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Do Tell!

Diaries, Mémoires and More

Posted 05.29.13 by Marianne Sade

Revealing. Entertaining. Inspiring. 

These works feature a variety of personal narrative reflection available from our collection.

Personal revelation by traditional creatives like Paul Gauguin, Alexander Calder and Frank Lloyd Wright, share space here, with the recent narratives of Li Kunwu's graphic-novel-illustrative A Chinese Life and Byron Wolfe's Everyday: a yearlong photo diary.

Other contemporary highlights include Tracey Emin's My Life in a Column and Just Kids by rocker-artist-poet Patti Smith recording her emerging artistry as well as and her tender, timeless relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe.

There is Susan Snyder's illustrative collection of 200 diaries, Beyond Words, and the sizzling autobiographies of Elsa Schiaparelli (Shocking Life) and Beatrice Wood (I Shock Myself). Cinematic life-memory interpretations showcase Barfly, based on Charles Bukowski's semiautobiographical short story and Jeff Feuerzeig's The Devil and Daniel Johnston to name a few.

Autographic gems of the exhibit are local favorites like Baltimore sculptor Grace H. Turnbull's Chips from my Chisel; Eva Hesse's facsimile edition Datebooks, 1964/65; and the stunning limited edition rendition of one of the most famous diaries of all, Het Achterhuis/Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl with monotypes by Joseph Goldyne.

The exhibition, featuring books and films from Decker Library's circulating as well as its special collections, is on display on both floors of the library until June 28, 2013.

Image information:
Thumbnail: Detail from cover, I Shock Myself by Beatrice Wood.
This page: Cover of Just Kids by Patti Smith.



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