Blog: Author: Dora St. Martin

War and Remembrance: Malden in the Great War

War and Remembrance: Malden in the Great War

An Exhibition of Posters, Photographs and Artifacts from the Collections of the Malden Public Library and Malden Historical Society

Malden Public Library

Lower Art Gallery, Converse Memorial Building

36 Salem Street, Malden

Exhibition October 22 – November 28

Hours:  Mondays 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesdays 2:00-4:00 p.m., and Saturdays 2:00-4:00 p.m.,

or by appointment by calling 781-324-0218

Art Tour: New works by Frank Stella unveiled at the Malden Public Library

On Monday, November 19, at 6 p.m. join us for a very special art tour: “New Acquisitions: Frank Stella” at the Malden Public Library / Converse Memorial Building Art Galleries.

Thanks to very special benefactors John Giso and Michael Nutall, and donations by the artist Frank Stella, the Malden Public Library is now home to three stunning works by this American master.

Frank Stella was born in 1936 in Malden. After graduating from Princeton University, he moved to New York and began his career with his renowned Black Paintings.  Precursors to Minimalism, these paintings garnered immediate recognition: four were included in MoMA’s Sixteen Americans 1959 exhibition, and one was purchased for their permanent collection.   In 1960, Stella had his first solo show at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York. Throughout the 60s and 70s, he was included in major exhibitions defining art of that time at the Whitney, The Jewish Museum, the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan and MoMA. In 1970, at the age of 34, Stella became the youngest artist to receive a full-scale retrospective at MoMA.

Stella is the recipient of honorary degrees from Princeton University, Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem, Dartmouth College and the Friedrich Schiller University in Germany.  In 1989, he received the Ordre des Arts et des Letters from the French government. He was elected Honorary Royal Academician in 1993.

In 2012, the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg in Germany exhibited a retrospective of Stella’s works. In addition, a retrospective of Mr. Stella works were exhibited at the Whitney Museum of Art in 2015 and it then traveled to Fort Worth and the de Young in San Francisco. The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in Wisconsin exhibited a retrospective of Mr. Stella’s extensive work in prints in 2016 in conjunction with the publication of the revised and updated catalogue Raisonne. The exhibition traveled to the Addison Gallery in Massachusetts and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama in 2017. Frank Stella: Experiment and Change opened at the NSU Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in November 2017.

The tour is free and will begin promptly at 6 p.m.  For more information, contact the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218 or see our website at www.maldenpubliclibrary.org.

Photo of Mr. John Giso and Frank Stella by Paul Hammersley

 

 

Live On The Lawn Family Movie Night ~August 15

Join us for Outdoor Movie Night on Wednesday, August 15th at 7:45 pm featuring the Disney Pixar film Coco, a vibrant tale of family, fun and adventure.

Despite a generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de La Cruz. Desperate to prove and use his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events.   The color, music and characters in this award winning movie are captivating as we follow Miguel through a truly awesome tour of another world and culture.

Join us on the front lawn of the library for this fun, family-friendly, and crowd-pleasing summer film.  Popcorn will be available.  This film is part of the Library’s Live on the Lawn Series and is sponsored by Eastern Bank Charitable Fund.  Free and open to the public.  Movie times are approximate.  Please call the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218 for more information.  Rated PG (107 min.)

RAIN OR SHINE: Knock on Wood Takes Center Stage on August 1

Knock on Wood take the center stage at the Library’s Live on the Lawn Concert Series on Wednesday, August 1st at 7:00 p.m.  Knock on Wood is a high-energy acoustic folk-rock duo, featuring singer-songwriter Howie Newman and fiddler/mandolinist Joe Kessler. The duo performs classic rock covers along with funny original music. Their repertoire spans everything from the Beatles to Steely Dan to the Dropkick Murphys. It’s not your typical guitar-fiddle folk act. Knock on Wood puts on a lively, fun show with great musicianship and a little bit of humor here and there.

