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Exhibits and Events

The Post Library Association is devoted to planning many cultural and educational functions for the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library. In the quarter century that the Post Library Association has been in existence it has contributed greatly to the cultural life on the LIU Post campus in general and in the Library specifically. The Hutchins Gallery has become a showcase of fine art with its wide variety of beautiful art exhibits that have been uniformly praised for their high quality. The PLA "Friday Night Programs", a dinner and lecture series, have attracted a wide array of nationally and internationally renowned scholars. Other events sponsored by the PLA include the annual book sale, various booktalks, poetry readings and special events, such as museum and opera trips.

Friday Night Programs

October 10, 2014 - Egyptomania
Dr. Bob Brier, lecture and book signing.
Affectionately known as Mr. Mummy, Dr. Bob Brier is recognized as one of the world's foremost experts on mummies and Egyptology. As Senior Research Fellow at LIU Post, he has conducted pioneering research in mummification practices and has investigated some of the world’s most famous mummies, including King Tut and Ramses the Great. His latest book, Egyptomania, explores the burning fascination with all things Egyptian and the events that fanned the flames. From ancient times, to Napoleon's Egyptian campaign, to the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb by Howard Carter in the 1920s, he explores our three thousand-year-old fixation with recovering Egyptian culture and its meaning. Books will be available for purchase and a signing with take place after the lecture. (Printable flyer)

November 21, 2014 - I Love Lucy: Lucille Ball from Hollywood to Television
Keith J. Crocker, lecture and screening.
This program is a delightful examination of the comedic actress Lucille Ball’s career, from her humble beginnings in Jamestown, NY to her rise to stardom in Hollywood and her later television career. Lucille Ball was one of the most beloved and trend setting female comics in the history of motion pictures and television. And while her whole output as an actress is explored, we give special attention to her television career, I Love Lucy in particular. In fact the highlight of this program is a 16mm showing of a rare I love Lucy episode, titled "Paris At Last". For years programmers and audiences alike have been asking for this, and here it finally is. (Printable flyer)

February 6, 2015 - The Science of Art Conservation
Alexander Katlan, illustrated lecture.
Award-winning art conservator Alexander Katlan has run a fully-equipped conservation lab for over 30 years, treating works in private collections as well as in museums and historical societies including the Long Island Museum, Heckscher Museum, Suffolk County Historical Society, and Fraunces Tavern Museum. His research and conservation work have emphasized preserving the historical context of the painting and the labels and marks, as well as the original intent of the artist. In this illustrated lecture, he will discuss the methods and techniques he uses to assess, conserve, and prevent further damage to works of fine art.

March 27, 2015 - Eighteenth-Century Women Painters in the French Royal Academy
Ines Powell, lecture.
Between 1780 and 1810, few French women painters reached impressive heights of artistic achievement. Only four women were admitted to the prestigious Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture during the eighteenth century. Even these women were barred from attending life-drawing classes, which was a requisite for artists who desired to become history painters. As a result, very few women became history painters, making names for themselves in other genres such as portraiture or scenes from everyday life. Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (1749–1803), Anne Vallayer-Coster (1744–1818), and Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755–1842) are three women members of the Academy who are regularly exhibited at the biennial Salons. Ines Powell is an art historian and educator at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Programs in the library are free and open to the public. Programs begin at 8:00 p.m. in the Instructional Media Center (IMC) Computer Lab on the lower level of the library. Please call (516) 299-2892 or e-mail Alexandra.Janvey@liu.edu.

Social hour and dinner before programs begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Hutchins Gallery and cost $42. Reservations are required for the dinner by the preceeding Monday. Call (516) 299-2892 or e-mail Alexandra.Janvey@liu.edu.

Explanation of Charges:
  • Our charges per person cover only our out-of-pocket costs.
  • The PLA makes no profit but tries to avoid losses.
  • Members who cancel within 48 hours of the event remain responsible for payment as we must pay their costs.

Art Exhibits
Hutchins Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

To Be Announced

Past Exhibits:

November 13 - November 25, 2014 : The Story of Life II
Dong Hee Lee Solo Exhibition
Artists' Reception: T.B.A.

