It seems that the New York Public Library has been in the news quite a lot of late. Directly concerning the Library for the Performing Arts is the recent announcement that Jan Schmidt has been appointed officially as the new curator of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division. Congratulations from Ephemeral Archives and all the best of luck!

Also sure to be of interest is the upcoming exhibition of the fabulous photographs of Kenn Duncan, which is scheduled to open in the LPA’s Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery on 30 July. A small, but intriguing selection of images from the vast Kenn Duncan photograph archive already have been digitized for the NYPL Digital Gallery.

I opted for the portrait of Jerry Herman for two reasons. It seemed an apt moment to salute Mr. Herman, without whose music, current release, Wall-E, would be, well, two-dimensional. It also had been pointed out to me that somehow this blog has been singularly lacking in cat pictures to date–an omission we hope to continue to address in the coming months.

Image credit: Jerry Herman holding a cat. NYPL Digital Gallery ID #1752271