Howie Newman has opened for Tom Paxton, Vance Gilbert, Brewer & Shipley, Pure Prairie League, Bill Staines, Lui Collins, Don White, Modern Man and many others. His songs have received national airplay on the Dr. Demento Show, National Public Radio and Midnight Special as well as dozens of other North American radio outlets.  Joe Kessler, who plays fiddle and mandolin, has an energetic improvisational style that includes folk, rock, jazz and bluegrass. Joe has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada as well as eight other countries. He has performed with Morphine, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, the Boogaloo Swamis and many others.

The Summer Series continues on August 15 at 7:45 p.m. with a fun, family friendly outdoor movie under the stars.

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and experience a great night of outdoor live music at the Malden Public Library (36 Salem Street).  All concerts are free and sponsored by the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, with additional support from the Friends of the Malden Public Library.  In case of rain, concerts will be moved inside.  For more information, contact the Malden Public Library, 36 Salem Street, at 781-324-0218 or at www.maldenpubliclibrary.org.

MALDEN PUBLIC LIBRARY MUSEUM PASS PARTNERS

Would your organization or business like to sponsor a discount museum pass for Malden families to enjoy?

The Malden Public Library offers a number of different free and discount passes to museums and attractions in New England. The passes are available to Malden residents who hold valid a library card.

Malden residents continue to use their library enthusiastically. This past year, the library offered over 300 special programs throughout the year, attended by 16,943 children, teen, and adults.  Money saved through your sponsorship will allow us to put more funds toward programs and activities, bring new online resources and technology to the community, and expand services for the community.

Museum Sponsorships Available:

DCR Mass Park Pass                           $ 60

ICA – Contemporary Art                        185

Isabella Stewart Gardner                      195

Harvard Art Museum                            250

John F. Kennedy Center                        250

Peabody Essex Museum                       350

Children’s Museum Pass                       700

Children’s Museum Pass (2)                 700

New England Aquarium                        700

New England Aquarium (2)                 700

Zoo New England                                  800

We would be love to discuss ways in which we can partner with your organization or business. For more information, contact Library Director Dora St. Martin at 781-324-0218 or by email at dstmartin@maldenpubliclibrary.org

 

Opening Reception ~ Mother Russia: An Exhibition of Icons and Artifacts

The Malden Historical Society, in conjunction with the Malden Public Library, presents “Mother Russia: An Exhibition of Icons and Artifacts from Czarist Russia,” on view in the Library’s lower gallery August 14 through September 21.  The exhibit will feature some 70 pieces from a private collection, including painted icons, brass and bronze icons, and other small religious and secular items dating from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

The public is invited to an opening reception at 6:00 pm on Tuesday August 14. The evening will feature remarks by Malden Historical Society member Joseph Cesario, who will discuss Russian icons and their uses and introduce some of the exhibited pieces. Light refreshments will be served.

After the opening, visitors can view the exhibit on Mondays 6-8 pm, Wednesdays 2-4 pm, and Fridays 11-2 pm until it closes September 21.  The exhibit and reception are free and open to all.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Malden Historical Society, can visit www.maldenhistoricalsociety.org.

Enjoy the Sounds of Mardi Gras with Squeezebox Stompers on July 18

Squeezebox Stompers take the stage as the Live on the Lawn Concert Series continues on Wednesday, July 18th at 7:00 p.m.  Listening to the Squeezebox Stompers is like taking a walk through the streets of the French Quarter. Even in staid New England, every day is Mardi Gras with the Squeezebox Stompers. Wherever they go, they bring on the party with their mix of Zydeco, Cajun, blues and good ol’ roadhouse rock ‘n roll.

If you didn’t get to see them at the 2018 Boston Harborfest, come check out this amazing band.

