LIVE from the NYPL | Tilda Swinton with B. Ruby Rich: Orlando SOLD OUT

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, with holdings including original manuscripts (among them, a typed fragment of Orlando), rare first editions, unique photographs, and the author’s walking stick. To explore her 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.











When: Wed., May 29, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Where: New York Public Library—Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
476 Fifth Ave.
917-275-6975
Price: $40
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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, with holdings including original manuscripts (among them, a typed fragment of Orlando), rare first editions, unique photographs, and the author’s walking stick. To explore her 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.

Buy tickets/get more info now