Event Videos

Videos include lectures, presentations, and other recordings of live events.

  • Film, Video
    Powerful Art Collaborations: Artists & Cultural Leaders in Conversation Celebrated artists Helen C. Frederick and Phil Sanders and cultural leaders Juanita and Mel Hardy discuss the powerful benefits of collaborative art and ways to leverage artists' stories that expand fresh American narratives. Known for nurturing collaboration with other creators and creative communities, Frederick founded Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center and co-founded Navigation Press. Sanders is the author of "Prints and Their Makers" and former...
    • Contributor: Hardy, Melvin L. - Sanders, Phil - Blood, Katherine - Hardy, Juanita - Frederick, Helen C.
    • Date: 2024-04-25
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    What to Pack for a Solar Eclipse Expedition in the Late 1800s Two Library specialists -- head of science reference JJ Harbster and historian Joshua Levy -- look at a photo album more than a century old, compiled during an expedition to see a solar eclipse in on the coast of Angola in 1889. Looking through the album, the experts talk about what the sailors and scientists packed for the arduous journey to see the eclipse...
    • Contributor: Harbster, Jj - Levy, Joshua
    • Date: 2024-04-03
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    Were They So Torturous? Reevaluating Modern Surgery's Underdog Story The Swann Fellow Lecture focuses on caricature and cartoon. Zoe Copeman, Ph.D. candidate in art history and archaeology at the University of Maryland, argues the history of surgery often discusses the field's rise from barbaric vocation to distinguished discipline, playing up the "torturous tools" early modern surgeons used to illustrate how far modern surgery has come. Drawing from the Library of Congress's 18th- and...
    • Contributor: Copeman, Zoe
    • Date: 2024-03-12
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    Europe and the Middle East through the Lens of David "Chim" Seymour Photojournalist David "Chim" Seymour (1911-1956) was a leading contributor to human-interest reportage of the mid-20th century, documenting the turmoil of war across Europe and the Middle East and conveying hope for a peaceful future. Earlier this year Chim's nephew, Ben Shneiderman, built upon the David "Chim" Seymour photograph collection at the Library of Congress by donating an additional 173 of his uncle's pictures. Shneiderman...
    • Contributor: Shneiderman, Ben
    • Date: 2023-10-25
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    The Fight for Free Expression: Defending Cartoonists Around the World Criminalized for speaking truth to power, displaced from their homes by authoritarian regimes, abused or worse for lampooning the powerful, cartoonists are forced to contend with an ever-more hostile global environment. Join award-winning campaigner Terry Anderson and a panel of experts to learn more about the global trends threatening cartoonists, and why satirical art matters. Learn about the efforts of the Cartoonist Rights to...
    • Contributor: Bowman, Alexandra - Rottman, Gabe - Mazer, Roslyn - Duke, Sara - Anderson, Terry - Kallaugher, Kevin
    • Date: 2023-05-23
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    Eco-Activism and Education in Children's Graphic Narratives Brianna Anderson, a PhD candidate in English at the University of Florida, Gainesville, was among the Swann Fellow awardees selected in 2022 to speak at the Library. Her project, "Greening the Gutters: Visualizing Environmental Disaster and Youth Eco-Activism in Children's Comics," uses posters, cartoon drawings, small press comics, and zines to understand the way in which visual culture engages audiences and inspires them to...
    • Contributor: Duke, Sara - Anderson, Brianna
    • Date: 2023-05-17
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    Visual Culture and the Black Experience in Nineteenth-Century New York City Jessica Larson was among the Swann Fellow awardees selected in 2022 to speak at the Library. Her project, "Building Black Manhattan: Architecture, Art, and the Politics of Respectability, 1857-1914," examines the architecture of charitable and reform institutions built to serve Black aid recipients in Manhattan between the Civil War and World War I. Her interdisciplinary project involves the application of visual culture and the...
    • Contributor: Duke, Sara - Larson, Jessica
    • Date: 2023-03-22
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    Women in Photography: Stories from the Not an Ostrich Exhibition Photojournalist Sharon Farmer, the first woman and the first African American to be Director of the White House Photography office, and Anne Tucker, curator emerita at the Museum of Fine Arts, share stories about women photographers and their own work with the Library's exhibition, "Not an Ostrich: And Other Images from America's Library".