November 1 - November 12, 2014 : Being
Students and Alumni of Fairleigh Dickinson University
    Deborah Hong
    Morgean Press
    Keith Richard Griffiths
    Jennifer Mcdaniel
    Courtney Style
    Ester Paulino
    Katya Orlora
Artists' Reception: Saturday, November 1, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

October 5 - October 28, 2014 : Myths of Man and New Contemporary Charcoal Painted Portraits
Larry Aarons
Artist's Reception: Sunday, October 5, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

September 19 - September 25, 2014 : Heckscher Museum Mineral Collection
LIU Post will hold a ceremony to thank the Heckscher Museum of Art for its generous long-term loan of the mineral collection to the Earth and Environmental Science Department. The collection, which includes minerals from all over the world, will offer students the opportunity to learn more about the complexities of mineral creation and properties, including the influences of natural environments. Examples from the collection will be on display.
Appreciation Ceremony: Friday, September 19, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

August 2 - August 27, 2014 : Endless Summer: Visions of Long Island
150 works by over 50 distinguished, award winning Long Island artists and photographers
All works of art will be for sale to benefit the Nassau County Firefighter's Operation Wounded Warrior.
Artists' Reception by invitation only ($25 donation required): Thursday, August 7, 7:00-9:00 (press release)

July 7 - July 25, 2014 : My Eyes
Ahhi Choi
Artists' Reception: T.B.A.

May 13 - May 30, 2014 : Breath of Life
Garam Lee
Artists' Reception: T.B.A.

April 29 - May 3, 2014 : Graphic Design Senior Exhibition
LIU Post Department of Art
   Adrian Almonte
Jaclyn Baum
Lindsay Bauer
Kiara Brathwaite
Jasmine Chehli
Victoria Cooper
Wendi Dai
Joseph DiGirolama
Lexi Ferreri
Ivanna Fortunato
James LaChase
Pavel Regulski
Alido Rodriguez
Francesca Scala
Jessica Venier
Samantha Viskoc
Linmao Yu
Artists' Reception: Wednesday, April 30, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Special Events

September 26, 2014 - A Long Island Vineyard and North Fork Tour
The PLA will take a trip during the fall of 2014 to the plush east end of Long Island, home of North Fork’s vineyards, beautiful boutiques, and restaurants. Our tour will include visits to several wineries throughout the day, which will include everything from how the grapes are picked to the press and bottling process. Depending on time constraints, there will be stops at Greenport and Briermere Farms. Ample time to indulge in wine tasting and purchasing items will be provided at each stop. A boxed lunch will also be provided. The price of the trip covers guide, transportation, wine tasting, lunch, and snacks on the bus.


Leaves at 10:30am from LIU Post Campus and returns at approximately 6:15pm.


Enter the east gate of the LIU Post Campus and turn left into the first parking lot on the left.


$95 for members of the PLA and OBHS; $110 for non-members.


Contact Alexandra.Janvey@liu.edu or (516) 299-3572 to reserve your place on the trip.

Printable flyer:

Please respond before September 10, 2014.

December 6, 2014 - Member Holiday Dinner
Annual holiday dinner in the Great Hall for members only at 7:00 pm on Saturday, December 6th.

Contact: Alexandra.Janvey@liu.edu or (516) 299-3572 to reserve your place or for more information.


T.B.A. - To Be Announced

Annual Book Sale

April 8, 2015, Wednesday, 10:00am-8:00pm : Open to PLA Members and LIU Cardholders only
April 9, 2015, Thursday, 10:00am-8:00pm : Open to the Public
April 10, 2015, Friday, 10:00am-2:00pm : Open to the Public

Located in the Hutchins Gallery, library lower level. Sale items include: Books (New, Used, and Collectable), Music CDs, Movie DVDs and Video, and Collectable Records.

Call for book donations: We are starting to gather books for our spring 2015 booksale and welcome book donations of all varieties that are in reasonable good condition. We will accept books, audiobooks, and DVDs of all kinds. The proceeds of the booksale will go to support the continued operation of the Post Library Association. Please contact Alexandra Janvey at (516) 299-3572 or Alexandra.Janvey@liu.edu if you are interested in donating your books and to arrange a drop off time.

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