SOLD OUT - Tilda Swinton with B. Ruby Rich: Orlando

Wed. May 29, 2019 at 6:30pm EDT
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An artist and a scholar consider Virginia Woolf’s gender fluid novel as muse.

For its forthcoming summer issue, the photography magazine Aperture turns to Virginia Woolf’s gender-bending 1928 novel, Orlando, for inspiration. Guest-edited by artist Tilda Swinton, the issue explores interpretations of Woolf’s story about a poet who transitions from being a man to being a woman, then moves through the centuries meeting key figures of English literature along the way. Now, through Aperture’s collection of images and writings that celebrate gender fluidity, curiosity, and life without limits, the novel has taken on new life.
The New York Public Library is home to one of the largest collections of Woolf’s archives.  During the event, view a one-night-only display of several items including unique photographs, correspondence, and a first edition of Orlando—all of which are housed in the Library's world-renowned Berg Collection. To explore Woolf's legacy, and a story that was in many ways well ahead of its time, Swinton will be joined by scholar and critic B. Ruby Rich.  

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The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the speaker(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of The New York Public Library.

Major support of the Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50 exhibition and related programming is provided by The New York Community Trust, Hermes Mallea and Carey Maloney, and the TD Charitable Foundation and TD Bank. Additional support is provided by Time Warner and the Magnus Hirschfeld Endowment Fund.

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Support for The New York Public Library’s Exhibitions Program has been provided by Celeste Bartos, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos Exhibitions Fund, Jonathan Altman, and Miriam and Ira D. Wallach.

This event is presented in cooperation with Aperture Magazine

ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing

Tilda Swinton photo © Brigitte Lacombe

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Celeste Bartos Forum The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street & 5th Avenue
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