    • Contributor: Zinkham, Helena - Farmer, Sharon - Tucker, Anne Wilkes
    • Date: 2023-03-16
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    Not an Ostrich and Other Images from America's Library Join us for a sneak-peek at the Library of Congress's upcoming exhibition, "Not an Ostrich: and Other Images from America's Library". Photography curator Micah Messenheimer looks at Doris Ulmann's striking portrait of Maum Duck, made for a book about formerly-enslaved people in South Carolina's Gullah community. Curator Adam Silvia talks about photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White, shown courageously holding her camera in one of the eagles...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2022
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    Not an Ostrich and Other Images from America's Library A preview of the new exhibit "Not an Ostrich and Other Images from America's Library" was held for members of friends of the Library of Congress, alumni, corporate and foundation Donors, and volunteers to get a first look at the exhibit before it opened to the public.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2022
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    Not an Ostrich Media Preview A preview of the new exhibit "Not an Ostrich and Other Images from America's Library" was held for representatives of media outlets to get a first look at the exhibit before it opened to the public.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress. Exhibits Office - Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division
    • Date: 2022
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    Finding Pictures: Deaf History Month Join us reach people who may or may not be familiar with the Library's collections and provide an interesting and also encouraging introduction.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2022
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    The Peregrinations of Harlequin Mungo: Jamaican Performances of Race Swann Fellow, Dr. Monica Anke Hahn, assistant professor of art history at the Community College of Philadelphia, presents works from the British Cartoon Prints collection with Jamaicans as their subject - the enslaved people from Africa and their descendants, the white planters who enslaved them, and the "creole" descendants of planters, born on the island.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2022
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    Cherry Blossoms in Japanese Culture This video explores Japan's centuries-old blossom viewing traditions. It is one in a series for the 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival that highlights both historic and contemporary traditions of springtime flower viewing. The "Cherry Blossom Viewing Over the Centuries" series features three short films that showcase a stunning variety of artifacts from Library collections, including watercolor drawings, colorful woodblock prints, vintage photos and beautifully...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress. Publishing Office - Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division - Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Asian Division
    • Date: 2021
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    Fleeting Beauty, Enduring Traditions This video highlights the Library of Congress National Cherry Blossom Festival collection, which include posters from 1987 to the present and Princess programs from 1949 to the present. It is one in a series for the 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival that highlights both historic and contemporary traditions of springtime flower viewing. The "Cherry Blossom Viewing Over the Centuries" series features three short films...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress. Publishing Office - Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division - Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Asian Division
    • Date: 2021
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    Tokyo's Gift of Friendship This video recounts the origins and events surrounding the 1912 gift of 3,020 cherry trees to the city of Washington. It is one in a series for the 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival that highlights both historic and contemporary traditions of springtime flower viewing. The "Cherry Blossom Viewing Over the Centuries" series features three short films that showcase a stunning variety of artifacts from...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress. Publishing Office - Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division - Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Asian Division
    • Date: 2021
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    Conversation with Keith Knight Cartoonist Keith Knight is known for his comic strips including The Knight Life, th(ink) and The K Chronicles. "Woke", a new live-action/animated comedy based on Knight's life, will premiere on Hulu in June. Warren Bernard, executive director of the Small Press Expo, interviews Knight about his life and career.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2020
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    Cómo usar la División de Afiches y Fotografías Aprenda cómo investigar en la Sala de Lectura de Afiches y Fotografías de la Biblioteca del Congreso.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2019
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    Art in Action Exhibition: Herb Block Foundation's Marcela Brane & Sarah Alex Drawings by the renowned cartoonist provided vital inspiration for the Library of Congress exhibition "Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times." The show thematically paired his political cartoons with artists' prints, drawings and posters as a powerful way of exploring the role of artists in reflecting history, culture and society. Marcela Brane and Sarah Alex, dedicated assistants to the cartoonist...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress. Exhibits Office - Library of Congress - Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division
    • Date: 2019
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    Comics in 19th Century Time and Space Swann Foundation Fellow Joshua Abraham Kopin gave an illustrated lecture discussing the cultural and technological contexts surrounding the rise of the comic strip in late 19th century America.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2019
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    Art in Action: Conversation with Helen Zughaib Helen Zughaib's work engages with contemporary political issues including the experiences of refugees and was on view in the Library exhibition "Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times." Katherine Blood interviewed the artist about her work and the two discussed the role of art in social movements, artists as change makers and the nature and purpose of socially engaged art.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2019
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    Art in Action: Herblock & Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times The Library's "Art in Action" exhibition paired powerful editorial cartoons by Pulitzer Prize-winner Herbert L. Block (1909-2001), known as "Herblock," with socially-conscious prints, drawings, and posters created by a wide array of fellow artists. The curatorial team for the exhibition discussed selected highlights from the show, focusing on artworks responding to such eternal themes as civil rights, gender and women's issues, the role of...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2019
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    Using the Prints & Photographs Reading Room Learn how to conduct research in the Prints & Photographs Reading Room of the Library of Congress.
    • Contributor: Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2019
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    Art in Action: A Conversation with Helen Zughaib Helen Zughaib is a Lebanese-American artist based in Washington, D.C. She discusses her silkscreen print, "Unfinished Journeys," which responds to the Syrian migration crisis and is featured in the Library of Congress exhibition "Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times." She describes her intention, practice, technique, and philosophy as a socially-conscious artist, printmaker, and gouache painter. In addition, she talks...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2019
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    Art in Action: A Conversation with Amos Paul Kennedy Jr Detroit-based artist Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. discusses his motivation, practice, technique and philosophy as a socially-conscious letterpress printer, as well as his poster, "Racism Is Still with Us..." from his Rosa Parks series, featured in the Library of Congress exhibition "Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times." In conversation with visiting "Print Camp," students and faculty from the Maryland Institute...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division - Library of Congress
    • Date: 2019