Bringing the Orphans Back Home

As part of Free the Orphans, we will be bringing orphans back to a physical home space. Bringing the Orphans Back Home was conceived and created in collaboration with artist Erica Bailey and Thomas Lannon, Assistant Curator at the Manuscripts and Archives Division of the New York Public Library. All structures are designed and built by Erica Bailey.

Saturday, April 26, 2014. 12-4 PM. At the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Sunday, April 27, 2014. 1-5 PM. On the Brooklyn Bridge.
Saturday, May 3, 2014. 12-3 PM (followed by reception and performances). At the Hamilton Grange in Harlem.

April 26, 2014 12-4 PM :
We met at the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens to bring the 1939-1940 World’s Fair back home to the fairgrounds to view the past through the past in the present with the mobile gallery (based on the Trylon and Perisphere) of images from the fully digitized collection of images from the 1939-1940 World’s Fair archive at the New York Public library (an orphan-only archive).

Trylon and Perisphere. Digital ID: ps_mss_cd23_352. New York Public Library


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April 27, 2014, 1-5 PM:
We crossed the Brooklyn Bridge, starting on the Manhattan side, bringing Hart Crane back home to the Brooklyn Bridge. A copy of the manuscript for Philip Horton’s Hart Crane: The Life of an American Poet, housed in a skewed facsimile of the Brooklyn Bridge, was available for viewing. Onsite guests were given a password that allowed them to download the full file online here
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This manuscript is from the Typescripts collection of the New York Public Library. This collection is unusual because it has been created “synthetically,” that is, from a variety of sources. In it are typed, corrected manuscripts from a variety of published and unpublished authors. The hand of the author and editor become visible in the markings and fingerprints, bringing flesh to the page. The digital copy preserves and erases this fleshly mark.

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Saturday, May 3, 2014, 12-3 PM:
Just downhill from the Hamilton Grange on 141st St. between Convent Avenue and St. Nicholas.

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Bringing Alexander Hamilton back home to the Hamilton Grange. A copy of the manuscript for Broadus Mitchell’s Heritage of Hamilton, temporarily living in the vanished facade of the old Grange, was available to view. Onsite guests were given a password that allowed them to download the full file online here. This manuscript is also from the Typescripts collection of the New York Public Library.

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