs, and postcards from the collections of the Mohr Memorial Library, the Elizabeth West Postcard Collection at the Schlesinger Library, and the Rochester Visual Studies Workshop.

We invite you to visit our exhibit gallery on the 3rd floor of the library any time the library is open – Tomboys will be on display until June 30th, 2022. Inside the gallery, you’ll also be able to see a tomboys-themed animation and free comics from our 2021-2022 Creative Fellow, Carmen Ribaudo. If you can’t make it in person, you can view photographs of exhibit items on the Tomboy webpage, along with a digital version of our exhibit catalog with incredible illustrations from Jazzmen Lee-Johnson and an essay by Dr. Virginia Thomas.

Stay tuned for upcoming Tomboy-related programming, including an upcoming artist’s talk from our 2021-2022 Creative Fellow!

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