January 2008


Apologies for the long silence. Hopefully we will get back to more regular postings once February has rolled around. In the meantime, we would like to alert you to an article in last Sunday’s NYT’s Arts & Leisure section, which reports on the always innovative Merce Cunningham’s latest initiative to document his work. Funded by several grants, and in partnership with New York University’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program, the company will provide free public access to Cunningham master classes via regular download on the Web beginning in September 2008. Find out more about this exciting project, Mondays with Merce, and watch a sample video on the company’s own site.

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On another new year’s note, look for this blog to migrate to a new, more intuitive URL in the coming days. This new address, https://ephemeralarchives.wordpress.com/, should be accessible by January 7, 2008. Please update your bookmarks or links accordingly.

Thank you and happy new year from Ephemeral Archives!

Eugene O’Neill childhood portrait

While not of strictly archival interest (though the event is being sponsored in part by the O’Neill Project of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library), we did notice a poster announcing the tenth anniversary of the O’Neill Festival when stumbling past the Provincetown Playhouse earlier this morning. New Yorkers and visitors with an iron constitution can take in ten nights of free Eugene O’Neill-related productions, readings, and screenings at the storied venue, beginning this Friday, January 4, 2008. You also might want to check out the Eugene O’Neill at Yale myspace page.

Image credit: NYPL Digital Image ID# TH-42003

As part of the previously mentioned Dance on Camera 2008 festival in New York City, a free panel session, “Yes You Can!” on fair use, documentary filmmaking, and the role of libraries, will be held this Friday, January 4, 2008 at 3:30 in the Bruno Walter Auditorium of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Sponsored by the Dance Heritage Coalition, panelists will include copyright attorney Peter Jaszi and filmmakers Annette Macdonald and David Van Taylor. A more complete description of this public forum can be found here.