Led by accordionist Rockin’ Ralph Tufo, formerly of the award-winning Boogaloo Swamis, the Stompers feature musicians who have decades of experience playing the roots and branches of American music. Ralph Tufo plays the accordion, piano, Anglo concertina and Cajun accordion. Ralph was a founding member of the Boogaloo Swamis who were 4 time Boston Music Award winners. The Swamis were largely responsible for the introduction of Cajun, Zydeco, and New Orleans music to New England. Guitarist Larry Plitt was the winner of the 2007 Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest. Geoff Wadsworth on saxophone, harmonica, and tin whistle is a veteran of the Boston jazz and blues scene. Andy Solberg, versed in jazz, folk, and blues drives the band with his scintillating bass lines. Mike Migliozzi on drums is a master of Cajun, Zydeco, and New Orlean rhythms. Finally, Steve Latanision a virtuoso on fiddle, mandolin, and banjo adds an eclectic roots dimension to the band.

The Library’s Summer Series continues on August 1: Knock on Wood; and August 15: Outdoor Movie Night.

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and experience a great night of outdoor live music at the Malden Public Library (36 Salem Street).  All concerts are free and sponsored by the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, with additional support from the Friends of the Malden Public Library.  In case of rain, concerts will be moved inside.  For more information, contact the Malden Public Library, 36 Salem Street, at 781-324-0218 or at www.maldenpubliclibrary.org.

 

Mamadou Kicks-Off “Live on the Lawn” Summer Concert Series on July 11

The Malden Public Library’s “Live on the Lawn” Summer Concert Series kicks off on Wednesday, July 11, at 7:00 pm featuring the West African World-Fusion band, Mamadou.

Mamadou is known for their West African and world fusion sound and showcases the original musical works of Senegalese luminary Mamadou Diop.  Mamadou Diop has shared the stage and collaborating with African greats such as Baaba Maal, Mamadou Jimi Mbaye and Mbaye Dieye Faye in the Madison Band, Thione Seck, Nicolas Menheim and Papa Seck in the band Africando, and the Grand Soda Mama, among others, Mamadou introduced his signature rhythm guitar sound.  Mamadou is one of the most respected rhythm guitarists from his country and an accomplished sabar (Senegalese hand and stick) and djembe drummer.

Mamadou Diop has had opportunities to connect with influential giants including James Brown, the Jackson Five with Michael Jackson, Nelson Mandela – all personal inspirations for his art.  Now, fronting his own award-winning band, he resides in the USA composing and performing new and amazing songs about peace, love, hope, family and friendship, bringing a positive vibe to our world.

The Library’s Summer Series continues on July 18: Squeezbox Stompers; August 1: Knock on Wood; and August 15: Outdoor Movie Night.

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and experience a great night of outdoor live music at the Malden Public Library (36 Salem Street).  All concerts are free and sponsored by the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, with additional support from the Friends of the Malden Public Library.  In case of rain, concerts will be moved inside.  For more information, contact the Malden Public Library, 36 Salem Street, at 781-324-0218 or at www.maldenpubliclibrary.org.

Malden Public Library Featured on Gateway City Library Trail

Recognizing the integral role that public libraries play in their communities, Massachusetts Center for the Book (MCB) has added Malden as a Gateway City Library Trail to its live app, MassBook Trails. The Malden Public Library is celebrated on the Gateway City Library Trail for providing access to reading and 21st century gateways to opportunity for their patrons through digital connectivity and programming that enhances life-long learning and cultural assimilation.

Available on the web and as a free download, Mass Book Trails was launched in 2017 with two literary walking tours in Boston and two statewide trails:  Literary Museums of Massachusetts, and African American Writers Heritage Trail. Additional tours are being added as libraries have accepted MCB’s invitation to develop their own local literary, cultural, and historic tours.

MCB, chartered as the Commonwealth Affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, is a public-private partnership charged with developing, supporting and promoting cultural programming that advances the cause of books and reading and enhances the outreach potential of Massachusetts public libraries.

For more information, contact info@massbook.org.  MassBook Trails may be found in the app store and through Google Play.