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First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare Exhibit

  • Date: October 22, 2016
  • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Location: Jordan Art Gallery, Washburn Arts Building

The centerpiece of the exhibit will be a First Folio, opened to the famous "To be or not to be" soliloquy from Shakespeare's Hamlet. Visitors will learn about the First Folio as an object: its history, cultural significance, and continued relevance. Interpretive panels from the Folger Library will also explore the evolving attraction of the First Folio and Shakespeare’s modern impact. A second room in the gallery will examine the importance of Shakespeare to the American Deaf community. Photographs, costumes, and other material artifacts will document the history of Shakespeare in ASL, from the earliest known productions in the 19th century to the present. Additional components related to the theme of visual Shakespeare will include a model of the Globe Theatre and an installation of the Kinect Game Play the Knave. The museum exhibit will have opportunities for tactile experience of physical objects for deaf-blind visitors. Explore First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare and Shakespeare in American Deaf History exhibits with a knowledgeable guide.

Docent led tours will begin every hour at the top of the hour and run approximately 30-45 minutes. No reservations needed. Tours conducted in ASL.

Email at least two weeks in advance to request accommodations such as voice, tactile or close vision interpreting. 

Posted by Phil Dignan | Posted August 9, 2016 at 10:48 AM


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002